LENOVO IdeaPad Y730 Review: Fully media equipped laptop

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The Lenovo IdeaPad Y730 is a fully media equipped laptop that brings entertainment handy to the ones, who want access anywhere and anytime. For the gamers, finally there is this gaming laptop that can satisfy all that they have ever wanted. This can be called the first ever laptop that respects the whims of the gaming communities. Lenovo has finally taken an aim at netting the valuable game-loving customers.

Build and Design

The build of Lenovo IdeaPad Y730 is quite sturdy and strong. The laptop looks heavier and is somewhat geometrical in shape with crisp edges and angles. It looks like a big video game and we have to admit that the chassis shape is not a comfortable one. The laptop is given a rather cubical, childish shape, and the colours like red add to the “box-like” look of the laptop. The lid is red colored in the featured laptop. The rest of the body is greyish-black. The hinges are not the cylindrical one but rather the pivoted hinges. Overall the Lenovo IdeaPad Y730 gives a conservative IBM look, with some colour added to it.

Display

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y730 uses the same graphics processor and displays as the other IdeaPads. Determined to make the gaming experience an ideal one, Lenovo makes use of the ATI Radeon Mobility 3650 with 512MB of memory, which makes it ultra-durable to hardcore animation in 3D. The screen is a 17″ one, which lets you open two documents in parallel. When talking about gaming and movies, it is always better with the bigger. The resolution however is little disappointing at 1440×900, which is too less for a screen 17″ big. The main disadvantage we have been talking about in all the Lenovo notebooks is seen in here too. The extra glossy screen is a nagging experience, if there is some light behind you.

Keyboard and touchpad

The keyboards of Lenovo Y730 have a gaming keypad called the Game Zone keypad by Lenovo. This is an addition to the number of steps taken by Lenovo to make this one stand apart as a laptop for gaming. The gamers would definitely love this additional keypad. Rest of the keyboard is generic form of the Y530 keyboard. The touchpad and mouse keys are flat. The entire keyboard is a well-cushioned one and is pleasant to type on. It can be more-or-less termed as the silent keyboard and rebound is crisp and noiseless. A panel of media keys brings media control at easy reach. The Keyboard of Lenovo Y730 is therefore a piece of delight and it’s hard to find factors to complaint about.

Performance and Benchmarks

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y730 comes with a 3GB of DDR3 RAM, which is a very good compensation at the price they are offering. However, a 4GB RAM would have been perfect for handling games of all sorts. The performance of the laptop is therefore good. A core 2 Duo T5800 processor supports the operations of this laptop. On normal usage, the laptop has been found to be of great capabilities. However, the pace of the laptop retreats a bit if you put on a high demanding game, while the internet and music runs on the background. But that is beyond the requirement use, which mostly doesn’t occur in daily life. So, the performance can be counted upon as fairly acceptable and good. The start-up and shutdown times are a little more then expected, but can be tolerated.

Battery Life

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y730 has a battery life of 2 hours and 32 minutes on web browsing over Wi-Fi with music playback, after which all batteries drain out. This is something we regretted in a laptop so well designed. If you are travelling and you love games, you wouldn’t like to save back batteries and put off the music of your games. And if you plan to do some work after a long-duration game, then you need to get to the charging station first. That’s what we found nagging. If you aren’t the one who has to be on a flight for more than 3 hours, then it is a perfect notebook for you.

Specifications of Ideapad Y730

Processor: 2 GHz T5800 Core 2 Duo from Intel
OS: Genuine Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
Memory: 3-GB DDR3
Display: 17 inch WXGA, 1440X900
Hard drive: 320 GB SATA
Battery: 6 cell lithium
Weight: 7 lbs
Pros: Strong built; reasonable price; finger-touch media control keys; excellent gaming features

Cons: Overly reflective screen; heavy; battery life is quite less;

MSRP: $899 (base price)

LENOVO IdeaPad Y710 laptop review: Multimedia desktop replacement

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The Lenovo IdeaPad Y710 is a multimedia laptop that can be best used as a desktop replacement. Finally, there is a notebook that makes the gaming freaks smile. The uber cool laptop, with gaming features is not aimed at road warriors (travellers I mean), but rather at the sky-warriors. The battery life is excellent too. What else could we want?

Build and Design

For beginners, the design of the LENOVO IdeaPads Y710 grades an important modification for Lenovo. Different from the “all business” typical ThinkPad line of notebooks that Lenovo got induced to from IBM, the IdeaPads have a smooth, sophisticated appearance with an extremely user-focused sense. The lustrous monitor features a flush-rise bezel, which makes the look transition commencing from LCD to keyboard look extremely silky.

Display

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y710 uses the same graphics processor and displays as the other IdeaPads. This is Lenovo’s earliest 17-inch sized laptop and the board uses the comparatively yardstick resolution of 1440×900. For graphics, Lenovo has determined to make use of the ATI Radeon Mobility HD 2600 with 256MB memory. The Direct X10 graphics processor is perfect for sporty gaming, but is deficient in the hardcore gaming requirements. Two documents can be opened in parallel.

17″ screen of Lenovo IdeaPad Y710 is what the movie lovers would love. The viewing angles are great. However, the extra glossy screen of Lenovo is something you would complaint about when watching the dark night scenes. Lenovo has not yet been able to do away with that extra gloss.

Keyboard and touchpad

The keyboards of Lenovo Y710 have a distinguishing “ThinkPad feel” when you type on it. In spite of the loss of the symbolic red referral-point in the centre of the keyboard, it isn’t a problem to type in the right keys. The touchpad and muse buttons are also even and receptive. The red “Shuttle Key” and stroke-receptive media keys over the keyboards on the Y710 brings playback, volume, and equalizer reins at your fingertips. Typing is therefore a pleasant experience.

Performance and Benchmarks

At present, Lenovo has two separate models of the user oriented IdeaPad Y710 under considerations. One is a more economic version while the other is performance based. The latter Lenovo Ideapad Y710 is good at all respects for performances. It has the efficient Wi-Fi. The processor is fast for applications and web browsing, that is normal use. The graphics performance is good and for the first time we see a laptop that gives satisfactory graphics for gaming also. The start-up and shut-down processes take some time though, about 15 seconds longer than the other laptops of the same rank.

Battery Life

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y710 Home has a battery life of 3 hours and 15 minutes on web browsing over Wi-Fi with music playback, after which all batteries drain out. The charging time is somewhat more than other prominent laptops of the day. On watching a heavy sound loaded action movie with the internet on Wi-Fi on at the back, the 6 batteries drained out at 2 hours 55 minutes, which is very commendable. However, the excellent duration is a good exchange for the long charging time.

Specifications of Ideapad Y710

Processor: 1.66GHz T5450 Core2Duo from Intel
OS: Genuine Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
Memory: 2-GB DDR2
Display: 17 inch WXGA, 1440X900
Hard drive: 250 GB SATA
Battery: 6 cell lithium
Weight: 7.9 lbs
Dimensions: 15.6 X11.2 X1.5 inches

Pros: Elegant and strong; reasonable price; finger-touch media control keys; excellent audio; face recognition software

Cons: Overly reflective screen; heavy; battery life is quite less; graphics abilities aren’t enhanced

MSRP: $937 (base price)

LENOVO IdeaPad Y530 Review: The media laptop

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The Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 Performance media Laptop is a multimedia notebook with an extensive variety of multimedia characteristics.  This laptop is aimed at hostel students and can replace the home theatre systems at homes. Priced conveniently, this laptop is making its way into the market as an entertainment device. The IdeaPad Y530 is being loved by teenagers and students at large.

Build and Design

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 Performance media Laptop has a black surface, which has hatch-crossed etch for design and strong gripping. On moving into the inside of the notebook, the black surface turns into the glossy smooth one that frames the screen. Build quality is outstanding in the company of an extremely sturdy casing.

Display

The WXGA panel on The Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 Performance media Laptop ranks common with vivacious colors, consistently bright lit backlighting, and first-class quality contrast. Perpendicular screening angles were archetypal with a tapered spot where colors are accurate before distorting, as you move the screen backwards and onwards. Horizontal viewing angles were to some extent superior, though as an alternative of disfiguring, the display just faded away and only the reflection of you from the “frameless” screen is visible. The extra glossy screen has always been a matter of complaint from LENOVO.

Keyboard and touchpad

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 Performance media Laptop keyboard is planned a great deal similar to the manner of the ThinkPad series, with hardly any change. The arrangement is further like a user-end notebook, with a solitary line up of function buttons, instead of the two. The keyboard was relaxing to type on with ideal key dimension and spacing. Every key has a slender sharp clicking thud with spongy response when pushed. The finger responsive media bar situated on top of the keyboard provides rapid admission to media.

The synaptic touchpad of Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 is incredibly large, much superior to those set up on the ThinkPad series; and at ease to use. Response and receptivity was fine, precisely trails your finger motion with modest weight on the plane. The semi-gloss touchpad plane was trouble-free to budge your fingers from corner to corner, at the same time still offering a little quantity of grip.

Performance and Benchmarks

The performance of the Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 Performance media Laptop with a Core2Duo P7350 processor and NVIDIA 9300M graphics card was somewhat beneath what a multimedia oriented laptop is supposed to offer. For daily use or high definition film, the Y530 performed fairly well. For the regular consumer, it presents approximately the same speed as a Gateway for web surfing, typing documents, movies, and quick startups and shutdowns. Gaming is some place where the Y530 falls last in the contest, outfitted with merely a 9300M graphics card.

Battery Life

With the following settings:

  • Screen brightness at the level of 60%
  • Wireless made active
  • Vista power profile set to Balanced mode

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 Performance media Laptop kept operating for 3 hours and 22 minutes. For undeterred utilization in the classroom captivating notes, the notebook is fine, but it may be slamming the same off during travelling.

Specifications of Lenovo IdeaPad Y530

Processor: Intel Core2Duo processor P7350 (2GHz, 3MB L2 Cache, 1066MHz FSB)

OS: Windows Vista Home Premium (SP1, 32-bit)

Memory: 2GB DDR2 System Memory (2 x 1GB, supports up to 4GB)

Display: 15.4″ WXGA

Hard drive: 250GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive

Battery: 6-cell 5200mAh 57Wh battery

Weight: 6.65 lb. including battery

Dimensions: 14.2″ x 10.3″ x 1.2″-1.4″ (360mm x262mm x 29-36mm)

Pros: Fast processor, comfortable keyboard, sturdy design

Cons: Extra glossy screen, large weight

MSRP: $ 999 (base price)

Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 Review: Multimedia laptop for entertainment

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The Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 Home is a multimedia laptop aimed at home and entertainment purposes. It has surround speakers and subwoofer, which is a much-desired feature in computers for homes. Again, it also comprises of HDMI, finger-touch media control keys and frameless LCD screen. With extensive multimedia characteristics, this laptop is aimed at students opting for a PC-cum-entertainment system and people prefering to use a laptop for a home theatre system

Build and Design

The Lenovo Ideapad Y530 Home has dimensions of 14.2″ (w) x 10.3″ (d) x 1.4″ thick and is 6.7 pounds of weight. Though it is a handy and mobile package, it is a bit too heavy. The external casing is black and etched with a weaving tendril pattern that has now become a signature of the ThinkPads and IdeaPads. It provides a strong grip, and also avoids the fingerprints that get stamped on the cases of glossy laptops. Inside the case, you would find the glossy WXGA 15.4 inch screen. The lid hinges are somewhat angled and you would definitely like them. The Lenovo Ideapad Y530 has a good classy look and is a delight to your eyes.

Display

The display has a 1280×800 pixels resolution for a 15.4″ screen. The much popular Lenovo “frameless screen” looks great and is the ideal one for watching movies and playing 3D games. The only thing you would complaint about the screen in Lenovo Ideapad Y530 Home is the extra-reflective finish, which has been predominant in all the Lenovo laptops. Even in this notebook, which has been optimised for entertainment purposes, Lenovo has failed to do away with this screen shortcoming that has been much complained about.

Keyboard and touchpad

Lenovo has always been known for its convenient, stylish keyboards. Although the Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 Home Keyboard is different from the ThinkPad keyboards, it is so very comfortable. The touchpad with its mouse buttons are very well positioned on the panel and thoughtfully-sized. A row of orange glowing finger-touch media control keys is held on a glossy black strip on the panel. The keyboard sports a programmable application-launch button, in addition to some very excellent and thoughtful media control keys.

Performance and Benchmarks

With Core 2 Duo P7350 processor and NVIDIA 9300M graphics card, The Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 home delivers excellent performance for a multimedia oriented laptop. The performance for average user applications like web browsing and office applications etc. was at par with the Gateway MC8703u. However, it isn’t quite well-equipped for gaming freaks. Endowed with perfect visual aids for a great gaming experience, the Ideapad y530, with its 9300M graphics card falls far behind when compared with other gaming and 3D animation oriented laptops, which employ better and powerful graphics cards like ATI 3650. Hence, though a complete package for home-entertainment, if you enjoy high-end gaming, there is a compromise you would have to make when running latest games that demand good resolutions.

Battery Life

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 Home has a battery life of 2 hours and 52 minutes on web browsing with music playback, which drains out all of its 6 batteries. For the entertainment purpose, which this laptop aims at, this is too less. The battery will not last you till the entire length of a single movie. So, you would have to watch movies on AC power.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 Home is a laptop for use at home. It is not designed to be carried around by people on the go. It is a nice entertainment system, for which most homes today are using bulky and powerful desktops. However, Lenovo has overlooked some of the basic needs of an ideal entertainment system, like enhanced graphics for gaming and long enough battery support. However, if you are not a gaming freak,and do not have to use it on battery for long, this is an ideal home PC for you.

Specifications of Lenovo Ideapad Y530
Processor: 2GHz P7350 Core 2 Duo from Intel

OS: Genuine Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium

Memory: 2-GB DDR2

Display: 15.4 inch WXGA, 1280×800

Hard drive: 250 GB SATA

Battery: 6 cell lithium

Weight: 6.7 lbs

Dimensions: 14.2″ (w) x 10.3″ (d) x 1.4″

Pros: Elegant and strong; reasonable price; finger-touch media control keys; excellent audio; face recognition software

Cons: Overly reflective screen; heavy; battery life is quite less; graphics abilities aren’t enhanced

MSRP: $499 (base price)

Lenovo Ideapad Y430 Review: Stylish & Rich-in-features Laptop

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The new IdeaPad line of laptops from Lenovo, Lenovo Ideapad Y430, is known for its stylish, chic and rich-in-features notebooks. This is Lenovo’s first Centrino 2-based notebook and has been optimized to claim a rank amongst the bests of midsized laptops present in the market today.

Build & design

The bodily design of Lenovo Ideapad Y430 is smart, with a textured finish ornamental lift-up lid. Like other ThinkPads, it has a glossy protective coating on the screen. The entire notebook is well configured and its case is very firm. Its exterior has an etched Red or Black Light tendril weave design and weighs about 5.2 lbs.

Display

The Ideapad Y430 comes with a 14.1″ WXGA LCD screen with the glossy type anti-glare coating on its surface. It has a high contrast ratio and brightness and sufficiently wide viewing angles. Therefore, watching movies on the 14.1″ LCD screen is an enjoyable experience. However, the screen has a resolution of 1280×800 only. Apart from this little limitation, this laptop has all the essential features to drive an external display or secondary monitor at a full HD resolution.

Keyboard and touch pad

Lenovo Ideapad Y430 has one of the best keyboards one could ever come across. With full-sized keys which are sturdy and ready to bounce-back crisply we cannot complain much about it. Across the spacious panel over the keyboard, there are touch-responsive shortcut buttons to control media. The only inconvenience that may be encountered is that the Delete and Control keys aren’t positioned in the usual lower corners but rather pushed 2-3 keys inside. That would require some getting used to. The touchpad is slippery, contributing zero friction to your finger while you drive the cursor on the screen. Its accuracy is simply marvelous. It does not fall a prey of indiscretion of single and double-clicks. Both the mouse buttons are soft and easy to use. The palm-rest area is more than abundant.

Performance and Benchmarks

Lenovo Ideapad Y430 is built to manage every task from office applications to high-end 3D animation projects. Memory is adequate to run Windows Vista Home hassle free the graphics system may not give superior results for latest NVIDIA supported games, but that is a compromise you can make. Wireless connectivity is good and it can connect up to 5GHz routers. It has Bluetooth 2.0 integrated.

The One-touch Recovery utility of Lenovo Ideapad Y430 allows the user to create a backup of the system and save to external storage in as less as1 hr time. However, since it has a 250GB hard disk, partitioned into a 187GB system drive and two 30GB secondary drives, you will require large external storage devices to be able to make use of this feature. The webcam and VeriFace Recognition is just as good as that in ThinkPads. However both require well lit ambience to deliver optimum performance.

Battery

Lenovo Ideapad Y430 uses the Centrino 2 technology, which includes the Dual Core T3400 CPU running at 2.16 GHz and is based 45nm (nanometer) transistor technology. This indicates that it shouldn’t heat up and can be called power efficient. The 57Wh (Watt hour) battery has been observed to last for two hours, when put on a looped DVD video, before the battery low alarm goes off. Also for new users the alarm may be a trouble to take care of.

Specifications of Lenovo IdeaPad Y430

Processor: Pentium Dual Core, T3400 2.16 -Ghz processor from Intel

OS: Genuine Microsoft Windows Vista Premium

Memory: 2-GB DDR3

Display: 14.1-inch WXGA, 1280×800

Hard drive: 160GB SATA (5400 rpm)

Battery: 6-cell lithium-ion

Weight: starting from 5.2 lbs

Pros: excellent battery life, brilliant design and large hard drive

Cons: Hard disk drive memory is less and would be better at 7200 rpm

MSRP: $589 (base price)

Lenovo Ideapad U110 review: The Ultra-portable DIVA laptop

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Lenovo IdeaPad U110, the ultra-portable DIVA laptop, is a proud addition to Lenovo’s IdeaPad line. Lenovo might be celebrated for its ThinkPad notebooks, but most regular clients do not find the customary styling of the ThinkPads to be very strikingly beautiful. However, on the very first glimpse of Lenovo IdeaPad U110, consumers are forced to give up the notion that Lenovo ThinkPads cannot be elegant, slim and devouringly beautiful.

Build and Design

The Sleek and slim design with the etching of sweet tendril pattern onto its aluminium lid, is bound to catch every eye. This artistic design of Lenovo IdeaPad U110 extends to the interior of the notebook. With the black piano-keys the laptop interior is a feast to the eyes. With its glossy finish and the choice of two vibrant colours cherry red and black, these laptops are a sight to behold. It has an 11.1-inch LCD state-of-the-art screen.

Lenovo IdeaPad U110 is indeed an object of enchantment and delight. It the slim dimensions of 10.8 x 7.7 x 0.72 inches, the U110 is in fact slightly slimmer than Apple’s MacBook Air, and about 2.9 pounds of weight with its 7 cell battery, which is light enough to be carried around all day long.

Display

Now that Lenovo IdeaPad U110 is sized and adapted for being ultra-portable, we can accept the graininess of the screen and be satisfied with the high accuracy of the colours. Even the viewing angle is wide and fairly satisfactory. However, what turns out to be disheartening is the lustrous screen covered with yet another glossy plastic protection layer that is set on top of the exterior of the display which causes light reflections. This creates an eye-strain because you have to constantly shift your gaze between your own reflection and the text/images on the screen behind.

Keyboard and touchpad

For its little size, you must compliment that the keyboard of Lenovo IdeaPad U110 is very spacious and very comfortable too. The keys do not click when pressed. However, they are quite glossy and initially feel slippery. As a first-timer on the Lenovo ThinkPad keyboards, the fingers brush against the wrong keys accidentally. The touchpad also has the same glossy finish resulting in slipperiness. But then it has space for two fingers and its mouse buttons provide sufficiently satisfactory feedback. You would experience no hassles connecting a Bluetooth mouse for long stretch of work time. The palm rest area has nothing we can possibly complain about.

Performance and Benchmarks

Talking in realistic terms, the IdeaPad U110 is actually a thin travel notebook which uses a low voltage processor to reduce its power consumption and heating up. Lenovo IdeaPad U110 uses the L7500 Core2Duo processor from Intel, which is capable of running most of the office applications and general tasks. It definitely is not meant to serve highly demanding tasks. Its X3100 integrated graphics supports a few light games, but in general Lenovo IdeaPad U110 can support the tasks of a general PC only like internet browsing, Office applications and photo editing etc. That is just enough for average consumers with little requirements

Specifications of Lenovo ThinkPad U110

Processor: L7500 1.60GHz Core2Duo processor from Intel

Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium

Memory: 2GB (up to 3GB configurable)

Screen: 11.1-inch WXGA

Graphics: Intel X3100

Storage: 120GB 4200 rpm Parallel ATA HDD

Battery: 4-cell Li-Ion and 7-cell extended life Li-Ion batteries included

Weight: 2.42lbs

Dimensions: 10.8″x7.7″x 0.72″

Other Features: Integrated web camera with VeriFace application

Warranty: 1-year

Pros: 3 USB ports, VGA port, 6-in-1 media card reader, a FireWire port, LAN, and an Ethernet port.

CONS: HDMI and a full-size ExpressCard slot are missing. No Provision for a docking station. Lacks some of the most sought after features like an internal optical drive (However it has been compensated with an external one and a DVD±RW drive powered by the USB).

MSRP: $ 1,299.00 (base price)

Lenovo Ideapad U330 review: Brilliantly designed laptop

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Lenovo Ideapad U330, the brilliantly designed laptop, is amongst the latest product in Lenovo’s 13.3 inch notebook series. It has been built on the Montevina platform from Intel and switchable graphics from AMD. This design makes the system quite unique from the likes of other competitors of this category including Apple’s MacBook and Dell 1330 (XPS). In fact, the Ideapad U330 has taken a huge step forward from the conventional and popular IBM’s thinkpad series, as it offers a host of exciting features including media controls that are touch sensitive, HDMI out, switchable graphics which saves power and has an Intel Centrino2 processor.

Build and Design

The new Lenovo Ideapad U330 has been designed with a glossy display cover, super thin Liquid Crystal Display and a very low profile chassis, making it visually pleasing. The Ideapad U330 has a unique pinstripe scheme of paint on its inside along with glossy media controls, that are touch sensitive. It has also has a smooth and seamless finished frameless display, which makes it look really great. The build quality could have been made better, but you would really like the overall looks of the Lenovo U330.

Display

The Ideapad U330 has a frameless display having nice looks, but is highly reflective in its nature. It has exceptional contrast and colours along with some good black levels with its LED backlit. You’ll find the horizontal viewing angles to be much better than the vertical ones and it also has lesser reflections in bright viewing office conditions.

Keyboard and touchpad

Lenovo Ideapad U330 comes with a keypad that is very easy and convenient to type on and offers a good support for strong continuous typing pressure. The keyboard style is similar to the business grade IBM thinkpad laptops.

The touchpad based on Synaptics is very sensitive and has a soft matte finish on its surface texture. The U330 has large touchpad buttons and each of them has a long throw when pressed.

Performance and Benchmarks

The Lenovo Ideapad U330 has an excellent system performance with a Core2Duo P7350 processor from Intel and a dedicated graphics card of ATI Radeon (3450). The notebook was pretty good in handling mild gaming and delivered no problem in resuming normal activity. The switchable graphics system in the Ideapad U330 helps in easy transition to low power usage without rebooting the system. The notebook also put off lesser heat, consumed less power and ran almost all 3D features of Windows Vista without any problem. The audio performance was pretty average when compared to similar notebooks of its range and had many weak points.

Battery Life

The Lenovo Ideapad U330 has an amazing battery life of nearly 4 hours with Vista power profile switched to balanced, brightness of screen set to 60% and graphics switched to power saving mode. The battery life drops to nearly 2hours 40 minutes on enabling dedicated graphics and that is also not too bad.

The Ideapad U330 is an excellent choice with solid looks, bright screen, light weight, switchable integrated graphics and good overall system performance. Although, some more areas including paint quality and sound need improvement but still the Ideapad U330 is a pretty good consumer level laptop with a price of $1000.

Specifications of Ideapad U330

Processor: Core2Duo, P7350 2-Ghz processor from Intel (3Mb cache, 1066 Mhz FSB)

OS: Genuine MS Windows Vista Premium

Memory: 2-GB DDR3

Display: 13.3 inch WXGA, 1280×800

Hard drive: 250 GB SATA (5400 rpm)

Battery: 6-cell lithium

Weight: starting from 4.2 lbs

Dimensions: 12.5inx9.3inx0.9in

Pros: Excellent battery life, brilliant design and large hard drive

Cons: Reflective frameless screen

MSRP: $1000 (base price)

Lenovo W700ds Review: Dual-screen laptop for graphical pros

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Once you go through Lenovo W700ds review, there will be no doubt in your mind that this dual-screen laptop cannot be considered a replacement of the original (W700). Rather, it’s an upgrade for the same basic platform, which makes good on the rumored promise of Lenovo for launching a notebook having dual display. With a 10.6-inch sliding display popping out from space behind the 17-inch panel of W700, W700ds still does not have real estate (in terms of screen) of 2 full-size desktop displays. However, it serves the original platform with an edge over the rivals.

Build & Design

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Although the basic chassis of Lenovo W700ds appears unchanged, the addition of the second slide-out display behind the primary one can be felt in a line. This portion is thicker than some slender notebooks available in the market. When closed up, W700ds measures slightly above 2-inch in thickness, with its rubber feet supplementing another 1/4-inch to the machine when kept on a desk. Once you press gently on the lid’s right-hand side, its second display will emerge out its spring-loaded compartment. After extension, there is an addition of 7 inches on the right side, which will use the personal space of those sitting next to you on airplanes or coffee shops. The system is relatively portable. Still, the weight of the extra monitor (making it 13 lbs) may add some discomfort while carrying it around.

Build quality of W700ds will give an overall picture of what Lenovo is recognized for. It is provided with a tight filament and an impressive small panel flex. Again, you wouldn’t find the design mechanism flimsy even with the presence of second screen, as the second panel exhibits little flex at the point of attachment.

Screen

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Primary Display

Similar to the original W700, Lenovo W700ds comes with a high-end 17-inch primary display, which has a WUXGA (1920×1200) resolution along with 400 NIT of brightness. The display is smooth with better contrast and brightness than the previous model. There is a light protective coating for protecting the screen. However, glare and backlighting have been well controlled. Again, you will find the viewing angles from all sides except the vertical axis. The LCD panel, with excellent size, brightness and clarity, continues to be amongst its key selling point, especially in case of power-graphics user.

Secondary Display

A feature, which distinguishes W700ds from W700, is the secondary screen. The second 10.6-inch 1280×768 screen has been mounted on a portrait orientation into the recess on the back of the primary display.

With almost similar vertical resolutions (1200 on the primary and 1280 on the secondary), you will not find difficulty in dragging windows across both the displays.

Keyboard & Touchpad

Although there are several input options for you in the Lenovo W700ds, the world of Lenovo lovers starts and finishes with legendary keyboards of Lenovo. Keyboard on W700ds is provided with a smooth key action and short, quick stroke, which makes typing quite pleasant. Apart from the slight flex around the Backspace Key, the full-size keyboard of the system feels perfectly anchored to the sub-frame. There are dedicated buttons for speaker control. Again, you also get the ‘ThinkVantage’ button that is used for basic maintenance and configuration of your system. For a large laptop, touchpad of Lenovo W700ds is quite small. It features horizontal and vertical axis dedicated areas for scrolling. Dedicated scroll/right/left buttons flank the top area of the touchpad with standard right and left click residing beneath. Apart from the keyboard and touchpad, designers have provided the notebook with Wacom digitizer (3.5-invh tablet area) and a Wacom-ready pen.

Performance & Benchmarks

Lenovo W700ds is available with similar ‘under the hood’ component as its predecessor. The 2.53GHz Q9300 quad-core processor from Intel, 4-GB RAM and FX3700M discrete graphics from NVIDIA (similar to what was there in W700) is sure to give similar performance. The only change is the inclusion of couple of 250-GB RAIDed hard drives, which is a benchmark number on all machines equipped with Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit. When tested with Photoshop CS3 (Graphics Performance Evaluating Tasks), it rendered 10,000-pixel gradients within 2 seconds.

Battery Life

The 9-cell lithium-ion battery of Lenovo W700ds powers the machine for more than an hour (106 minutes), when unplugged and used for DVD playback. The battery life is adequate considering the system uses the battery for powering two screens simultaneously.

Lenovo has gone a long way with their dual screen technology in W700ds. If only they can work on getting better battery life, Lenovo W700ds will be tough to beat.

Specifications of Lenovo W700ds

Processor: Core 2 Extreme, Q9300, 12MB L2 cache, 2.53 GHz & 1066 FSB from Intel

Graphics Card: Quadro FX 9700M, 1GB from nVidia

OS: Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit

Memory: 4-GB SDRAM DDR3

Display: 17-inch WUXGA LCD (1920×1200) & 10.6-inch TFT LCD (1280×760)

Hard drive: 259 GB X 2 RAID 7200rpm

Optical Drive: DVD Recordable

Battery: 9-Cell lithium 84Wh

Weight: 15oz (With battery)

Dimensions: 16.1in x 13.3in x 2.1in

Pros: Desktop-like performance, Excellent primary display (with inbuilt color collaborator) and wonderful keyboard

Cons: Terrible Wacom Digitizer and Poor battery life (106 minutes on full load)

MSRP: $3,663 (Base Price)