Lenovo IdeaPad Z560
SpecificationsNotebook: Lenovo IdeaPad Z560 (IdeaPad Z Series)
Processor: Intel Core i3 350M
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Average of 6 scores (from 7 reviews)
Reviews for the Lenovo IdeaPad Z560
Source: PC Advisor
The Lenovo IdeaPad Z560 offers a well-balanced set of features, performance and battery life put together with impressive build-quality and superior styling for the price.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 01/10/2011
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% features: 80% workmanship: 70%
The IdeaPad Z560 is a great all-rounder with many strengths and few weaknesses. The Core i3 processor and dedicated GPU provide fantastic performance, while the well-built chassis is packed with features. Only flawed portability detracts from this highly polished package.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/29/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC Perspective
Many of my knocks against the Lenovo Z560 are against traits that it shares with the competition. Yes, the battery life is short, but that’s often the case with inexpensive 15.6” laptops packing Core i3 processors. Yes, the display resolution is low, but there are few laptops in this price range that offer an alternative. The only problem which may be unique to the Z560 is the annoying fan. On the other hand, the Z560’s best traits are not replicated by competitors. The keyboard and trackpad are outstanding for a consumer laptop at any price point, nevermind $700. The build quality is better than mainstream laptops from Toshiba, Samsung, or HP. The sound quality is completely adequate for a laptop system and the overall performance figures are solid. The Z560 can also serve as a competent multimedia laptop, just as the advertising suggests. The Z560 is far from the most exciting laptop around. Walking into a coffee shop with it feels like walking into a club with your grandfather’s suspenders on, but those who place function over form will enjoy the Z560 immensely.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/07/2010
Rating: price: 80% performance: 80% display: 50% mobility: 50% workmanship: 80% emissions: 40%
Source: PC Pro
A quality consumer laptop with some novel multimedia features, and reasonably priced too.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 83% performance: 83% features: 83%
Source: Bright Hub
The Lenovo Z560 is a very well rounded product. The build quality what makes this laptop stand out from the crowd. Many laptops in the price range have squishy keyboards (Toshiba), a flimsy chassis (ASUS/Acer) or god-awful trackpads (most HP laptops). The Lenovo feels more expensive than it is, and while it is not the cheapest Core i3 laptop on the market, it is close.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/23/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC Mag
The Lenovo IdeaPad Z560 is a good, fundamental laptop underneath its throwback, lackluster design.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/05/2010
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Retera RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/10/2010
Rating: Total score: 61% performance: 60% display: 43% mobility: 36% emissions: 61%
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics: Onboard graphics card that is built in the new Arrandale CPUs (Core i3 / i5 / i7 Dual Cores). Depending on the model and Turbo Boost, the GMA HD is clocked between 166 and 766 MHz.
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
The Core i3-350M is technically a Core i5-430M without the Turbo Boost overlocking feature. Therefore, it always clocks with max. 2.26 GHz (of course Speedstep is included). Thanks to Hyperthreading, 4 threads can be processed simultaneously. An integrated graphics card (GMA HD) and a DDR3 memory controller are also included in the package.
» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15-16 inch is a standard display size for laptops and offers the biggest variety of products.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.
Lenovo: Lenovo Group Limited is China's largest and the world's fourth largest personal computer manufacturer. Lenovo produces desktops, laptops, servers, handheld computers, imaging equipment, and mobile phone handsets. Lenovo also provides information technology integration and support services, and its QDI unit offers contract manufacturing. Its executive headquarters are located in China and USA. It is incorporated in Hong Kong. Lenovo was formed in 1984 as a spin-off of the Chinese Academy of Sciences new technology unit. The company initially began as a reseller, distributor and later CM for foreign brands, including IBM, entering the Chinese market. In 1990, Lenovo started to manufacture its own PCs and by 1997 became the market leader in China. In 2004, Lenovo bought IBM’s PC business for $1.25billion. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %
74%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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