Priced under £600, the Lenovo IdeaPad G570 has an impressively strong set of specifications. Matching a Sandy Bridge Intel Core i5-2410M processor with 6GB of RAM and an AMD Radeon HD 6370M graphics card has certainly paid off in performance.

The Lenovo IdeaPad G570 achieved a WorldBench 6 score of 121 points, and went through the FEAR test with a frame rate of 34fps.

It isn’t all about brute force, either, as the Lenovo IdeaPad G570 is one of the more stylish models, with a charcoal-grey, brushed metal finish on the inside and a glossy back.

The Lenovo IdeaPad G570 is sturdily built and looks as if it could take a knock without too much damage. The keyboard is well-designed, featuring a numeric keypad to the right-hand side and all keys are a good size.

The trackpad is a little on the small side but is of good quality, supporting some multi-touch gestures and scrolling.

The screen is another plus point for the Lenovo IdeaPad G570. This glossy panel offers resonant colours and though we’d prefer to have seen a higher resolution than 1366 x 768 pixels to make the most of the Blu-ray drive that it sports, there aren’t many sub-£600 laptops around with a screen of this quality.

There are also few laptops at this price that offer 750GB of hard-drive storage, which should prove more than enough for most.

If you fancy splashing out on an external hard drive for backup – after all, you’ll have plenty of change from a grand if you opt for the Lenovo IdeaPad G570 – then invest in one that supports USB 3.0 so you can take advantage of the Lenovo IdeaPad G570’s USB 3.0 port. This sits among ethernet, VGA and HDMI, and two USB 2.0 ports.

A 64-bit version of Windows Home Premium is standard fare in this price range, and with a 2.5kg chassis and battery life of 307 minutes the Lenovo IdeaPad G570 strikes a balance between desktop replacement and portability very well.

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Lenovo IdeaPad G570: Specs

  • 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M dual-core
  • 15in glossy LED backlit
  • 1366 x 768
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • 4GB DDR3-1333MHz RAM
  • 320GB HDD 7200rpm
  • AMD Radeon HD6630 2GB
  • VGA, HDMI
  • stereo speakers, headphone jack, mic input
  • 1 x USB 3.0
  • 1 x USB 2.0
  • eSATA DVD-RW
  • 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1
  • gigabit ethernet
  • SD/MS Pro card slot
  • fingerprint reader, webcam
  • 48Wh, lithium-ion non-removable battery
  • 307 minutes MobileMark 2007
  • 119 points WorldBench 6
  • 34fps FEAR
  • 349 x 236 x 31
  • 2473g
  • 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M dual-core
  • 15in glossy LED backlit
  • 1366 x 768
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
  • 4GB DDR3-1333MHz RAM
  • 320GB HDD 7200rpm
  • AMD Radeon HD6630 2GB
  • VGA, HDMI
  • stereo speakers, headphone jack, mic input
  • 1 x USB 3.0
  • 1 x USB 2.0
  • eSATA DVD-RW
  • 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1
  • gigabit ethernet
  • SD/MS Pro card slot
  • fingerprint reader, webcam
  • 48Wh, lithium-ion non-removable battery
  • 307 minutes MobileMark 2007
  • 119 points WorldBench 6
  • 34fps FEAR
  • 349 x 236 x 31
  • 2473g

OUR VERDICT

Lenovo isn’t all about work-focused laptops as it proves with the Lenovo IdeaPad G570, an excellent all-rounder for a very competitive price. The performance is strong in all areas and we were especially impressed by the stylish finish and sturdy build quality.

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