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Lenovo B570 review

A tough business laptop with vast storage capacity

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Great performance
  • Good build quality
  • Gorgeous screen (although it's reflective)
  • Generous storage

Against

  • Graphics could be stronger
  • Average battery life

Lenovo's staggeringly powerful and well-equipped B570 easily asserts itself as one of the best laptops around for this kind of money.

The plain black chassis design puts function firmly before form. The tough, ridged plastics easily withstand scuffs and scratches and the firm lid capably protects the screen from damage.

Although this is not the heaviest laptop we've seen, at 2.4kg it's also not ideal for regularly working on the move. The 157-minute battery life is average and can keep you working on short journeys, but falls far short of the four-hour mobility of the compact Alienware M11x.

Lenovo's ThinkPad laptops are known for their fantastic keyboards and some of this quality has trickled down to its budget range. The B570's excellent, isolated-style keyboard's well-spaced buttons move smoothly, quietly and accurately at all times. Even speed typing is a pleasure.

The huge touchpad and mouse buttons are just as pleasing to use and the pad's textured finish makes it easy to find when typing. The wide design perfectly suits the screen's dimensions and enables you to scroll from one side of the screen to the other without removing your finger from the touchpad.

The screen is gorgeous and renders photos and videos beautifully. While the glossy Super-TFT coating is very reflective and not suitable for outdoor use, it delivers strong colour reproduction, sharp contrast and strikingly detailed images.

Stunning performance

Despite using a technically less-capable processor than the Alienware, the Lenovo vastly outperformed its rival. The second-generation Intel Core i5 processor flew through our benchmark tests and runs incredibly quickly for such an affordable laptop. Backed by 8GB of memory, you can also comfortably multitask with no slowdown.

Graphics are less powerful, but still more than capable for most needs. The entry-level Nvidia GT 410M graphics can't compete with the Acer Aspire 5943G and Alienware's high-powered chips, but there is plenty of power for basic photo and video editing. Regular gaming will be out of reach, however.

TechRadar Labs

tech labs

Battery Eater '05: 157 minutes
Cinebench: 9898
3DMark 2006: 4579

Lenovo build

The Lenovo's real strength is its vast storage. The 750GB hard drive is outstanding at this price and provides far more space than most other laptops. Even if you plan to store thousands of songs, videos and photos on your laptop, you'll be unlikely to fill this drive, even over many years of use.

Several useful security features also let you keep your files safe and secure. For example, a fingerprint scanner on the palm rest offers biometric protection against unauthorised access, while proprietary Lenovo software enables you to encrypt sections of the hard drive to keep private files hidden.

Lastly, you also get a comprehensive selection of Lenovo software for managing power consumption and data recovery, among others; high-speed fixed and wireless network connectivity via built-in Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11n Wi-Fi modules and Bluetooth connectivity for wirelessly sharing files with external devices.

Although the B570 is bettered by the Acer's high-def multimedia features and the Alienware's mobility, it is still a fantastic laptop. Its resilient build, strong performance, great user interface and capacious storage pack all you could need from an entry-level laptop and this is a machine we can heartily recommend.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 3000
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time3 Hour
GPSNo
FireWire/i.LINKNo
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
DVINo
eSATA/USB ComboYes
DisplayPortNo
WimaxNo
Product FamilyEssential B570
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli5-2410M
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameLenovo
Processor Speed2.30 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.40 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 1.24 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedNo
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Height30 mm
Width378 mm
Depth252 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesB570
ManufacturerLenovo Group Limited
Product ModelM58E7UK
Product NameEssential B570 Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineEssential
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberM58E7UK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lenovo.com/uk/en/
Marketing Information

Small investment, big return.

An ideal budget laptop for both home and office - streamlined to include useful productivity features that empower your growing business. Get work done faster so you can go have fun.

Boost your workrate with our digital shed of time-saving tools. Perform faster with up to Intel Core i5 processors (on select models) and manage your internet connections easily via our ReadyComm utility. While you're at it, uphold your professional cred with HD graphics on a crisp LED widescreen display.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Essential B570 Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year