Lenovo IdeaPad U410 review

Lenovo is back with a lower-priced Ultrabook to tempt the masses

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The Lenovo IdeaPad U410 is the Chinese company's most mainstream Ultrabook yet and is an encouraging example of where the market is heading.

Sure, there is plenty of room for super-skinny, super-slick, ultra-desirable machines with hefty price-tags, but there is also a demand for more affordable portable notebooks.

And the U410 meets the latter with aplomb, by offering a high-end hardware configuration in a mid-level assembly. It's an Ultrabook for the masses.

We liked

The fact that the Lenovo IdeaPad U410 offers both a third-generation Intel core CPU and a dedicated GPU from Nvidia, along with a healthy amount of storage, makes this one of the most-efficient Ultrabooks that we've come across yet.

This is still an Ultrabook remember, so it's not a great machine if you're looking to do some high-end gaming or intense HD video editing but, in terms of raw performance, it outscored both the Acer Aspire S5 and the HP Envy 6 – two direct slimline competitors.

The sound quality of the U410 is also great, thanks to its Dolby Home Theatre V4 audio enhancement tech, and we also liked the Smart Update function, which allows you to always be in touch with your digital lives.

We disliked

Okay, we know that 21mm thick and 1.9kg is fairly lightweight in laptop terms but for an Ultrabook, it's a bit of a chubster.

In fact, it's the maximum thickness that Intel allows for its Ultrabook branding.

However, it's still a nice design, save for a few niggles; most notably the sharp-edged Ethernet port that doesn't seem to fit and the plasticy ventilation grilles.

We also found the trackpad to be a tad over-sensitive, and the poor battery performance was highly disappointing, given the nine-hour promises made by its makers.

Final verdict

There are an abundance of Ultrabooks hitting the market at the moment and a clear trend seems to be emerging.

Manufacturers are having to make the decision between substance and style, between practicality and desirability, and are having to pitch their products into an ever-evolving market with an ever-expanding range of price points.

And while the Lenovo IdeaPad U410 is in no way a bad-looking machine, it's obvious that its Chinese manufacturer has opted for a strong hardware configuration with a bang-average build quality, in order to keep the cost down.

But we think Lenovo has chosen wisely in the case of the U410, which is a brilliant machine that is perfectly suited to meet the demands of the digital media boom that we're in the midst of, with an extremely tempting price tag.

Tech Specs

Product TypeUltrabook
Hard Drive Capacity750 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelGeForce 610M
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Maximum Battery Run Time9 Hour
Solid State Drive Capacity32 GB
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyIdeaPad U410
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli3-2367M
ColourGraphite Grey
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameLenovo
Processor Speed1.40 GHz
Processor TypeCore i3
Screen Size35.6 cm (14")
Number of Cells4-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.80 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR3-1600/PC3-12800
Height21 mm
Width344 mm
Depth235 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 NumberMAH68UK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lenovo.com/uk/en/

The stylish yet inexpensive IdeaPad® U410 ultra notebook available in a range of colors, uniquely combine a super-slim design with ultra responsive technologies like [Lenovo Enhanced Experience 3 with RapidBoot technology]. It comes with a 2nd or 3rd gen Intel® Core™ processor and smart features like Lenovo Smart Update that downloads your emails even while on sleep mode. Plus, these notebooks have an extended battery life of up to 9hrs.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • IdeaPad U410 Ultrabook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year