The Lenovo IdeaPad Y560 15-inch laptop is a home entertainment laptop launched in August, part of Lenovo's IdeaPad series of premium laptops. The laptop has JBL speakers and dual-graphics mode, and comes packed to the gills with latest hardware and laptop features, and offers very good performance for its asking price.
Typing for long hours isn’t a problem at all on the Lenovo IdeaPad Y560’s fine keyboard, which offers excellent tactile feedback.
Design Lenovo hasn't changed much with its IdeaPad series of laptops, in terms of look and feel. The new Lenovo IdeaPad Y560 has the same dark coffee brown color scheme as the earlier Lenovo IdeaPad Y550 and IdeaPad Y450 laptops. The only major difference with the new Lenovo IdeaPad Y560 laptop is with its dark screen lid which has a smooth, matte finish with a pattern -- minute attempts to make the IdeaPad Y560 look a little classy. The Lenovo IdeaPad Y560 may not be the best-looking laptop, if compared to the likes of Dell Studio 15 and Inspiron 14R laptops or Sony VAIO E. The IdeaPad Y560 comes with an orange strip around its screen and a glossy surface layering the laptop’s display screen, bezel, palmrest and touchpad. Needless to say, this glossy area of the Lenovo IdeaPad Y560 attracts fingerprints and smudges unabashedly.
Compared to the Acer Aspire TimelineX 4802TG or the Dell Studio 15, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y560's build quality could've been better. Build quality isn’t horrendous, nothing to spoil the party but we feel Lenovo has dropped the ball a bit with the IdeaPad Y560's build quality -- while moving the laptop its screen shakes and wobbles, in particular. But the Lenovo IdeaPad Y560 weighs 2.6-inch with a six-cell battery, standard for a 15-inch laptop.
Usability The Lenovo IdeaPad Y560 comes with a 1.3MP webcam recessed on its 15-inch screen’s top bezel, and it’s nice for videochats. The bundled YouCam software makes capturing photos and videos and uploading them to Flickr or YouTube very easy.
The IdeaPad Y560 laptop comes with a 15.6-inch glossy LED-backlit screen with a max resolution of 1366x768 pixels. The IdeaPad Y560’s screen is nice and evenly lit, offers good brightness and contrast levels by laptop screen standards, and displays both text and movie cinematics well in an indoor environment. The Lenovo IdeaPad Y560’s screen viewing angles are average, like any other laptop in our Top 5 Mainstream Laptops list.
In terms of keyboard and touchpad, the IdeaPad Y560 continues to uphold Lenovo’s very high input device standards. The IdeaPad Y560 laptop’s keyboard sports slightly raised, tightly packed keys which are a treat to type on. The keys are different in design compared to the Acer Aspire TimelineX 4820TG or Dell Inspiron 14R’s keyboard, but they are equally good to type on -- if not better. Typing for long hours isn’t a problem at all on the Lenovo IdeaPad Y560’s fine keyboard, which offers excellent tactile feedback. The only minor disappointment is that the Y560’s keyboard doesn’t have a dedicated number pad on the right.
Its touchpad as well is very good -- the Lenovo IdeaPad Y560’s touchpad is large compared to other 15-inch laptop touchpads, and it has a finely textured finish which aids in getting optimum tactile feedback. The Lenovo IdeaPad Y560 laptop’s touchpad supports multiple-gestures -- pinch to zoom, two-finger scroll, etc. -- and they all work well. The touchpad’s two separate mouse buttons are nice to use as well, no complaints. Due to the touchpad’s glossy layer, it attracts smudges -- the mouse buttons, too.