Review: Lenovo U350

PS: I wrote this blog entry inside TANGS display window.

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The Lenovo U350 is the latest notebook by Lenovo running on the new Intel Core 2 Solo chip 1.4ghz. Its rather slim and light at 32.8 X 2.8 X 1.7-2.49 cm and 1.6kg. The U350 looks beautiful. There is some simple yet nice design on the casing which makes the notebook very elegant. The arm rest area is metallic and gives it a very sleek look. The U350 comes with WIFI, bluetooth, 3 USB port, 1 HDMI port, 1 ethernet port, multicard reader, headphone jack and microphone jack. It has a 2 GB DDR3 RAM and 320GB harddisk. Battery life is about 10 hours for 8 cell and 5 hours with 4 cell. (The retail unit will come with a 4 cell battery)

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One thing that is sadly missing is an optical drive. Which is a waste because the laptop comes with a 13.3 inch screen with aspect ratio of 16:9.

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The keyboard reminds me of the Lenovo Y650 with the Delete, Home, End, PgUp and PgDn button at the right most corner. This arrangement is a little weird and new users keep pressing the wrong keys in the beginning. It takes a while to get used to this keyboard arrangement. But the keyboard is pretty comfy to type with. The touchpad comes with multi-touch. But I was surprised that Lenovo didn’t use a textured touchpad.

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And like most Lenovo laptop, the Lenovo U350 comes with the Onekey Recovery, energy management and Veriface (for using webcam to login). I personally quite like the Onekey Recovery. In fact, I think all notebook should come with this feature. The Lenovo U350 will retail at S$1399.

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Overall, the Lenovo U350 is a pretty good budget laptop. Its suitable for people who need more computing power than a netbook, yet don’t see a need to get a high powered notebook. Vista might be slowing down this notebook a little. But not to worry, you will get a free Windows 7 upgrade when it is release.

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In Short:
A budget laptop for those who need slightly more computing power than a netbook

Likes:
Low price
Slim and lightweight

Dislike:
No Optical drive
Keyboard arrangement

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Thanks to the folks from Intel, Lenovo, TANGS and Ogilvy for putting me inside the display window for 24 hours with this laptop.

9 Responses to 'Review: Lenovo U350'

  1. serwei says:

    Does it play video well, considering the Solo chip?

  2. Bob says:

    The reason the U350 has heat problems:
    http://www.notebookforums.com/thread229151.html

  3. Shahrul says:

    Hi… have you ordered your free upgrade?? I tried on http://www.lenovo.com/windows7 but cannot complete the order.

  4. Dk says:

    Shahrul: Nope, I didn’t try cause the unit does not belongs to me. Let me check and get back to you

  5. Derrick Koh says:

    Hi Shahrul – are you still experiencing problems with the free upgrade? If you are, pls email me with the issues you encountered at derrickk@lenovo.com so I can help investigate.

    Tks
    Derrick Koh
    Communications Manager, Lenovo

  6. Derrick Koh says:

    Tks for your email just now, Shahrul! Glad to know that we fixed the backend registration for Win7 registration and your IdeaPad U350 has been verified.

    Enjoy your Lenovo computer even as you look forward to Win 7!

    Derrick Koh
    Communications Manager, Lenovo

  7. Shahrul says:

    Thank you Derrick for your help.

    I made my order just now. Now I’m eagerly waiting for the Windows 7.

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