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Lenovo IdeaPad Y470, Y570 boot faster than MacBook Air

updated 12:00 am EST, Tue January 4, 2011

Lenovo outs IdeaPad Y470, Y570 with SSD, HD combos

Lenovo's PC updates on Tuesday were headlined by two IdeaPad notebooks that claim to be more responsive than even the MacBook Air. The 14-inch Y470, as well as the 15.6-inch Y570 and Y570d, each have the option of a 32GB or 64GB SSD for the OS alongside a regular hard drive. Along with Intel's new Sandy Bridge processors and optimizations to the boot process, they can start in as little as 10 seconds, versus Apple's 15 seconds, while still holding as much as 1TB of regular space.

All of them are high-performance models that start out with at least a 2.1GHz Core i3 but can scale up to a 2.7GHz Core i7. They also have the option of the brand new GeForce GT 555M for a much improved Fermi graphics core and, on the Y570d, get a 3D-capable display and matching glasses. They can likewise have up to 8GB of RAM and a Blu-ray drive, although they only have a maximum four-hour battery life in return for the speed.

Design is also relatively unique for the category with uncommon metallic colors and built-in JBL speakers. Lenovo's unveiling comes very early and won't see the Y470, Y570 or Y570d ship until May, when they start at $900.

by MacNN Staff



  1. sgirard

    Joined: Dec 1969


    May is more than 15 seconds away

    I wouldn't want to wait until May for my computer to boot.

  1. chas_m



    The real story here

    "... although they only have a MAXIMUM four-hour battery life in return for the speed."

    Emphasis mine.

    So let me get this right: I have to wait till May to pay a little less for a fugly MacBook Air knockoff that doesn't run OS X, but incorporates technologies the next Air will likely use when its unveiled in (probably) late spring/early summer), making it temporarily a little bit faster ... but with no useful battery life.

    Wow, sign me up!

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Pissng (peeepee) contest

    Waiting until May is bad enough.

    When I only reboot the computer no more often than once a month or more, this is a non-factor. This is more like a strap-on contest for those people with really short you know what.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969



    wow, it boots up a whole five seconds faster! Where do I go to buy one?

  1. nowwhatareyoulookingat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    In todays news

    a computer available sometime in the future will be faster than a computer that has been on the market for some time.

  1. msuper69

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "hey can start in as little as 10 seconds, versus Apple's 15 seconds, while still holding as much as 1TB of regular space."

    What does holding 1TB of regolar space have to do with startup times?

    And what is regular space?

  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It runs a beautiful modern OS? Or one that's so freaking archaic that it STILL doesn't support full drag-and-drop?

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Great option.

    An SSD for the OS and a regular HDD for high capacity storage. Best of both worlds! This hybrid design addresses strengths/weaknesses of most laptops.

    You could speed access times if you used a Seagate Momentus XT hybrid HDD.

  1. chefpastry

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I miss OS on ROM

    Back in the old days, OSes were on ROM. It made upgrades difficult, but there was absolutely no waiting for boot up.

  1. Durandalus

    Joined: Dec 1969


    3 thoughts

    - These are higher performance Notebooks. Don't compare to the MBA
    - Win7 boot time is better than before (XP/Vista)
    - You will see 10s boot times during the first week when you're lucky. Start actually using the computer and it will go up. Windows still sucks in this respect. Actual use and installing software, drivers, etc. slows down the computer over time.

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