Lenovo IdeaPad U260 User Review - Specs, Performance and Benchmarks

August 31, 2011 by Daniel P. Dern Reads (21,231)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 7
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 4
    • Usability
    • 6
    • Design
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 6
    • Features
    • 6
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 5
    • Total Score:
    • 6.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Specifications for the Lenovo IdeaPad U260 review unit include:

  • 12.5″ high-definition AntiGlare (1366×768) 16:9 widescreen display with integrated 0.3MP camera
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • Intel Core i5-470UM Processor (1.33GHz 800MHz 3MB) with Intel Turbo Boost Technology
  • 4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz
  • Intel GMA 4500 MHD graphics processor
  • 2 1-watt speakers with Dolby Advanced Audio surround sound
  • 320GB 5400rpm hard drive
  • Multi-touch 2 button glass touchpad
  • Intel Wireless Wi-Fi Link 1000 (802.11 b/g/n), 10/100/1000M LAN; Bluetooth
  • 4-cell Li-Polymer battery
  • Weight: Starts at 3.0 lbs
  • Dimensions  12.5 x 8.1 x 0.71 inches
  • Bluetooth Version 2.1 + EDR
  • breathable redesigned keyboard
  • One-year warranty
  • MSRP $1,199.00

Performance and Benchmarks
The Lenovo IdeaPad 260 has a dual-core Intel Core i5-470UM Processor with Hyper-Threading technology so it acts more like a quad-core processor. The “UM” at the end of the processor name means it’s the CULV (Consumer Ultra-Low-Voltage) version. CULV versions are supposed to be much more energy efficient; although this also usually means less speed, the combination of Hyper-Threading and Turbo Boost should deliver a net gain. Using a CULV also helps enable a thinner, smaller chassis — and should also result in better battery life. Whether this does improve battery life is hard to determine without being able to swap in a non-CULV version of the processor, of course.

With this dual-core processor and four gigabytes of RAM, the Lenovo IdeaPad U260 should handle most anything you’ll throw at it … short of the latest 3D games. It’s certainly quite adequate for Office and web browsing, and for basic multimedia consumption. AddGadget.com’s free “All CPU Meter” showed overall CPU usage generally between 15 and 30, although sometimes hitting up to 80% during installs or when I had a bunch of stuff going on.

Wprime processor comparison results (lower scores are better):

PCMark Vantage measures overall system performance (higher scores are better):

3DMark06 measures overall graphics performance (higher scores are better):

CrystalDiskMark storage drive performance test:


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