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Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £550
inc VAT

Perfect if you like to watch films or play games, but its poor battery life and touchpad prevent the Z580 from achieving true greatness


It’s a shame, really, as the IdeaPad Z580 is otherwise a highly capable machine. It has an Intel Core i5-3210M dual-core processor running at 2.5GHz, and it scored a very respectable 52 overall in our multimedia benchmark tests. This puts it ahead of most budget laptops for performance, and this power along with the laptop’s 8GB of RAM means you’ll be able to run several intensive programs simultaneously.

Lenovo IdeaPad Z580

The Z580 is also no gaming slouch, thanks to a dedicated Nvidia GeForce GT 635M chipset. This led it to a smooth average of 32.48fps on High Quality settings at 1,280×720 in our Dirt Showdown test, showing this laptop to be capable of modern gaming at decent detail levels. The laptop’s battery life was slightly disappointing, with 4h 45m in our light-use test, so there is a price to pay for all that power.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 will be perfect for students who like watching films or playing games, but at £550 it faces stiff competition from the excellent Samsung Series 3 NP355V5C, which has better gaming performance and an easier-to-use touchpad. However, it’s not quite as quick in 2D applications as the Z580, so if you’re after a mix of entertainment and productivity power, the Z580 could be for you.

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Basic Specifications

ProcessorIntel Core i5-3210M
Processor clock speed2.5GHz
Maximum memory8GB
SoundDolby Home Theater
Pointing devicetouchpad


Viewable size15.6 in
Native resolution1,366×768
Graphics ProcessorNvidia GeForce GT 365M
Graphics/video portsVGA, HDMI
Graphics Memory1,024MB


Total storage capacity1,000GB
Optical drive typeDVD+/-RW +/-DL

Ports and Expansion

USB ports4
Wired network ports1x 10/100
Wireless networking support802.11n
PC Card slotsN/A
Supported memory cardsSD, MMC, Memory Stick (Pro), xD
Other ports2x USB3, microphone, headphone


Carrying caseNo
Operating systemWindows 8
Operating system restore optionrestore partition
Software includedN/A
Optional extrasN/A

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB

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