Heat and Noise
The Z560 handled its thermal output quite well, using its size and low-end configuration to its advantage. Under the strain of back to back to back 3D benchmarks, the case temperature reached a peak of 88 degrees Fahrenheit. Under normal use the case temperatures warmed slightly above room temperature, with the fan staying off. Under higher loads the fan would occasionally turn on, but still stay at a very low speed to slowly bring cool air through the case.
For unplugged access in the classroom or away from home, the Z560 includes a 48Wh 6-cell battery. This capacity is average when compared to other multimedia systems on the market, although some brands may offer an extended battery as an option. In our battery test with the screen brightness reduced to 70%, wireless active, refreshing a webpage every 60 seconds, and Windows 7 set to the Balanced profile, the Z560 stayed on for 3 hours and 6 minutes. For a system with our configuration, this time was well below what we were hoping to measure.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Z560 offers the look and feel of a multimedia notebook, but at a lower price compared to the gaming oriented Y-series model. Offered in 13.3 and 15.6-inch sizes, the Z-series offers a wide range of configurations options to fit any buyer. Both models are offered with integrated or dedicated graphics options, although at the time of publishing this review only Intel HD graphics was an option for the Y560. Performance even with the lower-end Intel Core i3 processor was great and when combined with a super comfortable keyboard and touchpad the Z560 is a very nice all-around performer. Overall of you just need a system to handle the basics and still perform well to entertain, the Z560 is a perfect fit.
- Excellent keyboard and touchpad
- Stylish look and feel
- Very good build quality
- So-so battery life
- Low screen contrast