IdeaPad Z Series

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The IdeaPad Z Series is designed primarily for entry-level multimedia users.[1] The first three Z Series IdeaPad laptops were the Z360, Z460 and Z560, with 13 inch, 14 inch, and 15 inch screens respectively. All three laptops were released in 2010.

2012[edit]

The 2012 IdeaPad laptops launched by Lenovo are the Z575. Incorporates AMD processors.

Z575[edit]

The first IdeaPad laptop launched by Lenovo in 2012, this laptop has:

  • Processor: AMD A4-3300M/A6-3400M/A8-3500M
  • RAM: Up to 8GB PC3-10600 DDR3 1333 MHz memory
  • Storage: 750 GB 5400rpm HDD
  • Graphics:
    • AMD Radeon HD 6480G/6650M
    • AMD Radeon HD 6620G Graphics
  • Dimensions (mm): 376 x 222 x 20~35.5[2]
  • Screen: 15.6", 1366 x 768 resolution
  • Weight: 5.73 lbs[2]

2011[edit]

The 2011 IdeaPad laptops launched by Lenovo were the Z370, Z470, and Z570. All three laptops incorporated Intel Sandy Bridge processors.

Z370[edit]

Released in 2011, the Z370 laptop offered the following specifications:

Z470[edit]

Also released in 2011, the Z470 laptop offered the following specifications:

  • Processor: Up to 2nd generation Intel Core i5[4]
  • RAM: Up to 8 GB DDR3[4]
  • Graphics: Intel Integrated NVIDIA Geforce GT520M (1GB video RAM)[4]
  • Weight: starting at 4.85 lbs[4]

Z570[edit]

The third Z Series laptop released in 2011, the Z570 offered the following specifications:

  • Processor: Up to Intel Core i7[5]
  • RAM: Up to 8GB DDR3 1333 MHz[5]
  • Graphics:
    • NVIDIA Geforce GT540M (2GB video RAM)[5]
    • NVIDIA Geforce GT520M (1GB video RAM)[5]
  • Dimensions (mm): 376 x 250 x 20~35.5[5]
  • Weight: starting at 5.73 lbs[5]

2010[edit]

The first IdeaPad Z Series laptops were launched in 2010. These were the Z360, Z460, and Z560 laptops.

Z360[edit]

The IdeaPad Z360 was launched in 2010 and was appreciated for its 500GB hard disk drive, WiDi and WiMAX options, keyboard, and navigation.[6] However, the design met with disfavor[6][7] and was unappreciated by reviewers. Another point in the laptop’s favor was the price and the processor – the Intel i3-750 with a speed of 2.4 GHz.[7] LAPTOP Magazine called the keyboard “phenomenal” and said that “this makes typing on the Z360 a wonderful experience”.[7] The color contrast on the screen was also appreciated, as was the depth of sound provided by the speakers.[7]

  • Processors: Up to Intel Core i5 processor i5-480M[8]
  • Chipset: Mobile Intel HM55 Express[8]
  • RAM: Up to 8GB PC3-8500 1066 MHz DDR3[8]
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics[8]
  • Dimensions (mm): 327 x 219 x 20 to 34[8]
  • Weight: 4.41 lbs[8]

Z460[edit]

The IdeaPad Z460 laptop, also launched in 2010, was appreciated for its both good looks and good value by tech2.[1] While the glossy outer lid was reported by PCMagazine to retain fingerprints and smudges, the brushed metal interior was said to feel “premium on touch”.[9] The Chiclet keyboard on the Z460 was noted as being comfortable to type on, with good feedback on key presses and no flex.[9] The only problem listed for the laptop was the maximum RAM – 2GB only.[9]

Z560[edit]

The IdeaPad Z560, the third Z Series laptop launched in 2010, had roughly the same positive and negative points as other models in the Z Series.

The laptop was appreciated by Notebook Review for its keyboard, touchpad, and build quality similar to the Z460.[10] PCMag also appreciated the laptop’s keyboard and navigation, as well as the inclusion of an ExpressCard slot, the speaker system, the affordable price and the 500GB hard disk drive.[11]

Notebook Review listed the negative points of the laptop as low battery life and poor screen contrast[10] while PCMag indicated the lack of color options and the low RAM (3GB).[11] One difference in the reviews, however, was that PCMag called the design ‘dated’,[11] while Notebook Review called the Z560 stylish, and said that it “could almost pass off for a business notebook in the right setting”.[10]

The laptop’s specifications are as follows:

  • Processor: Up to Intel Core i5 processor i5-480M[12]
  • Chipset: Mobile Intel HM55 Express Chipset[12]
  • RAM: Up to 8GB PC3-8500 1066 MHz DDR3[12]
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 310M, 1GB memory[12]
  • Dimensions (mm) 376.8 x 249.8 x 17.3 to 34.9[12]
  • Weight: starting at 5.73 lbs[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dushyant Khilnani (7 October 2010). "Lenovo IdeaPad Z460 Laptop". Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Laptop Specs. "Lenovo IdeaPad Z575 Specs". Retrieved 19 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Lenovo IdeaPad Z370 Datasheet". Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d "IdeaPad Z470 Specs". Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "IdeaPad Z570 Datasheet". Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Cheng, Cisco (10 November 2010). "Lenovo Ideapad Z360". PC Magazine. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c d Brian Oliver Bennett (15 December 2010). "Lenovo IdeaPad Z360 Review". Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f "IdeaPad Z360 Datasheet". Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  9. ^ a b c Jayesh Shinde (2 October 2010). "Lenovo IdeaPad Z460". Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  10. ^ a b c Kevin O'Brien (5 January 2011). "Lenovo IdeaPad Z560 Review". Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  11. ^ a b c Cheng, Cisco (5 August 2010). "Lenovo IdeaPad Z560". PC Magazine. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f "IdeaPad Z560 Datasheet". Retrieved 8 September 2011. 

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