UPDATE: Had problems with the WiFi card (Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1030). It worked fine the first few days but one day it just stopped working. Tried all possible fixes and solutions – updating the driver, changing power settings, etc. but nothing worked. A Google Search for “Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1030 problems” shows that there are a lot of users who are experiencing the same problems with the same networking card. I figured that it wasn’t worth having a replacement so I returned the unit to Lenovo and asked for a refund.
Last year, I bought a Toshiba Mini Notebook NB505-N508BL to replace my wife’s Asus Eee 1005HAB after it broke. The Toshiba netbook was pretty good and did what it was supposed to do. However when my wife would use it to do some video editing for her presentations, the netbook would either lag or hang. Netbooks were made for simple tasks like browsing the Internet, typing emails and documents but not extensive tasks like video editing.
I decided to get her a new computer and purchased a Lenovo U400-09932TU notebook. The regular retail price for the model that I got was $1,549.00 but with the ecoupon worth $620, I ended up paying only $929. The deal included expedited free shipping so I received the package just four days after the purchase. Today I’m gonna share the unboxing photos I took a few days ago.
Processor: 2nd generation Intel Core i7-2620M Processor( 2.70 GHz 1333 MHz 4 MB)
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 6470M 1GB
Memory/RAM: 8.0GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM 1333 MHz
Chipset: Mobile Intel HM65 Express Chipset
Display: 14.0″ HD Glossy with integrated camera 1366×768
Hard Drive: 500GB (5400 rpm)
Battery: 4 Cell Li-Polymer
Network Card: Intel 1030 BGN+BT Wireless
Camera: Integrated 1.3MP Camera
Ports: Two USB 2.0, one USB 3.0, external monitor (HDMI), ethernet (RJ-45)
I’ve only tried using the Lenovo U400-09932TU for basic stuff – web browsing, playing mp3s, etc. I still have to perform extensive testing (photo manipulation, video editing, play extensive graphics games, etc.) before I can write my full review, so expect it about a week from now. However, based on the design, usability and what I’ve seen so far, I can say that the Lenovo U400 is a pretty awesome notebook.