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PostSubject: Lenovo IdeaPad U260 Review   Tue Mar 29, 2011 12:54 am

Lenovoís laptops usually has that design signature that youíll 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 U260ís 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 itís 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 Iíve 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 ó itís slightly curved at the
bottom end and has a concave surface.

While the U260ís thin frame did not accommodate an ODD, Lenovo still
went out and somewhat splurged a bit on the processor ó 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 Ė
at 12.5Ē across, itís a little bigger than the usual 11.6Ē but still
smaller than the regular-sized 13.3Ē. 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). Thereís 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

Whatís 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 thatís already stretching it. The battery compartment is
locked from the inside and not readily user-replaceable (unless of
course youíre willing to un-screw the back panel).



The laptop does not come in cheap (although itís certainly more
affordable than a similarly specíed 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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