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Pros: -i3 more than enough for most games.
-overall build quality is good.
-screen has good contrast, adequate brightness.
-keyboard is excellent, no flex.
-touch pad is large and made of glass
-slot-loading optical drive.
-speakers can fill a room.
-amd gpu will play most modern titles at (1280x720, NO AA) with no lag.
-runs cool with little fan noise,no vents on bottom.
-boots faster than my previous laptop (i5,7200rpm drive) after running bundled EE boot optimizer.
Cons: -touchpad has awful palm rejection out of the box, but works well with the right drivers.
-good luck trying to remove the back plate without breaking any of the clips that hold it in place.
-battery life is SO-SO.
Overall Review: fast shipping, second laptop purchased from newegg.
Pros: - sick design
- good for basic and casual gaming
- nice quality webcam with cool effects
- looks like a mac
- nice large track pad
- cool keyboard
- quiet fan
Cons: -4 hour battery life
Pros: -Laptop is gorgeous.
-Build quality is excellent
-Screen is bright and colors are fairly vibrant for a 800 dollar laptop
-Keyboard is sturdy with no flex
-Trackpad is a generous size, and made of glass
-No vents on bottom, stays cool on lap.
-Plays most modern games at medium settings, native resolution. (1366x768, NO AA)
-Speakers are excellent, sound will fill a room.
-EE Optimizer (Fast boot)
-GPU is actually Radeon HD 7450
Cons: -Eject button not working, might have been a driver i uninstalled.
-Initial palm rejection of trackpad is not good. (CYPRESS)
-2 Finger Scroll is mediocre.
-Switchable graphics are finicky, and require some tweaking.
-Battery life is average.
Overall Review: Love the design, quality of the screen, and gaming performance. Best built laptop you can get for 500 dollars right now.
Pros: Build quality: the laptop is made of a metal shell, has one long, metal hinge (rather than two small plastic hinges) and is very sturdy. Everything feels “clamped down” very well. The laptop is also lightweight.
Battery life: I have not willingly let the battery burn out, nor have I needed to use the laptop on battery life for a super-long period of time. However, the time I have spent on battery life (~1 hour) got the battery down (on Power Saver) to ~80%. I am confident the battery can last up to the listed 4 hours.
Processor: the i3 is fairly fast. It is more than enough for everyday tasks and keeps up well with lightweight development.
Graphics: runs games quite nicely, given the size of the laptop:
Civilization V, Starcraft II, Team Fortress 2, Diablo III, Dota 2, and League of Legends all seem to run smoothly on acceptable settings.
Cons: Graphics: the U400’s graphics are bizarre. The laptop has a discrete 6470M. But much to my surprise, it also has integrated Intel HD graphics. The idea is that (via Catalyst Control Center) certain applications (like your browser or music player) use the integrated card, while 3D intensive applications (like 3D modeling or games) use the discrete card. This serves to save battery life, and the Catalyst Control Center lets you choose whether or not an application uses the discrete card.
This functionality is handy, but can be more trouble than it’s worth. The ATI graphics manager isn’t a great piece of software, and can take some adjusting. I sought to override the Intel graphics altogether in the BIOS, but there is no option to do so. Managing applications would not normally be a problem, but games that use OpenGL (in my case, Amnesia and Fallout 3) seem to ignore your desire to run them with the 6470M and lock you into using the Intel card. This makes a few games unplayable.
Overall Review: Functionality: the USB 3.0 is fast. It really is quite nice.
The webcam is decent quality, and the built-in microphone sounds ok, too.
The laptop has a secondary power button on the side that allows you to boot into the recovery partition, which serves as a fail safe.
The “cooling system” advertised doesn’t seem to have anything special. However, 3D gaming doesn’t require anything excessive, like a cooling pad. Hours of gameplay do not overheat the laptop.
The screen resolution is scaled to the smaller screen, so the display is very sharp.
There was little bloatware installed with the laptop.
The touchpad works surprisingly well. The multi-touch gestures are more help than they are trouble.
The optical drive is nice and fast.
I have yet to disassemble the laptop, but it is rather tedious and difficult. There are 4 plastic nubs on each corner of the laptop, and there are screws underneath. The whole bottom is one metal shell. If you’re looking to upgrade the RAM, be aware.
Pros: I bought this laptop looking for a thin machine that had a lot of power and a nice display. This laptop has given me the best of all three worlds without sacrificing any of it. It is snappy and stays cool. It multi-tasks well, and it does some like video gaming (Skyrim on medium, which is great for gaming on the go when you aren't looking for the best but you still want to enjoy the game). The display is great and the resolution is tight. Definitely a great buy if you are looking for a laptop that is thin and light enough to carry around but powerful enough to handle some light video gaming and hefty multitasking.
Cons: The first one I bought had a defective screen but was replaced within the week. Some of the drivers are redundant (two graphics drivers), which isn't a big problem but just a minor annoyance. Lenovo does add on a bunch of unnecessary programs, but again, just a minor annoyance and nothing that gets in the way of performance or quality.
Overall Review: I was pretty put out by the display defect because I love this laptop, but it isn't that surprising, these things happen to any laptop no matter the brand so it wasn't Lenovo specific.
Pros: It seems to be working very well. It isn't super fast but it is powerful enough for what we got it for.
Cons: about a month after we bought the IdeaPad, the screen went black and would not turn back on. In order to not void the warranty We sent it back in for repairs. After calling several different numbers I finally found someone who could help me return it.
It took over a month to get the computer back.
Overall Review: I got this computer for my sister. She is a school teacher and was greatly hindered during her month and a half of using my mom's old and slow computer.
This is my first time buying Lenovo, I probably will not do so again, unless I hear of positive changes.
Pros: Sturdy build and material. Parts perform well enough for what I need them to do. The laptop has actually survived quite easily two falls from 3 feet and about 5 feet. With the only damage being the case separating in two places slightly and the right side ports not working. I was expecting a no longer functioning laptop.
Cons: None to speak of, the keyboard layout could use some work though.
Overall Review: I purchased the Accidental Damage warranty when I bought the laptop and I am currently looking at getting it sent in for repair.
Pros: Looks Professional
Easy to keep clean
Cons: I had my sisters fiance find my laptop for me and he is a big computer nerd. This computer has done nothing but give me trouble from day 1. It freezes up at least 2 times a day and the only way to get it to unfreeze is to shut it down and reboot it. I am constantly losing my work. I would not buy this computer again