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Lenovo IdeaPad U400 Series

Lenovo IdeaPad U400-09932NUProcessor: Intel Core i3 2350M, Intel Core i5 2430M
Graphics Adapter: AMD Radeon HD 6470M
Display: 14.0 inch
Weight: 1.98kg, 2kg
Price: 700, 800 euro
Average Score: 73.75% - average
Average of 12 scores (from 21 reviews)
price: 50%, performance: 73%, features: 56%, display: 53%
mobility: 67%, workmanship: 83%, ergonomy: 69%, emissions: 89%

 

Lenovo IdeaPad U400-09932DU

Specifications

Lenovo IdeaPad U400-09932DUNotebook: Lenovo IdeaPad U400-09932DU
Processor: Intel Core i5 2430M
Graphics Adapter: AMD Radeon HD 6470M 1024 MB
Display: 14.0 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 1.98kg
Price: 800 euro
Links: Lenovo homepage
 IdeaPad U400 (Series)
 IdeaPad U400-09932DU (Model)

Average Score: 73% - average
Average of 11 scores (from 20 reviews)

 

82% Lenovo IdeaPad U400-09932DU Laptop Review | Notebookcheck
Eye candy. The Lenovo IdeaPad U400 features one of the better-looking exteriors we've seen on a mid-range notebook, but can its internal components match up?
70% Lenovo IdeaPad U400
Source: CNet English
While ultrabooks are seemingly all anyone at Microsoft or Intel can talk about, what about the humble laptop? Adopting the looks of an ultrabook and an Apple MacBook, the IdeaPad U400 wins on design and overall value, but it's not that far above other equally good laptops that are out there right now.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/10/2012
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 70% mobility: 70%
60% Lenovo IdeaPad U400
Source: Computer Shopper English
As 2011—the year that saw the genesis of the slim-yet-powerful ultrabook—ended, we found ourselves once again awed by today's mobile-computing technology. This sharp-looking, metal-finish laptop has many valuable features and runs well, but a finicky touch pad and a lack of impact from its graphics hardware suggest it isn't quite as refined as it looks.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/07/2012
Rating: Total score: 60%
Lenovo IdeaPad U400 Review
Source: Notebooks.com English
At $884 the Lenovo IdeaPad U400 is a good value for a well-built mainstream notebook that offers excellent overall performance. If the middling graphics performance were the only drawback, it would be easy to recommend this notebook. The issues with the keyboard and touchpad are a big distraction, especially for such important components.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/30/2012
70% Lenovo IdeaPad U400
Source: PC World English
If you're not a thin-is-in type, then the U400 will provide you with much the same experience as its U-series brethren in terms of aesthetics, typing, and pointing. It's fast enough for most purposes, and you get a larger 14-inch screen. It's a tad pricey for an all-purpose, but you always pay extra for style, and this unit has it in spades.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/23/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Lenovo IdeaPad U400
Source: Techreview Source English
The Lenovo IdeaPad U400 brings luxury to the mainstream laptop, combining a design that looks good and feels even better with solid performance and features like USB 3.0 and WiDi 2.0. In terms of performance, it's an excellent alternative to our Editors' Choice Dell Inspiron 14z (Core i5), but it can't compete on price. You'll be hard pressed, however, to find a more touchable competitor.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/11/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
Lenovo U400 – Review
Source: Gadgetmix English
Video-looping battery tests gave 4 hrs 18 minutes of service, which is decent enough. The Lenovo U400 starts at $798 with a 2.2GHz i3 CPU, 4GB RAM and 500GB HDD. The top model features a 2.7GHz i7-2620M but the one option worth checking out is the 64GB SSD version.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/09/2012
80% Lenovo IdeaPad U400
Source: PC Mag English
The Lenovo IdeaPad U400 brings luxury to the mainstream laptop, combining a design that looks good and feels even better with solid performance and features like USB 3.0 and WiDi 2.0. In terms of performance, it's an excellent alternative to our Editors' Choice Dell Inspiron 14z (Core i5), but it can't compete on price. You'll be hard pressed, however, to find a more touchable competitor.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/06/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
60% Lenovo IdeaPad U400 Review: The Latest MacBook Pro Challenger
Source: Notebookreview.com English
Lenovo is aiming the U400 at potential MacBook customers; it has a similar-looking metal design, gets six hours of battery and comes in nearly $250 cheaper with better specifications. On top of that it is one of the thinner and lighter 14-inch notebooks available today. Notable downsides of this notebook include the lifeless, low-resolution display, lack of a backlit keyboard and media card reader and inability for users to upgrade components. The lack of a media card reader is unforgivable. The U400 certainly offers some good looks and performance for the money but aside from the design it offers little over budget notebooks priced at several hundred less.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/21/2011
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 50% performance: 70% features: 50% mobility: 60% ergonomy: 70%
Lenovo IdeaPad U400 Notebook Review
Source: Hot Hardware English
In total, Lenovo's U400 is an interesting option to be sure. However, it's not drastically cheaper than the competition, the screen isn't drastically better than any rival machines, and the performance-to-price ratio isn't mind-blowing. That said, if you have a "thing" for the design, or you stumble upon a great coupon, mid-range users won't be let down by what this system offers.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/20/2011
80% Lenovo IdeaPad U400 Review
Source: Digital Trends English
Lenovo’s U400 is a fantastic combination of performance and design. Though the Radeon HD 6470M is a bit of a letdown, the laptop is otherwise a strong performer. There’s more than enough power here for most consumers, or even most enthusiasts. You can buy a lot more bang for $899, however, so it’s clear that hardware value is not the goal.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/14/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
Lenovo IdeaPad U400 review
Source: Engadget English
We know what a lot of you are thinking: the U300s looks nice, but you really had your heart set on discrete graphics (you can take or leave the optical drive, we reckon). So you figured the U400 would include everything you loved about the U300s, along with a few beefier specs thrown in to make geek hearts sing. Wrong.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/12/2011
60% Lenovo IdeaPad U400 Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
For better and worse--mostly worse--the Lenovo IdeaPad U400 is simply a larger version of its U300s Ultrabook. While we like its styling and larger hard drive, we still had trouble with its touchpad, and can't get over the fact that there's no SD card slot. For the same $899, we'd much rather have the ASUS U46SV, which offers both greater endurance and better graphics performance, or the Toshiba Portege Z835, which weighs almost half as much, has a backlit keyboard, and gets nearly 7 hours of battery life. The IdeaPad U400 is nice to look at, but makes too many compromises elsewhere.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/09/2011
Rating: Total score: 60%
Lenovo IdeaPad U400 Review
Source: Slashgear English
For those of you with a specific use-case in mind, be sure to comment below and I’ll let you know if I think this computer is the one for you or not. For me, it’s simply not the perfect combination of thin, light, and powerful. While it does have the awesome power of the Intel Core i5 chipset, it’s not going to beat an Alienware notebook at home for gaming for a rather comparable price. For heading out of the house to publish some stories or work with video, I can’t imagine replacing me MacBook Pro with this – even though the 15-inch Pro I’m working with weighs more and has more bulk in it in the end.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/06/2011
82% Test Lenovo IdeaPad U400-09932DU Notebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/20/2012
Rating: Total score: 82% performance: 79% display: 65% mobility: 86% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 78% emissions: 89%
75% IdeaPad U400: 14-Zöller mit DVD und AMD-Grafik
Source: ZDNet German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/20/2012
Rating: Total score: 75% performance: 70% features: 80% mobility: 70%
86% Federgewichte
Source: PC Go - 4/12 German
Comparison, , Medium, Date: 03/01/2012
Rating: Total score: 86%
Обзор Lenovo IdeaPad U400: металлический и недорогой ноутбук
Source: Hi-Tech Mail RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/12/2012
Видеообзор ноутбука Lenovo U400
Source: F1CD RU→EN
Positive: Excellent design; Good ergonomics; Powerful components; High-quality assembly. Negative: Significant was found.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/18/2012
IdeaPad U400, a szépséges fémházas
Source: Prohardver.hu HU→EN
Positive: workmanship, keyboard, touchpad, USB 3.0, HDMI; negative: glossy display, no keyboard backlight, battery runtime
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/10/2012
Lenovo IdeaPad U400 - s pevnou slitinou
Source: Notebook.cz CZ→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/27/2012

 

Lenovo IdeaPad U400-09932NU

Specifications

Lenovo IdeaPad U400-09932NUNotebook: Lenovo IdeaPad U400-09932NU
Processor: Intel Core i3 2350M
Graphics Adapter: AMD Radeon HD 6470M
Display: 14.0 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels
Weight: 2kg
Price: 700 euro
Links: Lenovo homepage
 IdeaPad U400 (Series)
 IdeaPad U400-09932NU (Model)

 

Lenovo U400 (M694EGE)
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/16/2012
Rating: performance: 70% features: 30% display: 30% mobility: 30% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 50%

 

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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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Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.

AMD Radeon HD 6470M: Entry to middle class graphics card based on the Seymore XT codename featuring the UVD3 video processor.

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


Intel Core i5:

2430M: Dual-core processor based on the Sandy Bridge architecture with an integrated graphics card and dual-channel DDR3 memory controller. The CPU is clocked at 2.4 GHz (Turbo Boost 2.7-3 GHz) and the GPU at 650 (1200 MHz Turbo).

Intel Core i3:

2350M:

Dual-core processor based on the Sandy Bridge architecture with an integrated graphics card and dual-channel DDR3 memory controller. The CPU is clocked at 2.3 GHz and features the Turbo Boost 2.0 only for the graphics card.


14.0: 14 inch display size is a mixture between the small formats of subnotebooks and the 15 inch standard display. The reason why so many people like displays with medium size is, that this size is not exhausting for the eyes, does not need too much energy and the laptops can be kept quite compact.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


1.98 kg:

These sub-notebooks weight less than the average of all notebooks, but represent a heavier class of weight among the sub-notebooks. 12 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

2 kg:


73.75%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Devices from a different Manufacturer and/or with a different CPU

» HP Pavilion dm4-2100sl
Core i5 2430M
» HP Pavilion dm4-2102er
Core i5 2430M
» Sony VAIO VPCCA2S1E
Core i3 2310M
» Samsung 305V4A-S02
A-Series A6-3410MX
» Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E425
A-Series A4-3300M
» Dell Vostro 1450
Core i5 2410M
» HP EliteBook 8460p
Core i7 2620M
» Sony Vaio VPC-CA1S1E/D
Core i5 2410M
» Sony Vaio VPC-CA1S1E
Core i5 2410M
» Sony Vaio VPC-CA190X
Core i5 2540M

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Sony Vaio VPCCA4S1E
Core i3 2350M, 2.5 kg
» HP Elitebook 8460p-LV431PA
Core i7 2630QM, 2.5 kg
» Sony Vaio VPC-CA1S1E/G
Core i5 2410M, 2.5 kg
» MSI FX420-001US
Core i5 2410M, 0.9 kg

Devices with the same GPU

» HP Pavilion g6-1263sr
Core i3 2330M, 15.6", 2.6 kg
» Sony Vaio VPC-SB4L1E/W
Core i3 2350M, 13.3", 1.7 kg
» Sony Vaio VPC-SB4L1E/R
Core i3 2350M, 13.3", 1.7 kg
» Sony Vaio VPC-SB4X9EB
Core i5 2450M, 13.3", 1.75 kg
» Sony Vaio VPC-SE23FX/S
Core i5 2450M, 15.5", 2 kg
» Sony Vaio VPC-SE290X
Core i5 2450M, 15.5", 2 kg
» Sony Vaio VPC-SE13FX/S
Core i5 2430M, 15.5", 1.9 kg
» HP Pavilion g6-1217sg
Core i5 2430M, 15.6", 2.6 kg
» HP Pavilion g6-1206eg
Core i3 2330M, 15.6", 2.6 kg
» HP Pavilion g6-1131eo
Core i5 2410M, 15.6", 2.6 kg
» Asus Lamborghini Eee PC VX6S
Atom D2700, 12.1", 1.5 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2012-05-24 (Update: 2012-05-26)