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.
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: Above the keyboard, you have a the power button as well as bunch of LEDs that light up for things like battery, drive activity etc. On the left side, Lenovo places a USB port, 3.5mm headset combo jack and the WiFi switch while the right has the power input, VGA and HDMI outputs, a Gigabit Ethernet jack and an additional USB port. Sadly, there is no SD card reader slot- the only thing I found missing from the IdeaPad U260.
Lenovo IdeaPad U260: A Stylish Ultralight Notebook
4 April 2011
Excerpt: If you are in the market for an ultralight notebook with a gorgeous LED backlit LCD and don't want to spend more than $1,000, the Lenovo IdeaPad U260 should be on your short list. The U260's claim to fame is its 12.5-inch form-factor, making it larger than your average netbook--but at a mere 18mm thick and 3 lbs, it's almost as light as one. Lenovo claims the U260 is the first 12.5-inch ultralight machine on the market, and pricing starts at $899.
Pros: Good Performance, Competitive Pricing, Great Styling, Thin and Light, Gorgeous Screen
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
Conclusion: The Lenovo IdeaPad U260 leaves a good impression as a subnotebook from the premium segment, even if it has several apparent weaknesses. The case made out of a high quality alloy, as well as the leather surfaces and the touchpad out of glass provide for very pleasant haptics. The thin construction of the case and the light weight are further positive aspects, which do however limit the upgrade options available, as well as the battery life (maximum about 5 hours).
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
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.