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March 28, 2011

Lenovo IdeaPad U260 Review

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.

The IdeaPad U260′s design is just elegant with its very thin frame; a bit squarish on the edges but with a smooth, muted texture and matte finish. The area within palm rests and surrounding the keyboard are also laid out with leather to give it a more elegant finish.

The trackpad looks like it’s made of tempered glass and has that smooth, polished finish while the separated left and right buttons are made of thin sheet of aluminum. The trackpad-button combo is among the most comfortable set I’ve used in a laptop in recent memory (Lenovo deserves the credit for creating really great and comfortable trackpad & button clickers for their laptops). The keyboard is nice and spacious with an almost chiclet-type form — it’s slightly curved at the bottom end and has a concave surface.

While the U260′s thin frame did not accommodate an ODD, Lenovo still went out and somewhat splurged a bit on the processor — using a dual-core, multi-threaded Core i5 1.33GHz processor than can Turbo Boost up to 1.86GHz (they also have a Core i3 variant).

Another odd feature of this unit is the size of the display screen – at 12.5” across, it’s a little bigger than the usual 11.6” but still smaller than the regular-sized 13.3”. It is still unclear why they opted to do this screen size though I doubt if they did it just to be labeled as different.

The screen comes in a matte finish which minimizes glare when used in the outdoors or against bright light source. The display is still bright and crisp; has that polished surface that somehow prevents smudging and fingerprint marks.

While the dual-core Intel Core i5 processor performed very well, the embedded Intel HD Graphics did not compliment it that well (so forget hard core gaming on this rig).

The CPU gets a sub-score of 5.6 on Windows Experience Index and a decent 4.6 sub-score on gaming graphics. See screenshot of the WEI below:

The unit comes with only 2 USB ports but has an HDMI port so you can hook it up to an external display (like an LED TV). There’s a mini-PCIe port on the left side and a dedicated On/Off WiFi switch beside it.

Lenovo IdeaPad U260
12.5″ display at 16:9 ratio and 1366×768 pixel resolution
Intel Core i5-470 UM @ 1.33 GHz (2 Cores, 4 Threads, Turbo Boost 1.86GHz)
Intel HD Graphics
4GB DDR3 RAM
320GB SATA HDD
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1
HDMI port
2 x USB 2.0 port
GigaBit LAN
0.3MP webcam
Windows 7 Home Premium
4-cell Li-Po battery

What’s a bit disappointing though is that the built-in 4400mAh Lithium Polymer battery is a little lacking. A full power, the unit only lasts about 3 hours. You can optimize the settings to go as long as 4 hours but that’s already stretching it. The battery compartment is locked from the inside and not readily user-replaceable (unless of course you’re willing to un-screw the back panel).

The laptop does not come in cheap (although it’s certainly more affordable than a similarly spec’ed Samsung Series 9). Suggested retail price for the Core i5 model is Php51,990 while the Core i3 variant is at Php44,990. Both variants are available in mocha brown and clementine orange colors.

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29 Responses to “Lenovo IdeaPad U260 Review”

  1. Gumz
    Twitter: jamesmuga
    says:

    It will be better if it can last up to 6.5 hours…

  2. Ian
    Twitter: http://www.lenovotoday.com/
    says:

    really looks great! any issues on the keyboard? it looks fragile.

    Thanks

  3. Solid Hosting
    Twitter: phsolidhosting
    says:

    I am shopping around for a new laptop. I will be retiring my IBM ThinkPad Edge which I bought last October. It has served me well for the past few months. I might consider this one!

  4. design factor is superb. i just hope that they do something about their battery capacity. most lenovo lappies do not last that long when mobile and way from power socket.

  5. kenok says:

    The ThinkPad X series have better specs and battery life, but still industrially-ugly.

  6. Edwin C says:

    Guapo sana. Madali lang ma-low bat.

  7. adam says:

    Battery not so good.

  8. Iyan Sommerset
    Twitter: iyansommerset
    says:

    Does anyone actually use more than 3 hours of battery life on a single charge in public? Or is it more of “too-lazy-to-plug-it-in-at-home/work”?

    • florencia
      Twitter: mstejadilla
      says:

      syempre it’s still better if it will last for few more hours.

  9. 21 says:

    ang mahal naman!

  10. kyle
    Twitter: technokyletwit
    says:

    Ayos ang design nagsawa na ako sa enterprise laptops ng lenove ang papangit

  11. Randy says:

    I bought a Lenovo last January. It was a G460 core i5 from Singapore. Knowing that I got a very good deal because of its superior specs from other competitor but I was wrong! After only two months of use it started to hang. Now I’m back to my old laptop. I guess I was wrong about my assumptions that if its Lenovo, it must be good.

  12. Jonaflormicfren
    Twitter: daniojr
    says:

    I haven’t seen the real one, but the picture shows a new edge for Lenovo. http://learner-spot.blogspot.com/

  13. Beatriz says:

    Wow I want this for my birthday!

  14. jack2006
    Twitter: sexyjane2006
    says:

    surely i will buy this one if my paid to click will increase its earnigs..just click my username for more info

  15. Jack
    Twitter: http://www.thinkpadtoday.com
    says:

    just seen the real thing.. I’m surprise looks awesome and works perfectly fine!

  16. camhi sergio says:

    i saw one yesterday. the total look is a keeper. specs wise taking corei5 inconsideration is also a plus..

    im just wondering with the price.. its too damn expensive there are other brands that can offer such specs that are quiet cheaper (i guess…)

    and the battery is ridiculously poor. sana they did squeeze in a pack that can boost 5-7 hours. and then we can say its worth it…

    (personal opinion po)

  17. henrytechi says:

    I like the new looks of this lenovo.
    but I always look for the reliability of the unit.
    I hope this one has.

  18. jonski22 says:

    50K for just 3hrs…;)

  19. Brand Building
    Twitter: BrandBuildIt
    says:

    It looks like a winner… but I am not so sure if the price is reasonable.

  20. Air21 says:

    i’m looking for a laptop that can perform well with windows aero.

  21. florencia
    Twitter: mstejadilla
    says:

    bat ba ang mahal mo lenovo!! hmp!!

  22. baste says:

    the price alone makes it not good!

  23. jasper chua says:

    i want a lenovo net book,please have one just deliver it to #304 lakatan streets,cabaguio avenue,davao city,philippines 8000

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