Lenovo has been on a role with its IdeaPad line. We previously saw how versatile the Lenovo U310 was in our review, but today we are taking a look at its bigger brother the Ideapad U410 ultrabook; which is a 14.1 inch ultrabook that weights in at 4lbs. The system I tested here house an Intel Core i5 processor( 1.7Ghz), 8Gb of Ram, 32GB mSSD & 500GB HDD, Nividia 610M GPU + Intel HD GPU, HD webcam and a 4 cell battery. The Lenovo IdeaPad also Includes 2.0 stereo speakers with Dolby certification so you can bring the Dolby cinematic sound experience to
your PC. Dolby’s software will give you total control over your audio settings.
The U410 comes with a cool feature for quick startups called the Intel Smart Response Technology, which delivers SSD-like performance at minimal incremental costs compared with full SSD solution. The U410 implements this technology by combining the 32GB mSSD with its larger 500GBHDD drive. with the GeForce 610M dedicated graphics, not only do you get improved graphics performance, but you get great battery life with NVIDIA’s Optimus technology. This technology intelligently switches between the high-end and integrated graphics chipsets depending on what applications you are using.Lenovo One Key Recovery is an easy-to-use application used to back up the data on a system partition and then quickly restore it if needed. If Windows is no longer operational, the OneKey Rescue System button (shown below) on the side of the U410 can be used to restore the system. It can also be accessed from Windows through the OneKey Recovery software
Overall I was tremendously impressed with the overall performance of the U410, the system was able to handle all I threw at it, from video editing to gaming on the device. The device also give up to 5hr 30 mins of battery life which is suitable for a ultrabook. The tested build is priced at $799 and that is a great price point for a ultrabook of its capabilities. I definitely will recommend the Lenovo IdeaPad U410 as a keeper Ultrabook!!!
Tested System Specs
Processor: Core i5-3317U (1.7 Ghz)
Memory: 8 GB
HDD: 500GB@5400RPM/32GB SSD
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 610M
TFT: 14.1″ (1366 x 768)
Slots/Ports: USB 2.0 (2), USB 3.0 (2), HDMI (1), Multicard(YES)
Battery: 4 Cell (59 Wh)
Wireless: Centrino Advanced-N 2200
O/S: WIN7 Home Premium 64-bit