The Lenovo IdeaPad U260 is said to be the world's first 12.5-inch ultraportable with an Intel Core i7 processor. At $899, it's meant for the design-conscious consumer.
The IdeaPad U260 is Lenovo's newest laptop for design-savvy consumers and,
it says, the world's first 12.5-inch ultraportable.
With a silhouette inspired by the curved edges of a leather-bound journal,
plus a magnesium-aluminum alloy cover, glass touchpad and a black
leather-patterned palm rest, this newest addition to the Idea Pad U Series,
says Lenovo, "is all about luxury."
Looking, to that end, to make a statement, the U260 will come in mocha brown
or clementine orange.
"The U260 is a design one can truly touch and feel that showcases the
extreme attention our team places in every aspect of design, from mechanical to
human interaction to color, material and finish," Yingjia Yao, vice
president of the Lenovo Innovation Design Center, said in a Nov. 15 statement. "Our
philosophy is that Idea product design should be simple, unique and provide
value, and the IdeaPad U260 delivers just that through the high-quality
selection of materials, advanced ergonomics and a signature design concept."
On the ergonomics front, the U260 can be opened with one hand, and its
proportions and hinge mechanics are said to offer "maximum comfort."
The island, or "chiclet style" keyboard, is called a Breathable
Keyboard, and in addition to being spill-resistant features Intel Advanced
Cooling Technology, for keeping the device's temperature low.
The nuts-and-bolts here are that it's the world's first 12.5-incher with an
Intel Core i7 processor. It can also be configured with an up to 320GB hard
drive or 128GB SSD (solid-state disk) flash
storage drive, and 4GB of DDR3 (double data
rate 3) memory.
The U260 runs Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic or Premium, with Lenovo's
Enhanced Experience for Window 7, a certification program that includes
maintenance tools. Also included is Lenovo's Active Protection System, "which
acts as an 'airbag' for the hard drive," says Lenovo. On the entertainment
front, there's an HDMI port for streaming high-definition video to an HDTV,
a Webcam for video calling and Dolby Advanced Audio surround sound speakers.
"The IdeaPad U260 is a luxury laptop for someone with discerning tastes
that desires high quality and elegance paired with the freedom of immense
mobility," Dion Weisler, vice president of Business Operations at Lenovo,
said in the statement. "This is one of numerous additions to the Idea
portfolio, manifesting Lenovo's fun and fashionable PC consumer offerings,
which are not only sophisticated but brimming with features."
It's hard to talk about high design marrying cutting-edge technology without
mentioning Apple, which first introduced the concept to the mainstream and in
late October reintroduced
its MacBook Air with a lowered price point. An 11-inch model features an
11.6-inch display (on the diagonal), weighs 2.3 pounds, runs Intel Core 2
processors and is priced at $999, while a 13-inch model, with a 13.3-inch
display and a weight of 2.9 pounds, is $1,299.
By relying on SSD storage technology,
Apple was able to whittle down the notebooks' girth to 0.11 inches at their
thinnest point-an innovation it came to by merging know-how from its smartphone
and PC businesses.
"We've taken everything we've learned about miniaturization from the
iPhone and iPad and applied it to the MacBook," Apple CEO
Steve Jobs said in his introduction of the notebooks.
The Lenovo IdeaPad U260 weighs 3 pounds, is 0.7 inches thick and will be
available Nov. 15 for a starting price of $899.
Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.