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Lenovo IdeaPad U310 Laptop Review
Not long after the launch of the IdeaPad U300s late last year, Lenovo announced in January at CES 2012 an expansion to the IdeaPad Ultrabook lineup with the new 13.3-inch IdeaPad U310 and 14-inch IdeaPad U410, complete with Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processors, discrete GeForce 610M options (on the U410), hybrid HDD/SSD storage solutions and Lenovo's Enhanced Experience 3 (EE 3) system optimizations. Battery for IBM ThinkPad R50P
Fast forward six months and Lenovo has only begun shipping both the IdeaPad U310 and U410. As of this writing, Lenovo currently offers just one U310 model through its online store equipped with a Sandy Bridge Core i3 CPU for as low as $599. In this review, however, we will focus on the IdeaPad U310-437526U with its Ivy Bridge ULV dual-core i5-3317U, integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics and a 32GB SSD for system cache. According to Lenovo, such a configuration will be made available starting at $799. Battery for IBM ThinkPad R51
Considering that the first Ultrabooks in 2011 were retailing for as high as $900 to well over $1000 at launch, the comparatively inexpensive IdeaPad Ultrabook series will absolutely catch the eyes of many. In our IdeaPad U400 and U300s reviews, however, we criticized both notebooks for its rather average display performance and a general lack of expandable options. Battery for IBM ThinkPad R51e The U310 allows Lenovo to improve upon where the previous models are weakest, but how does this latest addition stack up with its predecessors and the current crop of Ultrabooks?


Smooth matte surface reminiscent of the Samsung 900X3B
Battery for IBM ThinkPad T40P The IdeaPad U310 continues the attractive-yet-minimalistic aluminum construction and chassis style that it shares with the rest of the IdeaPad Ultrabook lineup. This time around, those who feel deferred by the dull matte gray coloring scheme can opt for livelier blue, pink, or red lid options. But at 0.7 inches (18 mm) thick, the notebook is a tad thicker than the 14.9 mm thick IdeaPad U300s, but still comes in thinner than the 22.6 mm thick IdeaPad U400.
Battery for IBM ThinkPad T41 Regardless of the color choice or size, we noticed slight improvements in the stability of the display over the U300s. Wobbling between the front corners of the display is minimal and better than average while the single bar hinge reduces vibrations much more effectively than the similarly-designed hinge of the Toshiba Z830 Ultrabook. The base and palm rest areas are quite the fingerprint magnets, but they are stiff and visibly resistant to finger depressions. Battery for IBM ThinkPad T41P With force, side-to-side twisting of the base can be observed, but it is extremely slight and within comfortable levels.

The quality of the construction, while good overall, is not firm everywhere. Typical weak points of a notebook, such as the lid and center of the keyboard, are not as rigid on the the U310 and are actually quite susceptible to flexing from applied pressure. Battery for IBM ThinkPad T42 The ostentatious glossy plastic bezel contrasts with the matte aluminum case for better or for worse, and the notebook is also noticeably heavier than the majority of competing Ultrabooks at 3.75 pounds (1.7 kg) compared to the slimmer Asus UX31, Dell XPS 13, Toshiba Z830 and Acer Aspire S3. The additional heft does allow users to open up the display with just one hand, but the smooth round curves and lack of a latch or gap near the front edge does make gripping rather difficult. Battery for IBM ThinkPad T42P
Despite the modest drawbacks, it would have been ideal if the U310 provided a much stiffer impression, especially since it is one of the denser and heftier Ultrabooks currently out in the market. Still, the chassis is impressively built for its retail price and leagues beyond many similarly-sized notebooks like the Portege R830 Ultrabook or HP Pavilion dm4-3090se in terms of aesthetics. Battery for IBM ThinkPad T43
The U310 may be similar to its siblings cosmetically, but internally the model can be configured with Intel's Ivy Bridge class of CPUs. Essentially a 22nm die shrink of Sandy Bridge, the third generation of Core ix processors should theoretically offer the same or better performance than its predecessors while drawing less power. For a full rundown on the architecture, see our in-depth review of dual-core Ivy Bridge CPUs here. Battery for IBM ThinkPad T43P
Our review model houses a dual-core 1.7 GHz Core i5-3317U. Although an ULV CPU, it supports Turbo Boost up to 2.4 GHz for both cores and 2.6 GHz for one active core. For more information and benchmarks on the I5-3317U, see our dedicated resource page here.
Battery for IBM ThinkPad X41 RAM can be configured up to 4GB through a single module. There are no maintenance hatches whatsoever, so easy configuration or swapping of the hard drive, mSATA drive, battery or RAM is out of the question.


In the synthetic CPU-oriented benchmarks, the i5-3317U is roughly in between the last generation i3-2310M and i5-2410M, both of which are probably the most common mainstream Sandy Bridge notebook CPUs. Battery for IBM ThinkPad X40 In terms of neighboring ULV types, the CPU here is roughly on par with the very similar i5-2557M, if not a little faster in raw benchmarks like Super Pi, wPrime and SiSoft. While not a powerhouse, the i5-3317U runs at about half the TDP of those two standard voltage processors above, allowing for markedly improved performance per watt. Users can expect overall CPU performance to lie between notebooks like the ThinkPad Edge E420 and Toshiba Portege R835-P56X. Battery for IBM ThinkPad Z60m

System Performance

General system performance is typical of a notebook equipped with a 5400RPM drive, although the SSD cache does notably boost final numbers. PCMark 7 and PCMark Vantage returned scores 3491 and 5853, respectively, similar to the SSD-equipped 2011 MacBook Air 13 (i5-2557M) and Samsung Series 9 900X1B (i5-2357M). Battery for IBM ThinkPad Z61m However, we ran PCMark Vantage for two more full cycles back-to-back in order to see if the SSD cache had any observable effect on the synthetic tests. Our second and third runs both returned distinctly higher overall scores of 8169 and 8733 points, respectively. This puts the U310 ahead of even the MSI GE620 (i7-2630QM/GeForce GT 540M) and Asus N55SF (i7-2630QM/GeForce GT 555M) gaming notebooks equipped with only HDDs, although notebook with pure SSD storage like the SATA III Samsung 900X3B (i5-2467M/HD 3000) still come out much further ahead by about a couple thousand points in the same PCMark Vantage test. Battery for IBM ThinkPad Z61p

Mass storage

Lenovo has taken the same route as the early Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabooks in terms of storage solution. That is, instead of a full-blown SSD, the manufacturer has opted for a hybrid HDD/SSD setup to save on costs while exploiting the large maximum capacity of mechanical drives.
Battery for IBM ThinkPad Z61e In the end, the U310 offers a SATA II 5400RPM 320GB or 500GB HDD paired with an optional mSATA 32GB SSD for cache. Our review unit in particular comes equipped with a 500GB Hitachi HTS545050A7E380 and a 32GB Samsung MZMPC032HNCD SSD. With Enhanced Experience 3, RapidBoot and Intel Smart Response Technology (SRT) caching optimizations, a cold boot takes about 20 seconds to reach the desktop. Battery for lenovo IdeaPad U110 Since the system also uses RAM as a cache for boot files, Lenovo claims that boot times will not increase significantly as more applications are installed overtime.
According to HD Tune, the Hitachi drive offers an average transfer rate of 86.7 MB/s but an unusually high maximum of 280.7 MB/s due to the caching mechanism as data is cached to the SSD during read/write processes for quick retrieval. Funky results also occur in CrystalDiskMark (204.4 MB/s read and 1.040 MB/s write in 4KQD32) for the same reason. Battery for lenovo ThinkPad SL300 The speed advantage of the SSD caching system is definitely tangible to the user especially after repeat usage of the same applications or programs. While a no frills dedicated SSD is still preferable for the best speed, Intel's SRT combined with Lenovo's EE 3 work wonders at speeding up the system by means of an otherwise slow 5400RPM HDD.
Battery for lenovo ThinkPad SL400 Out of the 500 GB of space, 44.81 GB is reserved for system recovery and 420.56 GB is immediately available for the end-user. The 32GB SSD cannot be accessed through traditional means as the OS recognizes only one primary physical drive. Under Windows Computer Management, the SSD appears as an 8 GB Hibernation Partition.

GPU Performance

Battery for lenovo ThinkPad SL500 The integrated HD 4000 idles at 350 MHz and can be clocked up to 1050 MHz with Turbo Boost as advertised, which is a bit less than the 1200 MHz maximum of the same GPU found on the standard voltage i5-3210M. However, we'll gladly take any kind of automatic performance benefit on the ULV processor for better gaming on-the-go.
Battery for lenovo ThinkPad X300 The 3DMark Vantage score of 1890 points is rather weak and is awfully close to notebooks equipped with a standard voltage Sandy Bridge processor and HD 3000 graphics. For example, the HP Pavilion dm4-3090se (i5-2450M/HD 3000) and ThinkPad X220 (i7-2620M/HD 3000) both scored extremely similarly not just in 3DMark Vantage, but were also able to outscore the U310 in CineBench 10/11 OpenGL tests as well. Many popular modern titles like Bethesda's Skyrim is unfortunately unplayable, but Blizzard games should play relatively smoothly if graphics expectations are kept conservatively low.

Battery Life Battery for lenovo ThinkPad X301

Lenovo advertises a battery life of up to 7 hours with the U310. Through the BatteryEater Reader's Test, we ran our usual maximum battery life test with the lowest possible brightness setting and with WiFi disabled while running under the Power Saver Profile. The system was not allowed to hibernate or sleep. Under these conditions, we clocked in at about 6.5 hours or notably less than the claimed 7 hours. In other words, we were unable to attain the full 7 hours even after leaving the notebook untouched throughout the entire duration. Battery for lenovo ThinkPad X201
For minimum battery life, we ran the BatteryEater Classic Test at maximum brightness and WiFi enabled under the Performance Profile. The notebook caved in after about 1 hour and 50 minutes.
Battery for lenovo ThinkPad X201i Our more reality-oriented WLAN test utilizes the Balance Profile at a screen brightness of about 150 cd/m2 (setting 13/15). We looped our standardized script to simulate typical web surfing conditions with the occasional Flash videos until the battery ran dry. The notebook was able to last about 4 hours and 16 minutes before automatic shutdown.
Battery for lenovo 3000 Y500 In terms of total runtime, the U310 could have benefited from a larger capacity battery. The integrated 3-cell 46Wh module offers about the same power as the batteries found in competing Ultrabooks, if not a little lower. Despite this, the Lenovo notebook offers below average runtime, especially under our standard Balance Profile test. For comparison, the Samsung 900X3B (37Wh), Asus UX31 (50Wh), and Dell XPS 13 (47Wh) all have longer battery lives under our same WLAN test at 4hr 56min, 5hr 9min, and 5hr 12min, respectively. Battery for lenovo 3000 Y510 We normally wouldn't mind so much about mediocre battery life if larger capacity options were available, but the 46Wh battery is a fixed option for the U310 regardless of configuration.


It's hard to argue against an Ultrabook starting at just $599 with Ivy Bridge options. Not only does the notebook provide a decently built aluminum chassis, it even looks better than many and has an overall presentation that would suggest a higher price otherwise. Battery for lenovo 3000 Y510a When combined with the solid keyboard and the surprisingly large and precise touchpad, the U310 has the first-rate core functionality to justify its impressive looks.
Performance from the hybrid HDD/SSD storage solution with Intel's SRT is at least noticeable and does its job in the background. We can definitely feel the difference compared to a notebook running on a lone 5400RPM drive, and we're sure many users will gladly trade a bit of that pure SSD speed for 3x or 4x more storage capacity. Battery for lenovo IdeaPad Y510 System performance is also good with no throttling issues, but the oddly limiting Turbo Boost can be a bit off-putting to some. Even if disregarding the issue, we found no major performance issues elsewhere, such as the decent fan noise and surface temperatures in general.
Of course, corners will have to be cut, some unfortunately more than others. For one, the U310 is a very closed system with no easy access to its motherboard and components like the RAM, HDD and battery. Battery for lenovo IdeaPad Y530 What you see is what you get with the U310, including the somewhat underperforming battery, so the IdeaPad U series probably won't make it to the top of the list if end-user expandability is of utmost importance.
Secondly, the low screen brightness of the glossy display and the hefty weight of 3.75 pounds are notable hurdles limiting the outdoor potential of the notebook. Most competing Ultrabooks offer slimmer form factors, longer battery lives, brighter screens and sometimes even matte displays for easier use under sunlight or shade. Battery for lenovo IdeaPad Y530a If you'll want to use this notebook outdoors more than indoors, then there are better Ultrabooks out there for such a purpose.
The IdeaPad was never intended to be a lineup of business notebooks. Hence, the target everyday home user who won't normally bother with upgrading internal hardware or use the computer outdoors very often may find a lot to like with the IdeaPad U310. Battery for lenovo IdeaPad Y710 The large input devices and conveniently placed ports are both appealing and ergonomic while the shiny screen and bezel will surely catch the attention of many. Add on top an attractive starting price hundreds below that of most Ultrabooks and the IdeaPad U310 will look like a winner to the eyes of the right user.

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Review Lenovo IdeaPad G580 Notebook

Lenovo offers a range of notebooks in different performance classes with the IdeaPad G580 being one of the budget editions. The Chinese manufacturer titles the G580 machines as multimedia notebooks. Lenovo ThinkPad X230 Charger This is not true for the IdeaPad G580-MBBG3GE version tested by us because this is a mere office machine. Other versions equipped with Intel Core processors and Nvidia GeForce GT 630M-GPUs do a better job at proving their multimedia capabilities and proving the name to be right.
Our test model is equipped with an Intel Pentium B960 processor (dual-core CPU). An Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge) GPU is responsible for the graphics processing. The system may use up to 4 GB of memory. ThinkPad X230i Charger Data is saved onto a 320 GB hard drive. A DVD burner is included as well. Possible competitors are the Sony Vaio VPC-EH3C0E/W (Intel Pentium B960, Intel HD Graphics from Sandy Bridge) and the Lenovo G585 (AMD E2-1800, AMD Radeon HD 7340). We have recently tested the very similar Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 which is also oriented towards multimedia.
LENOVO ThinkPad X230 Hybrid Charger Note: The review sample provided to us came with a keyboard layout which did not support German. Furthermore, wrong labels were stuck on the machine which said that the laptop featured a Core i5 and the Nvidia GeForce GT 650M. This is to avoid any confusion regarding the images of the laptop in this article.

LENOVO ThinkPad X230T Charger Regarding the shape of the casing and positioning of the connectors, the Lenovo G585 and the IdeaPad G580 are identical. The colors and applied materials are different however. The Lenovo G585 predominantly consists of shiny black plastics. Only the bottom is made of matte plastics. The IdeaPad G580 mostly consists of matte plastics. Reflections are thus avoided and it just looks better. The case is painted dark brown but you have to take a very close look to see if it is brown.
LENOVO ThinkPad X230Tablet Charger The back of the cover is made of matte plastics with metallic accents. It looks like brushed metal. The top of the base unit consists of real brushed metal and gives the notebook a high quality appearance. We cannot understand why Lenovo does not mention this at all in the product description. Unfortunately, the lid and top of the base unit show fingerprints easily. The keyboard enclosure is also made of matte plastic material that is a good choice on this laptop. But even the IdeaPad G580 is not completely free of glossy surfaces. The display bezel and the display are extremely reflective. LENOVO ThinkPad X230 Tablet Charger
The case makes a good impression. It does not warp under pressure. The frame above the optical drive is quite sturdy. If the opened notebook is lifted using its corners, it twists slightly. The hinges hold the screen static. The lid wobbles when it is suddenly released. All in all, one can say the buyer gets a solid and visually appealing case. This is not always the case at a price of 339 Euro (~$425). Lenovo S200 Charger

Battery Life
Power Consumption

In terms of energy intake, the Lenovo IdeaPad G580-MBBG3GE does not convince. While being idle, we only measured energy consumption from 11.8 to 16.2 W. The Sony Vaio VPC-EH3C0E/W is considerably below this with measurements of 8.6 to 12 W. Lenovo S260 Charger Under full load (Prime 95 and Furmark operating simultaneously), the energy consumption was identical with that of the Sony (49.3 W) measuring 51.1 W. The same was observed for conditions during the running of a benchmark (3D Mark 06). In this case, the Sony measured 37.5 W while the G580 recorded 37.1 W. The energy consumption of the Lenovo G585 is clearly below the one of the IdeaPad G580-MBBG3GE and the Sony Vaio VPC-EH3C0E/W in every load range. Lenovo S280 Charger This does not surprise us as the AMD APU consumes considerably less energy than the Intel Pentium B960. It should be mentioned, however, that the CPU part of the AMD APU performance is considerably lower than the CPU part of the Intel Pentium B960.

Battery Runtime

Lenovo s220 Charger When idle, the IdeaPad G580-MBBG3GE has a runtime of 5 hours 18 minutes (Sony: 6 hours 12 minutes, G585: 8 hours 40 minutes). We tested the idle mode runtime with the Battery Eater Reader Test. This means that the display is working at minimum brightness, the energy-saver mode is activated and all wireless modules (WLAN, Bluetooth) are deactivated. When completing demanding tasks, the IdeaPad G580-MBBG3GE records a runtime of about 1 hour 9 minutes (Sony: 1 hour 26 minutes, G585: 2 hours 2 minutes). Lenovo s230 Charger Under load, the notebook completed the Battery Eater Classic Test with the screen at full brightness, the high-performance profile activated and the wireless modules switched on.
The WLAN-Test ran for about 3 hours 36 minutes (Sony: 4 hours 5 minutes, G585: 5 hours). During this test, websites are automatically opened every 40 seconds via a script. The energy-saver profile is activated and the display brightness is set to about 150 cd/m². Lenovo s270 Charger
The Lenovo IdeaPad G580-MBBG3GE has a runtime of 3 hours 19 minutes (Sony 3 hours 11 minutes, G585: 4 hours 1 minute) in the DVD test. That's enough to watch two feature length movies. For the DVD test, the wireless modules are deactivated and the display is at maximum brightness. In case the DVD does not play smoothly, the energy-saver profile is deactivated and a higher performance profile is used. Lenovo G770 Charger

All in all, the IdeaPad does not offer particularly good battery runtimes. Lenovo seems to be aware of this and promises a 5 hour runtime for the notebook. They kept their promise. Sony manages to get more runtime out of the same platform with the same battery capacities. The measurements of consumption are reflected in the test results. In idle mode, the IdeaPad G580-MBBG3GE needs much more energy than the Sony Vaio VPC-EH3C0E/W. The Sony notebook runs longer in idle mode accordingly. Both notebooks cannot reach the runtimes of the Lenovo G585. Lenovo G770A Charger

The connections and their positioning are identical to the Lenovo G585. There are two USB 3.0 ports on the left-hand side of the notebook. Those, who want to use it as DVD player for their flat-screen TV at home will be delighted with the HDMI connection. On the left, we also find a VGA output, one Ethernet port and a slot for a Kensington Lock. There is a third USB connection on the right-hand side. This one only supports the USB 2.0 standard. In addition, there is a combo connection for the headphone and microphone. The memory card reader is located at the front. This notebook supports the use of SD and MMC cards. Lenovo G770E Charger
The IdeaPad G580-MBBG3GE comes with FreeDos. We tested the latest operating systems available by installing it ourselves. Windows 8 (Release Preview, 64bit version) works absolutely fine. Most hardware components (like the WLAN, LAN, Webcam and Bluetooth) were ready to be used directly after installation. The operating system did not come with a driver for the memory card reader. Windows 7 drivers on the Lenovo website helped us a lot with this. After the Windows update, we found another two components in the device manager without any drivers. This should change with the release of Windows 8. Lenovo G770L Charger
Windows 7 can, of course, be used on the Lenovo IdeaPad G580 without any problems. The notebook has been designed for this operating system and the Lenovo website offers all necessary drivers. Windows 7 Home Premium can currently be purchased for 60 to 80 Euros (~$75 - $100). We installed Windows Vista to check the laptop performance. After installing the two service packs, the system worked without any difficulties, Windows Vista, however, hardly offers any drivers for the hardware built-in. We ran Windows update to download the newest updates and drivers. After installing the updates, Windows Vista was booted but the screen remained black. The starting melody told us Windows Vista was starting. We did not see any progress past the initial screen. Lenovo IdeaPad G770 Charger
For an inexpensive operating system, we recommend users to have a look at Ubuntu Linux 12.04 (64bit-Version). It can be downloaded for free. Ubuntu Linux works fine on the IdeaPad G580-MBBG3GE. All components (WLAN module, webcam, memory card reader, Bluetooth) were recognized during installation and were set up automatically.
Maintenance Lenovo IdeaPad G770A Charger
Like the Lenovo G585, maintenance of the IdeaPad G580 is very easy. There is a big service hatch at the bottom of the notebook providing access to most of the components. The notebook has two memory banks, one of which is occupied. Therefore, it would be easy to upgrade to 8 GB with little money. This would be the maximum as the notebook supports a maximum of 8 GB memory. The CPU could support up to 16 GB. Lenovo IdeaPad G770E Charger
The built-in hard drive could be replaced by another one with little effort. Just loosen the two screws, take the hard drive, screw the hard drive cage onto the new hard drive, and insert the hard drive back into the notebook. That's all there is to it. There is access to the WLAN module as well. Access to the fan is limited however. Lenovo IdeaPad G770L Charger
Lenovo provides a 12-month carry-in warranty. In case of damage, the customer will need to send the notebook directly to Lenovo. Like with the Lenovo G585, the documents of the notebook have a surprise for you: a warranty extension. Lenovo extends the warranty on our test model to 24 months. Kudos to Lenovo for this point. Even significantly more expensive notebooks are often delivered with a one-year warranty like the Sony Vaio VPC-EH3C0E/W. Lenovo G575 Charger We cannot tell whether this warranty extension is added to every Lenovo IdeaPad G580. It may be possible that the extension is reserved to certain dealers only. The warranty extension does not include the battery which is covered by the usual one-year warranty.

In case there is no warranty extension added or the warranty period is to be further extended, Lenovo offers certain package deals. They offer an extension of the warranty period to 24 or 36 months for a price of about 30 and 80 Euro (~$40 and $110) respectively. Lenovo G575A Charger In the Lenovo-Online-Shop, the available warranty extension can be enquired when entering the serial number. These do not need to be bought in the Lenovo online shop but can be purchased at an independent dealer.

The IdeaPad G580-MBBG3GE is mainly an office device. It is supposed to manage daily tasks like chatting, surfing the Internet, playing YouTube videos, DVDs and word processing. It is also good as a video player in the living room because it works quietly and has a HDMI port. Lenovo G575E Charger
Lenovo offers other far more powerful models in the IdeaPad G580 series. Our tested model is also available with a Core i3 processor, a larger hard drive and Windows 7 which would cost around 500 Euro (~$625). Models with Core i5 and Core i7 processors and Nvidia GeForce GT 630M GPU are available as well. These versions would be interesting to gamers too. Prices are between 600 and 700 Euro (~$750 to $875).. Lenovo G575G Charger


Our review sample uses an Intel Pentium B960 processor. The CPU has two cores and comes from the Sandy Bridge processor generation. The processor operates at a speed of 2.2 GHz. The CPU has no Turbo Boost. Maximum performance was always available during our stress test and we did not notice any throttling. In the battery mode, the CPU operated at 2.2 GHz as well. The same was observed for the GPU. Lenovo G575L Charger
The CPU passed the Cinebench tests with the CPU at full load as well. The test results are as expected. The Sony Vaio VPC-EH3C0E/W is always a bit ahead of the IdeaPad G580 in the CPU test. The Sony notebook, however, clearly wins the GL tests of Cinebench 10. The IdeaPad G580-MBBG3GE is the clear winner of Cinebench 11 GL test. We cannot explain the strikingly different results in the GL tests as the GPU of the Ideapad G580 was running at maximum performance (1100 MHz) during the GL tests. Lenovo G575M Charger The Lenovo G585 was beaten in the CPU tests which was an expected result. In the GL tests, however, it was able to compete with the IdeaPad G580-MBBG3GE.

System Performance

One look at the list of components already reveals that the notebook is not the fastest. Nonetheless, the system works smoothly and does not get stuck. In the PC Mark tests, the computer achieves similar results to those obtained from other notebooks with this entry-level CPU. The Acer TravelMate 5744Z-P624G50Mikk (Intel Pentium P6200, Intel GMA HD Graphics) or Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E525-NZ62KGE (AMD A8-3500M, AMD Radeon HD 6620G) all perform similarly. Lenovo IdeaPad G575 Charger The notebook is slightly ahead of the Sony Vaio VPC-EH3C0E/W and clearly beats the Lenovo G585.

Storage Devices

Lenovo equips the IdeaPad G580-MBBG3GE with a Toshiba hard drive (MK3265GSX). The hard drive has a capacity of 320 GB and operates at a speed of 5400 rpm. The average access rate is about 68.5 MB/s. The access time was about 17.2 ms. We could get more performance out of the machine. For doing so, the hard drive should be replaced by a model that operates at 7200 rpm. A Solid State Disk could be used as an alternative. Lenovo IdeaPad G575A Charger

Gaming Performance

The Lenovo IdeaPad G580-MBBG3GE is not a notebook for gamers. The frame rates in the games tested are too low to be considered. The maximum would be trying out a game at low resolution and low quality. For passionate gamers, Lenovo offers versions of the IdeaPad G580 which come with the Nvidia Geforce GT 630M GPU.

Lenovo IdeaPad G575E Charger Lenovo offers an entry-level computer for a low price with the IdeaPad G580-MBBG3GE. Those who are looking for a laptop for typing and that handles all types of Internet communication and can play most video formats will be on the safe side with the IdeaPad G580-MBBG3GE. An alert consumer will have noticed that this conclusion is very similar to the one about the Lenovo G585. Lenovo IdeaPad G575G Charger
If a consumer is interested in the IdeaPad G580-MBBG3GE, one should consider the Lenovo G585 as well and base his/her decision on the differences between the two. For long battery life and low energy consumption, choose the Lenovo G585. For more CPU performance and a matte case which gives it a good appearance, buy the IdeaPad G580-MBBG3GE.

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Review Acer Aspire V5-531 Notebook

Acer markets its Aspire V5 notebook series as &quot;ultra-slim notebooks&quot;. The idea behind the entire series is to provide consumers with a line of low-priced ultrabook-style notebooks without needing to meet the actual ultrabook specification. Acer Aspire 4552 battery The Aspire V5 series notebooks come with screen sizes of 14, 15.6, and 17.3 inches.
In this article, we review the Acer Aspire V5-531 that comes with the equipment one might expect from a 15.6-inch notebook costing 399 Euro ($485 USD) – a 1.3 GHz dual-core Intel Pentium 967, onboard Intel HD Graphics, 4 GB RAM, and a 320 GB Seagate Momentus Thin hard disk. Acer Aspire 4552-5078 battery
As only Acer currently offers notebooks in this price range, the primary competition is the superiorly equipped Acer Aspire V5-571G from the same series featuring a Core i5-3317U CPU and discrete GeForce GT 620M. Competitors surpassing the 400 Euro ($485 USD) threshold include the HP 630-LH384EA, HP 635-LH416EA, Acer TravelMate 5744Z-P624G50Mikk, and Lenovo B570-M58G4GE. Acer Aspire 4552G battery

Acer markets its Aspire V5 notebook series as &quot;ultra-slim notebooks&quot;. The idea behind the entire series is to provide consumers with a line of low-priced ultrabook-style notebooks without needing to meet the actual ultrabook specification. The Aspire V5 series notebooks come with screen sizes of 14, 15.6, and 17.3 inches.
Acer Aspire 4560 battery In this article, we review the Acer Aspire V5-531 that comes with the equipment one might expect from a 15.6-inch notebook costing 399 Euro ($485 USD) – a 1.3 GHz dual-core Intel Pentium 967, onboard Intel HD Graphics, 4 GB RAM, and a 320 GB Seagate Momentus Thin hard disk.
Acer Aspire 4560G battery As only Acer currently offers notebooks in this price range, the primary competition is the superiorly equipped Acer Aspire V5-571G from the same series featuring a Core i5-3317U CPU and discrete GeForce GT 620M. Competitors surpassing the 400 Euro ($485 USD) threshold include the HP 630-LH384EA, HP 635-LH416EA, Acer TravelMate 5744Z-P624G50Mikk, and Lenovo B570-M58G4GE. Acer Aspire 4625 battery

The slim design of the Aspire V5-531 takes its toll on connectivity but Acer nonetheless managed to include most of the important interfaces. The front of the notebook houses a memory card reader that supports SD and MMC cards. The other interfaces – one HDMI port, one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, and one headphone jack – are all located on the notebook's left side. Acer Aspire 4733Z battery Beside these, there is a socket on the notebook's front edge that allows the connection of a dongle which adds connectors for Gigabit Ethernet and VGA output.

For the Aspire V5-531, Acer includes all typical communications options. The Atheros Wi-Fi module supports the typical IEEE 802.11b/g/n. The notebook also includes a Bluetooth 4.0 module. Acer Aspire 4738 battery Wired network connectivity is supported by the Realtek Gigabit Ethernet module via the included dongle connector. Skype users will likely appreciate the 1.3-megapixel webcam integrated in the display frame.

The notebook comes with a 65 Watt power supply that is approximately the size of a box of 24 crayons and has dimensions 9.3 x 4.9 x 2.6 cm (3.7 x 1.9 x 1.0 in). The included 4-cell lithium ion battery has a rated capacity of 2500 mAh. As well, the aforementioned Ethernet/VGA dongle is included as well. Acer Aspire 4738G battery
The notebook does not include a Windows 7 DVD for reinstallation, nor does it include a recovery partition for system restoration. Instead, Acer includes a pre-installed security tool that enables the creation of a Windows 7 installation image which should allow for system recovery. For owners of the Acer V5-531, we would like to point out that we will have an upcoming news article on how to obtain a full version DVD of Windows 7. Acer Aspire 4738Z battery
When it comes to software, Acer provides more than one might expect from such a budget notebook. For example, McAfee Internet Security Suite is pre-installed to protect the notebook. Cyberlink MediaEspresso is also installed to serve as a video, picture, and music converter, allowing media to be used on smartphones, tablets, and game consoles. Acer Aspire 4738ZG battery As well, Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition is included. A 30-day trial version of NTI Media Maker 9 is also pre-installed for writing CDs and DVDs. Beyond these, Acer includes a few of its small applications and tools.
Due to the Aspire V5-531's slim build, maintenance and upgrading of the notebook is virtually impossible. The singular exception is the small cover on the unit's underside which allows the owner to access the memory banks. Acer Aspire 4739 battery Only one of the two banks is occupied, and thus it is easy to upgrade the notebook's memory pool.
However, access to the other components is highly restricted. It is possible to access the Wi-Fi module by removing the keyboard but doing so only allows the user to check the antenna cables as the module itself can only be removed through further disassembly. The hard disk cannot be accessed at all without removing the entire upper shell of the base unit. Acer Aspire 4739Z battery
The Aspire V5-531 includes a 24-month carry-in warranty. In the event of a defect, the owner is required to send or deliver the notebook to Acer's service center. The warranty can be upgraded to 3 years for a premium of 60 Euro ($75 USD) and must be purchased and activated within the first 365 days after purchase. Acer Aspire 4741 battery

Battery Life
Power Consumption
For our sample Aspire V5-531, we measured a maximum power consumption of 33.9 Watts during full load, a moderate consumption level of 20 to 30 Watts during medium load, and a minimum power consumption of 8 to 10.5 Watts while idle. As a result, the included 65 Watt power supply could almost be called oversized as the V5-531 is quite energy-efficient. Acer Aspire 4741G battery
By comparison, the Aspire V5-571G can only achieve the V5-531's low power consumption while idle. Otherwise the V5-571G's power consumption is approximately 10 to 20 Watts higher due to the dedicated Nvidia GeForce GT 620M GPU and demonstrated a maximum 49.5 Watt consumption.
Battery Runtime Acer Aspire 4741G-332G32Mnsk battery
We used the Battery Eater Reader's Test to determine a maximum battery life. To simulate idle operation, we set the screen to its minimum brightness, enabled the energy-saving profile, and disabled all wireless modules. In this scenario, the Aspire V5-531 lasted for 5 hours 9 minutes. To measure a load scenario, we used the Battery Eater Classic Test with maximum screen brightness, the high-performance profile, and all wireless modules enabled. Acer Aspire 4741G-332G50Mn battery The Aspire V5-531 managed a runtime of 1 hour 36 minutes in this test.
We then tested the Aspire V5-531 using our own practical Wi-Fi test where websites were automatically visited every 40 seconds with the energy-saving profile enabled and the screen brightness set to approximately 150 cd/m2. We measured a runtime of 3 hours 24 minutes in this test.
Acer Aspire 4741G-372G50Mnkk02 battery While watching a DVD, the notebook managed a significantly shorter runtime of 2 hours 39 minutes. This is long enough for a single long movie or two rather short ones. In this scenario, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth were disabled, the brightness was set to maximum, and we used the energy-saving or a higher profile in the case of unsmooth DVD playback.
Acer Aspire 4741G-372G50Mnkk06 battery Although very energy-efficient, the Aspire V5-531's battery runtime is only average when compared with other 15.6-inch notebooks. This is due to the included battery's fairly low capacity of 37 Wh. The typical batteries of 15.6-inch notebooks have capacities of 50 to 60 Wh. Unfortunately, the ultra-slim design and targeted price prevent the inclusion of a larger battery. A higher battery capacity could have turned this notebook into a true endurance machine. Acer Aspire 4741G-432G50Mnkk01 battery

As an interesting comparison, the Aspire V5-531's runtime is virtually matched by the Aspire V5-571G. This is surprising because the V5-571G has considerably more powerful equipment. It should be noted that the V5-571G uses a modern ULV processor, the Ivy Bridge Intel Core i5-3317U which is considerably ahead of the Pentium 967 in terms of performance. As well, the Nvidia GeForce GT 620M is automatically disabled by Nvidia Optimus which allows the notebook to save a lot of energy. Acer Aspire 4741G-5452G50Mnkk04 battery
The Acer Aspire V5-531 features equipment suitable for common applications such as Web surfing, emailing, online chatting, watching DVDs, and word processing. Complex computer games remain beyond the notebook's capabilities and image processing and video editing are equally out of reach.
Acer Aspire 4741G-5462G50Mnkk05 battery Those seeking a more powerful notebook might wish to take a look at the Acer Aspire V5-571G. Otherwise identical to our V5-531 test sample, the Aspire V5-571G adds the power of an Intel Core i5-3317U processor, a dedicated Nvidia GeForce GT 620 graphics card, and a larger hard drive. For those seeking a smaller package but retaining the hardware of the Aspire V5-531, the 14-inch Aspire V5-431 might be an interesting option.

Processor Acer Aspire 4741G-5464G50Mn battery
The Acer Aspire V5-531 is driven by the Sandy Bridge Intel Pentium 967 dual-core ULV (ultra-low-voltage) processor. The processor's especially low operational voltage results in lower power consumption and serves as a small highlight as ULV processors are typically found in considerably more expensive notebooks . Acer Aspire 4741Z battery
With a 1.3 GHz processor clock, the Pentium 967 does not support Intel's Turbo Boost technology which would otherwise allow the processor to dynamically overclock its cores. As a result, the 1.3 GHz base clock is the limit for this processor. Fortunately, the processor's full performance is available on battery power.
Acer Aspire 4741ZG battery In our testing, we found the Cinebench results meet expectation. The Pentium 967 processor is considerably weaker than the Intel Core i5-3317U processor found in the Acer Aspire V5-571G. The Core i5 processor delivers a Cinebench performance that is two to four times better.
System Performance
Acer Aspire 4741ZG-P602G50Mnkkc battery In both PCMark 7 and PCMark Vantage, our Acer V5-531 delivered results within the expected range. While the weak configuration was clearly noticeable in the scores, the results are nonetheless on par with similar devices such as the HP Probook 4535s-A1F21EA, HP Probook 4535s-LG855EA, and Lenovo G550.
Acer Aspire 4741ZG-P622G50Mnkk03 battery From a subjective user standpoint, the notebook's weak equipment is also apparent. In our tests, applications were sluggish to open and Windows 7 itself demonstrated a slow, longer startup. While we criticized the Aspire V5-571G for its hard disk bottleneck, its scores in the PCMark tests were far better than those of the Aspire V5-531.
Storage Devices
Acer Aspire 4743 battery The Acer Aspire V5-531 uses a 5400 RPM Seagate Momentus Thin hard drive. The 2.5-inch hard disk is true to its thin branding and has a slim build height of only 7 millimeters (0.28 inch). We measured an average data transfer rate of 74.1 MB/s which is typical for a drive of this class. However, the 22.2 second access time is unusually high. This was clearly noticeable in the form of slight delays when opening programs.
Graphics Card
Acer Aspire 4743G battery The Acer Aspire V5-531 uses the Intel HD Graphics integrated graphics chip built into the Pentium 967 processor. While Intel does not provide a more detailed description, we have determined that this graphics solution is based on the Intel HD Graphics 2000 chip and is thus the weakest performing graphics option currently available from Intel. As a result, it lacks certain key features such as Intel QuickSync for HD video playback.
Acer Aspire 4743Z battery Nonetheless, the system is capable of rendering HD video using software rendering whereby the processor does the work. We tested this by rendering a Full HD 1920x1080 video encoded using H.264. The processor was capable of rendering the video at 75 percent load, and a similar result was found when playing back YouTube videos at a Full HD resolution.
Acer Aspire 4743ZG battery As an older graphics chip, the HD Graphics 2000 is only capable of supporting up to DirectX 10.1, making the 3DMark 11 benchmark impossible to run. We also encountered problems in 3DMark Vantage where the benchmark always aborted just before completion, displaying an error message indicating missing DirectX functions. As a result, we are unable to provide benchmark results for this graphics chip.
Acer Aspire 4750 battery This simply highlights the weakness of the Aspire V5-531's graphics solution, especially when compared with the Nvidia GeForce GT 620M and Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics cards in the Aspire V5-571G. These allow the V5-571G to play a few current games even at high quality settings. Realistically, however, gaming notebooks should use at least an Nvidia GeForce GT 650M GPU.

Gaming Performance
Acer Aspire 4750G battery As previously mentioned, the Acer Aspire V5-531 is not a notebook designed for playing computer games. For that, one should turn to the similarly equipped yet more powerful Acer Aspire V5-571G. The Aspire V5-531 did not achieve sufficient frame rates in any of our tested games, even in the lowest possible settings. As well, the games' load times were not very awe-inspiring either.

System Noise

Acer Aspire 4750Z battery The Acer Aspire V5-531 hardly generated any noise in our experience. The fan did not operate continuously and even when running, it was almost inaudible. The only time the notebook yielded a clearly audible noise level was during load. The hard disk was also almost inaudible and, while accessing data, remained quieter than the fan even when operating at the lowest fan speed.

Acer Aspire 4750ZG battery The use of a ULV processor in the Acer Aspire V5-531 is beneficial in terms of the notebook's temperature. The idle temperature was typically below 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) in most places. The only place that surpassed this temperature was the wrist rest which was still pleasant to the touch.
During full load in our stress test, the temperature surpassed 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) at most of our measurement points and two places exceeded 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit). Acer Aspire 4752 battery Nonetheless, the temperatures remained within an acceptable range even in this scenario and allowed for a pleasant working environment even though this represents an extreme case and should not be expected during normal use. Lap-top use is definitely possible during routine office work.

Acer Aspire 4752G battery The Acer Aspire V5-531 is an attractive offer. At a sub-400 Euro ($485 USD) price, the customer gets a weak, quiet, low consumption notebook which can handle routine applications despite its weaker equipment. Moreover, the device almost has an air of elegance due to its thin case. This impression is somewhat downgraded by the plastic case's cheap impression.
Acer Aspire 4752Z battery For those seeking a basic notebook for Web browsing, online chatting and Skype, and watching DVDs without spending a lot, the Aspire V5-531 is a good choice. Users who might want to play an occasional game or watch longer videos might want to choose the considerably more powerful Aspire V5-571G. This alternative has virtually the same battery runtime but costs about 200 Euro ($250 USD) more.
We would also like to point out the 24-month warranty that is rarely found among devices of this price range.

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Quick Review Sony Vaio SVE-1111M1E/P Subnotebook
It's not the first time that one of AMD's APUs is seen powering a Sony subnotebook. With few exceptions, however, Sony has so far only trusted AMD with their smallest consumer offerings, notably the E Series E-450 and E-350 (Brazos 1.0) in the Vaio VPC-YB1S1E/S and the VPC-YB3V1E/S (update), respectively. ASUS G73JW-91037V battery
The Vaio SVE series replaces the 11.6-inch YB models. The target market remains the same: price conscious consumers who value style more than performance. Sony has certainly hit the mark with its unusual and sleek design. Time for us to find out if the new 11.6-inch model improves on its Brazos 1.0 predecessor in terms of battery life, workmanship and display quality. We had previously been especially critical of the input devices and of the reflective screen. ASUS G73JW-91093V battery
On the technical side, we are chiefly interested in the AMD-APU E2-1800 (Brazos 2.0), which includes new integrated graphics in the Radeon HD 7430M. Will it improve the poor gaming performance of the previous generation APU (HD 6320)? Our expectations are not huge, but some casual gaming at low detail and resolution would be appreciated. ASUS G73JW-91094V battery

The 11.6-inch model comes in a wrap-design case. Gone is the cylinder-look of the old Vaio, the lid and base unit are now stacked like folded papers. Even though the wrap concept requires a bit of imagination, it nevertheless makes for a nice exterior. The same cannot be said for the firmness of the base unit; with two hands, we managed to bend the chassis which responded with a squeaking sound. ASUS G73JW-91116V battery
The hinges are fitted to the chassis rather loosely without a well-defined limit, and let the lid rock back and forth considerably. The back of the display can only be depressed in the center with some force, and does not flex easily. The hinges allow for a maximum opening angle of about 140 degrees. ASUS G73JW-91121V battery
High gloss surfaces prone to attracting finger prints are limited to the white fancy looking areas. By contrast, the pink areas do a good job of hiding finger prints, and hit a sweet spot between a glossy and matte texture. The base plate features a large opening that gives access to two RAM slots and the 2.5-inch HDD. ASUS G73JW-91137V battery
With HDMI, USB 3.0 and VGA, the Vaio SVE covers all the basics, on par with competing offers in this segment of the market. The arrangement of the connectors is sensible: The VGA and HDMI ports are located at the very back on the left side, which allows the thick cables to be led out-of-the-way, without interfering with mouse movement.
ASUS G73JW-A1 battery Gigabit Ethernet and Draft-N Wireless are common features on today's laptops, and can also be found on board the Vaio. The Bluetooth 4.0+HS adaptor is new. The 1.3 MP webcam is capable of 5 MP still pictures (2,560 x 2,048).
The &quot;assist&quot; button, placed left above the keyboard, calls up Vaio Care. Using the admin tool, users can install updates or create recovery media. This is recommended for new Vaio owners, since no physical recovery media are included in the box. ASUS G73JW-TY098V battery
Power Consumption

Depending on the form factor, previous APU subnotebooks featuring the AMD E-350 or E-450 used between 8 and 14 Watts in idle, and 24 - 30 Watts under maximum load. The Vaio follows in this tradition, and consumes 8.6 - 11.6 Watts in idle mode. That's nothing special, the Samsung 305U1A (8 - 11.5 Watts) does the same.
ASUS G73JW-TZ039V battery Under load, courtesy of the 3DMark 2006, the 11.6-inch uses 25 Watts, and 30 Watts are required during the stress test. This measurement, too, is similar to previous power saving E450 notebooks (Samsung 305U1A: 24 and 30 Watts, respectively). The battery was fully charged during these tests. The 40 Watt power supply appears adequate.

Battery Life
In terms of battery life, the 38 Wh lithium-ion battery does not quite set the new records we had hoped for. In idle, the Vaio manages 8:47 hours. With minimum display brightness and wi-fi disabled, this is of theoretical interest only. ASUS G73JW-TZ039Z battery

Our WLAN test is closer to reality. We managed to drain the battery in 4:19 hours, in a mix of video playback and visiting various websites. The LED panel was set to the fifth brightest level, corresponding to 150 cd/m². The battery life of the Vaio is disappointing, considering the 8:45 hours that the 11.6-inch Samsung 305U1A was able to deliver, also thanks to its larger battery (66 Wh). ASUS G73JW-TZ040V battery
After the test, the Vaio took 3:30 hours to fully recharge (laptop switched on, no load). Given the low capacity battery, this is longer than average.
Sony has equipped its 11.6-inch model with an AMD dual-core APU. This Accelerated Processing Unit combines a CPU with an integrated graphics chipset and a memory controller (single channel DDR3-1333). Compared with Intel processors that also include a GPU, the CPU's performance is quite weak. ASUS G73JW-TZ061V battery Thanks to its low power consumption, the APU is meant to make up for this with longer running times in netbooks and subnotebooks.
The AMD E2-1800 marks the end of the E-350 and E-450 era, which have been found in countless cheap notebooks, subnotebooks and netbooks since early 2011. The TDP remains at 18 Watts. The core clock rate moves up to 1.7 Ghz (from 1.65 Ghz in the E-450). Unlike in Intel CPUs, there's no turbo boost. ASUS G73JW-TZ087V battery
The integrated Radeon HD 7340 with DirectX-11 and a UVD3 video decoder for HD video playback (MPEG-2, H.264, VC-1) might be a bit faster than its predecessor, the HD 6320. We'll see below whether the Radeon outperforms Intel's integrated graphics.
The Vaio ships with 4,096 MB DDR3 RAM (1 x 4 GB). This can be easily upgraded to 8 GB, thanks to a second (empty) memory slot. Sony has configured the 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium, which takes full advantage of the 64-bit APU. ASUS G73JW-TZ105V battery

We compare the computing performance of the E2-1800 with its predecessors, AMD E-450 (2 x 1.65 GHz) and E-350 (2 x 1.60 Ghz). In addition, we'd like to know just how much faster the current Intel Pentium and i5 low voltage CPUs are. The Cinebench R11.5 64-Bit single and multi core bench marks will be our tool for the job.
ASUS G73JW-TZ113V battery The E2-1800 reaches only 0.62 points in multi-core mode, on par with the E-450. The Celeron B810 and Pentium P6100 (low-cost) are 102% and 210% faster, respectively. The low voltage i3 2357M (2 x 1.3 Ghz) scores 103% higher, while the i5 3317U that is found in most ultrabooks, runs 284% faster on average. Since the Intel Atom CPUs are no longer relevant, this puts the system right at the bottom of the current PC market, apart from AMD C-50, E-300 models, etc.
ASUS G73JW-TZ145V battery The same story is repeated in the single-core test: 0.33 points, compared to 0.31 points for the E-450. The 3317U is 234% faster, a Pentium P6200 comes in at +120%. AMDs own Pumori platform for subnotebooks (A10-4600M) is 119% faster.
Because the Bobcat cores don't include a turbo boost feature (available only with Llano APUs), the clock speed under load is a constant 1.7 Ghz. The user can only lower the speed, by limiting the frequency in the Vision Control Center. The same CPU and GPU performance is available on battery; we repeatedly measured 86.3 BPS in the R11.5 shading test. ASUS G73JW-TZ152V battery

System Performance

The CPU tests revealed the AMD E2-1800 to be only marginally faster than its predecessors, the E-350 and E-450. What does that mean for an application bench mark? Here, the hard disk, the RAM and the GPU will also play a role.
ASUS G73JW-TZ181V battery The result is poor: the score of 965 points in PCMark 7 is lower than the Samsung 305U1A (1005 points) which includes the E-450. An explanation could be the lower PCMark 7 storage score (1341 vs 1456 points). Even the entertainment score (994 vs 1027) is lower in the Vaio.
E-450 notebooks such as the U32U-RX042V (13.3-inch) or the HP Compaq Presario CQ57 (15.6-inch) run at a more or less similar level. The only models that the Vaio manages to outperform are Atom based netbooks, but since they are no longer the only ones to offer decent battery life, these have all but disappeared from the market. ASUS G73JW-TZ227V battery The Acer Aspire One D270 (-31%) is squarely beaten by the Brazos 2. Compared to ultrabooks like the Acer Aspire V5-571G (+93%; CPU: 3317U), the Vaio is left in the dust.
Gaming Performance

Do games at least profit from the HD 7340? The days when the Brazos chipset could boast its superior 3D performance over Intel's Atom netbooks are well and truly over. ASUS G73JW-WS1B batteryCountless previous laptops have demonstrated this point, but it's no longer relevant. Buyers beware: compared to Intel Core and AMD Llano laptops, including those with integrated graphics and low voltage CPUs, the 3D performance of the new APU is extremely poor.
Anno 2070 proved unplayable in the Samsung 305U1A (E-450) even with low details and the frame rate drops by another 12% (24.5 fps at min. settings). ASUS G73JW-X3C battery In Risen, a game from 2009, the E-350 managed 20 to 25 fps (e.g. in the IdeaPad S205), our Vaio barely scrapes out a miserable 23. The HD 4000 is 153% faster (3317U in the Samsung 900X4C).
The picture is slightly improved in Starcraft 2, where the gameplay is throttled occasionally by the slow CPU, but 52 fps are possible in the lowest settings. An MSI Wind (E-450) reached 46 fps with minimum details. The HD 4000, on the other hand, is again much faster. Even paired to the low voltage 3317U, the frame rate is 50% higher. ASUS G73JW-XA1 battery
So, is the Sony Vaio SVE-1111M1E/P better or worse than its direct predecessors, the Vaio VPC-YB1S1E/S and VPC-YB3V1E/S? The CPU core of the APU is disappointing; its raw computing power is no improvement over the previous generation E-450. ASUS G73JW-XB1 battery
Perhaps the advantage lies in the graphics unit, the Radeon HD 7340? Unfortunately that's not the case either, as its theoretical performance as well as real-world gaming experience is often insufficient for even the lowest settings of detail and resolution. The advantage over the HD 6320 (Brazos 1.0) is marginal and won't be felt in practice.
ASUS G73JW-XN1 battery The quality of the nice-looking laptop is let down by the lack of chassis strength; the case is prone to flexing. The clickpad has a low travel, and the almost non-existent feedback bothers us. Despite the low performance, the case gets markedly warm, and the fan can get really noisy under load.
With so much to criticize, the little Vaio SVE (from 480 Euros/590 USD) is destined for a tough time among the many competing subnotebooks available for less than 500 Euros (615 USD). ASUS G73JW-XR1 battery Even more so, since Acer is now pushing two 11.6-inch models sporting Core i3 CPUs into that same price bracket. It's clear already that the Acer Aspire V5-171 and TravelMate B113-M are miles ahead, at least in terms of performance. We'll find out just by how much in our upcoming tests.
Another brand new contender is the Acer Aspire One 756 (from 399 Euros/490 USD), which has a low-voltage Pentium B987. We'll soon do a test to tell you how this stacks up against the Vaio. ASUS G73JW-XT1 battery
Other alternatives include Asus Eee PC 1225B, or Lenovo's ThinkPad X121e and IdeaPad S205. Samsung meanwhile offers the 305U1A. The Eee PC is a more solid build, and the Samsung model has superior input devices.

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Review Fujitsu Lifebook E782 Notebook

Fujitsu updated the Lifebook E series with the Lifebook E782, a notebook with an Ivy Bridge processor. The Lifebook E family stands for high-quality business notebooks. HP 2000-425NR battery The device is available in various configurations - more on that later. Our test unit is powered by a dual-core processor (Intel Core i5-3360M). For graphics tasks is the Intel HD Graphics 4000 responsible. Both are joined by 8 GB of system memory, a DVD burner (Fujitsu also offer a Blu-Ray alternative) and a hard drive, which has a capacity of 320 GB.
HP 2000-427CL battery We reviewed the predecessor Lifebook E781 (Intel Core i5-2430M, Intel HD Graphics 3000) in April 2012. The Lifebook E781 used Intel's previous generation of processors, &quot;Sandy Bridge&quot;. This review will show whether or not Fujitsu has succeeded with the Ivy Bridge update of the Lifebook E series.
HP 2000-428DX battery The rivals of the Lifebook E782 are - besides the predecessor Lifebook E781 - the Lenovo Thinkpad L530 2479-3BG, Acer TravelMate 6595-2524G50Mikk, Samsung Series 6 600B5B-S01DE and Fujitsu LifeBook E751 (vPro, UMTS).
HP 2000-430CA battery The Lifebook E782 comes in the same housing as the previous Lifebook E781; only the colour scheme has changed slightly. Fujitsu delivers a simple, yet very appealing casing. Black and silver grey are the dominating colour. The device is well built. Nothing rattles or wobbles. It also does not give in when pressed. The base unit is made of matte black plastic. The palm rests are finished in matte silver grey. HP 2000-450CA battery The plastic is not cheap or inferior, but rather high-quality and suits the notebook. The back of the display lid is made of magnesium and provides stability. The hinges hold the display firmly in the chosen position.
HP 2000-453CA battery The notebook offers a versatile expansion bay, which can accommodate various hardware components. The modular bay in our test unit is equipped with an optical drive - specifically a DVD writer. Alternatively the bay can be fitted with a second battery. Whoever owns a previous notebook (for example Lifebook E780, E781), can use the modular bay devices on the Lifebook E782 as well. The same goes for the main battery. HP EliteBook 8560w battery
Fujitsu offers the Lifebook E782 as an office notebook for the business environment. Correspondingly large is the choice of components. Fujistu lists three different displays, nine processors, and seven different hard drive (among which SSDs). Our test unit places in the middle, in terms of configuration and performance compared to the rest of the available components. HP EliteBook 8560w battery The configuration is more than adequate for the business users. It is also well equipped for the private customers.
The notebook comes with 64bit version of Windows 7 Professional. Fujitsu also offers the 32bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows XP and has already provided the corresponding drivers on its website. HP EliteBook 8760w battery


Fujitsu offers the Lifebook E782 with different processors. There is something for every performance need and every budget. Currently the Fujitsu website lists nine processors: From the dual-core Intel Core i3-2328M processor (2,2 GHz, 3MB L3) up to the quad-core Intel Core i7-3612QM processor (2,1-3,1 GHz, 6 MB L3) everything is available. HP EliteBook 8760w battery
Our test unit comes with a representative of Intel's latest Ivy Bridge processor family - the dual-core Intel Core i5-3360M. The processor operates at a clock frequency of 2.8 GHz. With Intel's Turbo Boost this can reach 3.3 GHz for both cores and 3.5 GHz for a single core. This happens automatically. The user does not need to intervene. Even in battery use is the full Turbo Boost speed available. HP EliteBook 8460p battery
The results from the Cinebench test are at the expected level. The predecessor Lifebook E781 is easily beaten by the Lifebook E782. Here the higher frequency and the improvements of the Ivy Bridge architecture are noticeable.
System Performance

HP EliteBook 8460w battery The results of the PCMark tests are at the expected level. The Fujitsu Lifebook E781 is surpassed in both tests. The Lenovo Thinkpad L530 2479-3BG, also equipped with a Core i5-3360M, could not be beaten. The Acer TravelMate 6595-2524G50Mikk (Core i5-2520M, Intel HD Graphics 3000) on the other hand is bested by both the Lifebook E782 and the Lifebook E781. The Windows Experience Index also confirms the results, placing the E782 higher than Lifebook E781.

Storage Devices HP EliteBook 8560w battery

In terms of hard drive, Fujitsu again provides several options: there are a total of seven hard drives, among which three solid state drives. Our test unit comes with a Toshiba hard drive. It has a capacity of 320 GB and works at 7200 revelation per minute. With an average transfer rate of 60.3 MB/s it delivers a rather poor performance. What is positive about the hard drive is that this speed does not hinder everyday tasks. HP EliteBook 8560p battery
In the business environment, the capacity of the hard drive comes somewhat secondary. Therefore, with the Lifebook E782 we would generally recommend a SSD. This would significantly speed up boot and load times. The same goes for moving data. The manufacturer already offers a solid state drive with a capacity of about 120 GB for 80 to 100 Euro (~$99 to $124). HP ProBook 6440b battery

Graphics Card

The graphics chip also comes from Intel and is inside the Core i5 3360M processor. This is the DirectX 11 capable Intel HD Graphics 4000 chip. It works at a clock frequency of 350 MHz. In turbo mode this can be increased up to 1200 MHz. The Lifebook E781 came with an older generation Intel HD Graphics 3000 (DirectX 10.1, 650 MHz - 1200 MHz) HP ProBook 6360b battery
The chip is the fastest stallion in Intel's stable. It is also correspondingly well equipped. Thus the HD Graphics 4000 supports the independent control of up to three displays - until now this was only possible with AMD chips. The integrated video decoder should be able to handle multiple videos in 4K resolution (about 4 times the Full HD resolution) simultaneously. Most users will not play any 4K videos, so we test the video decoder with a Full HD clip in the H.264 format. The playback caused no problems to the decoder: The playback ran smoothly and the CPU load rose up to 10%. HP ProBook 6460b battery
In the various 3D Mark benchmarks, the Intel HD Graphics 4000 positioned itself at the level of the lower middle class graphics cards (e.g. GeForce GT 425M). The Intel HD Graphics 3000, found in the Lifebook E781, is firmly surpassed. The HD 4000 delivers about 60% higher results in the 3D Mark 06 benchmark. In the 3D Mark Vantage the results are twice as high. HP ProBook 6560b battery
Gaming Performance

Although the Fujitsu Lifebook E782 was clearly not designed as a gaming notebook, playing demanding games on it is still possible. However, the quality presets should not exceed the lower or medium level. Only in this case are playable frame rates achievable. For the casual gamer, who only plays every couple of week, the performance should be be enough. Here the Lifebook E782 significantly surpasses its predecessor, the Lifebook E781. HP ProBook 6465b battery

System Noise

Fujitsu has managed to reduce the noise level of the Lifebook E782 in idle state in comparison to the Lifebook E781, so it is now hardly audible. Only in very quiet environments is it perceivable.

ALso the criticised Lifebook E781 hard drive noise was lowered in the Lifebook E782. Overall the Toshiba hard drive in the Lifebook E782, just as the Toshiba in the Lifebook E781, emits an unpleasant, high-frequency whistle under load. HP ProBook 6565b battery This seems to be a problem for the whole line, which is installed in both notebooks. Fortunately this occurred only once during our review.
Things look differently when it comes to the DVD drive: If the Lifebook E781 came with a loud DVD drive, then the Lifebook E782 is equipped with an even louder one. Overall the noise of the DVD during playback is drowned out by the loudspeakers. HP 3ICR19/66-2 Also, under full load the Lifebook E782 is considerably louder than the Lifebook E781 and the noise levels are definitely in the annoying range. However, this situation should rarely occur in daily usage.
In a nutshell: Fujitsu has managed to lower the everyday noise levels down from those of the Lifebook E781. This allows an even more comfortable work with the Lifebook E782. HP 633733-1A1

The Lifebook E782 is considerably warmer than the Lifebook E781 even in idle state, but also under load. However, working with the notebook is still possible without any trouble. The temperature of the palm rests is always in the pleasant range, never disturbing. In idle state, the underside of the notebook almost passes the 40-degrees mark. Even with such values can the device be used on the lap. HP 633733-321 Under full load the temperatures reach 47.7oC, quickly getting unpleasant. But these temperatures can hardly be reached in everyday use.

During the stress test, the CPU ran at 3.1 GHz. The base frequency of the i5-3360M CPU is 2.8 GHz, thus the CPU retains Turbo Boost capabilities under load. This shows the cooling reserves of the i5 CPU.

HP 633805-001 Our view of the speakers of the Lifebook E781 is: &quot;Dull, thin and tinny&quot;. The same applies to the Lifebook E782. Here you can really tell that this is a business notebook. The loudspeakers were not created for playing music or movie soundtracks.

Battery Life
Power Consumption

HP HSTNN-DB2R Fujitsu has provided a power supply with the notebook, which can deliver up to 80 W. During our full load test, the power consumption was at 71.3 W, near the available maximum. During this test the benchmarks &quot;Furmark&quot; and &quot;Prime95&quot; were running simultaneously. At the same time all the communication modules were turned on and the display brightness was set at maximum.
HP HSTNN-DB3C In everyday use such values should not be reached. Under medium load the power consumption is between 50 and 60 W. In office use the notebook uses only 10 to 20 W.

Battery Life

In idle state the notebook lasted 7:30 h. We tested this using the Battery Eater Reader test: the brightness is set at minimum, the energy saving profile is chosen, and all the wireless modules are turned off. Under load the Lifebok E782 reached 1:01 h with one battery charge. HP HSTNN-LB2R Here the Battery Eater Classic test was ran. During this test the brightness is set at maximum, the high performance profile is chosen, and the wireless modules are turned on.
In the more practical WLAN test, the notebook lasted 4:38 h. In this test websites were reloaded by a script every 40 seconds. The energy saving profile was chosen and the brightness was set at 150 cd/m². HP HSTNN-I02C
A runtime of 3:57 h was achieved in the DVD test. This is enough for two long movies. For the DVD test the wireless modules (WLAN, Bluetooth, UMTS) were turned off and the display was set at maximum brightness. The energy saving or higher profile was used (in case the DVD did not play smoothly).
HP HSTNN-I97C-3 For a 15.6-inch notebook, these are very good battery runtimes. Fujitsu managed to keep the runtimes of the E781 in WLAN and DVD tests - despite the marginally smaller battery capacity (Lifebook E782: 63 Wh, Lifebook E781: 67 Wh). In idle state the Lifebook E782 lasts even longer than the Lifebook E781. On the other hand, under full load the Lifebook E781 lasted longer than Lifebook E782. HP HSTNN-I97C-4
As previously mentioned, the Lifebook E782 features a modular bay with many uses. In this bay, a second battery can replace the optical drive, so as to increase the battery runtimes. Fujitsu offers such a battery. The additional battery has a capacity of 41 Wh and should increase the battery life of the notebook by about 60%. It costs about 155 Euro (~$193) in Fujitsu's online shop and in most third party stores costs about 112 Euro (~$139). HP HSTNN-I98C-5 Don't forget that you can get a replica battery for under a hundred Euro. Those who own a previous model (for example Lifebook E780, E781) can use the corresponding modular bay devices in the Lifebook E782.

HP HSTNN-I99C-3 As is fitting for a business notebook, the Fujitsu Lifebook E782 comes with all sorts of interfaces and connectivity options. Here the notebook does not lag behind its predecessor Lifebook E781. On the front there is a card reader, which supports SD cards (incl. SDXC), Memory Stick Pro and Memory Stick Pro Duo. In addition here are the microphone and headphones jacks. The left side of the devices houses the ExpressCard slot (54 mm) and a Smartcard reader. If you want to connect a monitor or a projector, the VGA and the Displayport come in handy. HP HSTNN-I99C-4 Moreover, the left side feature an USB 3.0 port and a combo eSATA/USB 3.0 port. At the rear side of the notebook, Fujitsu has installed the Gigabit Ethernet port as well as a serial port. And finally, at the right side of the device, we find two USB 2.0 ports.


HP HSTNN-IB2R In terms of connectivity options, the current Lifebook is well equipped. We find a Gigabit Ethernet chip by Intel (Intel 82579LM) and a WLAN module by Intel (Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205). The WLAN module supports the 802.11a/b/g/n standards. The notebook also boasts a Bluetooth 4.0 module. Fujitsu offers the Lifebook with an integrated Full HD webcam. Our test unit though, comes without a webcam. Fujitsu also has installed two microphones. These are located left and right of the webcam - in our case a plastic cover. HP HSTNN-OB2R
As is customary for a business notebook, the Fujitsu Lifebook E782 can connect to the Internet via a mobile network. In our test unit this task is performed by an UMTS module by Sierra. It supports download speeds of up to 14,4 Mbits/s and upload speeds of up to 5,76 Mbit/s. Fujitsu also offers a LTE module by Sierra. This one allows for download speeds of up to 100 Mbit/s and upload speeds of up to 50 Mbit/s. HP HSTNN-OB2T These are of course theoretical values, which depend on the development and the utilisation of the mobile network. Both modules are not standard, but optional, i.e. no every Lifebook E782 variant has such a module. The LTE module cannot be bought separately, but rather only as part of correspondingly well equipped Lifebook.

HP HSTNN-Q87C-4 Like the Lifebook E781, the Lifebook E782 also has a fingerprint scanner. This also allows for a secure access to the system and/or data through a fingerprint. Unfortunately Fujitsu does not supply the corresponding software. A neat security feature is one of the five special keys, located above the keyboard. A press of the button (with the key symbol) locks the systems and brings out the Windows logon screen. HP HSTNN-Q87C-5 This of course only makes sense when the login to Windows is generally protected by a password. The physical security is also not forgotten: A Kensington Lock is available.


Our test unit came with the 64bit version of Windows 7 Professional. The Fujitsu website also lists Windows Home Premium 64bit as an alternative operating system. According to Fujitsu, along the notebook there should a Windows 7 Recovery DVD, with which you re-install Windows 7. HP HSTNN-Q88C-4 Unfortunately our test unit did not come with such a DVD (you will learn how to set up a full fledged Windows 7 DVD from our News page). In terms of software, Fujitsu packs the &quot;Starter&quot; version of Microsoft Office 2010, a 60 days trial version of &quot;Norton Internet Security&quot; as well as the &quot;Nero Essentials&quot; burning program.
Besides the power supply, the battery and a couple of leaflets (Quick Start Guide, warranty information, security details) we also found in the box a port replicator. HP HSTNN-Q88C-5 This is an optional accessory. We cannot say anything about the price of device: At the time of this review, it was not listed in Fujitsu's online shop. The port replicator expands the notebook with the following interfaces: A Gigabit Ethernet port, both a serial and a parallel port, a VGA and a DVI interface, four USB 2.0 ports, a eSATA port and a Displayport. The port replicator covers two of the ports (Gigabit Ethernet and serial ports), which are located at the rear of the notebook. HP HSTNN-Q89C LC32BA122
It would have been nice if Fujitsu had supplied a notebook of this price range with a Displayport-to-HDMI adapter. This would allow one to connect, at home or at a hotel room, the device to a TV. But such a device is readily available for a price of about 5 to 10 Euro (~$6.23 to $12.46). HP PR06


The maintenance of the notebook proves to be easy. On the bottom side of the device there are three service covers. Through the first one we gain access to the hard drive. A replacement for another model is possible. The second cover conceals the two memory slots, both of which are taken. An upgrade of up to 16 GB is possible if the need arises. This would require the replacement of the two 4 GB modules with 8 GB ones. HP PR09 The third cover is also the most important. It covers the space between the notebook's fan and the heat sink's fins. This is the space where dust accumulates, felting and making harder to dissipate heat. The consequence: The fan must more frequently and faster (= louder), in order to dissipate the heat. Eventually the notebook can even shut down. The service cover allows for an easy cleaning. HP QK646AA

Fujitsu offers the Lifebook E782 with a 24-month Bring-in warranty. In case of a fault, the customer sends the notebook to Fujitsu. With the predecessor Lifebook E781, Fujitsu granted a warranty of 36 months. The warranty of the Lifebook E782 can of course be extended. Fujitsu offers a 5-year Collect-&-Return warranty for 82,50 Euro (~$102). This is almost a bargain. In this case the notebook would be collected from the customer and then returned. HP BB09 This warranty extension must be purchased within the first 90 days after the notebook was bought.
Other warranty options were not available at the time of this review. Such offers are, however, to be expected. We will use the Lifebook E781 as a rough guide for the price range: For a three-year on-site warranty, Fujitsu demanded 79 Euro (~$98), and a five-year warranty cost 186.20 Euro (~$231). HP CC06
The Fujitsu Lifebook E782 is equipped with a 15.6-inch display. The display of our test unit has a native resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels. Fujitsu also offers a version with 1366 x 768 pixels and a Full HD display (1920 x 1080 pixels). All of these are illuminated by LEDs and have a more matte surface.
HP CC06X Without having seen the other displays in operation, we can describe this one as the optimal. The picture is sharp and the fonts and symbols are not too small. We expressed the same opinion about the Lifebook E781.
The Lifebook E781 we reviewed also had a display with a resolution of 1600 x 900. However, the Lifebook E782 comes with a different model. TOSHIBA Satellite L755 battery This is what the results show. The exact model cannot be determined in either notebook. Only the Fujitsu IDs can be seen - and they are identical (FUJ5C12).
The subjective impression of the display can be summarised in one word: great. The colours are vivid and it is a pleasure to look at the screen. Also the results are good. The contrast of 518:1 is somewhat worse than that of the Lifebook E781. Samsung R540 battery Nonetheless this is still a very good value. In terms of the black levels, the Lifebook E782 wins with 0,38 cd/m² (Lifebook E781: 0,39 cd/m²) - very close, but a very good result. Black is properly displayed as black. Worse quality displays represent the black in shades of grey. The display cannot fully cover the sRGB and the AdobeRGB colour spaces. This is not a problem though, because these colour spaces are only important for professional graphics and image editing. The Lifebook E782 is not designed for such purposes. HP 2000-413NR battery
The significantly lower brightness, compared to the display in the Lifebook E781, hinders the possibility to use the Lifebook E782 outdoors. If you stay in the shadows and away from direct sunlight, you can still use the notebook outside a building. Here the matte surface of the display pays off. HP 2000-417NR battery

In terms of the viewing angle stability, the Lifebook E782 makes as good of an impression as its predecessor. A large horizontal viewing angle allows for multiple people to watch the display together. The vertical angle range is not as big. Overall the viewing angles are significantly better than most cheaper notebooks.

HP 2000-416DX battery The Ivy Bridge update of the Lifebook E series is a success. Fujitsu lands with the Lifebook E782 a successful business notebook. The battery runtimes of the predecessor (Lifebook E781) are retained, despite the Lifebook E782's more computing power. Also, the Lifebook E782 comes with equally good display as the Lifebook E781. A small fly in the ointment: In idle state as well as under load, the notebook gets hotter than the Lifebook E781. The power consumption under load has also risen a little bit. But in the more important idle state, Fujitsu has managed to keep the consumption at the predecessor's level. HP 2000-418US battery
In conclusion we can say: Those who seek a notebook that masters the everyday tasks, has a good battery life, offers many interfaces, is very well made and has an excellent display, should definitely take a look at the Lifebook E782. The notebook is not design for video editing and playing demanding computer games in higher quality settings.
HP 2000-420CA battery Fujitsu offers a basic mode of the Lifebook E782 in their online shop for 979 Euro (~$1221). Other online shops offer the notebook for less. The model we reviewed, should cost about 1100-1200 Euro (~$1372 - $1497). A slightly worse configured version (same display, Core i5-3210M, 4 GB RAM) is available at Cyberport for 1029 Euro (~$1283).

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