Lenovo IdeaPad U310: A More Affordable Ultrabook

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PCMark Vantage and PCMark 7

We also put the Lenovo IdeaPad U310 through two of Futuremark's comprehensive benchmarks. We started with PCMark Vantage, which simulates the usage of a typical user. The test includes HDTV playback, movie playback, image and video editing, and music compression. It also puts the system through its paces with productivity applications.

PCMark Vantage and PCMark 7
General Application and Multimedia Performance

Here, the U310 sits squarely in the middle of the systems in our comparison pool. At an overall PCMark score of 6572, the U310 lags behind the U300s. That's understandable, as the U300s that we tested had a Core i7-2677M processor at 2.1GHz (with Turbo Boost).

Next, we fired up PCMark 7, which is a more recently updated suite than PCMark 7. The software has different tests that cover many of the same types of activities. In our experience, PCMark 7 weighs graphics and processor performance a little more than PCMark Vantage does, while PCMark Vantage considers storage performance to a higher degree.

As you can see, the U310 again lands between the more powerful U300s and the Core i3-based Toshiba Portégé, but much closer to the U300s. In fact, there's only a 1% difference between the U310 and its more powerful sibling in PCMark 7.

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