Lenovo IdeaPad U110
SpecificationsNotebook: Lenovo IdeaPad U110 (IdeaPad U Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo L7500
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
Display: 11.1 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 1600 euro
Average of 10 scores (from 12 reviews)
Reviews for the Lenovo IdeaPad U110
Source: Tom's Guide
Our Lenovo U110 came with a higher performing mobile CPU, Intel’s 1.6 GHz Core 2 Duo L7500. However, like the Asus U2E, the notebook had only a 4,200 RPM ATA hard disk drive. The U110 achieved the second best performance score of the five machines in this test.
(von 5): Preis 4, Mobilität 2.2, Leistung 3.43, Ergonomie 3
Comparison, online available, Very Long, Date: 10/27/2008
Rating: price: 80% performance: 69% mobility: 44% ergonomy: 60%
Source: Comp Reviews
Lenovo makes a wide variety of ultraportable laptops, but the IdeaPad U110 stands out from the others with its bright red aluminum cover with etched pattern. It certainly is a very durable and attractive laptop. With very small dimensions and strong battery life, it is a very good ultraportable. The system is plagued through with a relatively high price tag, performance dragged down by its slow hard drive and a screen that can be unbearable to look it in certain conditions.
3 von 5, Preis schlecht, Display schlecht
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/12/2008
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 40% display: 40%
Source: Hardware Central
Most of the IdeaPad's software bundle is what you'd expect -- trial versions of Norton AntiVirus and Microsoft Office; CyberLink's Power2Go for burning music, video, and photo DVDs and CDs; a handy EasyCapture utility for taking snapshots with the 1.3-megapixel webcam above the screen. Shuttle Center II is an eye-candy alternative to Windows Media Center for perusing and using your MP3s, images, and other multimedia files. We were disappointed, however, by one of Lenovo's touted features -- VeriFace, a software solution that uses the webcam to identify your face and automate your Windows login and Web site passwords, as many notebooks' fingerprint readers do. It turns out we have a forgettable face. Sometimes VeriFace recognized us and proceeded to Windows after just one or two passes of its on-screen scanner (which puts creepy circles over your eyes as part of its face mapping), but sometimes we spent a frustrating five minutes trying different positions, angles, and generally playing peek-a-boo with a scanner determined, Mission Impossible-style, to disavow any knowledge of our actions. We switched the feature off after a couple of days.
12 von 15, Ausstattung 5 von 5, Preis 4 von 5, Preis 3 von 5
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/08/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% performance: 80% features: 100%
Source: APC Mag
Best known for its conservative ThinkPad range of laptops, Lenovo has come up with an entirely different concept for the IdeaPad U1110. Rather than the blocky edges and matte black finishes that are readily associated with the ThinkPad – and many other laptops, in fact – the IdeaPad looks like it’s tumbled off the pages of a fashion magazine, with its fire-red aluminium lid, glossy black interior and a super-sleek profile.
(von 10): 7, Preis 7, Ergonomie 7, Leistung 7, Mobilität mäßig
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/16/2008
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 70% mobility: 60% ergonomy: 70%
Source: PC World
Lenovo's supersvelte IdeaPad U110 is about as flashy as ultraportable laptops get. Somewhere between the fire-engine red, laser-etched lid and the rugged rubbery base coating, the U110 establishe itself as a bonafide MacBook Air rival. This IdeaPad weighs 2.9 pounds with the seven-cell battery in place. It measures 10.8 inches by 7.7 inches by 0.72 inch, and for an ultraportable it packs a reasonable amount of power under the hood: A 1.6-GHz Intel L7500 Core 2 Duo CPU and 2GB of RAM help the U110 run a little faster than Apple's Air. In our WorldBench tests, the U110 scored in the middle of the pack with a score of 65 versus the thin-and-light MacBook's slower 57. The U110's reasonably roomy 120GB hard drive spins at a pokey 4200RPM, but the notebookit had a respectable battery life of 4 hours, 38 minutes on a single charge.
76 von 100, Display mangelhaft
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/03/2008
Rating: Total score: 76% display: 50%
Source: Digital Trends
The IdeaPad is an excellent freshman outing from Lenovo, especially in the style category; who would have thought Lenovo had it in them? Certainly not us, that’s for sure. We also like the form-factor a lot too, as mini-PCs like the Asus Eee PC are a bit too small for practical use, and 13.3” notebooks are basically full-sized, so the U110 fits perfectly into its own niche called “very small and very portable.” It’s a shame about the screen though, and hopefully Lenovo will fix this issue as we can see it bothering a lot of people. The keyboard is less of a concern to us, simply because this is a notebook for web surfing and emailing, not major productivity. And for that purpose, it does a better than average job and includes all the accessories you’d ever need including a big battery and a USB optical drive.
7.5 von 10, Mobilität sehr gut, Display schlecht
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/16/2008
Rating: Total score: 75% display: 40% mobility: 90%
Source: PC Advisor
Y'know, the Lenovo IdeaPad U110 does have one more thing in common with the MacBook Air: despite all the flaws, we still feel compelled to pick it up and check it out. The keyboard takes a little getting used to and it's reasonably powerful for its size. But considering how difficult it is to see the screen in some lighting conditions, make sure that it's worth the asking price for your needs when it launches in the UK later this year.
(von 5): 4, Vearbeitung 4.5, Ausstattung 3, Preis gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/11/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% features: 60% workmanship: 90%
Source: Laptop Logic
At nearing $2,000 - this is sort of a justification for those who could afford it. It is an 11.1" ultraportable, and the smaller the size, it seems to be bigger the price. Honestly, if I were in the market and had the funds, I would purchase this unit as it has everything I would want to look for in an ultraportable – and even though it does have it’s minor flaws it was rock solid on it’s performance (for it’s hardware) and it caught more attention than any other notebook I’ve used (ok, minus the tiny Asus Eeepc). The included accessories are an added bonus – the light weight and rigid materials make this laptop not only durable, but good looking as well. The performance, even though not a blazing fast machine – would easily suffice in most things one would need to accomplish on the road, and would even handle some photoshop editing. I do wish that you could opt for a beefier configuration as it only comes pre-configured with fixed specifications. Is it worth $1,849 - to some yes, but to others this falls clearly out of their budget - and for good reason perhaps, if it fell in everyone's budget, it wouldn't make it that desireable.
4.5 von 5, Preis zufriedenstellend, Mobilität schlecht
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/04/2008
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 70% mobility: 40%
Overall, the IdeaPad U110 is a nice notebook with an amazingly stylish design and reasonable performance in a small footprint. Consumers with some extra disposable income and a desire for an attractive laptop will be hard pressed to find a nicer overall choice than the IdeaPad U110. However, Lenovo made a few questionable choices with this notebook. The display on the U110 is quite simply one of the worst we've seen in our office. Sure, color and brightness were fine, but the shimmering graininess and horrible levels of reflection made the screen physically painful to view for more than about 30 minutes. Likewise, while the keyboard feels fantastic and looks cool, the glossy surface picks up smudges from your fingerprints and the keys are too flat and too close together. Lastly, there's the issue of price. At the starting price of $1,899 most consumers won't be able to justify this purchase. In the end, the IdeaPad U110 is an innovative notebook with some very attractive design elements and a solid feature set. Unfortunately, the display, keyboard and price make it an unlikely choice for most laptop shoppers.
Mobilität sehr gut, Leistung gut, Display erschreckend, Preis schlecht
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/09/2008
Rating: price: 40% performance: 80% display: 20% mobility: 90%
Source: PC Mag
After branching out into the consumer retail space with its new IdeaPad line, Lenovo is set to ship the littlest one of them all. Miniaturized to meet the needs of hard-core travelers, the IdeaPad U110 ($1,899 direct) weighs as little as 2.4 pounds (depending on configuration) and has an ensemble that screams multimedia. There's a lot to brag about with the tiny Lenovo IdeaPad U110—and it does its magic without looking like a ThinkPad.
4 von 5, Leistung gut, Mobilität gut
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/09/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% mobility: 80%
The 11.1-inch Lenovo IdeaPad U110 is the most beautiful laptop we've seen in years, and behind those good looks is a well-appointed, fairly priced ultraportable. Despite a few minor nitpicks, we recommend the IdeaPad U110 to those who want a lightweight, eye-catching laptop for frequent travel.
8 von 10, Mobilität gut, Verarbeitung gut, Display mangelhaft
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/08/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% display: 50% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
Source: Laptop Mag
The IdeaPad U110 has much more going for it than its artistic style and good looks, as its performance indicates. However, its closest competitor—the ASUS U2E (starting at $1,999)—features a built-in optical drive, a genuine leather casing, and a solid state drive option. Nevertheless, the U110’s fashion-forward design, along with its long battery life and bright LED-backlit display, make it one of our favorite ultraportables.
4 von 5, Mobilität gut, Display gut
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/06/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% display: 80% mobility: 80%
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100 is an integrated (onboard) graphic chip on a Mobile Intel 965GM chipset. It is the successor of GMA 950 and features a fully programmable pipeline (supports Aero Glass fully and DirectX 10 with newest drivers). The peformance of the X3100 is clearly better than the GMA 950, still demanding modern games won't run fluently.
These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.
Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).
The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.
L7500: » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This screen diagoal is quite large for tablets but small for subnotebooks. Some convertibles are also represented with that size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
Lenovo: Lenovo Group Limited is China's largest and the world's fourth largest personal computer manufacturer. Lenovo produces desktops, laptops, servers, handheld computers, imaging equipment, and mobile phone handsets. Lenovo also provides information technology integration and support services, and its QDI unit offers contract manufacturing. Its executive headquarters are located in China and USA. It is incorporated in Hong Kong. Lenovo was formed in 1984 as a spin-off of the Chinese Academy of Sciences new technology unit. The company initially began as a reseller, distributor and later CM for foreign brands, including IBM, entering the Chinese market. In 1990, Lenovo started to manufacture its own PCs and by 1997 became the market leader in China. In 2004, Lenovo bought IBM’s PC business for $1.25billion. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %
77.1%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
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