Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Review: Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 – A value for money companion for everyday computing!

For: Build Quality, Looks, Screen
Against: Touch Pad

The Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 is an affordable everyday computing laptop featuring a 3rd gen 2.4 GHz Core i3 processor coupled with 3MB cache, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB HDD, 15.6 inch LED display,  Intel HD Graphics 4000 and pre-installed Windows 8 operating system. This particular model (59-383215) is available in white color. All this configuration is available for Rs. 34,000.

Design, Build Quality & Display

The Z series of Lenovo IdeaPad is known for its mid-range entertainment laptops. The Z580 is a perfect laptop for all those movie buffs. The IdeaPad Z580 is made of fine quality glossy plastic panels. White color gives it a premium look. The overall build quality is quite decent. I did not find the screen panel to be flimsy. The no non-sense design of the Z580 pleases all and offends none.  The design will be preferred by all consumers who prefer no frills patterns based design on laptop. It’s quite heavy at 2.7KGs but considering its footprint of 376 x 250 x 35.5 mm justifies the weight.

The IdeaPad Z580 has a 15.6 inch LED display offering resolution of 1366 x 768 Pixels. Screen quality is brilliant. The images and videos looks crisp and watching movies on it will be a nice experience. On the outer panel there is a plain Lenovo logo placed on the upper left section. There is a 1.0 Megapixel HD Webcam which offers above average image/video quality.

Speakers, Ports, Keyboard/Touch Pad & Drives

One of the best part of this laptop is its Dolby Surround speakers which will enhance your movies experience. The inbuilt Dolby speakers sounds a lot better than many aftermarket USB speakers. The IdeaPad Z580 has two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI port and other basic necessary ports like LAN, Multicard slot, VGA port etc. It also has a DVD RW drive. The so called Smooth Glass Like Touchpad is not upto the mark. It failed to register input movements many times and seems to be unsynchronized with respect to user input. I am not sure if this is the case with all Z series or with this particular model. Touchpad supports five-finger gestures and provides easy scroll, zoom, and rotate functions.

The standard full size keyboard with number pad is nice to use and ergonomically comfortable. It comes with the Thermal Management System which regulates the fan-speed and maintains an optimized temperature. A one key recovery option is also provided for system recovery purposes. 

Performance, OS, Storage & Battery life.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 (59-383215) is powered by a 3rd gen 2.4 GHz Core i3 processor coupled with 3MB cache, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB HDD and Intel HD Graphics 4000. Motherboard is based on Mobile HM76 Express chipset. For general day to day computing, the performance is at par. For movies viewing etc, the Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics does the duty. There is no dedicated graphic card on this laptop. Medium games can be played without any issue but don’t expect to play graphic hungry games on this machine. On Windows Experience Index this machine scored a rating of 4.8. More or less it is an everyday computing and entertainment laptop.

It comes with pre-installed 64bit Windows 8 operating system. 4GB DDR3 RAM results in smooth Windows 8 performance. Memory can be expanded upto 8GB. It has a 500 GB hard disk spinning @5400 RPM. It would have been great if it came with 1TB HDD. 

There is hardly any overheating problem with this laptop. It is powered by a 6 cell battery which provides backup of 3+ hours under normal working conditions. It comes with only 1 year onsite warranty Accidental Damage Protection support.


For day to day computing and entertainment, the Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 has decent configurations.

Ratings (out of 5 stars)
Build Quality ****
Screen ****
Performance ***
Value for Money ****

Overall ****

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