Lenovo’s foray into the consumer space has been an interesting one to watch. It hasn’t been afraid to try new things, yet at the same time it still carries the primary hallmark of its business line — absolute solid construction.

The Z560 looks a bit more standard fare than usual, but it’s the little things that make it distinct: the curved bottoms of the keys, the patterned air vents and the not so common hardware Wi-Fi switch.

While the laptop has a plain glossy lid backing its 15.6-inch, 1366×768 screen, the inside has brushed aluminium and a black speaker grille that runs edge to edge. The keyboard is an absolute pleasure to use, another hallmark of a Lenovo, and the touch pad is decently sized and multi-touch enabled. The usual caveat applies here: only two-finger scrolling really works, the rest is unpredictable and best left off.

If there was one thing we’d have to criticise Lenovo on input-wise, it’s the mouse buttons. They travel too far and have a mushy feel, something that flies directly in the face of the precision of the rest of the laptop.

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