Lenovo IdeaPad U350 review

With its IdeaPad, Lenovo wants to give you more than a netbook could but in a stylish and highly portable package. Has it succeeded? We examine the U350.

Lenovo IdeaPad U350

A 1.3 megapixel webcam sits above the screen and Lenovo offers Easy Capture software for quickly taking snaps, which is more of a fun toy to play with than a particularly business friendly application. Perhaps of more relevance is a security application that now comes with all Lenovo IdeaPads called VerfiFace. It is face recognition software that can be used instead of a password to sign onto the computer. Admittedly it is very easy to set up and runs very smoothly but is it really necessary? We don't think so.

Moving to the bottom half of the machine, the track pad is again very tactile with sizeable buttons below but the reaction is just not up to scratch. We often had quite a lag on the cursor, which became more and more frustrating each day and clicking to open an application also seemed to take a few attempts almost every time. It does have basic elements of gesture control though, which is a step up from other models, but multi-touch it is not it's limited to pinching to zoom in and out on documents and pictures.

The keyboard is yet another step up. A far from cheap looking plastic, the keys are springy and easy to type with, making the quick email or long document less of a chore. Lenovo also doesn't seem to have scrimped on any of the key sizes and the adjusted layout for the width is well thought out.

Port wise the U350 does seem to have it covered. As well as three USB ports split across the two sides, it features standard VGA, HDMI and Ethernet ports as well as a headphone and microphone jacks and a memory card slot.

Jennifer Scott

Jennifer Scott is a former freelance journalist and currently political reporter for Sky News. She has a varied writing history, having started her career at Dennis Publishing, working in various roles across its business technology titles, including ITPro. Jennifer has specialised in a number of areas over the years and has produced a wealth of content for ITPro, focusing largely on data storage, networking, cloud computing, and telecommunications.

Most recently Jennifer has turned her skills to the political sphere and broadcast journalism, where she has worked for the BBC as a political reporter, before moving to Sky News.