Lenovo IdeaPad U400 now available

The 14-inch notebook comes feature-packed with a full-voltage Core i5, discrete Radeon graphics, 6GB RAM, WiDi and USB 3.0

Officially unveiled at IFA 2011, the Lenovo U400 is now on sale on at least one online retailer.

The 14-inch notebook is packed with hardware features, including a 2.4GHz Core i5-2430M CPU, discrete Radeon HD 6470M graphics, 6GB RAM, 1366x768 resolution display, 750GB HDD, DVD burner, USB 3.0, WiDi and Bluetooth 3.0. Its keyboard in particular will allow air to pass through keys, creating a “Breathable Keyboard” that should aid in lowering internal temperatures. Overall, the full-aluminum shell notebook weighs in at 4.4 pounds (2.0kg) and is just 0.89 inches (2.26cm) thick.

The impressive features and full-voltage CPU, however, do come at a cost as battery life is only rated at up to 6 hours maximum or 4 hours on average.

For users wanting an even thinner Lenovo laptop, consider the 13.3-inch U300s Ultrabook, which was announced alongside the U400. A model is now available on Amazon, although shipments are not expected to begin until 1 to 2 months later.

The Lenovo U400-099329U is now available on Amazon for $920, but we wouldn’t be surprised if stocks run out soon. A second model, U400-099328U, is still on pre-order for $850 with a slower Core i5-2330M.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-10-14 (Update: 2012-05-26)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.