Lenovo's IdeaPad Y560D 3D Laptop Reviewed
We've put the Y560D through our standard benchmarks as well as a suite of 2D/3D tests designed to measure relative image quality. Three-dimensional projection may be one of the laptop's main selling points, but users will still spend the overwhelming majority of the time staring at a 2D screen. If you're shopping around on Lenovo's site, make sure you pick the Y560D instead of the Y560—the additional letter denotes 3D capability.
We always request review hardware that's physically identical to actual shipping hardware, that consumers can actually by.
Unfortunately, Lenovo had dropped a 7200 RPM hard drive in our test system which isn't available as an option on the model we tested. We're not the only publication that Lenovo sampled with a 7200 RPM drive, but we're not exactly enthused by the situation. Unlike its competitors, Lenovo does not allow customers to change any aspect of an IdeaPad's shipping configuration. Save for a single, minimal "choose your own components" option, all IdeaPad's are sold strictly as listed, no exceptions. We confirmed this twice with Lenovo's sales staff, first asking about hardware changes in general, second asking if we could swap the hard drive specifically.
Update, October 26, 2010: We were informed today that an error on the Lenovo website incorrectly listed the 5400RPM hard drive as the only option, when in fact the 0646-2NU model we tested does include a 7200RPM drive.