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Lenovo ThinkPad G570 review

With few negative points, this powerful laptop is well built and portable

Our Verdict

Product features

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

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For

  • Great office performance
  • Generous HDD
  • Blu-ray drive
  • Decent graphics performance
  • Build quality

Against

  • Not Full HD screen
  • Display does not tilt back very far

Lenovo is probably best known for its ThinkPad business laptops, but the Chinese company produces some excellent consumer laptops too. The ThinkPad G570 is a great value entertainment machine with lots of strong points.

A plain black design has been used with a glossy finish to the lid and a brushed-metallic look inside. Every inch is firm, which is useful if you have heavy-handed family members.

This quality extends to the keyboard, which shows no flex when typing. It's a perfect size, despite cramming in a numeric keypad, and well laid out for touch-typists.

The touchpad is a little more compact, but supports multi-touch gesturing, and you can slide your finger up and down the right edge to quickly scroll through documents and websites.

The display may not tilt far back from vertical, but the 15.6-inch screen is colourful and pleasing to work on. Films and photos look good and this laptop also features a Blu-ray drive, so you can watch HD movies. It's just a shame the 1366 x 768-pixel resolution isn't sharp enough to make the most of the crisp images.

Like the MSI CX640-018UK, the built-in speakers produce an impressive top volume, a bonus for anyone who watches films or listens to music regularly.

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A generous 750GB of storage is equalled by the Acer Aspire 5553G, and which most people will never fully fill with their software and media collections.

One of Intel's latest Core i5 2410M processors provides the power, using cutting-edge Sandy Bridge technology. The MSI CX640 uses the same processor, but the Lenovo packs in 6GB of memory, giving it the edge in raw performance terms. Not only can you effortlessly run all of your programs, you'll be able to do so for years to come.

Graphically, the Lenovo isn't quite as accomplished as some of the other laptops here. You can still edit your photographs and home videos, and even indulge in some light gaming, but if you want to play the latest games on high detail you'll be better off with the Sony VAIO VPC-EB4L9E/BQ.

Benchmarks

Battery life: 250 minutes
MobileMark 2007: 290
3DMark 2003: 8499

Good battery

With 250 minutes of life from a single charge, this is one of the better battery performances in the group. If you're taking this laptop on your daily commute you can leave the charger behind, and the 2.5kg chassis won't weigh you down too much.

The ThinkPad G570 has a great deal to offer and comes with very few flaws to speak of. If you enjoy watching movies, browsing or editing your photo collections, or simply want a laptop to work on each day, this is a great value solution and is easy to recommend.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity500 GB
TouchscreenNo
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 3000
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time6 Hour
Finger Print ReaderNo
eSATANo
FireWire/i.LINKNo
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
DVINo
eSATA/USB ComboNo
DisplayPortNo
Product FamilyEssential G570
Operating System Architecture64-bit
ThunderboltNo
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)2.60 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityEPEAT Gold, RoHS, ENERGY STAR
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
WWAN SupportedNo
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Height34.9 mm
Width376.8 mm
Depth249.8 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesG570
ManufacturerLenovo Group Limited
Product Model43343FG
Product NameEssential G570 43343FG Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineEssential
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberM513FUK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lenovo.com/uk/en/
Marketing InformationAffordable and built to last.

With plenty of performance-boosting extras, the G series is like your daily vitamin: valuable, dependable and ready to help you take on the day.

G Series systems can handle everyday computing tasks with panache. Get all the features you need for a low price. These PCs are comfortable serving as your primary laptop or as your second home computer.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Essential G570 43343FG Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year