IdeaPad Y570 Overview
When you first take the Y570 out of the package you will notice it is quote beefy. It is not meant to be a truly mobile laptop and it packs quite a lot of features so don’t expect it to be that light or thin. The actual dimensions are 385×22~35.7×255 (mm) (WxHxD) and it comes in at a weight of 5.95 lb (2.7kg) with the 6-cell battery attached. The lid on the top is back, but not just plain black it has a really cool design on it which is a little hard to see in the photos below. Check out the unboxing video to get a good look at it.
Starting on the left side of the Y570 you will notice an orange trim. This goes all the way around the laptop and gives it a little flare. On the left side you have a VGA out, HDMI out, a large ventilation section, ethernet, eSATA / USB 2.0 port, USB 2.0 port, and audio connections. On the opposite side you have a lock port, power connection, our optical drive which is a DVD-RW drive (there is an option for a Blu-ray drive) and 2 USB 3.0 ports. It is good to see USB 3.0 showing up on laptops.
On the front of the Y570 towards the right side there is an SD card slot, a small slider which turns the GPU acceleration on or off and another slider to turn the WiFi on or off. If we flip the Y570 over you can see 4 rubber feet that will keep the laptop off the ground and keep it from moving around on your desk.
Opening the Y570 up we can get a good look at the screen. The Y570 features a 15.6-inch glossy anti-glare screen with a max resolution of 1366 x 768. I would have liked to see a little higher resolution for a 15.6-inch screen. At the top of the screen you have dual microphones and a 2MP webcam for making videos and video conferencing. The inside of the laptop where the keyboard is has a metallic finish to it, which looks really sleek.
The keyboard is a 6-row standard keyboard complete with a full number pad. The keys are very comfortable and use a design where they are flat at the top and rounded at the bottom. This makes them easier to hit. All of the keys seems to be in the correct place and the only key that seems a bit small is the right shift key.
Above the keyboard on both the right and left side you will find JBL speakers. These are some of the best speakers I have heard on a laptop and will be perfect for movies and gaming. On the left side is the power and reset button alone with a few indication LED’s. On the opposite side there is a row of touch-sensitive buttons for volume, display type, and a sleep button.
The touchpad is quite large and is positioned right below the space bar. It features touch slider support and gestures like pinch and pull to zoom. Right below the touchpad is a mouse rocker – it is a single button that depending on where you touch it will activate the left of right mouse button.