Performance and Benchmarks
The IdeaPad U260 looks and feels like a premium notebook but lacks the overall performance you might expect from a laptop with a $1,000 price tag. The 320GB 5400RPM hard drive in our review unit is one of the slowest you'll likely find in a notebook in this price range. That means the notebook is a little slower to start, slower to launch applications, and slower to access files than most notebooks in the same class.
The Intel integrated graphics also fail to impress. Even the thinner and lighter MacBook Air has reasonably power Nvidia graphics and the much less expensive HP Pavilion dm1z has twice the graphics performance of this machine. Granted, most people buying a premium ultraportable notebook aren't buying it to play games, but more and more applications take advantage of high-performance graphics to speed up tasks like photo and video editing, so the lack of graphics performance will be noticed even by people who don't play games.
The Intel Core i5-470UM processor running at 1.33GHz does have plenty of muscle for daily office tasks, but the processor alone can't overcome the limitations of a slow hard drive and weak graphics. The U260 is hardly the worst performing machine we've tested, but it's troublesome that this laptop delivers real world performance similar to laptops costing less than half the price.
wPrime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance):
PCMark05 measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):
PCMark Vantage measures overall system performance (high scores mean better performance):
3DMark06 measures overall graphics performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):
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