Lenovo IdeaPad U260 review: Lenovo IdeaPad U260

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Lenovo IdeaPad U260
1,201 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Lenovo IdeaPad U260
178 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Lenovo IdeaPad U260
227 

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Lenovo IdeaPad U260
172 

Annual power consumption cost
Lenovo IdeaPad U260
$4.20 
Asus U35Jc-A1
$4.73 

Juice box
IdeaPad U260 Average watts per hour
Off (60%) 0.4
Sleep (10%) 0.63
Idle (25%) 9.84
Load (05%) 29.15
Raw kWh number 36.97
Annual energy cost $4.20

The Lenovo IdeaPad U260's battery lasted 2 hours and 42 minutes using our video playback battery drain test, and that's hands-down the biggest disappointment on the U260 overall. We've never been wild about the battery-life savings or lack thereof in this past generation of Intel Core i-series ULV processors, but in an ultraportable this size we'd expect, at the least, 3 hours-plus of battery life--ideally, more like 5. Using the U260 at CES 2011, the battery life represented the biggest downfall to our productivity.

Lenovo includes a basic one-year warranty with the IdeaPad U260, which can be extended up to three years for an additional $99 on Lenovo's Web site, or with accidental damage protection for an additional $299. Lenovo's site offers helpful and easy-to-navigate documentation, and a toll-free 24-7 phone number is easy to find.

System configurations:

Lenovo IdeaPad U260
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.33GHz Intel Core i5 U470; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 64MB (Dedicated)/1696MB (Total) Intel GMA HD; 320GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Asus U35Jc-A1
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.4Hz Intel Core i3 M370; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce 310M + 64MB (Dedicated) Mobile Intel GMA MHD; 500GB Seagate 5,400rpm

Dell Vostro V130
Windows 7 Professional; 2.26GHz Intel Core i5 U470; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Western Digital 7,200rpm

Acer Aspire TimelineX 1830T-68U118
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.46GHz Intel Core i7-680UM; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,066MHz; 128MB (Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Western Digital 5,400rpm

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