Lenovo IdeaPad U260


Lenovo IdeaPad U260Notebook: Lenovo IdeaPad U260 (IdeaPad U260 Series)
Processor: Intel Core i5 470UM
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics
Display: 12.5 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: no
Weight: 1.355kg
Price: 999 euro
Average Score: 69.5% - average
Average of 10 scores (from 16 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 66%, features: 70%, display: 75% mobility: 78%, workmanship: 93%, ergonomy: 92%, emissions: 84%

Reviews for the Lenovo IdeaPad U260

85% Review Lenovo IdeaPad U260 Subnotebook | Notebookcheck
Elegant and thin. Inspired by the shape of an elegantly slim book, Lenovo presents the IdeaPad U260 subnotebook with an exceptional 12.5 inch display, Intel Core i5 Arrandale CPU, and integrated graphics unit. The 4 cell battery with a meager 39 Watt hours does appear to be a mobility bottleneck though.
40% Lenovo IdeaPad U260 review
Source: Techradar English
With that in mind, we have trouble recommending the Lenovo U260. It's one of the nicer laptops we've seen and the lack of features and dated performance wouldn't matter if it was £200 cheaper. But as it is, we'd caution you to look elsewhere for an ultraportable laptop with more on offer.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/18/2012
Rating: Total score: 40%
60% Lenovo IdeaPad U260
Source: Digital Versus English
Lenovo has slipped into the gap between 13.3-inch ultras and 11.6-inch laptops. Close to the Dell Vostro V130 and nice to look at, this model is ultra-slim and light but lacks enough battery life (2h15) to make it viable to take on long outings. You'll find much more powerful models with longer battery life (Asus U36SD and Acer X3830T) for the same price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/23/2011
Rating: Total score: 60%
Lenovo IdeaPad U260 12.5-inch Laptop Review
Source: Think Computers English
Portable, thin, up-to-date entertainment features, and zippier than ever. Ready to lose that heavy laptop with the lame screen, out-dated.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/22/2011
Lenovo IdeaPad U260 review
Source: PC Advisor English
If you're looking for a good compromise between size, weight and performance in a notebook that doesn't look like a notebook, the Lenovo IdeaPad U260 fits the bill.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 02/18/2011
70% Lenovo IdeaPad U260
Source: Techreview Source English
Performance with the Lenovo IdeaPad U260 was pretty good, but it wasn't as good as some other similar models. The CPU is probably a little underpowered and the slower hard drive doesn't help either. However for most tasks, like the ones that most business and average people would be doing with this laptop, it does very good.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/24/2011
Rating: Total score: 70%
70% Lenovo IdeaPad U260
Source: PC World English
The U260 combines Lenovo's traditional strengths with a new-found sense of style. It's an average performer for overall, but its lack of distinction in that respect is more than compensated for by top-of-the-line ergonomics. My main disappointment is that Lenovo doesn't offer an option for a faster hard-disk drive or solid-state drive, which would do much to improve performance. Otherwise, this ultraportable just feels right to me. I recommend that you put the IdeaPad U260 to the test before buying something else.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/21/2011
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 57% features: 82% ergonomy: 99%
70% Lenovo IdeaPad U260
Source: Laptop Mag English
Is the world ready for an ultraportable with a 12.5-inch display? Yes. Especially one that's as elegantly designed as the IdeaPad U260. This truly is one of the best-looking--and best feeling--ultraportables money can buy. The only significant trade-off is the limited battery life. For about $1,049, 4 hours is not enough endurance for us. In this price range we prefer the 11-inch MacBook Air ($999), which pairs Nvidia graphics with longer battery life in a sleeker design. Or you could try the Acer Aspire Timeline X1830T, which doesn't hold a candle to the U260's design but provides a faster Core i7 CPU and more unplugged time. Nevertheless, the IdeaPad U260 makes a style statement and backs it up with plenty of speed and comfort.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/18/2011
Rating: Total score: 70%
Lenovo U260 IdeaPad Notebook Review
Source: Slashgear English
If you’re a Windows sort of person, and want a tiny computer to bring with you on a trip – this is the one. This is exactly what you’re going to want. If you plan on being in the field without portable power or a wall plug for hours on end, maybe consider something else. This computer takes into account the fact that Apple is attempting to rock the ultraportable market with their MacBook Air and slams directly into it with a completely reasonably sized (small, but not tiny) notebook with a completely unique feel on the outside and the in. Starting at $899 it appears to me to be right in the correct range for cost. Uniqueness, lack of bloatware, relatively decent experience for how small a computer it is, comfortable physically. Well played, Lenovo.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/17/2011
70% Lenovo IdeaPad U260
Source: CNet English

When it comes to design in ultraportables, it's hard to top Apple's MacBook Air. That doesn't stop competitors from trying, though. The Lenovo IdeaPad U260 is a bold, high-design 12.5-inch laptop that's thin, light, and very easy on the eye. The Lenovo IdeaPad U260 is a sleekly designed, beautifully constructed 12-inch ultraportable; it's just a shame its world-class looks are undermined by an underperforming battery.

Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/15/2011
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 80% mobility: 60%
12.5" Lenovo IdeaPad U260 notebook hands on
Source: English
Recapping the specs – a 12.5" 1366 x 768 display, either an Intel Core i3-380UM or i5-470UM processor, Intel HD graphics, up to 4GB of RAM, a 320GB HDD, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, Gigabit LAN, 0.3MP webcam and Windows 7 Home Premium. Weighs 3 pounds and comes in at 0.7-inches thick. Price has temporarily dropped to a low $799 and comes in either Mocha Brown or Clementine Orange.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/07/2011
70% Lenovo IdeaPad U260 review
Source: Engadget English

How much are you willing to sacrifice for love? If you're anything like us, you're absolutely smitten with the U260's metal build, soft leather palm rest, brushed glass touchpad, and the fact that it packs Core i5 power in such a thin shell. But you're also asking yourself one question: can you live with just three to three and a half hours of battery life?

Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/27/2010
Rating: Total score: 70%
Lenovo IdeaPad U260 Unboxing and Hands on(Video)
Source: English
Our first observations center around the look and feel of the device which gives off a very premium vibe, represented in the $1,099 price tag. The cover is made of a magnesium-aluminum alloy, but it’s not as bare feeling as the aluminum case of the MacBook Air. Instead it feels as if there’s a tiny bit of coating overlaid which gives it a very nice feel. This carries over to the palmrest which actually feels very high end, almost leather-ish or like the cover on a nice old book.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 12/24/2010

Foreign Reviews

85% Test Lenovo IdeaPad U260 Subnotebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/16/2011
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 64% display: 75% mobility: 87% workmanship: 93% ergonomy: 89% emissions: 84%
Klein und leicht
Source: c't - 7/11 German
mobility satisfying, performance good, 3D-games bad, display good, fan noise good
Comparison, , Long, Date: 04/01/2011
75% Lenovo U260 : matériaux de luxe et poids plume
Source: Erenumerique French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/02/2011
Rating: Total score: 75%
Обзор ноутбука Lenovo IdeaPad U260: самый тонкий и легкий ноутбук от Lenovo
Source: Hi-Tech Mail RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/18/2011


Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics: Onboard graphics card that is built in the new Arrandale CPUs (Core i3 / i5 / i7 Dual Cores). Depending on the model and Turbo Boost, the GMA HD is clocked between 166 and 766 MHz.

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


The Core i5-430UM is a power efficient ultra low voltage processor for laptops. Using Turbo Boost it can be clocked with up to 1.83 GHz. Thanks to Hyperthreading, 4 threads can be processed simultaneously. AES, VT-d and Trusted Execution are deactivated for the 430UM. An integrated graphics card (Intel HD Graphics with 166-500 MHz) and a DDR3-800 memory controller are also included in the package.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

12.5": » To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

1.355 kg: This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist only few sub-notebooks, which weight less. 10 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

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 %

Lenovo reviews

69.5%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Devices with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» LG XNote P210-GE30K
Core i5 470UM, 1.3 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPad U260-M5922GE
Core i5 470UM, 1.3 kg
» Lenovo Ideapad U260-ITH
Core i3 380UM, 1.6 kg
» Lenovo IdeaPad U260-087632U
Core i3 380UM, 1.4 kg
» Lenovo Ideapad U260-087622G
Core i5 470UM, 1.6 kg

Devices with the same GPU

» Asus VivoBook S200E-C157H
Pentium 987, 11.6", 1.5 kg
» Asus 1015E
Celeron 847, 10.1", 1.3 kg
» Asus VivoBook X202E-BH91T-CB
Pentium 987, 11.6", 1.3 kg
» Acer C710-2055
Celeron 847, 11.6", 1.4 kg
» HP Pavilion 14-c010us
Celeron 847, 14.0", 1.72 kg
» Acer Aspire V5-431P-997B4G50Mass
Pentium 997, 14.0", 2.2 kg
» Asus VivoTab Smart ME400C-C1-BK
Atom Z2760, 10.1", 0.6 kg
» HP 650-C1N02EA
Celeron B830, 15.6", 2.5 kg
» Packard Bell EasyNote TE11HC-B8308G50Mnks
Celeron B830, 15.6", 2.5 kg
» Asus Eee PC F201E-KX064H
Celeron 847, 11.6", 1.3 kg
» Asus X501A-XX277H
Celeron B830, 15.6", 2.1 kg
» HP Envy x2 11-g012nr
Atom Z2760, 11.6", 1.4 kg
» Acer Iconia W510-1422
Atom Z2760, 10.1", 0.7 kg
» Asus X201E-KX004DU
Celeron 847, 11.6", 1.3 kg
» Acer TravelMate 5760Z-B9704G50Mnsk
Pentium B970, 15.6", 2.4 kg
» Asus Eee PC F201E-KX066DU
Celeron 847, 11.6", 1.3 kg
» Acer C710-2847
Celeron 847, 11.6", 1.3 kg
» Samsung Chromebook XE550C22-H01UK
Celeron 867, 12.1", 1.5 kg
» Acer Aspire V5-531-877B6G50Mabb
Celeron 877, 15.6", 2.3 kg
» Toshiba Satellite C855-193
Celeron B820, 15.6", 2.3 kg
» Asus VivoBook S200E-CT57H
Pentium 987, 11.6", 1.4 kg
» Acer Iconia W510P-1406
Atom Z2760, 10.1", 0.7 kg
» Asus X401A-WX115V
Pentium B950, 14.0", 1.9 kg
» Acer Aspire V5-531-967B4G32Mabb
Pentium 967, 15.6", 2.3 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2011-01- 4 (Update: 2012-05-26)