Summary: The deluge of competitors to the MacBook Air’s throne shows no sign of slowing, and while the jury’s still out on whether an ultrabook has yet to truly best Apple’s wunder-device there have been a number of attractive options. Consider the IdeaPad U310, successor to the IdeaPad U300s we checked out (and enjoyed) in November — albeit with new hardware and a few budget-minded compromises.
Pros: Sturdy build, Excellent keyboard and trackpad, Very pretty
Cons: Keyboard isn’t backlit, Thicker and heavier than competitors, Fan noise is distracting
Conclusion: This portable is not for power users or frequent cross-country fliers who need long battery life. But if you take mainly shorter trips and are looking for an affordable touch-screen ultrabook to juggle basic everyday tasks, we suggest you make the U310 Touch one of your top choices.
Pros: Great keyboard, Intelligent design touches, Impressive tech support
Summary: Boasting an excellent keyboard and clickpad, impressive audio and a design elegant enough to blend in with notebooks twice its price, the $549 Lenovo IdeaPad U310 Touch is almost the perfect notebook for budget-minded back-to-school shoppers. However, a few shortcomings -- particularly short battery life -- prevent this system from earning an Editor's Choice.
Pros: Very affordable, Elegant aluminum design, Excellent keyboard and clickpad, Loud and clear audio
Conclusion: Lenovo's IdeaPad U310 should have been one of the best Ultrabooks to date. Priced at under £650, it marries the capabilities of an Intel Core processor with the speed of a solid-state cache and delivers the responsiveness we've come to expect from a premium machine at a more palatable price. With a great keyboard, sturdy build quality and an attractive design, the U310 has almost all of the right ingredients.
Summary: The Lenovo U310 laptop is the first of a new breed of Ultrabook that’s a little chubbier and a tinch slower, but much more affordable. Every other major computer maker– Dell , HP , Sony –is going to have an Intel-certified Ultrabook at this price point soon, if they don’t have one already. Among this group, the U310 is a solid option, even if it’s clearly made some concessions for price. The Lenovo U310 is a solidly-built, good-looking machine.
Excerpt: The recent rise and fall of the netbook as a computer category made one thing clear: consumers are willing to sacrifice some screen size and power in the name of portability, but not as much as a netbook requires. On the other hand, many shoppers are willing to pay a premium for a thinner, lighter notebook, and that's where the ultrabook comes in. As the Windows-based competitor to Apple's popular MacBook Air , the ultrabook category has been reasonably well-received.
Lenovo Ideapad U310 review – a proper budget ultrabook
21 August 2012
Summary: With the IdeaPad U310, Lenovo shows that budget ultrabooks are not a myth and good 13.3 inch ultra-portable laptops cab be bought for about $700. Of course, the U310 still has its issues, but the overall package is good enough to make it my favorite cheap ultrabook right now.
Pros: good looking, sturdy, excellent keyboard and trackpad, good performances, decent speakers, runs fairly cool and quiet, good price
Cons: the screen is quite poor, sub-par battery life, heavier than most competitors, some units have wireless issues (which can be fixed though)
Conclusion: The Lenovo IdeaPad U310 is a well made Ultrabook with a premium casing and a unique, stylish design (no echoes of the MacBook Air here). It has a better than average keyboard, a very usable trackpad, good support tools and an attractive price. If you're not entranced by SSD drives and their bump-immune robustness, the 500 gig conventional hard drive lets you carry lots of videos and other large files on the go.
Pros: Unique design with excellent materials, good keyboard and trackpad.