Lenovo IdeaPad U260 – Easy to Carry, Easy on the Wallet
5 October 2011
Summary: There is no denying the fact that the Lenovo IdeaPad U260 isn’t really a performer. A price tag of Rs. 44,990 means that you are either going to get respectable performance or a very compact notebook. In this case, the Lenovo IdeaPad U260 offers a compact size and a stylish design for an affordable price. If you’re looking for a notebook that is a desktop replacement, we wouldn’t recommend the U260.
Summary: From the outside, there is little about the Lenovo U worth quibbling over. Lengthy battery life and a slim body are benefits of the series' excellent build quality, and a varied catalog of models provides customization flexibility. Internally, only a lackluster display and a performance ceiling capped by prebuilt setups keep the Lenovo U lineup from competing with the best laptops.
Pros: The Lenovo U series features excellent battery life and performance in a lightweight body.
Cons: The laptop's average display has middling visual quality and poor viewing angles.
Summary: The Lenovo IdeaPad U260 retails for a price of Rs. 44,990, with no variants, and while it has a unique form factor, useful proprietary software, and is easy to carry; it falls short in terms of connectivity features and overall performance. Unless Lenovo equips the IdeaPad U260 with better hardware for improved performance or slashes its price under Rs. 40,000, the 13-inch Dell Vostro V130 will always be recommended first.
Pros: Slim and stylish, Lightweight, easy to carry, Face detection software, One-touch backup and recovery, Spill-resistant keyboard
Cons: Only two USB ports, No card reader, Below average performance, Low screen brightness
Conclusion: 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...
Excerpt: Lenovo’s laptops usually has that design signature that you’ll easily spot a mile away. The IdeaPad U260 does not seem to inherit the usual genetic make-up and thus gives it a much refreshing look. Check out our full review of the Lenovo IdeaPad U260 after the jump.
Summary: Final Thoughts
Ultraportable and slim-type laptops are my favorite as I don’t need my laptop to be a desktop replacement. So something that is small and light really does appeal to me. Design-wise Lenovo really blew this thing out of the water! This has to the best designed laptop I’ve ever seen from Lenovo and the best designed PC laptop available right now. The only thing that can compare is a Macbook Air.
Pros: – Elegant design, – Thin and light, – Core i5 processor and 4GB memory, – Glass touchpad and leather palm rest
Excerpt: Luxury. Premium. Exclusive. These are words rarely associated with laptops, particularly PC laptops. While Apple happily reaps in profits from the MacBook Pro, most other laptop manufacturers have a difficult time selling high-end laptops. The U260 is Lenovo’s attempt at a stylish flagship that will stick in the minds of buyers.
Summary: 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.
Pros: Thin case, High quality materials and manufacturing, Pleasant, stable keyboard, Touchpad with glass surface, Matte 12.5 inch display with daylight sensor, Good office performance (i5-470UM, GMA HD), The robust case, the elegant design, the selected materials, and the matte display in a 12.5 inch format.
Cons: Meager included accessories, Mediocre display values, Increased temperatures under load (air circulation), Lacking stereo speakers, Average run times, A card reader, longer battery run times, better speakers, as well as a brighter display.