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Lenovo IdeaPad U410 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £700
inc VAT

Dedicated graphics at a great price, but the screen quality and flex in the keyboard detract


14 in 1,366×768 display, 1.9kg, 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5-3317U, 8.00GB RAM, 1,000GB disk, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

We had no trouble working on the U410, thanks to its spacious Chiclet-style keyboard and sizable all-in-one touchpad. Each key has plenty of travel and a springy action. The layout is fairly standard, although the function keys have been remapped to perform multimedia and system shortcuts. It was a little disappointing to see so much flex in the keyboard tray – it bounces up and down with every key press, becoming quite distracting once you notice it.

The glass touchpad is better and lets you glide across its surface. It was both responsive and accurate, with the left- and right-mouse buttons integrated into the bottom of the pad.

Lenovo IdeaPad U410

Considering you’ll spend all your time sat in front of it, the 14in screen is a little disappointing. Its 1,366×768 resolution is fairly standard but brightness is disappointingly low. With a glossy finish that makes light reflections troublesome, it can be difficult to see what’s on screen in direct sunlight or under bright overhead lighting. At least colours were vibrant and contrast was reasonable. Tight viewing angles mean you have to sit straight-on to get the best image quality.

Although it’s one of the few Ultrabooks with a dedicated graphics card, the basic screen and a few issues with build quality means the IdeaPad 410 falls a little short. It’s powerful, able to play certain games at reasonable levels of detail and has a fantastic battery life, but you’ll have to learn to live with the keyboard flex. At the same price, the HP Envy 6 is the better choice.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor Intel Core i5-3317U
Processor clock speed 1.7 GHz
Memory 8.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 8GB
Size 21x344x235mm
Weight 1.9kg
Sound Conexant SmartAudio HD
Pointing device touchpad


Viewable size 14 in
Native resolution 1,366×768
Graphics Processor Nvidia GeForce 610M
Graphics/video ports HDMI
Graphics Memory 1,024MB


Total storage capacity 1,000GB
Optical drive type none

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 4
Bluetooth no
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11n
PC Card slots none
Supported memory cards SDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro/Duo
Other ports minijack audio output, minijack microphone input, 2x USB3


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option restore partition
Software included Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition
Optional extras none

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £700