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Lenovo B570 review

A tough business laptop with extra security

Our Verdict

Product features

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

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For

  • Decent office performance
  • Battery life
  • Great keyboard and touchpad
  • Good screen

Against

  • Not suitable for demanding tasks
  • Super-TFT coating could annoy

Lenovo's well-equipped B570 comes in a range of incarnations. The budget model we have here sports stripped-down components, but retains the great keyboard, solid build quality and security features of the pricier models.

For business users this is perhaps the best choice here, but for someone who wants to use their laptop for play as well as work, there are better choices in the range such as the Core i5 powered version of the B570.

The plain black chassis puts function firmly before form. The tough, ridged plastic withstands scuffs, and the firm lid protects the screen from damage.

Although this isn't the heaviest laptop we've seen, at 2.4kg it's also not ideal for regular travel, although the 157-minute battery life can keep you working on short journeys.

Lenovo's ThinkPad laptops are known for their great keyboards, and this quality has trickled down to its budget range. The B570's isolation-style keyboard features well-spaced buttons that move smoothly, quietly and accurately.

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

The screen is a good one, and renders photos and videos nicely. Lenovo has gone with a glossy Super-TFT coating, so the colour reproduction is sharp with excellent contrast. As ever though, this kind of shiny coating is a double-edged sword, as you'll discover if you try to use this laptop in very bright light.

Business credentials

Lenovo B570

The ageing Pentium processor still functions well, and helps to keep the price down. The CPU is backed up by 4GB of memory, which keeps programs running smoothly. It features an Intel HD Graphics card, but since it relies on the CPU the experience isn't comparable with a Sandy Bridge machine. You'll be able to manage the basics, but not 3D games or movie editing.

Benchmarks

Battery life: 175 minutes
Cinebench: 6561
3DMark 2006: 2777

This laptop's business credentials mean there are several useful security features to keep your files safe. A fingerprint scanner offers protection from unauthorised access, while pre-installed Lenovo software enables you to encrypt sections of the hard drive to keep files hidden. This might not be of much significance if you don't plan to use your laptop for business, but the extra security is a nice bonus.

You also get a comprehensive selection of connectivity ports, including three USB slots, HDMI and VGA connections, and an eSata port that can double as a fourth USB.

For connecting to the internet, there's the choice of Gigabit Ethernet or 802.11n Wi-Fi, plus Bluetooth connectivity.

The B570 is a well built machine, and offers good value for money in terms of usability and performance. However, it's a tailored purchase more suitable for someone looking for a business or work laptop than a general purpose machine.

This business-like approach extends to the design - jet black with sharp angles and a fantastic keyboard - perfect if you plan to be typing a lot of business reports, or using the numeric keypad for databases and spreadsheets. If those are your key buying criteria then you'll like the B570, but we feel there are better all-rounders out there.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 3000
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time5.80 Hour
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
eSATA/USB ComboYes
Product FamilyEssential B570
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor ModelB940
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameLenovo
Processor Speed2 GHz
Processor TypePentium
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.35 kg
Cache2 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, ENERGY STAR, EPEAT Silver
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelHM65 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyVibrantView
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11g/n
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Height33.1 mm
Width378 mm
Depth252 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesB570
ManufacturerLenovo Group Limited
Product ModelM58FJUK
Product NameEssential B570 Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineEssential
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberM58FJUK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lenovo.com/uk/en/
Marketing InformationWe set the price low, then we set the bar high.

Our Essential line of budget-conscious laptops and desktops impresses with clever design on the outside and useful features on the inside. These PCs are just as comfortable in the kitchen or bedroom as they are in the home office or small business setting.

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We bring the style with a galaxy of form factors. Our laptops and beautiful space-saving all-in-one desktops look great in the kitchen, bedroom or home office. Select models even offer touch screen technology. Of course, we design for substance as well as style-one example is our quiet new fan that is less noticeable when it turns on.

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