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Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 Review and Specification

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 is a solid home entertainment laptop which is good for casual gaming as well. It has a conflict metal screen lid with a funky dot-pattern to lend the IdeaPad Y570 an air of premiums on the appearance, while the Laptop’s gunmetal gray deck with black keys feels good on the eyes. The IdeaPad Y570 exactly isn’t easy to carry around for a 15-inch home entertainment laptop, weighing just under 3-kg.


The 15.6-inch Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 is wrapped in a sturdy brushed aluminum shell and sports a cool “dot matrix” textured surface on the lid. The notebook has a smooth design throughout the rest of the notebook, and the screen perfection is glossy to include a hint of style. The exterior color is a mix between metallic gray and a plum color … but in the right light it almost looks like it’s a shade of purple. The notebook weighs in at almost six pounds and its dimensions are 15.1 x 10.0 x 1.40 inches.Overall, the Y570 is decently built and the finish will help prevent common scratches. While pressing down on the chassis you’ll find that it holds strong, but if you press hard enough it will give in a few spots. Bending the corners of the display does not create ripples, but the display bows under pressure. The hinges are covered in plastic and appear to be run of the mill.Loosen six screws to reach the memory, hard drive, and wireless card slot. The notebook can hold up to 8GB of DDR3 SDRAM (two SO DIMM slots). The base cover is extremely easy to eliminate and you can easily reach all of the main components if you want to upgrade your laptop.


The Y570 has a 15.6-inch "HD Glare" 720p display. The "HD glare" is part is certainly just a complicated way of saying that the notebook can display HD content on a very glossy screen; I can see my reflection perfectly when the back-light is dimmed. Anyway, the contrast ratio measures in at about 148:1, which is below average for entertainment and multimedia notebooks; the display will surface washed out when compared to other displays that have higher resolutions and contrast ratings. The panel on this notebook really isn't anything special. On the upside, the backlighting is very even. Viewing angles are the same as every other TN panel, just average. If you tilt the display backward or forward the viewing angles are very narrow, but from side to side they're a lot better. Watching a video with a friend next to you should be no problem.


The Lenovo IdeaPad Y570-0862 24U runs on a 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M dual core CPU with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 and 3MB cache. The system comes with a single 4GB DDR3 memory module, and it has two memory slots supporting up to 8GB memory. The IdeaPad has switchable graphics: Intel HD graphics 3000 and NVIDIA GeForce 550M dedicated graphics with 1GB memory. The IdeaPad Y570 comes with a 500GB 5400RPM hard drive, and you can opt for a 750GB drive. The IdeaPad Y570 comes with a special DVD/CD combo and again, you can choose a higher model with Blu-ray and DVD combo drive for more money. The higher end IdeaPad Y570-0862 28U also comes with a 64GB SSD with RapidBoot technology in addition to a 750GB hard drive.


The NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M is a mid-range graphics card, means the machine will be enable to handle most modern games well as long as the graphics settings are turned down to "medium" or even "low" in some cases. The Y570 scored over 9200 points in the 3DMark06 gaming benchmark. Playing 1080p video is also not be a problem, and multi-tasking particular programs at once should be a breeze thanks to the dual-core second-gen Intel Core i5 CPU. Overall, these are good specifications for a multimedia notebook; not to mention the "perks" such as USB 3.0, a physical graphics switch on the front, and may be most importantly, the price range. Another interesting fact about this notebook is that the GeForce GT 555M is a 3D-ready graphics card, but since the display doesn't have a 3D emitter you'll need to connect it to a 3D monitor or HDTV via the HDMI cable.

Keyboard and Touchpad

The Y570 has a true full-size Chiclets-style keyboard with a separate number-pad. Typing on the Y570 might take some getting used to if you’re not familiar with large keyboards with a bunch of extra spacing — your hands may miss the keys by a centimeter or two, especially if you’re a fast typer.The keys are spaced out more than usual even for it being Chiclets-style. They’re also curved inward slightly, mostly for comfort because the keys are made to fit the natural curve of human fingers. It's especially true for the enter key; for some reason, Lenovo designed it so that it’s a lot smaller than typical. That’s not to say that I didn’t have a good typing experience, though. Not many typos were made and the keyboard is actually very comfortable; we just wanted to point out that some users might have to become accustomed to the size and spacing of the keys. The Synaptic touchpad is flexibility to help move your finger across the region. This is a multi-gesture and has only one button,snd two hot spots on this button. This leads to difficulties in the pressure in the appropriate place, without looking, because the bar itself is so big and hard. However, this is another thing that people should get used to. Using the Touch Pad is not a problem if it is a sensitive and to move the cursor, is good, even if you have moisture on your fingers.


The Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 ships with Windows 7 Home Premium and a suite of Lenovo system tools and utilities for system backup, by using the webcam and more. Lenovo bundles CyberLink’s YouCam 3.0 software which functions as your regular video chat software as well as turning the webcam into a video surveillance recorder. There is also an ooVoo link if you want to use their video chat service. The system also comes with VeriFace 3.6 that lets you use your face as a login tool. Other tools from Lenovo include OneKey Rescue for system backups, recovery and recovery disc creation, Energy Management Software 5.0 and Lenovo OneKey Theater II audio-visual optimizer. CyberLink Power2Go 5 is included for making DVDs and MS Office Starter 2010 is also on the system. For security, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 comes with McAfee VirusScan Plus.Lenovo takes fast boot times very seriously. The notebook times boot time and if you experienced a slow boot, it will offer you to do some tweaking with the Lenovo EE Boot Optimizer software onboard to optimize your boot time, though ironically the optimization takes quite a bit of time to finish the process, and you have to reboot your computer repeatly for it to take effect. The process shaved off 10 seconds from boot up time in our test.

Battery life

The IdeaPad Y570 has a 6-cell, 62Whr Li-ion battery. To find out how long a notebook can last away from a power source, we set Windows 7 on the ”balanced” power profile, turn the screen brightness down to 70 percent, turn wireless on and refresh a text-heavy web page every 60 seconds. We were expecting for it to last an hour or so longer, but if you turn the screen brightness down even more, we’re confident that the Y570 will surpass the five hour mark.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 Specification:

  • Laptop type : Mainstream
  • Width : 15.16 inches
  • Depth : 10.04 inches
  • Thickness : 1.41 inches
  • Weight : 5.95 pounds
  • Color : Black / Silver / Brown
  • Operating system : Windows 7
  • Display Technology : LED
  • Display Size : 15.6 inches
  • Aspect Ratio : 16:9
  • Resolution : 1366x768
Processor Info
  • Brand : Intel
  • Family : Sandy Bridge
  • Model : Core i7-2920XM
  • Cores : 4
  • Clockspeed : 2.5 GHz
  • Turbo clockspeed : 3.5 GHz
Multimedia Details
  • Graphics type : Switchable
  • Integrated GPU brand : Intel
  • Integrated GPU model : HD Graphics 3000
  • Base discrete GPU brand : Nvidia
  • Discrete GPU model : GeForce 555M
  • Dedicated VRAM size : 1 GB
Memory Details
  • RAM Included : 8 GB
  • RAM Possible : 8 GB
  • RAM Type : DDR3
  • RAM Speed : 1,333 MHz
  • Memory Details : DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz
Storage Space
  • Options : HDD (5400RPM), HDD (7200RPM), Flash Memory (SSD)
  • Base drive type : HDD (5400RPM)
  • Base drive capacity : 250 GB
  • Max. config HDD: 1000 GB
  • Max. config SSD : 64 GB
  • Max. config Hybrid : 1064 GB
  • Speakers : 2
  • Surround sound : Yes
  • Audio brand : JBL, SRS Premium Surround Sound
  • Effective pixels : 2 megapixels
Port options
  • USB : 3
  • Combo eSATA / USB : 1
  • Ethernet : 1
  • Ethernet type : 10/100/1000 (Gigabit)
  • VGA : 1
  • HDMI : 1
  • 3.5mm headphone : 1
  • 3.5mm line-in / microphone : 1
  • Wi-Fi : Yes
  • Wi-Fi options : 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
  • 802.11n frequencies : 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth : Optional
  • Bluetooth version : 2.1 + EDR
  • Size : 6 cell
  • Removable : Yes
  • Quoted time : 4 hr


Powerful laptop include with 2nd gen Intel i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, 720GB HDD, and many newer versions of the ports, consider this Lenovo Ideapad Y570 08626KU carefully if you look for an affordable multimedia laptop with great specs.

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