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Lenovo’s latest Ultrabook offering is the IdeaPad U310 which brings a solid set of features and a unique character to the burgeoning segment. Available now from Future Shop for $729.99 (on sale until August 9), the IdeaPad U310 is an affordable, connected and all-day lightweight notebook that is built to last.
Boasting a 7-hour battery life, a 1.7GHz Intel Core i5 processor , a 13.3” HD widescreen display and 4GB of RAM on a 3.7 lbs notebook makes the IdeaPad U310 a viable option for students this back-to-school season.
Encased in cool aluminum, the IdeaPad U310 brings a welcome change in terms of design from many of the Ultrabooks in the market today.
There are no excessively sharp corners, everything is designed for tactile pleasure with smooth edges and rounded corners. Even the AccuType style keyboard is designed to be great to type on for prolonged periods of time. Lenovo has even designed the IdeaPad U310 to resemble a thin book with scalloped corners,
Students will also appreciate the complete lack of port covers or any bits that can break off and get lost.
A lot of Lenovo’s expertise in creating solid, durable and enterprise level notebooks - some of the best in the business, is present here with more refined styling.
The aesthetics are subdued and elegant without catching too much attention and all the necessary ports such as HDMI, USB, a card reader and headphone and microphone ports are all present and easily accessible. I was thrilled to discover that the IdeaPad U310 offers USB 3.0 ports for faster connectivity.
The IdeaPad U310 also features a 720p HD webcam with face tracking features. It may seem like a basic Ultrabook, but the IdeaPad U310 is built for performance and heavy day to day use. Like many IdeaPads, it offers a good balance of features and durable design and aesthetics that will suit most users. Best of all, the IdeaPad U310 is just 0.71" thick and weighs only 3.7lbs
I noticed that while the notebook can get warm it is never reaches the point where it is uncomfortably hot to the touch.
The Ultrabook is priced right and offers some of the best value for money given that it is designed for the educational market but flexible enough for all types of users. Instead of using a dedicated SSD (Solid State Drive) which could push up the price, Lenovo has cleverly opted for a hybrid SSD-Hard Drive. This gives 32GB of fast Solid State storage for the OS that will speed up boot times and performance and users still have 500GB of memory for various apps and files.
The sleek and stylish IdeaPad U310 laptop is super-portable, with a width of only 0.71" and weighing only 3.7lbs, and features a powerful 3rd gen Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, and a 500GB hard drive with an additional 32GB solid state drive for nearly instant wake times from sleep. Lenovo Smart Update can download emails even while in sleep mode, and the battery lasts up to 6 hours.