Author: Bob Buskirk
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. The magnesium-aluminum alloy shell that the U260 is wrapped in looks awesome especially with the mocha brown color. Other great features include the 720p HD LED-backlit screen, glass touchpad and leather palm rests. The feel of the U260 is just great, it feels comfortable and easy to carry. All of the times I’ve taken the U260 places it really has not felt like I have been carrying a laptop around with me, but more like a small book.
As far as performance goes this laptop is nothing ground breaking, you will be able to do your basic tasks and run multiple applications, but you are not going to be able to play CPU-intensive games or anything like that. It has performed great for the tasks that I have been using it for such as surfing the web, writing reviews, photo editing and watching media. The U260 is in no way made to be a desktop replacement.
The only thing that I was let down on was the battery life, you are going to get about 3 hours out of it. That is good if you are out for lunch or a meeting, but on a long flight or day where you don’t have access to power this could be an issue. Obviously Lenovo could have stuck a bigger battery on the U260, but that would of course ruin the design.
Bottom line is if you are looking for a great slim laptop and want one that is elegant and full of style this is the laptop for you. As soon as you take it out of the packaging you will be instantly impressed. The model we received which has an i5-470UM processor sells for $999.00 directly from Lenovo. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Lenovo IdeaPad U260 12.5-inch Laptop a 9 out of 10 score.
- Elegant design
- Thin and light
- Core i5 processor and 4GB memory
- Glass touchpad and leather palm rest
- Battery life (only about 3 hours)