Lenovo Y580 Overview
The Lenovo Y580 has a very conservative, yet sleek look to it. The lid is made of brushed aluminum and has a simple lenovo logo on it. The brushed aluminum really looks awesome, the photos below do not give it justice at all. The laptop itself is about the same size as the Y570 from last year. The actual dimensions are 385mm x 255mm x 35.7 mm (15.2″ x 10.0″ x 1.4″) and it weighs in at 6.15 lbs.
Starting on the left side of the Y580 you have a lock port, large ventilated section, VGA out, Ethernet, HDMI out, and two USB 3.0 ports. Moving over to the right side of the Y580 you have your power connection, a single USB 2.0 port, a Blu-ray drive, a single USB 3.0 port, and microphone and headphone jacks.
The front of the laptop is pretty much plain except for a small SD card reader on the right.
Opening the Y580 up you can see the large 15.6-inch FHD LED Glare Wedge display. Surrounding the display is reflective plastic, it would have been nice to see the brushed aluminum around the display. Above the display is a HD webcam and dual microphones.
Moving down to the bottom half of the laptop Lenovo decided to keep the brushed aluminum here, which looks great. On each side you have premium JBL speakers. On the left side you have a large power button and very small reset button. On the opposite side you have a display mode switch button and mute button. Lenovo has pretty much kept the same keyboard that we saw on the Y570. They keys use a slightly rounded chiclet-style design and we do get a full numberpad. The one difference between this keyboard and the one on the Y570 is that this keyboard is backlit, but we will see that a little later in the review. The touchpad is slightly off center to the left. It has a very smooth and the dedicated buttons we saw on the Y570 are gone, which so far I do like much better. There is a chrome accent around the touchpad and a small line to let you know where to press for left and right mouse buttons.
Flipping the Y580 over there are 4 large rubber feet that not only will keep it stable on your desk it also allows air to flow under it for good cooling. The battery attaches towards the top of the chassis and sits flush with the back of the Y580. Removing only two screws you can get at some of the internals of the Y580. Most importantly the memory and hard drives.