Lenovo IdeaPad U410 Touch review

Lenovo's barely ultrabook goes touch

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The Lenovo U410 Touch almost seems a bit too good to be true on paper. Decent processor, stonking graphics, acres of RAM, huge storage and an Ultrabook frame... how could such a thing only cost £750 / US$1,050 (around AU$1,225)?

Inevitably, there are compromises with the Lenovo IdeaPad U410 Touch, but not so many that it falls too far short of our lofty expectations to be worthwhile. Hopefully future versions can offer better battery life and a few other tweaks, to make make it properly irresistible.

We liked

The killer thing here is naturally the graphics - well, the spec sheet in general, but the graphics are the most impressive part. This really is a gaming Ultrabook. Ok, it's not a high-end gamers' paradise, but when you consider that something more potent, such as the Razer Blade, will set you back double the cost, the Lenovo IdeaPad U410 Touch makes itself seem like a truly impressive machine indeed.

It's also smart, wakes quickly and is comfortable to use - Lenovo didn't forget to make a laptop as well as a gaming hub.

We disliked

While we understand the compromises that Lenovo had to make for cost here, that doesn't mean we like them. In fact, we dislike them. It says so above. So yes, it's a shame that the screen couldn't have been higher quality, and that the keyboard bows in the middle. And while this is an Ultrabook, it's only just - this isn't a super-portable laptop, no matter how many of Intel's standards it meets. The battery life is also disappointing.

That the CPU underperformed was a shame, though, because it means the whole thing should perform even better than it does, and the network issues were also a little concerning. Most of the time, they weren't a major issue, but they're problems that other laptops simply don't exhibit.

Final verdict

Lenovo has produced a really solid portable gaming machine, but it does feel like its focus on a strong GPU, RAM and hard drive have taken a toll elsewhere. The overall balance is definitely still in its favour, though.

The final result may be more a light home machine than a road warrior's ideal Ultrabook, but this much power in this small a frame at this price means it's hard to contend with - warts and all.

Tech Specs

Product TypeUltrabook
Hard Drive Capacity1 TB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA, Intel
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce GT 610M, HD 4000
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated, Shared
Maximum Battery Run Time8 Hour
Solid State Drive Capacity24 GB
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyIdeaPad U410
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli7-3537U
ColourGraphite Grey
Operating SystemWindows 8
Brand NameLenovo
Processor Speed2 GHz
Processor TypeCore i7
Screen Size35.6 cm (14")
Number of Cells4-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory8 GB
Weight (Approximate)2 kg
Cache4 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 2 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
vPro TechnologyNo
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Memory StandardDDR3-1600/PC3-12800
Height20.3 mm
Width342.9 mm
Depth236.2 mm
Screen ModeHD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesU410
ManufacturerLenovo Group Limited
Product NameIdeaPad U410 Ultrabook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineIdeaPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberMB764UK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lenovo.com/uk/en/

Thin, light, and stylish, the IdeaPad U410 Touch is a rare multitouch laptop that's also ultraportable. Complete with long battery life and optimized for Windows 8, the U410 Touch boasts the latest processor and graphics technology, as well as a 10-point multitouch display.
Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Polymer (Li-Polymer)
Package Contents
  • IdeaPad U410 Ultrabook
  • Lithium Polymer Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year