General System Testing
Once you have the system up in running it should not take you that long to get used to using the system. Since I have been using a Lenovo laptop for a couple of months getting used to the Y570 was not that hard at all. The keyboard is a delight to type on and having the extra space is great. Also many users will really like having a full-sized number pad.
The 15.6-inch screen is nice, but I would have liked to see a larger resolution screen. 1366 x 768 just seems a bit small for a 15.6 inch display. The Lenovo IdeaPad U260, which has a 12.5-inch screen has the same resolution. Even with this resolution are you are still able to be very productive and have multiple windows open at once.
Let’s open the Windows Experience Index and run the assessment and see where this system comes out.
Now let’s load up Boxee and Windows Media center and see how the system handles it. We used Boxee to stream media from the internet and watch movies we had on our system. With Windows Media Player we steamed music and watched movies. Both of the programs ran flawlessly without any issues at all. To test HD video playback I used 2 movies, both in .mkv containers with VLC media player. One was a 720p movie and the other was 1080p. Again both ran flawlessly and the 1080p peaked at around 30% CPU usage. You will have a joy listening to music and watching movies on the Y570, the speakers are just awesome!
So how is battery life on the Y570? The Y570 comes with a 6-cell battery, which is said to have an average use time of 4 hours. When doing general computing (surfing the web, word processing etc) the Y570 lasted for around 4 hours and 20 minutes. Watching movies, streaming video and using Boxee the Y570 lasted just about 4 hours. When playing games the Y570 averaged about 2 hours and 30 minutes. These tested were conducted on the “Balanced” setting in the power settings with the screen brightness turned all the way up and WiFi was of course on.