Lenovo IdeaPad U350

Specifications

Lenovo IdeaPad U350Notebook: Lenovo IdeaPad U350 (IdeaPad U Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Solo SU3500
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 1.6kg
Price: 700 euro
Average Score: 65.39% - average
Average of 18 scores (from 26 reviews)
price: 76%, performance: 96%, features: 66%, display: 58% mobility: 66%, workmanship: 75%, ergonomy: 62%, emissions: 92%

Reviews for the Lenovo IdeaPad U350

Slim and stylish
Source: Star Techcentral English
Overall, the Lenovo IdeaPad U350 has a very masculine appeal but will not look out of place if carried by a woman too. It looks professional and serious, very much suited for business users who want something thin and ­portable. The speed leaves much to be desired but it will complete the tasks at hand, just slightly slower than usual.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/01/2009
Rating: performance: 40% mobility: 80%
Lenovo IdeaPad U350 Review
Source: Notebookreview.com English
The Lenovo IdeaPad U350 is a great thin-and-light notebook ... as long as you don't pick the model with the slower Intel SU2700 processor. The U350 offers a unique design with a textured surface, great build quality, and excellent upgrade options. What can make or break this system though is the configuration, which could span from speedy to painfully slow under most tasks. Battery life is below average with the 4-cell battery, but an 8-cell battery comes standard on higher-priced models
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/11/2009
Rating: performance: 40% workmanship: 95%
Lenovo IdeaPad U350
Source: Inside HW English
After reading this review about Lenovo IdeaPad U350, you may come to conclusion that it has many faulty features, but that is not even close to real situation. Most of the problems that we noticed have very subjective nature, and as such, those may not be seen as problems by yourself. For example, we don’t like soft touchpad buttons, but for some users this will be positive feature. With its design and build quality this laptop is unique in this price range.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/06/2009
Rating: price: 80% workmanship: 80%
Lenovo - IdeaPad U350 review
Source: IT Reviews English
Lenovo is probably best known for its business machines. But the U350 is designed to attract consumers, and it has some nice specifications to help it along, not least of which is a small and light chassis. There are some crucial disappointments, the most important being the lack of an optical drive, but if you can live without that and want something a bit more powerful than a netbook, then the IdeaPad U350 could be worth a look.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/30/2009
performance: 70%
60% Lenovo IdeaPad U350
Source: Digital Versus English
The number of notebooks with Intel low-power processors is growing. Lenovo sent us one of their models, the U350. With a 13-inch display and without a DVD player, it’s aimed at a clientele who'll be carrying it around a lot. Falling somewhere between a netbook and a "traditional" notebook, the IdeaPad U350 is competition for the MSI X340 and Acer 5810T – notebooks suitable mostly for office applications and occasional photo work or video editing if you aren’t in too much of a hurry.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/20/2009
Rating: Total score: 60%
50% Lenovo IdeaPad U350 review
Source: It Pro English
With its IdeaPad, Lenovo wants to give you more than a netbook could but in a stylish and highly portable package. Has it succeeded? We examine the U350. Definitely directed towards the consumer route, the U350 has an individual style and ultra portability but its performance just would not cut the mustard for a business user. Our advice? Don’t be put off Lenovo, but don’t put up with this model.

Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/29/2009
Rating: Total score: 50%
60% Lenovo IdeaPad U350 13.3-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC
Source: Comp Reviews English
Lenovo's IdeaPad U350 is certainly an attractive ultraportable with its price below $700, but it just doesn't stack up as well with similar offerings from the likes of Acer and ASUS. It uses a slower processor and less memory meaning it has slightly lower performance and the battery life is much lower. On the plus side, it is one of the nicer screens to be found amount the CULV laptops and the keyboard is trademark Lenovo when it comes to comfort.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/15/2009
Rating: Total score: 60%
80% Lenovo IdeaPad U350 review
Source: PC Advisor English
The Lenovo IdeaPad U350 is an ultraportable PC that is one of those rare products where actually using it makes it seem much stronger than its test results and feature set might make it seem on paper. In the end, the Lenovo IdeaPad U350 offers a fairly standard feature set with average performance, but it's all built into a nicely integrated, slick-feeling package that makes it a real joy to use as an adjunct to an office desktop. Just don't expect to watch a lot of movies on it.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/31/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% Lenovo IdeaPad U350
Source: PC Mag English
Systems based on Intel's consumer ultra-low voltage (CULV) chipsets—that is, laptops that run on budget-friendly, low-powered processors—are no longer rarities, appearing frequently on store shelves in the form of thin-and-light laptops. In speed, these CPUs rank above netbook processors by a mere grade or two, which isn't a whole lot. In return, though, the power savings can mean a great deal for battery life. The Lenovo IdeaPad U350 ($650 direct) is the latest to join the CULV family. The Lenovo IdeaPad U350 is cheap, light, and well designed, but don't expect anything amazing from the ultra-low voltage processor and small battery.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/31/2009
Rating: Total score: 70%
60% Lenovo Ideapad U350 review
Source: Techradar English

Will Lenovo's Ideapad laptop prove to be food for thought? Lenovo is best known for its excellent ThinkPad business laptops, but also offers entry-level machines via its 3000 Series. The IdeaPad range strikes a balance between the two, with the U350 offering a combination of mobility, usability and corporate features. Overall, the IdeaPad U350 finds a comfortable balance between Lenovo's ThinkPad and 3000 ranges. It may not be the best ultraportable, but it's a highly usable machine and sure to suit small to medium business use.


Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/27/2009
Rating: Total score: 60%
72% Lenovo Ideapad U350
Source: PC World English
The Lenovo IdeaPad U350 is one of those rare products where actually using it makes it seem much stronger than its test results and feature set might make it seem on paper. This first hits you when, after you fire up and start typing, you realize that the keyboard is actually--dare I say it?--usable for touch typists. The LED-backlit, 13.3-inch, 1366-by-768-pixel screen appears more than adequate for typical office use and even light-duty photo editing. What you get is a decent ultraportable machine at a pretty reasonable price (our unit, as configured sells for $749). In the end, the Lenovo IdeaPad U350 offers a fairly standard feature set with average performance, but it's all built into a nicely integrated, slick-feeling package that makes it a real joy to use as an adjunct to an office desktop. Just don't expect to watch a lot of movies on it.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/25/2009
Rating: Total score: 72% performance: 58% features: 77%
80% Lenovo IdeaPad U350 - Sexy, Sleek Ideas
Source: Hardware Zone English
In all honesty, the Lenovo IdeaPad U350 impressed us with its beautiful design, form factor and appeal. It certainly serves as a notice to other manufacturers that there's really no need to imitate Apple in order to succeed. The U350 also does well to stay away from the overly used glossy exterior design seen on other laptops, while the interior finish stayed classic and chic. We do however wish Lenovo paid more attention to the keyboard which looked slightly out of place in terms of design. While there was quite a bit of flex upon using the keyboard, the typing feedback was a good one. The trackpad also needs some work as both its surface and the responsiveness which was lackluster and not up to Lenovo's usual standards.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/20/2009
Rating: Total score: 80%
50% Lenovo IdeaPad U350
Source: PC Pro English
The promise of a Lenovo-branded ultraportable for just £471 is enough to get many wallets out in an instant, and if it held all the usual Lenovo hallmarks we'd have been first in the queue. The U350, however, just isn’t the budget-priced wonder you might have been hoping for. It isn’t a bad laptop by any means, with a light weight and comfortable design, but caught in the crossfire between inexpensive netbooks and the slightly pricier likes of Acer’s Aspire Timeline 4810T, the Lenovo simply fails to make its mark.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/19/2009
Rating: Total score: 50% price: 67% performance: 33%
73% Lenovo IdeaPad U350
Source: CNet English
While it's hard for us to weigh design over performance when looking at a laptop, products such as the Lenovo IdeaPad U350 make it a little easier. As another entry in the growing field of affordable CULV thin-and-lights, the compact and really great-looking U350 is Lenovo's MacBook in terms of design. Lighter than it is thin, the Pentium U2700 processor-packing machine is clad in minimal silver and black and aims to keep a stylish low profile. If you're searching for a great-looking thin-and-light laptop at a good price, the Lenovo IdeaPad U350 bridges the gap between personal and professional and is worth checking out. But its design is more successful than its horsepower.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/17/2009
Rating: Total score: 73% performance: 60% features: 80% mobility: 60%
60% Lenovo IdeaPad U350
Source: Laptop Mag English
Given its $749 price, we generally like the design and features of the IdeaPad U350. It’s lightweight and slim, and its black-and-silver look is attractive. (It’s certainly less smudge-prone and feels more solid than the $799 MSI X340.) However, while this ultraportable offers decent performance, its relatively short endurance is disappointing. We highly recommend that you purchase the 8-cell battery option once it becomes available. Overall, we prefer the $899 Acer Timeline 3810t among ultra-low voltage ultraportables under a grand, because it offers over 8 hours of battery life endurance. But the IdeaPad U350 is still a good value because of its better display and audio quality.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/03/2009
Rating: Total score: 60%
79% Lenovo IdeaPad U350
Source: Computer Shopper English
Depending on how you look at it, the 13.3-inch Lenovo IdeaPad U350 is either a step up from a netbook or a step down from an ultraportable. Like a netbook, this 2.8-pound machine is easy to carry, but it’s faster and more comfortable to use than any netbook we’ve seen to date; of course, the $749 price also makes it more expensive than a netbook. Coming at it from the other direction, the U350 is much less expensive than just about any 13.3-inch ultraportable or thin-and-light, but it delivers about half the performance and battery life. The bottom line: If you want an affordable, easy-to-carry laptop without the screen and keyboard trade-offs of a netbook—and can live with merely adequate performance—the U350 is worth a look. The Lenovo IdeaPad U350 mimics the MacBook Air’s thin profile, without the luxury materials, impressive performance, or high price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 79%

Foreign Reviews

47% Lenovo Ideapad U350 im Test
Source: PC Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/03/2009
Rating: Total score: 47% price: 80% performance: 35% features: 73% mobility: 55% ergonomy: 31%
Lenovo Ideapad U350 im Test: 13,3-Zoll-Subnotebook mit Karbonoptik
Source: Netzwelt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/30/2009
Rating: performance: 70% features: 50%
Ersteindruck und Hardware
Source: Cyberbloc German DE→EN
User Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/08/2009
Rating: display: 40% mobility: 80% workmanship: 40%
87% Lenovo Ideapad U350
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/14/2009
Rating: Total score: 87% performance: 661% display: 79% mobility: 91% workmanship: 88% ergonomy: 88% emissions: 92%
70% Lenovo Ideapad U350 M22E6GE SU3500
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/10/2009
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 70% performance: 50% features: 30% display: 30% mobility: 50% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 70%
72% Lenovo IdeaPad U350
Source: ZDNet German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/14/2009
Rating: Total score: 72% performance: 70% features: 80% mobility: 60% ergonomy: 70%
47% Lenovo Ideapad U350
Source: Computer Totaal Dutch NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/03/2009
Rating: Total score: 47% price: 80% performance: 35% features: 73% mobility: 55% ergonomy: 31%
60% Lenovo IdeaPad U350
Source: Les Numeriques French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/11/2009
Rating: Total score: 60% performance: 30% display: 60% mobility: 80% ergonomy: 80%
Pokaz slajdów: stylowy i niedrogi Lenovo IdeaPad U350 13,3"
Source: Benchmark.pl Turkish PL→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/21/2009
Rating: display: 80% mobility: 60%
IdeaPad U350 - thêm laptop bình dân tính năng Pro
Source: Kiến Thức Laptop VN→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/11/2009
Rating: price: 80% mobility: 60%

Comment

Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M: The graphics core of the Intel GL40 and GS40 chipset features a slower clocked GMA 4500MHD (400 versus 533 MHz). Because of the slower core speed, full Blu-Ray Logo support is not given and the gaming performance is a bit worse.

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


SU3500: Power efficient single core processor for small subnotebooks that is based on the Penryn core and includes all features (like Virtualization, C6 state, ...). The performance should be comparable with a 1.7 GHz Athlon II Neo K125.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


13.3": This is a common display format for subnotebooks. Netbooks, UMPC and some subnotebooks have tinier displays. Nevertheless, the majority of standard laptops has a higher format. The advantage of a small display is, that the subnotebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the small display needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is a bit exhausting for the eyes, especially with high resolutions.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


1.6 kg: This sub-notebook weighs less than the average of all notebooks and represents a medium class of weight among the sub-notebooks. 11 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.


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 %

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65.39%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.


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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2009-08-21 (Update: 2012-05-26)