Question Lightweight laptop search


Feb 16, 2011
Am getting to the end of my Lenovo ideapad U310's life - not only is battery not able to hold more than about 90 minutes worth of charge, but the AC adapter cord also has a short making charging it a PIA.

1. What is your budget? $700 max

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering? under 14", primarily for weight - the lighter the better

3. What screen resolution do you want? Not important

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop? Replacing an existing laptop

5. How much battery life do you need? 8+ hours would be great

6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? No

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.) Mostly web based applications, but also some graphics with Gimp, Inkscape, SketchUp.

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need? Looking for SSD's only, no HDD, 180GB minimum

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links. ; ; ;

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop? 4-6 years

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ? Not important/wanted

12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons. Am partial to Lenovo - my U310 has lasted me 6 years and has been a workhorse. I also have a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 issued by my office, but I am looking for personal use. I also have a $250 credit to use on something from Lenovo. Would also consider Asus, Dell, or possibly Microsoft (Surface line).

13. What country do you live in? USA

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed. Am totally fine with refurb's. Would prefer something under 2.5lbs - the lighter the better. Would consider a 2-in-1 or tablet with Windows 10 as well. Other must haves: Core i5 or i7 or AMD Ryzen 5 or 7 CPU; 8GB RAM at a minimum; at least one USB-A port. Tell me if I should attempt to stick it out until Black Friday/Cyber Monday!!


Sep 26, 2019
I recently got an Ideapad S340 for my daughter and I think it will work well for what you want. It has an NVME and 2.5" SATA port so you can put any drive you want in it. It's also plenty fast for anything your wanting to do.