This portable PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many notebook PCs that have been around for more than two years.
Fairly New PCI Express Slot Version
Laptops that have been available for around the same time as the Z580 have PCI Express slot versions of between 2 and 3, and the average PCI Express slot version is 2.2. At 3, the Lenovo Z580 has a fairly new PCI Express slot version compared to most of the other laptops of this age and spec.
Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Medium processor core notebook PCs that came out more than two years ago have on-board graphics adapter base frequencies of between 200MHz and 650MHz. The Lenovo Z580 has a quite fast on-board graphics adapter base frequency (650 megahertz) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and type.
Lenovo Has Good Portable PC Reviews
Based on 4,358 owner and expert reviews, Lenovo has good reviews for its notebook PCs. Lenovo also has good reviews specifically within its medium processor core notebook PCs range compared to other brands.
Very Long Battery Life
The shortest battery life of notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to the Z580 is 2h and the longest is 4,400h. When compared to other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Z580 that we have assessed, the Lenovo Z580's battery life of 4,400 hours is one of the longest.
Fairly Fast Processor Clock Speed
The slowest processor clock speed of portable PCs of this age and type is 0.8GHz, the fastest is 3.1GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2.1GHz. At 2.5 gigahertz, the Lenovo Z580 has a fairly fast processor clock speed compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to the Z580.
Notebook PCs with a faster processor clock speed that might also be worth considering include the T410 (2.53GHz), or the T440p (2.6GHz) both from Lenovo.
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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed
The Lenovo Z580 supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than most notebook PCs that came out around the same time as it. Most notebook PCs of this type and age support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This Lenovo laptop also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.
A 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed is actually the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across all notebook PCs of this age and type.
A 133MHz processor memory clock speed is the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst comparable types of notebook PC.
16.78 Million Colours Supported Number of Colours Display
This portable PC has a 16.78 million colours supported number of colours display, which is the most commonly found supported number of colours display on medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to it.
Has a Full-Size Keyboard
The Lenovo Z580 has a full-size keyboard. Most of the other similar spec laptops that have been around for a comparable time to the Z580 also have a full-size keyboard.
802.11n WiFi Standard
This notebook PC has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most commonly found WiFi standard on similar spec laptops that have been available for a comparable time to it.
64-Bit Operating System Architecture
This portable PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is typical of many portable PCs of a similar age and type to it.
Fairly Fast Processor Clock Speed
The slowest processor clock speed of notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to the Z580 is 800MHz, the fastest is 3,100MHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2,200MHz. At 2,500 megahertz, the Lenovo Z580 has a quite fast processor clock speed compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.
AC Cable Included
This laptop has an AC cable included, which is typical of many laptops of this age and type.
HDD Storage Medium
This notebook PC has an HDD storage medium, which is the most frequently found storage medium on medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to it.
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Only One PCI Express Lane (max)
The Lenovo Z580 is a one PCI Express lane (max) notebook PC.
Does Not Have a Front Camera
The Lenovo Z580 does not have a front camera, unlike most of the other portable PCs of this age and type which have a front camera.
Only HDD Storage Medium
This portable PC has an HDD storage medium, which is typical of many laptops of a similar age and spec to it. HDD is a traditional storage drive which stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are slower than other forms of storage such as solid state drives (SSD) and flash drives.
Portable PCs with a better storage medium that might also be worth considering include the T420s (SSD), or the S540 (SSD) both from Lenovo.
Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution
This portable PC has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is the most frequently found display resolution on notebook PCs of a similar type and age to it.
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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate
This laptop Ethernet LAN data rate, which is the most commonly found Ethernet LAN data rate on medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as it.
Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen
Most laptops that have been on the market for more than two years do not have a touch sensitive screen. The Lenovo Z580 is no exception to this as it too does not have a touch sensitive screen.
With a height of 39 millimeters, the Lenovo Z580 is one of the thickest laptops that were released around the same time as the Z580 amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. Portable PCs of this spec and age have heights of between 2.4mm and 300mm.
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Released Over Four Years Ago
This notebook PC has been on the market for over four years.
Average Screen Size
With a screen size of 15.6 inches, the Lenovo Z580 has a pretty standard screen size compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to the Z580.
If this Lenovo notebook PC screen size is too small for you then you might want to look at the DELL Inspiron 17 (17.3").
Intel Core I5-3xxx Processor Family
The Lenovo Z580 has an Intel Core i5-3xxx processor family which is better than the Intel Core i5 processor family found on most medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as it.
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With a weight of 2.5 kilograms, the Lenovo Z580 has a relatively standard weight compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this spec and age.
Average Total Storage Capacity
At 500 gigabytes, the Lenovo Z580 has a pretty average total storage capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than two years.
If you would prefer a laptop with a bigger total storage capacity then you might want to consider the Toshiba Tecra Z50 (512GB) which also has a higher rating.
Average Internal Memory
At 6 gigabytes, the Lenovo Z580 has a pretty average internal memory compared to most of the other laptops of a similar spec and age to the Z580.
Colour of Product
Intel Core i5, Intel Core i5-3xxx
System Bus Rate
Processor Boost Frequency
Processor Clock Speed
Processor Memory Channel
Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth
Processor Memory Clock Speed
333, 1333, 133, 1600
Processor Memory Type
DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM, DDR3L
Conflict Free Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Integrated 4G WiMAX
Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes
Processor Operating Modes
PCI Express Slots Version
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
PCI Express Configurations
1x16, 1x1, 2x8, 1x8, 1x8+2x4, 2x4
CPU Multiplier (bus/core Ratio)
Processor Cache Type
ECC Supported by Processor
Internal Memory Type
Internal Memory Size
Total Storage Capacity
Compatible Memory Cards
Memory Stick (MS), MMC+, SD
Card Reader Integrated
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive Capacity
Number of Hard Drives Installed
1366 x 768
Display Number of Colours
Display Number of Colours
16.78 million colours
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Intel HD Graphics, Intel HD Graphics 4000, Intel HD Graphics 400
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Number of Displays Supported (on-Board Graphics)
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)
On-Board Graphics Adapter
DisplayPort, DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)
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Fast dualcore Intel processor
Decent battery life
Generous 750GB hard disk
Lacks discrete graphics
1 366 x 768 resolution screen
Too much crapware preloaded
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