Lenovo IdeaPad U450p-338933U
Average of 4 scores (from 6 reviews)
Reviews for the Lenovo IdeaPad U450p-338933U
Lenovo has attempted to straddle the gap between an ultra-portable and desktop-replacement laptop with the IdeaPad U450p. Unfortunately, the results aren't that successful. Although it offers long battery life, it's not small or light enough to be a comfortable machine to use on the road, and it doesn't have the CPU or graphics power to cut it as a desktop-replacement laptop.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/24/2010
Rating: Total score: 60%
The U450p is a sensible choice for consumers searching for a thin-and-light notebook for home use and entertainment. It's very portable, though its battery life is disappointing compared to competing notebooks. The build quality is about average for a consumer notebook. The keyboard has excellent tactile feedback and the touchpad is easy to track on. The screen is clear and bright but should have a higher resolution for improved usability. Overall we find little to complain about and a lot to like, though nothing to get too excited over.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/06/2010
Rating: performance: 70% display: 40% mobility: 60% emissions: 90%
Source: Computer Shopper
With notebooks, as with any kind of mobile technology, trade-offs are the norm. You may have to choose between portability versus game performance, speed versus battery life, or price versus features. The Lenovo IdeaPad U450p ($949 in the model we tested, designated sub-model 33892GU) attempts to straddle the fence by pairing a battery-friendly Consumer Ultra-Low Voltage (CULV) processor with a discrete graphics chip. Want a 3D-graphics boost, but don’t want to sacrifice much battery life, portability, or money? This could be the right laptop for you.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 83%
The Lenovo U450p is a thin, well built, fully featured CULV laptop ideal for consumers looking for a balance between performance and portability. At the price-point, the U450p is competitive with similar systems (i.e. the Dell Inspiron 14z and Dell Studio 14z), and probably has them beat on styling and thinness. Heavy users of the web, office software and multimedia will appreciate that they can roam with a machine able to handle basically anything thrown at it.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/09/2010
Rating: Total score: 70%
A great all-round CULV laptop and even includes a built-in optical disc drive The Lenovo IdeaPad U450p is a strong proposition. While performance and build quality are good, there's also the inclusion of an optical drive – relatively rare in a CULV laptop – which will prove a selling point for some. The Lenovo IdeaPad U450p is a decent CULV laptop with good power and the bonus of an included optical drive. It's not the cheapest machine, but it is certainly worth a look.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/08/2009
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: c't - 8/10
Comparison, , Long, Date: 04/01/2010
Rating: performance: 70% features: 80% display: 70% mobility: 80% ergonomy: 80% emissions: 90%
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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 %
70.75%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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