Coffee Break With the Lenovo IdeaPad U260

Summary:I am sitting in the local coffee shop working away on the Lenovo IdeaPad U260 notebook running Windows 7. This has rapidly become my favorite laptop to grab when heading out for a few hours.

I am sitting in the local coffee shop working away on the Lenovo IdeaPad U260 notebook running Windows 7. This has rapidly become my favorite laptop to grab when heading out for a few hours to work with a change of scenery. The U260 is the thinnest, lightest and dare I say sexiest Windows notebook that has come to Mobile News Manor for evaluation. The only downside to this 12.5-inch notebook is the abysmal <4 hour battery life, a travesty in this day and age.

The U260 has a great keyboard for which Lenovo is famous, and a surprisingly good trackpad due to the glass coating. The unusual screen size keeps the notebook's profile very short while offering a good high-resolution wide-screen viewing experience. The performance of the U260 is quite good for a thin and light notebook, and it is a joy to both use and carry. If only it had better battery life. It seems mobile tech is often a series of compromises.

To the left of the U260 in the photo above is the Samsung Galaxy Tab that never seems to be far from my side. I was using it in the Scosche FoldIO case, and it was displaying the mind map I was using for the article I was writing at the time. It is just the right size to fit next to the laptop, even on these tiny coffee shop tables. My buddy Matt Miller reviewed the Scosche case if it looks interesting.

Those of you new to my work may wonder why I post these brief work session articles. I don't just cover mobile tech, I use it, and like to share that as many find it useful.

Topics: Lenovo

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James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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