Summary: IdeaPad plus touch. Since the advantages of Windows 8 only really come to the fore with a touchscreen, Lenovo installs this operating system on its U410 Touch. The IdeaPad is rather conservative otherwise.
Pros: High-quality build, USB 3.0, Appealing design, Decent performance, 8 gigabyte of RAM, Touchscreen, Touch features and Windows 8 are a perfect match. A touchscreen is a clear gain for every Windows 8 laptop. Then there is the good touchpad. The backup button on the casing's side is also nifty.
Cons: Dark screen with bluish cast, Extremely reflective, Keyboard yields, Too small backspace key, Below-average Wi-Fi performance, Brightness - a lot of brightness. The screen is too dark to work outdoors with the device, or in a train beside a window, in the car or in a room with a window or a bright lamp behind the user.
Summary: Final Thoughts
When I first received the IdeaPad U410 I was extremely excited and eager to start using it. At first glance this Ultrabook does impress. The Ruby Red chassis really stands out among other laptops out there. The U410 is pretty thin and light as well with the official dimensions of 3.5 x 9.3 x 0.8-inches and weighing in at 4.2 pounds. Now this is in fact thin in light to the normal laptop crowd, but in the Ultrabook world that is pretty bulky and heavy.
Pros: – Sleek aluminum deisgn, – Vibrant colors, – Good performance, – 56 hours of battery life, – Extremely comfortable keyboard and touchpad
Cons: – Don’t see the need for discrete graphics, – On the thick side when it comes to Ultrabooks, – WiFi issue
Summary: The Ultrabook is gaining traction by the day. Since the big introduction of the Intel-backed Ultrabook movement, the prices have gone down significantly to a level where an Ultrabook is accessible to the masses. The U410 Ultrabook from Lenovo was one of the first few to offer the premium Ultrabook experience without the hefty price tag.
Conclusion: Okay, so the technophiles of the world probably won’t find much to get excited about with the IdeaPad U410, but this laptop will prove to be a good value for those who are more concerned with functionality than amazing specs. There are a few flaws, such as the shorter-than-expected battery life, but for the most part, average consumers who want a quality laptop will find a lot to love about the IdeaPad U410.
Excerpt: Before Intel released the ultrabook standard there were already laptops that we’re close to what Intel would envision, and while some had already gained attention on their own, most were not given any special attention. One of these laptops was the IdeaPad U series, a part of Lenovo’s consumer line-up which had long focused on thin and light design.
Conclusion: The Acer only comes in gunmetal gray, however. So if you have your heart set on a red or blue laptop and want a bit more screen space than the 13.3-inch IdeaPad U310, the U410 is a winning choice. Our only real gripe is the lack of a higher-resolution display option.
Pros: Good keyboard for an ultrabook, Dedicated graphics, Three color options
Cons: Screen resolution could be higher, Low-end graphics don't offer a huge real-world boost over Ivy Bridge integrated chipset, Keyboard not backlit
Lenovo IdeaPad U410 review: affordable and powerful Ultrabook
8 August 2012
Excerpt: When you're looking for a decent laptop then Lenovo is one of the brands you consider. The Chinese company that once took over IBM's Thinkpad product line are trying to get a foothold in the European market. They are bringing relatively big guns to accomplish this, such as this Lenovo Ideapad U410 Ultrabook. Hardware.Info took a closer look.
Summary: Aluminum armor on the cheap (?). This statement does not necessarily apply to raw material prices. Lenovo is trying to bring top quality materials to the masses at nominal prices, as seen in the IdeaPad series. So, is investing in an IdeaPad U410 worthwhile for those interested in ultrabooks? We scrutinize Lenovo's 14-inch ultrabook and try to answer this question.
Pros: Stable, well-manufactured aluminum case, Excellent feel, Great, precise, big glass touchpad, Relatively quiet fan, SSD boost drive, The IdeaPad's look & feel is really great. It's been ages since a notebook felt this good! The glass touchpad is very accurate and supports multi-touch gestures. It works smoother and more precisely than expected. Tapping with two fingers triggers a right click and there is a marked field for everyone who prefers conventional keys.
Cons: Poor wifi reception, Dark, reflective screen (not outdoor suitable), Cramped right key row (typos), (Virtually) superfluous, dedicated GPU, Dear manufacturers! Lenovo is not the only black sheep that still treats outdoor suitability of screens like an unimportant matter. But this is very important for devices designed for portability. This is a glaring omission (pun intended).