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Lenovo IdeaPad U310 Intel Core i5 8GB 500GB HDD 24GB SSD 13.3" Touchscreen Ultrabook Graphite Gray (59381114)

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  • Ruby B.
  • 3/24/2014 6:40:47 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDon't buy this!

Pros: NONE...looks nice

Cons: Screen freezes, keys will not work, totally unable to use

Other Thoughts: We purchased this computer for my daughter to use in the college setting. We will definately NOT buy from this company again.

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  • kendall l.
  • 3/5/2014 4:13:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsLenovo u310 touch review

Pros: 1) Touch display is very smooth and works flawlessly
2) Touchpad is very smooth and responsive
3) Overall great build quality compared to competitors (HP)
4) Ivy Bridge 2x Core (4x Logical CPU) works great, I have a Windows Server 2012 VM im able to run at the same time as Windows 8.1 very well (with SQL Server running too)
5) 8 GB RAM is plenty for most users
6) the HDD/SSD cache system works great for most users

Cons: 1) Plastic hinges, wish they would have went with some aluminum hinges
2) The Yoga 2 Pro is a much better deal (I bought my u310 before they released the Yoga 2)
3) The factory OS partitions are loaded with a nice hefty serving of "value added software" , but not quite as bad as HP PC's

Other Thoughts: 1) Replaced the HDD/SSD combo with a single Samsung 840 250GB SSD for a gain in performance/battery life
2) Bought mine with 4 GB RAM (5 months ago), easily upgraded the 1x DIMM chip with an 8GB 1600 MHz module.
3) Reformatted the factory partitions with a low level format tool right after I bought it to make sure I got rid of all the "value added" software. - If you plan on doing this make sure to grab the win 8 CD key out of the registry (use a tool for this) since its not included on the sticker anymore. Also, the win 8 recovery partition is loaded with the factory junkware image so you have to reformat/reinstall with a windows 8 ISO

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  • Michael S.
  • 3/3/2014 11:04:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsStylish, powerful, but with a few setbacks

Pros: 1. Performance is very good for a budget ultrabook.
2. Design and build quality are much more than I expected.
3. Lots of RAM for multitasking.
4. Touch screen is definitely the way to go with Windows 8+

Cons: 1. Battery life could be better, 5 hours max is enough for me, but some people need 7 - 10 to be happy.
2. I do wish the entire laptop was made from aluminum, the inside of the laptop where the keyboard sits is plastic, minor gripe, but it's a con for me.
3. This is a complain I have with every laptop, the HDD is only 5400RPM. With SSDs and 7200RPM drives being common for the past few years, I really wish Lenovo would have made the HDD faster.

Other Thoughts: Main set of thoughts is presented here.

1. Design and Build:

Build quality on this ultrabook is excellent, most of the chassis is aluminium, except for the inside of the laptop where the keyboard rests. This gives the laptop a good sense of rigidness and doesn't feel flimsy when picking it up with one hand (don't recommend that). The design is also nice, a lot of people will call it a MacBook clone but that's fine. It looks good and it's that simple.

2. Performance and battery life:

This specific U310 comes with an Ivy Bridge i5 clocked @ 1.8GHz which can be boosted up to 2.6GHz via Intel's TurboBoost tehcnology. It also includes 8GBs of RAM, a 500GB HDD @ 5400RPM and a 24GB SSD cache that helps speed up the boot up times. Combine all of these things with Windows 8 (now updated to 8.1 as of Feb 2014), and you have a very solid ultrabook when it comes to performance. It flew through web browsing and office work, as well as more CPU intensive tasks like benchmarks or light gaming. Battery life isn't horrible, but it isn't great either. When you look up the bare minimum specs for a laptop to be considered an "ultrabook", this is what you find. While using the 'Balanced' setting inside of Windows; web browsing, playing music inside of iTunes as well as some video watching will grant you around 3 1/2 to 5 hours of battery life. Obviously what you do will determine how long your battery will last. For me this is decent enough that I can take this laptop to school and not need to bring a charger with me. Taking notes and web browsing allow me to eek out a good 5 hours of battery life.

3. Gaming performance:

If you're looking for a gaming ultrabook, look elsewhere. This laptop has integrated graphics, which means it's not gonna be playing Battlefield or Skyrim at any decent settings. Intel HD 4000 is made to be a power sipper, and isn't made for gaming. I've played games like Portal (any Valve game) and Minecraft, and those both play fine at full-res and at medium settings. If you're looking to play something like Skyrim or Crysis 2, you're gonna be locked into playing at 800x600 res, with bare minimum settings. Light gaming is fine, but nothing hardcore.

4. Overall thoughts/ Who is this laptop for?:

For the price I paid at the time ($721 out the door) this laptop is excellent. The performance is a good 7/10 when it comes to laptops, the design is thing and light and stylish, the build quality is way above average with the generous use of aluminum instead of plastic, and the battery life, at least for me, is enough to get me through hours of taking notes at school and a little extra afterwards. If you're looking for a gaming computer or powerhouse, look elsewhere. If you're looking for a stylish, compact ultrabook that offers above average performance, battery life and feel, then this might just be for you. From students to people that are always tweeting at the coffee shop while listening to music, this laptop is a very solid

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  • David H.
  • 12/24/2013 5:40:01 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLenovo U310 (8GB)

Pros: touchscreen
large RAM
looks (aesthetics)
SSD/HDD combo (fast boot times)
i5 chip

Cons: the screen doesn't bend back that far
resolution is low (would prefer 1920x1080)
windows 8 (though that isn't the laptop's fault)
it errors once in a while where the mouse/keys/screens get stuck

Other Thoughts: it's basically a nice laptop... got it for $599 during a daily deal sale, so worth the money. the 8GB model versus the 4GB RAM model def. helps to move the computer along, and the i5 chip seems powerful enough to handle most applications. Since the screen is small, it's portable and good for school or business, but the resolution really is lacking and you feel as though you have way less desktop real estate than you really do... esp, if you are running two docs side by side, you really can't see much. But I knew that going in, but really wish there was a way to have upgraded the resolution.

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/8/2013 8:54:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat entry ultrabook!

Pros: Have had this laptop going on to 8 months now. Build quality is spectacular, and its very fast. Battery life is good. I usually average about 4.5hrs with regular browsing. The screen is plenty bright. I rarely have it on full bright mode.

Cons: A few things to pick on. For one thing, there is no indentation or tab on the lid so opening it up can be a little difficult. The fan always runs. Its not loud, but when working in a quiet environment, like in a library, it is noticeable.

Other Thoughts: I bought it while it was on sale, and had a free tablet thrown in. I would say its one of the best, if not the best ultrabook in its class. I did not experience any of the problems with wifi that some others have mentioned. However, I did update all my drivers as soon as I got it so that probably helped. I also disabled the pinch zoom feature because it can be very annoying at times. Although its not the ultrabook's fault, Windows 8 is completely atrocious!

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  • John M.
  • 10/31/2013 1:49:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Buy

Pros: I had a 17" laptop before this and needed something much more compact and light. This does the trick. Small, good battery life (6+ hours with 40-50% MAX CPU and 30-40% brightness), and fast after initially booting up (5400 RPM HDD can take ~20-30 seconds). Love the USB 3.0 and HDMI outs

Cons: Hybrid drive doesn't seem to do much for boot time. Runs fast otherwise.
Almost wish it had VGA and eSata ports. But that's more preference rather than fault.

Other Thoughts: Over all, I'm enjoying this little beauty, although I don't use the touch screen that often. Compact but good for some medium to heavy tasks.
Not looking forward to opening it up if I decide to change the HDD to SSD tho.

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  • Brian D.
  • 10/25/2013 1:16:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsGood Basic Computer

Pros: Light and portable
8GB memory
SSD drive
Touchscreen

Cons: Screen brightness
Keyboard flex

Other Thoughts: Good computer for the $. Couldn't find anything with comparable specs at this price. No issues yet with WiFI, maybe they fixed it??

Main complaints are that the screen is not very bright and the keyboard flexes as I am typing on it. These item in no way cause me buyers remorse, just more of a nuisance.

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  • Lingming Y.
  • 10/19/2013 1:05:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSize, weight, touchscreen, SD slot, 8GB RAM, 802.11n

Pros: Light weight, nice touch, extra SD card read slot, 8GB RAM package

Cons: Bootup a little slow (near one minutes), do not have D-Sub connection (need to use HDMI or US convert to it).

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  • Jay T.
  • 10/15/2013 6:45:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs10/10 would buy again

Pros: Size, weight, build quality, keyboard quality, touchscreen, boot time, sd card slot, 802.11 n.

Cons: hybrid ssd/hdd drive, No gigabit etherenet

Other Thoughts: Windows 8 is very nice and intuitive with the touchscreen. I have had no issues with the wifi during my first week of use.

The build quality and sturdiness of this laptop is 85% of my friend's macbook, would buy again.

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  • Andres C.
  • 10/10/2013 6:11:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Deal

Pros: fast
thin
touchscreen
love
the ssd for fast boot
great for simple tasks
works for my grandma really well

Cons: none

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