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."