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Seems a pretty good deal for the specification, was over £300 recently.

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Processor Intel® Celeron Dual Core (SU2300, 1MB L2 cache, 1.2GHz, 800MHz FSB)
Screen 14" (HD 1366 x 768 LED)
Operating System Windows 7 Home Premium Edition
RAM 2GB (DDR3 1066MHZ)
Hard Drive 250GB
Graphics Integrated (Intel® GMA X4500MHD Graphics with up to 1277MB Shared Memory)
Wireless LAN Wireless (802.11b/g Wireless)
Network Card 10/100/1000 Gigabit Fast Ethernet
Integrated Webcam Integrated Webcam with Microphone
Card Reader 4-in-1 card reader (MS, MS Pro, MMC, SD)
USB Ports 3x USB 2.0 ports
Bluetooth Version 2.0
Speakers Intergrated Stereo Speakers
VGA Port 1 External VGA Port
Kensington Lock Kensington lock slot
Charge Time 2.5 Hours
HDMI 1x HDMI Port
Warranty 12 Months Warranty - Direct with Lenovo
Battery Life 3-4 Hours (up to 4 hours with power management)
Weight 1-2 Kg (This Model 1.99 Kg)
Finger Print Reader Yes
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#1
Slightly disappointing battery life but @ great price and with decently performing CPU.Hot
2 Likes #2
Why would anyone buy a nettop when you can get these for so little money?
#3
Tasty! Would've been perfect for Uni work if I didn't just get a second hand NC6400.
#4
Excellent value and the build quality for such a low price is simply astonishing, also the CPU is much more powerful than an Atom in a Netbook.

Voted HOT!
#5
Where does it state that the U450 comes with a DVD drive? According to the link, an external USB DVD-Rewriter is £29.97 extra, making this £289.96.
#6
Handsome_Tom
Where does it state that the U450 comes with a DVD drive? According to the link, an external USB DVD-Rewriter is £29.97 extra, making this £289.96.


Look at the pictures, read any reviews. And also, pretty much all 13.3" + laptops come with DVD drives.
#7
profet
Why would anyone buy a nettop when you can get these for so little money?

Size - a 10" netbook is a lot smaller than this (and a lot slower, of course).
#8
MrPuddington
profet
Why would anyone buy a nettop when you can get these for so little money?
Size - a 10" netbook is a lot smaller than this (and a lot slower, of course).

Cos the battery life is rubbish in comparison to a netbook
#9
Would love to know what a nettop is? :p


profet
Why would anyone buy a nettop when you can get these for so little money?
#10
A nettop is a small, low-power PC unit, similar to a netbook but designed to be used with an external monitor, keyboard, mouse etc. e.g. http://www.ebuyer.com/product/236579
#11
williamj1
Handsome_Tom
Where does it state that the U450 comes with a DVD drive? According to the link, an external USB DVD-Rewriter is £29.97 extra, making this £289.96.


Look at the pictures, read any reviews. And also, pretty much all 13.3" + laptops come with DVD drives.


If havng a cd/dvd optical drive is a deal breaker, i suggest you check with the retailer first. When this same machine was recently posted here at £10 more, it did not come with an optical drive. Neither did the same model with a slightly better spec at £299.98 (SU4100 cpu and a 320GB).

Read the thread for yourself lenovo-ideapad-u450 thread Click here

BTW i think both models offer excellent value for money - i'd be tempted to stump up the cash for the upgraded model.

Edited By: topazz on Feb 27, 2011 15:56
#12
A netbook is ideal for those needing a very low powered, but battery efficient and extremely portable machine.

A notbook / ultraportable is ideal for those needing much more power than a netbook, and even on par with a proper laptop, but with increased portability + battery.

Then laptops.

This I would say, is a fourth catagory. It falls between a notbook / ultraportable and a laptop. It has lowered power than a laptop, but a normal laptop sized screen.

Either way, each has it's purpose and it all depends on what you need (battery, portability etc). Compromises will always have to be made. And regardless, this is still very good value for money :)

Edited By: williamj1 on Feb 27, 2011 16:02
#13
topazz
williamj1
Handsome_Tom
Where does it state that the U450 comes with a DVD drive? According to the link, an external USB DVD-Rewriter is £29.97 extra, making this £289.96.
Look at the pictures, read any reviews. And also, pretty much all 13.3" + laptops come with DVD drives.
If havng a cd/dvd optical drive is a deal breaker, i suggest you check with the retailer first. When this same machine was recently posted here at £10 more, it did not come with an optical drive. Neither did the same model with a slightly better spec at £299.98 (SU4100 cpu and a 320GB).Read the thread for yourself lenovo-ideapad-u450 thread Click here BTW i think both models offer excellent value for money - i'd be tempted to stump up the cash for the upgraded model.
Deal-breaker or not, It's misleading to have 'DVD' specified in the deal title, but when you click on the 'Go To Deal' link provided by the OP, it clearly states that the external DVD-drive is an optional extra.

At this price-point (£250-300) an extra £30 for an external USB DVD player could be a deal-breaker for many. I bought an HP Mini before Christmas for £250-ish without an optical drive, which is why I thought £259.99 was cheap for the Lenovo U450, which (according to the deal post) does have an optical drive.
#14
I'm going by the pictures, and by the fact that it's 14". From what I recall, the silver version doesn't, but I think all the black ones do.

http://thinklaptops.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/Lenovo_IdeaPad_U450p.jpg

(SaveOnLaptops Picture --->(_;)
http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/system/productimage.aspx?id=455059&width=500

The last image there is the one from the product link... clearly showing the product as with a dvd drive.

The support team from what I hear at saveonlaptops are great and very helpful. So I would email or phone them and ask them if you are unsure.
Also, you have the right to return it if you were unhappy with it anyway, and you have even more reason to do so given the pictures clearly show it has one. As a consumer you have the right to return any product that isn't as described. Clearly if it didn't, you would easily be in a position to demand a refund.

Also, the reviews like this one state it does - http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=5449

So I'm pretty sure it does, but I could be wrong!



Edited By: williamj1 on Feb 27, 2011 17:31: 1
#15
The picture on the website shows it has a built in drive,
#16
sabz786
Would love to know what a nettop is? :p


k, I meant a netbook smart ass ;-). Though nettops DO exist- they are (usually) atom based, small, low power machines that could be used like a desktop - ie with a separate monitor.

I understand that netbooks are smaller and have longer battery life - but for me this deal does both of those things just fine. It'll fit in your bag, and last a long train journey, and its in a whole different league to a netbook power wise.
#17
I don't think this does come with a DVD drive. I nearly bought a similar Lenovo posted on here a month ago as a DVD drive was shown in the photos. However, when I rang saveonlaptops they confirmed that they use stock photos and it didn't have a DVD drive.

The bottom line was that the specs on the web page are probably right and the photo is wrong. The specs don't mention an internal DVD drive so I think it is very unlikely the laptop will have one. Hope this helps someone
#18
I believe that the U450 doesn't have a DVD drive but the U450p does.
#19
how does this compare to another deal from the same company? - Acer Aspire 5741Z https://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/Acer_Aspire_5741Z_988476.html
its £299.99 - so its £40 more and has the dvd re-writer specified.
The toys seem the smae but the screen is bigger, there is more memory and a different processor -
am I comparing apples with pears or is one of these clearly better than the other???


just about to order and need to know which one to go for??
#20
how does this compare to another deal from the same company? - Acer Aspire 5741Z https://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/Acer_Aspire_5741Z_988476.html
its £299.99 - so its £40 more and has the dvd re-writer specified.
The toys seem the smae but the screen is bigger, there is more memory and a different processor -
am I comparing apples with pears or is one of these clearly better than the other???


just about to order and need to know which one to go for??
#21
info37
how does this compare to another deal from the same company? - Acer Aspire 5741Z https://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/Acer_Aspire_5741Z_988476.html
its £299.99 - so its £40 more and has the dvd re-writer specified.
The toys seem the smae but the screen is bigger, there is more memory and a different processor -
am I comparing apples with pears or is one of these clearly better than the other???


just about to order and need to know which one to go for??


The acer you post is far more powerful than this.
#22
info37
how does this compare to another deal from the same company? - Acer Aspire 5741Z https://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/Acer_Aspire_5741Z_988476.html
its £299.99 - so its £40 more and has the dvd re-writer specified.
The toys seem the smae but the screen is bigger, there is more memory and a different processor -
am I comparing apples with pears or is one of these clearly better than the other???


just about to order and need to know which one to go for??

if you dont need smaller and lighter then the acer is much better
still dont think the lenovo has dvd either so acer has that advantage also
#23
sabz786
Would love to know what a nettop is? :p


Here is a good example of one:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Acer-Aspire-R3600-Desktop-Premium/dp/B0028QSIY4

Basically a lower powered, portable, & smaller sized desktop for people who just want to browse the web or view multimedia.
#24
Maybe the dvd in the pic is a rom only - the link states get a burner for £30 extra!?
#25
Can almost guarantee this doesn't come with a DVDRW. Good reason to return the item free of charge though as completely misleading picture. I tried to phone them to confirm this but got no answer. I've spent far too much money as it is lately so won't be buying this but it does look like a hot deal! Heat added.
#26
http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=5449

this machine does have a dooovd drive and read review / photos above.
#27
meemee
http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=5449

this machine does have a dooovd drive and read review / photos above.


what about oosb drive X)
#28
this lappy looks hot
#29
Isn't this one the better deal costing only £20 more?

http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/Open_Box_-_Lenovo_IdeaPad_U450_1046814.html
#30
what length of warranty does this come with
#31
reflexuk
Isn't this one the better deal costing only £20 more?http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/Open_Box_-_Lenovo_IdeaPad_U450_1046814.html

oops! I seem to have bought it....
1 Like #32
Just brought this a few days ago, I can confirm this definitely does not have an optical drive (ie. no dvd/cd drive).

The optical drive wasn't a deal breaker for me anyway. I just wanted a slim/portable laptop with a good screen and keyboard size - this certainly meets that. The finger print reader is a bit awkward, couldn't get it to work but will give it another go later. The screen is really nice and the processor/memory combination can handle streamed HD video nicely, BBC iPlayer HD etc. Will be using the hdmi out to hook up to TV to enjoy some Human Planet HD

Lot's of people comparing this with the similarly priced Acer Ferrari netbook.. As I have that in the family too, I must say its all about 'horses for courses'.

IMO the Ferrari is a really nice netbook, one of the best in its class, mainly due to its dual core Athlon setting it above from most other netbook processors in its class. Other things I like is that It has a really well designed, solid feel to it, a sharp screen and spacious keyboard (which is important with netbooks). And although it is Ferrari branded I wouldn't say its overly tacky, so don't be put of by this.

So if you need portability and are already looking at netbooks, then seriously consider one of these Acer Ferrari's (if they're still around).. But if you're buying your first netbook/laptop and you're not sure exactly sure what you need, then I would recommend this Lenovo.

The Lenovo offers a much smoother transition for people used to using desktops. The Ferrari may frustrate you with its slower netbook processor which is made for portability and power efficiency, and you may struggle with more demanding applications. The Lenovo however has a 'proper processor', the Celeron dual core, so you won't notice has much lag when performing the more resource hungry tasks. Also its trackpad is much bigger than the tiny and hard to use netbook types. Both computers don't have optical drives built in but this is easily resolved by purchasing a slim usb powered DVD-RW for around £20-30.. posted many times before in other threads.

Hope this is useful to someone in the dilemma I was in.
#33
Mine arrived today. Nice, accurate, quick service from Savonlaptops. Nice machine, looks good and works to my expectations. However, there is a problem - my keyboard isn't flat :( the whole right side is depressed which is exascerpated by the centre section being ever so slightly high, looks like something heavy fell on it. I have requested a lenovo service call to make a repair let's see how I get on.
#34
@ Reflexuk - Let me know how you get on with the fingerprint reader.. mine started working but its not very consistent, so sometimes I have to resort to entering my password.

Also would be interested to know how good the Lenovo service is, in case I have to call em on this issue.. Cheers

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