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Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TESTBENCH -

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 high­res­o­lu­tion 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-in1 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.

OR JUNK IT?

For those who like ev­ery­thing in full mea­sure.

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