A high-performance laptop in gaming mode : ThinkPad L560 – Core i5-6200U – Lenovo

Foreword

Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more intended for multimedia, and others more for games.Some computers have power, others have more basic features.From basic use (the Web, and e-mail) to online gaming with powerful machines.
The detail of our analysis in this article.

ThinkPad L560 adapted to surf the internet?

Because a computer is above all a tool for leisure and educational use (browsing e-commerce or information sites, writing e-mails, etc.), you need to make sure that it will stand the test of time and that it is of high quality.Ensuring proper operation requires quality components and proven technological competence on the part of the manufacturer.
It is in this spirit that Lenovo has developed this ThinkPad L560.The computer is positioned at the same level as competing models in this price range. Material that seem to be well-designed.
With a 15 inches size, it is in the average, and you can carry it relatively easily. No touch screen available on this model. A point that could be impeding, for some users,with this ThinkPad L560 if you have to work on the road.
The materials used for the screen, keyboard and touchpad still seem to be of good quality. An important parameter for those whose laptop is not a daily work tool but who wish to make it last for several years; Lenovo thought it over carefully in this case.
The processor chosen for this model is a Core i5-6200U. Considering that the components evolve very quickly, Lenovo offers a laptop of good quality that will remain a good choice over several years. A logical decision in relation to the intended use of this computer: surfing the Internet and sufficient computing power. The amount of RAM provided is 8 Gb. A large quantity, more than you will need for strictly web browsing use.
The 256 Gb make this laptop a mid-range laptop in terms of available space. In any case, it should be enough for a use like surfing the web. Considering the offers currently available in terms of public cloud, and your internet usage, it is highly likely that you will never completely fill the disk space of this laptop.
Finally, an important point for a laptop: autonomy; here you will have 8 hours of freedom before you have to plug it back into the socket. This is standard for this range of laptops, and for the type of battery it is equipped with. Because of this last point, you can either switch to a competitor’s laptop or always have the product plugged in; it’s up to you.

Is ThinkPad L560 okay to watch videos ?

You are considering laptops for standard multimedia use (watching movies, storing photos, listening to music)! Lenovo offers the ThinkPad L560 perfect for that. Not the best, however it is one of the models existing in a tight price range.
In order to see if it will meet your needs, we have tested it for audio and video use.
Lenovo has chosen a medium size screen to meet everyone’s needs. With its 15 inches and resolution of 1920×1080, it can be suitable for a lot of uses including watching films. The rendered image is well detailed, with a bright and vivid rendering. In the end, a homogeneous product that allows you to watch films and, with its 2.5 kg,it will be easy to take on the move.
Unfortunately, no glossy screen is available on this model. The effect is of lower quality in environments with intermediate or even low light levels – often corresponding to the conditions in which a film is viewed. It will be more delicate to perfectly distinguish the images without getting tired.
In short, you’ll prefer this finish for daytime movie viewing.
On the sound side, it ThinkPad L560 has good components: board and integrated speakers. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
The ThinkPad L560 has a processor Core i5-6200U, a little more powerful than average, compared to those dedicated to office automation. With this, you are sure to have a scalable product (if needed), and that will fit perfectly with your peripherals (speakers, video projectors, etc…). You won’t have to worry about launching your audio and video applications.
Equipped with the Intel HD Graphics 520 graphic card, and with 8 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Connectivity is unlikely to be a priority for Lenovo. Indeed, it ThinkPad L560 has only 2 ports. It’s a little tight for you to plug everything in at once.
Finally concerning the battery life, you will have time before you have to think about reconnecting the power cable. Lenovo promises 8 hours of battery life; that’s about average. 

The ThinkPad L560- the right model to stay connected while travelling ?

It ThinkPad L560 is certainly a laptop, but not really portable and certainly not intended for those who travel. It doesn’t seem to have been a priority when they designed this model Lenovo. Difficult to store in a suitcase, not very suitable for transport, tests have shown that this laptop will be more in its element for very exceptional trips.
Reserve its use at home, between your living room and your bedroom.
It is one of the heaviest laptops in its class, with 2.5 Kg. It’s complicated when you have to transport it. If you use it on your lap, you will find that it is cumbersome. The reason for that ? The size of the screen. The explanation mainly comes down to the size of the screen: 15inches.
Unfortunately, it is not ThinkPad L560 equipped with a touch screen as standard models. If you’re only doing it with the mouse, don’t forget it in the satchel. The alternative could be the keyboard trackpad.
The designers of this did not consider it useful to integrate the backlit keyboard. Not necessarily useful, except for those in dimly lit places.
Finally, the absence of a glossy slab does not compromise image quality. We appreciate the viewing on this screen.
This laptop is very comfortable to use. The anti-glare matt tile allows this laptop to be used outdoors even in bright sunshine.
The energy consumed by the processor Core i5-6200U is in the average currently.
However, please note that the autonomy indicated by Lenovo must be reduced. It is unlikely that you will reach manufacturer’s figures; rather, consider 70-80% at best.
As for the autonomy , the batteries will allow you to use it for about 8 hours.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 256 Gb. This disk technology (solid-state drive), tried and tested for more than 20 years, allows to store data, on the same principle as the usb key. With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .For those who do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
Even if a portable laptop stays at the hotel 80% of the time, it is relevant to have a screen that is not too big so as not to be disturbed, but big enough to enjoy the image. The ThinkPad L560 is a fair alternative with iis 15 inches.
The connector part is less well supplied, with only 2 possibilities. Currently on all available models, it is the laptop that has the poorest equipment.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
According to our analysis, we think it is better not to bring this ThinkPad L560 on holiday.

The ThinkPad L560- the right model for audio or video editing ?

For this type of use, it seems necessary to turn to a high-performance product. Clearly, this ThinkPad L560corresponds perfectly to the need related to this use. Whether in terms of computing speed or memory capacity, Lenovo has designed an interesting product. It is a laptop designed for multitasking presented with Windows 10 Pro, which will allow to manage at the same time the audio-video applications consuming calculations.
Possibly for occasional use, the processor Core i5-6200U will allow you to perform certain tasks, if they are initiated individually. Having 8 Gb of RAM, the rendering speed is sufficient for image processing. As standard, you will have the applications to make your video editing or your photo or music modifications. And in case you want to go further, you will be able to do so provided you add a bit of memory.
The designers of Lenovo have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. As a reminder, an audio and video editing use, involves a large capacity hard disk drive for storage, and speed of execution with an SSD. Here with 256 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
As far as autonomy is concerned, it’s not extraordinary. For 8 hours of autonomy, you have a little time to work on your edits. A duration which is on the other hand equivalent to the other machines at the moment.
Well thought out in terms of connections, it ThinkPad L560 receives the USB3 connection. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. With a throughput about 10 times faster than the previous standard (USB 2.0), you will be able to easily transfer all your video and audio files.
By choosing this ThinkPad L560, know that you will be well beyond what most laptops offer. And much more if you finally decide to use it only for word processing or web browsing, instead of audio video editing. And at a price that is well ranked.
A quality product, designed by Lenovo with facilities on the use in audiovisual editing mode. 

ThinkPad L560 the right choice to play online?

Today’s most popular gaming titles require performance and can take up huge amounts of storage space: this laptop meets both of these requirements. For a long time, laptops were not powerful enough to be used to play games. On this ThinkPad L560, Lenovo has implemented a cooling system perfectly dimensioned for advanced uses of online games.
As far as image resolution is concerned, it is important that it is high in order to obtain a good rendering. This model is proposed in resolution 1920×1080, that is to say one of the best on the market.
With its graphics Intel HD Graphics 520 card and processor Core i5-6200U, Lenovo has indeed chosen an interesting option. Of course, there are much better ones, but with the processor Core i5-6200U’s computing power, the image recreated in terms of colorimetry and fluidity are of good quality.
For the vast majority of users, this brings a result perfectly adapted to most of the games of the moment.
For most games, this model will be suitable for gaming mode. With a display system, this machine provides a speed in the average of what is currently done.
A space of 256 Gb to save your data; this is in the average of what other brands offer. Useful for local games; as there are still many of them, even though online games are progressing.
A better access to wifi on this ThinkPad L560 that is standard equipped with the 5GHz band. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
You will limit your travels with this laptop; the cause? Its weight of 2.5 Kg which makes it one of the biggest on the market.
By offering 8 hours of autonomy, this computer is in the middle of the market.
In summary, an excellent machine, whether for the graphics, the processor, or the acceptable weight, this ThinkPad L560 is an excellent choice for video game use. Be aware that in addition, you will benefit from an autonomy of 8 hours. The right tool for maximum performance!

ThinkPad L560 for office automation ?

Lenovo has chosen to respond to all users who wish to have a basic use of their ThinkPad L560. It corresponds to a good quality computer.
If you’re already a Linux or Apple user, your choice will probably head for this laptop. It’s the latest version of Windows 10 Pro that’s running it.
It ThinkPad L560 is not designed to be transported, but it will do the job in the case of an exclusively fixed use, and little displacement. With a weight of 2.5 Kg, you will limit as often as possible the various movements of this laptop.
Due to the size of the keyboard, all the office oriented elements are present. Hence the good idea to offer a default number pad as a complement.
Our tests have verified that the matt treated screen limits the effects of light. With less or no glare, this screen will also stay cleaner for longer.an advantage when working on the screen several hours.
If you work on your computer in the evening, you might regret that the backlight option is not provided on this laptop.
Storage in this model is in the middle of what is available elsewhere. It’s 256 Gb available, perfect for office use, but maybe tight for recording movies.
Ultimately, this ThinkPad L560 is an intermediate choice. The middle groud for recurring use in office automation mode.

What about the ThinkPad L560 ?

Hard to do very well for all purposes; in any case this computer is doing well. With the ThinkPad L560 you can be sure to have an efficient laptop, compared to competitors.
Simply put, we were not convinced for uses such as :
– travel use
You can still, at the very least, use it to:
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– office tasks
And we highly recommend this laptop for :
– making audio and video editing
– playing video games