|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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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....Read more ›
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.
NOTE: There are lots of reports on these laptops (and many others) having bad wifi cards. Mine does not and, so far, seems to get a similar signal strength as my older laptops both close and far from the router. This article [...] seems to indicate that the problem was solved after 7/23/2012. The date on the box that my unit was packed in is 7/28/2012 so maybe amazon has gotten rid of the faulty ones (or maybe I just got lucky).
On to the review . . .
I've only had it 2 days so far but so far so good. It's a very good price for a 3rd gen i5 with 6gb and the hybrid hd. There's a version on amazon with an i3 and 4gb for the same price. Why? Anyway . . .
-Keyboard. Very comfy and well-laid-out with better travel than most laptops in its class. That's a Lenovo specialty.
-Huge trackpad. Works great and rejects unintentional palm contact while typing extremely well. Multi-finger gestures are also responsive.
-Speed. Boots to login in under 20 sec, login to a desktop that's actually READY TO USE in under another 20. That's the hybrid hd 32gb ssd cache at work. That's great for me and I'd rather have the much better storage/price ratio of the platter hd compared to a full ssd anyway.
-Power. 3rd gen i5 and 6gb is just a treat to work on.
-Connectivity. 2 usb 3.0's, 2 usb 2.0's, full-size hdmi, ethernet etc. Lots of corners are cut here on other brands.
-I love video games.Read more ›
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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