The hard drive performance isn’t particularly fast. The laptop recorded close to 40MB/s write speeds while recording a 4GB file to the drive. Assorted data was even slower with write speeds dropping to 31MB/s. While the Z570 has a ton of storage capacity, the drive used simply lacks the performance. PCMark Vantage churned out an overall score of 4609, which is a good bit lower than a slightly slower clocked quad core Core i7 processor. Graphics performance doesn’t impress either. OpenGL tests on Cinebench show scores frame rates of just 8.41 fps. Good graphics solutions will do close to four times that on a notebook.
Thankfully, HD playback is effortless. A 1080p video runs while using just 2-3 per cent CPU utilisation which is quite literally close to nothing. HDMI connectivity means that you can play movies from the laptop on a large screen TV.
Touch-sensitive buttons next to the right-hand side speaker
The display is bright and vibrant. Colour rendition is natural too. Although it uses a glossy screen, it’s hard to hide the average performance in the darker regions of scenes. Viewing angles are pretty poor as well. Overall though, the visual experience is great as long as you’re sitting right in front of the laptop. If you exclude the average contrast ratio, it’s actually a decent screen. Audio quality is decent but the speakers aren’t very loud .
Pretty and feature-rich
The IdeaPad Z570 sells for Rs. 33,190, which makes it easily one of the more affordable laptops around. The Z570 has a lot going for it. It might not be a workhorse and you most definitely will not be playing Crysis on it. One thing’s for sure though, it has a ton of features that matter and a good design and for the majority of the tasks that you'll need it to do, it will do just fine.
Updated 18 Jun, 2013, 10:43 am IST
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