Lenovo IdeaPad U150
Average of 5 scores (from 7 reviews)
Reviews for the Lenovo IdeaPad U150
Source: Digital Trends
Call it a netbook if you must, but Lenovo’s U150 shines where many that share the category name crumble and fail. With an 11.6-inch high-resolution display, dual-core processor and a keyboard fit for the novelist, Lenovo’s U150 stands as one of the most livable ultra-portables we’ve tested. The humble U150 has a compact, lightweight chassis fit for a netbook, but is destined for much more thanks to superior hardware – including an Intel Core 2 Duo CULV processor – shoehorned inside.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC World
With the IdeaPad U150, Lenovo continues stepping gradually from the bookish land of ThinkPads into the world of cool ultraportables. Weighing less than 3 pounds, and stylish to boot, the U150 is an eye-catching little thing. Performance is right around the median for an ultraportable, and at $749, the pricing is a little bit higher than I'd like, but the U150 is so darned cool-looking that it just about justifies its cost with sheer style. A nice looking-machine that sits in the dead center of our performance benchmarks.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/23/2010
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 67% features: 97%
The Lenovo IdeaPad U150 offers a terrific balance of portability and value combined with enough performance to satisfy most consumers. Compared to similar 11-inch ultraportables like the Dell Inspiron 11z, the U150 delivers a better keyboard and touchpad for a modest increase in price. If you need a basic netbook alternative with HDMI and eSATA then the IdeaPad U150 should probably be at the top of your shopping list.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/15/2010
Rating: performance: 70% features: 80% ergonomy: 90%
Source: Comp Reviews
Lenovo's IdeaPad U150 uses the Intel CULV platform very well in a laptop design that isn't much larger or heavier than a typical netbook. Performance is very good for such a small profile. Unlike netbooks, the system can multitask without interuption and the video system is able to properly handle HD video streams. Battery life is strong for an ultraportable but falls short of some other CULV based laptops. Overall, it is a good choice for someone wanting a very compact laptop about the size of a netbook but with more performance.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/06/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
The Lenovo IdeaPad U150 is a good looking thin and light laptop that’s a reasonably powerful alternative to a 10 inch Atom powered netbook. But it’s not the fastest system I’ve tested with an Intel CULV processor, and while it has enough graphics prowess to play some games and watch HD video, it’s not ready to challenge an NVIDIA ION system like the HP Mini 311 in the graphics department.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/02/2010
Source: Computer Shopper
The line between ultraportable notebooks and netbooks gets blurrier all the time, and Lenovo's $749 IdeaPad U150 doesn't help matters. With Its compact size, 3.3-pound weight, and 11.6-inch screen, it's virtually identical on the outside to a traditional netbook. The IdeaPad U150 offers better performance and expansion than you'd expect from a notebook this compact, but take heed: Its soft keyboard doesn't live up to Lenovo's usual standards.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 83%
Source: Laptop Mag
Lenovo's snazzy but pricey 11-inch ultraportable combines an appealing design with good performance and battery life. The IdeaPad U150 combines good performance, strong battery life, and an appealing design to create a lightweight ultraportable package. While it outperforms, outclasses, and outlasts 11.6-inch competitors like the Toshiba Satellite T115 and Dell Inspiron 11z, the Acer Aspire Timeline 1810T lasts over two hours longer on a charge, has a more responsive keyboard, and lists for only $599. Still, if you're looking for a classy consumer ultraportable, the IdeaPad U150 is a compelling choice.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/24/2010
Rating: Total score: 70%
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M: The graphics core of the Intel GL40 and GS40 chipset features a slower clocked GMA 4500MHD (400 versus 533 MHz). Because of the slower core speed, full Blu-Ray Logo support is not given and the gaming performance is a bit worse.
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
Intel Pentium Dual Core: The return of the name Pentium, though it is a Yonah core. In fact, it is a double Core processor with a very good relation of performance to current consumption.
SU4100: Entry-level dual core processor for slim and light subnotebooks. Due to the Pentium name, the CPU may have less power saving features than Core 2 Duo processors.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This screen diagoal is quite large for tablets but small for subnotebooks. Some convertibles are also represented with that size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
Lenovo: Lenovo Group Limited is China's largest and the world's fourth largest personal computer manufacturer. Lenovo produces desktops, laptops, servers, handheld computers, imaging equipment, and mobile phone handsets. Lenovo also provides information technology integration and support services, and its QDI unit offers contract manufacturing. Its executive headquarters are located in China and USA. It is incorporated in Hong Kong. Lenovo was formed in 1984 as a spin-off of the Chinese Academy of Sciences new technology unit. The company initially began as a reseller, distributor and later CM for foreign brands, including IBM, entering the Chinese market. In 1990, Lenovo started to manufacture its own PCs and by 1997 became the market leader in China. In 2004, Lenovo bought IBM’s PC business for $1.25billion. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %
78.6%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
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