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Lenovo IdeaPad Y560 Laptop with Intel Core i7 Review

The Lenovo IdeaPad (Model: Y560 Laptop) features an Intel Core i7 processor, a 15.6″ display and Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y560 Laptop with Intel Core i7 Review

Lenovo IdeaPad Y560 Laptop with Intel Core i7 Review

The processing power in this laptop is provided by the Intel Core i7-740QM processor. This is a quad-core processor with 8 operating threads.  Each core runs at 1.73 GHz but can rev up to 2.93 GHz with Intel’s Turbo Boost Technology. This is a 64-bit processor with 6MB of Intel SmartCache.  It’s built on a 45nm die and uses 45W. The notebook comes installed with 6GB  of DDR3 memory, and can hold a maximum of 8GB.

The screen is a 15.6″ Active Matrix TFT color LCD display with a resolution of  1366×768. That gives it an aspect ratio of 16:9 and gives it native support for 720p HD content.  This laptop doesn’t skimp on the graphics power it has an ATI Discrete Graphics Engine (DGE) powered by Mobility Radeon HD 5730 graphics with 1GB DDR3 (800 MHz) VRAM and DirectX 11 and Open GL 3.2 support for the latest games. The graphics engine clock speed is 650 MHz and it has a pixel fill rate of 5.2 Gigapixels/sec.

For storage there is a 640 GB hard drive running at 7200 RPM.  About the best drive you’ll find in a laptop these days.  The optical drive is a multiformat Blu-Ray BD-ROM/DVD writer system. To import your pictures from your digital camera you can use the 6-in-1 media reader that supports Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, and xD-Picture Card formats.

For networking you get an RJ-45 port for 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet for you wired network people.  For wireless you can use the Wi-Fi® Wireless networking (802.11b/g/n) adapter. External ports include 3 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x VGA port, 1 x eSATA/USB combo port, 1 x TV out, 1 x HDMI port, 1 x RJ-45 Ethernet port.

The operating system is Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition.  Other software includes CyberLink Power2Go, Media Show, Adobe Reader, Windows Live Essentials, McAfee VirusScan Plus 2009 (60 days of virus definitions), Lenovo DirectShare, Lenovo OneKey Recovery, Lenovo VeriFace, Lenovo Energy Management, CyberLink Youcam, Lenovo ReadyComm, ooVoo, and Lenovo SlideNav.

This IdeaPad measures 15.2″ x 10″ x 1.3″ and weighs 6 pounds.

You can find the Lenovo IdeaPad Y560 for around $1200.

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