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Lenovo Ideapad U400

Lenovo Ideapad U400
alaScore 86

153 reviews

Sep, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 153 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the design. The reliability also gets good feedback, but many are critical about the touchpad and keyboard.

portability, reliability, design

value for money, keyboard, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Lenovo Ideapad U400 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 153 reviews)

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Amazon.com review summary for Lenovo Ideapad U400

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 92 user reviews of Lenovo Ideapad U400 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com.

63% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Lenovo IdeaPad U400-09932DU Laptop Review

 

Eye candy. The Lenovo IdeaPad U400 features one of the better-loo

Great case; Compact power adapter

Average benchmark performance; Hard to manually upgrade; Middling display performance

An AC adapter that didn't look clunky, and an all-aluminum exterior at this price point.

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Lenovo IdeaPad U400 (Core i5)

 

While ultrabooks are seemingly all anyone at Microsoft or Intel can talk about, what about the humble laptop? The thicker, more versatile notebook computer of old certainly isn't going anywhere--at least, not right now--although changes in laptop...

The Lenovo IdeaPad U400 has a sleek, attractive metal design and a good assortment of features for its price, including a slot-loading DVD drive and AMD graphics.

There's not much that stands out performance-wise over the competition; it lacks the exceptional battery life, higher-res screen, Blu-ray drive, and SSD upgrades that high-end competitors tend to have.

Adopting the looks of an ultrabook and an Apple MacBook, the IdeaPad U400 wins on design and overall value, but it's not that far above other equally good laptops that are out there right now.

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Lenovo IdeaPad U400 Review: Stylish, Capable, and Affordable

 

The Lenovo IdeaPad U400 laptop offers a great combination of style, performance, and superior input ergonomics. It's part of Lenovo's U series (U as in ultraportable), but at 0.9-inches thick and close to 5 pounds with the AC adapter, the U400 is more...

Attractive ; Integrated DVD drive

No legacy VGA output ; No Blu-ray option

You won't find a more stylish or capable all-purpose laptop, though it needs a Blu-ray option.

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Lenovo IdeaPad U400 Review: The Latest MacBook Pro Challenger

 

The 14-inch all-metal IdeaPad U400 is an impressive MacBook Pro competitor that offers good performance and six hours of battery life for $879. Keep reading to find out if Lenovo can deliver a killer premium notebook at a fair price.

Good build quality ; Good battery life ; Solid overall performance

No keyboard backlighting ; Anemic display ; No media card reader ; Not user upgradeable

Lenovo is aiming the U400 at potential MacBook customers; it has a similar-looking metal design, gets six hours of battery and comes in nearly $250 cheaper with better specifications. On top of that it is one of the thinner and lighter 14-inch...

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Lenovo IdeaPad U400

 

In the eyes of enthusiasts, Lenovo is still known primarily for its ThinkPad line which has carried on IBM's legacy of rugged, affordable laptops. Lenovo has not neglected its consumer division, however. Instead, the company has aggressively pursued...

Sturdy, attractive design ; Large touchpad ; Runs cool ; Small for a 14” laptop ; Excellent overall performance

Glossy, mediocre display ; So-so battery life ; Gaming performance could be better

Lenovo’s IdeaPad U400 is a fantastic combination of performance and design.

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Lenovo IdeaPad U400 review

 

If you need evidence that the Ultrabook fad isn't impressing everybody, look no further than our inboxes. More than a few of you have been inquiring

Elegant, understated design ; Lightweight, even for a 14-inch laptop

Jumpy touchpad ; Cramped keyboard for a laptop this size ; No SD slot ; Graphics switching isn't fully automatic

The U400 combines a lightweight design with discrete graphics -- something we rarely see -- but its flaky trackpad, crowded keyboard and lack of truly automated graphics switching make it tedious to use.

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Lenovo IdeaPad U400 Review

 

This week we've got the newest offering in the ultraportable PC space with the Lenovo IdeaPad U400 sitting on the review block, and with its simplistic appearance, Core i5 processor inside, and classic “breathable” Lenovo keyboard, we've got what would...

If you’re looking to upgrade from another Lenovo notebook, this is your winner. Like I said earlier in this review, if you’re coming off of one of Lenovo’s rubbery-topped models like the U260, you might find yourself wishing you still had that grip on...

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Lenovo IdeaPad U400

 

The underside of the chassis is as smooth and clean as the lid, without even a vent to disrupt the surface. That's because Lenovo has used a new cooling system that utilizes a breathable keyboard as the primary air intake. A small vent on the left side...

Design looks good and feels great. Keyboard and mouse are top-notch

Mediocre graphics performance

The Lenovo IdeaPad U400 laptop combines solid performance with a design you won't be able to keep your hands off of.

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Lenovo IdeaPad U400

 

As 2011—the year that saw the genesis of the slim-yet-powerful ultrabook—ended, we found ourselves once again awed by today's mobile-computing technology. From a design and performance perspective, it was a great year for notebooks. With the debut of...

Great Webcam and sound system ; Strong performance ; Gorgeous polished-aluminum case

Finicky touch pad ; No perceptible processing boost from discrete graphics ; Small, cramped keyboard

This sharp-looking, metal-finish laptop has many valuable features and runs well, but a finicky touch pad and a lack of impact from its graphics hardware suggest it isn't quite as refined as it looks.

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Lenovo IdeaPad U400

 

The Lenovo IdeaPad U400 looks and feels like it was designed to attract mainstream users. In addition to being well equipped, with an Intel Core i5 processor, discrete AMD graphics, a spacious hard drive, and forward-thinking features like USB 3.0 and...

Design looks good and feels great. Keyboard and mouse are top-notch

Mediocre graphics performance

The Lenovo IdeaPad U400 laptop combines solid performance with a design you won't be able to keep your hands off of.