When Lenovo came out with the Ultrabook U300 early last year, critics were unabashedly impressed. It’s sleek design and lag free performance instantly put it atop the laptop market.
But there was one glaring feature that bugged users like a big thumbtack in an otherwise golden plated piece of hardware; the U300 lacked an SD card slot.
There really was no excuse for the oversight, and before you could say “oops” users had moved on.
Well, the incredible Lenovo Ultrabook U310 is back, and this time it’s got way more than just a SD-Card slot.
The first upgrade you will notice about the U310 is that its sleek and sexy design has gone from fashionable, to downright gorgeous.
Reminiscent of the angelic design of Taiwanese company Asus and their Zen Books, the Lenovo is bringing laptop fashion to the states, and at a fraction of the price.
With a sparkling ultra-thin aluminum casing, a smooth Accutype light-up keypad, and a white matte plastic eggshell that extends around the sides of the notebook, this piece of hardware has come to market in style.
Besides looking pretty, the Ultrabook U310 is also very powerful.
Available with a 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor, 500GB hard drive with 32GB optional SSD, 4GB of ram, USB 3.0 and HDMI ports, the Ultrabook U310 can compete with most other laptops in its price range.
We were a little disappointed there wasn’t an option to upgrade to 8GB of ram, but the vast majority of people won’t be playing Diablo and working on Photoshop at the same time on this laptop, so we forgive Lenovo on that one.
Unlike most laptops these days, the Lenovo comes with very little bloatware to remove at start-up. You have your usual Windows 7 stuff that comes with all devices, but other than that and a of unwanted couple games, we didn’t really have to remove anything.
Some of the neat new features in the release of the U310 include “VeriFace face-recognition technology” that recognizes and uses your face as your password. We wouldn’t recommend relying on this as it’s certainly not as secure as a key password, but it’s definitely fun to play with.
The other feature that is available is Intel’s anti-theft technology system, which lets you remotely track or disable the PC through Wi-Fi or GPS location.
Lenovo is known for having some of the best internal webcams on their laptops, and this one is no exception. This one is 720p and also has facetracking, a big plus that’s requested by many students.
The battery life is about average for this laptop, lasting about 7 hours without a charge or 90 days on standby. We were able to get through 2 movies without a charge, so most users should have no problem with battery life.
With a sleek eye-catching design, ultra-fast processing, ergonomic features and a weight at only 3.7 lbs, this laptop would be an excellent choice, especially for students.
Starting at $719, the amount of features and performance packed into this machine also make it one of the hottest deals in its price range.
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