Lenovo IdeaPad Z560 is a high level laptop made mainly for business and professional users. In terms of work, power and speed, the Lenovo IdeaPad Z560 is a very capable performer. The Intel Core I3-M350 processor combined with 3GB of 800-megahertsz DDR3 memory and the integrated Intel GMA HD graphics unit makes this machine extra ordinary fast, responsive and reliable under most work conditions. With dedicated 720p high-definition video decoding, the Lenovo IdeaPad Z560 offers great HD video playback, experience to users. The 15.6-inch, LED-backlit, 1366×768-resolution display screen is bright with clear, sharp and smooth visual output.
Staying true to the product line’s advertised versatility, we saw fair performance, responsiveness and stability while running multimedia transcoding tasks, general office productivity tasks, virtual machine environments, and digital graphics creation and manipulation tools. Geekbench tests placed the Lenovo IdeaPad Z560 performance at an average score of 5244 points. PCMark Vantage rated the machine’s overall performance (CPU, memory, GPU and multimedia) at 6825 marks. To a fair extent, the Lenovo IdeaPad Z560 performed close to the level of a early 2010 13-inch MacBook Pro in all of their synthetic benchmarks. Audio performance was fair – in fact, unexpectedly good – but the Altec Lansing speakers were just about loud enough for a medium-sized room. The SRS Labs technology behind the audio processing proved more than effective, as was observed from the balanced highs and lows and warm bass and overall sound. The speakers can make audio sould tinny, but only under certain strained conditions.
On mild usage, the laptop’s six-cell Lithium-ion battery gave just under four hours of productivity on a single charge. A full charge takes about two hours and 20 minutes plugged into an AC power socket. The battery usage can be stressed up to four hours and above 15 minutes with a very conservative usage pattern and profile. On the other hand, under heavy work strain, the Lenovo IdeaPad Z560 gave us just about two hours and five minutes before shutting down. As mentioned before, heat dissipation is not a problem and the laptop is light enough to use, placed on one’s lap for a few hours.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Z560 is positioned as a medium-level mainstream, portable computing machine, and with its versatile and capable performance, it gives users excellent value at its price range, even at the higher spectrum. As for cons, the laptop lacks its lackluster design and could have done with an HDMI interface. Though the processor and other components are a new generation technology, as far as capabilities and the value it brings to the table, the system is just at its prime and has a few more years worth of value for users – as long as function, and not the latest technology, is one’s primary protable computing device.