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Ideapad: Style and usability come cheap

india Updated: Apr 12, 2011 18:23 IST
Rossi Fernandes
Rossi Fernandes
Hindustan Times

Lenovo’s new IdeaPad Z570 is a notebook that falls in the lower price bracket. In terms of configuration, the 15.6-inch IdeaPad isn’t too impressive. It only runs an Intel Core i3 2.1GHz processor with 3GB of memory and 64-bit Windows 7 Home Basic. Additionally, there’s 640 GB of storage and HDMI connectivity.

Though attractive, it’s not the slimmest of laptops and is by no means lightweight. Finer aspects of the design can be seen when you open the lid.

Lacking grunt
The hard disk’s isn’t particularly fast, so don’t expect huge data transfers at lightning-quick speeds. Graphics performance doesn’t impress either. Thankfully, 1080p videos run smoothly and HDMI connectivity means that you can play movies from the laptop on a large screen TV.

The screen is bright and vibrant. Colour rendition is natural too. But the viewing angles are poor. Audio quality is decent but the speakers aren’t very loud. Even when running high-end apps and games, we noticed no heating on the top surface. There is some heating on the lower surface, which is noticeable when you place the notebook on your lap.

Other than that, the Z570 is quiet and cool. The battery life test using our stringent battery drain method went pretty well too. The 6-cell battery powered the laptop on for 1 hour and 19 minutes, which, isn’t excellent, but is still good for a laptop in this price range.

The IdeaPad Z570 sells for Rs 33,190, which makes it easily one of the more affordable laptops around. This IdeaPad has a lot going for it. It might not be a workhorse and you most definitely will not be playing games like Crysis on it. One thing’s for sure though, it has a ton of features that matter, a good design, and for the majority of the tasks that you'll need it to do, it will serve you well.

Rating: ***1/2