Excerpt: It’s a tall order. Build a capable laptop, thin and light, with a touchscreen, and keep the price at a mainstream-friendly $700 or less. Yes, sacrifices will have to be made to get there, but surely this can be done, right? In the case of the Lenovo IdeaPad U430 Touch , the answer apparently remains no. Lenovo has unexpectedly been a leader at producing affordable yet capable notebooks, or at least it’s been giving it the old college try.
Pros: Cheap for a machine in this class. Looks pretty. Built-in, touchless Motion Control navigation is a neat add-on.
Cons: A trio of deal-killers on a laptop in this category: Rotten keyboard, primitive touchpad, budget screen.