The Lenovo IdeaPad U530 Touch – 59385621 is a 15.6-incher sporting all the modern features and design cues of the latest Ultrabooks.
The slim and stylish U530 is 0.9″ thin and weighs 4.9 pounds, so it’s obviously more portable than the classic 15.6″ notebooks with ~1.4″ profiles and weighs of about 5.3 lbs. The keyboard deck is done up in brushed aluminum in dark gray color, while the lid is covered with a lighter gray soft-touch finish, both giving the notebook a premium look and feel.
The keyboard sports ergonomically-shaped and comfortable AccuType keys, which have a decent key travel despite thinness of the laptop and there’s LED backlight beneath them for easier work in dim light. The notebook also has a dedicated numeric pad on the keyboard and a responsive and precise touchpad, but the star of the show regarding input is the 10-point multi-touch display, which is precise and responsive, too.
The screen itself is a full HD panel. It’s managed by the Intel HD 4400 graphics, integrated in the 4th Gen Intel Core i7-4500U dual-core processor of the IdeaPad U530 Touch – 59385621. This model has more to offer storage-wise than the average notebook, since it has a fast 8GB SSD drive to complement the traditional 500GB hard disk and speed up system’s responsiveness. RAM amount of 8GB is double the 4GB average, so overall the U530 Touch – 59385621 is a higher-end Ultrabook with enough computing power for demanding high-res image and video editing alongside ordinary web and office tasks.
The machine sports stereo speakers, a 720p webcam, three USB ports (2 x USB 2.0 + 1 x USB 3.0), HDMI video output, a combo audio jack, media card reader, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Ethernet LAN, as well as Intel Wireless Display technology as a nice addition to the standard feature set.
According to the product page on Best Buy, Lenovo’s U530 Touch – 59385621 has a battery life of up to eight hours, but many laptop owners in the Reviews and Ratings section of the page claim the battery can’t last more than four hours. The battery isn’t user replaceable.
The notebook is priced at $800, which is not bad for a well equipped Ultrabook. For comparison, the similar Acer Aspire M5-583P-9688 with a lower-resolution screen and 1TB of HDD-only storage is $700, while the HP Envy m6-k025dx with a bit slower Intel i5 processor and a 750GB HDD is $750.