Review Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 Touch + Price

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Specs Performance Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 Touch + Price is a general purpose 14" Windows 8 laptop with a touch screen. It has a full mobile 2.6GHz Intel Core i5 CPU rather than a ULV Ultrabook CPU, and thus it offers more processing power. That's great for video editors, software development, huge spreadsheet number crunches and it even offers a boost for gaming, though this is no gaming laptop.

Review Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 Touch + Price


Horsepower and Performance

But looks aren't everything and the machine has everything you'll need to survive 4 years of college (unless you're a gamer) and it's a great small business companion. Thanks to the fast CPU, ample RAM, large spinning HDD and optical drive, it's a solid all-around laptop that's well suited to be a primary machine. We did note that the terabyte hard drive, though capacious, was slower than average for a 5400 rpm HDD.

Display

Lenovo has pleasantly surprised us with good quality displays on their Windows 8 machines. The display is your window to the computing world, and you'll be staring at it all day (unless you use an external monitor), so it's an important feature. Thus we were a bit disappointed with the glossy TN panel on the IdeaPad Z400 Touch. Viewing angles are poor and blacks quickly inverted if the display wasn't positioned just right. It's not a very bright display and colors don't pop.

Review Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 Touch + Price

Keyboard and Trackpad

Lenovo's AccuType keyboard is here, and the company is famous for their excellent keyboards. The IdeaPad Z400 Touch has a bit more keyboard flex than we're accustomed to on a Lenovo keyboard, but it still beats many other brands for tactile feel, key travel and ergonomic "smile" shaped keys.

Wireless

The Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 Touch has Intel Centrino N-2230 802.11n single band WiFi. We can't wait until Lenovo graces the IdeaPad line with dual band WiFi! These days even budget smartphones and tablets have dual band WiFi, and it's unforgivable to not have it on a laptop. That adapter supports WiDi wireless display, though the software isn't pre-loaded.

Battery Life

Given the full mobile CPU, battery life isn't going to compete with Ultrabooks. We average 4.25 hours of mixed productivity use (web, MS Office, email, streaming a 45 minute episode of House of Cards on Netflix) with WiFi on and brightness set to 60%. Lenovo doesn't state battery capacity, but we assume it's not a very large battery given runtimes. The battery is sealed inside, which is surprising for a machine this heavy and thick. It ships with a compact world charger and uses a round barrel pin connector.

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Price: $699 for Core i5, 8 gigs RAM and 1 terabyte HDD
Website: www.lenovo.com
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Specs:

  • Display: 14", 1366 x 768 LED backlit TN touch screen (1600 x 900 is optional). Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics. HDMI and VGA ports.
  • Battery: Lithium Ion rechargeable, sealed inside. Claimed runtime: 5 hours. Comes with compact world charger with barrel connector.
  • Performance: Intel Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz CPU (Turbo Boost to 3.2GHz). Also available with Intel Core i3 and Core i7 CPUs. 4 to 8 gigs of DDR3 1600MHz RAM. 1 terabyte HDD (5400 rpm). Lower HDD capacities available, all are 5400 rpm, no SSD option.
  • Size: 13.58 x 9.6 x 1.15 inches. Weight: 5.3 pounds.
  • Camera: 1.0MP 720p webcam with mic.
  • Audio: Built-in stereo speakers, mic and 3.5mm standard stereo headphone jack.
  • Networking: Integrated single band Intel 2230-N WiFi 802.11b/g/n and Intel Bluetooth 4.0. 10/100 Ethernet (Realtek).
  • Software: Windows 8 64 bit. Lenovo OneKey Recovery, trial version of MS Office, trial anti-virus software.
  • Expansion and Ports: Two USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0 port, HDMI, VGA, 3.5mm combo audio Ethernet RJ45 and 1 SD card slot.

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