Lenovo IdeaPad V460 Review

by Charles P. Jefferies Reads (33,397)
Editor's Rating
7.43

TG Ratings Breakdown

    • Software & Support
    • 8
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 6
    • Usability
    • 8
    • Design
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 7
    • Features
    • 8
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 7
    • Total Score:
    • 7.43
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Overview

  • Pros

    • Stylish design
    • Good build quality
    • Nice keyboard
    • Decent speakers
  • Cons

    • Less than 4 hours battery life
    • Touchpad too sensitive

Quick Take

The IdeaPad V460 combines good looks and good performance with subpar battery life.


Business notebooks aren’t always affordable — Lenovo aims to change that with its V-series IdeaPad. Today we look at the V460, which has a 14-inch display, Intel Core i5 processor and comes in under $800.

Our Lenovo IdeaPad V460 has the following specifications:

  • 14-inch 720p (1366 x 768) glossy display with LED backlighting
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • Intel Core i5-430M dual-core processor (2.26GHz up to 2.40GHz Turbo Boost, 3MB L3, 2.5GT/s QPI, 35W TDP)
  • Intel HM55 chipset
  • Switchable graphics:
  • Dedicated Nvidia GeForce G310M 1GB
  • Integrated Intel HD graphics
  • 4GB DDR3-1066 dual-channel RAM (2x 2GB)
  • 320GB 5400RPM Western Digital hard drive (WD3200BEVT)
  • Intel Wireless Wi-Fi Link 1000
  • Integrated biometric fingerprint reader
  • DVD burner (HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GT30N)
  • 1-year limited warranty
  • 6-cell li-ion battery (11.1V, 48Wh)
  • Weight: 4.85 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 13.4” x 9.3” x 0.8~1.3”
  • MSRP: $799

The specifications are slightly less than expected for this price range, however this review will show whether the promised “good build” quality makes up for the gap.


Build and Design
The IdeaPad V460 has a stylish professional look which is at home in nearly any environment. The chassis and lid are covered in finely brushed aluminum, which not only feels great, but adds strength. The V460 weighs in at 4.85 lbs, which is slightly more than usual for a 14-inch notebook. The chassis is relatively thin with an average height of about one inch. The V460′s build quality is above average for its price range. Grabbing the two front corners of the chassis and twisting produces minimal flex. The chassis surface is rigid and does not bend under pressure thanks to the aluminum.


The lid is reasonably strong and does not feel flimsy; however, applying pressure to the back of the display with my fingers produced some ripples on the screen; the aluminum did not help as much here as I thought it would. My main complaint with the V460′s design is the use of black glossy plastic for the screen surround; it attracts and shows dust and fingerprints easily and is difficult to keep clean.


Fit and finish is good; gaps between parts is consistent and there are no sharp or unfinished edges. There are volume up, down, and mute buttons above the keyboard. They are touch-enabled and work well. Unlike most notebooks in its class, the V460 has a biometric fingerprint reader built into the palm rest area. Overall the V460 has good build quality and good looks. The use of aluminum on the exterior makes a big difference.


Ports and Features

The V460 has an average selection of ports. An ExpressCard slot is included though it lacks USB 3.0 and eSATA.


Front: Wireless on/off switch


Back: Battery pack


Left: Kensington lock slot, VGA, heat exhaust vent, HDMI, Ethernet, 2x USB 2.0, microphone and headphone jacks


Right: ExpressCard/34 (top), 4-in-1 card reader (bottom), DVD burner, USB 2.0, AC power jack


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