IdeaPad U310

by Lenovo

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Price Best Price: $1,265.00
Best Price: $750.00
Pros
  • Fairly loud speakers
  • Available in different colors
  • SSD, superior audio, dual-band Wi-Fi
  • Exceptionally thin and light, yet powerful
  • Discrete graphics card and optical drive
  • Excellent speakers
  • Excellent audio quality
  • Unique, widescreen display
Cons
  • Looks too much like the MacBook Pro
  • Screen is dim
  • No ethernet, has bloatware, and is a tad pricey
  • SSD limits storage to 256GB
  • Screen resolution is too low
  • Performance is much less impressive than the M3's
  • Keyboard lacks feedback; touchpad too sensitive
  • Display colors seem muted; limited viewing angles
At A Glance

Inexpensive and available in bright colors, the IdeaPad U310 will most likely appeal to college students.

The sleekly designed Acer Aspire S5 Ultrabook poses one of the most credible threats to the MacBook Air we've seen to date.

This attractive 15.6-inch Ultrabook represents a downgrade from its predecessor in storage and performance.

This elegant-looking laptop targets movie buffs, but it's not a good choice for productivity or gaming.

Specs

Pricing

Part Number 43752BU LXRSF02079   PSU5RU-00Q003

Processor

Processor type Intel Core i5 Intel Core i7 Intel Core i5 Intel Core i5
Processor speed 1700.0  MHz 1900.0  MHz 1700.0  MHz 1700.0  MHz
Cache size 3.0  KB 4.0  KB 3.0  KB 3.0  KB
Processor count 2 2 2 2

Display

Display size 13.3  inches 13.3  inches 15.6  inches 14.4  inches
Display type Glossy LCD with LED Backlight Glossy LCD with LED Backlight Glossy LCD with LED Backlight Glossy LCD with LED Backlight
Resolution 1366 x 768  pixels 1366 x 768  pixels 1366 x 768  pixels  

Storage

Other storage SD/MMC Card|SDHC Card SD/MMC Card|SDHC Card SD/MMC Card|SDHC Card SD/MMC Card|SDHC Card
Drives included   1.0 2.0  
Drive size   256.0  GB    
Drive type   Solid-State Drive    
Drive 1 size       500.0  GB
Drive 1 type       Hard Disk Drive
Drive 2 size       32.0  GB
Drive 2 type       Solid-State Drive

General Information

UPC Code 887037627895 886541610348 886541589040 022265193273

Battery

Vendor Rated Battery life 7.0  hours 6.5  hours 8.0  hours 9.05  hours

Ports and Connections

SDHC Card or Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
SD/MMC Card 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
MultiMedia Card (MMC) or MultiMediaCard (MMC) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ethernet Type 10/100 Mbps   10/100/1000 Mbps 10/100 Mbps
Wireless connection 802.11 n 802.11 n 802.11 n 802.11 n
Video Interfaces HDMI HDMI HDMI HDMI
Slots SD/MMC Card|SDHC Card SD/MMC Card|SDHC Card SD/MMC Card|SDHC Card SD/MMC Card|SDHC Card
Available Interfaces   Bluetooth|Thunderbolt Bluetooth Bluetooth

Memory

Memory size 4000.0  MB 4000.0  MB 6000.0  MB 6000.0  MB
Memory type DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3
Memory max 4.0  GB 4.0  GB 6.0  GB 10.0  GB
Memory speed   1333.0  MHz   1600.0  MHz

Dimensions

Width 13.0  inches 12.8  inches 14.4  inches 14.5  inches
Depth 8.9  inches 8.9  inches 10.1  inches 7.9  inches
Height 0.8  inches 0.7  inches 0.8  inches 0.8  inches
Weight 3.7  pounds 2.6  pounds 4.8  pounds 3.7  pounds
Weight with Accessories 4.2  pounds 3.3  pounds 5.6  pounds 4.3  pounds

Sound

Speakers Stereo Stereo Stereo Stereo

Included Software

Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Included Software     NTI Media Maker 9; CyberLink MediaEspresso; Microsoft Office 2010  

Other Features

Docking Station Port No      
Devices Built-In Microphone|Built-In Webcam Built-In Microphone|Built-In Webcam Built-In Microphone|Built-In Webcam Built-In Microphone|Built-In Webcam
Input devices Keyboard|Touchpad Keyboard|Touchpad Keyboard|Touchpad Keyboard|Touchpad (multitouch)

Performance

Overall Performance

Worldbench Score

94.0 195.0 104.0 130.0
Worldbench Version

7 7 7 7

Battery

Battery Life

(hh:mm)

5:27 5:28 7:24 6:33

Start Up

Start Up

seconds (lower is better)

52.9 12.3 17.5 17.7

Office Productivity

PCMark 7 Productivity Suite

score (higher is better)

3393.0 4039.0 1617.0 3414.0

Web Browsing

Web Performance

Frames per second (higher is better)

10.2 12.8 10.8 11.1

Storage Performance

File Compression

seconds (lower is better)

565.4 493.1 578.4 559.1
Hard Drive File Operations

seconds (lower is better)

432.2 49.4 455.6 439.3

Content Creation

Image Editing

seconds (lower is better)

238.3 204.9 239.5 236.1
Video Encoding

seconds (lower is better)

231.7 184.7 250.0 203.7
Audio Encoding

seconds (lower is better)

229.2 134.8 156.2 156.2

Power Usage

WorldBench Green Score

88.0 92.0 83.0 83.0
Working power usage

Watt hours

2.6 1.7 3.5 3.4
Idle power usage

Watts

8.7 6.2 8.7 9.2

Gaming

Gaming Score

70.0 72.0 94.0 70.0
Crysis 2, High Quality, 1366x768

Frames per second (higher is better)

8.2 12.3 39.9 12.2
Crysis 2, High Quality, 800x600

Frames per second (higher is better)

14.5 19.5 57.1 18.3
Crysis 2, Low Quality, 1366x768

Frames per second (higher is better)

11.1 17.0 58.2 16.6
Crysis 2, Low Quality, 800x600

Frames per second (higher is better)

19.8 27.5 75.9 26.0
Dirt 3, High Quality, 1366x768

Frames per second (higher is better)

13.5 19.1 72.9 19.0
Dirt 3, High Quality, 800x600

Frames per second (higher is better)

19.1 25.3 91.2 24.3
Dirt 3, Low Quality, 1366x768

Frames per second (higher is better)

26.7 36.1 109.4 34.8
Dirt 3, Low Quality, 800x600

Frames per second (higher is better)

36.3 44.5 114.7 41.7