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While ultrabooks are seemingly all anyone at Microsoft or Intel can talk about, what about the humble laptop? The thicker, more versatile notebook computer of old certainly isn't going anywhere--at least, not right now--although changes in laptop design brought about by products like the MacBook Air, and even the Dell XPS 13 and Asus Zenbook, are starting to force all laptops to step up their game. The Lenovo IdeaPad U400 isn't an ultrabook, but it borrows the look of one--the IdeaPad U300s--in a big-brother 14-inch laptop with a Core i5 processor, slot-loading DVD drive, and a larger-capacity 500GB hard drive that isn't SSD, but can hold more music, photos, and videos than the average limited ultrabook. The best thing the IdeaPad U400 has going for it is style; this is a cool, clean-looking laptop, easily one of the best I've ever seen Lenovo make. It's got clear design connections to the MacBook Pro and Samsung Series 7 Chronos, but has some fine-tuned features that stand alone. Alas, the battery life kills the equation. Four hours or so on the U400's integrated battery isn't bad, but it's hard to swallow when the MacBook Pro and Samsung Series 7 got 6-plus hours on our same tests. Attractive laptop?
The Lenovo IdeaPad U400 laptop offers a great combination of style, performance, and superior input ergonomics. It's part of Lenovo's U series (U as in ultraportable), but at 0.9-inches thick and close to 5 pounds with the AC adapter, the U400 is more aptly defined as an all-purpose laptop; a very good one, but all-purpose nonetheless. The extra thickness (the U300s Ultrabook is only 0.6 inches thick) is largely to accommodate the U400's slot-fed DVD burner. The U400 is available with a Core i7-2620M CPU and up to 8GB of memory, but our test unit, which turned in a capable WorldBench score of 112, was fitted with a Core i5-2430M processor, "only" 6GB of memory, and a 5400-rpm, 750GB hard drive. It also featured switchable graphics, with both an integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000 chip as well as an AMD Radeon HD 6470M discrete GPU. The latter allowed the laptop to attain playable frame rates at both 800 by 600 resolution (45 to 65 frames per second) and 1024 by 768 resolution (35 to 45 fps) at low detail. The U400 ran for 4 hours and 45 minutes in our run-down tests, which is about average for an i5-based unit.
Lenovo is known for its high-quality business laptops, the plain black looks of which users have been able to recognize for years. The Lenovo IdeaPad U400 ($899.99 direct), on the other hand, looks and feels like it was designed to attract mainstream users. In addition to being well equipped, with an Intel Core i5 processor, discrete AMD graphics, a spacious hard drive, and forward-thinking features like USB 3.0 and WiDi 2.0, its sandblasted aluminum chassis and glass touchpad make it a system you'll literally want to get your hands on. It's hard to do justice to the design of the U400 using words alone, because this laptop is one you have to touch and feel to fully appreciate. The chassis is made from a single sheet of gray aluminum, molded seamlessly like the unibody design of the Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (Late 2011) ($1,799 direct, 4 stars). It's been sandblasted to create a "warm" finish that isn't just smooth but is a pleasure to touch. This aspect has been extended to every element of the laptop. The touchpad's glass surface feels silky smooth and almost soft; this is the first time I've been loath to pull my fingers away from a touchpad.
The 14-inch all-metal IdeaPad U400 is an impressive MacBook Pro competitor that offers good performance and six hours of battery life for $879. Keep reading to find out if Lenovo can deliver a killer premium notebook at a fair price.Build and DesignThe IdeaPad U400 is a departure from the standard Lenovo IdeaPad notebooks of the past; it has a metal exoskeleton instead of the plastic (albeit sturdy) shells that have dominated this line for a long time. As few pieces of metal as possible were used in the construction, lending the U400 a clean look. At less than an inch thick and 4.3 pounds the U400 is easy to carry around. The actual design of the U400s is reminiscent of the Apple MacBook; it's a little too similar for my taste. It's clean but not sophisticated. The build quality is excellent overall; there is no chassis flex. The metal lid provides good protection; pressing in on the back doesn't yield any ripples on the screen. The lid can be opened with one hand and that is very convenient. Something I don't like about the design is the rather sharp edge around the display and bottom of the chassis; a more rounded-off design is preferred.
Review: The Lenovo U400 encompasses an elegant design and juggles being both a high-end consumer laptop while also trying to come in at a decent price point.In the eyes of enthusiasts, Lenovo is still known primarily for its ThinkPad line which has carried on IBM’s legacy of rugged, affordable laptops. Lenovo has not neglected its consumer division, however. Instead, the company has aggressively pursued new designs and new products, one of which is the IdeaPad U series. Case in point is the Lenovo U400 which we are reviewing.The U series is Lenovo’s take on the trendy, high-end laptop market that is dominated by Apple’s MacBook Pro. We reviewed a couple older models in this line over a year ago and found that design and build quality was lacking. Fortunately the tech world moves rather quickly. The entire line has moved on to new models, one of which is the Lenovo U400. While high-end models are priced at well over $1000, the mid-range model we received for review currently is sold on Amazon for $899.For that reasonable chunk of change you’ll receive a Core i5 processor, Radeon HD 6470M discrete graphics, 6GB of RAM and a 750GB hard drive.
Consider it the Ultrabook's bigger brother. The Lenovo IdeaPad U400 has the same design as its slim U300s, but expands it slightly to fit in a larger 14-inch screen and a slot-loading DVD drive. At the same time, Lenovo shrunk the price to $899 and still crammed a Core i5 processor, discrete AMD graphics, 750GB hard drive, and 8GB of RAM in a sleek all-aluminum chassis. However, this thin-and-light notebook is not without its faults. Read on to find out what we liked and what we didn't.Click to EnlargeEssentially a larger version of the U300s Ultrabook, the Lenovo IdeaPad U400 has the same subdued but sophisticated design. The top and bottom edges protrude out slightly, like the cover of a book. The notebook is made from a single piece of aluminum with a sandblasted finish. The result is an exterior that not only looks and feels great, but resists fingerprints, too. The bottom, like the top, is completely sealed, creating a unified look. Four rubber pads keep it from sliding around on the desk.While there's no ridged patterns as on the ASUS U46SV, or speaker grilles as on the Dell XPS 14z, the U400 is elegantly understated.
This week we've got the newest offering in the ultraportable PC space with the Lenovo IdeaPad U400 sitting on the review block, and with its simplistic appearance, Core i5 processor inside, and classic “breathable” Lenovo keyboard, we've got what would appear at first to be an all-round lovely little number. This laptop has a 14-inch HD display, up to 4 hours of battery life off the cord, and it runs Windows 7 Home Premium out of the box. Right this second you can grab this notebook for $1,299.00 direct from Lenovo on super web price sale - is this the relatively tiny yet super powerful Windows machine you've been looking for all your life? This machine is nowhere near as light as the MacBook Air, and is not nearly as unique looking as the Alienware M17x (or the smaller 15), but you're not in this for Apple or for light-up keys and gaming prowess, are you? You want a Lenovo laptop, and because you've been more than satisfied with the U260 IdeaPad you purchased at the start of 2011, you assume that this new much more powerful device will bump you up in every way.