Lenovo - IdeaPad Ultrabook 14" Touch-Screen Laptop - 4GB Memory - 500GB Hard Drive - Gray
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- Energy Star CompatibleYes
- Processor BrandIntel®
- Battery Type4-cell Lithium Polymer (Li-Polymer)
- Type of Memory (RAM)DDR3
- Optical DriveNot included
- Direct-Disc LabelingNo
- Digital Media Reader or SlotsYes, digital media card reader
- Built-in WebcamYes
- Wireless NetworkingWireless-B+G+N
- AudioDolby Home Theater
- Laptop WeightUltraportable (5.5 lbs. or less)
- Pointing DeviceTouchpad
- HDMI OutputYes
- Blu-ray PlayerNo
- Operating System PlatformWindows
- Included SoftwareNitro PDF and more
- Best Buy PC AppNo
- Graphics ChipIntel
- Backlit KeyboardYes
- Drive Capacity500GB
- Graphics CardIntel® HD Graphics 4400
- Wireless DisplayYes
Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 155 reviews(155 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great for schoolPosted .
When shopping for a new laptop for school, I was looking for something light and portable and something that has a backlit keyboard so I can type in low light, so this laptop caught my attention. Its battery life is pretty long, about 5 - 6 hours. The 14" screen size is perfect, and it is very light for its size. For school purposes, such as typing up a word document, it's plenty fast. However, with only 4g RAM and 500g hard drive, you can't expect to be running too many things at once. I try to use this laptop solely for school, but because I love gaming I do occasionally game on this laptop. When running League of Legends and Ventrilo and nothing else, the computer does seem to struggle a little (switching tabs is slow, average frame rate around 50 at medium quality), but I am able to play the game smoothly. I haven't had any wifi issues thus far. Windows 8 is great and easy to navigate with a touchscreen once you learn all the tricks and gestures. However, the screen will naturally get dirty from touching it but it's not that noticeable and it's not hard to just wipe it with a cloth. The ventilation on this laptop is awesome. After hours of use, it doesn't get hot at all - only a little warm, even when I'm on my bed. My old laptop had ventilation issues and it would get so hot I would almost burn myself from touching it, so this is a very nice upgrade. Because there is a vent between the keyboard and the screen, the laptop will always be getting cool air from outside when you are using it. Two things I dislike about this laptop are how loud the left and right click buttons on the touchpad are and the lack of a mic jack. When I work at night, I don't like the loud sharp "click" noise whenever I use the touchpad to click something, so I generally try to avoid using it. Also, I like to game and video chat, which means I use my headset a lot. My headset has two jacks: one for the headphones, one for the mic. With this laptop, I can only use the headphone jack, which pretty much makes my headset pointless. However, there are headsets that use one jack for both sound and mic and converters and usb headsets I could use instead, but I'd have to buy one which is a nuisance. I also wish it didn't look so much like a mac, but that's not a big deal. Overall, this laptop was a great buy and I absolutely love it!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
A Terrific and Impressive Ultrabook|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
The Lenovo U430, 14" HD Ultrabook laptop is a great value with excellent features. It is a handsome, clean looking laptop, a brush silver, very thin, under 1 inch and light. The heart of this Lenovo is its 4th Generation Core I5 processor running at 1.6 GHz with burst speed up to 2.66 GHz. That's plenty for any home use Ultrabook. Its footprint is small and it is feature packed. As for value, at $679 it has a 10 point multi touch 1600 X 900 megapixel HD screen. Very clear and bright graphics. The screen's surface is similar to glass, and I've read other reviews where some complaint of fingerprints. I personally don't see this as a problems. If you want really HD vivid colors, photo details, and wow graphics, a hi-gloss screen is good. If you value your Ultrabook as do I, wiping the screen isn’t a problem. The processor's speed is great. I have absolutely no problems running complicated Excel spreadsheets, or large graphic presentation, or Photoshop, this Lenovo breezes through. It also is comes with a 500 gigabyte 5400 rpm hard-drive which is what I consider average for an Ultrabook of this price range. It comes with Windows 8, which by now has had an adequate market introduction. If you don't like Window's 8, don't blame Lenovo. Windows 8 does allow you to revert back to the traditional Windows 7 desktop. By this writing, Microsoft released Windows 8.1, with improved features. This Lenovo 430 also has three USB ports, one of which is 3.0 and easily identified by a blue colored plug. There's also a card reader and one full sized HDMI port. The built-in Dolby spec’d speakers are surprisingly powerful. More than I expected out of an Ultrabook. Wifi BGN compliant keeps me connected with excellent range. I’ve had no connectivity problems. It also come’s with 4MB or RAM which is bare minimum. I’d prefer if it had at least 6MB, but that’s the only drawback, if any. Two of its best features, which I had to have are the backlit keyboard and good battery life. I've read only a few other owners complain that turning off and on the backlit keyboard was frustrating and difficult requiring one to go through set up and control panel. This is NOT true. Turning off and on the backlit keyboard only require holding down the Fn key and spacebar, THAT’s IT! Really easy. Battery life was advertised as 5 hours. Well that's possible only if you dim your screen down very low, and set up the computer for minimum performance. But if you are like me, and set this Lenovo for total performance, processor speed, bright screen and running the backlit keyboard on 100% of the time, battery life is about 2 hours max. Note that this Lenovo Ultrabook does NOT come with an internal DVD drive. But if it did, it would not be under 1" thin and 4.2 pounds. That’s the trade if you wanted a light Ultrabook and under 1” inch thin. Realistically, how often did I really need a built-in DVD drive....? Right? When I do need a DVD drive, I simply plug in my external DVD drive into the 3.0 USB port. I have no problems with that. Overall, I am very happy and impressed with this Lenovo U430 Ultrabook priced at $679.00. I shopped and compared HP, Samsung, Acer, ASUS and Sony. Feature and price, at $679.00, the Lenovo was the best deal and I am very impressed and satisfied.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Decent Hybrid Ultrabook with Some QuirksPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
Generally I find this machine to be capable, though I did find to preserve my sanity I added a small external wifi USB device. The internal chipset seemed to love to lose connections. Often this appeared related to coming out of sleep or other power management related activities, so it may be possible to tweak it--but I had a small 802.11n device that simply worked. The machine is remarkably responsive for having a spinning hard drive and only a 16GB SSD cache. I'm comparing it to a MacBook Air, and while the Air certainly is noticeably faster, this Lenovo is clearly more responsive than any pure spinning drive machine I've worked with and at least feels a bit faster than most hybrid drive setup machines I've worked with, even though most of them had 24GB or 32GB SSD caches. The 4GB of RAM is a minimum these days, but the machine did not appear to struggle when running with it, even while running software that was synching changes from a network server using BT Sync. Certainly running Word, Excel, Powerpoint and general browsing aren't going to be an issue for most users. The display resolution on this machine is 1600 x 900, a step up from many comparably priced Windows laptops. It presents a nicely thin profile. I have had intermittent issues with the machine refusing to wake from sleep if I just closed the lid or it has gone to sleep after hitting the power saving time limit. Initial battery life has been very good, though we'll see how it holds up over time. The battery is not accessible (normal for ultrabooks--keeps them thin and allows for more battery since a removable case isn't needed) so how well it holds up over time will be key. The system is preloaded with software to nag you not to let the computer stay fully charged (that is, unplug it and let it run down some before plugging it back it) which should help stretch out the battery life. Since the battery is not swappable, you will be limited to the life of the internal battery unless you are willing to buy one of those heavy full external battery units and find the appropriate connector (the Lenovo uses a somewhat unusual rectangular power connector--it looks solid, but it's clearly not like the round connectors you see on most electronics). I've had issues with the trackpad not quite behaving as it should. I've noticed that if the machine is under load from time to time a multi-touch gesture may cause the mouse cursor to disappear, forcing use of the touch screen. As well, the pad simply doesn't feel as responsive and smooth as the MacBook Air's (though that's true of almost all non-Apple trackpads). An external monitor is supported via HDMI, and I noticed that the resolution only can be "tuned down" on the external port to 1024 x 768. As I recall that's officially the minimum for Windows 8, but many old projectors top out at 800 x 600. I did find I was unable to interface with one projection setup where this appeared to be the issue, though the MacBook Air had no problem doing so. So if you often have to use other parties' projectors for presentations you may run into trouble. While the machine has 3 USB ports, only one supports USB 3.0. The other two are USB 2.0 ports. Depending on what you plan to attach to the machine that may or may not be important--the higher speed of USB 3 is not any real advantage for mice or keyboards (even the ancient USB 1.x can handle that easily), but can make a big difference on external storage media. The i5 is a Haswell class chip, meaning it is more power efficient than the earlier Ivy Bridge i5s--may very well be why the battery life looks pretty good. The i5 is a clear step-up from i3 class chips, and for the mobile chips the i7 doesn't buy that much more performance (though it commands a price premium). Assuming you aren't encoding video, you probably wouldn't see any real difference with a mobile i7. And, frankly, if you are looking for a major league video encoding machine you should be looking elsewhere--that's not what this was built for. The machine is not the lightest out there, but it's also not terribly heavy. It's weight is in line with a MacBook Pro Retina (somewhat heavier not not really noticably), but noticably heavier than the Air (or the Lenovo Yoga). However, if you've been hauling around a "standard" laptop this one will seem extremely light--and if it's a old budget laptop, probably virtually weightless. Overall, aside from the wifi issues (which may be solvable with some tweaking) and the trackpad quirks, it seems to a solid machine with value for the price.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Recomended. A very good value.Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
Review of the Lenovo Ideapad U430 Ultrabook I’ve been using my new Lenovo U430 Ideapad for about two weeks now. It takes a while to shake out any new Windows computer and this one is no different. The U430 features a small and light form factor, a 14.1 inch touch screen, 4 GB of ram, a 500 GB hard drive, and the new Haswell i5 processor. This machine is so new that the model doesn’t even show up yet on Lenovo’s website. The computer is light and easily transported. The keyboard has a nice action to it, although the navigation keys (home, end etc.) are in different positions from my old laptop and I’m still making mistakes when finding the home, end and page up keys (I didn’t know I used them that much). The Keyboard is backlit which is handy when typing in a dark room and the backlight is easily turned off to conserve battery life. The machine also features a Synaptic touchpad with multi-touch capabilities. Out of the box, the touchpad is far too sensitive when resting your palms on the keyboard for typing. But after turning the sensitivity all the way down, and turning on the palm detection feature it’s usable; not perfect, but not a deal-breaker either. The multi-touch feature is genuinely useful, particularly the ability to use two fingers to scroll the screen or window in focus. You can also use the touchpad to access Windows 8 touch screen features (swipe from the top and sides) but I quickly turned off that feature as it could too easily be activated while typing in word. It’s no trouble to reach up and use the touchscreen for those feature anyway. The touchpad can be quickly toggled off and on using one the function keys. The function keys have all been given hardware / system functions so it’s a single keystroke to access those feature. If you are used to using function keys in the windows environment you will need to use the FN key in combination with them to access common windows functions. I haven’t found this to be a problem, and I think I use the features they programed more than the Windows functions. The built in keys include instant mute, volume up and down, screen brightness up and down, airplane mode toggle (turns off wireless and Bluetooth), close open window (more handy than I expected), shift program focus (works like alt-tab), blank the screen (I think I’ve hit this one by mistake), screen or active window refresh, and toggle external monitor. Missing is a pause/play toggle when using a media player. These functions are not programmable or changeable, and some of them merely activate windows features. The computer has better than average battery life, a design goal of the new Haswell series Intel processors. A full charge can easily last 6 hours but you give up some performance for that time, and will need to turn the screen brightness down. The long battery life along with the small form factor makes it a very nice machine to use for reading or internet browsing while watching TV. The screen is HD with 1600 by 900 resolution. This makes for great images and video, but it also makes the default text sizes difficult to see. I increased the default system fonts by several points which helped quite a bit and now menus and system messages are readable without having to sacrifice resolution. One great feature of the touch screen is that text in Internet Explorer and word can be quickly enlarged but doing a two finger stretch on the screen. I love this feature, and I’m sold on the utility of using a touch screen on work related laptop. The video system has a few glitches though and has locked up a few times coming out of sleep or when changing programs. Hopefully this will be corrected by a driver update. Every computer purchase involves compromises with cost, features, size, capacity, speed, and battery life, and the U430 is no different. It comes with a smallish 500 GB hard drive and 4 GB of ram and I was concerned that these might not be roomy enough, but they work quite nicely with Windows 8 which appears to manage memory better than any previous version to date. A good 60 to 70 GB of the hard drive is taken up with system and backup partitions, but so much of computing is in the cloud now that this really hasn’t been a problem. The hard drive is only 5400 rpm, slow by desktop standards, but it includes a 16 GB smart cache and the Intel system software keeps that cache filled with the most frequently use programs and so most programs load quite quickly. This drive is a nice compromise from a speedier but much smaller and more expensive SSD drive. Boot times are also very fast, taking less than 30 seconds. The laptop has a windows refresh button which allows for easy system reset / refresh and for system recovery. It also activates the software that makes a system backup. The U430 includes three USB ports (only one is 3.0), and HDMI port, an Ethernet port, a dual purpose headphone jack (supposedly works with headphones that include a microphone but I haven’t tested this), an SD card reader. There is no DVD/cd drive, and there is no VGA video port. I don’t miss the DVD drive at all (windows 8 reads ISO files which aids in software installation), but I do miss the VGA port, as I like to use a second monitor on my desk. I suppose you could do this with the HDMI port, but my older monitor doesn’t support HDMI. The chipset also include WiDi and the ability to send screen data to a wireless device hooked up to a TV but I have not tested this, and don’t currently have a need for it. There is also a 720 webcam built in and it works as expected. It’s a very nice machine for Skype. The speakers on the machine are about as good as could be expected given the very shallow depth of the computer case (i.e. no bass). The computer comes with Dolby audio software and audio sounds great with earphones. The built in speakers are adequate for casual use. One hardware feature I really like is that the system fan vents upward under the hinge of the screen, away from your lap. This machine runs much cooler than any previous laptop I’ve owned and the fan is almost silent. I also really like the form factor as I literally use this computer on my lap all day typing reports during interviews, and it’s very easy to set down and pick up. The very low weight and long battery life make it very portable and I don’t have to keep it plugged in all the time. Windows 8 functions quite well with this hardware and while it takes some getting used to (I loved Win 7), it is a nice compliment to the hardware (or vice versa I suppose). The touch screen works quite well, and the computer is wonderful for reading on, including using the Metro style Nook and Kindle Aps. Because of the touch features and form factor, I feel no need to get a new tablet and will continue using my Nook tablet now (saving me the $230 on the Nexus 7). I find myself using the traditional desktop part of Windows 8 by day and the metro aps on nights and weekends for entertainment. The price for this machine is pretty aggressive too and at $699 is a very good value.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Excellent laptop for the price, however...Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I bought this laptop after a horrible experience with an Asus ultrabook. I need a travel laptop that weighs approx 4lbs or less, has a descent screen, and a good battery. This model fits the bill perfectly. It is priced reasonably, has a great build, and has a nice 1600x900 screen. It comes pre-installed with Win 8.1 and only needs a few updates to get it running perfectly. As mentioned in my previous review (Asus UX302LA), there is a problem with the Intel wireless adapter 7260. This laptop was no different than the Asus, in that the drivers for the Intel wireless card are poor. I was getting intermittent "Limited Connection" from my local wireless router. Even after updating to the 16.6 drivers from early December, I was still getting intermittent connections. If you troubleshoot the device at the Intel website, they mention the random "limited" connection issue and provide a link to download an even newer driver ver 16.7 that is dated on Dec 17th. Once I downloaded and installed that version, the wireless has been rock solid. Recommendation: Troubleshoot your wireless at the Intel website, and download the drivers from Dec 17th, it will fix all your wireless issues. On the same subject, the included Intel wireless 7260 is NOT a dual band card, it is only single band (2.4GHZ). This presents a problem because most new routers going forward will be of the "AC" variety which needs both bands. Intel does make a 7260 card that is called a 7260 AC, but the card installed in this laptop is only a single band 7260. The card is easy to change, but Lenovo has installed a BIOS whitelist which severely limits your replacement card choices to Lenovo branded cards. For example, the compatible Intel 7260 AC card is approximately $100, if you can find it anywhere. N**egg sells the Intel 7260 AC mini PCI card for $ 25.99 which if purchased and installed in this laptop will not boot. I am seriously considering returning this laptop and purchasing another ASUS laptop. While the ASUS has the same single band chip, it can be easily swapped with the $26 Intel card from N**egg without the hassle of a BIOS lockout. BL: really nice laptop. If you don't care about the newer wireless AC protocol, then I would get this laptop and enjoy it. Unfortunately, if you are planning to upgrade your home router to the new AC variety, you will quickly realize this laptop doesn't cut the wireless mustard.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great midrange ultrabookPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I've had my share of ultrabooks in the past, from the expensive high end Acer S7's, flexible Lenovo Yoga, to midrange ultrabooks like the Asus Vivobooks. As a college student, i decided to ditch the expensive ultrabooks since i would rather spend that money on other things. That being said, i stumbled upon this laptop at the lenovo outlet for only $400 (because it was "refurbished") Anyways, when i got i was impressed the most with the build quality. Its a little heavy @ 4.2 pounds, but when you see how much of this thing is made of aluminum its understandable. After playing around with the laptop and experiencing the resolution, the new haswell chip, and everything else it has to offer, there are very few cons i can think of. One of these things is the glossiness of the screen. THe screen does not react very well to light shining on it, which makes it really hard to use outdoors, or in rooms with lots of sunlight shining directly on it. Another pet peeve is the viewing angles, which are understandable considering this is not an IPS panel. Still, i wish they were a little better. The last problem, is the touchpad. The functionality of it is fine, but when you click it the touchpad feels very cheap, almost like it would break, and you have to click pretty hard for it to work. Those are pretty much the only issues, most of which are minor for an otherwise solid system. The Pros are nearly endless. The price is awesome, the screen resolution is great for a 14 inch screen (720p is too few pixels, 1080p is nice but a little bit of overkill), and the backlit keyboard is great. One of the main reasons i got this laptop was because of the haswell chip, which was important to me as a student. I wanted a laptop that could last me a full day of class, and this laptop is just that. On power saver mode with 50-60% screen brightness, I am able to get 6-8 hours of use with normal web surfing, word processing, and a little bit of streaming video. On power saver with full brightness, the battery life tends to be around 4-6 hours, depending on what you do. I generally get around 5 hours while watching Netflix on full brightness. All in all I've used a lot of different ultrabooks, and for the price (even at $680) this thing is solid. Its got great battery life, fantastic build quality, a nice resolution screen, and a backlit keyboard, which is something most laptops at this pricepoint can't say.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Zippity Do Da!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
What a great PC. VERY VERY fast and well built, with solid lines and a metal feel to it. This is not your average cheapy Lenovo, but rather a testament to the original idealpad builds of yore. Keyboard has very little flex and the back-light is excellent, illuminating both the letters and the rim of each key. The display is 1600x900, which is a better rez than most, but it's a TN panel. Viewing angles are pretty bad and dark images look washed out. Bright images and text are crisp however. Touch works very well. I like it for scrolling web pages. :-/ The processor is 4th Gen Haswell and is VERY quick. Also, this unit comes with the newer Intel HD 4400 video chipset (not older 4000) . Reviews are putting the 4400 between 20% and 30% faster than the 4000 and it shows. Gaming is pretty darn good if you don't max out settings (MS Flight is playing nice at max settings in native resolution. Battlefield 3 multiplayer plays nice at low settings in native resolution). The hard drive is actually quick for a 5400rpm piece, probably because of the hybrid 16GB SSD cache. Boot times are about 15 seconds and loading all of my pictures, music, movies on it from an external drive felt fast. (Note that you can't see/access the 16GB ssd as a drive, it's there to augment the HDD) Junkware pre-installs are below average, but removing them should still be part of your "move in" process. Lots of "stuff" running in the background upon first boot. Clean it up to gain noticeable performance. I haven't had any issues with WiFi, as others have reported here. I'm ready, however, if it starts. Apparently, the fix is uninstalling IntelProSet and downgrading the WiFi drivers to the previous version. Do a Google search on it. I LIKE THE TOUCH PAD. There, I said it. Maybe I got lucky. Maybe my typing style is different. It works very well, never gets in the way and is big, with plenty of room. It's important to note that the first thing I did when I started the PC is I downloaded ALL of the windows updates. I then went to Lenovo's driver site for this model and updated all of the drivers and software that needed it. Finally, I removed all of the software/junkware I didn't want and then performed a defrag/optimization on the hard drive. This took me a bit, but created a good foundation to build on. So, overall a great, great pc hampered only by a 2nd rate display. But, if you've never seen a IPS panel in action or are using a TN panel now, you'll be elated with this beast.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Wonderful!!!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
Extremely happy with this laptop. Speed with no lag. Size and light weight is perfect, large screen compared to my old netbook but still fits in my zip up notebook with binder case. From sleep mode I can access needed documents and files almost instantly for work -WOW! I thought I would need to pay more for a full SSD to get this performance, but this hybrid drive does this fine and it still has a 500G capacity. Has a clear beautiful screen, but it is reflective. I don't understand all the complaints about Windows 8, I just downloaded the free classic shell menu and use the Windows key to switch between a Windows 7 menu or Win 8 while I learn Win 8. I like the Win 8 tiles to instantly get places without having to open a browser. Stays cool on lap, probably due to a design that has additional vents on top between keyboard and screen. Touchscreen works great especially for scrolling and reading through documents, much better than a mouse or arrows for this. The keyboard has nice spaces between the keys and the silver case contrasts between the black keys to highlight them and also the keys are back lit. It's going to take me a while to learn to type without inadvertently touching the touchscreen and interrupting the typing though. Strangely, the touch pad started out very sticky as mentioned before, but after a days use it smoothed out to normal? Streams video with no lag in crystal clear HiDef. I don't play games so I have no opinion on that aspect, But for me, I can't imagine spending more when this has all the speed and features I need and more, or spending less and getting less.
Q: Questionwhere can I get the OS software for this machine?This machine didn't come with reload software or license information to reload windows. The official response from lenovo tech support was "its new, the hard drive wont die"...
Asked by jd.
- A:Answer You would need to make your own backup recovery disc.
Answered by spex
Asked by Anonymous.
- A:Answer There are no access bays on the sides or bottom of this laptop. There is no way to replace or upgrade the hard drive.
Answered by skywayguy
Q: QuestionCould you replace the existing 4GB memory with 6GB?I think I'd be fine with 4GB right now, but in future my needs may change. Could I just swap out the existing memory chip for one that's larger at time of purchase?
Asked by Susan.
- A:Answer There is no access to the RAM / SIMM module and so no way to upgrade the RAM. But the 4GB seems to be memory enough with Win 8 and with the 16GB SSD cache on the hard drive.
Answered by skywayguy
Asked by sparkle.
- A:Answer Yes, the battery can be replaced.
Answered by spex
Q: QuestionIs there access to the laptop to upgrade ram or the ssd?I'm looking to see if I really want this ultrabook, but I'm getting mixed answers about accessing the motherboard in the computer.
Asked by Anonymous.
- A:Answer Yes both are upgradable but read the users guide for a list of memory sticks that it accepts since it is very limited. Crucial has an 8GB stick for about $80.
Answered by redline86
Asked by Anonymous.
- A:Answer Yes. At Best Buy, for $50 you can buy an LG CD/DVD player burner. Looks same in color as the PC, works well, not bigger then a CD cover it self, very portable, USB connection and powered.
Answered by Marconi142