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Lenovo Ideapad Y580 Reivew, Spces and Price

Lenovo Ideapad Y580 Reivew, Spces and Price

June 27, 2012 10:28 am0 comments

Having finally been released today, we decided that it was time that somebody voiced their initial thoughts on the new state-of-the-art Lenovo IdeaPad Y580. A lot of buzz is being generated over this model, because it is both gaming friendly and doesn’t burn a giant hole in your pocket as a result of it. The model that we are reviewing had an Intel Core i7-3610QM quad core processor, an impressive Nvidia GTX 660M graphics card, an acceptable 8 GB of RAM, and a roomy 1 TB hard drive. After, all of this was made available for the incredibly low price of $889. Rather than going for a full HD 1920 X 1080 screen, to keep costs down, we opted for the 1366 x 768 screen which is still impressive.

Lenovo Ideapad Y580 Review

Detail Specs: (Price: $949)

  • Processor: 2.3 GHz  Intel i7-3610QM
  • RAM: 4GB DDR3 1600MHz (up to 8GB)
  • Hard Drive: 1TB 5400rpm or 7200rpm
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 660m (2Gb GDDR5)
  • Display: 1080p 15.6” FHD LED Glare (1920×1080 or 1366 x 768)
  • Optical drive: Bluray Rambo (Burn bluray disk)
  • USB: 2 x USB 3.0 2 x USB 2.0
  • Windows® 7 Home Premium 64 bit
  • Up to 5 hours with 6-cell battery
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We took a video shot of the Y580 wherein we took a tour the laptop and discussed some of the features and design characteristics.

Where ergonomics and aesthetics are concerned, the IdeaPad Y580 is a very attractive notebook. It has brushed metal finish and a versatile yet rugged shell. The shell itself is a mixture of plastic, and metals, which makes it so that it doesn’t seem to flimsy. As the plastic is fairly rigid, you do not have to worry about a creaking or bending when you put some weight on it. In addition, true to its gamer origins, the keyboard is backlit, making it usable in dimly lit rooms. If you want to enhance the appearance of the laptop even further, you can just take off the stickers. There are far too many stickers on his laptop when you buy it initially, which makes it seem as if you are buying a NASCAR racer rather than a laptop. You’ll need to kill the stickers carefully to ensure that there is no residue left.

Moving on, where performance is concerned, the laptop performs admirably well. Because of its Nvidia GTX660M graphics card, it fares far better than its predecessor which had the Nvidia 640M LE graphics card.

When compared with other laptops in the Y series, the IdeaPad Y580 shined like a star. It got a PC Vantage score of 9256. This is far better than the IdeaPad Y570 or their little brother the IdeaPad Y480.

Lenovo Y580 PCMark score

PCMarks Vantage:

Lenovo Y yeries PCMark Vantage Score
Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 (Intel Core i7-3610QM, Nvidia GTX 660M, 5400RPM HD, 8GB RAM) 9,256 PCMarks
Lenovo IdeaPad Y570  (Intel Core i7-2670QM, Nvidia 555M 1GB, 5400RPM HD, 8GB RAM) 8,771 PCMarks
Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 (Intel Core i7-3610QM, NVIDIA 640M LE, 5400RPM HD, 8GB RAM) 8,634 PCMarks
Lenovo IdeaPad Y470p (Intel Core i5-2450m, AMD 7690M, 5400RPM HD, 6GB RAM) 6,727 PCMarks


Lenovo Y580 3DMark score

3DMark Vantage – Measures 3D graphics performance:

Lenovo Y yeries 3DMark Vantage
Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 (Intel Core i7-3610QM, Nvidia GTX 660M, 5400RPM HD, 8GB RAM) 9,305
Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 (Intel Core i7-3610QM, NVIDIA 640M LE, 5400RPM HD, 8GB RAM) 5,587
HP Envy 17-3000, Intel Core i7-2670QM, AMD 7690M, 7200RPM HD, 6GB RAM) 6,970

3D performance is where the laptop really set itself apart. It far overtook its predecessor the Y 480, as the 580 was designed solely with the intention of being a gaming laptop.

One drawback of the Y580 is its storage. While it has ample room, its hard drive is only 5400 RPM, which is far outdated in today’s predominantly 7200 RPM world. This is easily remedied if you opt for an SSD hard drive or an mSATA SSD. Overall, this would definitely enhance response times, usability, and overall value of the laptop. Unfortunately, Lenovo does not offer this service in-house, so you will need to do it after market.

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