Lenovo IdeaPad U310 Touch Review: Performance

May 29, 2013 by Michael Wall Reads (43,626)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 7
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 6
    • Usability
    • 8
    • Design
    • 7
    • Performance
    • 7
    • Features
    • 7
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 9
    • Total Score:
    • 7.29
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Performance and Benchmarks

The Lenovo IdeaPad U310 Touch offers a solid level of performance, especially given its competitive price point. Equipped with a 1.8 GHz Intel i5-337U Processor, Intel HD Graphs, the machine is able to tackle basic word and web functions with relative ease. With 4GB of RAM, the notebook was also able to multitask fairly well running multiple programs with no noticeable drop in performance.

The Lenovo IdeaPad U310 Touch is able to tackle more demanding Office tasks such as complicated excel table with relative ease, but the machine does begin to slip in performance when juggling multiple demanding tasks.

The integrated graphics prove to be another bottleneck for the machine’s performance. While suitable for most functions, users will be unable to tackle graphically intensive functions such as HD video editing or newer games. With its limited media focus,

The 24GB solid state drive is a welcomed addition to the machine’s main 500GB hard disk drive (HDD). The faster data retrieval is nice, albeit users have limited space. However, users will get full access to the 24GB drive and be able to decide which applications/ media they store to the drive.

Our Lenovo IdeaPad U310 Touch review unit includes the following configuration:

  • Windows 8 (64-bit)
  • 13.3″ (1366 x 768) LED Back-lit 10-Point Touch-Enabled HD Display
  • 1.8 GHz Intel Core i5-337U Processor
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM
  • 500 GB HDD (5400 RPM) + 24 GB SSD
  • 802.11 b/g/n
  • 3-cell Li-Polymer battery
  • Dimensions: 13.1″ x 8.9″ x 0.71″
  • Weight: 3.7lbs.
  • MRSP: $700

wPrime processor comparisons (lower score means better performance): 

 

PCMark 7 is a newer benchmark and measures overall systems performance (higher scores mean better performance):

 

3DMark 11 is a benchmark that measures overall graphic card performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance): 

 

Crystal DiskMark storage drive performance test: 

 

Heat and Noise

The Lenovo U310 Touch is an equipped with a single fan located on the left side of the chassis. The fan manages to keep the machine relatively cool especially for how quite it is. Unless the U310 touch is pushed to capacity the fan is inaudible, and even then it only produces a light hum. In those instances small amounts of heat will emanate from the vent, but it’s still comfortable to use as a laptop at all times. 

Battery Life

To test battery life, we used our new PowerMark benchmark in balanced mode. The test consists of a combination of automated web browsing, word processing, gaming and video playback workloads. The test is far more strenuous than our previous test, measuring the machine under a litany of scenarios to better simulate real life use. With the test being far more demanding the scores are understandably lower than our previous benchmark.

In our tests the Lenovo IdeaPad U310 touch ran for 3 hours and 10 minutes before shutting down after reaching the 5 percent battery reserve limit. Running just above three hours the Lenovo U310 Touch offers lackluster battery life, especially for a sleek 13″ ultrabook designed for travel.

Luckily the notebook does offer substantial battery gains when running basic productive-oriented programs The Lenovo U310 Touch ran for 4 hours and 43 minutes before shutting down after the 5 percent battery reserve limit when testing the machine under productivity mode.  However, if users plan on viewing media in any capacity, it’s likely best to have the power jack on hand.


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