Lenovo Essential G570 review: Lenovo Essential G570

While we appreciate the sub-$600 price Lenovo has set for its Intel Core i5 laptops, it offers even less expensive versions. You can trade down to a version with an Intel Pentium Dual Core B940M CPU for $499, which seems like a terrible deal when the Core i5 is just $79 more. Keeping the same Core i5 processor and adding a larger hard drive, more RAM, and a Blu-ray optical drive brings the price up to a whopping $899, which is an equally bad deal. As with many PC makers, Lenovo's prices for different configurations of the same system can be confusing and seemingly arbitrary, so check the available options carefully.

Not surprisingly, this laptop performed on par with other recent Intel Core i5 systems, including several more expensive ones, such as Dell's new Inspiron 14z . The 14-inch Gateway ID47H02u performed a bit better in nearly all of our tests, but costs about $100 more. We do consider the Lenovo Essential G570 a better deal in terms of performance. In anecdotal use, the system felt speedy and responsive, and the Intel Core i5 2410M CPU is going to be more than powerful enough for anything a mainstream user would throw at it.

Juice box
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.

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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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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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