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Lenovo IdeaPad U310 review

An affordable, attractive Ultrabook - but is it compromised in other areas?

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Snappy waking from sleep
  • Looks great
  • Decent range of ports
  • Good keyboard

Against

  • Not a great screen
  • Battery life a bit low
  • Stupid single-finger gestures
  • Flex in body

It might be a little unfair to suggest that the Lenovo IdeaPad U310 is skirting by on its looks, but that's definitely where it stands out from the Ultrabook crowd.

Looks might seem like a small thing in the scheme of computers, but when you consider how close Ultrabooks are to one another in terms of specs, it's one of the few ways to stand out. The IdeaPad U310 looks great, but that really is its only notable feature, ultimately.

Like quite a few lower-priced Ultrabooks, it's really more worth considering as a replacement for a home laptop than as a travelling or working companion. It still offers a size and weight advantage over something similar, but you could get better value for money from something a little less size-conscious.

We liked

The Lenovo IdeaPad U310 really does look the part of a friendly small laptop, with bright colours, a clean white look and rounded edges. You can imagine using it in the living room or with someone at university, instead of on a desk or hidden in an office.

Its speed at coming on from standby and its great keyboard mean that it's a natural thing to grab when you do some quick surfing, while a good range of ports means it definitely isn't lacking as a computer.

We disliked

Aside from looks, there's very little to make this stand out. The components and performance are average, the screen is thoroughly middling, the battery life is a bit low, it's a bit heavy and thick, but it all falls within the realms of what you'd expect for its price…

The trackpad gestures are a major annoyance, though, especially since the silly way they've been implemented means that they can either be turned off or lived with, not improved, as far as we can see.

Final verdict

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Compared to the laptops you'll find it next to in a PC shop, it may be that the fun looks are all that can make the Lenovo IdeaPad U310 stand out. It's not any worse than its low-priced Ultrabook peers, and the keyboard is good for those who want to do a lot of typing on a small machine.

For a 13-inch Ultrabook priced at £599/US$729 (around AU$912), it's perfectly acceptable. You'll get something a fair bit snappier if you can stretch to something like the Asus Zenbook UX32A, though.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Optical Drive TypeNo
Solid State Drive Capacity32 GB
HDMIYes
Product FamilyIdeaPad U310
Processor Modeli3-2367M
ColourBlue
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameLenovo
Processor Speed1.40 GHz
Processor TypeCore i3
Screen Size33.8 cm (13.3")
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, RoHS
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Total Memory Slots1
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height18 mm
Width333 mm
Depth225 mm
Screen ModeHD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesU310
ManufacturerLenovo Group Limited
Product NameIdeaPad U310 Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineIdeaPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberMAG68UK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lenovo.com/uk/en/
Marketing Information

YOU BRING THE IDEAS, WE'LL BRING THE SWAGGER.

Attention-getter, multimedia maven or gaming virtuoso - no matter what you call yourself, our IdeaPad laptops power your imagination and your sense of self-expression. They feature clever technology and a spectrum of equally smart designs.

EXPRESS YOURSELF

IdeaPad's stylish design makes these laptops ones to see and be seen with. No two people are the same. We kept that in mind when we designed the first IdeaPad laptops. Fact is, we wanted to give you options for expressing yourself. You may look at a tribal tattoo pattern and see yourself. Or maybe bold colors or a sleek metallic finish is more your speed. Choose carefully - you will get noticed.

Maximum Memory4 GB
Package Contents
  • IdeaPad U310 Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter