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This review is from: Lenovo IdeaPad U310 43752CU 13.3" Ultrabook
Pros: (Now that the OS is on the SSD, and I've had a little more in-depth experience with the laptop as a whole, I believe a whole new review is reasonable. It's up to Newegg to post it. My older review is under the nickname "Incubus".)
- Laptop boots up before the Windows symbol can even finish it's animation.
- Pretty much anything that involves software installed to the SSD boots up without even having to think about it, snap, just like that.
- Light-weight, exceeds in the mobility factor.
- LCD is nice and beautiful, everything looks slick and great.
- With the disc drive (D:) clear of all OS-related junk, all 465GB are free to fill to my heart's content. Yaay :D
Cons: - Trackpad is still kinda weird, it has this thing I don't like where the LMB and RMB are also touch-sensitive to the cursor. Without practice, clicking around will be seriously annoying in the beginning. Before when I said it was overly-sensitive, that was more of a Chrome issue than anything, I don't have that issue with Mozilla.
- I seriously wish I had checked if it had a light-up keyboard before I bought it, this laptop could really use it. And Bluetooth! Oh how I wish it had crossed my mind!
- It's a one-piece, no access to the RAM, HDD, and battery. Big slap-in-the-face for those who have experience opening up laptops and messing around.
- Don't be fooled by the idea that it has a decent battery life.... it doesn't.....
- Graphics integrated into the CPU, gaming even at lowest settings is a pretty lame experience. I've only tried DotA2 so far. Also be sure to never install a game onto the SSD, my friendly advice.
- For some reason, when you wake the laptop up, putting in your password stalls for a few rather long seconds. You get over it, but it's still a con. Definitely bites a chunk out of the OS-on-SSD pro, or maybe it has nothing to do with that, no idea.
- The bloatware is pretty rancid. I tried to get rid of most, but apparently if I get rid of them all, bad things will happen?
Speaking of bloatware, I am afraid to uninstall this "Lenovo Smart Update", even though it takes up the MOST memory of all background programs, and I still can't figure out what in the heck it actually does, even when I google it.
- Audio is utter trash. Audio drivers are worse. The speakers are whatever, but there's only one plug-in for headphones, and the symbol suggests it'll take headphones with built-in microphones, but no dedicated microphone slot. With typical earbuds, audio is average, but don't you DARE try plugging in professional studio headphones! You've been warned.
- It's generally agreed that Windows 7 HP 64bit is max 20gb of space. With a 32gb SSD, I thought I'd have plenty of room for more. But then the updates came and took a bunch of space. I'm left with 2.82gb as I write this (including all other software I installed), so I have to be on watch, cleaning up w/ CCleaner, uninstalling as many useless-looking things as I can. I have to check on the SSD every few hours, because it just changes out of nowhere to a bigger or smaller number, it's ridiculous.
- ATTENTION: There are random places on the planet where Wi-Fi is just plain impossible to get. I'm typing this about 50 yards away from a room in the building where the Wi-Fi refuses to connect. Insult to injury, I had a Mac laptop sitting right next to it that connected just fine. Where I am sitting now, it works. Apparently this is an issue with the Wi-Fi card that they worked out last year, started building new models with working Wi-Fi cards, but continued to sell the old models to customers. Apparently I am one of the unfortunates who ended up with one of the old model.
Other Thoughts: As I mentioned before, I tried to install Windows 7 on the SSD myself. Hint: Don't do it. If you want the OS on the SSD, you have to try to convince Lenovo to do it for you. I managed to, after the hard drive and OS basically bricked and they accepted to do it through warranty, making a faulty hard-drive replacement claim when I explained to them that attempting to re-install the OS through alternatives methods showed no sign of any of my drives, ever, at all. I sent it in, they sent it back.
When I got it, the disc drive got bigger (from 420gb to 450gb), but THEY DIDN'T INSTALL THE OS ON THE SSD! Also the folder for the drivers was nowhere to be found, when it was originally what came on the SSD. It was just empty this time, so I assumed I had no drivers. I decided to give up on the OS-SSD thing and I installed the drivers online. Every single one gave me an error message. I called Lenovo, they sent me a set of discs that would re-install everything, OS, drivers, etc. The installation stopped at the second disc, and never continued. Result? No more OS, everything wiped completely.
This time I called and raged at them, threatening to find a way to get all of my money back if they didn't fix everything this time, complete with drivers, OS on the SSD, everything to my satisfaction. The first call I made, the entire Lenovo department was "down", and the woman I talked to couldn't help me to save her own life. But eventually I ended up on the phone with someone who helped me fix everything, including this little problem where the warranty claimed to end in August, even though I bought it in December, and that error wasn't fixed for MONTHS! I sent it in, they sent it back. And the OS was on the SSD. Glory to the hypno-toad. AND my disc drive went from 450gb to 465gb. Awesome :P Turns out the drivers are all installed in the Program Files folders of the C drive..... Oh well, at least my OS is finally on the SSD.
BUT NOW I'm having this Wi-Fi card issue, and I learned online that they acknowledged this issue last year, and were fixing it. I seriously wish I had read this looooong before all of this, and apparently I would be solely to blame for not bringing this up during all these back and forth shipments, but I didn't know, so... blah. NOW I HAVE TO SEND IT IN AGAIN SO THEY CAN FIX THE WI-FI CARD, AND WHO KNOWS WHAT THE HELL ELSE THEY'LL END UP DOING TO IT!!!
(I tried to ask if they could give me a Wi-Fi card that goes to 1000Mbps to make up for all I've been through. Apparently it doesn't work like that. Lame.)
Bottom line, it's an okay laptop. It's just.... a laptop. I can hardly even call it an Ultrabook. I bought this when it was $750. Then it dropped down to $500 afterwards. Lovely. It's not too hard to figure out why, either. I strongly recommend you not buy it, at all. I don't know much about the U410, but apparently it has the same issues, plus dedicated graphics. Also dropped to $500? Yeah..... keep shopping.
This review is from: Lenovo IdeaPad U310 43752CU 13.3" Ultrabook
Pros: - Light-weight
- Nice screen
- Decently fast boot-up
Cons: - No back-light on keyboard
- Mousepad is overly-sensitive, one slip of the fingers and suddenly the text on Chrome is either microscopic or bigger than the screen
- OS is not installed on the SSD
- Bloatware is overkill
-THE ENTIRE LAPTOP IS ONE PIECE. IF YOU HAVE PLANS TO GET INSIDE OF THE LAPTOP, TOO BAD.
Other Thoughts: I tried to do a fresh install of Windows 7 onto the SSD and clean out everything on the drives. The first time, the setup just crashed and left me with a boot-up screen that asks if I want to start my computer with "Windows Setup" or "Windows 7". I am basically stuck with this until I call Lenovo and ask them if they'll do anything to fix it. Every single attempt that I made to reinstall through the BIOS showed that there were no drives. At all. They disappeared every single time I tried anything at all.
If you are techy in any way whatsoever at all, this laptop will be an insult to your intelligence. This laptop is for Apple-lovers who don't know what they're doing with their laptops and don't care. That is all.
This review is from: Creative Fatal1ty Gaming Headset
Pros: There's a volume knob on it, with a switch to turn the microphone on and off.
I can detach the microphone whenever I want.
I can hear everything great.
The microphone is beyond above average.
Cons: The ear cup! It doesn't fit my ears, and after wearing them for a while it becomes VERY painful! I need to yank them off every half hour and hang them around my neck in order to heal. NOT cool!READ FULL REVIEW
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