Lenovo’s IdeaPad U400 14-inch thin and light laptop is now on sale States-side.
The U400 is not as thin as the 13.3-inch ultrabook version – the U300s, but it still manages to pack the Intel 2nd Generation Core i5-2430M 2.4GHz dual-core processor, the ATI Radeon HD6470M 1GB video card, and even a slot-load DVD burner into a 0.9 inches slim one-piece 4.4-pound simplistic aluminum case.
The screen resolution is 1366-by-768. Its a standard resolution for a 14-inch laptop, but it could be better like in the 1600×900 13.3″ Asus UX31E. The estimated average battery life is only 4 hours, but keep in mind that the U400 doesn’t have an ultra-low voltage processor, but the full-blown standard Core i5 chip.
The U400 notebooks stand out from the crowd with their “breathable keyboards”, meaning that airflow runs through them for cooler operation and cooler laps, as well as with their aluminum shells (resembling MacBook Pros a little bit), AccuType isle-style keyboard, and a glass touchpad.
Like many notebooks, the Lenovo U400 has a 1.3MP webcam, stereo speakers, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, three USB ports with one being USB 3.0, and HDMI port. For video output, you can also use built-in Wireless Display technology, but it requres a separatelly sold WiDi receiver.
If you like the Lenovo IdeaPad U400, the good new is that you can purchase it now. The bad news is that it ships within “1 to 2 months”.