We've seen the G570 a couple of times before, albeit with different specifications. This model has a Core i5 processor and a Blu-ray reader for just £500, making it immediately stand out for multimedia fans. See also Group test: what's the best budget laptop?

The glossy finish to the screen helps movies look sharp and clear, although reflections can be a problem. There are volume controls on the cursor keys and playback controls which are ideal for skipping through video and music on some of the Fn keys. The 750GB hard drive ought to provide enough space for you to store plenty of movies of your own creation and tunes too. See also: Laptop Advisor.

The audio system can't keep up, though. The twin speakers deliver sound loudly enough to cater for movie watching but their bass is lacking. When we used headphones the absence of bass was similarly apparent. Visit Asus K55VD review.

The Radeon HD 6370M graphics chip may sound good, but it could manage only 22fps in our Fear test. It's underpowered by today's standards, although is capable for casual games.

Lenovo’s G570 makes no bones about its plastic chassis, the shiny black lid is a dead giveaway. It's solidly built, but will be hard to keep clean and scratch-free.

Lenovo keyboards are among our favourites. Not only do the isolated keys look attractive with their off-square shaping, but also, and much more importantly, they feel great under the fingers. There’s a nice detail on the trackpad’s scroll zone too in that it has a slightly raised line of orange dots – making it very easy to find. The trackpad is a little small, though.

With three USB ports and a fourth combined with eSATA, connectivity is reasonable, but there’s no support for USB 3.0. Still, the almost obligatory HDMI output is here, and a rather generous 6GB of RAM supports the Intel Core i5 processor. That latter combination helps the machine feel very responsive.

Among the somewhat overwhelming array of bloatware, much of which you may wish to delete early on, comes the ability to create an ooVoo video chat and IM account. Potentially more usefully Lenovo includes its EE Boot Optimiser which is meant to improve boot speeds. We didn’t notice a vast improvement, though. You may enjoy tinkering with VeriFace for logging in to Windows simply by staring into the webcam.

Lenovo G570 M51BPUK: Specs

  • Processor: 2.2GHz Intel Core i3-2330M
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • Display size: 15.6in (1366 x 768) matt
  • Operating system: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
  • Storage: 500GB SATA 5400rpm
  • Memory: 4GB DDR3 1333MHz
  • Ethernet: gigabit
  • Optical drive: DVD+/-RW
  • Video out: HDMI, VGA
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth: 3
  • Cellular data: n/a
  • GPS: n/a
  • Webcam: 640 x 480
  • Speakers: stereo speakers
  • Audio in: built in mic, stereo 3.5mm line-in
  • Audio out: 3.5mm headphone/line-out
  • USB: 3 x USB 2.0
  • eSATA: 0
  • FireWire: 0
  • Thunderbolt: 0
  • Other ports: None
  • Card slot: SDHCTrackpad: 102 x 70 two button multi-touch
  • Other software: Microsoft Office Starter, Cyberlink Media Suite
  • Power adaptor: 60W Smart AC adapter
  • Battery: 48Wh lithium-ion
  • Dimensions: 368 x 243 x 27 - 33mm
  • Weight: 2300g
  • Warranty: 1 year collect and return
  • Price: £420 inc VAT
  • WorldBench 6: 100
  • MobileMark 2007: 331 minutes
  • FEAR: 12fps
  • Processor: 2.2GHz Intel Core i3-2330M
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • Display size: 15.6in (1366 x 768) matt
  • Operating system: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
  • Storage: 500GB SATA 5400rpm
  • Memory: 4GB DDR3 1333MHz
  • Ethernet: gigabit
  • Optical drive: DVD+/-RW
  • Video out: HDMI, VGA
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth: 3
  • Cellular data: n/a
  • GPS: n/a
  • Webcam: 640 x 480
  • Speakers: stereo speakers
  • Audio in: built in mic, stereo 3.5mm line-in
  • Audio out: 3.5mm headphone/line-out
  • USB: 3 x USB 2.0
  • eSATA: 0
  • FireWire: 0
  • Thunderbolt: 0
  • Other ports: None
  • Card slot: SDHCTrackpad: 102 x 70 two button multi-touch
  • Other software: Microsoft Office Starter, Cyberlink Media Suite
  • Power adaptor: 60W Smart AC adapter
  • Battery: 48Wh lithium-ion
  • Dimensions: 368 x 243 x 27 - 33mm
  • Weight: 2300g
  • Warranty: 1 year collect and return
  • Price: £420 inc VAT
  • WorldBench 6: 100
  • MobileMark 2007: 331 minutes
  • FEAR: 12fps

OUR VERDICT

While we like the keyboard and appreciate the Blu-ray drive and generous RAM and hard drive allocations, this version of the Lenovo G570 doesn’t quite enough 3D oomph to win an award.

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