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Lenovo IdeaPad U430 2 Core Intel Core I5-4xxx 1.7GHz 8GB 500GB Hybrid-HDD 14" Laptop

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2 Intel Core I5-4xxx 1.7GHz 8GB Jun 2014
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Whether you're on the road, at the caf, or on the way to class, at just 1.89kg (4.17 lbs) and 20.8mm (0.82") thick, the U430 Touch won't weigh you down. Interact with your U430 Touch by using... More
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13 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This laptop supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most commonly supported processor operating mode on similar spec notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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Lenovo Has Good Portable PC Reviews

We calculated the average reviews for all Lenovo laptops and also specifically for Lenovo medium processor core notebook PCs and found that in both cases Lenovo had good reviews compared to other manufacturers.

1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The IdeaPad U430 supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most laptops of a similar type and age to it. This Lenovo laptop supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most comparable spec portable PCs that were released more than two years ago support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This notebook PC also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

A 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed is in fact the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across all laptops of a comparable spec and age to the IdeaPad U430.

Across similar types of laptop the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor is 133MHz.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

The average internal memory of laptops that came out around the same time as the IdeaPad U430 is 5.3GB. At 8 gigabytes, the Lenovo IdeaPad U430 has a fairly big internal memory compared to most of the other laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the IdeaPad U430.

We compared all the other 8GB internal memory portable PCs to this laptop and we think the HP EliteBook 840[plb_2353454_price] which is cheaper is also worth considering.

Portable PCs with a bigger internal memory that might also be worth considering include the DELL Inspiron 15[plb_2392874_price] (16GB and cheaper).

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Intel Core I5 Processor Family

This laptop has an Intel Core i5-4xxx processor family, which is typical of many notebook PCs of a similar age and type to it.

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Quite Long Battery Life

With a battery life of 10 hours, the Lenovo IdeaPad U430 has a quite long battery life compared to most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the IdeaPad U430. Across all the laptops that have been around for a comparable time to the IdeaPad U430 the battery lifes range from 2h to 4,400h, and the average battery life is 24h.

If this notebook PC battery life is not long enough for you then you might want to consider the Fujitsu LifeBook U554[plb_2356556_price] (11h and higher rated).

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Has a Front Camera

The Lenovo IdeaPad U430 has a front camera. Most of the other laptops that have been on the market for more than two years also have a front camera.

Other laptops which also have a front camera that you might also want to look at include the T440p[pl_3682866_price], the T440[pl_2170115_price], or the ThinkPad T440[pl_2502687_price] all from Lenovo.

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Light

Portable PCs of this age and type have weights of between 300g and 3.8kg, and the average weight is 2.2kg. At only 1.7 kilograms, the Lenovo IdeaPad U430 is fairly light compared to most of the other notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the IdeaPad U430.

Other laptops with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the HP EliteBook 840[plb_2353454_price] (1.8kg and cheaper).

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This laptop has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This notebook PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Quite Big Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

The smallest discrete graphics adapter memory of portable PCs that have been around for more than two years is 510MB and the biggest is 4.1GB. At 2,048 megabytes, the IdeaPad U430 has a quite big discrete graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the IdeaPad U430.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This portable PC has a GDDR3 discrete graphics memory type, which is typical of many comparable spec portable PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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Narrow

The average width of laptops of this spec and age is 360mm, and the widths range from 38mm to 430mm. At only 337 millimeters, the Lenovo IdeaPad U430 is fairly narrow compared to most of the other portable PCs of this type and age.

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17 Reasons Against

Only One USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port

The IdeaPad U430 is a one USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port notebook PC.

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Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The slowest on-board graphics adapter base frequency of medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the IdeaPad U430 is 200MHz, the fastest is 650MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 370MHz. The IdeaPad U430 has a very slow on-board graphics adapter base frequency (only 200 megahertz) compared to most of the other notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the IdeaPad U430.

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Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

At only 1,000 megahertz, the Lenovo IdeaPad U430 has a quite slow on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the IdeaPad U430. The average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago is 1,100MHz, and the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies range from 660MHz to 1,300MHz.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

The average maximum internal memory supported by processor of medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the IdeaPad U430 is 23GB, and the maximum internal memory supported by processors range from 4GB to 32GB. With a maximum internal memory supported by processor of only 16 gigabytes, the Lenovo IdeaPad U430 has a quite small maximum internal memory supported by processor compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that were launched around the same time as the IdeaPad U430.

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

Most of the other similar spec portable PCs that were launched more than two years ago have a full-size keyboard, however the Lenovo IdeaPad U430 does not have a full-size keyboard.

Alternative laptops which also have a full-size keyboard that you might also want to consider include the T440p[pl_3682866_price], the ThinkPad T440[pl_2585666_price], or the ThinkPad T440[pl_2502687_price] all from Lenovo.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

This portable PC has a Hybrid-HDD storage medium, which is the most commonly found storage medium on portable PCs of this type and age. HDD is a traditional storage drive which stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are slower than other forms of storage such as solid state drives (SSD) and flash drives.

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

The IdeaPad U430 has a quite slow processor clock speed (only 1.7 gigahertz) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and spec. The slowest processor clock speed of comparable spec laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the IdeaPad U430 is 0.8GHz, the fastest is 3.1GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2.1GHz.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 1.7GHz processor clock speed laptops currently available including the EliteBook 840[pl_2353454_price], or the ProBook 430[pl_2350722_price] both from HP or the Fujitsu LifeBook U554[plb_2074123_price] which is cheaper.

Laptops with a faster processor clock speed that might also be worth considering include the Asus PU551LA[plb_2579155_price] (1.8GHz) which is also cheaper.

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Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

This notebook PC has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This laptop Ethernet LAN data rate, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched more than two years ago.

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Only One USB 3.0 Port

The Lenovo IdeaPad U430 is a one USB 3.0 port portable PC.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The IdeaPad U430 does not have a touch sensitive screen, although this is within the context that most of the other notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to the IdeaPad U430 also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

We think you might also be interested in alternative notebook PCs which also have a touch sensitive screen including the HP ProBook 450 G1[plb_2133196_price] which is also cheaper.

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Quite Dim Display Brightness

At only 200 candellas per square meter, the IdeaPad U430 has a quite dim display brightness compared to most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the IdeaPad U430. The display brightnesss of portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as the IdeaPad U430 range from 20 cd/m² to 1,200 cd/m², and the average display brightness is 240 cd/m².

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

With a maximum internal memory (64-bit) of only 8 gigabytes, the IdeaPad U430's maximum internal memory (64-bit) is one of the smallest amongst medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the IdeaPad U430. Comparable spec laptops that came out around the same time as the IdeaPad U430 have maximum internal memory (64-bit) of between 4GB and 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory (64-bit) is 12GB.

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Quite Small Maximum Internal Memory

Similar spec laptops that have been on the market for a comparable time to the IdeaPad U430 have maximum internal memory of between 2GB and 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 12GB. At only 8 gigabytes, the Lenovo IdeaPad U430 has a fairly small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this spec and age.

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Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

With a maximum turbo frequency of only 2.7 gigahertz, the IdeaPad U430 has a quite slow maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the IdeaPad U430. Medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago have maximum turbo frequencies of between 1.3GHz and 3.7GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 3GHz.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

The IdeaPad U430 has one of the smaller maximum internal memories (only 16,384 megabytes) amongst comparable spec laptops of this age. Portable PCs of this age and spec have maximum internal memories of between 8.1GB and 33GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 25GB.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This portable PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is typical of many similar spec portable PCs that came out around the same time as it.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo IdeaPad U430

Released Over Two Years Ago

Lenovo released the IdeaPad U430 over two years ago.

Average Total Storage Capacity

The Lenovo IdeaPad U430 has a pretty typical total storage capacity (500 gigabytes) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that came out more than two years ago.

If this medium processor core notebook PC total storage capacity is not big enough for you then you might also want to look at the Toshiba Satellite C55-B[plb_2529941_price] (750GB and cheaper), the HP Pavilion 17[plb_2369328_price] (1TB and cheaper), or the DELL Inspiron 15[plb_2392874_price] (1TB and cheaper).

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Average Screen Size

The Lenovo IdeaPad U430 has a relatively standard screen size (14 inches) compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the IdeaPad U430.

We compared this laptop to all the other 14" notebook PCs and we think cheaper notebook PCs such as the HP EliteBook 840[plb_2353454_price], and the DELL Inspiron 14 7000[plb_2107084_price] is also worth considering.

If this Lenovo notebook PC screen size is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Lenovo Z50[plb_2964547_price] (15.6" and cheaper).

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Specification

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Conflict Free Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
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PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
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Processor Codename
Processor Series
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Total Storage Capacity
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Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Hard Drive Size
Hybrid Hard Drive (H-HDD) Cache Memory
Hybrid Hard Drive (H-HDD) Capacity
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Hard Drive Speed
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Hard Drive Installed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
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LED Backlight
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Open GL Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter
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Optical Drive
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Audio
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Speaker
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Camera
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Networking
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USB 3.0 Port
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Island-Style Keyboard
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Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel Rapid Start Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel Matrix Storage Technology
Intel Active Management Technology
Intel HD Audio Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Insider
Intel HD Graphics
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Built-In Visuals Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
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Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Smart Cache
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
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Intel AES New Instructions
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Power Cord Included
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Intel Visual Technology
Intel Virtualization Technology
USB Version
Maximum Internal Memory
Cache Memory
Maximum Graphics Adapter Memory
Video Compression Format

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Expert Reviews

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29 April 2014

I'm looking at the Lenovo Ideapad A1 today and giving some first impressions of the hardware. This tablet runs Android 2 .3 Gingerbread so can be compared to the original 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab... Read more…

Unlike the Fire, the 1 comes with both front and rear facing cameras
Expandable memory through the micro SD slot is a huge boon
The battery life is pretty good, lasting about six hours when being constantly used at full brightness
Offline GPS
Lightweight and easy to hold
The screen is not good at all, and it has bad viewing angles
Dated software running on dated hardware makes the experience feel "meh"
Overall design feels clunky at best
Gingerbread OS
Screen marred by poor viewing angles and glare
1 February 2014

For most users, the 14-inch Lenovo IdeaPad U430 Touch is the best cheap laptop you can buy. This touch-enabled thin and light Ultrabook uses the latest technology for terrific performance and...

16 December 2013

It's a tall order. Build a capable laptop, thin and light, with a touchscreen, and keep the price at a mainstream-friendly $700 or less. Yes, sacrifices will have to be made to get there, but... Read more…

18 October 2013

The Lenovo IdeaPad U430 Touch is an affordable touch-screen laptop that makes few compromises, packaging a solid keyboard, good performance, long battery life and a hi-res display in an elegant...

Computershopper.com

30 September 2013

With very few compromises and all-day battery life, the Lenovo IdeaPad U430 Touch is the entry-level ultrabook to get...

PC Mag

23 September 2013

This is one of the most affordable Ultrabooks we've seen, and the compromises Lenovo made to get there are not showstoppers by any stretch...

10 September 2013

Lenovo has managed to once again create budget Ultrabook magic with the Lenovo U430 Touch. At $699, this system is hard to beat, as it offers a decent display resolution, good keyboard, and...

6 September 2013

Lenovo IdeaPad U430 Touch Lenovo improved the IdeaPad U410 Touch and the U430 Touch has many positive aspects and only a few drawbacks. Especially gamers can benefit from the performance increase...

6 September 2013

The Lenovo IdeaPad U430 Touch Ultrabook has a sharp design, long-lasting battery and useful voice control for less cash than the competition...

19 September 2013

Le Lenovo IdeaPad U430 Touch Lenovo a amélioré son IdeaPad U410 Touch pour en faire l' U430 Touch : beaucoup des points forts contre peu de défauts. Les joueurs apprécieront l'amélioration...

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers i54210, i54210u, lenovo u430, lenovo u430p
Barcodes 00000059438414, 00888772068462, 00888772068561, 00888772068615, 00888772690519, 00888772882501, 00888965881281
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