Lenovo IdeaPad V570 review: Lenovo IdeaPad V570

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The 15-inch display is a glossy rather than matte affair. It's more reflective than we would have liked, but it's also quite bright and colours look very rich and strong. Its resolution of 1,366x768 pixels is unremarkable, but given the low-ish price tag we guess it's to be expected as it's broadly in line with most other sub £500 laptops.

On Sandy shores

Under the bonnet our V570 is powered by one of Intel's new Sandy Bridge Core i3-2310M processors (a 2.3GHz Core i5 chip is available for around £50 more). The main advantage of Sandy Bridge chips when used on cheaper laptops such as this is the faster Intel HD3000 integrated graphics.

In the 3DMark06 test, the V570 managed to post a score of 2,575, which is around twice the performance of the previous Intel HD graphics solutions. It's still not enough to allow for decent frame rates in newer games, although older titles will probably play fine as long as you turn the detail down.

The V570 only has 2GB of RAM onboard, compared to the 3GB offered on the B570. This did hamper its performance slightly, so if you're thinking of making the purchase you may want to factor in the cost of upgrading the RAM. In PCMark05 it posted a score of 5,788 compared to the B570's result of 5,904. That's still more than enough performance for light and medium computing tasks, so it'll have no problem crunching through streaming video or multi-tab Web browsing.

The laptop's battery life was also impressive. It managed to keep running for 1 hour 35 minutes in our Battery Eater test, which is above average for a 15-inch machine. This test really hammers the processor to simulate a very intensive processing load, so under real world conditions you're likely to get much longer battery life from it.

Conclusion

At the end of the day there's isn't a huge difference between the V570 and its cheaper cousin the B570. They're both impressive laptops for the price, so basically, if you want a model with a more premium, stylish look then opt for the V570. If you're not concerned with looks you can save yourself around £70 by going for the B570 instead.

Edited by Nick Hide