- Editor's Rating
- Great casual gaming machine with discrete graphics
- Good battery life
- Blu-Ray optical drive
- Good keyboard and touchpad
- Click pad layout takes a bit of getting used to
- No docking socket or wedge battery
Quick TakeThe IdeaPad Y580 is not only a beautifully styled laptop, it also offers great performance in just about every area.
The Lenovo ThinkPad is the go-to notebook for business users. But what about everyone else? What about consumers who just want a functional laptop that doesn\’t compromise performance for style or price? Lenovo hopes to have them covered with its IdeaPad brand, particularly its latest 15-inch notebook PC, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y580.
With all the hype surrounding Ultrabooks, it\’s refreshing to see a standard notebook. According to NotebookRevew, the IdeaPad Y580 has a \”somewhat less macho image and approach compared to the ThinkPad,\” with \”softer looking and attractive\” materials, as well as \”a lack of business-oriented features such as a docking station or wedge battery.\” Unlike Ultrabooks, the Y580\’s standard design makes it easy to access RAM and other components, making this notebook relatively easy to upgrade. The Y580 also has a decent number of ports, including VGA, HDMI, USB 3.0 (x3), USB 2.0, headphone, Multicard, and a Blu-Ray drive.
The glossy 1080p display is \”one of the better ones\” despite the fact that it \”suffers from color shift at extreme viewing angles\” of about 45 degrees and potential glare issues. The JBL speakers \”put out excellent sounding audio.\”
The unit NBR tested was \”tricked out\” with an Intel Core i7 chipset and NVIDIA graphics, as well as 8GB of RAM, so the IdeaPad Y580 performed very well on benchmark testing, and lasted a full 6 hours and 30 minutes during battery testing, which is among the best in its class. It\’s ideal for casual and semi-intensive gaming. Of course, the standard Y580 with Intel integrated graphics and a Core i5 won\’t perform as well as this review unit, but should be fine for day-to-day tasks and mildly intensive office work.
All that combines to make the Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 a \”beautifully styled laptop\” that \”offers great performance in just about every area.\” It is ideal for media consumption thanks to its better than expected display, terrific speakers, and Blu-Ray drive. The caveat here is that this is for the upgraded system that retails for $1,099 at the time of the review. Less expensive configurations are available, but those will not offer the same top-note performance.