The Bottom Line
- Very Durable Aluminum Magnesium Case
- Excellent 7-cell Battery
- Very Slow Hard Drive
- Glossy Screen Creates Too Much Glare and Reflections
- Intel Core 2 Duo L7500 Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 2GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
- 120GB 4200rpm Hard Drive
- 24x Extrenal USB Combo CD-RW/DVD Drive
- 11.1-inch WXGA (1366x768) Wide LCD With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- Intel GMA X3100 Integrated Graphics
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g Wireless, Bluetooth 2.0
- Three USB 2.0, FireWire, ExpressCard/34, 6-in-1 Card Reader
- 10.8" x 7.7" x .9" @ 2.9 lbs.
- Vista Home Premium
Guide Review - Lenovo IdeaPad U110 11-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC
9/12/08 - Lenovo's IdeaPad U110 certainly is one of the few ultraportable laptops to use an 11.1-inch screen compared to the much more popular 12.1 and 13.3-inch models. This gives the system a much smaller overall footprint that is very attractive to those needing to travel with a laptop frequently. It also has a bright red aluminum cover with an etched design that breaks away from the ThinkPad's more traditional black designs.
On the whole, the IdeaPad U110 is a very sturdy laptop. The aluminum cover and magnesium frame give it a very durable feel. This combined with an extremely popular keyboard that has almost no flex make it a system that should last for some years to come.
Performance should be strong thanks to the Intel Core 2 Duo L7500 dual core processor. Combined with the 2GB of PC2-5300 DDR2 memory, it runs Vista smoothly. The problem is that the 120GB hard drive has a very slow 4200rpm spin rate. This causes things to get much slower than systems with 5400rpm drives whenever it needs to access data from the drive.
The 11.1-inch screen on the IdeaPad U110 is very bright with its LED backlighting, but the coating causes issues. It uses a glossy panel with overcoating that ends up being extremely reflective. This causes light glare and reflections to get in the way of the screen. Over extended periods of use this gets very frustrating and causes eye fatigue. They should have focused a bit more on anti-reflective coatings.
Finally there is the price. The base price of the IdeaPad U110 may be lower than the ThinkPad X300, but it is still very high for many consumers to really consider compared to some lower priced alternatives.