Performance and Benchmarks
The IdeaPad Z560 offers fairly good performance, even with an assortment of low to mid-range components. Our review system included a Core i3-350M processor, 3 GB of DDR3 memory, and a 500 GB, 5400 RPM hard drive. At the time of this review, only Intel HD integrated graphics are offered with the Z560, although NVIDIA graphics are an option on the smaller Z360.
For average daily use the system was more than capable and responded quickly to commands. Boot times could have been improved with a faster hard drive or SSD, but for a budget-oriented system it was pretty fast. The system had no trouble handling office productivity applications or watching HD videos. The Core-i3 processor and GMA HD graphics proved to be more than capable for decoding locally-played 720P and 1080P video and streaming HD content from YouTube and Hulu. The one area this system didn’t perform well in was gaming , which was expected without a dedicated graphics card.
wPrime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance):
PCMark05 measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):
PCMark Vantage measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark06 measures gaming performance (higher scores mean better performance):