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Lenovo IdeaPad N581

alaTest has collected and analyzed 431 reviews of Lenovo IdeaPad N581. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Views about the reliability and size are on the whole positive. The usability and design are also appreciated, but there are some negative reviews about the touchpad. There are mixed opinions on the portability and durability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Lenovo IdeaPad N581 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: Brian Westover (pcmag.com)

Lenovo IdeaPad N581

 

The budget-friendly Lenovo IdeaPad N581 is a competent system with solid performance, and a decent selection of features.

Solid performance from Intel Core i3-3210M offers a competent Windows 8 system for less. Decent port selection.

Sound has wimpy bass. Bulky design.

Conclusion As value-priced systems go, the Lenovo IdeaPad N581 is a solid laptop, providing the sort of performance perfect for use by students or around the home. With ample storage and a relatively robust selection of features, it's our Editors'...

May, 2013

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Advanced / Dolby Advanced Audio v2 / HD
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Built-in subwoofer: No
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker Power:1.5

Battery

Battery Capacity:4400 / 48
Battery capacity (Watt hours):48
Battery life (max):4 / 5 / 9
Battery performance:4400
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:4 / 6

Camera

Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3
Swivel webcam: No

Certificates

RoHS compliance: Yes

Design

Color of product:Black
Form Factor:Clamshell
Market positioning:Business
Product type:Notebook

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:200
Display Diagonal:15.6
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Full HD: No
HD type:HD / Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:5 / 65

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:1
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / NVIDIA GeForce 610M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100 / 1150
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116 / 0x166
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics / Intel HD Graphics 3000 / Intel HD Graphics 4000

Keyboard

Island-style keyboard:Y
Keyboard backlit:N
Keyboard language:German
Numeric keypad: Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 8
Memory clock speed:1333 / 1600
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout:1 x 4
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 4
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM
Memory slots (available):1

Networking

3G: No
4G:N
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Network standard:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3u
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n,IEEE 802.3,IEEE 802.3ab,IEEE 802.3u
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
WWAN: No

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:Blu-Ray DVD Combo / DVD Super Multi / DVD-RW / DVD±RW

Other Features

Audio system:Dolby Advanced / Dolby Advanced Audio v2 / HD
Dimensions (WxDxH):14.8 x 9.65 x 1.35
Display Diagonal:15.6
Display Diagonal (metric):15.6
Graphics adapter family:Intel
HD-Ready: Yes
Infrared data port: No
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x
Intel visual technologies: No
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d,VT-x / VT-x
Internal modem: No
Type:PC

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control: No
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Performance

TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:No / Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:5 / 65

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel HM76 Express
Conflict Free processor:N / Y
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):22 / 23 / 24 / 25 / 26
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:N / Y
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM76 Express
Number of processors supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processor:2020M / B960 / B970 / B980 / I3-2328M / I3-2370M / I3-3120M / I5-3210M / I5-3230M
Processor boost frequency:3.1 / 3.2
Processor cache:2 / 3
Processor cache type:L2 / L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge / Sandy Bridge
Processor cores:2
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel Core i3-2xxx / Intel Core i5-3xxx / Intel Pentium / Intel® Pentium®
Processor frequency:2.2 / 2.3 / 2.4 / 2.5 / 2.6
Processor lithography:22 / 32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:B960 / B970 / B980 / I3-2328M / I3-2370M / I5-3210M / I5-3230M
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-2300 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-3200 Mobile series / Intel Pentium B900 series for Mobile
Processor socket:BGA1023 / PGA988 / Socket 988
Processor threads:2 / 4
Stepping:J1 / L1 / Q0
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35
Tjunction:105 / 85 / 90

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22 / 32
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:No / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):No / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N / Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N / Y
Intel® Insider™:No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / Y
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / Y
InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Yes
Processor ARK ID:53442 / 59836 / 63915 / 65708 / 69669 / 70927 / 72056
Processor code:SR07V / SR0DP / SR0J1 / SR0J2 / SR0N0 / SR0TC / SR0U1 / SR0WX
Processor package size:31 / 37.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX / SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot: Yes
Fingerprint reader: No

Software

Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:FreeDOS / No / Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 8

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD / MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC / SD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400 / 7200
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 320 / 500 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:SATA II / Serial ATA / Serial ATA II
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Host interface:SATA / SATA II / Serial ATA II
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 320 / 500 / 750

Technical Details

Intel visual technologies: No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:9.65
Height:1.35
Weight:3.68 / 5.73
Width:14.8