|Screen Size||14 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1366 x 768|
|Max Screen Resolution||1366x768|
|Processor||1.7 GHz Core i5-3317U|
|RAM||6 GB DDR3|
|Hard Drive||500 GB flash_memory_solid_state|
|Graphics Coprocessor||NVIDIA Geforce GT 610M|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||1 MB|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||2|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||2|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||8 hours|
Lenovo IdeaPad U410 43762CU 14-Inch Ultrabook (1.7GHz Intel Core i5-3317U Processor, 6GB DDR3, 500GB HDD, 32GB SSD, Windows 7 Home Premium) Graphite Gray
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The Lenovo IdeaPad U410 - An Ultra Slim and Stylish Notebook at an Ultra Affordable Price. The stylish yet inexpensive IdeaPad U410 untra notebook combines a super-slim design with ultra responsive technologies – 3rd gen Intel Core i5 processor, 500GB hard drive plus a 32GB SSD drive for faster boot up and access, and smart features like Lenovo Smart Update that downloads your emails even while on sleep mode. Plus, the U410 has an extended battery life of up to 8hrs.
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But, there is a design flaw in terms of the wi-fi. I was aware of an extremely common wi-fi issue coming from Lenova U series (includes this U410 and U310). People would complain that they have either 1) a disconnecting wi-fi internet problem 2) low signals until very close to wi-fi access.
My theory is that since the casing of the laptop is almost 100% thin aluminum, the metal casing is reducing the wi-fi strength. In other words, the wi-fi adaptor is like your cell phone trying to text inside a metal elevator casing- reducing the signal or losing it frequently. Also like when you go through a tunnel. Maybe the design flaw is because they are almost mimicking the mac's metal chassis and they failed mimicking on one key part... like allowing an opening for the wi-fi antenna....
Regardless- My love for this laptop will outweigh returning the laptop- for now- as I am currently purchasing an external wi-fi antenna USB. An antenna will test my hypothesis of whether it is the whole casing, which is the design flaw, or if the brand new network adaptor sucks (unlikely but possible).
Keep you posted.
Design flaw averted by simply adding on cheap external wifi adapter. Acts like an antenna to get better signals than many laptops. Yay!
I bought a CISCO Lynksis external wi-fi adapter for $49.99- even though on best buy I saw it for half off. I needed internet ASAP, so I went for it (I can always order the cheaper version, then return with receipt for the current to save 25$ once it arrives)- it works! I can even access my n network now. My download speed went from 0MB to 8.6MB; Upload speed from 0MB to 3.6MB on [...]
I tentatively recommend getting this laptop and investing in a $10-50 external wifi.
DO NOT GET A CISCO Lynksis external wi-fi adapter!
It is beautiful until it snaps off. It's long extension knocks into any thing near it (my girlfriend, the wall, people walking by, etc.) Here is the review link:
I recommend a shorter, cheaper one.
1- Problematic Intel Centrino Wireless N 2200 BGN card: worked intermittently at N levels(115 Mbps), for the most part at G levels (54 Mbps) , and occasionally not at all!
See Lenovo Forums for several comments and complaints about these Wifi issues, and it's lack of a hardware/software solution.
2- Battery last for only about 4 to 4.5 hours unders regular use, about half of what Lenovo advertises.
These short comings are unfortunate, because the rest of the U410 is an excellent laptop for the money. I may have received a lemon that doesn't represent this product line, but
was dismayed to find so much negative commentary in the U410's forum on the Wifi issue.
My only grievances is with the bloatware!!!!! No one has ever bought a laptop and thanked the manufacturer for putting so many crappy programs on it. EVERYBODY who knows how to use Windows spends the first hour with any new comp uninstalling all the useless junk. (BTW PC decrapifier is an excellent cleansing tool for any new PC)
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