The Lenovo IdeaPad U160 is a new ultra portable 11.6-inch notebook, which was announced at CeBIT a few months back.
While there are now quite a few options in the 11.6-inch netbook / notebook market, most are still CULV (consumer ultra low voltage) powered, and while faster than an average netbook, still far less powerful than a full sized notebook.
The new Lenovo U160 stands out from the crowd of 11.6-inch machines for two reasons which go hand in hand. Its price and its performance.
Although the U160 should be available in multiple configuration, which will be less powerful and cheaper, right now only the $1,149.00, Intel Core i7-640UM Processor (1.20GHz) powered model is available.
Engadget reviewed the highend IdeaPad U160 model, and found it to be plenty powerful, with more power than an average 11.6-incher, but they also found it to run pretty warm, and its battery life to be very poor.
The Lenovo U160 lasted just 3 hours 10 mins playing back a video at 65% brightness. They were also unimpressed with the keyboard and trackpad, saying it was crapped, and didn’t make full use of the space available on the 11.6-inch body.
When taking into consideration its high price tag, they found it hard to recommend. If you want a super powerful 11.6-inch notebook, the Lenovo IdeaPad U160 might be suitable for you. We hope to see the cheaper / less powerful models coming our way, which should be more tempting.
The IdeaPad U160 can be ordered direct from Lenovo.