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Performance - Processor, Hard Drive

08/16/2012 - 17:19

Performance The ASUS Zenbook Prime is notable because of its display, not the hardware inside, but the review unit we received does include a Core i7 low-voltage dual-core. We haven’t tested this processor before and it will be interesting to see...

Cooling, Portability, Software

08/16/2012 - 17:14

Cooling [inline:files/review/2012-08-16/zenbook5.jpg] The Zenbook Prime combats heat with a cooling solution that uses the entire width of the display hinge as a cooling vent. It’s not an original idea, but it seems to work well. In our testing the...

User Interface, Display And Audio Quality

08/16/2012 - 17:09

User Interface [inline:files/review/2012-08-16/zenbook11.jpg] Ultrabook keyboards are rarely great, and the Zenbook is not an exception. It lacks key travel, which makes the typing experience a bit vague and frustrating at times. With that said, there...

Conclusion

08/11/2012 - 16:08

Conclusion [inline:files/review/2012-08-11/lenovoz580-4.jpg] Lenovo’s IdeaPad Z580, as we received it, will set you back about $599. That’s a good price for a new laptop with a Core i5-3210M processor. I was not able to find a similar deal on...

Gaming

08/11/2012 - 16:02

The Z580 is allegedly available with Nvidia 630M graphics (according to the pamphlet I received from Lenovo) but I can’t find any models that are being sold with that option at the time of this writing. Our review unit relies on Intel HD 4000. We...

Performance

08/11/2012 - 15:57

Performance - Competitors The Z580 is one of the least expensive systems we’ve reviewed in some time. It has a Core i5-3210M dual-core processor and lacks discrete graphics. We do have some competitors to place it again. One of these is Lenovo...

Cooling, Portability, Software

08/11/2012 - 15:53

Cooling [inline:files/review/2012-08-11/lenovoz580-7.jpg] The Z580 is the coolest laptop I’ve ever tested. At idle its bottom temperatures were not above 77 degrees Fahrenheit – at load, these temperatures did not exceed 85 degrees. The right...

User Interface, Display and Audio Quality

08/11/2012 - 15:48

User Interface [inline:files/review/2012-08-11/lenovoz580-8.jpg] The Z580 offers the standard Lenovo IdeaPad keyboard. It features a spacious layout with ample definition between keys and decent key travel. IdeaPads have long been among the most pleasing...

Samsung Series 5-550 Chromebook Review: The Chromebook Matures

08/09/2012 - 12:07

  [inline:files/review/2012-07-26/P1070137.JPG]   Samsung played a little trick on me when I reviewed the Samsung Series 5 earlier this year. You see, I barely finished my review of it when – surprise! – Samsung announced...

Lenovo ThinkPad X230 Review: Blasphemy

07/31/2012 - 16:25

[inline:files/review/2012-07-17/lenovox2301.jpg] Change is hard. The Internet, for all of its talk about openness and cultural advancement, seems to have crystalized this more than any other form of communication. If something popular is changed, for...