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Lenovo G570 15.6 inch Laptop (Core i5-2410M, RAM 4GB, HDD 500GB, DVDRW BT, Windows 7 Home Premium) - Black
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- Intel Core i5-2410M with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 (2.30 GHz) Processor
- Store more with a large hard drive
- Rely on DirectShare to synchronise your files with other notebooks without connecting to the internet
- Experience the thrill of high performing high definition graphics
- VeriFace facial recognition technology secures access to your PC
- RapidBoot technology enable the G570 to start faster than a standard Windows 7 machine
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Lenovo G570 Notebook
Get more for less with the Lenovo® G570 notebook. Store more music, movies, and games thanks to a large hard drive, and rely on DirectShare to synchronise your files with other notebooks without connecting to the internet. And, with the G570 you can experience the thrill of high-performing, high-definition graphics on the 15.6" widescreen.
With added features come with added responsibility. That’s why this notebook’s VeriFace® facial recognition technology secures access to your PC, while its OneKey® Rescue System enables quick data backup and recovery.
Featuring Enhanced Experience 2.0 for Windows® 7 with RapidBoot technology, this PC starts about 20 seconds faster than a standard Windows® 7 computer. So whatever your idea of fun is, the Lenovo G570 will allow you to experience it sooner and in high-definition.
Highly Efficient & Highly Affordable
Whether you're emailing, surfing the web, enjoying photos and videos, or all these at the same time, the Lenovo G570 has the latest Intel processor technology to handle multiple computing tasks at once. Integrated HD graphics deliver impressive visuals on the 15.6-inch HD widescreen display - the perfect size for viewing several open windows to meet your multitasking or entertainment needs. A high-capacity hard disk drive easily stores all your files and digital media, and a 5-in-1 card reader lets you share and transfer files effortlessly. With the integrated DVD-Super Multi drive, you can enjoy all the multimedia you want anywhere, anytime.
The G570 features a sleek exterior design with smooth top cover, and single-piece brush-metal interior panelling around the keyboard that provides an enticingly cool-to-touch surface. The AccuType keyboard with individual rounded keys will deliver a comfortable and accurate typing experience.
Peace of Mind
The Lenovo G570 has OneKey Rescue System for quick and easy data recovery - it makes data backup and recovery simple so you can spend time on more enjoyable tasks.
The Lenovo G570 also comes with VeriFace technology which is a fun and secure way to log into your PC. For the VeriFace technology your face is your password, and if you have more than one user for your notebook then the software supports multiple users. The software also allows you to:
- Check who has tried to log into your computer
- Encrypt and decrypt sensitive files, using your face as the password
- Stop unauthorised users from using a photo of the owner to log in. Checks head movement and other characteristics to determine if a real person or a photo. Users can enable/ disable the live detection or set the sensitivity level according to their preference.
Networking, Connectivity & Expansion
With its integrated Draft-N Wi-Fi networking capabilities, this laptop provides up to five times the performance and twice the wireless range using 802.11n-compatible routers as you would with 802.11g networks. It's also backward compatible with 802.11b/g networks (commonly found at Wi-Fi hotspots and in older home routers) as well as 802.11a networks (which have a higher throughput, but more limited range--great for closed office environments). This notebook also provides ultra-fast Gigabit Ethernet networking (10/100/1000).
- 4 USB 2.0 ports for connecting a wide range of peripherals--from digital cameras to MP3 players
- Integrated optical DVD-Rewriter (Optional Blu-Ray available on specific models)
- 1 HDMI output for connecting to a compatible HDTV or home theatre receiver for uncompressed digital audio and video via a single cable
- Analogue video output: 1 VGA
- 5-in-1 card reader compatible with Multi-Media Card, Secure Digital Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO and xD-Picture Card
- 1 headphone/line-out jack (with SPDIF digital audio support), 1 microphone jack
- 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet
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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
The Best Entertainment Experience On Your PC
Windows 7 Home Premium makes it easy to create a home network and share all of your favorite photos, videos, and music. You can even watch, pause, and rewind TV or record it to watch whenever and wherever you want. For the best entertainment experience, choose a PC with Windows 7.
Simplifies everyday tasks, works the way you want, and makes new things possible.
- Improved desktop navigation features like Snap, Peek, and Shake, make it easier to manage all of your open windows.
- Creating a home network has never been easier. You can even share files and printers with all the PCs with Windows 7 on the network.
- Find virtually anything on your PC--from documents to songs to email--just by typing a word or two with Windows Search.
- Designed to make your PC sleep and resume quicker.
- Watch, pause, rewind and record TV with Windows Media Center to watch whenever and where ever you want.
1 x Gigabyte SKT-AM3+ 990FXA-UD3 Motherboard
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The processor in this laptop is insanely fast. It's ranked 35th out of all the laptop processors currently available listed here: [...] I've yet to see it using more than 50% of it's resources even when running Chrome with 10 tabs, iTunes, VLC Player and playing a game.
The 4gb RAM is more than enough for anybody not doing extensive editing or work that you'd otherwise wonder why they were doing it on a laptop. You can upgrade it yourself to 8GB for £55 at Crucial.com.
The gaming graphics on this, even though integrated are the latest generation of integrated graphics. I thought this would mean poor graphics, I was very wrong. This laptop can run Duke Nukem Forever on all High graphical settings without a problem. It can run the Football Manager 2011 3D match engine on all High settings with no problem. It can run Civilization 5 on all high settings with no problem. It can run BulletStorm, a game recently praised for it's graphics in a gamespot.com review on all Medium with high textures. Bulletstorm is the only game I've seen cause it to lag yet. This is extremely capable for running modern games.
The VeriFace technology they mention in the description is nice but essentially redundant as you can type a password quicker than it can scan your face. The build quality is amazing, this is a durable feeling laptop.
It runs cool and is incredibly intelligent. It can be set to only charge the battery part way full and keep it there so as to extend the life span of your battery. It can run on battery power for around 4 hours, possibly more if you use the energy star power settings. The power settings are very intuitive and impressive.
It loads up FAST. You can go from powered off to fully loaded windows in 34 seconds. Doesn't sound fast? Go time your current laptop.
Hard drive is sizeable and fast but could stand to be upgraded, again for around £50 if you can do it yourself.
Amazing laptop for the price. I wrote a much longer review explaining more in depth why but basically I researched for weeks to find the best deal at this price range and this is undeniably it. You won't find a processor this good cheaper anywhere else and if you do it will be in an inferior brand laptop. Lenovo is a by-word for strong, durable laptops that might not look beautiful (though this laptop is hardly ugly) and might not have some uber cool LED's lighting up the fans but it'll keep running and performing for a long time.
I can honestly say I recommend this laptop to anybody looking for anything other than hard core gaming use (I'm talking the latest games on all High settings, it'll run 99% of the games out there right now on Medium settings and frankly there's not enough difference to warrant spending an extra £100 on the same laptop with a dedicated graphics card that can run the same game in a very slightly prettier way.
this laptop has a good amount of connections and the keyboard seems nice, and dont let the 'tank' review put you off, its not a bulky laptop at all but it feels well built, very quiet as well. haven't had a chance to properly test the built in graphics, tho bench tests from reputable sites claim it better than most things in this price range even dedicated graphics cards.
NOTE: in doing my research before buying this laptop i found this range typically has 1333mhz ram rather than the stated 1066, i decided 1066 was plenty fast enough considering what a bargain this laptop is but hoped the site was wrong: And it was! this laptop actually has 1333 ram :D
overall, this laptop seems very fast and solid in both build quality and hardware, its a good price for what it is, especially with the faster ram.
I couldn't get my hands of this computer thereafter and I eventually crashed out at 3:00AM this morning. No the computer didn't (LOL). I had re-installed all my main applications from old laptop. The computer was tested after full Windows Updates to everything in W7 and all other applications. The G570 remained crisp and responsive as ever. Strangely it seemed to get a wee bit faster after all updates etc.
In summary, this computer is powerful, silent, of good weight and a good all round performer. I'd say great value for money if you need a good all-rounder. Right, so you want to know about the Windows Experience Index figures. I've done them twice, first at the beginning and after installing loads of stuff. Here are the figures: Processor 6.9, Memory 7.4, Graphics 5.9, Gaming graphics 6.2, Hard disk 5.9. The lowest score is usually listed for each computer so my G570 comes out at 5.9 - which amazingly is nearly double anything I've had before!
Logging in - you get the traditional password screen to login. The Veriface thing is so cool and you can't fool it. Tried it with a few other faces. It likes my face only!!! LOL. There is still the option to use password login in low light conditions. Oh and Veriface recognised me even after I put on my glasses (and doesn't confuse me with anybody else wearing glasses).
Hardware - There is an e-sata port on the left side of the computer, which doesn't appear in its online specification (but which appears on the spec for the B570). In fact the manual does not identify it as an e-sata port, but it most certainly is (verified from internet images of same, YouTube video on G570, and you cannot get a USB stick onto this. And I'm not confusing it with an HDMI port which this has). There is no USB 3.0 on the G570. I guess it's a must for those who need to be transferring loadsah stuff on and off. The DVD drive works as good as any other. I did not test its speed of burning etc. I've not tested SD-card slot fully. It works.
Keyboard - very nice layout. Each computer keyboard is different no matter what they say. But I'm typing this on the G570 with much ease. Nice big keys, lots of space for my big fingers. Does the job very well.
Mouse - the multitouch pad works nicely. The two-finger scrolling is new to me. It was a bit hit and miss - sometimes the pad would work or delay in working. A quick update to the latest Synaptics 64-bit drivers sorted that out completely. There is the traditional scrolling zone on the right of the pad. Pinch and zoom works great. Mouse is configurable for left handers.
Display - clean, bright and is nicely viewable from about 30 degrees either side of centre. It gets less to about 45 degrees off centre. But viewing angle also depends on screen brightness. For some a narrower viewing range may not be desirable. For me it's great because I work on trains and other similar places. It means I can worry less about roving eyes. Screen reflections have not been a problem for me but I see others have had problems. The brightness and definition of screen text is good. Video and photos come up clean, crisp and vivid. I couldn't want more.
Webcam - works well with VeriFace, Skype and ooVoo.
Sound - Just great! What more can I say.
Connectivity - the Wi-Fi works straight off. I've not tested the Bluetooth but I don't expect any issues there. I'm still getting a blazing 4.5 Mbit/s via my wireless internet shared through my mobile phone (tested on speedtest.net).
Noise level - This depends on what power setting you run it on. In the Energy Star setting I can barely hear any sound coming from the computer above me tapping on the keyboard. In the `Balanced' setting the fan cuts in and out but really you have to listen for it. In the `High Performance' setting the fan becomes more noticeable but not a distraction at all.
Disk performance - the G570 is lighting fast! I'm speechless.
Applications - This machine is fast! Applications load up in the snap of finger even when running several at once. I've tested it with Dragon NS Preferred - which is pretty bulky - together with MS Word, Adobe, SmartDraw and Chrome browser running with several tabs open. The G570 makes light work of them all. Browsing is also very easy and stuff loads up from the internet in split seconds. Skype works brilliantly. Also tried ooVoo and that too works a treat. No more than the usual judders in video that I'm used to with video-conferencing these days. Not a fault of the computer. But the sound over Skype and ooVoo remains good.
Games - I'm not a gamer. This is not a gamer's computer from what I read out there. I compared its performance on simple solitaire and chess titans to the old laptop. G570 is definitely quicker. I'm not suggesting that those are good tests.
Battery life - I've not tested this fully. From a full charge and in the `Balanced' setting the estimate over the battery icon is just over 5 hours. I imagine that that could be increased by switching off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and reducing screen brightness to the lowest setting - and/or using Energy Star mode. In all the years I've been using laptops, I've never needed to go for longer than 3 hours using battery power and that was probably a one off. In any event repeated full discharge of batteries is not a good idea - shortens overall battery lifespan.
I'm usually very demanding about specifications of computers and any other gadgets I buy. This machine - the G570 - left me with little to fuss about. I am delighted with the purchase. For my purposes - largely DTP, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Internet related stuff, a few videos and photos, and Video Conferencing - I'd give it a 4.8 out of 5. I imagine most other people need more grunt and power, so for them I'd cut back to a 4.0 out of 5. I think an average user can buy this product with confidence and be quite settled for at about 4 - 5 years.
Okay - it's three weeks on. The G570 is going fine. It's gotten faster in boot time from about 52 seconds down to 36 now. I had two blue screens along the way in the first week, but not since. Veriface seemed to stall and crash a few times. Upgrading that seemed to cure it (see below). By now I've installed loads of software from my old core-2 duo machine.
MS Office stuff like Word and Excel seemed get slow in loading up. However, PerfectDisk 12 took care of that. Now they load up in like half a second. Skype and ooVoo are still working well. Oh - and Dragon Naturally Speaking Premium 11.0 really rocks on this machine. Like I've done just a few minutes of training for the onboard microphone. And it works so amazing. Like I hardly need to type. Dragon really seems more accurate on this G570. I didn't expect that because I imported my user profiles from the old machine. But hey - I'm really happy that it's doing so well.
I upgraded to 8GB RAM. Doing that was so easy - a 2 min job. There is no rocking performance increase for that upgrade - well it's difficult to say. When I used a math intensive app (64bit ver) to make panoramas, it was unbelievably fast. That app sucked about 4GB or RAM, processors shot up to near 100% workload, but get this - it made light work of what was thrown at it. My panos produced in like 10 seconds where as normally they might take a minute or two.
The machine is performing more smoothly after many driver updates for Intel and Lenovo stuff. I've done these manually - I couldn't find a way to do it automatically and Windows Updates didn't pick up any more than the usual stuff. However, on checkin Lenovo support at their website I realised that chipset, graphics drivers, mouse and veriface drivers were due for updates. So I did those painlessly. A minor glitch in keyboard controls of brightness was cured by the updates.
Battery life - I've had more time to evaluate that. Screen brightness - no surprise - is what drains the battery most. Next big drain is the wireless features i.e. bluetooth and wireless netword card. I had a long wait in Edinburgh airport yesterday and was on the G570 for about 90 min surfing a lot, and doing a lot of other stuff. Skype and Carbonite were on most of the time. All that left about 62% of the battery charge after 90 min. So I reckon that with heavy use in Energy Star mode (with wireless devices on), you'd easily get about 4 hours. I guesstimate that without wireless use and with lighter work, you'd easily get 5 hours battery life. The other interesting thing is that this machine is so powerful that everything I've tried works well in Energy Star mode. I see only marginal performance increase in high power mode, with everyday usage.
Lenovo have built a good machine in this G570.
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