Mechanical Engineering student Joey Banks kicks off our new Road Test series where users test-drive Lenovo products in their daily lives.
The Lenovo U-Series laptops have always offered an attractive design to consumers, and the U410 is no exception. Available in Sapphire Blue, Graphite Gray, and Metallic Red, Lenovo is certain to have a color for everyone’s personality. Immediately upon opening its lid, the first thing I noticed was its gorgeous screen. Embedded in a remarkably thin bezel, the 14” high-definition display stands out. Colors are extremely vibrant and using the device in direct sunlight comes without challenge. Lenovo has implemented a sleek metal design encasing the AccuType Keyboard, which enhances both the stability and durability of the U410, traits that are all too rare in today’s market.
Unbelievably, although the Lenovo U410 weighs in at just over 1.8kg, users will find that the machine still packs quite a bit of horsepower beneath its exterior. Models are available to be fitted with the Intel® 3rd generation Core™ i3, i5, or i7 processors and can also harness up to 8GB DDR3 memory. If you’re like me and are continuously purchasing music, movies, and other content from the Internet, you may often worry about the capacity of the hard drive in your machine. In addition to the 32GB SSD cache, which is responsible for a 40 percent faster boot time than a traditional laptop, the U410 can be configured to fit a 1TB 7200rpm hard drive ensuring that all of your storage needs are met.
Don’t be fooled by the 21mm exterior height of the U410 though, as every port you might need throughout the day can still be found. There are two USB 2.0 ports and a 3.5mm audio jack on the left side (Dolby Home Theater V4 is preinstalled). The power connector, Ethernet, HDMI and two USB 3.0 ports, and an optional SD card reader are on the right.
Since I’m always on-the-go, one of my major concerns when purchasing a laptop is battery life. Actually, I’m currently typing this while in an airport waiting for my next flight and am happy the U410 is proving to deliver just over eight hours of battery life. After over a week of continuously using the U410, I couldn’t be happier with the machine. The performance goes above and beyond for my daily needs, especially when traveling. If you’re a DOer, the U410 may be the laptop you’ve been searching for.
Joey Banks is a Lenovo Insiders advocate and a Microsoft Student Partner at Miami University (Ohio). In preparation for a career as a mechanical engineer, he spends his time researching and developing new technologies for long-duration balloon missions and working with K-12 students across the US.