|Screen Size||15.6 inches|
|Screen Resolution||1366 x 768 pixels|
|Max Screen Resolution||1366 x 768 pixels|
|Processor||2.2 GHz Core i7-2670QM|
|RAM||8 GB DIMM|
|Memory Speed||1333 MHz|
|Hard Drive||750 GB SATA + SSD|
|Graphics Coprocessor||NVIDIA Geforce GT 555M|
|Chipset Brand||Intel, NVIDIA|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||1 MB|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||3|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||1|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||3.5 hours|
Lenovo Ideapad Y570 08626KU 15.6-Inch Laptop (Dusk Black)
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This laptop has covered both of those perfectly. If you check out comparison sites for its graphics card, you will see that it has about a midrange card (the 555M, that is). This can play Skyrim at high (but not ultra) settings at about 30 FPS (so it may lag a little bit compared to a high-end card, but I haven't had that issue).
In addition, it has this little switch in the front. When you flick it, it will switch between modes. The first default mode utilizes the integrated Intel 3000 card, and tweaks settings in order to conserve battery power. When you flick it again, a little white light will come on. This turns on the nVidia 555M, brightens your screen a bit, and tweaks settings to prefer power over battery life.
I personally installed a fresh copy of windows on the SSD in order to remove some of the bloatware crap that all manufactured computers came with (this one had some sort of McAffee crap on there - gone!). You have to go through some of Lenovo's manufactured stuff to do this, which is pretty simple, actually. If you do a quick search for "Reinstall windows on Lenovo rapiddrive" you should be able to get Lenovo's actual page that describes how to reinstall Windows onto the SSD. When you reinstall it, if you do it correctly, it even preserves a backup of the drivers that you need for everything from the Energy Management software, to graphics, wireless, USB 3.0 drivers, even Lenovo's theatre and facial recognition applications.
Definitely worth the money. I paid $900 for this at Fry's, and I absolutely love it. The only con I have found is that it's a pain to find a laptop sleeve that will fit a 15.6" properly.
My biggest issue is with the hinges. I treat my laptop so nicely, and this problem still arose. After a few weeks whenever I open the laptop it started making this clicking sound, and is still doing it a couple months later, then when the laptop is open the hinges are very loose, and the screen falls back on its own due to this if it's at too much of an angle.
All in all, this is a good purchase, especially for the price, and my hinge problem may be just my own.
I do wish the industry would standardize keyboard "delete" buttons and such. In this case the "delete" button is in the same row as the "F-key" row, right after "Insert". I keep having to look for it before using.
I love software that keeps my computer tidy and memory available without me having to do it and especially so that I don't ever experience slowdowns due to high fragmentation and poor memory management. But I hate "bloatware" and this computer comes with a bundle of it. In fact, one of them kept popping up a tax prepared service advertisement about every 5 minutes until I figured out which program that was causing the problem and killed it. I feel sorry for folks that didn't get a masters degree in computer science or are not an advanced computer hobbyiest as I suspect these folks just have to put up with things like that which totally takes away from the fun-factor of the computing and online experience.
Last, I don't know what is causing the following problem. I'll be typing along minding my own business when all of a sudden it appears that the "Control" function is stuck "on". The control key itself is not stuck but the functionality is. Rendering the ability to type any letters to "null". The only remedy I've found (after learning nothing after reading the manual and Google searching the Internet) is to reboot the computer.Read more ›
There is a very lengthy thread on Lenovo's community forums discussing this problem:
I also had a separate issue where my Y570 black screened on waking up from sleep and corrupted the operating system within 2 months of purchase. The dual SSD/HDD solution that Lenovo has in place makes it difficult for the end-user to re-install Windows 7 so I had to send it out to florida so Lenovo could fix it which took a couple weeks.
I will certainly never buy another Lenovo product again. I am very disappointed in the quality of this $1000 laptop.
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Laptop itself works great and has been a fantastic computer overall. However, when I first received the computer and turned it on for the first time, the seller had left a broswer... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Rachel
Worked fine for about a year but internal battery/clock stopped working so I frequently have to reset it. I can only be off cord power for about an hour before the battery dies. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Wendye
this product is excellent. I had to use the warranty, and then lenovo give me a NEW one ....thats amazingPublished on June 3, 2013 by Felipe
I really hate saying this, but this is by far the worst computer that I've ever used. The specs are great, but the fact is that this computer absolutely cannot handle a program... Read morePublished on August 28, 2012 by Phil Torres
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Oh, I'm a kid, but whenever I go on amazon it doesn't ask if I'm older than 13. . .I'm really a ten year old girl. Well, this computer is the best one I've ever had. Read morePublished on June 2, 2012 by Cheetahs rock!
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