This Lenovo IdeaPad N581 system is a desktop replacement computer with an unbeatable price, making it suitable as value-rated devices. For anyone looking for a pocket-friendly deviceLenovo IdeaPad N581 not only comes in a modest design, but also comes with the ability to get your work done. The device provides Solid performance, a lot of storage capacity and comes with strong features at a price tag below $500, which has earned with a position as our Editor’s choice for worth-evaluated devices.
The device’s frame is a black plastic shiny soft-touch surface that adds a stylish look to a rather plain design. The surface is smooth to the touch but also retains a lot of finger print mark and may need to be constantly wiped in other to look clean
The device which measures 1.3 x 14.8 x9.6 inches (HWD) and weighs 5.71 pounds is obviously thicker and heavier than the Samsung Series 3 NP300E5E-A05CA which is 0.98 inches thick and weighs about 4.85 pounds. The Lenovo IdeaPad N581 comes in a 15.6-inch screen has a 1366 x768 pixel resolution. When it was tested with the newest preview for The Man of Steel, its features were as sharp as anticipated in 720p, with sharp, consistent colours although a little colour shifting can be noticed when viewed from certain angles, it is not entirely awful.
The sound of the N581 produces good quality audio output from its two 3-watt speakers fitted with Dolby Home Theatre V2 software, but it has no bass output, although if you want a maximum and better-off sound, you will need external speakers.
This pocket-friendly laptop comes packed with a Lenovo superb AccuType keyboard which offers Chiclet keys and a compact, strong numeric pad which is better off than the
light weighted keys their competitors such as the Samsung Series 3 possesses. The touchpad of the N581 lets you swipe and flick and has provisions for all the Windows 8 motion, like the double-finger scrolling, right-swipe access to the Charms Bar, left-swipe to switch through open apps and two separate mouse buttons. The N581 does not come with a touch display which is something that suites the windows 8 OS, though not with a device with such pricing, but if you want the touch sensitivity, you should be prepared to spend a little more.
Features the Lenovo IdeaPad N581is rightly equipped, and comes with two USB 2.0 and two 3.0 ports, an HDMI and VGA port for connecting to either a monitor, HDTV, or a projector, and a built-in card reader (SD, MMC). It also comes with an integrated 802.11n Wi-Fi, a Gigabit Ethernet port and a DVD optical drive with rewritable features.
It also comes loaded with a 750GB 5,400 rpm hard drive, which though cannot be compared to the bigger, faster hybrid drives found in some top systems, but offers a large space and is quite substantial for a device with such a price. It comes installed with the latest Operating System; the windows 8 and some other bloatware like Skype, Evernote, and Amazon Kindle Reader, limited version of Microsoft Office Starter 2010. Other features contained in the device includes functionalities for system recovery, energy saving and online storage or backup coupled with a one-year warranty.
The Lenovo IdeaPad N581is fitted with an Intel Core i3-3210M processor; third Generation Ivy Bridge processors.TheCore i3 enables you to carry out reasonable computing tasks, such as heavy web-browsing and office tasks. When the Cinebench tests were carried out, the Lenovo N581 netted 2.49 points, falling behind the Core i5 fitted out Samsung Series 3 NP300E5E-A05CA which had 3.0 points but scaled with a margin over the HP Pavilion M6-118-CA which scored 2.04 points and the Acer Aspire V5-571P-6627 which had 1.77 points.
Below is the performance table of the Lenovo IdeaPad N581 and other systems that are in the same category;
|Processor||Graphic chipset||Battery rundown. Hrs. mins.||Cinebench R11.5|
|Lenovo IdeaPad N581||2.5GHz, Intel Core i3-3210M||Intel HD Graphics 4000||4:43||2.49|
|Samsung||2.6GHz, Intel||Intel HD||5:11||3.00|
|Series 3 NP300ESE-A05CA||Core i3-3230M||Graphics 4000|
|Acer Aspire V5-571P-6627||2.8GHz, Intel Core i3-3217M||Intel HD Graphics 4000||3:37||1.77|
|HP Envy M6-1188CA||2.3GHz, AMD A10-4600M||AD Radeon HD 7660G||5:59||2.04|
This low-priced system which depends on Intel’s in-built graphics processing, scored 1,234 points in the 3DMark 11 tests for entry levels and 224 points in extreme settings. By way of comparison, the Samsung NP300E5E-A05CA had a closely related score of 1,243 points at Entry level using a much faster Intel Core i5 processor. This score is more than enough for some office tasks and web surfing, but gaming is not to be included in the picture in the absence of a separate GPU. The device failed to produce playable rates when ran on several resolutions in our gaming tests, although it makes is quite okay when casual games are played.
When battery rundown tests were conducted, the Lenovo’s 6-cell battery lasted 4 hours 43 minutes, ahead of the Acer Aspire V5-571P-6627which lasted 3 hours 37 minutes with a smaller 4-cell battery, but below the Samsung Series 3 NP300E5E-A05CA which had a 5 hours11minutes battery capacity in its similar 6-cell battery.
Although this battery capacity may not be enough to go through an entire day of work, it is enough to keep you working while on the move, but of course, you have to tug around your A.C adapter.
In conclusion, the Lenovo IdeaPad N581 is a strong system which has the needed functionality to be usable by students or be kept at home. With a lot of disk space and a host of other features, it has been rated as the Editors’ Choice for worth assessed laptops. Although there are in the market other systems with better functionalities and with less weight than this, example, the Samsung Series 3, the Lenovo IdeaPad N581 is still a laptop that is both cost effective and comes with an equally rated price tag.