The Bottom Line
Oct 27 2011 - Lenovo may not have updated much of the appearance of the IdeaPad Z570, but with pricing under $600 it offers some unique features. The most notable of these is the NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M graphics that give this system the ability to be used for casual PC gaming or benefiting applications such as Photoshop. The keyboard design is also one of the best available. Buyers will have to put up with a few annoyances however. All of the software included makes the system seem to take forever to boot. The added graphics also reduce the battery life slightly below the average in this class.
- Dedicated Graphics Processor
- eSATA Port
- Excellent Keyboard With Numeric Pad
- Case Shows Smudges And Fingerprints Easily
- Battery Life A Bit Below Average
- Lots Of Software Causing Performance Issues
- Intel Core i3-2310M Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
- 500GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 15.6" WXGA (1366x768) LED Backlit Display With VGA Webcam
- NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M Dedicated Graphics With 1GB Memory
- Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless
- Three USB 2.0, eSATA (Shared), HDMI, VGA, 5-in-1 Card Reader
- 14.8" x 9.8" x 1.4" @ 5.7 lbs.
- Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter
Review - Lenovo IdeaPad Z570
Oct 27 2011 - Lenovo's IdeaPad Z570 is a minor update to their past Z560 series models. The exterior for the most part remains unchanged. This is good for items like the keyboard which Lenovo has always excelled at even with the new isolated designs. The exterior could still use some work though as it is a fingerprint and smudge magnet.
The big update to the IdeaPad Z570 is the move to the second generation Intel Core i series processor. For the budget minded version I'm looking at today, that translates to the i3-2310M dual core processor. This is one of the base models of this processor that provides sufficient performance for the majority of tasks consumers have. It is only in more demanding tasks such as desktop video that the processor will be bogged down and be slower than a true quad core or more expensive Core i5 dual core processor. The 4GB of DDR3 memory is fairly typical of a laptop priced under $600 and provides it with smooth enough experience with Windows 7.
Storage features on the Lenovo IdeaPad Z570 are pretty common of a low cost laptop. It comes equipped with a 500GB hard drive that should provide enough storage for applications, data and media files. If you do need additional space, it is easy to add a high speed external drive thanks to the included eSATA port that is shared with one of the USB 2.0 ports. This is a nice alternative to the new USB 3.0 standard and is still better than most budget laptops that don't have either style port. A dual layer DVD burner handles playback and recording of CD or DVD media.
While most budget laptops rely on integrated graphics, Lenovo has managed to include a dedicated graphics card on this model of IdeaPad Z570. It is powered by an NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M graphics processor with 1GB of DDR3 memory. Now, this isn't going to be a powerhouse when it comes to 3D graphics but it does offer performance for at least casual PC gaming at lower resolution and detail levels, something that the Intel HD Graphics 3000 is still not quite capable of. Another advantage to having a dedicated graphics processor is the ability to enhance performance in applications such as Photoshop.
Lenovo uses a standard six cell battery pack with a 48WHr capacity rating that is typical to most 15-inch laptops. In DVD playback testing, the laptop was able to run for just over two and a quarter hours. This is slightly below average but it does feature the dedicated graphics which will draw slightly higher power. It should still be able to achieve nearly four hours in more typical usage.
Unfortunately, Lenovo has succumbed to the problem of preinstalled software within its consumer products. There are a large number of adware and trialware style applications that are installed and that load on boot. This actually decreases the overall performance of the laptop particular when it is booted up. It is advised that users spend some time removing any unwanted applications to help improve the performance and the overall experience of this laptop.