Lenovo IdeaPad V570 Review

Introduction

Lenovo’s IdeaPad V570 is an inexpensive laptop with expensive internals. It features Intel’s second generation Core i5-2410M CPU, based on the Sandy Bridge architecture. Paired with 6GB of DDR3 RAM, the specifications promise great performance. Let’s see if it delivers!

Detailed specifications

The Lenovo IdeaPad V570 has an Intel Core i5-2410M CPU, 6144MB of DDR3 1333Mhz (PC3-10700) RAM manufactured by Samsung, and a 5400RPM Western Digital hard drive with 640GB of storage space. The display runs at 1366×768. Here is the data from GPU-Z and CPU-Z:

Packaging and Documentation

The laptop was very efficiently packaged. The battery, power cord, and power adapter were in their own separate box, while the laptop was simply suspending between two things of Styrofoam at the ends, and covered in a protective plastic anti-static bag. There was of course plastic covering each surface, and a layer in between the display and keyboard. It did not shift when shaken. And no, I didn’t do a drop test to see how effective the packaging was. ;)

The included documentation is very good, with instructions for replacing hard drive, RAM, and more. There weren’t too many typos or grammatical mistakes.

Ports, Connectivity, and Networking

The IdeaPad V570 has a good assortment of ports. On the left side, there is: power port, VGA port, HDMI port, eSATA/USB combo port, and another USB port. On the front of the laptop is a SD Card Reader. On the right side of the laptop are the Ethernet port, a USB port, Disc drive, another USB port, and the microphone and headphone jacks.

There are plenty of ports on this computer, and the way the USB ports are spaced out is nice. However, I would have liked to see a DVI port instead of a VGA port.

This computer has many ways to connect to the internet. It’s got Gigabit Ethernet (powered by a Realtek chip), and an Intel 6150 wireless card built in, which is responsible for WLAN networking at 300/150Mbps Down and Up respectively, and the 4G WiMAX Mobile Broadband connectivity at 28/8Mbps speeds download and upload respectively. However, the mobile broadband does require an expensive subscription with a compatible carrier (the SIM chip slides in under the battery). This laptop also has Intel’s Wireless Display function, meaning you can stream video wirelessly if you’ve got a compatible receiver attached to your TV. This sort of makes up for the lack of a DVI port. Unfortunately, Lenovo decided not to include a Bluetooth module, which would have been nice to have given all the other wireless options on this computer.

Keyboard and Mouse

The Lenovo IdeaPad V570 has a Chiclet keyboard with a full number pad. Unfortunately, this scrunches up some of the key, (for example the arrow keys are very thing and narrow). Also, the NumLock key is right next to the slightly shortened Backspace key, which makes for a somewhat annoying typing experience if you use the Backspace key a lot.

Other than those two minor annoyances the keyboard on the IdeaPad V570 is wonderful. The keys have a decent amount of travel and they do not feel gooey like some cheaper ones do. However, they do make distinctive clicking sounds, so if you want silent typing this is not the laptop for you.

The touchpad on the V570 is wonderful. The surface is slightly textured but it does not feel rough on your fingers, (even after extended use), and there is no drag when you slide your finger across it. The buttons are very nice and quiet, but they do not feel squishy and cheap at all.

Performance

Finally I’m going to get to the fun part of this review…

First, I’ll run a few benchmarks.

First I will use NovaBench to get some hard data on the raw performance of each portion of my computer. It also outputs a number but the raw performance data is more useful. Here is a screenshot of the NovaBench results:

Next Up, Cinebench. Cinebench is a real-world cross platform test suite that evaluates your computer’s performance capabilities.

Cinebench 11.5 64-bit:

OpenGL test: 9.28FPS. (reference: ATI Radeon 4850 earned 32.26FPS)

CPU test: 2.52 Points. (reference: Intel Core i7-860 earned 5.06 points)

And, of course, what would a computer be without some sort of results generated by Futuremark software. In this review, I used PCMark and 3DMark. The Lenovo IdeaPad V570 got a 3DMark score of 4500 on the tests.

PCMark has some interesting information. You can see it here:

MORE STUFF ABOUT PERFORMANCE HERE

Lenovo Software

Bloatware. Everybody hates it and everybody who buys a pre-built desktop or laptop system ends up with it…But Lenovo took it to the extreme. Here is a picture of the System Tray on the first boot of the PC:

Included software: As you can see, they load it up with McAfee Anti-Virus. But it’s not even a trial version! It just wants you to activate immediately! Basically that means that the included copy of McAfee is completely useless unless you pay for it. I immediately uninstalled it and installed Comodo Internet Security Premium. The issue with the way Lenovo set up their software is that each little piece of software has its own tray icon, including Energy Management, VeriFace, BioExcess (the software for the fingerprint management), Realtek HD Audio Manager, two different icons for Intel Wireless stuff, etc. Other than that, the included software seems to work quite well and it’s not too ugly.

The only problem I had with Lenovo software was EE Boot Optimizer. After running it, my computer would not get past the Please Wait… thing right before the login screen.  Holding down the power button and then turning the laptop back on fixed the problem.

Here is what the Boot Optimizer looks like:

Physical Appearance and sturdiness (and some other random images)

The laptop feels rather sturdy. However, it’s also very heavy, so I feel that dropping it could severely damage it. It does have “APS”. Which parks the hard drive when it detects motion in order to protect the drive, but I still think the laptop casing could easily crack or bend.

Here are some random pictures of it:

Conclusion

The Lenovo IdeaPad V570 is a fast and well-built laptop. It can even run some games (such as Grand Theft Auto San Andreas) very well. However, the keyboard is not very good for gaming. This laptop is a great desktop replacement, but due to its size and weight it would not be good for a frequent traveler. Click here to discuss this review in our forum!

Scoring

Quality:9/10

Performace: 9/10

Gaming: 8.5/10

Features: 9/10

Value: 9.5/10

Final Score: 9/10

Review Sample Source: purchased for personal use at Best Buy