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Published On: Mon, Sep 3rd, 2012

Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 – Recommended for gamers

The first thing I noticed when I saw this laptop is that it is huge! Apart from the big physical frame, this laptop eliminates any need for desktop PC. It comes with large display, full size keyboard, and Blu-ray drive. This machine is capable of heavy gaming and multimedia activities and it is one of the best desktop replacement laptops in the market right now.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 Design :

Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 is huge laptop with 15.2 inches width and 10 inches depth. It is 0.9 inches thick at the thinnest point and 1.4 inches at the thickest. The weight is 6.07 pounds. The chassis is mostly plastic but the lid and palm-rest have metallic finish.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 Review

Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 Display :

The max resolution is 1,920×1,080 pixels and text looks quite crispy on the 15.6 inches display. I played some 1080p videos and all of them looked really good. The image quality is superb.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 Speakers :

Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 comes with JBL speakers on board and they are impressive. The sound gets louder than standard laptops and there isn’t any distortion seen at the highest level. That said, I will still recommend you to get a pair of headphones or external speakers if you are going to listen to a lot of music.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 Speakers

IdeaPad Y580 Keyboard :

Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 has a full sized keyboard and the buttons are tiled with round bottoms. The typing experience is quite smooth. Palm rest too is comfortable enough and you get plenty of estate for resting your hands.

IdeaPad Y580 Touchpad :

Touchpad of this laptop is accented along with thin silver metal around the edges and the left and right click buttons are incorporated in a singular design. The touchpad is large and hence comfortable to use. All the standard features such as 2 finger scrolling and pinch to zoom are effortlessly executed.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 Keyboard

IdeaPad Y580 Ports and Connections :

Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 comes with a good collection of ports. There is a six in one card reader on the front which can read xD, SDHC, SD MSPro, MS, and MMC cards. On the right side, there is DVD Blu-ray burner along with microphone, headphone, USB 3.0, and USB 2.0 ports. Right side also has dual USB 3.0, VGA port, Ethernet port, and full sized HDMI port. The latter can be used for connecting this computer to a large HDTV. Also, there is WiDi or Wireless Display technology which you can use for beaming video and audio to HDTV that has the relevant adapter.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 Storage :

This laptop comes with 1TB hard disk drive having 5,400 rpm speed and there is also 32GB SSD. The latter comes with 12.7 GB free space as it has some preloaded drivers and software. You can install new software on the SSD but it is mainly given to let this computer wake up fast from the sleep mode. Apart from that, you can install apps on the 1 TB hard drive which is really spacious.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y580

Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 Performance :

Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 comes with 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7-3610 chip and8 GB RAM which makes it a really fast computer. In my tests, I found that this computer was really fast, faster than most of the laptops I have tested in my labs.

For gamers, there is Nvidia GeForce GTX660M graphics card and I got 30 fps speed playing with medium quality settings and the laptop got hiccups only for settings of high quality. For Crysis I got 97 fps playing at resolution of 1,024×768 pixels and in high quality native resolution, I got 13fps. Compared to this, Envy 17 could just give me 88 and 12fps respectively. For Lost Planet 2, the results were 71fps at medium quality at resolution of 1,024×768 pixels and 28fps at high quality when played at the native resolution.

IdeaPad Y580 Battery Life :

Battery life of the Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 is a bit low but this isn’t unexpected in a desktop replacement laptop. My review model had a 72 Wh removable battery which lasted for four hours and 41 minutes in my battery drain test. You will have to stay close to a power plug while using this laptop.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 Price :

The price of this laptop is $1,099.

Conclusion :

Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 gives great value for money and you don’t need to have a desktop computer with this laptop. The 1080p full HD screen is really good and Blu-ray player lets you watch HD movies. Full sized keyboard was comfortable to type on and overall, this is a good gaming machine. The only problem is low battery life but apart from that, I would strongly recommend this laptop to you.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 Specs

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