Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 Review
- High-end performance
- Keyboard and palmrest
- Dual graphics
- JBL speakers onboard
- Thick and heavy
The Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 is a solid home entertainment laptop which is good for casual gaming as well. It has the right mix of hardware and features to deliver better-than-average performance compared to other laptops.
The new Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 is a 15-inch premium multimedia/all-purpose laptop from Lenovo for home users. Its a successor to the IdeaPad Y560, sporting second generation Intel Core i7 processor, and overall very good hardware specs. The IdeaPad Y570 is a great consideration for a home entertainment laptop with very good onboard sound and a better-than-average gaming experience. Let’s take a closer look.
Design and Build:
In terms of style and design, the new Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 doesn’t sport a radically different look from its predecessor, the above-mentioned IdeaPad Y560. The 15-inch Lenovo laptop has a brushed metal screen lid with a funky dot-pattern (Morse code?) to lend the IdeaPad Y570 an air of premiumness on the outside, while the laptop’s gunmetal gray deck with black keys feels good on the eyes. The IdeaPad Y570 certainly isn’t easy to carry around for a 15-inch home entertainment laptop, weighing just under 3-kg.
If anything, we feel the IdeaPad Y570 is a bit dull in terms of looks compared to the Dell XPS 15z or HP Envy 17 3D. No questions about the laptop’s build quality, though -- its 15-inch widescreen display is ably supported by the IdeaPad Y570’s hinge and the lower chassis. And the overall finish on the laptop is a cut above the rest.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 comes with a standard 15.6-inch widescreen display with a 16:9 aspect ratio, 1366x768 pixel resolution, pretty much standard for a 15-inch laptop. The screen is nice and bright and has ordinary horizontal viewing angles -- great for personal entertainment, not so good for family viewing. There’s a webcam grooved into the screen’s top bezel which handles Skype video calls pretty well. The webcam comes with appropriate software to help you record video messages or take snaps and upload them on popular image hosting websites -- very convenient. The Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 also comes with a row of touch-sensitive multimedia buttons at the top of its keyboard which is great to use.
Apart from a 15-inch widescreen display, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 laptop sports an Intel Core i7-2630QM 2 GHz processor, 6 GB of DDR3 RAM, a 750GB hard drive and 1 GB Nvidia GeForce GT555M graphics. Quite a potent hardware combination for a laptop, if you ask me. The Y570 supports Wi-Fi 802.11n and Bluetooth for wireless communication. It ships with a 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium operating system. All good but the only minor complaint we have is that the manufacturer should’ve offered more RAM and a larger capacity hard drive -- it’s nice to dream.
There are, obviously, Lenovo OneKey backup and recovery software to safeguard your data on the IdeaPad Y570. For entertainment junkies, the laptop comes with onboard surround sound JBL speakers which are quite good at pumping out music. The laptop has a multitude of connectivity options, like four USB ports (two of which are USB 3.0 enabled), HDMI, VGA, eSATA, Gigabit Ethernet, and SD card reader slot. There’s an 8x tray-loading DVD writer and standard 3.5mm microphone and headphone jacks on the laptop. All these ports are carefully scattered all across the Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 laptop’s side edges. There’s a toggle switch at the front edge which manually lets you pick between discrete or onboard graphics, it’s conveniently placed.
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