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WARNING!! Do NOT buy this computer under ANY circumstance!! I purchased mine slightly used on EBay and was thrilled with its clean design, touchscreen, 1 terabyte hard drive etc. And, for 9 months it worked quite well. Until a few day ago I opened it and heard a pop sound from the right hinge area. There's a strip of black plastic along the bottom of screen and it started to bulge on the right side. After researching more online I learned about this hinge problem the U530 is known for, and realized this was the problem. I opened up very carefully and tonight the black plastic strip popped off when the left hinge broke. After examining the wreckage I learned it's not a problem with the hinge at all. The problem is an inherent design flaw with the hinge Is secured on to the screen. All anchor points for the hinge are on a thin brittle plastic sheet just below the screen. On these 2 anchor point rests the entire weight of the screen. The physics of the design guarantees failure after minimal use. If yours hasn't broke yet, I promise you it will, and probably after your warranty has expired. My advice is to get rid of it ASAP before you end up in the same situation I'm in, with a beautiful computer that will cost as much to be repaired as I paid for it.
This thing lasted maybe 4 months. Then the screen and motherboard died on me. I knew the Ideapads were Lenovo's mid- to lower-quality laptops, but come on! This is ridiculous.
I salvaged what I could, threw the rest away and bought a Lenovo Flex2. Although not a bad deal, I think for my next laptop I'm going with Asus or a high-end Dell. They seem to have less teething problems, unless I go with an expensive Lenovo X1 or something similar (Thinkpad).
We loved this computer for about 6 months until the plastic part that keeps the hinge for opening and closing it shattered inside. The machine still works great, but it's now a desktop as we cannot close it. Note that touch screens are not great ergonomically for a laptop. It's better to have one that you can use like a pad of paper. We both started feeling the pain in our wrists and quit using the touch screen as much.
Worst buy ever! Both hinges broke, touchscreen stopped working, sound gives trouble. It's been nothing but a pain since I bought it in 2014. I really wanted to love this laptop. The reviews online back then sold me on the idea that I would. I got screwed so bad. Lenovo really disappointed.
Great hardware, 8.1 can be tolerated. I am currently dual booting Linux Mint. No problems with hardware recognition. I used Unetbootin to install Qiana. The only negative is with Bluetooth on the Windows side but, that is a recognized problem on both 8 and 8.1, Microsoft screwed the Bluetooth stack.
I got this Laptop a few days ago. I bought it as a refurbished product to save hundreds on the price and no sales tax. I got it through Amazon Prime, so I am enjoying the benefits. Lenovo gave me a full year warranty upon registration, so I am happy about that.
About the laptop..... First opinions Love: - The screen is beautiful, big and clear. I have lots of real estate to keep two applications working side by side. The keyboard is really nice with lots of bells and whistles. The keys are a bit different from other laptops, so it takes a bit of getting use to. The touch pad is okay, though right click is annoying (another reviewer stated this issue). However, I use a wireless mouse, so it is not an issue for me. The touch screen works great, though it does tend to messy if your fingers are not perfectly clean. The weight is less than I expected for such a large laptop, and the keyboard is mostly cool to the touch (the hard drive is in the middle of the keyboard, not under the hand rests like the Toshiba laptops). Some of the Lenovo software is cute, though most of it is bloat. With that said, there was very little bloat-ware compared to an HP or Dell.
Hate: - Windows 8.0 is preloaded. It is beyond horrible (and I am an IT specialist). It took me about 10 hours to update to Windows 8.1, which is somewhat better. However, if you download and install ClassicShell (free), it becomes more user friendly. The Hard Drive is somewhat slow compared to a static drive. So later today, I am planning to swap the current HDD for an SSD. The new Windows 8 Apps UI is atrocious. So if you are looking for the Windows Vista or Windows 7 feel, install ClassicShell, then the laptop becomes mighty fine.
Overall: - It is a good laptop. I don't regret buying it. However, if setting up Windows is not your thing and you don't like or know Windows 8, this may not be the most user friendly-out-of-the-box laptop on the market.
Overall this is a good laptop. Runs smoothly and is fairly quiet. Works well with linux without any problems. However the screen is a bit wobbly and the keyboard is okay, but not as nice to type on as lenovo's thinkpad models. It is a good value for the money.