The Lenovo ThinkPad E560 ($521 to start; $988 as tested) is aimed at small, value-conscious companies that need machines with lots of ports and solid performance paired with long battery life and a comfortable keyboard. The configuration we tested packs a Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 190GB solid-state drive, as well as a 1080p display and AMD Radeon R7 M370 graphics. The ThinkPad E560 doesn’t offer the same level of durability as some competing laptops, and its screen could be more vibrant. But overall, it’s a pretty good business notebook.
If you’ve seen one ThinkPad, you’ve seen them all — and the E560 is no exception. It’s a large, smooth, black-plastic rectangle with rounded edges. The lid features Lenovo’s logo on the lower left and the ThinkPad emblem on the top right. Unlike some of Lenovo’s other recent machines, the E560 only comes in the company’s trademark black.
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