Lenovo IdeaPad Y560: Entertainment Delight

Entertainment Delight

Entertainment Delight

If you find the Lenovo IdeaPad Y560 to be quite familiar, or at least a case of deja vu, it's because this model is actually an update of another notebook that we reviewed earlier this year - the IdeaPad Y550P. Both models are basically 15.6-inch notebooks, and appearance wise, the Y560 greatly resembles its older ancestor.

From the exterior with its matte textured surface to the layout of the ports, the Y560 is basically the Y550P updated with much spiffier hardware. Expect a speedier Core i7-740QM quad-core processor, a beefier Mobility Radeon HD 5730 discrete graphics, a larger hard drive and a Blu-ray drive. For direct spec comparisons, check this link. So just like any hardware refresh, it's the inside that counts. So it's no surprise that the notebook's design and layout is rehashed, even down to the location of USB, HDMI and LAN ports. Note though, one USB port has been upgraded to support eSATA as an eSATA+USB combo port.

Appearance wise, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y560 greatly resembles the Lenovo IdeaPad Y550P.

The black cover actually has pretty interesting patterns etched on it.

"You want ports? We got ports!" The right side features a USB port, a eSATA-USB combo port, the ExpressCard/34 slot and the optical drive.

On the front you'll find the 6-in-1 SD card reader together with a WiFi switch.

On the right, your display adaptors await - the VGA and HDMI ports, then followed by a LAN jack, two more USB ports, and the audio jacks.

The Good
Solid performance
Good value for money
The Bad
No number pad

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