I bought this model in the ruby red colour, and it's absolutely stunning. Weight-wise, it is technically a little heavier than most ultrabooks, but it really doesn't feel that way at all. In fact, carries super light and portable, really glad about this since I'll be carrying it back and forth from school. The ports on the side look a little bulky, but they work fine. Vents on the left are meant to let air escape that way, cooling down your computer. With video playback, though web-browsing and word processing seemed okay, I found the bottom to still feel pretty warm.
Both the outside and inside shell pick up a few fingerprints and smears from time to time, but not to a worrying degree.
There's a startling flex if you pick up the laptop by holding the bottom between your fingers. It sounds like you're pressing the bottom of it up and slightly in, but I can only assume that's the space between the fan inside and the bottom of the computer. This happened with both of the computers I purchased and I didn't notice it affect system performance in any way.
It has no optical drive, but it'd be super easy to plug in a USB optical drive. The screen resolution's a little disappointing for a 14-inch (and with the black border all around, it's really more 13 inches of actual screen), but very adequate if you're just watching movies and doing web stuff. Photoshop, too. Gamers might have an issue with the resolution, though.
Like the other reviewers said: HD 4000 graphics card included is indeed better than the Nividia one.
The keyboard is really comfortable to type with and really easy to clean, which is also a plus. The only issue I can think of for some people is that it's not backlit; as well, the shift, backspace and enter keys are smaller than expected, but personally, not so much that it's a nuisance. I got used to it pretty quickly.
The trackpad is nice and large I've heard a couple reviewers mention annoying flex with the keyboard and the trackpad being finicky sensitivity-wise, but I haven't found problems with either of those things. It's multi-gesture, which means you can zoom, scroll, etc.
The speakers are nice, surprisingly good sound, nice and loud. Mine sounded a bit fuzzy at first, but they are fully adjustable in your sound settings.
I haven't really tested out its durability as I haven't dropped it or anything, nor have I had it for very long to try the test of time; but the outside shell is aluminum and definitely gives the machine a very solid feel.
Lastly, it's got a recovery button on the side that will boot up your system is your OS won't start. You can also make a recovery disc (if you've got an external optical drive) and ask it to run that. ---
To help with battery life as well as just clear up space, I did uninstall a couple of unecessary programs.
- Smart Update (eats up your CPU, pretty useless; it updates your email/Facebook/etc while it's asleep--why do I need things to update if I'm not on the computer?) - VeriFace (uses your face as your computer password; sounds cool, but annoying to actually use). - EasyPhone (used to call employees in the same building, needs to be set up so you're on the same network) - AbsoluteReminder (calendar and reminder program of sorts; a trial version) - A three-finger swipe to the right brings you to Lenovo Easy Notes. It takes me a couple tries to swipe properly. It basically works like Windows Sticky Notes, but it's colour-coded, which is neat and isn't sitting on your desktop all the time. It's not a program that can be uninstalled, I even found it by accident. If you don't want to use it, don't; but it is there. Another three-swipe and you're out of the program, or you can click out. ---
This model runs an i5 processor with 8GB RAM. The SSD along with that (though do note you cannot switch back and forth between the HD/SSD), and I really have no cons about this machine's performance at all.
Some people mentioned issues with the wireless, but I haven't encountered that in the slightest.
I've only tried Chrome as a browser (it's the pre-installed browser on the U410), but it's quite snappy and fast--both with mutiple tabs and mutiple programs playing in the background. I've played a movie with Skype running, MS Word running, and 5+ tabs in Chrome and there was absolutely no lag or snagging in the video, Skype, Word or browser. Phenomenal. ---
This was a big selling point for me and I’m sort of disappointed. The battery life is not nine hours as advertised. This makes sense as it's only a four-cell battery. Realistically, I was expecting about six hours, but haven’t been able to achieve even that. I have no idea how they can do nine hours. With the brightness a little less than half, and continuous web browsing as well as maybe two movies of video playback tops, I've been able to get just over five hours unplugged.
If your U410 isn't pulling at least 4.5 hours (though I'd really be expectant for five) and you're doing the same usage as above, I’d say something is wrong with your battery and it should be exchanged/returned. I had to exchange my first one as it was only giving me about a 2.5 hour charge. The battery is also embedded into the machine, so you won't be able to carry around an extra one as a spare.
Lenovo does have handy software on this model called Energy Management where you can put your battery into Battery Protection mode. This will make it so that it'll charge only 60% and then run off AC power. Super useful if you have it plugged in a lot of the time. ---
I've had this computer for about a month and so far I see no major problems with it. I bought it for school and though I haven't had a chance to use it in the classroom, I've definitely been using it enough to say it works very well as a computer for a student with a 4+ hour school day. I am put out by the lower than expected battery life, but all other aspects run incredibly smoothly.
By the standards outlined above, I consider this a pretty solid buy. To me, it runs basically like a Mac, for far cheaper.
Essentially, if you need a good computer for student and every day use, with extreme web-browsing, and word processing, as well as up to moderate video playback/photo-editing, and less than six hours unplugged--you’re golden."
"Pros: Portable, Stylish and HD Display with Performance overall
For Performance: 3.5 Stars For Graphics: 3 Stars
Cons: The video card confuses me... it has a Geforce 610M but that card is worse then the HD 4000 included on the board. I'm a little mystified as to why they put it in there at all but never the less just uninstall the drivers and use the HD 4000 instead."
"This is the first laptop I own and so far, so good. However, the keyboard is a little too sensitive and I can't seem to type the letter "t" the first (or second time around). I need to consciously remember to press harder on the letter. Also, I do notice the keyboard flex and cover flex. It doesn't bother me too much but I do notice the flex. It would be great if the keyboard is backlit but I understand this is a budget ultrabook. I prefer Windows 7 but Windows 8 is growing on me."
Cons: Keyboard/peripherals, Storage, Battery, difficult to work on - unibody design
"Pros: light, solid, 4 usb ports (2x2.0, 2x3.0), nice to look at, integrated backup software, quiet, runs well out of the box. Cons: battery life not 9 hours as advertised (4.5hrs for me, 2-5 hours for everyone on the forums), right shift key is small, keyboard not backlit, harddrive already has 4 primary partitions, not able to replace battery, hdd, or ram easily(unibody design).
This is my first Lenovo product. I purchased this brand on the recommendation of a local computer tech whom I respect. I purchased this product because of the portability and battery life. I realize that an advertised battery life of 8-9 hours seems high, so I would have been happy with 6 hours, below what is advertised, but acceptable. Having had the laptop only 2 days, I've gotten on average 4.5 hours of battery life. I'm in the process of removing unnecessary software/running processes, in the hopes that it improves the battery life, but I'm not hopeful. I talked to a Lenovo Tech Support specialist, and his reply was that the 8-9 hour battery life was on Standby. He said that 2-4 hours was typical. So, if you want 9 hours of standby battery time, this is the model for you. One other point is that the right shift key is 1/2 size (you can see it in the pictures, but I didn't notice until I used it). I have big hands and more than a couple times I've hit the up arrow key instead of the shift. Bad if you're a touch typist. Not sure why they did this, because the left shift key is normal. Lastly, I planned on making this a dual boot computer with Linux. When I tried to repartition the hard drive, I learned that it already has 4 primary partitions, which is the maximum number (C:, D:backup, and two hidden partitions for the backup/restore software). The OneKey backup/restore system is integrated into the computer with it's own button on the side. It seems wasteful to remove it and it looks like a very useful program. If only Lenovo had planned better and left at least one primary partition available for the consumer to use."
Cons: Display resolution, Display performance, no backlit keyboard
"Nothing bad to say, this is my 6th Lenovo laptop and they just keep getting better.
I make an excuse to hand down my "old" (U400) to one of my guys and then picked up this U410.
The only real issues are: 1) Backlight the keyboard 2) come up with a smaller power plug so when it gets pulled I don't lose a motherboard. Cudos to Apple for their magnet plug and curses for no one else coming up with something better/similar"
"Compared to other ultrabooks, the bang for your buck here cannot be beat. Super fast start times, snappy all around really when it comes to performance. Your getting the same internals that all the other $1200+ ultrabooks have and a much better keyboard. Great battery life as well, might not be as much as the pricier ultrabooks but it still kicks my laptops butt. Also very visually pleasing, its nice to see something that's not a clam shell design.
Its not perfect, but the issues are small ones to me. Display could be a bit better, 1366x768 gets the job done but still wish it was just one step up.
The wireless card out of the box didn't quite work right, but after a driver patch lenovo released its working great now.
The video card kinda confuses me... it has a Geforce 610M but that card is worse then the HD 4000 included on the board. I'm a little mystified as to why they put it in there at all but never the less just uninstall the drivers and use the HD 4000 instead.
This is a great buy and if your looking for a great ultrabook without breaking the bank this is your boy."
"I bought the Lenovo U410 on Cyber Monday 2012. It had wifi connectivity issues, where download speed on wifi is terribly slow, as described in the tremedously long discussion log on the lenovo support site. After a while I gave up and returned the laptop, because it seems to be a design problem. The return process was pretty painless, so at least that was good. But I wasted time installing software and troubleshooting the wifi problem. So stay away."
"Pros 1.display quality is good 2.good performance 3. except for the plastic covering around the display screen the build quality is pretty good for the price
Cons: 1.It is not an ultrabook as advertised. It has reasonable wight of 4 lbs which is too high for an ultrabook. This is just a 14inch laptop with a regreshing look 2.glitches in home screen when using trackpad 3.battery life is around 3 hrs. The product description says 8hrs 4. gets pretty hot if used for more than 1hr"
"I absolutely love my Lenovo! I bought this Ultrabook in the Ruby Red color and it is absolutely gorgeous! I bought my computer 9 months ago and have not had any problems with it so far. I love it for my college classes because it is light and easy to tuck away into my backpack. It also fits easily on my desk and the keyboard is fairly quiet to type on. I bought an external cd/dvd drive to use with my computer, but haven't needed to use it yet. WThe touchpad can be a little sensitive sometimes, especially with the zoom function, but it just takes a little time to get used to. The only other drawback I found was that the home key is very close to the backspace key and I find myself hitting that on accident and then typing at the beginning of the line all of a sudden."
Pros: Processor, Included software, Software compatibility, Memory, Video card, Storage
Cons: Weight, Display performance, Durability
"I get this dull looking computers yesterday. Overall it works just fine except the key pad bothers me a lot. It feel so weak and trembling while I was typing. Cannot understand the designer why the key pad should have such design. Feel it will fall apart anytime while you're using it."
"I recently got this laptop for Christmas. The U410 is an excellent laptop as far as the value. Its relatively thin and not too heavy, so its easy to carry around. I mainly use it for school to write papers and complete online work. Here are some cons.
1. The plastic frame around the screen tends to (un-pop) from the main base behind the LCD, this is easily fixable. Its a constant reminder of the compromises Lenovo made to keep it cheap. it doesn't effect functionality so its minimal, no biggie.
That is basically it, the laptop gets the job done. The keyboard is absolutely the best thing I have ever used. This laptop is on par with Lenovo's "DO" slogan. In conclusion, If you are looking for a work laptop thats portable, and you take good care of your stuff, buy this."
Pros: Battery, Weight, Processor, Memory, Video card
Cons: Wireless card
"I've recently purchased this U410 laptop and it was easy enough to set up. The graphics card runs excellent. I can run World Of Warcraft on good. The battery live is good, running at full speed i still have 4 hours left. Running energy mode it will last 5-6 hours. The only bad thing: which is going to take some getting used to is the track pad. I'm used to have the track pad and 2 buttons separate. The weight of the computer is super light to make easy travel. That is the only problem i have with this laptop is the track pad when i game, Simple fix is get an external mouse."
Cons: Warranty, Display resolution, Input/Output compatibility, Battery, Security Features
"I've had this laptop for just over a week and I already love it! I bought it to use for University.
Pros: - Fairly thin and light but still feels sturdy - Very attractive design, well-spaced keys that are easy to type on - Multi-touch trackpad- less clicking and more tapping! - Everything loads really fast- I've found it can start up in less than 10 seconds - Aids in productivity- the design is clean and very functional - Has many cool features that come with Windows 8
Cons: - The battery life is shorter than expected (not even close to the suggested 6 hours) - Fingerprints show up easily on the lid and the interior aluminum body - The screen resolution isn't the greatest"
"I bought this computer a few weeks ago and it has been running smoothly thus far. I'm not sure how I feel about Windows 8 over Windows 7, but Lenovo itself is superb (this coming from a lifelong Mac user). The only problems I've been running into, which I have found are extremely common, are that the touch pad sometimes forgets that it can do two finger scrolling and double finger tap as a right click. Restarting fixed the scrolling problem temporarily (it's an ongoing problem that seems to happen after opening certain common programs like Office), but I still have not found a solution to the right click problem, which is very annoying. I will contact customer service to see if they have any suggestions. Also, the battery dies very quickly."
"Bought with Windows 7 and 39.99 deal to upgrade to Windows 8. Unfortunately, Lenovo has not released RapidDrive software for Windows 8. RapidDrive allows you to merge your SSD and HDD as one drive for the OS. This makes the bootup faster (using SSD) and have direct access for large disk space for your files and applcaiton (from HDD).
Am sticking to Windows 7 till the software update is released or spend more money to buy a bigger SSD."
"Went into store planning to get a tablet, came out with this amazing laptop.
Pros: Great Battery Life, Well-built design. Very quick for a laptop (kudos to Lenovo for actually using the SSD part of the hybrid drive for the OS installation, some companies don't do that.), It is down-right gorgeous, AND VERY LITTLE BLOATWARE!
Cons: Wish it was 1920x1080 resolution, had to turn off the touch to click functionality on the touchpad it was a bit too sensitive for me, I kept clicking on things when I didn't intend to.
All in all a great laptop, I had never really owned a Lenovo laptop and from my experience thus far I will definitely recommend their products to any one of my friends or family members."
Pros: Battery, Weight, Processor, Support, Included software, Memory, Video card, Wireless card, Build Quality, Storage, Display resolution
Cons: Input/Output compatibility
"I am writing this only to refute those bad comments about wifi ( from looks like fake customers ) . I bought lenovo because I have used their product at my office before this. They are awesome , particularly the ThinkPad. I bought a i5 U410 this new year and it works absolutely fine. There is no problem with wifi. The laptop is light weight and slim. It is a complete value for money. It has win 8. ..I just paid $650 with tax. The only problem is it does not have a connector to LCD....by the way I am a techie"
"It is light, looks great, and has one of the better keyboards available now that we are in the era of tapping on chiclets instead of pressing actual keys. The display is crisp and bright. Long battery life. The trackpad has a nice feel to it.
But (and this is a very big "but"), I just couldn't get past the WiFi problem. The U410 constantly disconnected at both of two locations where as use the laptop on a regular basis. It gets really tiresome having to disable and re-enable the wireless adapter just to stay connected.
Another issue was with the trackpad two-finger scrolling. The driver would crash on a regular basis, and you'd have to restart to get trackpad scrolling again. When you're used to that feature, it's a pain to have to do without."