The 15.6-inch Lenovo G580 belongs to the company’s most affordable Essential notebook series, but with some features this model enters higher-end territory. That’s mostly thanks to a wide CPU options range from the Intel Celeron to the Core i7 “Ivy Bridge” and dedicated Nvidia GeForce video card options, up to the GT 630 2GB.
RAM and HDD choices aren’t low-end only either. You can get the G580 with up to 8GB DDR3 memory and up to 1TB hard drive, while optical drive options include Blu-ray combo. Another nice touch is inclusion of Dolby Advanced Audio technology on otherwise mediocre sound system with 2 x 1.5W stereo speakers.
The display is a regular 1,366×768 TN panel with glossy coating and there is no higher-res option available, so in this field the G580 is just an average cheap laptop. A 0.3MP cam is located above the screen.
AccuType isle-style keyboards are now standard across the whole Lenovo laptop range and the G580 is no exception. Backlight is missing, even as an option. The trackpad is accompanied by physical click buttons. Although the palmrest looks great with its brushed metal texture, it’s just a texture. The whole body is actually made of stiff and high-quality plastics. Select G580 models don’t have the brushed metal appearance and offer plain glossy plastics as well as a different trackpad. The color of the chassis is somewhere between brown and black and the notebook is also available with brown, red, and blue glossy finishes.
On the left side, the system has VGA, LAN, HDMI, and two USB 3.0 ports.
On the right, there are a mic/headphones combo audio jack, optical drive, and a USB 2.0 port. A 2-in-1 card reader is located on the front side.
This is the plastic lid of the Lenovo G580.
Here are some model examples:
|21898CU||Celeron B820||4GB||Intel HD||500GB||No||Dark brown|
|21898AU||Celeron B820||4GB||Intel HD||750GB||No||Dark brown|
|218988U||Celeron B820||6GB||Intel HD||1TB||No||Dark brown|
|268938U||Core i3-2370M||4GB||Intel HD 3000||500GB||Yes||Brown (Glossy)|
|26893DU||Core i3-2370M||4GB||Intel HD 3000||500GB||Yes||Blue (Glossy)|
|218982U||Core i5-3210M||8GB||Intel HD 4000||1TB||Yes||Dark brown|
|218933U||Core i7-3612QM||8GB||Intel HD 4000||750GB||Yes||Dark brown|
|59334669||Celeron B820||4GB||1GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M||750GB||No||Dark brown|
I haven’t spotted any Blu-ray equipped configuration yet.
Prices currently start at as low as $400.