Lenovo IdeaPad G560 - The G565's look-alike younger sibling Review

By Vinod Yalburgi | Updated Dec 16 2010
Lenovo IdeaPad G560 - The G565's look-alike younger sibling Review
DIGIT RATING
60 /100
  • design

    60

  • performance

    50

  • value for money

    70

  • features

    60

  • PROS
  • Affordable
  • One touch recovery
  • Addition of e-SATA & HDMI ports
  • Biometric login
  • CONS
  • Weak performer
  • No dedicated video card
  • Cramped key-spacing

Verdict

The Lenovo IdeaPad G560 is a feature-rich low-end laptop, meant to meet the basic needs of businessmen and executives. The addition of eSATA and HDMI ports provide value for money, while the presence of special multimedia buttons embossed on a glassy surface adds a touch of class to the design aesthetics of the laptop. It makes a decent buy at Rs. 31,990 with basic multimedia and executive style features. However, its weak performance across all the tests including gaming, will disappoint the performance hungry freaks and gamers.

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Lenovo IdeaPad G560 - The G565's look-alike younger sibling detailed review

The Lenovo IdeaPad G560 looks no different than its elder sibling - the G565, which we have reviewed earlier. However, subtle changes add a touch of class to the G560, giving it an identity of its own. Unlike the G565, the cover lid, screen bezel and the keypad layout are all coated in glossy black finish. While the rear-panel and the palm-rest are still coated in matte black finish, the keypad keys coated in glossy black and add a stark contrast to the textured battery compartment above the keypad. The screen bezel is marked with tread-like textures & decorated with four buttons each at the top and bottom, giving it an antique look. The glaring shiny surface on the cover lid and palm-rest are vulnerable to fingerprint smudges, compromising any positives derived from its antique yet stylish design.


Lenovo IdeaPad G560 (front view)

[RELATED_ARTICLE]The Lenovo IdeaPad G560 is quite bulky weighing in at about 2.63 kgs. Inheriting the most characteristic features from its elder sibling – the G565, the G560 also incorporates subtle changes such as capslock & numlock status indicators, as well as mute, volume up/down and video recording buttons located at the top of the keypad. It is a welcome change to see the addition of eSATA and HDMI ports which were missing on the G565. The special status LED indicators, the Wi-Fi on/off switch and the multi-format memory card reader add value for money.

 

IdeaPad G560 (rear view)

Read on to know more about the features and keypad ergonomics in the next page...

 

 

IdeaPad G560 (ports on the right)

[RELATED_ARTICLE]The wide touchpad with scroll bar function integrated to it enables quick and efficient navigation while browsing a document or a webpage. The split mouse buttons partitioned within the touchpad layout like always play a significant role, but their performance is quite sluggish and unresponsive at times. The sturdy feel of the keypad keys inhibits quick typing and often lacks sufficient tactile feedback resulting in incorrect user input. Also, the cramped up key-spacing due to underutilized keypad space inhibits quick and efficient typing, while also hindering comfortable keypad navigation. Like its elder sibling, the only bonus is the special function keys marked in saffron with two function “Fn” operator keys for quick dual-hand and multimedia operation. We weren't impressed by the G560's keypad build quality & ergonomics, which had been the case with its elder sibling too.

IdeaPad G560 (keypad layout)

Read on to know the performance, Our Take, ratings, specifications and performance test results in the next page...

 

Performance

[RELATED_ARTICLE]The Lenovo IdeaPad G560 showcased neck-to-neck performance with its elder sibling in the PC Mark Vantage synthetic benchmark test, although falling short in the overall score. It is rather disappointing to note that it failed to pass the TV & Movies test, like its elder sibling - the G565. It is very much on the expected lines that the big brother (G565) dominated across all the synthetic benchmark tests including the SiSoft Sandra 2010 Pro and the 3D Mark 2006 tests. We found a mixed bag of results in the real-world tests, where the G565 had a better outing in the battery-life test. While the G560 outplayed the elder sibling in the speaker quality and HD movie test by a small margin. However, the G560 delivered extremely lower frame rates than the G565 across Doom 3 & FarCry 2 game benchmarking, due to the lack of a graphics solution. The game benchmarks clearly indicate that the Lenovo IdeaPad G560 is not suitable for casual gaming, while the G565 does a decent job by virtue of a dedicated graphics solution.

Our Take
The Lenovo IdeaPad G560 is a feature-rich low-end laptop, meant to meet the basic needs of businessmen and executives. The addition of eSATA and HDMI ports provide value for money, while the presence of special multimedia buttons embossed on a glassy surface adds a touch of class to the design aesthetics of the laptop. It makes a decent buy at Rs. 31,990 with basic multimedia and executive style features. However, its weak performance across all the tests including gaming, should disappoint the performance hungry freaks and gamers.

Ratings
Features: 6
Performance: 5
Build Quality: 6.5
Value for money: 7
Overall: 6

Specifications: Processor: Intel Pentium P6100 (2.2GHz); Memory: 2GB DDR3 533MHz; Chipset: Intel HM55 Express; Integrated Graphics card: Intel HD graphics; Hard drive: 500GB; Display: 15.6-inch LED backlit, Screen resolution: 1366 x 768; Weight: 2.63 Kilo-grams;

Brand Lenovo
Model G560
Features  
Component Specifications  
Processor Model No Intel Pentium P6100
Processor Speed (MHz) 2200
RAM (MB) 2048
RAM Type DDR3
Memory Speed (MHz) 533
Chipset Intel HM55 Express
Graphics Solution Intel HD Graphics
Dedicated Video Memory (Y / N) N
Dedicated Video Memory Size (in MB) N/A
Audio Chipset Conexant CX20671 SmartAudio HD
HDD Size (GB) 500
Optical Drive Type / Speed DVD RW/Multi
Bundled OS Windows 7 Home Basic
Characteristics  
Screen Size (Inches) 15.6
Type of LCD LED backlit
Screen Resolution (Native) 1366x768
Weight (Kg) 2.63
No of Ports (USB / FireWire) 2/None
Connectivity (LAN / Bluetooth / WiFi) Y/Y/Y
Memory Card Reader (Y/N) Y
Type of Memory Cards Supported MMC, MS, MS Pro, SD, xD
Inbuilt Webcam (Y/N) Y
Build (So 10)
Body 6.5
Keypad 7
Lid, movables 6
Ergonomics  
Keypad Tactile Feedback (So 10) 6
Key Layout & Usability (So 10) 7
Shortcut Keys/Switches (So 10) 6.5
Biometrics Login (Y/N) Y
WiFi On/Off Switch or Button (Y/N) Y
Dedicated Bluetooth On/Off Switch or Button (Y/N) N
Dedicated TouchPad On/Off Switch or Button (Y/N) Y
Performance  
Synthetic Scores  
PC Mark Vantage  
TV & Movies Score Failed
Gaming Score 2262
Music Score 4722
Memory Score 2549
Productivity Score 2634
Communications Score 3510
HDD 3501
Overall Score 3892
SiSoft Sandra 2010 Pro  
CPU Arithmetic (Dhrystone ALU/Whetstone iSSE3) 16.79/14.38
CPU Multi-Media (Integer x8 aSSE2/Floating x4 iSSE2) 33.76/23.0
HDD Index (MB/s) 69
Random Access Time (ms) 7.61
Memory bandwidth (Integer/floating) (MB/s) 7000/7000
3D Mark 2006  
CPU Score 1845
Overall Score 1519
Maxon CineBench R11.5 (CPU Score) 1.21
Other tests  
Battery Life Test (Minutes) 144
WiFi Signal Strength Test (Zone 1) High
WiFi Signal Strength Test (Zone 2) Med
Real World Tests
Speaker Quality (So 10) 6.5
HD Movie Viewing (So 10) 7.5
WinRAR 3.9 (Compression / Decompression) (KB/s) 894
File transfer Test (4 GB test file-sequential) (Sec) 264
File transfer Test (4 GB test file-assorted) (Sec) 278
PassMark Wireless Mon 3.0 Signal Strength 58.00%
PassMark Wireless Mon 3.0 bandwidth 54Mb/s
Doom 3 (fps) (800x600, medium detail) with DirectX 9.0 20.8fps
FarCry (fps) (1024x768, medium detail) with DirectX 9.0 12.68fps
Warranty (Years) 1 year
Price (Rupees) Rs. 31,990

Contact: Lenovo India
Phone no: 1800 425 2666
E-mail:pmatthan@lenovo.com
Website:www.lenovo.com
Price: Rs. 31,990
 

Lenovo IdeaPad G560 - The G565's look-alike younger sibling Key Specs, Price and Launch Date

Price: ₹31990
Release Date: 16 Dec 2010
Market Status: Launched

Key Specs

  • OS OS
    Windows 7 (64-bit)
  • Display Display
    15.6" (1366 x 768)
  • Processor Processor
    Intel Pentium | NA
  • Memory Memory
    NA null/2GB null

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Lenovo IdeaPad G560 - The G565's look-alike younger sibling

Price : ₹31990

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Price : ₹31990

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