Lenovo IdeaPad G565 - Contemporary design, executive style Review

By Vinod Yalburgi | Updated Dec 13 2010
Lenovo IdeaPad G565 - Contemporary design, executive style Review
DIGIT RATING
60 /100
  • design

    60

  • performance

    60

  • value for money

    70

  • features

    70

  • PROS
  • Affordable
  • One touch recovery
  • Biometric login
  • CONS
  • Bulky
  • Ordinary performer
  • Cramped key-spacing

Verdict

The Lenovo IdeaPad G565 is a decent mid-range laptop which provides good value for money, with its executive style features at an affordable price. Although, its bulky form-factor weighing around 5.5Kilo-grams is a major hindrance for office goers and frequent travellers. Also, its ordinary performance does not satisfy a pure performance hungry freak. However, it makes a good buy at Rs. 38,090 with its ability for casual gaming at decent frame rates and presence of executive style features being the major selling points.

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Lenovo IdeaPad G565 - Contemporary design, executive style detailed review

The Lenovo IdeaPad G565 incorporates a contemporary design with executive class features which include biometric login known as “veriface login” and OneKey Rescue System. The veriface login allows the user to create his facial profile along with a retina scan, which acts as the security check for subsequent logins preventing unauthorized access. The cover lid, screen bezel, the keypad layout and the rear-panel including the battery compartment are all coated in matte black finish. The textured design on the battery compartment at the top of the keypad matches with the textured palm-rest and adds a touch of class to the keypad layout design. The black metallic finish on the keys provides a stark contrast with the textured black matte finish on the battery compartment and the palm-rest.


Lenovo IdeaPad G565 (front view)

The power button, OneKey recovery and battery status shortcut buttons are sandwiched between the battery compartment and the keypad. Two LED indicators namely: the caps lock and the num lock are located right next to them. The wide seam on the touchpad allows the user the scope for comfortable navigation on the screen. The four LED indicators below the touchpad represent the power, battery, Wi-Fi and processor status respectively. The integrated webcam is placed at the top centre of the screen bezel along with a biometric sensor right next to it. The sensor is activated during the Veriface login for performing the retina scan.

Lenovo IdeaPad G565 (rear view)

The Lenovo IdeaPad G565 is quite bulky, weighing around 5.5 kg. It includes two USB ports, one VGA port, one ethernet port & room for air-flow on the left; one USB port, one power port, one DVD writer (multi-speed), one headphone port & one microphone port are located on the right. It also includes one multi-card reader slot (MMC, MS, MS Pro, SD, xD) and one Wi-Fi on/off switch located at either sides on the front of the palm-rest.

Lenovo IdeaPad G565 (port views)

[RELATED_ARTICLE]The keypad is cramped for space, making way for the textured design over the battery compartment, including two integrated speakers on it and the textured palm-rest below the keypad. We feel that too much of space is underutilised on either sides at the top and bottom of the keypad. Otherwise, we could experience better ergonomics in terms of usability of keys and comfortable keypad navigation. We encountered a few typos owing to cramped-up space between keys and lack of sufficient tactile feedback. The only plus is the special function keys marked in saffron with two function “Fn” operator keys for quick dual-hand and multimedia operation. Overall, the keypad build quality and ergonomics stood average at best, which fails to justify the executive class design portrayed by it.

Lenovo IdeaPad G565 (keypad layout)

Read on to know the Performance, Our Take, Specifications and Performance test results in the next page... 

 

Performance

[RELATED_ARTICLE]The Lenovo IdeaPad G565 delivered an average performance across all the synthetic benchmark tests, with a decent showing in the real-world and gaming benchmark tests. It showcased a rather ordinary battery-life (2 hours and 56 minutes), in spite of the low-end hardware configuration. Although, the interesting fact is that, it outscored the Asus U43Jc Bamboo in the overall score for 3DMark 2006 and Maxon CineBench test largely owing to the presence of ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470 in its hardware configuration.

However, the Asus U43Jc did significantly better across all other tests & marginally better in the PC Mark Vantage gaming test scoring 3243 points, as against 3122 points scored by the G565. The Lenovo G565 did a decent job in the real-world game benchmarks with FarCry 2 and Doom 3, securing 35.84fps and 112.4fps (on an average) respectively, while Asus U43Jc secured a meagre 23.67fps (on an average) on FarCry 2. Thereby, the real-world game benchmarks clearly contradict the synthetic game scores to some extent. Thus, the scales would slightly tilt in favour of the G565 to be better suitable for casual gaming, if we were to consider the real-world benchmark and overall 3D Mark 2006 scores. However, if you are looking for a better overall performer sans gaming, then you would do better with the Asus U43Jc Bamboo laptop.

Our Take
The Lenovo IdeaPad G565 is a decent mid-range laptop which provides good value for money, with its executive style features at an affordable price. Although, its bulky form-factor weighing around 5.5Kilo-grams is a major hindrance for office goers and frequent travellers. Also, its ordinary performance does not satisfy a pure performance hungry freak. However, it makes a good buy at Rs. 38,090 with its ability for casual gaming at decent frame rates and presence of executive style features being the major selling points.

Specifications: Processor: AMD Phenom II N850 (2.2GHz); Memory: 3GB DDR3 533MHz; Chipset: AMD 785GX; Graphics card: 512MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470; Hard drive: 500GB; Display: 15.6-inch LED backlit, Screen resolution: 1366 x 768; Weight: 5.5 Kilo-grams;

Brand Lenovo
Model G565
Features
Component Specifications
Processor Model No AMD Phenom II N850
Processor Speed (MHz) 2195
RAM (MB) 3072
RAM Type DDR3
Memory Speed (MHz) 533
Chipset AMD 785GX
Graphics Solution ATI Radeon HD 5470
Dedicated Video Memory (Y / N) Y
Dedicated Video Memory Size (in MB) 512
Audio Chipset Realtek HD audio
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 backlight
Screen Resolution (Native) 1366x768
Weight (Kg) 5.5
No of Ports (USB / FireWire) 3/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 7
Keypad 7.5
Lid, movables 6.5
Ergonomics
Keypad Tactile Feedback (So 10) 7
Key Layout & Usability (So 10) 7.5
Shortcut Keys/Switches (So 10) 6
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 3122
Music Score 4478
Memory Score 2485
Productivity Score 3897
Communications Score 3950
HDD 2986
Overall Score 4338
SiSoft Sandra 2010 Pro
CPU Arithmetic (Dhrystone ALU/Whetstone iSSE3) 22.74/21.65
CPU Multi-Media (Integer x8 aSSE2/Floating x4 iSSE2) 63.22/28.1
HDD Index (MB/s) 71.79
Random Access Time (ms) 6.72
Memory bandwidth (Integer/floating) (MB/s) 8000/8000
3D Mark 2006
CPU Score 2051
Overall Score 4047
Maxon CineBench R11.5 (CPU Score) 1.15
Other tests
Battery Life Test (Minutes) 176
WiFi Signal Strength Test (Zone 1) High
WiFi Signal Strength Test (Zone 2) Med
Real World Tests
Speaker Quality (So 10) 6
HD Movie Viewing (So 10) 7
WinRAR 3.9 (Compression / Decompression) (KB/s) 936
File transfer Test (4 GB test file-sequential) (Sec) 248
File transfer Test (4 GB test file-assorted) (Sec) 235
PassMark Wireless Mon 3.0 Signal Strength 57.00%
PassMark Wireless Mon 3.0 bandwidth 54 Mb/s
Doom 3 (fps) (800x600, medium detail) with DirectX 9.0 112.4
FarCry (fps) (1024x768, medium detail) with DirectX 9.0 35.84
Warranty (Years) 1 year
Price (Rupees) Rs. 38,090

Contact:  Lenovo India
Phone: 1800 425 2666
E-mail: pmatthan@lenovo.com
Website: www.lenovo.com
Price: Rs. 38,090

Lenovo IdeaPad G565 - Contemporary design, executive style Key Specs, Price and Launch Date

Price: ₹38090
Release Date: 13 Dec 2010
Market Status: Launched

Key Specs

  • OS OS
    NA
  • Display Display
    NA
  • Processor Processor
    NA

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Lenovo IdeaPad G565 - Contemporary design, executive style

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Lenovo IdeaPad G565 - Contemporary design, executive style

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