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Lenovo IdeaPad U260 Core i3 12.5-in Notebook Review

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Introduction and Specifications

Luxury. Premium. Exclusive. These are words rarely associated with laptops, particularly PC laptops. While Apple happily reaps in profits from the MacBook Pro, most other laptop manufacturers have a difficult time selling high-end laptops. The U260 is Lenovo’s attempt at a stylish flagship that will stick in the minds of buyers. Indeed, if you visit the IdeaPad main page, you’ll find that the U series is the only line of IdeaPad laptops described as “stylish” in the bite-sized popup descriptions.

 

Luxury. Premium. Exclusive. These are words rarely associated with laptops, particularly PC laptops. While Apple happily reaps in profits from the MacBook Pro, most other laptop manufacturers have a difficult time selling high-end laptops. Some companies, such as HP, have simply resorted to emulating Apple’s successful formula (with the Envy line) while others, such as Sony, seem to have made peace with their small portion of the laptop market. ASUS’s recent Bamboo line, which we recently reviewed in the form of the U33JC, proved to be the best recent attempt at a luxury laptop by any PC laptop vendor. But it was essentially a diamond in the rough, and it has few peers.

The U260 is Lenovo’s attempt at a stylish flagship that will stick in the minds of buyers. Indeed, if you visit the IdeaPad main page, you’ll find that the U series is the only line of IdeaPad laptops described as “stylish” in the bite-sized popup descriptions.

Before we go into the design details, however, let’s take a look at the guts of this slim machine.

These specifications represent the low end of the available U260 models, but there isn’t much wiggle room in this laptop’s configuration, nor are consumers given the option to customize their laptop’s hardware. The only difference between the least and most expensive variants is the processor; this low-end model comes with a Core i3, but upgrading will net you a Core i5.

As a reviewer, I like this tune; it means that the conclusions I come to here will be applicable to virtually every U260 sold rather than a specific configuration that may only represent a small fraction of the units that go out the door. For customers, however, this lack of customization isn’t the best – but Lenovo is at least starting out with well-equipped hardware, so it isn’t as if buyers looking for the budget option are served only 2GB of RAM (Apple, I’m looking at you).

 

 
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