The deluge of competitors to the MacBook Air’s throne shows no sign of slowing, and while the jury’s still out on whether an ultrabook has yet to truly best Apple’s wunder-device there have been a number of attractive options. Consider the IdeaPad U310, successor to the IdeaPad U300s we checked out (and enjoyed) in November — albeit with new hardware and a few budget-minded compromises.


The U310 is powered by a dual-core Ivy Bridge processor, 4GB of RAM and equipped with a 500GB hard drive. The $799 (as configured) price tag makes it one of the cheapest ultrabooks we’ve reviewed to date. It also features Lenovo’s chiclet-style AccuType keyboard, previously experienced on the Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 and ThinkPad X230. Is the latest revision enough to pique your interest? Read on, and we’ll find out.