- Editor's Rating
- Nice design
- Good performance
- Solid keyboard
- Well priced
- Low screen resolution
- Slight fan whine
Quick TakeThe Z580 represents a great value thanks to a combination of good build quality, good performance, and six hour battery life.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 may not be the most exciting machine on the market, but it\’s an affordable well-crafted desktop replacement. Its low costs, key features, and solid performance make it the perfect option for families and students on a budget.
Being a budget machine you may not expect the Z580 to have a slick design, but this machine breaks the mold with an aluminum palm and lid. The frame also feels exceptionally sold for a laptop in the $500-$750 price range. Lenovo\’s \’Chiclet\’ style keyboard is another standout for this machine, as the keys have plenty of travel and provide ample tactile feedback. The Z580 also boast better than expected performance providing plenty of power (though sometimes sluggish), with its large 750GB hard drive and built-in optical drive. In fact the only application this notebook isn\’t suited for is gaming (due to the low-end integrated Intel graphics).
With all of the solid features in this machine it is easy to forget that it\’s a budget machine, cutbacks need to be made and where that is most notable is in the display. The device\’s 15.6-inch display, supports the lowest resolution available on modern notebooks, 1366 x 768; meaning you\’ll be doing fair bit of scrolling on web pages. Another noticeable drawback of the Z580 is its noise. The machine has a single fan that pushes warm air out of the left side of the chassis. While the device certainly does its job it emits a slight whine. Being that the fan is constantly running this can become a bit of an annoyance.
The Z580 may not be the most beautiful machine with its low end resolution, but the strong performance and sturdy design more than make up for that downfall. This is the perfect machine for people on a low budget who are looking for utility; this machine will get the job done.