Lenovo IdeaPad U260-087632U
Average of 5 scores (from 9 reviews)
Reviews for the Lenovo IdeaPad U260-087632U
Source: Trusted Reviews Archive.org version
With its unique 'folio' design and soft-touch finish, Lenovo's thin and light IdeaPad U260 is one of the most attractive (12.5in) laptops going. However, despite nice ergonomics and a good matt screen, its last-generation CPU and GPU hold it back, connectivity is a bit disappointing and battery life is nothing special. However, considering you get a 128GB SSD for its sub-£800 asking price, if you won't be subjecting it to heavy workloads it's still a decent buy.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/16/2011
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 80% performance: 60% features: 60% mobility: 70% ergonomy: 100%
Source: Tech2.in.com Archive.org version
If you’re looking for a notebook that is a desktop replacement, we wouldn’t recommend the U260. The lack of an optical drive and more processing power is something you’ll sorely miss after a while. If travelling is something you do often and are on a limited budget, you might find the the U260 to be a good proposition.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/10/2011
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: PC Perspective Archive.org version
Given the attention to detail Lenovo lavished on this laptop, it’s unfortunate that the battery life results are so poor. This is the only flaw with the laptop, but it’s one that can’t be ignored given that it is an ultraportable. If not for this issue, the U260 would have easily qualified for an editor’s choice award. This is a conclusion I also came to when reviewing the T410s, which suffered from the same drawbacks as the U260. If Lenovo can figure out how to squeeze larger batteries into these slim and light laptops, it will have some class-leading products on its hands. For now, however, the U260 is a bit of a fashion statement. It’s beautiful, exquisitely constructed, and great to use – but lacking the expected endurance.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/03/2011
Source: Comp Reviews Archive.org version
Lenovo's IdeaPad U260 offers a very compact and stylish system. It offers a very good screen with anti-glare coating and excellent keyboard and trackpad. All of these features are tempered though by the below average battery life from the smaller battery to keep the weight and size down. It also has very limited external peripheral connectivity.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/02/2011
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Bright Hub Archive.org version
Everyone else, however, should still take a look at the U260. Yes, it's a bit pricey considering the hardware, but actually using the laptop should help you understand why. The design and construction of the U260 has far more in common with luxury laptops like the Sony Vaio Z and MacBook Pro than budget ultraportables like the Dell M101z or Toshiba T235D.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/03/2011
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Notebookjournal DE→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/27/2011
Rating: performance: 50% features: 30% display: 30% mobility: 50% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 60%
Source: nDevil DE→EN Archive.org version
price, performance and workmanship good, small and light
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/13/2011
Source: Retera RU→EN Archive.org version
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/23/2011
Rating: Total score: 46% performance: 35% display: 40% mobility: 44% emissions: 22%
Source: Notebook.cz CZ→EN Archive.org version
Price, workmanship, weight and size good, temperatures too high and battery runtime low
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/24/2011
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Lenovo: Lenovo ("Le" from English legend, novo (Latin) for new) was founded in 1984 as a Chinese computer trading company. As of 2004, the company was the largest laptop manufacturer in China and, after acquiring IBM's PC division in 2005, the fourth largest in the world. In addition to desktops and notebooks, the company manufactures monitors, projectors, servers, etc, and specializes in developing, manufacturing and marketing consumer electronics, personal computers, software, enterprise solutions and related services.
In 2016, the company ranked first in the world in computer sales. It still held it in 2023 with about 23% global market share. Important product lines are Thinkpad, Legion and Ideapad.
In 2011, it acquired a majority stake in Medion AG, a European computer hardware manufacturer. In 2014, Motorola Mobility was purchased, which gave Lenovo a boost in the smartphone market.
63.2%: Such a poor rating is rare. There are only a few notebooks that were rated even worse. The rating websites do not give a purchase recommendation here.
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