The new Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 might not be a portable notebook, but it does offer a responsive Windows 8 touch experience and massive HDD for quite a negotiable price; though it lacks any unique features that might make it different from the rest.
• Responsive touch screen
• Long battery life
• Fast overall performance
• Good selection of I/O ports
• Optical drive
• keyboard flex issue
• Low quality display
The latest desktop replacement from Lenovo is a Windows 8 Touch based notebook. Available with some good features; Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 is a new notebook that might fit your budget. The device is available with fairly powerful graphics and upgraded OS.
The performance is quite satisfactory and tech specs look good on papers, but somewhere it loses appeal off paper. Let us find out if this 47990K computing machine is worth the investment or not.
Design and Appearance
The new Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 comes with a simplistic exterior constructed of plastic and has a dark gray chassis bottom, while its keyboard and palm rest surround come in a silver finishing. Further, the palm rest is stamped aluminum, which looks better than plastic. IdeaPad Z400 felt bit heavier and even thicker than expected. It measures 345 x 244 x 23mm in dimensions and weighs 2.4 Kg. Its lid is in itself thick, which we haven’t seen on any other notebook till date.
The left side of the laptop comes with 1 USB port, 1 HDMI out, a memory card reader, 1 Ethernet port and cooling vent. Its right spine includes 2 USB ports, 1 optical drive and a 3,5mm audio jack.
One notable thing about its design is that the laptop isn’t glossy. The materials used for manufacturing the device have anti-glare properties. But Z400 does suffer from a couple of build issues. The vents seems to be too close to the rubber feet on the underside, which might l the vents while keeping the laptop on the lap, making the device to heat up quickly. And the other thing that might hamper your interest in Z400 is its keyboard, which might dip towards the middle, even while typing normally.
Hardware and Performance
Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 comes packed with a 2.6GHz Intel Core i5 - 3230M Processor paired with DDR3 4GB RAM. The use of Nvidia N13P-GLR 1GB DDR3 chipset maks graphics capabilities more powerful and responsive. Further, the device comes included with 500GB hard drive, making the notebook more capacious. But note that, the apps might open slowly sometimes, compared to the SSD powered computing device.
The device is operated on Windows 8 OS and comes with the same UI found on other Win 8 devices. It might look bit difficult for the first time users to work on Windows 8, but once you are familiar to the user interface, Windows 8 becomes fun to operate on.
We tested few of the latest games on Lenovo IdeaPad Z400, and surprisingly most of the HD games ran without nay glitches. I am Alive, Dead Island, Assassin’s Creed III, Total War: Rome II and Borderlands II ran perfectly well on Z400. The notebook handled computational tasks well.
Display and Battery
Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 sports a 14 inches WXGA HD LED Capacitive Touch Screen with 10 point multi touch. It offers 1366 x 768 pixels resolution, which wasn’t just not enough for Z400 to produce fairly dull images; though most of the time pictures looked fine. We played the trailer for The Avengers at 1080p; the colors looked bit muted and lifeless- especially Black Widow's red hair and Captain America's blue costume. Also, the touch felt responsive and worked fine.
The notebook is powered with 6 cells Rechargeable battery which can last up to 3 hours. Further, a 72 watts power adapter is used for recharging the batteries.
Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 Features
The notebook comes included with Wireless LAN, Bluetooth, VGA port, built-in speaker, internal mic and a 1.0MP 720p HD webcam. Further, music from its bottom mounted speakers was quite loud and audible enough to be heard in a large living room. As discussed earlier, the keyboard isn’t that impressive; thanks to its Dolby Home Theatre sound technology and Stereo speakers.
IdeaPad Z400 comes with 8 preloaded apps like People and Mail, Bing News, and other utilities. Also, a rebranded version of Cyberlink's YouCam 4 let the users add special effects to the videos and photos.
At first glance, Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 looks like a good bargain for being a touch screen based notebook that offers a huge storage space, 10-point multi touch and quite responsive to heavy media playback or gaming. But, unfortunately the Z400 comes with a dull display and a bulky chassis that hampers its portability factor as claimed by Lenovo, and this might make you think twice before finalizing Z400 as your personal laptop. However, if you are looking for a budget model with lot of storage, high performance and touch functionality, IdeaPad Z400 is might be worth your consideration.
|Processor||Core i5 (3rd gen 2.6 GHz )|
|Internal Space||500 GB|
|Graphic Processor||Intel HD Graphics 4000|
|GPU||Nvidia N13P-GLR DDR3|
|Operating System||Windows 8|
|Resolution||1366 x 768 Pixels px|
|Panel Type||HD LED|
|Sound Technology||Altec Lansing Internal Speakers|
|Multi Card Slot||Yes|
|Optical Drive||DVD Writer|
|Ethernet||Fast Ethernet - 100 Mbps|
|Dimensions||345 x 244 x 26|
|Weight||2.4 kg kg|
|Battery Backup||3 Hours|
|Battery Type||Rechargeable battery|