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Lenovo IdeaPad Y560 review

Lenovo IdeaPad Y560: Entertainment Delight

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Overall rating 9/10
Design:
8.5
Features:
9
Performance:
9
Value:
9
Mobility:
8
THE GOOD
Solid performance
Good value for money
THE BAD
No number pad


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.