Shortcomings of the Lenovo IdeaPad U400

By Peter Chubb - Dec 13, 2011

A recent review has reveled the shortcomings of the Lenovo IdeaPad U400, which seems to suffer in a number of areas, and it is not only rival brands that are ready to take advantage of this, but also other models from Lenovo, such as the IdeaPad U300. There were high hopes for the Ultrabook, but it seems as though consumers are not buying it, as they are not impressed in any way.

The U400 is meant to offer the best of both worlds, as it has everything the U300 has, but adding an extra inch to the size of the display, separate graphics and an optical drive. For those of you who think that you are buying an Ultrabook here, then Engadget tries to let you down gently, saying that it is not.

The specs of the U400 are set in stone, so there is no way to bump the hardware up. What you get is an Intel Core i3-2330M with a speed of 2.2GHz, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB standard hard drive. However, you can opt for a bigger model with better specs, but once you have made your choice that’s it.

There are a number of departments where we are let down with the U400 compared to its smaller sibling, and that is a much bulkier design, shocking battery life, touchpad doesn’t live up to the hype and the performance is below-par. You are advised to wait and save your money and spend it more wisely, such as on Dell XPS 14z or the Sony VAIO SB. However, if you have your heart set on a Lenovo, then they do have far better options.

Below is a performance table, which Engadget has come up with, comparing it to a number of rival laptops in the U400 class.

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  • Anonymous

    My U400 (i5, 750GB) has the Synaptics touchpad unlike the one reviewed by Engadget, and I have not had any major problems with it….its is much better than the touchpad on my previous laptop.  I like the U400, and constantly use its DVD and hdmi in my classroom.