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Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 Laptop Review

Lenovo Y580 Laptop Review

AVERAGE CONSUMER RATING 4.1 WITH 50 CONSUMER REVIEWS

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 is an average looking laptop that renders powerful performance and has rich multimedia capabilities. The cover of Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 is made of brushed aluminum, which is not so attractive. The chassis of Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 is mainly made of plastic; the lid and palm rest are decked with metallic finish. The laptop sports a huge screen, and the big form factor makes it an ideal replacement for your aging desktop.

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Specifications

Lenovo Y580 Laptop ReviewThe Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 has an impressive list of components, which includes a 3rd generation Intel core i7 processor with clock speed of 2.3GHz, 15.6 inch glossy screen, and 750GB SATA hard drive with 5400rpm. The Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 is preloaded with the Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit operating system. The laptop is equipped with ample memory- 8GB. A discrete graphics card also features in the default configurations list. The laptop is fitted with NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX660M, which is capable of working with Microsoft DirectX® 11 technology. The 15.6” HD display is backlit and can render images/video in HD at a native resolution of 1366×768.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 is blessed with good number of input/output ports which includes 2 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, mic and headphone jack, S/PDIF port, 1HDMI port, 1 VGA port, and a 6-in-1 card reader. The laptop also features 2 mini PCIe ports. Apart from the hardware components, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 comes preloaded with several useful applications such as VeriFace, Lenovo EE Boot Optimizer, OneKey Recovery, One Key Theater, and Energy Management software.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 is also equipped with essential communication features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and RJ45 jack for Ethernet. The One Key Recovery feature in Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 gives you access to all backups. The One Key theatre specifically functions to enhance the multimedia experience. The Accu-style keyboard features a full range keyboard and a separate numeric keypad. The TouchPad is not backlit, but the chrome lining around the Pad radiates back light from the screen.

Other Specifications

  • CPU: 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3630QM (2.30GHz)Lenovo Y580 Laptop Review
  • OS: Windows® 7 Home Premium
  • Memory: 8GB (DDR3)
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX660M
  • Display: 15.6″ LED backlit HD display (1366×768)
  • WLAN: Integrated 802.11 bg/bgn WiFi
  • DVD: Blu ray drive

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Performance

Lenovo Y580 Laptop ReviewThe Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 is blessed with best system components that invariably boost the performance capabilities of the laptop. The 15.6” HD screen is capable of delivering HD content at 1080p resolution. The Nvidia Optimus technology automatically switches between onboard graphics card and the discrete GPU unit. The on-board graphics processor performs well in easier tasks such as watching videos, while the discrete graphics card takes over during intensive gaming or watching pure HD content.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 delivers 141 fps at a native resolution in World of Warcraft tests. The battery life is quite impressive; the laptop lasted for more than 5 hours even in continuous Wi-Fi mode. The booting time of Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 is greatly reduced. The Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 configuration with 500GB hard drive having 7200 rpm barely needs 0.53 to boot, which is quite good. The 6-in-card reader is located at the unobtrusive place, which is at the front of the laptop.

The laptop is equipped with a HDMI and VGA port, which can be useful to connect your Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 to bigger HD displays. Customers can choose configurations with higher storage spaces of up to 1TB. A 500 GB SATA hard drive featuring in the default basic configuration is adequate to store your data and multimedia files. If you want more storage space, you can choose a configuration with larger storage space.

The integrated Blu-Ray player is capable of playing regular DVDs and CDs along with Blu-Ray discs. The keys in the Accu-style keyboard are springy and comfortable to type on. The keyboard is backlit and allows the user to comfortably type in dim light conditions. The touchpad is quite responsive, but the left and right buttons are stiff and noisy. The VeriFace software works along with the webcam, and it takes no more than 1-2 seconds to scan your face and unlock the computer.

Verdict

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 is not a budget laptop, but it is reasonably priced. Weighing at around 6 lbs, it cannot be categorized as a portable machine. The laptop is brimming with features such as a big 15.6” HD screen, larger storage space, Blu-Ray drive and a good array of input/output ports. The dazzling screen rendering a 1080p HD resolution, a full-sized keyboard, a discrete graphics card and superior multimedia capabilities make the Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 an ideal choice for gaming enthusiasts, students and people who want a computer for their regular dose of entertainment.

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About the author

Will Blears

As a teenager I watched all of my friends playing the latest games on their high spec gaming computers. Meanwhile, I didn't even have a computer or an internet connection - that is until I realised I could build my own computer. Since that day, I've been a complete computer geek, a gaming fanatic and a lover of everything digital.