Pre-installed Software and Performance

The IdeaPad U260 arrived with a fresh copy of Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit installed. The bundled software was on the light side and included programs such as McAfee Antivirus Plus, ooVoo and Microsoft Office Starter 2010. McAfee came pre-installed and required activation, which the notification reminded me about every 2 minutes or so until I uninstalled it.

Lenovo also includes a few of their own software suites such as DirectShare, Security Suite and SmileDock. Lenovo DirectShare syncs all of your files and data between computers and USB drives in your local network. Security Suite protects you from unauthorized users accessing your data and trying to steal valuable data for identity theft. SmileDock is a transparent smiley face icon on your desktop that expands into a toolbar with links to commonly used programs such as CrossLoop, WeatherBug and iTunes.

As we've seen in numerous other Lenovo notebooks, the IdeaPad U260 features a hard drive protection system called Active Protection System. The software monitors for physical shock and disables the drive when excessive force is detected to prevent the spinning internals from being damaged.

We have run our usual battery of tests and benchmarks to give you an idea of how the IdeaPad U260's processor, hard drive and memory system perform under load. We have also placed alongside two systems we reviewed in recent months: also from Lenovo, the ThinkPad X100e is slightly smaller at 11"6 inches and is closer to a netbook in terms of raw performance, overall specifications and price ($550). The HP Envy 14 is a fully featured notebook, larger and heavier but with a price point close to the IdeaPad's ($950).

Lenovo IdeaPad U260 System Specs

Hardware:

  • 12.5" HD AntiGlare 1366 x 768 resolution display
  • Intel ULV Core i5 470UM (1.33GHz, 3MB L2 cache)
  • 4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM
  • Intel HD Graphics
  • Hitachi 320GB 5400 RPM hard drive
Software:
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

HP Envy 14 System Specs

Hardware:

  • 14.5" HP Radiance 1600 x 900 resolution display
  • Intel Core i5 450M (2.4 - 2.66GHz, 3MB L3 cache)
  • 4GB DDR3 system memory
  • 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
  • Seagate Momentus 500GB 7200 RPM
  • SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support
Software:
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

Lenovo ThinkPad x100e System Specs

Hardware:

  • 11.6" 1366 x 768 resolution display
  • AMD Turion Neo X2 dual-core L625 (1.60GHz, 1MB L2 cache)
  • 2GB PC2-5300 DDR2 memory
  • ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics
  • 250GB 5400 RPM Fujitsu hard drive
Software:
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (32-bit)

Benchmark Results

Synthetic Tests U260 Envy 14 X100e
3DMark 06
3DMark Score 1148 3DMarks 6866 3DMarks 1078 3DMarks
PCMark Vantage
PCMark Suite 3557 PCMarks 6840 PCMarks 2404 PCMarks
Super PI Mod 1.5
1M test 0m 24.882 sec 0m 16.146 sec 0m 56.815 sec
4M test 2m 7.000 sec 1m 22.836 sec 4m 43.702 sec
Sandra Test Suite
Agregate arithmetic performance 18.87 GOPS 32 GOPS 9.75 GOPS
Aggregate multimedia performance 34.52 MPixel/s 62.16 MPixel/s 14.87 MPixel/s
Aggregate memory performance 4.77 GB/s 8.49 GB/s 3.85 GB/s
Sandra memory latency
Memory Latency 183.2 ns 135 ns 159 ns

The iTunes encoding tests consist of converting 14 MP3 files (119 MB) to 128Kbps ACC files and measuring how long this takes in seconds. For the file transfer test, we measure how long it takes to copy two sets of files from one location to another on the same hard drive. On the small files test we transfer 557 MP3 files, totaling 2.56GB. For the large file, these same MP3s were zipped into a single file measuring 2.52GB in size. Results are below:

Application Tests U260 Envy 14 X100e
iTunes Encoding Test 02 min 39 sec 01 min 34 sec 04 min 08 sec
File Transfer Test
Small files 1 min 42 sec 01 min 20 sec 01 min 56 sec
Large file 1 min 31 sec 01 min 14 sec 01 min 40 sec

* Best score result for each test is highlighted in bold letters.