Lenovo IdeaPad G570 review
A great all-rounder with surprising power, plenty of stamina and a nice keyboard – all for an enticing price
Review Date: 10 Aug 2011
Reviewed By: Sasha Muller
Price when reviewed: £333 (£400 inc VAT)
Features & Design
Value for Money
It’s rare that budget laptops inflame the passions at PC Pro, but when a full-sized laptop costs only £400 we’re willing to make an exception. Lenovo’s IdeaPad G570 delivers its first surprise the moment you slip it from its box. Lenovo has infused the contoured, dark-brown lid with a subtle silver sparkle, and the keyboard’s brushed-metal surround also looks the part.
It’s the same keyboard as that of the IdeaPad Z570, so the Scrabble-tile keys have a scooped-out profile and a light, crisp action that makes the Lenovo perfectly comfortable to work on. Even the small touchpad is excellent, providing smooth cursor control and a pair of discrete buttons.
As you’d probably expect, build quality isn’t the match of pricier competitors. The predominantly plastic chassis feels a little hollow when you tap on it and, while the base gives only under duress, we didn’t have to press particularly hard on the lid before it fouled the LCD panel inside and showed through on the display. It’s no worse than many budget laptops, but a decent sleeve will be a worthy purchase if you work on the move.
The upside is that at 2.42kg it’s very light, and with no dedicated graphics to sap the Lenovo’s battery, the IdeaPad G570 clocked an impressive 6hrs 15mins of light-use battery life before giving up the ghost.
The lack of dedicated graphics restricts the Lenovo to more basic games: it managed only 12fps in our Medium Crysis test, but the Core i3 processor has no such issue with other Windows applications. Despite lacking the Turbo Boost of pricier Core i5 CPUs, an overall benchmark result of 0.59 proves it still has plenty of power at its disposal.
If there’s one minor weakness in the IdeaPad G570, it’s the screen. Despite being one of the brightest on test, the greyish blacks rob images of the depth and solidity we see on better models. It isn’t a terminal fault, however, and the natural colour reproduction and high brightness partially make up for the poor 171:1 contrast ratio.
It’s always easy to pick fault with budget laptops, and although the IdeaPad G570 lacks some of the niceties of other models here, it has it where it counts. For a very tempting price it packs Core i3 performance into an unusually refined laptop.
Author: Sasha Muller
Crummy screen and its on the A-List!
Should a 15" laptop with screen resolution fit for a netbook or phone really be on the A-List? Dell only charge ~£40 for a high resolution screen, so cost is no excuse.
By tirons1 on 10 Aug 2011
I don't know where you're getting this £40 figure from. If you could post a link to a £400 Dell laptop which has a Full-HD upgrade available for £40, I'd be very interested to see it!
By SashaMuller on 10 Aug 2011
Thanks for a very helpful review Sasha. I know you say that the display is the weak point. Just how weak? I am a photographer and wish to use it for photo editing. Am I wasting my time with this? What is the sharpness like, and are their options to configure the display settings such as contrast, saturation, hue etc?? Many thanks.
By jrp773 on 10 Aug 2011
Sorry, forget to say before, is the display in the G570 the same as in the Z570? Just wondering if it is worth getting the next model up if the display is really awful in this one. Thanks.
By jrp773 on 10 Aug 2011
Price has dropped!
This is a awesome Laptop and it has now come down to £499 on Amazon! Grab a Bargain! - http://amzn.to/r5dMjx
By weeweeman on 13 Aug 2011
Check the model number...
The one you link to is the M513ZUK; the one PC Pro reviewed was the M5134UK. Check the model range at (for example) http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/products/keywords/g
By JohnGray7581 on 13 Aug 2011
Lenovo Edge 525
Just bought one of these with an amd A8-3500 should be around the same performance as this but with good enough graphics for games etc. along with better battery life etc. got to be a contender?
By Phill20 on 27 Oct 2011
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