- Editor's Rating
- Solid specs
- Comfortable keyboard
- Bulky design
- Questionable durability
- Limited battery life
Quick TakeThe Lenovo G580 is a hulking giant with surprising grace. Its bulky design is offset by its strong performance and quality keyboard.
The Lenovo G580 is a budget notebook with a bulky design but strong performance. It’s clear the device is designed on a budget with a glossy black plastic cover. Yet, the device sports a 2.5 GHz Intel i5-3210m processor, Intel HD Graphics 4000 and 4GB RAM. The notebook is priced at $500 at the time of the review.
The G580 is 14.8 x 9.65 x 1.35-inches and weighs 5.37 pounds, making it bulky and difficult to travel with. It has a thick bottom chassis that gives with minimal pressure. The display also gives considerably with light pressure causing noticeable rippling in the screen. These elements led NotebookReview to note the G580 to have “serious durability concerns.” The device also has questionable hinges and NBR noted one of the hinges on the model it tested was broken. NBR found the build makes the G580 fine as a stationary device, but noted users who want to travel may want to look elsewhere.
NBR noted the G580 comes with an impressive amount of connectivity for the price and noted the ports, including an audio/microphone jack, optical drive, USB 2.0, two USB 3.0, HDMI, Ethernet and VGA ports, are spaced out well.
The device has a 15.6-inch backlit LED screen with 100 dpi resolution, which NBR found provides a “solid viewing experience,” with a crisp, clear image and solid contrast. The display has generous horizontal viewing angles but poor vertical viewing angles. NBR noted “solid sound quality” and noticed no distortion at 100 percent volume. The G580 comes with a full-sized Chiclet style keyboard with a full number pad. NBR found the keyboard provides consistent tactile feedback, however the chassis that holds the keyboard is prone to flexing when extreme pressure is applied. There is no indent for the touchpad, rather it seamlessly blends with the hand-rest, but has a textured surface with braised bumps. NBR found the touchpad to be “more than serviceable,” but noted the lack of clear distinction between the touchpad and the hand-rest could cause confusion. There are dedicated right and left mouse keys on the bottom of the touchpad area.
The G580’s processor and graphics provide what NBR calls an “acceptable level” of performance, especially considering the price point of the device. NBR found the G580 “easily tackles basic computing functions” and does an admirable job multitasking, but struggles with visually intensive processes. The notebook is quiet and gives off some heat but is comfortable to use as a literal lap top. The G580 has poor battery life, with the battery lasting two hours and 47 minutes in NBR testing.
Overall, NBR noted that if users can look past the design of the device, it offers good performance for its price point. It is better used as a stationary device, considering its durability concerns. NBR was impressed with the keyboard, specs and price, but noted issues with the design, durability and battery life.