A budget desktop replacement
The team that gave us some of the best ever Lenovo gadgets is back with another laptop. Which has a very special kind of charm. And a lot of appeal. The name of this new toy to play with in your spare time: IdeaPad Z570-10249ZU. It comes with a price of $699.99 if you get it from Costco. The device sails in two categories: budget and desktop replacement. Performance on the whole is satisfying. Hard drive and memory are both the talk of town for such a cheap product. We’ll reveal more about it in this review.
Some design improvements
So begins our foray into the world of the IdeaPad Z570-10249ZU. It will be a smooth ride, because this laptop is certainly no failure. It can be said that, after some very quick investigation, this product is, in many ways, no different than the IdeaPad V570-1066AJU. But the one we tested for our analysis has better memory. And more weight.
Underneath and on both sides, the Z570 is black and made of plastic. No new things here. Ah, but there’s something that wasn’t on previous models from the IdeaPad series: the palmrest and the lid are made of brushed aluminum. And they look great thanks to that. The finish of both these elements is gunmetal-gray. Again, wonderful. It makes the system look a hell of a lot classier than if the only material used were plastic.
15.6 display diagonal
Behold the laptop’s dimensions: 9.8″ x 14.8″ x 1.4″. The display is wide and measures 15.6″. With a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels, you won’t be able to watch videos in 1080p HD. But you will be able to look at app windows side by side. And to watch videos in 720p. While you’re at it, contrast, brightness and everything in between will look good. There were no issues about those elements in our analysis.
The keyboard on this laptop is made with the consumer’s interest at heart. This shows in the way each of the buttons fits the curvature of your finger. Comfortable typing was in place throughout our benchmarks. There is a numeric keypad for people who love doing spreadsheets. The laptop’s touchpad is the perfect means of doing scrolling, sliding and tapping. Pinching and other finger gestures are also supported. Above the keyboard we located every single usual control; like mute, pause, volume and so on.
Intel Core i5-2430M processor
Nothing of big importance in terms of controls is missing from this laptop. And then come some totally new ones. One of them, called OneKey Theater, has the job of loading video enhancements and preset audio for pics, music and videos. The second one does this: it toggles the fan used for cooling the system down. A third key will open the system restore function if you have problems with Windows.
A 2.4GHz dual-core four-thread Core i5-2430M CPU is a lot of help in the specs and performance of the Z570. Which is the best for a laptop in the budget category. 8GB of memory improved the already great speed. But, on the other hand, the GPU will not be enough to assure gamers to give this device a try.
Battery life is not a pro. With it, the laptop did its chores for about 5 hours and a half before it decided it was time to die.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Z570-10249ZU is a laptop that is considerably better than its siblings. And it will win you over with its performance.