Being one of the pioneers in the domain of manufacturing Ultrabooks, Lenovo could not have abstained from releasing its low-priced version targeting the masses. Named as IdeaPad U410, this U-series laptop is accompanied with its sibling U310. Let us have a closer look at IdeaPad U410 in this review.
Features Of Lenovo IdeaPad U410
Lenovo IdeaPad U410 has a thickness of 21mm and weighs 2kg. Hence, it is nowhere near those super-skinny laptops namely Acer Aspire S5. That does not mean that you cannot carry IdeaPad U410 around. It is svelte enough to slide into your bag. Brushed aluminum chassis gives an elegant touch to the laptop and gives it a look dissimilar to other laptops in this price range.
IdeaPad U410 is available in a wide range of colors to suit your personality. Available colors in Lenovo IdeaPad U410 are Graphite Grey, Sapphire Blue and Metallic Red. Lenovo IdeaPad U410 sports thick edges that are curved inwards to exude a unique aesthetic appeal.
The downsides of the design of IdeaPad U410, however, are the awkward placement of Ethernet port. The ventilation grilles also look cheap at times.
Lenovo IdeaPad U410 sports 1366x768p resolution display that offers decent colors. However, users are bound to find fault with viewing angles.
Typing is a pleasure in IdeaPad U410 because of its well spaced and nicely cushioned keys. AccuType isolated keyboard sports rounded keys for maximum feedback. Although the keys are not backlit, their ergonomic position enables the users to get used to them easily.
Trackpad is positioned slightly left from the center. The ergonomically positioned trackpad limits the use of physical buttons. A simple tap anywhere on the trackpad transforms into a standard click. Standard pinch-to-zoom feature and multi-touch gestures are also supported. However, oversensitivity of the trackpad and accidental clicks now and then are undeniable.
Lenovo IdeaPad U410 runs on Ivy Bridge third-generation 1.7GHz Core i5 processor and comes with 6GB RAM. It also sports nVIDIA discrete graphics and has 750GB HDD. Opt for i3 processor and you can have the all new IdeaPad U410 for £50 less than the list price, which is already less than £700. However, the top-end model features Core i7 processor and 8GB RAM and comes for £800.
The premium model also sports 1TB HDD. With Intel’s Turbo Boost technology, the clocking speed can be further increased to 2.6GHz. Lenovo IdeaPad U410 is supported by Intel HD graphics 4000. This means that the user can avail all the benefits of OpenGL 3.1 and DirectX 11.
Graphics-intensive processes are handled by 1GB nVIDIA GeForce 610M graphics card. What’s more? IdeaPad U410 offers ample hard drive options that are usually not seen in Ultrabooks of this price range. IdeaPad U410 marks a significant improvement over the 2011 models that packed SSD drives and hence have HDD on board. IdeaPad U410 offers the advantage of 750GB HDD along with 32GB SSD.
That is to say, IdeaPad U410 gives attention towards your concerns regarding storing HD content. The laptop is also backed up by proprietary Rapid Start technology from Intel and Lenovo’s Boot Shield technology. Both these technologies ensure faster reboots after installation of bigger apps and easy resume.
Lenovo IdeaPad U410 sports 1MP webcam that can record 720p HD videos. The most prominent feature of this webcam, apart from capturing images, is facilitating proprietary face recognition feature i.e. VeriFace. Users can also use this webcam for video conferencing – thanks to the dedicated software programs installed for the purpose.
VeriFace behaves in the same manner to that of Android 4+. Although it is a good idea to secure your laptop with your own face, unlocking the laptop with your face gets tedious often.
Lenovo IdeaPad U410 packs in a number of software that help the users operate the laptop smoothly. One such software is Lenovo Smart Update that acts as a storehouse of your social networking updates.
With this software you can track updates without fully powering on the laptop. The best feature in Lenovo laptops is the OneKey recovery software that enables the users to keep back up of the system easily.
IdeaPad U410 sports bundle of connectivity features such as 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, and 10/100M LAN Ethernet. It also sports 2xUSB 3.0 ports, 2xUSB 2.0 ports, two-in-one SD/MMC card reader and HDMI output.
Performance of Lenovo IdeaPad U410
Lenovo IdeaPad U410 performs well in major benchmark tests including Cinebench and 3D Mark. It performs a little less than the Acer Aspire Timeline in terms of 3D gaming but is decent nevertheless.
Despite being an Ultrabook, IdeaPad U410 handles casual gaming really well. Games such as Batman Arkham City play really well in IdeaPad U410. Having said this, there is no doubt that IdeaPad U410 performs simple multimedia tasks incredibly.
It not plays HD videos uninterruptedly but also enables the users to edit them seamlessly. IdeaPad U410 offers a theatric touch to movie watching – thanks to Dolby Home Theater V4 sound system.
IdeaPad U410 runs for 9 long hours on single charge and offers standby time of 117 days. However, when you use the laptop to its full potential by surfing web, editing document, streaming media, etc. it does not run any longer than 5 hours.
Users do not have the option to carry a spare battery as the laptop battery is embedded into its chassis.
IdeaPad U410 will prove to be a potential competitor of Sony Vaio T13, HP Envy 6, Asus Zenbook Prime and Samsung Series 5 ultra.
The most attractive feature of Lenovo IdeaPad U410 is its ultra-low price tag (i.e. less than £700), which is quite unusual for an Ultrabook. IdeaPad U410 is powerful though not super skinny like its peers. Other highlights remain dedicated nVIDIA graphics and Intel Core processor.
Moreover, IdeaPad U410 offers ample storage space for its users. IdeaPad U410 fulfills the dream of millions to own an Ultrabook. Those who are looking for intense gaming sessions and some serious HD video editing should rather opt for HP Envy 6 and Acer Aspire S5. IdeaPad U410 is out-and-out an Ultrabook and offers everything that an ultrabook offers – perhaps a little more!