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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).
|Synthetic Tests||U260||Envy 14||X100e|
|3DMark Score||1148 3DMarks||6866 3DMarks||1078 3DMarks|
|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.
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