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Lenovo G580 MAAQ9UK review

£399 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Lenovo

Our Rating: We rate this 3.5 out of 5

The Lenovo G580 budget laptop is a capable workhorse, but it's far from spectacular. Read our Lenovo G580 review to find out more.

Lenovo G580 review

Lenovo seems set on taking HP’s crown as the world’s top-selling PC manufacturer, and it’s going the right way with value-for-money products such as the G580. See also: Group test: what's the best budget laptop?

It's an update of the popular G570, and ditches the brushed-metal effect keyboard surround for a pearlescent glossy black. The touchpad is now part of the surround, delineated only by small raised dots. It's too easy to wander off the edge and accidentally 'swipe' back in, bringing up the Charms bar instead of scrolling across a page. It's one of the most frustrating Windows 8 control systems we've used. See all laptop reviews.

The 15.6-inch screen has the bog-standard 1366x768 resolution, but it's bright and clear with typically narrow viewing angles for a non-IPS screen. The screen coating is very glossy and reflective, which can be annoying when there's bright overhead lighting.

The ‘AccuType’ keyboard is well designed, with molded keys that stand quite high and provide plenty of travel as you type, so the G580 will be a good choice for people who need to do a lot of typing for school or office work.

This G580 has a dual-core i3 processor, along with 6GB of memory and a 1TB hard disk, which are certainly good value at this price. The i3 doesn’t have Turbo Boost as found in more expensive i5 chips, but its 2.4GHz clock speed is respectable and delivered a solid score of 2614 in PCMark 7.

That level of performance will be fine for most day-to-day computing tasks, and the G580’s integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics can also stretch to a spot of casual gaming from time to time. It managed a passable 24fps when running Stalker at maximum resolution and high graphics settings, and dropping to 1280x720 and low graphics quality pushed that right up to 36.9fps.

Battery life was good but not great. Its four hours of streaming video is ok, and you can expect longer if you disable Wi-Fi, but other laptops last longer at this price. The G580 is fairly weighty at 2.4Kg, so it’s more suited to use at home or in the office rather than life on the road.

Lenovo G580 Expert Verdict »

Lenovo G580 MAAPNUK Scores 7.7 out of 10 based on 22 reviews
Processor: 2.4GHz Intel Core i3-3110M (dual-core)
Graphics: Intel HD 4000
Display size and type: 15.6in, glossy (1366x768) LCD
Operating system: Windows 8 (64-bit)
Storage: 1TB HD, 5400rpm
Memory: 6GB DDR3, 1600MHz
Optical drive: 8X DVD±RW
Video out: HDMI, VGA
Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
Webcam: 0.9MP
Speakers: stereo speakers
USB: 1x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0
Card slot: SD/SDHC
Dimensions (WxDxH): 375x240x36mm
Weight: 2.4Kg
  • Build Quality: We give this item 7 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Performance: We give this item 7 of 10 for performance
  • Overall: We give this item 7 of 10 overall

If you have a limited budget, the G580 is a good choice. Its touchpad is a bit annoying, but in every other respect, it's a capable workhorse.

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