Lenovo B590 Windows 7 Pentium 15.6-Inch Laptop Review

TLenovo B590 Windows 7 Pentium 15.6-Inch Laptop

The Lenovo B590 Windows 7 Pentium 15.6-Inch Laptop is entry-level laptop designed to meet the demands of day-to-day computing tasks. Office applications, email, surfing the web and updating social status should all be well within its capabilities, but it may struggle a little with the more significant processing required by heavyweight video editing software, for example.

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At the machine’s heart lies an Intel Pentium 2020M processor. This is a dual core component based on Intel’s Ivy Bridge architecture, although some of the features found in more powerful Ivy Bridge processors are disabled in this entry-level part. Among these disabled features are Intel’s Hyperthreading and Turbo Boost technologies, meaning that of the processor’s two cores runs at a fixed speed of 2.4GHz and can handle only one thread at a time. In reality, however, this is unlikely to have any great impact upon the kinds of tasks that this machine is designed for.

The processor is supported by 4GB of DDR3 memory. Although less than you might expect to find installed in more powerful machines, the supplied 4GB RAM should be enough to allow the preinstalled copy of Windows 7 Home Premium to perform well. It represents a reasonable balance between price and performance that should enable the machine to accomplish its expected workload without adding unnecessarily to its cost.

Similar considerations apply to the machine’s 500GB Hard Disk Drive (HDD). It should be large enough to provide more than enough permanent storage for all the documents, pictures, music and movies that most users will want to store on this class of machine. And, if more storage capacity is eventually required, it is an easy matter to attach an external HDD to one of the machine’s three USB ports.

Staying with disk drives for a moment, it is worth noting that this machine also features a built-in DVD / RW optical drive. Once an almost universal laptop component, CD and DVD drives have become slightly less common of late, particularly in inexpensive or lightweight models. This is, of course, understandable, but it’s hard to deny that they’re still very useful to have, whether you want to burn your own audio CDs, install software from disk or simply watch a DVD from your collection.

Pros :

  • Inexpensive Entry-Level Workhorse
  • Intel Pentium Dual-Core 2020M 2.4 GHz Processor (2 MB Cache)
  • 4 GB DDR3 RAM
  • Large 500GB Hard Disk
  • 15.6-Inch Screen
  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Cons :

  • Underpowered for serious gaming

The machine’s 15.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display is driven by an integrated Intel HD Graphics controller. The controller should be easily able to cope with the needs of routine computing activities, including HD video and casual gaming, but it will struggle with the demands of more graphics-intensive applications and is really not suitable for heavy-duty gaming. That said, this is not – and doesn’t claim to be – a gaming laptop; it is a general purpose machine, designed for everyday tasks, and should be quite capable of fulfilling that role.

Despite being budget-friendly, the Lenovo B590 (model number 59410452) offers a fairly standard range of input / output ports and connectivity options. HDMI and VGA ports are provided for those times when you want – or need – a bigger display than the built-in 15.6 inch model. The HDMI port makes it easy to connect to a modern HDTV or monitor, while the VGA connector allows you to hook up the laptop to older monitors, projectors etc.

Network connectivity is provided in both wired and wireless varieties. For conventional wired networks, the machine features a standard Ethernet port, while for wireless networking it includes built-in 802.11 b/g/n WiFi.

The Lenovo B590 features three USB ports – two standard USB 2.0 ports, and one high-speed USB 3.0 port. Of course, USB ports and devices are interchangeable, meaning that a USB 2.0 device will work in a USB 3.0 port and vice versa, but to take advantage of of the latest high speed features of USB 3.0, you need to use a USB 3.0 device in a USB 3.0 socket.

Measuring 14.88 x 1.32 x 9.92 inches (L x W x H) and weighing 5.5 pounds, this is neither the smallest nor lightest laptop on the market. That said, it is still small and light enough to be easily portable, and uses the space to provide a full-size keyboard with additional numeric keypad, and a generously proportioned touch pad. A reported battery life of up to 5 hours means that you should be able to work on the move just as easily as you would at the office or at home.

As mentioned above, the machine ships with Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) rather than Windows 8, the current version of Microsoft’s flagship operating system. Whether this is significant or not depends on individual preferences; Windows 8 has introduced a number of changes that many people have welcomed as an improvement to the way the system works. Others find them confusing or unnecessary, and much prefer to work with the tried and tested look and feel of Windows 7. For them, in particular, the fact that this machine does not include Windows 8 is almost certainly significant, and probably very welcome.

Overall, the Lenovo B590 Windows 7 Pentium 15.6-Inch Laptop is an inexpensive, entry-level workhorse laptop that should cope well with routine computing tasks. It offers a reasonable range of connectivity options, and ships with the ever-popular Windows 7, rather than Windows 8, but will struggle with heavy-duty games or other graphics-intensive applications. As a machine for email, word processing, exploring the web and other everyday tasks, however, it is well worth considering.

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