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Lenovo Ideapad U160

alaTest has collected and analyzed 71 reviews of Lenovo Ideapad U160. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Opinions about the portability and keyboard are overall positive. The screen and design are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the battery.

performance, design, screen, keyboard, portability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Lenovo Ideapad U160 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Lenovo IdeaPad U160 review


An 11.6-inch laptop with a Core i7 processor. Does the Lenovo IdeaPad U160 really need more of an introduction than that? Believe it or not, the ultrathin la...

Aug, 2010

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Review Lenovo IdeaPad U160 Subnotebook


Powerless. Lenovos 11.6-incher is the cheapest alternative to the Acer Timeline X 1830T. The Core i5-520UM is a disappointing choice when it comes to performance, but how does battery life fare with the equipped 48Wh battery? How about the display and...

Fast, quiet hard drive, Low weight, Bright display, Quiet, eSATA-port, Touchpad keys, An eSATA-port on a subnotebook. Those with large quantities of data will appreciate that

Low performance from the 520UM, Short battery life, High heat emissions, Glare-type TFT, A matte display and a more powerful battery would have helped the run time a bit

Aug, 2010

Expert review by : Peter Cartwright (

Lenovo IdeaPad U160 Reviewed – Very Powerful, But Poor Battery Life


A couple of months ago in June, Lenovo launched the 11.6-inch IdeaPad U160 ultraportable in the US. The US models come with either an Intel Core i5-520UM (1.06 GHz) or Core i7-640UM (1.2 GHz) processor – other countries have included lower powered CPU...

Aug, 2010

Expert review by : lang2009 ( )

Lenovo IdeaPad U160 Laptop Review


At first, many 11-inch notebooks come with Atom processor, a large screen with a low-performance Atom processor result in failure. While, CULV processor makes 11-inch notebooks find the right direction. Slim + metal Lenovo IdeaPad U160 is the IdeaPad...

Through the thermal imaging tests, we can see the IdeaPad U160 keyboard surface's maximum temperature is 49.7 ℃, the highest temperature of the bottom is 57.3 ℃. We see know that the heat vents got the highest temperature.

Jun, 2010

Expert review by : Tommy Melville (

Lenovo IdeaPad U160 review


A decent-priced ultraportable for those after entry-level performance

Potability ; Build quality ; Good keyboard ; Connectivity

Performance ; Small screen

Jan, 2011

Expert review by : Barry de la Rosa (

Lenovo U160 review


Around the same size and price as a netbook, but more powerful and with a higher screen resolution – an excellent budget choice.

Mar, 2011

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Lenovo IdeaPad U160 M436MUK


Very portable, nice design, quick and responsive. I'm impressed with it and would recommend it to anyone who needs to carry around a laptop, who is on a low-ish budget plus it has a higher memory than most netbooks.

Battery doesn't last as long as expected, but I do get a good 4 hours when fully charged.

Jul, 2011

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Lenovo IdeaPad U160


This is a wolf in sheeps clothing! The Lenovo looks like a netbook but has the capability of a laptop. Small and compact. V quick. Well spaced keys.

Battery life could be better-but we all want more battery. The keys are white which may mean they start to look dirty or become tinted with age.

Apr, 2011

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Lenovo IdeaPad U160


This is a wolf in sheeps clothing! The Lenovo looks like a netbook but has the capability of a laptop. Small and compact. V quick. Well spaced keys

Battery life could be better-but we all want more battery. The keys are white which may mean they start to look dirty or become tinted with age

Mar, 2011

Product Specifications


Audio system:HD / HDA
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker Power:1.5


Battery life (max):10 / 7
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:6


Front camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3


Energy Star certified: Yes


Color of product:Black / Black, Red, White / Brown / Red
Form Factor:Clamshell
Product type:Netbook / Notebook

Disk Drive

Diskette drive:N
Hard disk drive type:320GB SATA/ 5400


3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Contrast ratio (typical):500:1
Display Diagonal:11.6
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Display Surface:Gloss
HD type:Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No

Energy Management

AC adapter power:40


Discrete graphics adapter:N / Y
Discrete graphics adapter model:Intel HD / Intel HD Graphics / No
Maximum Resolution:1366 x 768
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:166
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):500
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics / Intel® HD Graphics

Hard Drive

Diskette drive:N
Hard disk drive type:320GB SATA/ 5400


Full-size keyboard: No
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes


Internal memory:2 / 3 / 4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4
Memory clock speed:1066
Memory layout:2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM


3G: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X) / 10/100Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:N / Y
Ethernet LAN connection:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Networking features:Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g / 802.11n

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:DVD-RW / No

Other Features

Audio system:HD / HDA
Battery Type:6 Cell Lithium-Ion
Compatible operating systems:Windows 7
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab / IEEE 802.3/802.3u
Dimensions (WxDxH):11.4 x 7.6 x 0.886
Display:LCD / LED
Display size (HxV):11.6
Display size (HxV) (imperial):11.6
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
HDD user password:Y
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem: No
Modem Type:N
Power supply type:AC/DC
Security Features: None
TV in port: No
Warranty:Customer Carry-in One year
Warranty note:Customer Carry-in One year
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC


GPS (satellite):N
TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: No
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
eSATA ports quantity:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot:No / Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2 / 3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter power:40


Bus type:DMI
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):10 / 8 / 9
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
L2 cache:2
L3 cache:2
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Number of Processing Die Transistors:382
PCI Express configurations:1x16
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processing die size:81
Processor:I3-330UM / i3-380UM / i5-430UM / i5-520UM / i7-620UM / U5400 / U5600
Processor boost frequency:1.33 / 1.73 / 1.87 / 2.133
Processor cache:2 / 3 / 4
Processor cache type:L2 / L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Arrandale
Processor cores:2
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel Core i3-xxx / Intel Core i5-xxx / Intel Core i7-xxx / Intel® Pentium®
Processor frequency:1.06 / 1.066 / 1.2 / 1.33
Processor front side bus:800
Processor lithography:32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:I3-330UM / i3-380UM / i5-430UM / i5-520UM / i7-620UM / U5400 / U5600
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-300 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-400 series / Intel Core i5-500 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-600 Mobile series / Intel Pentium U5000 series for Mobile
Processor socket:BGA1288
Processor threads:2 / 4
Stepping:C2 / K0
System bus data transfer rate:2.5
System bus rate:2.5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):18

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:45
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / N / Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):No / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:N / No / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Physical Address Extension (PAE):36 / Y / Yes
Processor ARK ID:43562 / 47554 / 49021 / 49023 / 49156 / 50028
Processor code:SLBQP / SLBSL / SLBUG / SLBUH / SLBVS
Processor package size:34 / 34 x 28 / BGA 34 x 28
Supported instruction sets:SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1/4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes


Cable lock slot:Kensington
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint reader: No
Password protection:HDD
Password protection type:HDD


Operating system architecture:32-bit / 64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Home Premium


Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, xD / MMC, MS PRO, SD, xD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:250 / 320 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:250 / 320 / 500

Weight & Dimensions

Height:0.886 / 0.906