Thursday, June 23, 2011

Lenovo IdeaPad Z370

"Top" designer. Lenovo supplies a 13 inch subnotebook with the latest second generation Intel Core processors with the IdeaPad Z370. In addition to the hardware, a lot of effort has especially been invested in looks. For example, the notebook has a display lid with 3D effect. Is it after all only straining after effect?

Lenovo launches a compact 13.3 inch subnotebook onto the market with the IdeaPad Z370. Lenovo has designed the IdeaPad Z370 according to the idea: "superior elegance can be affordable". But the IdeaPad Z370 not only is to score with its looks, but the latest Intel processors with Sandy Bridge architecture are to ensure sufficient computing power. The list ranges up to a new Core i7 and a 1 TB hard disk. We are looking at the model with an Intel Core i5-2410M and 750 GB hard disk in our review. In addition, there are a lot of special functions installed. For example, Lenovo treats the IdeaPad Z370 to OneKey Recovery, OneKey Theater and Rapid Boost Technology, among others. If these programs can provide a real added value for the user will have to be seen.

The IdeaPad Z370 only uses the Intel HD Graphics 3000 incorporated into the processor for the graphics. Thus, the notebook doesn't exactly supply abundant graphics performance. The Intel graphics card should primarily cover basic fields though, and use as little power as possible while doing so. Although modern, incorporated graphic cards are a bit more powerful (compared to their predecessor models), the latest games either can't be played at all, or can only be played smoothly in low details. The main field of application for the graphics card lies in Internet and office tasks anyway.
A Core i5-2410M from Intel does its job inside the Lenovo IdeaPad Z370. It is a midrange dual core processor from the second generation of Core processors. The processor isn’t exactly weak ex-factory with a clock rate of 2.3 GHz. Even more performance reserves can be mobilized in case of situations with a higher power requirement thanks to Turbo Boost 2.0 – providing that the processor is sufficiently cooled. The clock rate can be increased to 2.6 GHz (2 cores loaded), or 2.9 GHz (1 core). The 2410M processor can even compete with the much faster clocked predecessor, Core i5-560M with 2.7-3.2 GHz, due to the optimized architecture. The 2410M is partly even faster than the 560M. Moreover, the 2410M processor incorporates the entry level graphics and memory controller. The graphics card is an Intel HD Graphics 3000 graphics card, which has primarily been designed for office applications and light multimedia tasks (media rendering). Basically, the Intel Core i5-2410M processor is a good all-rounder that can cover a wide field of daily applications.

Specifications Lenovo IdeaPad Z370-M5657GE :
  • Processor : Intel Core i5 2410M 2.3 GHz
  • Mainboard : Intel HM65
  • Memory : 4096 MB, Ramaxel, DDR3-1333, 667 MHz, max. 8 GB, 2 slots
  • Graphics adapter : Intel HD Graphics 3000, DDR3,
  • Display : 13.3 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, AUO302C, LED backlight, glossy: yes
  • Harddisk : WDC WD7500BPVT-22HXZT1, 750GB 5400rpm 750 GB, 5400 rpm
  • Soundcard : Realtek ALC269 @ Intel Cougar Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
  • Connections : 3 USB 2.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 eSata, Audio Connections: microphone & headphone, Card Reader: 5in1 card reader (MMC/SD/Memory Stick (Pro)/xD-Card),
  • Networking : Realtek PCIe FE Family Controller (10/100MBit), Atheros AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (bgn), 2.1 Bluetooth
  • Optical drive : Optiarc DVD RW AD-7710H
  • Size : height x width x depth (in mm): 20 – 33 x 328 x 222
  • Weight : 2 kg Power Supply: 0.21 kg
  • Battery : 48 Wh Lithium-Ion, 6 cell battery, 10.8 Volt
  • Price : 649.00 Euro
  • Operating System : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
  • Additional features : Webcam: 2.0 Megapixel, Microsoft Office 2010 Starter, user's maunual, Lenovo DirectShare, Lenovo EE Boot Optimizer, Lemovo Games Console, Lenovo VeriFace 4.0, Lenovo YouCam, MCAfee AntiVirus Plus (trial version), OneKey Recovery, Cyberlink Power2Go, 24 Months Warranty, Printed documentation, setup poster, colors: brown, pink, light blue.
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