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Multimedia Monster: Lenovo IdeaPad Y570

A mobile metallic entertainment beast
by Neps Firmalan | Sep 6, 2012
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If the Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 was a kid, it would be that big, chubby lad that everyone describes as naiwan sa kusina. One look and you'll know that it's literally a heavyweight compared to them slim ultrabooks that are all the rage today. So, is the size a turn off? Maybe, especially if you're looking for a laptop that won't give you biceps. However, what the IdeaPad Y570 lacks in sexiness it more than makes up for by awesomeness in other areas. After all, fat is beautifu/adorablel, and more heft = more to get the point, right?

Full connectivity

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Ultrabooks and other ultra-thin laptops are nice, but one thing we don't like about them is that they usually lack a few of the basic physical connectivity features. Due to its size, the Ideapad Y570 has more than enough room for a full suite of ports. Think VGA, HDMI, USB, SD card reader, and Ethernet. Heck, it even manages to pack not one but two USB 3.0 ports for faster file transfers!

Speed and power

The IdeaPad Y570 is a desktop replacement and, as such, boasts the necessary hardware to approximate the performance of a desktop PC. The unit we were lent has a standard volt Core i5 processor that's paired with 4GB of DDR3 memory. With this configuration, we had no problems in loading tons of software and doing some heavy multi-tasking. But before we tell you just exactly what this biggie of a lappie could do, digest first its these specs:

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Those numbers above allowed us to run Adobe Photoshop CS5, Mozilla Firefox (with no less than six Flash-intensive tabs), Microsoft Word, and a couple of other programs simultaneously while an HD movie was playing. Those numbers also prevented any huge dip, lags, and slow-downs in the IdeaPad Y570's performance. Pretty impressive, we must say.

Graphics goodness

Being a desktop replacement also means you have the muscle to perform well in the multimedia and gaming departments, and the IdeaPad Y570 doesn't disappoint. Running the graphics show is the combo of an Intel HD Graphics 3000 and an Nvidia GT 555M GPU, one of the best mobile video cards in its range. Games like World of Warcraft, Starcraft II, and even Diablo III were easy-peasy to play. (Now, all we need is to get past that dreaded Inferno Mode to kill the damn Diablo. Yes, we still can't figure that shit out.) 

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Even graphics-heavy games like Crysis, Lost Planet 2, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 were sisiw for this fattie, drowning our eyes with great frame rates. In short, the IdeaPad Y570 could handle pretty much most of the mainstream games out there!

The same goes for playing movies and whatever videos you like. Expect seamless quality (meaning it won't lag on you), even for HD flicks. The IdeaPad Y570 also comes with a Blu-ray drive, something that many ultra-thins are ditching in favor of anorexic bods. Our only beef? The relatively low-res 15.6 display (1366 x 768), which, come to think of it, is still pretty decent overall.

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