Sunday, July 3, 2011

Lenovo G560

The Essential G560 is Lenovo’s entry-level 15.6” notebook. It sports an Intel Core i3 processor, full-size keyboard with number pad, and a starting price around $600. Read our review to find out more.

Our Lenovo Essential G560 review unit has the following specifications:
  • 15.6-inch 720p (1366x768) glossy panel with LED backlighting
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • Intel Core i3-330M dual-core processor (2.13GHz, 3MB L3 cache, 2.5GT/s QPI, 35W TDP)
  • Intel HM55 chipset
  • Integrated Intel HD graphics w/ shared video memory
  • 4GB DDR3-1066 dual-channel RAM (2x 2GB)
  • 320GB 5400RPM Western Digital hard drive (WD3200BEVT)
  • Broadcom 802.11n wireless LAN card
  • DVD burner (Optiarc DVD RW AD-7585H)
  • 1-year limited warranty
  • 6-cell Li-ion battery (11.1V, 48Wh)
  • Weight: 5.73 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 14.8” (L) x 9.8” (D) x 0.7~1.4” (H)
  • MSRP: $699
Our test unit has specifications appropriate for what it was designed for – basic use. The Core i3 processor and 4GB of RAM ensure smooth multitasking. Something this machine will not be able to do is play 3D games since it has integrated graphics.

Build and Design
The G560 has a modest-looking exterior with a few high-quality touches. The palm rest area is inlaid with brushed aluminum, which feels cool to the touch. The G560 is rather thin and light given its 15.6” screen, coming in at a shade under six pounds and about 1.3” thin. Despite its all-plastic construction the G560 has a solid feel. The palm rest and areas surrounding the keyboard have good support and do not flex, even under abnormal pressure. The plastic used in the construction has satisfactory quality; it is thick enough to not feel brittle yet not something I would classify as durable.

Unlike the chassis, the lid is covered in smooth glossy plastic, which attracts dust and fingerprints. This is a con – the glossy plastic gets messy quickly unless a microfiber cloth is kept handy at all times. The build quality of the lid itself is average and not as good as the chassis. It flexes easily when twisted by the corners and I made ripples appear on the screen when I pushed in on the back. The G560’s overall build quality is satisfactory; my only real complaint is the glossy plastic used on the lid.

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