HH Inspects The Lenovo IdeaPad U310, A More Affordable Ultrabook

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Ultrabooks may be selling like hotcakes but one area that has obviously been a challenge for notebook manufacturers is price point. Intel's $1,000 goal (not to mention their recent Ivy Bridge ULT-based $799 target) has been hard to hit, given all the pricey tech that goes into making these slim systems sing. Most have come in at well over the $1K mark – until recently. That brings us to the Lenovo IdeaPad U310, which has a price tag that, depending on the configuration, slides the machine into mainstream notebook territory.

Today, we're taking a look at Lenovo's IdeaPad U310 Core i5-3317U model, which weighs in nicely at  Intel's current even more aggressive utltrabook price target at $799.99.
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Erakith replied on Fri, Aug 24 2012 12:15 PM

As much as I know it fits the bill, the design doesn't scream "ultrabook" to me. It looks like any other slim laptop that has been on the market for years now. The HP 13.3" dv3t series springs to mind. Thin and light yes, ultrabook? Hmm.. no.

That's just me, though.

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pwrntspd replied on Fri, Aug 24 2012 3:28 PM

So um, this with trinity please?

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realneil replied on Fri, Aug 24 2012 9:31 PM

This is nice for the price.

$722.00 is a decent street price for it.

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Ultrabook is slick and slim with a blazing fast ssd. This looks like a brick

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karanm replied on Sun, Aug 26 2012 10:40 AM

a brick!!! I know its not as slim and awesome looking as the Zenbook or the Dell and Hp ultrabooks but for that price its really good. Personally I would kill for the Asus zenbook Prime but this Lenovo would allow me to forgo the jail time and actually use the laptop. 

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CDeeter replied on Sun, Aug 26 2012 11:54 AM

Do you have the option of adding another dimm for dual channel, or is there only one memory slot?

BTW Josh, nice review.

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NNK replied on Sun, Aug 26 2012 8:05 PM

Nice Review Josh.. might be recommending this to my friend.. he is in the market for a laptop.. I told him to wait a few months ago... he didn't know what an Ultrabook was.. I told him to wait and for the prices to drop

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KPhoenix replied on Sun, Aug 26 2012 8:20 PM

Ultrabooks are the future .. half the weight for the same or better performance

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Wish they could have crammed the numpad too

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JPrakash replied on Sun, Aug 26 2012 9:12 PM

Anybody who buys a normal Laptop these days are poorly informed IMO.. They need to subscribe to sites like HotHardware maybe :P

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CKr replied on Sun, Aug 26 2012 9:47 PM

I would like to see more upgradable Grahpics in Laptops and Ultrabooks

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karanm replied on Sun, Aug 26 2012 10:16 PM

CDeeter:

Do you have the option of adding another dimm for dual channel, or is there only one memory slot?

BTW Josh, nice review.

The Lenovo PDF says there is only one SODIMM slot with a max of 1x 8gb.That's enough IMO for w/e you want to do on a laptop like this but then for my use even the 4GB would be enough. Surfing, watching movies on the screen or using the Intel WIDI option won't use that much ram. neither will word processing or the basic apps that one uses in windows.

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PKumar replied on Sun, Aug 26 2012 11:03 PM

Sounds nice.. and the pricing is great

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DDK replied on Sun, Aug 26 2012 11:28 PM

Ultrabooks need to be lighter IMO

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RRajan replied on Sun, Aug 26 2012 11:48 PM

Can't wait to see what Haswell ultrabooks bring to the table

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Will be more significant than Sandy or Ivy Bridge

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Thanks, CDeeter and NNK. karanm is right, there's only one slot. A little surprising, but it still handles everyday tasks well. And physically, it's really light. Very easy to hold.

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realneil replied on Mon, Aug 27 2012 11:12 AM

Joshua Gulick:
And physically, it's really light. Very easy to hold.

 

So it's nothing like a "brick"? LOL!

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BWelch replied on Wed, Sep 5 2012 2:05 AM

Yes it is like a slim laptop not an ultrabook. See this ultrabook from different manufacturer that is also under $1000 http://www.squidoo.com/ultrabook-under-1000

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