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queentutt 03-26-2013 03:18 PM

Another lenovo deal: S&D U310 Ultrabook $341 i5 Win 7! (i3 $315)
 
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I was especially pleased to find this with Win 7 on it.

IdeaPad U310 - Scratch & dent
Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-3317U ULV Processor (1.7GHz, 3MB L3, 1600MHz DDR3)
Operating system: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 - English
Display: 13.3" HD WXGA (1366 X 768) TFT color, VibrantView, LED Backlight w/720p HD Camera
Graphics: Intel® HD Graphics 4000
Memory: 4 GB PC3-12800 DDR3 SDRAM 1600MHz SODIMM Memory
Hard Drive: 532GB (500GB, 5400RPM and 32GB Solid State) Serial ATA Hard Drives

Can't make direct link work, but go here [lenovo.com] , check 13" screen and i5. (They also have i3s for $315)

LikeG6 03-26-2013 03:19 PM

This is pretty cheap. Good for budget buyers.

And lenovo is a good brand.

ae_zoro 03-26-2013 03:42 PM

what do it mean Scratch & dent? is that talking about laptop or the box?

queentutt 03-26-2013 03:45 PM

It's the laptop. Reports are that the blemishes are extremely minor.

travfar 03-26-2013 03:45 PM

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Originally Posted by ae_zoro (Post 58484760)
what do it mean Scratch & dent? is that talking about laptop or the box?

You won't know til you get it. Many times though, S&D looks new.

ae_zoro 03-26-2013 03:52 PM

already talk to them, and they told me those laptop are used and return. so I think I will past this

saphira2021 03-26-2013 05:45 PM

OOS already

bixbee 03-26-2013 05:52 PM

I have one of these. Screen viewing angle is poor. My cheap dell 15R has better viewing angles. Pray you don't get one with wifi issues.

droppunx 03-26-2013 05:56 PM

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Originally Posted by bixbee (Post 58487164)
I have one of these. Screen viewing angle is poor. My cheap dell 15R has better viewing angles. Pray you don't get one with wifi issues.

I bought one for a client whose existing netbook can barely pickup the far away WiFi connection from a distant AP. Jeeeeeeesh I hope it has a good antenna and a working wireless adapter, I'd look like a fool otherwise :-/ Are there many reviews questioning the WiFi card/antennas...?

oldbean 03-26-2013 06:11 PM

Quote:

OOS already
back in stock . u Heard it from the Bean.

krazyshopper 03-26-2013 06:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bixbee (Post 58487164)
I have one of these. Screen viewing angle is poor. My cheap dell 15R has better viewing angles. Pray you don't get one with wifi issues.

After reading these comments and the comments from the other thread. I think refurbished laptops are sketchy buys. Id opt for a new one for a bit more.

bixbee 03-26-2013 06:15 PM

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Originally Posted by droppunx (Post 58487230)
I bought one for a client whose existing netbook can barely pickup the far away WiFi connection from a distant AP. Jeeeeeeesh I hope it has a good antenna and a working wireless adapter, I'd look like a fool otherwise :-/ Are there many reviews questioning the WiFi card/antennas...?

Mine luckily didn't have the wifi issue; mostly likely fix in my Sept 2012 build date. However, google u310 / u410 wifi issues and you'll find many links to different people who report serious wifi issues (poor signal and drop connections).

yarnim 03-26-2013 06:15 PM

lenovo is a good brand? LOL just cuz they mass produce these below average products..they get such reputation from the general population.

munjal 03-26-2013 06:19 PM

Good deal

todx 03-26-2013 06:27 PM

Dead??

volatilepenguin 03-26-2013 06:30 PM

picked up a u410 today for only $24 more than this. It's a no brainer for 4gb more ram in dual channel, discrete graphics, extra usb port, extra 250gb hdd space. Only downside is w8, but I'll live I think

Obam 03-26-2013 06:42 PM

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Originally Posted by yarnim (Post 58487540)
lenovo is a good brand? LOL just cuz they mass produce these below average products..they get such reputation from the general population.

Might I inquire which line of similarly specced and priced laptops represent the average?

oowtfmate 03-26-2013 06:42 PM

Deadd

ob1kanukie 03-26-2013 06:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by volatilepenguin (Post 58487812)
picked up a u410 today for only $24 more than this. It's a no brainer for 4gb more ram in dual channel, discrete graphics, extra usb port, extra 250gb hdd space. Only downside is w8, but I'll live I think

How did you get one for $341+24 more for a u410?! Is it through a different site? :confused: It's listed as $418.79 on Lenovo.

bill.fish48 03-26-2013 06:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by yarnim (Post 58487540)
lenovo is a good brand? LOL just cuz they mass produce these below average products..they get such reputation from the general population.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Why don't you state the reason why Lenovo creates below average products and why someone shouldn't go for this?

From my own experiences being a technician, Lenovo has a very good reputation and their hardware really do last better than similar spec'd HP, Dell, and Acer computers.

cheapengineer 03-26-2013 06:48 PM

What's with these i5's being clocked so low? i guess maybe this is a lower power version? Seems like a waste to keep an i5 below 3ghz.

gtu2005 03-26-2013 06:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by volatilepenguin (Post 58487812)
picked up a u410 today for only $24 more than this. It's a no brainer for 4gb more ram in dual channel, discrete graphics, extra usb port, extra 250gb hdd space. Only downside is w8, but I'll live I think

did it have solid state drive?

ob1kanukie 03-26-2013 06:49 PM

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Originally Posted by bill.fish48 (Post 58488078)
Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Why don't you state the reason why Lenovo creates below average products and why someone shouldn't go for this?

From my own experiences being a technician, Lenovo has a very good reputation and their hardware really do last better than similar spec'd HP, Dell, and Acer computers.

My HP HDD has been crashing since day 1 but I dropped it and bent one of the corners on the brushed aluminum case... believe it or not, it crashes less now!! :lmao:

umustwait101 03-26-2013 06:50 PM

For one, I don't like how they use low resolution screens; seems to be the opposite direction of where the Thinkpad brand was going (high resolution, high price, premium product) before being acquired. But, maybe this is the way to survive...

Sultanofdeals 03-26-2013 06:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gtu2005 (Post 58488146)
did it have solid state drive?

I got one too w a 24 gb ssd

Edit. Speaking of which, do they install windows on the ssd?

volatilepenguin 03-26-2013 07:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ob1kanukie (Post 58488038)
How did you get one for $341+24 more for a u410?! Is it through a different site? :confused: It's listed as $418.79 on Lenovo.

I got lucky! There were maybe 3 or 4 that all disappeared in minutes.

Quote:

Originally Posted by gtu2005 (Post 58488146)
did it have solid state drive?

Yes. 750gb 5400rpm + 24gb ssd.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sultanofdeals (Post 58488220)
I got one too w a 24 gb ssd

Edit. Speaking of which, do they install windows on the ssd?

No. I was curious about this too, but it would be hard to keep the windows install from running out of room, even if you moved pagefile and disabled hibernation. You'd be out of room after a few weeks of usage and updates.

I thought this was ridiculous too until I looked at benchmarks for this laptop using hybrid drive w/ intel's smart drive tech. You get respectably close-to-ssd performance with the hybrid drive. Your laptop will come with the drives in raid0, and it'll appear as one drive (in my case, 774gb).

What color was yours? I got the only blue one I think :D

cheapinkc 03-26-2013 07:12 PM

Picked up one today for 259 shipped. I5, 610 graphics, 500 gb, 32 gb ssd, 4gb.

Prices can vary on Lenovo's site considerably for the same thing.

Deals4Lyfe 03-26-2013 07:20 PM

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Originally Posted by cheapengineer (Post 58488134)
What's with these i5's being clocked so low? i guess maybe this is a lower power version? Seems like a waste to keep an i5 below 3ghz.

Uhh... that's because like all ultrabooks, these use ULV processors. But even full voltage mobile GPUs are < 3.0GHz (without turbo).

But GHz isn't everything... what matters more is the architecture. I'd take a 1.7 GHz Ivy Bridge over a 2GHz Sandy Bridge (both of which are faster than 2.5GHz Core 2 Duos).

shhaggy 03-26-2013 07:25 PM

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Originally Posted by yarnim (Post 58487540)
lenovo is a good brand? LOL just cuz they mass produce these below average products..they get such reputation from the general population.

I don't even understand what you're trying to say here. I recognize the English but not the logic.

In any case, Lenovo is a very good brand, but unfortunately much of their reputation is because of their Thinkpad line. I've used 4 Ideapads now between myself and close family, all purchased brand new and NOT refurb or scratch and dent, and I haven't been blown away by any of them. They're not bad by any means, and certainly not below average, there's just no particular value added. For the price though, certainly worth it.

otakueric 03-26-2013 07:26 PM

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Originally Posted by umustwait101 (Post 58488192)
For one, I don't like how they use low resolution screens; seems to be the opposite direction of where the Thinkpad brand was going (high resolution, high price, premium product) before being acquired. But, maybe this is the way to survive...

Um.. What?

This is an ideapad, not a thinkpad. The thinkpad remains, and still is the premium, ultimate laptop in my opinion.

Ideapads are lenovo's budget notebooks.

This is an amazing price for a hybrid drive, i5 ultrabook. Did you expect 1080p, 512gb ssd, i7?

bkiserx7 03-26-2013 07:28 PM

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Originally Posted by volatilepenguin (Post 58487812)
picked up a u410 today for only $24 more than this. It's a no brainer for 4gb more ram in dual channel, discrete graphics, extra usb port, extra 250gb hdd space. Only downside is w8, but I'll live I think

I wouldn't count that 610m as discrete graphics. Yes it is, but not much more powerful than the Intel 4000 and I imagine a power hog, but a good deal none the less.

Mstrileckis 03-26-2013 07:38 PM

I snagged one of these from Staples on clearance about a month ago. It's an extremely sleek looking ultrabook. However, the CPU throttles the graphics performance terribly, so don't expect to use this for any gaming. Otherwise, for being so light it is very powerful.

bootymaster 03-26-2013 08:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Mstrileckis (Post 58489120)
I snagged one of these from Staples on clearance about a month ago. It's an extremely sleek looking ultrabook. However, the CPU throttles the graphics performance terribly, so don't expect to use this for any gaming. Otherwise, for being so light it is very powerful.

What games in particular are you speaking of? I am asking because I am considering the U310 and I play Guild Wars 2. Thanks!

umustwait101 03-26-2013 08:23 PM

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Originally Posted by otakueric (Post 58488902)
Um.. What?

This is an ideapad, not a thinkpad. The thinkpad remains, and still is the premium, ultimate laptop in my opinion.

Ideapads are lenovo's budget notebooks.

This is an amazing price for a hybrid drive, i5 ultrabook. Did you expect 1080p, 512gb ssd, i7?

Actually even the thinkpads now aren't using high resolution screens...

When you use words like "budget" and qualify the laptop by accounting for the price, it just doesn't make for a very compelling case for a quality product. Like, sure, suppose I could buy a cheap Gateway laptop for an amazing price, even though it is an amazing price for the laptop, but the laptop just isn't that good. It reminds me of the Inspiron 700m back in the day when Dell sold them for $750, or half the price that laptops were going for. It was an amazing price for a laptop, and the laptop was ok, but you could only say it was a lot of laptop for the money, because not a lot of money was spent.

The_Doug 03-26-2013 08:40 PM

I got two of the i3's for $325 and $229 last week. I'll post soon whether they've fixed the wifi (which reportedly required servicing to fix, so I assume that "Refurbished" addresses it).

bixbee 03-26-2013 09:07 PM

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Originally Posted by krazyshopper (Post 58487516)
After reading these comments and the comments from the other thread. I think refurbished laptops are sketchy buys. Id opt for a new one for a bit more.

I bought mine new. Crappy viewing angles. If you're on a plane, you won't be able to share your screen with your neighbor - could be a good or bad thing. I suggest everyone see it in store first before buying to see if the viewing angles are acceptable. I did read that the u310 makes a really good hackintosh. Anyhow, Linux on this thing is awesome when you load the OS onto the 32GB SSD!

ttpm15 03-26-2013 09:11 PM

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Originally Posted by bkiserx7 (Post 58488938)
I wouldn't count that 610m as discrete graphics. Yes it is, but not much more powerful than the Intel 4000 and I imagine a power hog, but a good deal none the less.

the 610m is better than the HD4000 IMO, i play dayz on my laptop and on very low i can get a 25-27 FPS, i can't barely get the same FPS on a lower resolution with the HD4000.

bixbee 03-26-2013 09:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sultanofdeals (Post 58488220)
I got one too w a 24 gb ssd

Edit. Speaking of which, do they install windows on the ssd?

Windows is factory installed on the hard drive and the ssd is only used for disk caching. However, you can purchase a 128GB or 256GB msata drive and install windows there.

YorgiS 03-26-2013 09:50 PM

Does anyone know if these still have the wifi issue?

s1ikdeeli0 03-26-2013 10:44 PM

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Originally Posted by YorgiS (Post 58491028)
Does anyone know if these still have the wifi issue?

I believe it all depends on when the individual laptop was manufactured. If you get one of the earlier ones built before August 2012, most likely you'll have the wifi issue. If you get one after Aug or Sept 2012, you may have the fix. I also don't believe the refurbishing process fixes the wifi issue.

spydersdeals69 03-26-2013 10:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by krazyshopper (Post 58487516)
After reading these comments and the comments from the other thread. I think refurbished laptops are sketchy buys. Id opt for a new one for a bit more.

Agreed. Lenovo is fine, but many people treat laptops like polygamist Mormons treat their children; they beat them up and allow any Tom, Dick, or Hairy to put their grubby hands all over them, figuring that once they're more than a few years old, they're worthless and they'll just get a new one.

ramirez8441 03-26-2013 11:18 PM

Amazing price...too good to be true

GuySakar 03-27-2013 12:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by droppunx (Post 58487230)
I bought one for a client whose existing netbook can barely pickup the far away WiFi connection from a distant AP. Jeeeeeeesh I hope it has a good antenna and a working wireless adapter, I'd look like a fool otherwise :-/ Are there many reviews questioning the WiFi card/antennas...?

What do you mean by client? Someone is paying you to buy computers for them?

volatilepenguin 03-27-2013 01:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bixbee (Post 58490636)
Windows is factory installed on the hard drive and the ssd is only used for disk caching. However, you can purchase a 128GB or 256GB msata drive and install windows there.

Nope, nothing on this laptop is replaceable.

jonlee107 03-27-2013 06:18 AM

OOS? I see the U310 i5 for $423.64 after eCoupon and the i3 for $410.55.

mitchburns3 03-27-2013 06:26 AM

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Originally Posted by jonlee107 (Post 58494432)
OOS? I see the U310 i5 for $423.64 after eCoupon and the i3 for $410.55.

OOS for me

chrismbello 03-27-2013 06:27 AM

OOS for me too! For all of us!

jonlee107 03-27-2013 06:45 AM

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Originally Posted by mitchburns3 (Post 58494566)
OOS for me

There are other ones available. Like the IdeaPad 500 with i5-3210m for $317.69. Is that any good?

droppunx 03-27-2013 08:31 AM

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Originally Posted by GuySakar (Post 58492158)
What do you mean by client? Someone is paying you to buy computers for them?

To buy them, customize them, configure them to their infrastructure, etc. Yes, I'm freelance IT consultant when I find the time to work around my 9-5 gig in a permanent IT dept.

toddatkins 03-27-2013 10:28 AM

Lenovo Outlet is pretty cool. This morning after much refreshing and adding to cart, I snagged an IdeaPad Z580 (215129U) - Intel Core i7 3520M(2.90GHz) 15.6" 8GB Memory DDR3 1600 1TB HDD 5400rpm DVD±R/RW for 346.00 + tax. Now that friggin rox. Ad said scratch n dent, receipt says refurb. Hopefully it will be a good experience. Very slick.

xSeongminx 03-27-2013 10:39 AM

Already purchased the U310 from elsewhere but I'd like to note for everyone getting in on this particular deal, do your research before you reinstall the OS!! I wanted to wipe all of the junk off of the hard drive so I reformatted everything and boy, getting everything working again with the hybrid drive was a pain in the ass. Just do a quick google search and you'll see a ton of people that have had the same problems.

Slatergs 03-27-2013 11:03 AM

I believe OOS, not showing up for i3 or i5

droyder 03-27-2013 11:05 AM

this is a horrible product which is often unusable. i wouldn't even take it for free.

MPSmith1 03-27-2013 12:05 PM

Managed to get a u310 i3 for $348 shipped. Not a bad deal.
It wasn't easy, though. That site is pretty crappy.

Madden2006 03-27-2013 12:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by yarnim (Post 58487540)
lenovo is a good brand? LOL just cuz they mass produce these below average products..they get such reputation from the general population.

In my opinion, they are one of the better brands. I have an Ideapad, and it has served me really well so far.

Sultanofdeals 03-27-2013 12:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by droyder (Post 58500406)
this is a horrible product which is often unusable. i wouldn't even take it for free.

not sure if trolling or is a mac fanboy

Bigwillee 03-27-2013 01:03 PM

Apparently they refresh their stock every 15-20 minutes. So I just refresh every once in awhile and when I see one, I add to cart. Took me awhile, but finally got one in my cart and checked out. Seems like they only put out 1 or 2 at a time.

brian1rr 03-27-2013 01:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by droyder (Post 58500406)
this is a horrible product which is often unusable. i wouldn't even take it for free.

Yeah like anybody is gonna believe that

joedhimself 03-27-2013 06:48 PM

I managed to get a u410 i7 1tb+32gbssd, nvidia GPU and 8gb DDR for $394. Pretty psyched! Thanks!

droyder 03-28-2013 01:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sultanofdeals (Post 58501944)
not sure if trolling or is a mac fanboy

i hate macs, thinkpad user. this U series is utter garbage though, i've had plenty of experience with it. it's important to notify other members here of that.

llance6 03-28-2013 07:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by oldbean (Post 58487456)
back in stock . u Heard it from the Bean.

Hi Mark

SkinnyJason 03-28-2013 07:34 AM

Its a good deal for the price, if you can upgrade the drive to SSD it has potential.

jeev 03-28-2013 08:15 AM

has anyone had it actually ship? how long does it sit in production?

Ynot303 03-28-2013 08:40 AM

OOS again :(

aquaholik 03-28-2013 08:47 AM

I got lucky and picked this up at Staples a while back for roughly $350. My built was July 2012 but I have no WiFi issue. I was going to replace the stock HDD with SSD but I found that windows 7 boot up in about 20-25 secs with the stock HDD+SSD cache combo. That's plenty fast enough.

nick2001deuce 03-28-2013 11:25 AM

Does anyone have a direct link?

hackel 03-28-2013 03:57 PM

As usual the POS screen kills this deal. I can't wait for the day when 768 screens are a thing of the past....

chunkylover852 04-03-2013 11:40 AM

I just got my refurbished u310 from Lenovo today. I'll probably have to send it back - the fan noise is intolerable. It isn't the kind of loud you get from moving high volumes of air, but it has that really high-pitch squeal...constantly...every waking second. I started getting a headache after a few minutes of use.

...damnit.


I also found that the SSD was not used at all on their install of win7 (as far as I can tell). not sure the best way to utilize it - just do a fresh install?


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