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Lenovo IdeaPad U260 12.5-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC

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Lenovo IdeaPad U260 12.5-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC

Lenovo IdeaPad U260

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The Bottom Line

Mar 2 2011 - 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.

Pros

  • Slim Profile And Light Weight
  • Excellent Display With Anti-Glare Coating
  • Comfortable Keyboard And Trackpad

Cons

  • Poor Battery Life
  • Limited Number Of Peripheral Ports

Description

  • Intel Core i3-380uM Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
  • 320GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 12.5" WXGA (1366x768) LED Backlit Display With VGA Webcam
  • Intel GMA 4500MHD Integrated Graphics
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
  • Two USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA
  • 12.5" x 8.1" x .7" @ 3 lbs.
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter, McAfee VirusScan Plus

Guide Review - Lenovo IdeaPad U260 12.5-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC

Mar 2 2011 - Lenovo's IdeaPad U260 offers an extremely thin .7-inch profile and a weight that is inline with many netbook systems. While it is a compact system, performance is good thanks to the Intel Core i3-380UM ultra low voltage dual core processor. It still will trail far behind a standard laptop processor due to its low 1.33GHz clock speed but it should be plenty for most mobile applications. The 4GB of DDR3 memory should mitigate any slowdowns from multitasking.

Storage on the IdeaPad U260 uses a standard laptop hard drive with a 320GB capacity. This is a bit lower storage capacity than many similar priced ultraportables that now feature 500GB drives. The drive spins at the traditional 5400rpm rate which gives it a modest level of performance. There is no internal optical drive which is common for such compact laptops. The one downside is that the system only features two external USB ports that will limit the number of external peripherals including external storage. It even drops any flash card memory slots.

Lenovo decided to use a slightly larger 12.5-inch display panel compared to the more typical 12.1-inch ones already on the market. It still uses the same 1376x768 but it does use an anti-glare coating that greatly reduces reflections and makes it functional outdoors. Viewing angles and brightness are also above average. The graphics are powered by the ubiquitous Intel GMA 4500MHD integrated graphics. This is just fine for standard web usage and high definition video playback. It does lack any real 3D performance meaning that it can't even really be used for casual PC gaming.

In order to keep the IdeaPad U260 very slim and lightweight, Lenovo has opted to use a smaller four cell battery pack. This gives it a lower 20WHr capacity than many others so running times will be impacted. In video streaming playback tests, the system was only able to run two and three quarter hours before going into standby mode. This puts it well behind most other ultraportable systems and in the realm of many larger more power budget class systems.

The keyboard and trackpad of the IdeaPad U260 are some of the best available on the market. It uses the standard isolated keyboard layout typical of the IdeaPad series that also offers contoured buttons that are very easy to type on and very comfortable. The right shift key is a reduced size to fit the arrow and page keys which does take a little getting used to. The trackpad is a polished glass that offers a very smooth surface that tracks accurately. Lenovo also includes individual right and left trackpad buttons which is a nice change from the rocker bar used by many other companies.

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