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: 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: We don't break down our star ratings into categories, but if we did, the IdeaPad U260 would get a perfect 5 for design and quality and a 3 for horsepower and features. We love a beautiful and light machine as much as the next designer-clad geek, but we do weight performance and features above good looks and a fine build. So we rate the notebook as the best Windows alternative to the MacBook Air we've seen so far, but it's a little lacking on the ultramobile front.
Pros: Super light and thin, beautiful design, excellent quality, lovely display., Simply gorgeous notebook with exacting attention to detail and ergonomics. Top notch build and quality. Super thin and light. Good LED backlit matte display (goodbye glare). Great keyboard and trackpad. Grippy exterior finish is both attractive and practical.
Cons: Battery life just OK, could use more ports and slots., Battery isn't user replaceable, only 2 USB ports and no card reader slot. Battery life is low for an ultraportable, fan comes on more than necessary. Must remove many torx screws to access hard drive and battery.
Excerpt: Lenovo's designs have always been more practical and austere than their rivals', but the IdeaPad U260 takes a different approach. Technology takes a back seat to design, but that's not to say that the U260 lags far behind: its ultra-low voltage Intel Core i3-380UM may only run at 1.33GHz, but it's twice as fast as AMD Vision-equipped laptops and far more powerful than Intel's Atom processors found in netbooks.