Lenovo Essential G570 review: Lenovo Essential G570

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Lenovo Essential G570 Average watts per hour
Off (60%) 0.59
Sleep (10%) 0.79
Idle (25%) 6.45
Load (05%) 40.38
Raw kWh number 35.61
Annual power consumption cost $4.04

Annual power consumption cost
Lenovo Essential G570
$4.04 

Budget laptops are traditionally battery-life disappointments, although with the current generation of Intel Core i-series CPUs, we've seen solid improvements across the board in 2011. The Lenovo G570 is at the low end of recent midsize laptops as far as battery life goes, but it still lasted 4 hours and 5 minutes in our video-playback test, which is more than acceptable for a low-cost 15-inch laptop. The previously mentioned Gateway ID47H02u lasted 6 hours in the same test.

Lenovo includes a standard one-year parts and labor mail-in warranty with the Essential G570. Adding one year of in-home service is an extra $29, which seems like a smart investment. A three-year mail-in extension is $74, or $111 for three years of in-home service. These particular prices are listed as limited-time discounts, so the rates may change. Lenovo's online support resources are typically well-organized and easy to navigate, and the company's support phone lines are open 24-7.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
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Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
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Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
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Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
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System configurations:

Lenovo Essential G570
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Western Digital 5,400rpm

Dell Inspiron N411Z
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated) Intel HD 3000; 750GB Western Digital 7,200rpm

Toshiba Satellite E305-S1990X
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Seagate 7,200rpm

Gateway ID47H02u
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Western Digital 5,400rpm

Lenovo Essential B470
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce 410M; 500GB Seagate 5,400rpm

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    Lenovo Essential G570

    Part Number: 43342KU
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    Quick Specifications See All

    • Resolution 1366 x 768 ( HD )
    • Installed Size 4 GB
    • Color black
    • Weight 5.7 lbs
    • Optical Drive DVD-Writer - fixed
    • Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000
    • CPU Intel Core i5 (2nd Gen) 2410M / 2.3 GHz