Review Lenovo B570-M58G4GE Notebook

Christian Haberzettl (translated by Vinay Pradhan), 01/24/2012

Step in. Lenovo has built a good reputation with its ThinkPad series. These high-quality business notebooks deliver cutting-edge technology to customers all over the world. Lenovo also manufactures other notebooks, such as, the Lenovo B-series, which, unlike the ThinkPad series, are aimed at buyers looking for the "essentials"; the series is advertised as: "ideal, cheap notebooks for home and office use". Find out more about the B-series in the following review.

A good keyboard in a quiet laptop. Buyers of an office notebook place a lot of importance on these two features. Lenovo's keyboards are well-known for their amazing quality. As such, the keyboard of the B570 will surely not disappoint typists. Price-conscious users will also appreciate that our test model is available starting at 420 Euros. From a performance standpoint, the notebook is well-equipped with an Intel Core i3 2330M and the HD Graphics 3000 IGP (Integrated Graphics Processor). The hardware delivers sufficient performance for everyday office tasks. The question remains: does the notebook have more to offer? Read on.

Case

The notebook case has been kept entirely black. The case mainly consists of synthetic material (as is to be expected of a cheap notebook) and the pinstripe design on the surface of the laptop feels high-quality. Thanks to the matt surface, fingerprints and smudges do not stand a chance. The hand-rest regions have the same pinstripe and matt design. The display is the only exception to the rule: although it is made of synthetic material, the screen itself is glossy.

The Lenovo B570 weighs 2.4 kgs and is easy to transport for a device of its size. The workmanship is quite good - nothing creaks or squeaks. The torsion of the display could have been better. The display gives way noticeably when pressed from above in the notebook's closed state. 

The laptop is easy to open with one hand as there is no locking mechanism. Regardless of whether the notebook is on the user's lap or work table, the hinges are strong enough to hold the screen in place. Shaking the base unit of the laptop will cause the display to wobble noticeably. The edges of the case are not rounded and this can lead to discomfort in the user's wrists if s/he types for longer periods of time on the notebook. The hand-rest regions are sturdy like the rest of the notebook.

Connectivity

The Lenovo B570 offers a decent number of ports. The interfaces are placed on both sides of the notebook. Every centimeter of the available space is covered. Three USB 2.0 ports and an e-SATA/USB 2.0 combi interface can be found on the laptop. This connectivity is especially impressive as many far more expensive notebooks have far fewer USB ports. The B570 lacks the latest USB 3.0 interface but offers a fast e-SATA interface which compensates in certain ways. The HDMI interface can be used to connect the laptop to an external monitor or TV. A VGA port is also available for video output.

The positioning of the audio ports for the headphones and microphone on the front right edge of the laptop (in front of the USB port) can be problematic for right-hand users who wish to use an external mouse and headphones. Left-handed users should not have a problem. 

The front of the laptop also has a multi-format card reader built in. 

Left side: Kensington Lock, power outlet, VGA, HDMI, 1x e-SATA/USB 2.0 combi, 1x USB 2.0
Left side: Kensington Lock, power outlet, VGA, HDMI, 1x e-SATA/USB 2.0 combi, 1x USB 2.0
Right side: Audio, 2x USB 2.0, an optical drive, RJ-45 LAN port
Right side: Audio, 2x USB 2.0, an optical drive, RJ-45 LAN port

Communication

The RJ-45 LAN port of the B570 can be used to connect to the Internet via a LAN cable. Wireless internet is also possible thanks to the installed WLAN module from Atheros - the AR9285 (b/g/n). Lenovo has also put in a Broadcom Bluetooth 2.1 module which will allow connect an external keyboard, mouse or mobile phone via Bluetooth.

Security

Want to feel like James Bond? Use the fingerprint reader of the B570. The integrated fingerprint scanner ensures that no one besides the user can access the laptop. Additionally, the laptop has a Kensington Lock and the manufacturer's own "Lenovo Security Suite" software.

Accessories

Low price equals few accessories? Sadly, in the case of the Lenovo B570 this statement is true. We did not receive any recovery disks in the delivery package. Sadly, nowadays this is the standard. Recovery media must be created by the user him/herself. The delivery package holds the 6-cell Lithium-Ion battery (capacity of 48 Wh), a 65 W power adapter, and a short manual. The manual is quite handy as it illustrates how to swap out the hard disk and RAM modules. The operating system of the notebook is Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) and the laptop is delivered with the OS pre-installed.

Warranty

Lenovo has given the B570 a one year "carry-in" warranty. It is possible to extend the warranty period to two to three years by paying extra: another 30 Euros for an extension to two years and 80 Euros for 3 years (numbers are from when we tested the device).

Input Devices

Keyboard

Lenovo offers a complete keyboard for the buyers of the B570 (a separate numeric pad for easy input of numbers is included). The user can type with great accuracy thanks to the slight concave shape of each key and the good spacing between the keys. The Enter and right Shift key are small so as to give the cursor keys enough room to fit into the keyboard. The stroke distance is short but precise and the typing noise is a dull clicking noise. The keyboard is installed securely in the laptop and only gives way when a lot of pressure is applied. Users who need to type a lot on their home/office notebooks will be happy with the B570.

A victory for typists
A victory for typists
Well-sized touchpad

Touchpad

The touchpad is quite big (10 cm width). The studded surface allows the finger to move smoothly over it. On the right side of the touchpad, there is a vertical scroll bar. All-in-all, the feel and look of the touchpad is different from the surrounding hand-rest regions. The touchpad can also be switched off. Multi-touch features are offered on this device - the user can zoom in/out of a photo using two fingers. Both touchpad keys have short stroke distance and, thus, provide limited feedback. The keys make a soft clicking noise and are harder to press near the edge.

Display

Lenovo has installed a 15.6 inch display (N156BGE-L21) in the B570 with a 16:9 format and a resolution of 1366x768 pixels. Users, who have lots of windows open while working, will not be pleased with the display area available. The situation is exacerbated by the long time it takes to scroll down or up long texts/tables. 

The reflective display has LED backlight and an average brightness of 188 cd/m² - sufficient for indoors use. Without the power adapter, the brightness drops from 202 to 182 cd/m². The black value amounts to 0.96 cd/m² which leads to a contrast of 209:1 - not the best values we have seen. However, the B570 is not the only notebook of its price class with these values. Users who want high-quality displays will need to dig deeper into their wallets. Thankfully, working with the usual office programs or surfing the Internet is not a problem on this display. 

177.5
cd/m²
172.8
cd/m²
168.6
cd/m²
187.7
cd/m²
201
cd/m²
186.9
cd/m²
201
cd/m²
197
cd/m²
202
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
Gossen Mavo-Monitor
Maximum: 202 cd/m²
Average: 188.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 83 %
Center on Battery: 182.4 cd/m²
Black: 0.96 cd/m²
Contrast: 209:1

The professional color space can not be entirely displayed by this screen. The reader should keep in mind that this laptop is not intended for professional picture or video editing. Thankfully, the color space displayed by the screen is acceptable for the everyday user.

Lenovo B570 vs. sRGB (transparent)
Lenovo B570 vs. AdobeRBG (transparent)

Sadly, Lenovo has picked a reflective display for the B570. This is a problem during outdoors use as the user will be confronted by distracting reflections. Therefore, outdoors use on a sunny day is impossible.

High viewing angle stability should not be expected of the B570. Horizontal shifts are not so bad as long as the viewing angle is not too big. Vertical movements will lead to rapid inverting or brightness drops of the displayed content. Watching a DVD together with friends is not a fun experience on this laptop. 

Even on cloudy days the laptop screen is plagued by reflections.

Performance

The Lenovo B570 is available in various configurations: the processors available are the Intel Core i3 2330M, and the stronger Core i5 2410M or 2430M. Users are offered a choice for the graphics card: either just the HD Graphics 3000 IGP, or the GeForce 410M, an entry-level dedicated graphics card from Nvidia, alongside the Intel IGP.

Our test model is equipped with a Intel Core i3 2330M CPU (the processor holds the HD Graphics 3000 IGP). The laptop has 4 GB of DDR3 RAM, which is spread over two lanes in dual-channel mode and runs at 1,333 MHz (as long as the second slot is occupied).

The hard disk of the laptop is a 500 GB Hitachi HDD (HTS547550A9E384) which operates at 5400 rpm.

System information: CPUZ CPU
Systeminfo CPUZ CPU
System information: CPUZ Cache
Systeminfo CPUZ Cache
System information: CPUZ Mainboard
Systeminfo CPUZ Mainboard
System information: CPUZ RAM SPD
Systeminfo CPUZ RAM SPD
HDTune
HDTune
CrystalDiskMark
CrystalDiskMark
DPC Latency Checker: WLAN causes disturbances
DPC Latency Checker: Einzelne Ausreißer im WLAN
 
System information for the Lenovo B570-M58E7GE

Processor

The CPU in our test model is the middle-class dual-core Core i3 2330M. Customers should not expect the processor to set any records, as the CPU runs at 2.2 GHz. However, thanks to the "Hyperthreading" feature, the dual-core processor can work on 4 threads simultaneously. The Turbo Boost feature (which can be found in the Core i5 and i7 models) is not available for the Core i3 series. 

We compare the results of the Core i3 processor against the Core i5 CPU to see if the i5 is worth an extra 80 Euros. We used the Cinebench 11.5 (Multi CPU) benchmark to record the performance of the three processors. The i3 scored 2.12 points, whereas the i5 2410M can score up to 2.61 and the 2430M can top that score with a maximum of 2.71 points. 

In Cinebench 10 (Single CPU), the performance gap widens further. Core i5 processors profit from their Turbo Boost feature. While the Core i3 of our test model scored 3599 points, the 2410M scored 4670 and the 2430M scored 4809 points. Users interested in more performance, and willing to pay extra for it, should pick the Core i5 processors.

In comparison to other models with the same processor, the B570 can score quite high in the Cinebench benchmark. Competition, such as the Chiligreen Platin TS, is beaten by the B570 in this benchmark. On the other hand, the Asus Pro P53E beats the B570. Thankfully, the difference in performance is not very great (a few percent).

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
3599 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
7890 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
4153 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
7.63 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.14 Points
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System Performance

We used the PCMark benchmark from Futuremark to measure the system performance of our test model against that of the competition. The benchmark simulates processes, such as, picture editingvideo acceleration, and surfing on the Internet with multiple tabs open. Finally, a score is calculated and we enter it into our extensive benchmark database.

Our test model scored 4613 points in the PCMark Vantage. A laptop with the Core i5 2430M, such as the Dell Inspiron 14z (N411z), and the same 5400 rpm HDD and HD Graphics 3000 IGP can score 6806 points - almost 50% more. 

The B570 placed at the top of the bottom one-third models in our database. This is a significant achievement for an entry-level office notebook of this price-class. 

In PCMark 7, the B570 left the Chiligreen Platin TS (same CPU/GPU and slightly faster HDD) behind in the dust with 1816 and 1583 points respectively. The Dell Inspiron 14z (equipped with the i5 2430M) scored 2271 points here (+25 %).

4.7
Windows 7 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
6.5
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
5.9
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
4.7
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
6.1
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
5.9
PC Mark
PCMark Vantage4613 points
PCMark 71816 points
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Storage Devices

Our test model is equipped with a 500 GB HDD from Hitachi (HTS547550A9E384). The drive has enough space for documents, pictures and MP3s. The hard disk runs at a quiet 5200 rpm (rotations per minute). This results in an average transfer rate of 66.6 MB/s (measured using the HDTune tool). This places the hard disk in the same category as other 5400 rpm drives, and some slightly faster 7200 rpm hard disks.

The access time of 18.4 ms means that our HDD is far slower than a standard SSD (which has an access time of 0.2 ms or less). However, as the price for a 64 GB SSD ranges around 80-100 Euros, our HDD offers a lot of space for a decent price. A user interested in having a SSD in this notebook will have to swap out the hard disk for a SSD himself, as Lenovo does not offer an SSD as an alternative storage medium. In our test, the hard disk delivered good performance and we did not detect any lag. 

Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547550A9E384
Transfer Rate Minimum: 30.8 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 89.8 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 66.6 MB/s
Access Time: 18.4 ms
Burst Rate: 83.4 MB/s
CPU Usage: -1 %

Graphics Card

Our test model does not have a dedicated graphics card. The Intel HD Graphics 3000 is integrated into the processor. This IGP has a Turbo boost feature, which allows it to overclock and deliver more performance. The processor is aided by the IGP as it deals with the playback of HD video material and other graphical tasks. However, the IGP is not strong enough to run most of the latest games well. 

Thanks to the side-by-side design of the IGP with the CPU, the computer no longer needs a separate dedicated graphics card. This reduces power consumption and heat emissions. The chip is manufactured in the 32 nm format and belongs to the Sandy Bridge generation. The TDP value of the CPU is 35 W.

3D Mark
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
3088 points
3DMark Vantage1438 points
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Gaming Performance

The Intel HD Graphics 3000 will not satisfy hardcore gamers. However, this does not mean that the B570 can not play games. Most games will have to be set to minimum or medium details so that the laptop can run them fluidly. The reader will find a benchmark list for the HD Graphics 3000 here. Thanks to this list, the reader should be able to see what games the Intel IGP can run fluidly.

Emissions

System Noise

Our test model was comfortably quiet during our testing. Only the DVD drive makes a few clacking and whirring noises while playing a DVD. We can not conclude if this will be the case for every notebook, but our test model has quite low emission. 

During everyday use, the laptop runs quietly with emissions lower than 30dB(A). Additional load can increase the temperature emissions, forcing the cooler fan to get louder for a short while and then return to a quiet state. 

If the notebook remains under heavy load for longer time periods (as is possible while running one of the latest games), then the noise emissions will rise to a maximum value of 41dB(A). This scenario should not appear very often in the everyday use of the B570. 

Noise Level

Idle 28.7 / 28.7 / 28.7 dB(A)
HDD 29.4 dB(A)
DVD 34.8 / dB(A)
Load 32.9 / 41.3 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-300 Plus (15 cm distance)
Stress test: no throttling
Stress test: no throttling

Temperature

The notebook surface and bottom remain in acceptable regions while the device is idle. Using the notebook on the lap should not be a problem as long as the temperature does not exceed 38 °C

In our stress test (Prime95 and Furmark - more than a hour), the temperature of the bottom rose up to a good 41 °C in certain areas. In this case, we recommend that the user placed the B570 on the table. However, during everyday office use, the user will not encounter such high load for long periods of time. As such, surfing on the couch with the notebook on the lap will not be a problem.

Max. Load
 39.1 °C33.1 °C28.8 °C 
 36.4 °C35.6 °C28.3 °C 
 34.3 °C33.0 °C28.6 °C 
Maximum: 39.1 °C
Average: 33 °C
25.8 °C31.2 °C41.3 °C
28.2 °C32.6 °C40.2 °C
28.9 °C32.6 °C33.0 °C
Maximum: 41.3 °C
Average: 32.6 °C
Power Supply (max.)  51.5 °C | Room Temperature 24.5 °C | Raytek Raynger ST

Speakers

The stereo speakers in the B570 are placed at the top, above the keyboard. The user should not expect much from them. The stress of the sound output is placed on the middle and high regions, and bass is not available. Overall, poor sound output. However, the notebook speakers do have a significant volume. We recommend the use of external speakers to improve the sound output.

Battery Life

Power Consumption

The power consumption of the B570 is in the expected region for a device of this price class. Thanks to the processor's IGP, the laptop has a low idle consumption value of 6.8 W. With full load (CPU and GPU at 100% load) and highest display brightness, the laptop reaches its maximum consumption of 54 watts. The power adapter delivers 65 watts, easily covering this maximum value. 

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.2 / 0.3 Watt
Idle 6.8 / 10.2 / 11.1 Watt
Load 38.9 / 54.0 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940 Plus
Readers Test
Maximum Battery Life (Readers Test)
Classic Test
Minimum Run Time (Classic Test)

Battery Life

The run time is usually the deciding factor for laptops of this price segment. We used the Battery Eater tool to measure the run time. In the idle test, the test simulates the reading of a text document. The laptop is set to minimum brightness and wireless modules are switched off for this test. The B570 reaches around 7 hours in this test - a good value. 

WLAN surfing with changing websites (which have Flash content and videos), and brightness set to around 150 cd/m², can drop the run time to 3.5 hours. Reading more text articles instead of watching videos should increase the run time enough to reach 4 hours.

The B570 delivers a decent 205 minutes (3h 25min) for DVD playback. The director's cut of the classic movie, "The Boat", which has a run time of 208 minutes, can not be played entirely. However, films with a standard run time can be played easily till the end. If the notebook is placed under high load, the battery is depleted after 1 hour and 19 minutes.

Verdict

The Lenovo B570 is a matter of preference - it may please some users and disappoint others. However, the laptop is cheap - 420 €. For that price, the customer receives an overall sturdy office notebook which is very sturdy.

This laptop offers enough performance to fulfill its purpose. Swapping out the RAM or HDD for a better module is a simple matter thanks to the easy-to-access flap on the bottom of the notebook. The keyboard is a dream-come-true for users who type a lot. The B570 also has low emissions - it is rare for a notebook to score 94% in the Emissions test in our reviews. Users, who plan on keeping the laptop for home use, will not have a problem with the reflective display. The brightness is sufficient for indoors use. 

Although the Lenovo B570 is nowhere as good as the ThinkPad series, it does offer good quality for its price class. The laptop is available with a standard one year warranty, which can be extended for a premium. 

 

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Specifications

Lenovo B570-M58G4GE

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel ID0104
:: Memory
4096 MB, DDR3 (PC3-10600)
:: Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 3000, Core: 650 MHz
:: Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547550A9E384, 500 GB 5400 rpm 500 GB
:: Soundcard
Intel Cougar Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
:: Connections
3 USB 2.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 eSata, Audio Connections: Headphones, Microphone, Card Reader: SD, SDHC, MMC, MS, MS PRO, xD, 1 Fingerprint Reader,
:: Networking
Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (b g n ), Bluetooth 2.1 Bluetooth
:: Optical drive
TSSTcorp CDDVDW SN-208AB
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 33.1 x 378 x 252
:: Weight
2.42 kg Power Supply: 0.33 kg
:: Battery
48 Wh Lithium-Ion
:: Price
420 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: 0.3 MP

 

Nice pinstripe design
Nice pinstripe design
... and RAM (second slot is free for upgrade)
... and RAM (second slot is free for upgrade)
... , WLAN card...
... , WLAN card...
... the HDD,...
... the HDD,...
... is easy to remove, revealing...
... is easy to remove, revealing...
The flap on the bottom...
The flap on the bottom...
The power adapter is light (330g)
The power adapter is light (330g)
Maximum opening angle
Maximum opening angle
The maximum opening angle is enough for use on the lap
The maximum opening angle is enough for use on the lap
Audio jacks are placed on the right front side, next to the USB port
Audio jacks are placed on the right front side, next to the USB port
Video output is provided by the VGA and HDMI interface
Video output is provided by the VGA and HDMI interface
The Kensington Lock and power outlet
The Kensington Lock and power outlet
Sharp case edges may be a cause for discomfort
Sharp case edges may be a cause for discomfort
The well-designed keyboard offers a separate numeric pad
The well-designed keyboard offers a separate numeric pad
Keys are well-spaced ensuring typing accuracy
Keys are well-spaced ensuring typing accuracy
Additional security thanks to the fingerprint reader
Additional security thanks to the fingerprint reader
Get started: power button next to the Onekey-Rescue button
Get started: power button next to the Onekey-Rescue button
The heart of the laptop
The heart of the laptop
The manual has instructive diagrams which reveal how to swap out the hardware
The manual has instructive diagrams which reveal how to swap out the hardware

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    Pro

    +Sturdy workmanship
    +Good keyboard
    +Low noise emissions
    +Easy access to installed hardware
    +Variety of ports
     

    Cons

    -Reflective display
    -Display is insufficiently flexural rigid
    -Standard warranty of 1 years

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    What we like

    The decent workmanship, low emissions, and great keyboard.

    What we miss

    An anti-glare display.

    What surprises us

    The good workmanship is available for a relatively low price.

    The competition

    Laptops with similar or the same hardware: the Chiligreen Platin TS, the HP Pavilion g6-1141sg, or the Asus Pro P53E-SO102X. Many other Office notebooks of this price class are also included.

    Rating

    Lenovo B570-M58G4GE
    01/06/2012 v2
    Christian Haberzettl

    Chassis
    81%
    Keyboard
    88%
    Pointing Device
    80%
    Connectivity
    72%
    Weight
    82%
    Battery
    81%
    Display
    70%
    Games Performance
    64%
    Application Performance
    85%
    Temperature
    85%
    Noise
    94%
    Add Points
    82%
    Average
    80%
    82%
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    Weighted Average

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    Author: Christian Haberzettl, 2012-01-24 (Update: 2013-06- 6)