Lenovo IdeaPad U400
A laptop ready for Christmas
There’s one week left till Christmas and you don’t know what to buy yourself or your loved one as a present? Our tests say that the Lenovo IdeaPad U400 is a decent laptop that will suit you very well, that is if you don’t mind its simplicity. But, if you’ve ever used other IdeaPad models that performed way better, skip this gadget and search for another one that will quench your thirst more than this product will. But enough with the chit chat, let’s see what this device is capable of and what it still needs to become the world’s most sought after laptop.
Made from aluminum
Lenovo’s IdeaPad U400 is the bigger version of the U300 and it shares with this one the general looks full of an easy on the eyes sophistication that doesn’t scream “Look at me!”. It was interesting to note, when we reviewed the laptop, that the edges on bottom and top were similar to the covers of a book. The aluminum material confers durability, is a repellent against fingerprints and adds to the sophistication we talked about earlier. There are many laptops nowadays that risk the danger of moving from one part of the desk to the other; that’s not the case with the U400, thanks to 4 pads made of rubber. As much as we’d have liked to see other colors than the silver one, this model didn’t cater to our desire. The width and height turn the laptop into a bulkier one than its predecessor and the 4.4 pounds mean more weight to consider.
AccuType chiclet keyboard
The layout of the built-in keyboard – an AccuType chiclet – is the same as what you find on the IdeaPad U300, so spaces between keys are as well-defined as usual, but the user will need to exercise a greater pressure on the buttons to get a reaction from them. We’d have thought the $899 price you have to pay for the laptop would have included the backlighting technology, but it didn’t, so we had to turn on the lights when we used the device after the setting of the sun. A second dislike was the touchpad, whose performance was quite bad when we were writing something, because our hands moved the cursor around the whole of the display when we did an accidental brush up against the trackpad. Aware of its flaw, the touchpad was very responsive when we performed multitouch gestures, it opened a notepad on the screen when we did a 4-finger swipe, gave us the possibility to change the current wallpaper by moving 4 fingers to the left and other such great options.
Intel Core i5-2430M processor
Display-wise, the IdeaPad U400 is on the decent side. While perfectly capable of delivering colors that are vivid, when watching a movie with dark areas you’ll see a lot of splotches that take away from the enjoyment and the viewing angles aren’t the best around. Likewise, audio quality should be improved fast.
The processor that’s being used by the Lenovo IdeaPad U400 is a 2.4-GHz Intel Core i5-2430M, providing a good performance marked by good speeds. For example, when we tested the CPU specs, we noted that the operating system took a mere 40 seconds to boot.
AMD Radeon HD 6470M
The AMD Radeon HD 6470M graphics card had, on our 3DMark06, a score of only 4,470, so playing today’s complex games was a no-no. Heat, on the other hand, was kept at bay well enough. The included webcam did well with colors, although noise was a serious issue.
The battery kept the laptop running for 6 hours of life when we used it for Internet surfing on a brightness level of 50%.
Wrapping our review up, the Lenovo IdeaPad U400 isn’t a device to hate, but it also isn’t an exceptional laptop when you look at what beauties with superb performance exist nowadays.