Lenovo IdeaPad U260
Average of 10 scores (from 16 reviews)
Reviews for the Lenovo IdeaPad U260
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.
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%
Source: Digital Versus
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%
Source: Think Computers
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
Source: PC Advisor
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
Source: Techreview Source
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%
Source: PC World
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%
Source: Laptop Mag
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%
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
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%
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
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%
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
Source: Notebookcheck 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%
Source: c't - 7/11
mobility satisfying, performance good, 3D-games bad, display good, fan noise good
Comparison, , Long, Date: 04/01/2011
Source: Erenumerique FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/02/2011
Rating: Total score: 75%
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.
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.
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 %
69.5%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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