Lenovo IdeaPad U260 User Review - Battery Life, Heat and Noise

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

Battery Life
The IdeaPad U260 comes with a 4-cell battery. Unlike with some notebooks, this battery is internal, not intended for casual user swap-out. Battery performance is the U260’s biggest negative: runtime doing standard Office and web tasks, along with listening to streaming audio via Wi-Fi ranges from three to four hours, hardly a full day. The CULV version of the processor and other features may be extending the battery life — but not enough to deliver a full working day’s worth.

Battery life test results (higher scores mean better battery life):

The 40-watt AC power supply isn’t that big or bulky — the brick-to-wall cable portion is as big as the brick proper — but you want to remember to take it with you, and work from wall power whenever possible, just in case.

Heat and Noise
The IdeaPad U260 ventilates through the rear and also the back of the underside. The back right underside of the chasses gets warm, but not so hot that I can’t rest it directly on my bare leg. The hard drive and fan are quiet enough, I almost never notice them making noise.

Conclusion
The Lenovo IdeaPad U260 is a nice notebook for general business or personal use. It’s lightweight enough to be carried around all day, the display and keyboard are big enough for most general activities — and if you want a larger display and/or keyboard, you need to be prepared to spend more or carry heavier. The machine has the performance you’ll “need” but lacks the knock out punch of more powerful multimedia notebooks.

Enterprise and other business users may want to look instead at Lenovo’s ThinkPad family for the additional business-oriented features, of course — Windows 7 Professional, for one. And the three-to-four-hour battery life may be a showstopper; I’ve enjoyed using this machine, but that unimpressive battery life is enough to make me keep window-shopping.

Pros:

  • Good performance
  • Nice design, solid feel
  • Good display, keyboard

Cons:

  • Battery life not all-day
  • Standard warranty only 1 year
  • Limited configuration options


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