Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 First Look and Video

We recently got ahold of the Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 15.6” gaming laptop that starts at $799.99 at the time of this writing.  At such a low price for the specs you get the Y570 can be considered a budget gaming laptop.  It’s hard to find something with a decent graphics card and Intel Quad Core processor for under $1,000, but here you’ve got one.   The specs for the Y570 we have under review are as follows:

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Lenovo Y570

  • Processor: Intel Core i7-2670QM (2.2GHz, 6MB cache)
  • Screen: 15.6” 1366 x 768 resolution glossy screen
  • OS: WIndows 7 Home Premium
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GT 555M
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Web Camera: Integrated 2.0MP camera
  • Storage: 500GB 5400RPM hard drive
  • Battery: 6-cell Li-Ion
  • Wireless: Intel 1000 BGN (802.11 a/b/g/n), Bluetooth
  • Ports: HDMI, 1 USB 2.0, 1 USB 2.0/eSATA combo, 2 USB 3.0, VGA monitor out, Ethernet RJ-45, 6-in-1 media card reader
  • Weight: 5.95lbs
  • Dimensions:  15.2″ x 10.0″ x 0.9″ to 1.4 (Width x Depth x Thickness)
  • Warranty: 1-year

For those who prefer visuals to reading, check out the following video overview we did of the IdeaPad Y570:

Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 Laptop Overview

Y470 Vs. Y570 Differences

The Y570 is much like its smaller 14-inch screen cousin Y470 we reviewed last year.  Both use the same design, the port selection is the same and processors offered the same.  The only real differences are listed below:

  • The Y570 has a 15.6” screen, the Y470 has a 14.0” screen
  • The Y570 has an Nvidia GT 555m processor while the Y470 has an Nvidia GT 550m processor
  • The Y570 has a number pad thanks to the larger sized keyboard

In regards to the graphics, the GT 555m card the Y570 uses is actually one that’s the same in performance as the GT 550m used in the Y470, both are using 96 stream processors and performance will therefore be about the same for both.  So if performance is so similar why buy the Y570 over the smaller Y470?  In a world where laptops are getting smaller, slimmer and lighter there is still very much a market for those who, given a choice, prefer a bigger size over small.  This is America after all.


Lenovo Y570 Lid

In a world of MacBook clones and copy cat designs the Lenovo Y570 certainly stands out.  The lid has an interesting brown/grey coloration with a dimpled design pattern that kind of looks like a circuit board all on top of a brush metal finish.  Then there’s an orange rim around the lid to add a bit of design flare.  Open up the laptop and the keyboard area has a metallic look with what is best described as a purple tinge, although the color somewhat adjusts depending on the angle you view it and light in the room.  Add to that the purple accent lights on the media buttons at the top and white LED light on the power button and you’ve got something quite eclectic in its styling.   It’s different, and while the description of the design colors used might sound like it could come out looking like a clowns face, that’s not the case and it somehow just all works to make for an appealing and unique look.

Lenovo Y570 keyboard area


The Y570 certainly has above average performance thanks to its Intel Core i7 Quad Core processor and Nvidia GT 555m graphics, but it has a secret weapon that can be enabled to boost performance over 50%.  That secret is an easily accessible PCIe mini card slot inside that can support the installation of an mSATA SSD, a lot of owners have spent the $100 – $200 it costs to buy a mini SSD such as the Intel 310.  Below you can see the Y570 opened up and where we installed the Intel 310:

Intel 310 installation to Y570

Let’s get right to the benchmarks and compare how the Y570 does with its standard configuration and then with a mSATA SSD:

LaptopPCMark Vantage Score
Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 – Intel Core i7-2670QM, Nvidia 555M 1GB, 8GB RAM, Intel 310 SSD14,611 PCMarks
Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 – Intel Core i7-2670QM, Nvidia 555M 1GB, 8GB RAM, 5400RPM HD8,771 PCMarks
Lenovo IdeaPad Y470 – Intel Core i7-2630qm, Nvidia 550M 1GB, 8GB RAM, Intel 310 SSD12,160 PCMarks
HP Envy 15-3000 – Intel Core i7-2760QM, AMD Radeon 7690M,Intel X25-M SSD15,835 PCMarks
HP Envy 15-3000 – Intel Core i7-2760QM, AMD Radeon 7690M,7200RPM HD9,736 PCMarks
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E420 – Intel Core i5-2410m 2.30GHz, 4GB RAM6,056 PCMarks
Dell Vostro 3450 – Intel Core i5-2410m 2.30Ghz, 4GB RAM5,901 PCMarks
Dell Inspiron N411z – Intel Core i3-2330m 2.30GHz, 4GB RAM5,285 PCMarks
Lenovo ThinkPad T420 – Intel Core i3-2310m 2.1GHz, 2GB RAM3,204 PCMarks


As you can see in the above table, by placing the Intel 310 SSD inside of the Y570 the PCMark Vantage benchmark score jumped from 8,771 to an astounding 14,611.  That’s a 66% jump in score, all as a result of using a faster SSD.  The beauty of the mini SSD is that you can run the OS and installed programs on it and then store your user folders and large files on the higher capacity hard drive, getting the best of both storage worlds.

The Y570 equipped with an SSD will also help to boost overall gaming performance, running the 3DMark 11 benchmark that measures a systems 3D performance yielded a very respectable score of 1,808:

Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 – Intel Core i7-2670QM, Nvidia 555M 1GB, 8GB RAM, Intel 310 SSD1,808
Lenovo ThinkPad W520 – Intel Core i7 2720QM, 12GB RAM, Nvidia Quadro 2000, Intel 320 SSD1,438
Dell XPS 14z – Intel Core i5-2430m 2.40GHz, 8GB RAM, Nvidia GT 520M, 7200RPM HD639
Alienware m14x  – Intel Core i7-2630QM, 8GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 555, 7200RPM1,331

Remember, the price of this laptop was $799 when purchased, consider that it’s handily outperforming more expensive laptops with a simple $100 upgrade and you might start to rub your chin.

Full Review Coming

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We’ll be back in a week or so with a full review and evaluation of the Lenovo Y570 in which we’ll cover more aspects such as the build quality, screen, keyboard and heat & noise factors.  Until that time, we’ll whet your appetite further by closing with an image slideshow we’ve put together of the Y570:

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