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Mobile computing has undoubtedly been one of the most dynamic segments of consumer electronics in recent history. The netbook craze from a few years ago is starting to dwindle down. Meanwhile, smartphones have evolved into mini personal computers in their own right. Jump-started by Apple last year, 2011 looks to be the year of the tablet computer, ushering in yet a new implementation of computing on-the-go.

While all of these extensions of mobile computing are exciting, the trusty laptop is still the most well-rounded option. Classified as a Lifestyle product, Lenovo's IdeaPad U260 aims to be your "thin, light, stylish travel companion".

Lenovo added the ultraportable U260 to their IdeaPad line-up late last year at an introductory price of $899. Our price-as-tested today is $999 which includes an upgraded processor and a custom Clementine Orange paint scheme.

Our IdeaPad U260 came equipped with Intel's ULV Core i5-470UM operating at 1.33 GHz with 3MB of L2 cache, Intel HD Graphics, 4GB of PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM, a Hitachi 320GB 5400 RPM hard drive, integrated Intel Wireless Wi-Fi Link 1000, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, a 4-cell Li-Polymer battery and a 12.5" HD AntiGlare 1366 x 768 display.

Right away we can see that the U260 is a very sleek and sexy system, complete with a leather wrist rest and chiclet-style keys. Total system weight is 3.04 pounds, thanks in large part to the one-piece magnesium-aluminum cover. Thickness is measured at only 18mm.