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Lenovo Ideapad S400

alaTest has collected and analyzed 211 reviews of Lenovo Ideapad S400. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviews about the design and usability are generally positive. The price and performance also get good comments, but many are less positive about the touchpad and reliability.

portability, performance, price, usability, design

battery, reliability, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Lenovo Ideapad S400 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Lenovo Ideapad S400

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 34 user reviews of Lenovo Ideapad S400 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the screen and usability. The performance and price also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the reliability.

portability, price, performance, usability, screen

reliability

74% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Lenovo Ideapad S400 14-inch Laptop (Silver) - (Intel Pentium 997 1.5GHz Processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, WLAN, Webcam, Windows 8)Lenovo Ideapad S400 14-inch Laptop (Silver) - (Intel Pentium 997 1.5GHz Processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, WLAN, Webcam, Windows 8)

Nov, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Lenovo Ideapad S400

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 80 user reviews of Lenovo Ideapad S400 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the size and price. The usability and performance are also mentioned favorably. Comments are divided on the touchpad. The image quality and durability get less positive comments.

portability, performance, usability, price, size

reliability, durability, image quality

84% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Lenovo IdeaPad S400 14.0-Inch Touchscreen Laptop (Silver Grey)Lenovo IdeaPad S400 14.0-Inch Touchscreen Laptop (Silver Grey)

Nov, 2017

Expert review by: Sascha Mölck (notebookcheck.net)

Review Lenovo IdeaPad S400 Notebook

 

Virtually an ultrabook. Members of the slim and affordable IdeaPa

Thin, lightweight and handy; 24 month warranty; Always runs quietly; Low consumption; Good application performance

Fast Ethernet only; Contrast-poor, dark screen; Four GB RAM maximum; Low-capacity battery (32Wh) - short battery life

Both mentioned laptops: Acer Aspire V5-531 and Acer Aspire V5-571G. For want of alternatives, we would also count conventional 14 inch laptops, such as the entry-level models Dell Vostro 3460, Fujitsu LifeBook LH531 and Medion Akoya E4212, to the...

Oct, 2012

Expert review by: (laptopmag.com)

Lenovo IdeaPad S400

 

The Lenovo IdeaPad S400 gives consumers the sleek portability of a thin-and-light notebook without the outrageous price. Starting as low as $455, this 14-inch laptop features an Intel Core i3 processor, USB 3.0 and a 720p webcam, giving you everything...

Feb, 2013

Expert review by: Katharine Byrne (expertreviews.co.uk)

Lenovo IdeaPad S400 review

 

It's pretty, but its poor performance and touchpad leave the IdeaPad S400 behind its competitors

Dec, 2012

Expert review by: Rahul Sethi (techmagnifier.com)

Lenovo Ideapad S400 Review

 

Lenovo Ideapad S400 laptop has 2nd Generation Intel Core i3 processor, 2GB RAM and 1GB of dedicated graphics. It is priced at 27000INR.

Sleek and Lightweight ; Dedicated graphics (1GB) ; Nice speaker sound

Poor battery backup ; Sloppy touchpad response ; No optical drive

The laptop will feel under powered if you work on pro-development and editing software. However it’s pricing gives it a turnaround if it is to be used for normal home use. It will run HD videos smoothly and has good output from speakers. An...

Oct, 2013

Expert review by: Digit Laptops (digit.in)

Lenovo Ideapad S400 59-340453

 

The new Lenovo Ideapad S400 is a stylish ultra light laptop with powerful features. It has a sleek Ultra-portable design for easy mobility and the metallic finish gives the laptop a premium feel. The Ideapad S400 has a AccuType keyboard with individual...

Jul, 2013

Expert review by: Naaptol (naaptol.com)

Expert Review

 

The Lenovo IdeaPad S400 (59-356394) is a superb laptop with a terrific performance. It is ideal for people looking for an entry level computer that does a lot more. It comes in an affordable price and gives the best of features. It also offers superior...

Dec, 2012

Consumer review by: Yuma Charles (newegg.com)

Amazing Value

 

With laptops like this why buy a tablet?

Size and weight of an ultrabook, i3 with HD 4000 is a total monster, build quality is fantastic

Doesn't levitate and read my mind

May, 2014

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Lenovo IdeaPad S400

 

Light weight Utrabook fit budget

None

May, 2014

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Pretty good if on sale

 

Was for my girlfriend, she's happy so I'm happy.

Compact and portable ; Good value when on sale ; Decent performance for basic tasks like browsing & watching videos

The only con so far would be that the screen wobbles a lot when you use it for touch, pretty much have to have one hand holding the back of it while the other touches the screen. From what I can tell there's no way to tighten it and it's just due to...

Apr, 2014

Consumer review by: Clarke (newegg.com)

Great for what it is.

 

I did have some problems with the touch screen of the mine when i bought it at first it would just some times not respond then it got to the point where it would never respond. I called lenova support and ended up sending it in and got it back in about...

For the price its hard to find a better unit that has all of the features included in this laptop. Having both a I3 and a touch screen in one inexpensive package was great and then finding it in a light weight 14" laptop was even better for me...

The battery life on it leaves a little to be desired but i still usually get about 2 and half to 3 hours depending on what i'm doing. It is lacking a CD drive as well which in the current digital age we live isn't all that big a deal just thought it...

Mar, 2014

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Advanced Audio v2 / Dolby AA 2.0 / Dolby AA2.0 / Dolby Advanced / Dolby Advanced Audio / Dolby Advanced Audio 2 / Dolby Advanced Audio v2 / HD / HD Audio / HDA
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Built-in subwoofer: No
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker Power:2 / 4

Battery

Battery Capacity:32 / 3200
Battery capacity (Watt hours):32
Battery life (max):5
Battery performance:3200
Battery Technology:Lithium / Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:4

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3 / 1

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Silver
RoHS compliance: Yes
Wi-Fi certified:Y
WiFi certified: Yes

Design

Color of product:Black / Black, Grey / Black, Grey, Silver / Black, Red / Black, Silver / Brown / Brown, Silver / Graphite / Graphite, Grey / Grey / Grey, Silver / Red / Silver
Form Factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Metal / Plastic, Polycarbonate
Market positioning:Beginner
Product type:Notebook / Ultrabook

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9
Display brightness:200
Display Diagonal:14
Display number of colors:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Display Surface:Gloss
Full HD: No
HD type:Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen:No / Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:N / No / Y / Yes
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:40
Power auto-sensing: Yes

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No / Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 7450M / No
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
On-board graphics adapter:No / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1050 / 1100
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics / Intel HD Graphics 3000 / Intel HD Graphics 4000 / No

Keyboard

Built-in touchpad: Yes
Full-size keyboard:No / Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y
Keyboard backlit:N
Keyboard language: / German
Keyboard Layout:QWERTY / QWERTZ
Keyboard type:QWERTY / QWERTZ
Numeric keypad:No / Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Spill resistant keyboard: Yes
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:2 / 4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):4
Memory clock speed:1333 / 1600
Memory form factor: / SO-DIMM
Memory layout:1 x 2 / 1 x 4 / 1 x 8
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 / 1 x 4 / 1 x 8
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM / 2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
4G:N / No
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X) / 10/100Base-T(X)
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100 / 10,100,1000
Network standard:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u / IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u
Networking features:Fast Ethernet
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n,IEEE 802.3,IEEE 802.3u
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):300
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
WWAN: No

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:0 - 179921.3
Operating altitude:0 - 120078.7 / 0 - 95984.3
Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 85 / 5 - 85
Operating relative humidity range:20 - 85 / 5 - 85
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90 / 5 - 95
Storage relative humidity range:10 - 90 / 5 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-15 - 60 / 5 - 43
Storage temperature range (T-T):-15 - 60 / 5 - 43

Optical Drive

Disc types supported: No
LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other Features

64-bit computing: Yes
Audio system:Advanced Audio v2 / Dolby AA 2.0 / Dolby AA2.0 / Dolby Advanced / Dolby Advanced Audio / Dolby Advanced Audio 2 / Dolby Advanced Audio v2 / HD / HD Audio / HDA
Chassis type:
Display:
Display Diagonal:14
Display Diagonal (metric):14
Ethernet interface type:
Graphics adapter family:AMD / AMD, Intel / ATI, Intel / Intel
Infrared data port: No
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video / No
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d,VT-x / VT-x

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control: No
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port:No / Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in:No / Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 ports quantity:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter output voltage:19
AC adapter power:40
Power auto-sensing:Y

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel HM70 Express / Intel HM77 Express
Compatible processor series:Core i5, Pentium
Conflict Free processor:N / Y / Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):14 / 15 / 16 / 17 / 18 / 19
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:N / Y / Yes
L3 cache:2 / 3
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM70 Express / Intel HM77 Express
Number of processors supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8 / 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor:1007U / 1037U / 2117U / 2127U / 887 / 977 / 987 / 997 / B987 / I3-2365M / i3-2375M / I3-2377M / I3-3217U / I3-3227U / I5-3317M / I5-3317U / I5-3337U
Processor boost frequency:2.6 / 2.7
Processor cache:2 / 3 / 4
Processor cache type:L2 / L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge / Sandy Bridge
Processor cores:2
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel Core i3-2xxx / Intel Core i3-3xxx / Intel Core i5-3xxx / Intel Pentium / Intel Pentium Dual-Core / Intel® Celeron® / Intel® Pentium® / Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core
Processor frequency:1.4 / 1.5 / 1.6 / 1.7 / 1.8 / 1.9
Processor lithography:22 / 32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:1007U / 1037U / 2117U / 2127U / 887 / 977 / 987 / 997 / B987 / I3-2365M / i3-2375M / I3-2377M / I3-3217U / I3-3227U / I5-3317M / I5-3317U / I5-3337U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Celeron 1000 series for Mobile / Intel Celeron Processor 800 series for Mobile / Intel Core i3-2300 Mobile series / Intel Core i3-3200 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-3300 Mobile series / Intel Pentium 2000 series for Mobile / Intel Pentium 900 series for Mobile
Processor socket:BGA1023
Processor threads:2 / 4
Stepping:J1 / L1 / P0 / Q0
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):17
Tjunction:100 / 105

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22 / 32
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:No / Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology:No / Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-x
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / No / Y
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):No / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N / No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / No / Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):N / No / Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N / Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™:No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N / No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / No
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / No / Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Yes
Processor ARK ID:54834 / 63916 / 65697 / 65707 / 67194 / 69360 / 69361 / 70272 / 71469 / 71995 / 72055 / 72057 / 72061 / 74259 / 75191
Processor code:SR0CW / SR0FB / SR0N8 / SR0N9 / SR0U3 / SR0U4 / SR0V4 / SR0V5 / SR0VA / SR0VQ / SR0XF / SR0XL / SR105 / SR108 / SR109
Processor package size:31
Supported instruction sets:AVX / SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.x
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington / No / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint reader: No
Password protection:BIOS / HDD, Supervisor / Y
Password protection type:BIOS / HDD, Supervisor

Software

Bundled software:Lenovo OneKey Recovery, Lenovo Cloud Storage, PokeTALK, Nitro PDF, AccuWeather, eBay, Evernote, Skype, Amazon Kindle, Rara Streaming, Lenovo Companion
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:32-bit / 64-bit
Operating system installed:FreeDOS / No / Windows 7 Home Basic / Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro
Trial software:McAfee Internet Security

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC / MMC, RS-MMC / MMC, SD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400 / 7200
Hard Drive Capacity:320 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA / Serial ATA II
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Host interface:SATA / Serial ATA II
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memory:8
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache type:SSD
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity:500
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:24 / 32
Solid-state drive interface:Micro Serial ATA / Serial ATA
Solid-state drive interfaces:Micro Serial ATA / SATA
Storage media:HDD / HDD+SSD / Hybrid-HDD
Total Storage Capacity:320 / 500 / 508 / 524 / 532

Technical Details

Hot-swap:
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video / No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:13.3 / 9.49 / 9.88
Depth (imperial):9.06
Height:0.827 / 0.862 / 0.866 / 0.906
Height (front):0.315 / 0.335
Height (imperial):0.88
Height (rear):0.827 / 0.906
Weight:3.97 / 4.63
Width:13.3 / 9.49
Width (imperial):12.9