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Lenovo u430 touch

Discussion in 'IdeaPad & Essential' started by mu5ic92, Jul 6, 2013.

  1. mu5ic92

    mu5ic92 Notebook Geek

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    i dont see alote of talk about the u430 that was announced. I know it hasn't been released but no ones excited for it? It looks pretty well built and has some nice specs imo.
     
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    I don't like the less maintenance capability in U model (U410).
     
  3. cernio

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    I am interested in the U430. I don't think it comes out until end of August :(
     
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    mu5ic92 Notebook Geek

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    Hopefully soon. The only thing that has me on the fence about this will the price to upgrade to the 1080p screen and a discrete GPU.

    Sent from my SPH-D710 using Tapatalk 4 Beta
     
  7. cernio

    cernio Notebook Geek

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    I am fine with maxing out specs up to ~$1200. This looks like a fantastic machine. I really hope it is available for U.S. before July ends.
     
  8. Jobine

    Jobine Notebook Prophet

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    For 1200 id max out a Y510p, but thats just me.

    Looks like patience is the victor here.
     
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    I wonder how a model that thin will handle heat..
     
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    What makes you prefer the Y510? How do you feel those two compare with the T440S?
     
  11. raptir

    raptir Notebook Deity

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    The Y410p/Y510p are really completely different monsters from this. To compare apples to apples, the Y410p is 13.8" x 9.6" x 1.3" and 5.5lbs. The U430 is 13.3" x 9.2" x 0.8" and 4.1lbs. The Y series uses a 47W processor and an Nvidia GT 750m that will get you great performance but results in 4-5 hour battery life in non-gaming usage. The U430 is running a ULV processor (15W) and a (optional?) GT 730m that will get you good enough performance for daily use but won't run the latest games. The Y410p/510p are multimedia/gaming laptops whereas the U430 is essentially an ultrabook.

    The Thinkpad T440s will be more similar to the U430, but is a business class laptop. You'll get better build quality and probably a better (matte, IPS) screen as well as (likely) a Quadro graphics card instead of the Geforce but it will likely cost significantly more.


    I'm curious to see if a non-touch model will be offered. I don't see a real need for a touch screen and would like the reduced cost/weight of a traditional screen.
     
  12. JustaNick

    JustaNick Notebook Enthusiast

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    I think, that they will also release an 430 line without the touch display.
     
  13. AlaskanBuffalo

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    I have checked the y510p but the lack of a touchscreen and its bulkiness killed it. The u430 is still the one to go with but it will only be with a dual core i7 processor which was disappointing.

    That being said, are you people going with 1600x900 or 1920x1080 on the 14 inch display?
     
  14. raptir

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    Probably the 1080p just based on Lenovo's history. They tend to use higher quality displays in their higher resolution display options.
     
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    If you thought the Y510P was a touch laptop/ultrabook you are way off. Y series are cheap gaming laptops/multimedia laptops.
     
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    I have good eyes but I think 1920x1080 on a 14 inch would be too small for me. As for scaling down, I read that fuzziness occurs and sharpness decreases so its best to use at its native resolution. If the 1080p screen is $200 more, then I am definitively sticking with the base 1600x900.

    I know the Y series isn't an ultrabook line. I was just looking for a powerful computer that can also be portable. Since computers are running windows 8 nowadays, a touch screen is imperative. After discounts on Lenovo's page, they cost the same give or take a few. If the 14in version is updated with a touchscreen I will consider it as it is only 5 lbs but generally for power and performance u430 is still the one to beat.
     
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    True, but Windows 8.1 is going to greatly improve text scaling on high res small screens.
     
  18. Jobine

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    Its a little under 5 pounds (4.85) and i have to agree, BUT the u series has one major problem:

    It is not user-serviceable (common on most ultrabooks), which means no battery replacements no SSD upgrades :(

    And touchscreens = fingerprints :(

    1600x900 @ 14 inch is easier on the eyes than 1920x1080
     
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    Hmm now I don't know what screen resolution to get. Is 1080p hard to read? Does 900p sacrifice a lot of quality?

    Also, will this laptop last 4 years of daily college use? Is the battery going to be good for 4 years? I do not need 10hrs but I will probably be using it for 4-6 hours daily for work and entertainment. Thoughts?

    And does anyone know when the U430 is going to release? I've been waiting since it showed up on the website and I am checking everyday.
     
  20. raptir

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    You'll really have to wait and see the reviews of the different displays. If what people were saying in the T440s topic is correct, there's no 14" 1080p TN panel, so it will likely be AHVA which is equivalent to IPS (a good thing). It will really depend on the quality of the 1600x900 panel.

    People seemed to get around 4-6 hours of light use with the original U410. Since the U430 is using Haswell you should get somewhat better battery life out of it even if they use the same battery (probably 6-8, looking at how other Haswell refreshes have performed). Li-Ion batteries do degrade fairly quickly though. They are getting better, but after two years I would expect to see maybe 70% battery capacity depending on your usage. For year three and four you would probably have trouble making it through your 4-6 hours of daily use without plugging in. If battery longevity is a big concern for you, I would definitely look at a laptop with a user replaceable battery.
     

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