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Best Laptop 2013 Lenovo IdeaPad U430 Touch Review

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Best Laptop 2013 Lenovo IdeaPad U430 Touch Review

Best Laptop 2013 Lenovo IdeaPad U430 Touch Review - The Best Buy-exclusive Lenovo IdeaPad U430 Touch has all the right ingredients for a great Ultrabook. Inside this sharply designed $699 machine is a fourth-generation Intel Core i5 processor, a sharp 1600 x 900 touch screen and excellent battery life -- more than enough to meet the competition head-on. And Lenovo ups the ante with interesting features such as voice control. Find out why the Lenovo U430 Touch is one of our favorite value-priced Ultrabooks.

2013 Lenovo IdeaPad U430 Touch Specs Full pdf

2013 Lenovo IdeaPad U430 Starting Price: $628

1.6GHz Intel Core i5-4200U
Operating SystemWindows 8
RAM Upgradable to
Hard Drive Size
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Type
Serial ATA Hybrid
Secondary Hard Drive Size
Secondary Hard Drive Speed
Secondary Hard Drive Type
Display Size
Native Resolution
Optical Drive
Optical Drive Speed

Graphics Card
Intel HD Graphics 4400
Video Memory

Wi-Fi ModelIntel Wireless-N 7260
Bluetooth 4.0
Mobile Broadband

Touchpad Size4.1 x 2.75 inches
Ports (excluding USB)
Ethernet; HDMI; Headphone/Mic
USB Ports
Card Slots
2-1 card reader
Warranty/Support1 year limited parts and labor
Size13.1 x 9.1 x 0.82 inches
Weight4 pounds

Design 2013 Lenovo IdeaPad U430

Dressed in aluminum, the IdeaPad U430 Touch is undeniably classy. The laptop's lid is adorned with a shiny chrome Lenovo logo that's also found within the black, glossy bezel surrounding its 14-inch touch screen. The deck and touchpad have the same finish as the lid, and they contrast nicely with the recessed black keyboard. We especially dig the understated coolness of the notebook's spun metal power button that lights up in an elegant white.

Performance 2013 Lenovo IdeaPad U430

Packing a 1.6-GHz Intel Core i5-4200U processor, 4GB of DDR3 RAM and a 500GB solid-state hybrid drive with a 16GB NAND Flash cache, the U430 Touch is a snappy performer.
With more than 15 tabs open in Google Chrome along with five other apps running, streaming an episode of "Arrested Development" on Netflix produced no visible stuttering. Overall, the U430 Touch had no trouble keeping up with us.
On PCMark 7, the U430 Touch scored 3,785, which was enough to beat the 3,374 thin-and-light notebook category average. The ATIV Book 5 and VAIO Fit 14, which have SSD caches but third-generation 1.8-GHz Intel Core i5-3337U processors, scored 3,004 and 4,154, respectively. The 15-inch Aspire V7, which has the same processor as the U430 Touch but 8GB of RAM and a 20GB SSD cache, scored a higher 4,266.
The U430 Touch booted to Windows 8 in 16 seconds, blazing past the category average (32 seconds). However, that wasn't enough to beat the ATIV Book 5 and Aspire V7: Those two notebooks booted in a speedy 12 and 14 seconds, respectively. The VAIO Fit 14 lagged behind with 24 seconds.
On the LAPTOP File Transfer Test, which has the laptop duplicate 4.97GB of multimedia files, the U430 Touch finished in 2 minutes and 56 seconds for a 29 MBps transfer rate. That's well below the 60 MBps category average, but it beats the ATIV Book 5 (22 MBps) and the VAIO Fit 14 (24 MBps). The Aspire V7 bested the Lenovo with a 33 MBps transfer rate.
In our OpenOffice Spreadsheet Test, the U430 matched more than 20,000 names to their corresponding addresses in 5 minutes and 11 seconds, beating the 5:46 category average as well as the ATIV Book 5 (5:43), Aspire V7 (5:23) and VAIO Fit 14 (5:35).

Graphics 2013 Lenovo IdeaPad U430

Lenovo relies on Intel's integrated HD Graphics 4400 to power the U430 Touch, which will more than suffice for video streaming and casual gaming, but not much beyond that.
On 3DMark 11, the U430 Touch scored a paltry 743, missing the 980 category average by more than 200 points. That said, the ATIV Book 5 (598) and VAIO Fit 14 (652) fared worse. While the Aspire V7 outperformed all of these rigs with a score of 958, it too fell below the average.
The U430 Touch chugged along at a barely playable 29 frames per second while running "World of Warcraft" at its native 1600 x 900 resolution and medium settings. The VAIO Fit 14 managed a much better 39 fps at these same settings, while the ATIV Book 5 and Aspire V7 notched 28 and 45 fps, respectively, at their native 1366 x 768.
With everything maxed, the U430 managed just 13 fps.

Battery Life 2013 Lenovo IdeaPad U430

Thanks to its new Haswell chip, the U430's 4-cell lithium-polymer battery lasted an impressive 8 hours and 26 minutes. That's more than 2 hours longer than Lenovo's claims, as well as the 6:22 category average. The Haswell-equipped Aspire V7 nearly matched the U430 Touch at 8:13, but the ATIV Book 5 and VAIO Fit 14, which use third-generation Intel processors, lasted just 4:31 and 4:46, respectively.

source: laptopmag

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