Lenovo U400 099328U 14.0-Inch Laptop

This PC laptop is simply amazing. The sturdy and beautiful design almost exactly mimics the Mac Book Pro for half the price. As far as performance goes, its pretty damn fast. Once I optimized the boot time, my laptop booted up within 18-20 seconds. The screen resolution and display is very sharp and a lot better than I expected any PC to be. In fact, I would argue that the quality of this laptop may even rival the display quality of the Mac Book. The touchpad is wide and spacious with very fluid finger motion sensitivity.

Lenovo IdeaPad U400 09932JU 14-Inch Laptop

First of, I’d like to say that it is a beautiful machine. I like the solid feel. It doesn’t feel “plasticky” and cheap like some of the other marketed Ultrabooks out there. The laptop stays cool and quiet. The display is a bit muted in color in the beginning but a few tweaks on the display configuration made it better. The touchpad needs some getting used to. The only real issue that I have on the hardware is the lack of easy access for changing the battery.

Toshiba Satellite R845-S85 14.0-Inch LED Laptop

This computer is fast and powerful, light and attractive. I haven’t paid close attention to the battery life, but it has been great in the first week. It comes with very little pre-installed software, so it’s quick and ready out of the box. All of that said, it is certainly not the right computer for you if you’re looking for a great computer to listen to music, watch movies, or play games on. The speakers are exceptionally weak and tinny, while the screen is clear and sharp, the colors are not particularly true or vibrant. The only volume control requires pressing Fn + 3/4 (down/up) or using the Windows volume control software.