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Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 Laptop Review

Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 Laptop Review


The Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 is an affordable 15-inch laptop with good entertainment features. Available in three bright colors (brushed metal, vivid white and red) and varied configurations, the Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 excels in beauty, as well as performance.   The main features are 3rd generation Intel Core i processors, 8GB memory and powerful integrated graphics card that delivers superior multimedia performance and great computing abilities. Weighing around 5.8lbs, the Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 is also an ideal laptop for a frequent traveler.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 Laptop DetailsTheLenovo IdeaPad Z580 is equipped with good system components that deliver balanced multimedia performance and good performance in other computing tasks such as word processing and surfing the Web. The Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 has a 3rd generation Intel Core i series processor (i3-3110M / i5-3210M/ i7-3520), up to 8GB DDR3 memory and integrated Intel® HD graphics 4000 processor. The laptops offer a good number of I/O ports which includes 2 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 VGA port, 1 HDMI port, 1 PCIe slot, a headphone jack, a microphone jack and 1 RJ-45 Ethernet port.

Lenovo has also provided a 5-card reader in the IdeaPad Z580.   The Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 is available in different configurations with different hard drive storage capacities- 500GB, 750GB and 1TB.  All hard drives have the same RPM- 5400. Other important components in Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 are a 15.6″ backlit LED HD display with 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio, 1.0MP HD fixed focus webcam and two options in the optical drive: a dual layer DVD burner and a Blu-ray disc drive. The Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 features a wide variety of connectivity options in the form of Ethernet, Intel Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The full-size keyboard has 6 rows of keys. The Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 is pre-loaded with Windows 8 and a variety of productivity and security applications.

Other Specifications

  • CPU:     3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i3-3110M (2.40GHz, 3MB Cache)/ 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-3210M (2.50GHz, 3MB Cache)/3rd Generation Intel® Core™ i7-3520 (2.90GHz, 4MB Cache)
  • OS: Windows 8
  • Memory: 6GB, 8GB (DDR3)Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 Laptop
  • Graphics: Intel® HD graphics 4000 (integrated)
  • Display: 15.6″ backlit LED HD display
  • WLAN: Ethernet NIC: 10/100M
  • DVD: Dual-layer DVD burner/ Blu-ray Disc drive
  • Dimensions (LXWxH):376 x 250 x 32.9mm

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Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 Laptop Top ViewPowered by the Intel Core i Series processors with clock speed above 2 GHz and up to 8GB memory, the Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 is capable of handling any computing task with great ease. Lenovo has provided options of three different capacities in the hard drive. 500GB is the lowest storage capacity, while the highest storage capacity HDD is 1TB.   The hard drive storage capacities offered are adequate to store your entire music collection and few HD movies. The 15.6” inch LED HD display is good for watching movies and videos. The two stereo speakers fitted in Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 and the Dolby Home Theater v4 PC audio technology integrated in the system deliver excellent surround sound.

The AccuType keyboard fitted in the Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 has well-rounded keys for accurate and comfortable typing. The Intelligent TouchPad is quite large in size and supports up to five-finger gestures. The HDMI output can be useful to connect your Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 to bigger displays to enhance your movie watching experience. The BootShield feature in Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 ensures that the booting time is short even after installing multiple applications.  The OneKey Theatre function in Lenovo allows the user to adjust sound settings and PC display for optimal entertainment experience.

The 720p HD webcam is ideal for video conferencing and casual chats with your friends and family.  The battery life is around five hours. The HD 4000 integrated graphics chip in Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 is two times faster than some low end-GPUs. The graphics performance of the HD 4000 is quite good in some modern games. The integrated graphics chip rolls out 30fps for Mass Effect 3 at a resolution of 366×768 pixels with all graphics options active and 4x filtering. The HD 4000 gives an average performance of 40fps in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim game at a resolution of 1280×720 pixels with disabled graphics options.


  • Design
  • Performance
  • Price



Sturdy construction
Stays cool
Good performance and graphics
Comfortable keyboard


Relatively dim screen
Not slim

The Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 is a value for money product.   The build quality is good, and the laptop has all the essential features that you find in the latest laptops. Lenovo has provided different options for storage space, memory, and optical disk drive. People who are budget conscious can go for a basic configuration of Lenovo IdeaPad Z580,  while people who want more in their laptops can choose a higher storage capacity HDD (1 TB), powerful processor (Intel Core i7)  and up to 8GB DDR3 memory. The Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 is an ideal laptop for people who want some entertainment, casual gaming and easy multitasking while on the move.

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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.