Print Edition: December 2012

Lenovo Ideapad Z580
Price: Rs  64,990

Windows 7 Home Premium, 15.6-inch LED Backlight HD display, Intel i7-3612QM, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Nvidia GeForce GT630M graphics card, USBx4, HDMI, LAN, 5-in-1 card reader, 2.6 kg.

The Lenovo Ideapad Z580 is a large-hearted laptop, made in just the way laptops were supposed to be till the size-zeroes came along. Don't get us wrong, this is not a bulky, extra-large laptop. Yes, it is robust at 2.6 kg, but it is big enough only for it to have everything you expect in a full-size laptop.

The body is brushed aluminium all around with very few joints and edges. The Z580 comes with a full-size keyboard facing the 15.6-inch LED backlit display. The former is as good as it can get with slightly curved keys that make typing really stress-free. The latter sadly has a 1366x768p resolution and the screen has very limited viewing angles and brightness. The trackpad is spacious, but without pinch or squeeze. Above the keypad you have capacitive touch keys that let you adjust the sound and select the display modes and thermal management system. The only other key nestled near the power button is the quick rescue button. While we were not impressed by the screen, which while good is not a stunner, the sound is top notch. For this, thank Dolby augmented audio, which also adds three presets depending on what you are up to.

As we keep saying, the performance is a bit of a given when you are using an Intel third generation i7-3612QM processor. So it was no surprise that the device negotiated well the high resolution picture and video test that we threw at it. However, the bench tests showed a surprisingly low score of 2235. Our user experience was definitely better than this. But we could not help notice that during the benchmark test, the fan on the left kept spewing hot air through the grill, though the machine was cool throughout. The resume is near instant, while the start up took about close to a minute. So performance is definitely a USP for this laptop.

The battery is decent, giving over four hours in the balanced mode. It can squeeze out another hour of juice if you selected the power save mode, but that means a very dim screen.This laptop has a 1TB hard drive, four USB ports, LAN, HDMI, 5-in-1 card reader, the works. And, yes, there is a Blu-ray drive too, just in case you thought optical drives had become extinct. Overall, the Z580 is a great option if you are looking for a full laptop, while sticking to a budget.

For those who like everything in full measure.

Text by Nandagopal Rajan
Photographs by Rajwant Rawat

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