Subnotebooks Don't Quite Measure Up

Lenovo, Asus debut lightweights that are close, but not there
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2008 3:02 PM CDT
Subnotebooks Don't Quite Measure Up
Lenovo launches its IdeaPad U110   (AP Photo)

Hamstrung by poor battery life, and burdened with an overly weighty Vista operating system that makes starting up a drag, a pair of new subnotebook computers offer a glimpse of what could be—but isn’t quite, writes Wall Street Journal tech guru Walt Mossberg. Lenovo’s IdeaPad—a junior ThinkPad—and the U2E, a quirky offering from Asus, are pricey to boot.

"I wish I could recommend a clear winner between these two contenders," Mossberg writes, "but both are mixed bags. The IdeaPad is light and thin, and the U2E has a built-in DVD and better wireless connection, but both suffer the usual bane of cramped keyboards. But the battery life—less than 1½ hours—is the true killer for both machines. (More Lenovo stories.)

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