Today, Lenovo introduced two new Ultrabook models, namely the IdeaPad U310 (13.3-inch), and the IdeaPad U410 (14-inch). This is Lenovo’s Ivy Bridge follow up to last year’s very impressive IdeaPad U300s Ultrabook. These new models (both using Core i5 ultra-low-voltage processors) are however, targeted at mainstream users. That means while these notebooks retain the same size and look as the U300s, they are slightly heavier, and have hybrid (500GB for U310 or 750GB for U410 with 32GB SSD cache) drives instead of full solid state drives.
While the smaller 13.3-inch U310 relies on the onboard graphics (Intel HD 4000) that comes with its brand new Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor, the 14-inch U410 sports discrete graphics - which is the NVIDIA GeForce 610M (1GB). While this makes it slightly more powerful than the integrated graphics found on the new Ivy Bridge processors, you probably shouldn’t expect to play games that are more graphical intensive than those found on Facebook. However, for most mainstream users, it should be more than enough.
As for build quality, we’re still very impressed with the full aluminum body of both new models. Design-wise, they are still very much the same, with top notch build quality. Our favorite features on the U300s were the very robust chiclet keyboard, and the large clickpad - both of which can still be found on the U310 and U410. And in case you’re not sure if the wide variety of colors (lavender, blue, and black for U310; red, blue, and black for U410) available for these notebooks would make them suitable fashion accessories, Lenovo is also collaborating with local multi-label online retailer Eriin to showcase just how these colorful machines would match your wardrobe.
The Lenovo Ideapad U310 will retail first on the 7th of June, for S$1,499, just in time for the PC Show. But the bigger U410 will reach Singapore by the end of June, and will be going for S$1,599.