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Lenovo IdeaPad Z570

Introduction

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Specifications

For full specifications see the Lenovo IdeaPad Z570 specifications page.

NameLenovo IdeaPad Z570
ProcessorIntel Celeron B800 processor (dual-core, 1.50GHz, 2MB cache),
Intel Core i5-2450M processor (dual-core, 2.50GHz, 3MB cache),
Intel Core i7-2670QM processor (quad-core, 2.20GHz, 6MB cache)
Screen15.6“ 1366×768 Widescreen
RAMUp to 8GB
HDDUp to 1TB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics
Intel HD Graphics 3000,
NVIDIA GT540M
Network10/100 Ethernet
Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1000, 1×2 11b/g/n wireless

Laptop Notes

The Lenovo IdeaPad Z570 runs most distributions of Linux very well. Arch Linux was tested on a Lenovo IdeaPad z570 and it was determined that some users may have issues with buttons that are specific to the IdeaPad z570 when running Linux, such as the “Thermal Management” button (star/moon) next to the right speaker. This button doesn't do anything by itself; drivers seem to be required for the button to work. The button is supposed to cycle the fan between Standard, Super Silent, Efficient Thermal Dissipation and Dust cleaning modes.
The “One Key Theater” button (movie camera) to the left of the Thermal Management button seems to also require drivers in order to work. It switches the entire computer between Normal, Movie, Music, Picture and Intelligent modes. This feature does not work without drivers that may not be available with any Linux distribution; perhaps a custom kernel may reveal kernel drivers to make one or more of these features work.
The emergency recovery button (next to the power button) only works when the laptop is powered off. It is supposed to boot the machine into a emergency recovery mode. As such functionality is software driven, it only serves to power the computer on for a standard boot when running Linux.
Everything else on the entire laptop works flawlessly with Linux; the HDMI port works beautifully (tested with Gnome 4) the eSATA/USB port works perfectly well. The USB ports all work well; the speeds seem to vary as the right rear port seems to be a USB 2.0 port with the front ones being slower.
Bluetooth works flawlessly but one must be careful to ensure that Bluetooth is configured properly in Linux. The rfkill switch on the front turns all radio transmission on or off. Additionally, the sleep mode engages when closing the lid but this only works on the GUI tty. Finally, the function keys all work well as does the audio (speakers, mic and jacks) and the built-in USB camera.
In conclusion, this is a superb laptop on which to run Linux; it has good battery life, ample power and good durability. It is available with up to 8GB of RAM.
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