Lenovo IdeaPad U410 - affordable, and with some nice extras
For the price you get a pretty powerful and well-equipped laptop. Most brands offer a Core i5 at this level, but Lenovo includes an energy-efficient Core i7 and 8 GB memory. And instead of the typical 500 GB hard drive you get a 1 TB version and even a dedicated graphics card by Nvidia. While it's just the GeForce 610, it's still a nice addition. See also: Group test: what's the best ultrabook laptop?
When you're looking for a decent laptop then Lenovo is one of the brands to consider. The Chinese company that once took over IBM's Thinkpad product line is trying to get a foothold in the European market. They are bringing relatively big guns to accomplish this, such as this Lenovo Ideapad U410 Ultrabook that's available for £799.
For that price you get a pretty powerful and well-equipped Ultrabook. Most brands offer a Core i5 for the same price or even more, but Lenovo includes an energy-efficient Core i7 and 8 GB memory. And instead of the typical 500 GB hard drive you get a 1 TB version and even a dedicated graphics card by Nvidia. While it's just the GeForce 610, it's a nice "free" addition to even the basic package.
The U410 is a pretty hefty Ultrabook, primarily due to the 14-inch display. When you hold it in your hand you notice the robust and high-quality finish as well, with the downside of a pretty high weight. The Ideapad U410 weights 1.85 kg and that is quite a bit for a 14-inch Ultrabook. The chassis largely consists of smooth plastic with a nice feel to it.
One of the positive qualities of Lenovo's ThinkPads is the comfortable keyboard, and this consumer model is no exception. The keystroke is noticeably better than on most other laptops. The touchpad works well also. It's large, has multi-touch and no physical buttons. The IdeaPad has one special button on the left side next to the on/off switch. When you are experiencing difficulties with the computer, you press that button and it will take you to a special recovery mode.
The Lenovo IdeaPad U410 is a very affordable Ultrabook. It will be difficult to find elsewhere an Ultrabook with a Core i7, 8 GB RAM and a 1 TB hard drive at a similar price. If you don't mind the weight, then this laptop is certainly an interesting option. To find out more details, read the full review at Hardware.Info.