Baby Gizmo Spotlight Review: Lenovo IdeaPad (VIDEO)

The Lenovo IdeaPad U310 Ultrabook packs a huge punch in a small package.  The laptop has a wonderful high end touch and feel that is very similar to the MacBook Airbook, but at ½ the price.  It has an aluminum look and feel to the chassis and the screen durability feels very solid.  Many of the ultrabooks on the market have a flimsy feel that makes you question the quality – NOT the Ideapad!

The U310 has incredible battery life at 6 hours and is easy to travel with at under 4 lbs.  The mouse pad is large and easy to manipulate.  It isn’t sticky like some of the other laptop brands where it leaves finger print marks and looks dirty.  The keyboard is the typical size for a 13 inch laptop, but the keys have a wonderful touch and feel.  Typing is not loud and annoying and the keyboard is big enough even for larger hands.  The only feature I would change on the IdeaPad is a matte finish on the display.  I know that this is a personal preference – but I believe you would see less finger prints when using the touch screen.

Speaking of the touch screen – one unique feature of the IdeaPad is the touch screen capability.  If you are like me, you typically don’t want finger prints all over your beautiful glossy screen!  But – with this little laptop I made an exception.  I love being able to work with someone and use the touch screen to point out items without having to turn the computer to use the mouse or keyboard.  The touch screen just makes a conversation easier!  Just keep a little screen cleaner with you so that you can make your screen pretty after your touch screen usage.

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The features I like the most:

  • Durability and quality of chassis.
  • Speed and responsiveness – processing/memory are excellent.
  • Touch screen – I never would have guessed but I LOVE it!

If you are in the market for an incredible, lightweight laptop that is built with excellent quality, I would recommend you talk a look at the IdeaPad U310.  It has good battery life, lightweight, great internal specs and looks sexy!

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A complete list of the specs is below:

Touch   Screen Enabled Yes
Laptop   Style Ultrabook
Windows   Select PC No
Laptop   Refurbished No
Laptop   USB Slots 2 x USB   2.0, 1 x USB 3.0
Laptop   Weight 3.7 lbs.
Laptop   Dimensions (L x W x H) 13.11″   x 8.85″ x 0.71″
Laptop Battery Life 6 Hours
Laptop   Webcam Integrated   720p HD webcam
Laptop   Audio Stereo   speakers with Dolby Home Theatre v4 audio certification for immersive sound
Media   Card Reader 2 in 1   card-reader (SD/MMC)
Laptop   Video Graphics Integrated   Intel HD 4000
Laptop   Other ports 1 x HDMI,   1 x Headphone Microphone
Laptop   Extra Features Multi-touch   touchpad, AccuType keyboard
Laptop   Operating System Windows 8
Laptop   Network Card 802.11b/g/n   Wi-Fi, 10/100 Mbps Ethernet
Laptop   Optical Drive n/a
Laptop   Memory Type DDR3
Laptop   Memory RAM 4GB
Laptop   Use Professional
Bluetooth   Compatibility Bluetooth   4.0
Laptop   Display Type High-definition   (1366 x 768) display, 16:9 widescreen, 10-point multi-touch
Laptop   Memory Expandable 24GB SSD
Laptop   Processor Type 3rd   generation Intel Core i5-3337U
Laptop   Color Silver
Laptop   Screen Size 13.3″

 

Full disclosure, Staples provided me with this Lenovo IdeaPad to review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. To see their full line of laptops and tablets, visit Staples.com

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Baby Gizmo founder Hollie Schultz is the proud mom of three adorable kids. This certified CPS (Child Passenger Safety) Tech and baby gear expert is the host of the Baby Gizmo video reviews giving moms the inside look at baby products before they purchase them. Hollie is also the co-author of The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide. A former resident of Los Angeles, she and her family now live in North Carolina where she is having a blast designing and decorating her new home.

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