AVERAGE CONSUMER RATING 4.0 WITH 13 CONSUMER REVIEWS
If looks could kill, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 may well win an award for the most harmless laptop—with such banal looks, it cannot even hurt a housefly. However, beneath an unimpressive exterior lies a machine that is powerful, impressive, brimming with many useful features, and an absolute pleasure to work on. To put it simply, the IdeaPad Y570 is a good budget gaming laptop with an ugly exterior.
There is no such thing as the perfect laptop, and the IdeaPad Y570, which scores high on all points but looks, confirms this.
Like all other Lenovo laptops, the IdeaPad Y570’s keypad is remarkably easy to work on. Over the years, Lenovo has proved, time and again, that it has almost perfected the craft of keyboard making. The IdeaPad Y570 is no different than other Lenovo laptops in this regard. The keyboard has chiclet-styled keys, which fits the shape of a finger perfectly. The numeric keypad is as spacious as the normal keypad, an immensely useful feature for number crunchers. The spacious keypad is well-backed by a large and responsive touchpad. All in all, the IdeaPad Y570 is easy to navigate and type on.
There are many Lenovo laptops that have an attractive exterior. The IdeaPad Y570, unfortunately, will never find a place in an attractive-to-hold-Lenovo-laptops list. The problem is not with the type or quality of materials used, but with the design and color. The Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 uses a mazy dot pattern, which may not be so bad on its own, but makes the exterior look lackluster and listless when combined with the black color.
Gamers who are switching from a desktop to the IdeaPad Y570 would find its 15.6-inch screen comforting, but not its screen resolution (1,366×768) which is less than what some of its competitors provide. Nevertheless, the default screen resolution of 1,366×768 is sufficient to play high-definition videos.
One more feature that is conspicuous by its absence in the IdeaPad Y570 is the Blu-ray drive. It has 4 USB ports, 2 of which are USB 3.0 ports. The hard disk space is 500GB, which is more or less the standard for laptops in this price range. That said, a few laptops in the same price line as the IdeaPad Y570 boast of better hard disk space.
The IdeaPad Y570 may not have the maximum hard disk space in its price line, but its built-in speakers are absolutely second to none. Whether you like to play your games at high volume or are a music buff, this is one feature that you will love about this Lenovo laptop.
Other key specifications in the model we reviewed include:
- Operating System – Windows 7 Home
- CPU – 2.3GHz Intel Corei5 2410M
- Hard drive – 500GB
- Memory – 4GB, 1,333MHz DDR3
- Graphics – Nvidia GeForce GT 555M
- Dimensions – 15.1×10 inches
- Weight – 6 pounds (without the adapter)
- Height – 1.4 inches
Any laptop that comes with the label of “desktop replacement laptop” should be able run multimedia tasks easily. Y570’s Intel Core i5 processor, which, by the way, is not as brisk as quad-core processors, passed this benchmarking test comfortably, although not as comfortably as some other desktop replacement laptops in this price line. It scored 1,849 points in the PCMark 7 test (PC Mark 7 is a benchmark testing used for Windows), which was impressive, but not impressive as some of its competitors, most notably Dell XPS 15z and Acer Aspire 5830TG-6402, both of which recorded over 2,000 points.
As far as gaming is concerned, Y570 is certainly going to impress you. The laptop uses an Nvidia GeForce GT 555 graphics card, which makes mincemeat of graphic-intensive games. We tested the capability of its graphics card by running a few graphic-intensive games and were impressed by its performance. With Crysis, it recorded 62.8 frames per second, and 46.4 frames per second with Lost Planet 2 (note: both the games were run at medium quality 1,024×768 resolution). In addition, the graphics chip instinctively switches to integrated graphics when you are not performing graphic-intensive tasks.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 has an impressive battery life of 374 mins (6 hours 14 mins) thanks to the ability of its graphics card to automatically switch to integrated graphics whenever a graphic-intensive task is not running.
Excellent gaming experience
Great navigation and keypad
Decent battery life
2 USB 3.0 ports
Unattractive design and looks
The maximum screen resolution is not at par with some other similar laptops
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