- Great balance of system performance and price
- Decent build quality
- Attractive design
- Very good audio
- Subpar display with too much gloss
- Stiff touchpad button
- Battery life could be better
Quick TakeThe 15.6-inch Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 is a great multimedia/entertainment laptop. If you're in the market for a notebook that can play HD movies and run most of the latest games for a fair price, consider the Y570.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 is a mid-range multimedia laptop with good performance. Users will be able to enjoy full 1080p video, play most games on low to mid settings, and multi-task with several applications at once. The Y570, overall, is a good consumer notebook without too many drawbacks. Models start at a decent price too – so be sure to check out our full review.?
Build and Design
The 15.6-inch Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 is encased in a sturdy brushed aluminum shell and sports a cool “dot matrix” textured surface on the lid. The notebook has a smooth design throughout the rest of the notebook, and the screen bezel is glossy to add a hint of style. The exterior color is a mix between metallic gray and a plum color … but in the right light it almost looks like it’s a shade of purple. The notebook weighs in at almost six pounds and its dimensions are?15.1 x 10.0 x 1.40 inches.
Overall, the Y570 is decently built and the finish will help prevent common scratches. While pressing down on the chassis you’ll find that it holds strong, but if you press hard enough it will give in a few spots. Bending the corners of the display does not create ripples, but the display bows under pressure. The hinges are covered in plastic and appear to be run of the mill.
Loosen six screws to reach the memory, hard drive, and wireless card slot. The notebook can hold up to 8GB of DDR3 SDRAM (two SO DIMM slots). The base cover is extremely easy to remove and you can easily reach all of the major components if you want to upgrade your laptop.
Ports and Features
The port selection on the Y570 is very expansive. Two USB 3.0 ports are available on select models and were included with our review unit; also included is a six-in-one memory card slot (SD, SD PRO, MMC, MS, MS PRO, xD), HDMI, VGA, eSATA, and two more USB 2.0 ports. A convenient graphics switch to manually switch back and forth between the NVIDIA graphics and Intel HD graphics is also included.?
Front: Activity lights, 6-in-1 memory card, GPU switch, Wi-Fi on/off switch
Left: VGA, HDMI, exhaust vent, Ethernet, eSATA/USB 2.0 combo, USB 2.0, mic jack, headphone jack?
Right: USB 3.0 (x2), optical drive, a/c power, lock slot