The ThinkPad E560 is a solid value, but it's not as durable as other ThinkPads. While most machines in Lenovo's line of business-class laptops feature military-grade durability credentials, the ThinkPad E560 is only about as tough as your average consumer laptop. But a comfortable keyboard, strong performance and long battery life help make up for that shortcoming.
Considering its size and weight, you're unlikely to want to move the ThinkPad E560 from your desk very often. The system sports a roomy 15.6-inch display, and at 5.3 lbs., it's noticeably heavier than some of its 15-inch rivals. In comparison, both Toshiba's Tecra A50 and HP's Notebook 15 weigh 4.8 lbs. At least it's lighter than Dell's Latitude E5570, which tips the scales at 5.6 lbs.
If you do need to lug the system along on a business trip, you'll appreciate its long battery life. The E560 ran for an impressive 7 hours and 50 minutes on our battery test, which simulates continuous web browsing over Wi-Fi. That's 2 hours longer than the category average, and at least an hour longer than most rival machines. The Latitude E5570 came closest, running for 7 hours and 17 minutes on the same battery test.
The E560's keyboard lives up to the ThinkPad name, offering a really comfortable typing experience. The keys provide a generous 1.5 millimeters of travel on each stroke, and they feel snappy and responsive. That makes the ThinkPad E560 a solid option for marathon typing sessions.
The system's performance is also solid. Running on a speedy Intel Core i7-6500U processor with 8GB of RAM and 192GB of solid-state drive (SSD) storage, the ThinkPad E560 provides enough power for nearly any productivity task you can throw at it.
Check back for a full review of the Lenovo Ideapad 710S very soon, or check out our picks for the best business laptops on the market.