Laptop shoppers on a budget looking for a fairly portable system with touch input support now have another good option to consider. It’s the Lenovo S400 – 59385916 model from the consumer-oriented IdeaPad series. The 14-inch Windows 8 laptop packs an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, and a sleek 0.9″ thin chassis.
What’s really special about it is a price of $380, making it one of the cheapest touch-enabled laptops on the market. For that price, the S400 – 59385916 delivers the last year’s i3-3217U “Ivy Bridge” dual-core processor at 1.9GHz. It’s a low-end part, but noticeably faster than the U-class Intel Celeron and Pentium processors for thin and light laptops. The i3 completes daily web and office tasks with ease and will satisfy the majority of users, as long as they don’t do anything too intensive like editing or converting 1080p videos. On the other side, its Intel HD 4000 series integrated graphics can handle 1080p video playback flawlessly, but it is not designed for 3D gaming. Another downside is that it’s a previous 3rd Gen chip, while the new 4th Gen i3, like the 4010U, with enhanced power efficiency and greatly improved Intel HD 4400 series integrated graphics are present on the market.
The CPU is accompanied by big-enough 4GB of RAM and an averagely sized 500GB hard drive. The optical drive is missing, but that’s a kind of expected on a 0.9″ thin and 4.6-pound heavy laptop. Important visual and audio specs of the S400 – 59385916 include 1366-by-768 screen resolution, which is the most common pixel count on the modern budget laptops, as well as stereo speakers with Dolby Advanced Audio v2 technology for better sound. For video chats, there’s a built-in 720p camera with microphone.
Outwardly, the most remarkable design bits are the clean and elegant look of the interior holding an AccuType ergonomic keyboard and large buttonless trackpad, and soft touch finish on the dark gray lid. Features worth mentioning in the connectivity and networking department are three USB ports, HDMI connector for HDTVs and monitors, a 2-in-1 reader for your media cards, and a single 3.5mm jack combo audio jack for both microphone and headphones.
For getting you online, this Lenovo IdeaPad S400 model sports Wi-Fi and Ethernet LAN connections. What’s missing on the S400 – 59385916 and is on the other side included in similar higher-end (and obviously more expensive notebooks) are keyboard backlight, aforementioned newer 2013 “Haswell” Intel processor, Bluetooth, and higher-quality materials used for the chassis, such as aluminum or magnesium alloy.
Info on battery life of isn’t available, but Lenovo claims the S400 generally can run up to five hours on a single charge. Lenovo’s 14″ IdeaPad comes with a standard 1-year warranty and can be found at Best Buy during the 2013 Cyber Monday sales week.