The Lenovo U160 is the latest thin and light netbook, which is a bit larger than a netbook but packs more power. Somehow, Lenovo has managed to keep the size smaller than the 13.3-inch notebooks. There are two Lenovo IdeaPad U160 models:
> lower-end model which comes with an Intel Core i5-520UM processor, 250GB hard-drive and Windows 7 Basic/Home Premium 32-bit OS
> higher-end model powered by an Intel Core i7-640UM ULV processor, 500GB hard-drive and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OS
Standard features include an 11.6-inch LCD display with 1366×768 resolution, 802.11n Wi-Fi, eSATA port, 3x USB ports, VGA and HDMI outputs. Folks at pconline got hold of the Core i5 model which comes with 2GB RAM and runs Windows 7 Home Basic. Here is the crux of their review:
1. The lid has patterns which prevent the netbook from slipping out from the hand
2. The keyboard is identical to new Thinkpad keyboards – standard chiclet layout with full-size right shift key
3. There are two microphones on the lid
4. There is an HDMI port too which is located on the right of the device
5. The battery does not protrudes from behind.
6. The machine gets pretty hot
7. Integrated graphics are better than a conventional netbook, but not good enough to match the mainstream notebooks.
For comparison purpose, here are the values of the Asus 1210T Eee PC – an AMD Neo MV-40 powered netbook. Clearly, the Lenovo U160 has better processor. Interestingly, the ATi GMA 3200 HD of Asus 1201T yields better performance than the new Intel HD graphics. You can read our Asus 1201T review here
[via pconline.com.cn] (Chinese)
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