Lenovo G560 Manual – Visually, the Lenovo G560 talks about the plastic charm, which we would expect from a budget laptop. Kill the austerity where the eye looks. The chassis does not have a shiny surface, apart from the display panel. Surfaces or ornamental elements, such as silver strips, bright LEDs, or artistically formed power keys are searched in vain. Even the speakers are masked in a little adventurous piercing.
What the manufacturer cannot do without is an orchestration of its logo. The emblem is embedded in the screen cover in silver letters. The name of the G560 is upright on the right edge of the screen and looks as unimpressive as it seems out of place.
The matte surfaces of the lid and working environment are made of a rough to slightly smooth plastic. No footprints are left on these surfaces. The surface of the lid is especially pleasant because, for plastic, it is unusually non-slip. The motherboard is also made of rough plastic.
The housing is characterized by good pressure resistance in the working environment and the motherboard. The palm rest barely bends under pressure. In fact, the 15.6-inch system should remain on a table, because if you lift it from the area of the optical drive, it will cause a clear creak. The reason: the motherboard rests on the optical drive very loosely. Otherwise, the base unit can hardly be contort with both hands.
The lid is held firmly in position by tight hinges. A small tendency to see-see is present. The joints make a good impression when they are tight in the case. The maximum opening angle of about 140 degrees is enough to use the laptop on your lap.
When it comes to connections, Lenovo’s G560 attracts feng shui fans. If you’re looking for variety, you shouldn’t read any more. The connections are concentrated on the left side of the box. Here users find the Ethernet-RJ45 mandatory for a network card, VGA for external TFT and two USB ports for peripherals. One of the USB 2.0 ports, at first glance, looks like eSATA, which is simply due to the unusual cut of the slot.
What almost turns out to be the highlight is the ExpressCard34 slot for update cards. If you want to upgrade to more interfaces, such as USB 3.0 or FireWire, you can purchase the appropriate expressCard34 card. However, the missing digital image transfer, via HDMI/DisplayPort, cannot be re-equipped. Therefore, it is not possible to connect a TV or TFT via HDMI with the G560.
The correct view of the case is adorned with two audio jacks and an additional USB 2.0 slot. Lenovo discreetly accommodates the card reader on the front of the laptop. The clear letters on the palm rests above indicate the supported formats (MMC / MS / MS-PRO / SD / SDHC).
The WLAN module has fortunately not been the victim of interface abdication. Although the store configurations allude to a wireless LAN (802.11g, 54 Mbit), the tools on our test device report a Broadcom 802.11n (120-240 Mbit) module. Bluetooth, however, is not included in the low-priced office laptop. If you prefer to use the cable solution, only 10 MBit/sy 100 MBit/s bandwidths are available. The LAN adapter does not support Gigabit Ethernet.
Lenovo G560 Manual – The 15.6-inch device keyboard is acceptable but not perfect. When typing, the keys transmit a clear stroke, a precise pressure point, and a firm (but not hard) attack. Is everything perfect? Not exactly; the numeric keypad over the optical drive yields slightly, which causes the typing sensation to become fluffy in this area.
The keys are full-size and work relatively on purpose. This is due to the conical surface, which means a depression towards the middle. Here, your finger is better and doesn’t slide so easily left or right.
However, if you are looking for a clear and generous design, there is none of that here. Lenovo has forced the arrow keys under the Enter key and to the right of shift, which means more typos in this area. The white, white letters of the keys are worthy of praise. A numeric keypad in the standard layout is present and facilitates the entry of numbers and the use of calculators to a large extent. The keys are actually very narrow, but can be typed comfortably due to the conical shape.
The touchpad is integrated into the palm rest. The small interruption in the rest of the hands with a light texture makes a difference, which can be felt with enough clarity. The surface is sensitive to the outer regions. Both mouse keys are sunk in a depression. For smooth use, this appears to be a negative factor, because the thumb pushes the top edge (mousepad) and the bottom edge (left of the hand). The keys have a low stroke and emit a clicking sound that sounds hollow but low sound.
The multi-touch keyboard (Synaptics V7.2) offers the option of two-finger navigation. Two-finger zoom ing or scrolling is disabled by default, as is horizontal scrolling (scroll bar, one finger).
Lenovo implements a WXGA panel with a native resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. The 16:9 display (LTN156AT05J01) is non-glare and more or less means strong reflections in unfavorable backlighting. The contrast of the display is extremely low at 151:1. The measured black value is at 1.35 cd/m2. The widescreen displays dark areas that are not in dark black, as it should in a perfect TFT. A grey glow remains present and is also not favored by the glare-type finish of the screen, which is color-friendly.
The display distributes brightness relatively consistently across the panel (92%). In the middle we measure a maximum value of 204 cd / m2. On the left, the brightness only drops to 193 cd/m2. This difference is not noticeable to the naked eye, so there are no bright dark spots.
Lenovo G560 Manual – The Lenovo G560’s display is not suitable for outdoor use for two reasons. Reflective quality and low brightness (200 cd/m2) cannot prevail against sunlight. Strong reflections, depending on exposure to light, limit the view and force the user to adjust the viewing angle or, respectively, to find a shaded area.
When it comes to viewing angles, the test device is very limited. View angles describe whether colors or text are still clearly visible from a side view. On the G560’s 15.6-inch panel, users don’t have much range. If the eyes move up or down (vertical), then the colors fade clearly even from 20 degrees. To the right and left (horizontal) we can deviate from the center up to 45 degrees. Only then are the colors reversed.
The Core i3-350M (2.26 GHz) first welcomed us on the 17.3-inch Asus K72JK-TY001V. Generally, almost all manufacturers use the i3-330M, with a slightly slower clock speed of 2.13 GHz on all of their small Intel Core laptops. A performance advantage for the customer? Let’s find out.
Intel’s new mobile processors, Core i3, i5 and i7, are at the top of the laptop buyer’s wish list for a reason. The new CPUs can better scale their performance thanks to Turbo Boost and therefore only use as much power as programs require.
turbo? Unfortunately, it is not on the Core i3-350M CPU (2.26 GHz). At least there is hyper-threading (HT). All Core processors have this feature in common. It means that each physical core is helped by a virtual core each. The native dual-core processor can therefore calculate with four threads. Operating system and office applications running concurrently can benefit from HT.
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