Summary: Check lenovo troubleshooting forums... sooo many issues with u-series and even worse almost no solutions. Had mine for about 5 months, consistently have problems trying to connect to public WiFi. The only WiFi that works is my private network at home. It will connect but is so slow it is useless anywhere else. Also, the stupid touchpad randomly stops working correctly where I can only point and click but cannot scroll or zoom using touchpad.
Summary: Computer worked perfectly fine in my old apartment except for maybe a few Windows 8 glitches. As soon as I move into my new apartment, the wifi has been non-existent. I am using the same router too. I did research and keep reading about the wifi issues with this computer. What's weird is mine was manufactured in November 2013 and the faulty units were manufactured in July 2013 so they still must be selling bad units?
Summary: I bought the computer for my wife. She has not liked using windows 8! I thought we would give it a try, but after several months it is apparent that it is much more trouble and no apparent advantage. The screen also seems flimsy. Today the sound system went out. I had the computer checked out. It appears to be a hardware problem. Now I have to send it back. I'm sorry that I purchased it. I wish I could exchange it.
Summary: I have had this laptop about a year now. Overall, it works okay, but the peculiar problems it has outweigh anything good about it. First, the touchpad is situated such that I cannot type on the keyboard. Every time I do, any random movement of my hands that stray over the touchpad causes the whole screen to shrink or expand. Alternately, my cursor will jump to a random spot on the screen causing my typing to become completely screwed up.
Summary: I received the laptop in January of 2013. The version I had was the one with the Intel Core i7-3517U and Windows 8. The build date was September 2012, so it should have had the WIFI issues fixed. The good: -Solid build -Good screen, though not great -Very fast processor -Touch pad is the best I've ever used The bad: WIFI was working solidly after updating the Intel Wireless driver. I didn't experience any drops.
Some things you should know before you purchase...
27 January 2013
Summary: I purchased this laptop as a Christmas present for one of my family members. I have always been under the impression that Lenovo made really good laptops, and I think that the hardware on this particular model lives up to that reputation. However, the software side is what really disappointed me to no end - Not just because of Lenovo, but also Microsoft. Before I begin, be fore warned that Lenovo put a whole lot of bloat-ware on this machine.
Good solid fast. Bad Keyboard/Touch Pad design Lenovo is a bad company
Robert M. Brennan "R. M. Brennan", Amazon
2 October 2012
Summary: Good computer, good price net Six Hundred bucks. Bad Keyboard. I keep hitting the up and down arrow when I am typing and go to hit the shift key. I also keep resting my hands on the HUGE touch pad that causes problems. Having said all that, for the price it is a more than adequate machine. It is fast, it can handle multiple programs open at the same time, fast downloads based upon network speed. Update.
Poor screen resolution/ viewing angle - Don't buy directly from Lenovo Direct
14 September 2012
Summary: I thought this would be a good fit and after looking at all the similiar ultrabooks in the category settled on the U410. We booted it up and immediately noticed just how poor the resolution was. Our 10 year old Dell laptop that weights 10lbs had significantly better resolution and better viewing angles. We had to lay the screen pretty far back to try and get a clear viewing angle.
Summary: Well, all I can say is, confirm with the manufacturer EXACTLY what you order. I saw advertised on several websites that this laptop came with bluetooth.... and it doesn't. So the bluetooth mouse I ordered from Lenovo will have to wait. I am really disappointed and feel pretty stupid for buying a brand new laptop in 2012 that is not equipped with Bluetooth. That should be standard. Here's a discussion about this issue: [...