ThinkPad laptops with the L prefix are a lower price range for Lenovo computers, although each subsequent edition of the series boasts richer functionality. Thus, the current models of this series are not inferior to devices of a much higher class.
Comfortable backlit keyboard? Of course. IPS Full HD screen? No problems. 4G / LTE modem? Yes, in some versions. Hardware security features with a fingerprint scanner, TPM module and Smart Card in full readiness. All this is here and in the case of the Thinkpad, which is very durable and practical, which is important.
But, can such a device boast a high work culture? Should I buy it? Look for answers to all questions in my review.
Lenovo ThinkPad L580 Specifications:
ThinkPad L580 Design:
The 15.6-inch ThinkPad L580 has a new case. Compared with the old version (L570), the thickness of the structure has decreased by almost 8 mm (up to 23 mm), and its weight has decreased by 0.4 kg (up to 2 kg), so it is definitely more convenient to travel with it.
This is especially appreciated by users who often carry a laptop to the office, preferring a screen diagonal of more than 14 inches. Among the materials of the case of Lenovo ThinkPad L580, you will not find aluminum, magnesium alloy or carbon fiber reinforcement. However, this does not mean that the new L580 is made of cheap plastic.
So that the equipment could boast of reliability, the manufacturer chose the PC / ABS polymer, that is, a hybrid of polycarbonate and ABS plastic (acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene copolymer). It is characterized by increased resistance to physical damage even at low and high temperatures, as well as high rigidity and electrical insulation.
The case of the ThinkPad L580 is designed in black minimalist colors; we see only a few small red accents (the charging diode is integrated with the ThinkPad and TrackPoint logos). Everything has a matte and slightly rough structure, which is well protected from dirt and fingerprints. However, if we still manage to dirty the lid, clean it with a dry rag without any problems.
The reliability of the case does not cause any reservations here, although the ThinkPad L480 is a little better in this respect – the smaller surface of the case and the screen contributes to better strength. The lid in the L580 could be a little better – it protects the device well against pressure, but hard bending attempts cause the effect of highlighted corners at the screen.
The hinges, closed in metal sleeves, allow the display of this Lenovo ThinkPad to deflect 180 degrees. Although in order to lift the lid, we have to hold the desktop with our hand (the test for the MacBook is not passed), the increased resistance of the hinges makes the L580 screen more stable. He not only maintains a given position but not even inclined to spring.
Ports and connectors:
The selection and placement of the ports here are the same as in the L480 model. Most of them are located on the back left – two USB 3.1 Type-C (including one that is included in the side connector for connecting the docking station), standard USB 3.0 and full-size HDMI. The set will be useful both in the office and while traveling.
In the middle of the right side, you will find another 1 × USB 3.0, a headphone jack and a microphone. This arrangement contributes to comfortable work, even if we do not connect a port replicator or a new mechanical docking station. Nevertheless, the location of the LAN is moderately successful, but it will be felt only by a small group of users.
ThinkPad L580 Display:
The Lenovo ThinkPad L580 comes with one of two types of displays. In the configurations with the most attractive price, we find the matrix TN with a resolution of HD (1366 × 768). The archaic resolution of this panel, low contrast and limited viewing angles are not suitable for comfortable and efficient operation. Parameters of the tested model:
>Brightness: 251 cd / m2.
>Contrast ratio: 1042: 1.
>Black: 0.24 cd / m2.
>SRGB palette: 65%.
>AdobeRGB palette: 45%. Therefore,
I strongly recommend choosing a panel configuration, like the model under review. The matt Full HD IPS-matrix not only generates an image with a higher resolution, which leads to an increase in the working area and better clarity but also offers higher image quality parameters.
Keyboard and touchpad
The familiar keyboard took up almost the entire width of the Lenovo ThinkPad L580 desktop. Due to this, its keys are large, the cursors are set correctly, and there is a place for the numeric block.
At the same time, the ThinkPad L580 keyboard has undergone several inconspicuous, but important for the convenience of changes. The material from which the keys are made has become more durable and of better quality. You will not be difficult to choose a version with a white backlight, as the manufacturer has finally provided this opportunity in the L-series.
The comfort of the set here is phenomenal – the unsurpassed convenience of working with text, and the layout that has been proven over the years. Add to this a full-sized digital unit, and you get one of the best keyboards that can be found in notebooks with administrative or office specialization.
Following the traditions of the Thinkpad, the L580 gives us access to two methods of navigating the screen. In the center of the keyboard is the first of them – TrackPoint (TrackPoint). The classic red joystick is one of the special features of the series.
Despite several decades, this solution is still appreciated by a large number of users. Once you have mastered its capabilities, you no longer have to take your hands off the keyboard while working, for example, to go to the window with another application. TrackPoint is accompanied by three physical buttons, located just above the touch panel.
Sound and speakers:
Lenovo ThinkPad L580 sound system is supported by Dolby Audio software. The speakers are loud, play cleanly, and can be used for business applications like Skype.
Music and multimedia features are less impressive. The lack of base, the smoothed sound and the predominance of high frequencies can be compensated with the help of the mentioned software, but, for example, Dell laptops of the Vostro family can boast of a much better audio system.
Should I buy?
Yes. The ThinkPad L580 performed well in terms of culture and boasts a quiet, efficient cooling system. Even under load, you don’t have to worry about sound or heat. And although here we are dealing with a fifteen-inch device, its autonomy does not differ from the values of today’s mobile ultrabooks. At the moment it is difficult to find a laptop with the best price/performance ratio.
The Lenovo ThinkPad L580 is a laptop that offers, at a reasonable price, the performance, and equipment necessary for comfortable work.