Lenovo IdeaPad U530 Touch – 59385621 15.6″ Ultrabook (Specs Review)

Lenovo IdeaPad U530 Touch - 59385621

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.

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Danijel is a tech writer who founded Laptoping in 2006. His specialty are Windows-based laptops, 2-in-1 convertibles, and tablet PCs.

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  1. The keyboard is hard to use. The keys are flat, no contour at all, the return key is quite far from the home row keys and on my model (Canadian?) there are all kinds of symbols on the keys that are likely for french keyboard users. I blackened those symbols out with a felt pen. And Windows 8.1 sucks, I want the Windows Start menu back. Which I understand is coming in Windows 10. This computer is quick to start up, which is one of the reasons I bought it. Touch screen works nicely. Trackpad is good, I use a mouse though, as well as the touch screen. I want to upgrade the memory from 8 GB asap as it just doesn’t seem to be enough. And I’m not a gamer or otherwise power user.

  2. I will make this simple. DO NOT BUY LENOVO ULTRABOOKS. The hinges are absolutely notorious for breaking with minimal usage. The aluminum outer shell is nice but if you look closely at your broken Lenovo you will see that the main stress points are on a 16th of an inch plastic piece where the screen meets the hinge. This will break… Not may but will. Lenovo put out a poorly designed product and if you are lucky enough to have it break during the warranty period get ready to fight to get this repaired for free because this problem is “the customers fault due to mishandling”. Keep in mind the mishandling is closing it. Lenovo knows well that they have a design problem and I am shocked that a $1000 dollar laptop is this substandard. This is my first, and most importantly, my last Lenovo product. Do not get suckered like the rest of us who bought this shoddy product. Buy anything else but a Lenovo.

    Check out all the customer reviews on the hinge problem. I am posting this review on all available sites as a warning PSA to all my fellow laptop users who work hard for their money and want a quality product that will last for years.


  3. I purchased this computer, and love it! I like to run very graphics intensive programs, and having a dedicated graphics card is great. I opted for the I7 completely unnecessary, but bad ass. My only con so far (owned it for 3 weeks) is that the camera on it is crap, super grainy. Also the motion control is gimmicky and not very useful.

    all that aside I highly recommend this laptop, I switched from an apple mbp 13 inch to this, and never regretted.

  4. Decent specs but not having a removable battery is now a deal breaker for me.

    I have a couple laptops that don’t allow me to remove the battery and not only is it nice to have a replacement battery ready when on a long trip but there are times when the computers ‘hang’ before I can login – sometimes for up to 15 minutes, which is a lifetime when trying to present to clients.

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