Since the IdeaPad U310 is an Ultrabook, the port selection is modest. On the left side of the laptop, you'll
find two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI-out, and an ethernet connection; on the right side sit one USB 2.0 port and a
combination headphone/microphone jack. An SD Card slot resides at the front edge of the computer.
Screen and Speakers
The IdeaPad U310 sports a 13.3-inch glossy widescreen display with a native resolution of 1366 by 768 pixels.
The screen looks pretty good: Text appears crisp and clear, colors look great, whites are bright (though with a
slight grayish tint), and blacks are dark. The screen is glossy but bears an antiglare coating that does a decent
job of cutting down reflections.
The only real issue I have with the U310's screen is its brightness--or rather, lack thereof. At its brightest
setting, the screen is only mildly overwhelming in a darkened room, and is barely visible in bright or direct
sunlight. A dim screen isn't as much of an issue if you'll always use the computer in optimal lighting conditions,
but this is an ultraportable Ultrabook. The U310's range of viewing angles is also poor--moving just a foot to
either side of the computer causes the screen to darken considerably.
The IdeaPad U310's speakers are pleasantly loud for an Ultrabook. At the highest volume setting, the speakers
can comfortably fill a medium-size room. Audio sounds good, though it becomes a little harsh as the speakers get
louder; the bass is clearly present, if a little thin.
Lenovo's IdeaPad U310 isn't the best Ultrabook we've seen: It isn't the lightest or the thinnest, it doesn't
have the biggest screen or the best battery life, and its copycat MacBook Pro style doesn't make it the most
attractive (though I suppose that's arguable).
In other words, this Ultrabook is just average. It performs well, as long as you're not looking to do anything
fancy. It has loud, if sometimes thin, speakers. It has a good-looking but dim screen. And it has decent, but not
great, battery life. At the end of the day, the U310 will most likely appeal to college students and other young,
budget-minded shoppers, since it's cheaper than comparably stylish computers and it comes in bright, fun