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Latest release in the range Lenovo, we’ve been running tests onThinkPad L560…What power? Which operating system? Linux, Windows or Mac OS X? So many points that won’t tell you if you’re making the right choice.
To make the choice easier, we have judged this Lenovo ThinkPad L560 according to what you are going to do with it.
So you’ll know what it’s worth at the end of this article.
ThinkPad L560 enough for internet use?
Your needs are almost exclusively internet browsing and some word processing documents, but you don’t want any quality defects in this laptop.To be able to perform regular tasks that will not deteriorate over time.
It is in this spirit that Lenovo has developed this ThinkPad L560.A well-made laptop that positions itself as mid-range compared to its competitors and because of its price. When you get used to it, you can see that the equipment is of good quality.
This model is a mid-range model with a screen size of 15 inches. Easy to take along from time to time. Even if it is not equipped with a touch screen, this model is still easy to use. It’s a shame because, when you get this ThinkPad L560 on your lap, you’ll see that it’s not so easy to move the cursor with the touchpad.
The materials used for the screen, keyboard and touchpad still seem to be of good quality. It is hoped that the other internal components of this laptop are future-proof; usually a lot of attention is Lenovo paid to the design of its products and the one tested should benefit from this.
A reasonable choice equips this model; the Core i5-6200U. Indeed, the power it delivers is interesting, even if it is not the latest generation of component. A logical decision in relation to the intended use of this computer: surfing the Internet and sufficient computing power. With 8 Gb of RAM, it ThinkPad L560is a good product. It’s the certainty that the computer will work better and longer.
The 256 Gb make this laptop a mid-range laptop in terms of available space. In any case, it should be enough for a use like surfing the web. Considering the offers currently available in terms of public cloud, and your internet usage, it is highly likely that you will never completely fill the disk space of this laptop.
Additional point concerning autonomy: 8 hours of tranquility. This is standard for this range of laptops, and for the type of battery it is equipped with. Because of this last point, you can either switch to a competitor’s laptop or always have the product plugged in; it’s up to you.
ThinkPad L560 the right choice for watching movies ?
This ThinkPad L560 is a sensible option for anyone who will use it for watching movies and listening to music. The model has sufficient basic equipment for this purpose.
In order to see if it will meet your needs, we have tested it for audio and video use.
The computer proposed by Lenovois of average size. This diagonal of 15 inches and a resolution of 1920×1080, is a good compromise. The image quality is bright and colorful, and provides an immersive experience. Clearly, big enough to tire your eyes when watching movies, but also rather light (2.5 kg) when you have to carry it.
The glossy screen option is not possible on this model; it would have made the display easier to read. The effect is of lower quality in environments with intermediate or even low light levels – often corresponding to the conditions in which a film is viewed. It will be more delicate to perfectly distinguish the images without getting tired.
In fact, in order not to suffer from reflections on the screen, you will need to have full light conditions.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this ThinkPad L560. By pushing the volume with music, we tested the rendering. Even if it does well, this laptop will not be able to compete with a good hi-fi system. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
The ThinkPad L560 has a processor Core i5-6200U, a little more powerful than average, compared to those dedicated to office automation. With this, you are sure to have a scalable product (if needed), and that will fit perfectly with your peripherals (speakers, video projectors, etc…). So your multimedia sessions will be fluid.
With Intel HD Graphics 520, ahigh-performance graphics card, a dedicated memory of 8 Gb of RAM, you can watch movies, with smooth images, possibly retouch photos or edit video. Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Lenovo didn’t prioritize connectivity on this laptop. Indeed, it ThinkPad L560 has only 2 ports. It’s a little tight for you to plug everything in at once.
As for battery life, it ThinkPad L560 can allow you to have a multimedia use in nomadic mode. You have 8 hours of autonomy in unplugged mode, which is in the average.
The ThinkPad L560- the right model to stay connected while travelling ?
Easier to transport than a desktop computer, it is not intended for travelling. At least that’s what we find out a priori. Difficult to store in a suitcase, not very suitable for transport, tests have shown that this laptop will be more in its element for very exceptional trips.
In other words, leave it at home and only take it for occasional short trips.
With its 2.5 Kg, it ThinkPad L560 is one of the heaviest in its class. It’s unpleasant to carry. For a laptop it”s bulky to move. The main cause is due to the size of the screen. One of the causes of its weight is related to the size of his 15 inches screen.
Unfortunately, it is not ThinkPad L560 equipped with a touch screen as standard models. If you’re only doing it with the mouse, don’t forget it in the satchel. Or you’ll have to deal with the trackpad.
No backlit keyboard on this ThinkPad L560. Not necessarily useful, except for those in dimly lit places.
We enjoy viewing on this screen which displays deep and vivid colours. We appreciate the viewing on this screen.
This model offers a pleasant user comfort. The anti-glare matt tile allows this laptop to be used outdoors even in bright sunshine.
The energy consumed by the processor Core i5-6200U is in the average currently.
The manufacturer estimates a possible range that you can reduce. Rather count on 70% of this value in standard use; the more you use the processor, the lower the figure will be.
As for the autonomy , the batteries will allow you to use it for about 8 hours.
In order to reduce the risk of breakage while on the move, this model is equipped with a 256 Gb SSD hard drive. SSDs are much faster and lighter, and have no moving parts. Thanks to this, Lenovo was able to almost completely eliminate the noise caused by the rotation of the platters and the movements of the read/write heads existing on conventional disks.For those who will need more space, this ThinkPad L560 will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
Even if a portable laptop stays at the hotel 80% of the time, it is relevant to have a screen that is not too big so as not to be disturbed, but big enough to enjoy the image. The ThinkPad L560 is a fair alternative with iis 15 inches.
The connector part is less well supplied, with only 2 possibilities. This makes it one of the least well equipped models currently.
The techno bluetooth of this model will allow you to connect locally to any type of device that accepts this communication protocol: phone, connected speakers, car…
Finally with the ThinkPad L560, Lenovo deliver us a laptop at a tight price but not intended for travelliing, or as an exception.
The ThinkPad L560 to make audio or video editing.
If you’re serious about editing and creating music, then you pay a lot of attention to processor speed and memory. It appears that this ThinkPad L560meets this need perfectly. Since the last generation designed by Lenovo, there have been many improvements on the components. The parallel processing of tasks with Windows 10 Pro are perfectly suited for audio or video editing.
Possibly for occasional use, the processor Core i5-6200U will allow you to perform certain tasks, if they are initiated individually. Having 8 Gb of RAM, the rendering speed is sufficient for image processing. This model comes with a pre-installed software suite by default. If on the other hand you start on pro applications, it will be necessary to add more memory.
The designers of Lenovo have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. However, for audiovisual use, we would have preferred a dual-disk system: a large-capacity hard disk for backup, and an SSD for speed of execution. The ThinkPad L560 has only got one, with total 256 Gb storage for your movies and music. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
As far as autonomy is concerned, it’s not extraordinary. The available battery life is of 8 hours in standard conditions of use, which means keeping the charger close at hand because the audio-visual assembly consumes a lot of power. A result in the average of the competitors.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it ThinkPad L560 receives the USB3 connection. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. With a throughput about 10 times faster than the previous standard (USB 2.0), you will be able to easily transfer all your video and audio files.
It ThinkPad L560 is consequently well designed for this type of use. And much more if you finally decide to use it only for word processing or web browsing, instead of audio video editing. And at a price that is well ranked.
A quality product, designed by Lenovo with facilities on the use in audiovisual editing mode.
The ThinkPad L560 for online or local games.
If the question you are asking yourself is “Can I play games with this laptop?” then the answer is yes, even though most computers today can meet this need. For a long time, laptops were not powerful enough to be used to play games. With this ThinkPad L560, the engineers of Lenovo have succeeded in balancing the right graphics chip, the processor with enough power, the screen with the right size and the cooling that goes well.
The higher the resolution of the image, the more detailed the visual rendering will be. This model is proposed in resolution 1920×1080, that is to say one of the best on the market.
The graphics Intel HD Graphics 520 card and processor Core i5-6200U will be sufficient to fill your screen. Even if the components are not to the level of the best, the processor Core i5-6200U and the board Intel HD Graphics 520 allow to achieve a very good result in terms of image and colors.
During the tests we ran on this laptop, the components used by the brand’s engineers proved that they could hold the load.
With an average score on the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) ranking, this laptop allows you to try some games. It corresponds to a median choice, neither extremely powerful nor too expensive.
With its 256 Gb of space, this ThinkPad L560 is on a level playing field with its competitors. Useful for local games; as there are still many of them, even though online games are progressing.
A better access to wifi on this ThinkPad L560 that is standard equipped with the 5GHz band. A guarantee of quality that will allow, if your living area is equipped with it, to have a faster and generally more reliable web access.
With 2.5 Kg, it is likely to remain on your desk more often than in a case to take it on a trip.
For the autonomy, it is in the average of the other laptops, that is to say about 8 hours.
In conclusion, we have been seduced by the balance between performance and components. In addition, it is good value for money compared to competitors. And if necessary, you can even use it for office functions between two games.
Is the ThinkPad L560 adapted to office automation ?
Like the majority of its competitors, Lenovo has designed ThinkPad L560 for office automation. It corresponds to a good quality computer.
Customary of this OS, Lenovo has chosen as usual. It is equipped with Windows 10 Pro.
As soon as you have to take this laptop to the office, or on a trip, you will regret its consequent weight. This model weighs 2.5 Kg, making it one of the heavyweight.
This computer was really designed for office use. Hence the good idea to offer a default number pad as a complement.
Our tests have verified that the matt treated screen limits the effects of light. In use, a matte screen gets dirty less quickly than a glossy one.
During daytime use, the absence of a backlit keyboard will not be a problem.
As far as storage goes, this computer’s in the average. It’s 256 Gb available, perfect for office use, but maybe tight for recording movies.
In the end, this ThinkPad L560 is a good compromise. The middle groud for recurring use in office automation mode.
ThinkPad L560 the right choice for the right use
Hard to do very well for all purposes; in any case this computer is doing well. With the ThinkPad L560 you can be sure to have an efficient laptop, compared to competitors.
In other words, this model is not really made for :
– travel use
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– office tasks
And we highly recommend this laptop for :
– making audio and video editing
– playing video games