According to a recent sales analysis, Lenovo emerged as the fourth largest personal computer manufacturer in the world. This Chinese giant is known for its affordable yet cutting edge technology product line. To further strengthen this quotient, Lenovo has added a new laptop to it IdeaPad segment, and it is out by the name of Lenovo IdeaPad Z480.
In this review, we will check out all of its specs, features in detail and finally draw a conclusion regarding the new effort from Lenovo.
Features Of Lenovo IdeaPad Z480 14 inch Laptop
Lenovo has kept the look of IdeaPad Z480 as sturdy and bulky. Having said that let me take this opportunity to mention the weight of this product, 5.1 lbs (or 2.3 Kg). This is bound to raise many eyebrows, and will add to the low lights of the laptop.
The space that it occupies is 341mm x 232mm x 34 mm (13.4″ x 9.1″ x 1.3″) only. The whole composition of the hardware is masked in a real metal shell adding to the sturdiness of IdeaPad Z480.
The design and style of this laptop can easily go unnoticed as it is pretty conventional & mainstream. The arrangement of the I/O connectivity option is kept orderly and dandy at the same time. The color options in which Lenovo IdeaPad Z480 14 inch Laptop is available include Blue, Red, and Gray. The overall score for the design is a decent 8 out of 10.
Screen & Display
Lenovo IdeaPad Z480 comes along with a 14 inch LCD screen with back light as LED for supporting 720p resolution (not Full HD). The upper limit of resolution is 1366 x 768, which is pretty much industry standard in today’s times. The screen rolls out pretty decent display of pictorials. The display is quite glossy; thus the product offers good anti-reflection, which makes the display crisp even in bright light. Since the screen size is small, it helps in gradual discharging of the battery.
Thankfully, the shortcoming of the display does not hamper the gaming experience as Lenovo IdeaPad Z480 accelerates gaming with Intel GPU HD Graphics 4000 (Graphic Card) which is integrated on the motherboard. The gaming experience becomes swift and free of unnecessary lag. Since, the graphic card is dedicated to processing frames instantly; the load is taken off the DDR3 RAM.
Lenovo IdeaPad Z480 gives you three options from the Intel “I series” CPU- Chipset combination namely, 3rd generation Intel Core i7-3612QM, 3rd generation Intel Core i5-3210M, and 3rd generation Intel Core i3-3110 M, respectively.
The clock speed of i3 is 2.4 GHz, for i5 is 2.2 GHz and for i7 it i2.1 GHz, but with 4 core CPU’s.The i3 version does not support turbo clock speed. With the core, of the hardware so brilliant, Lenovo has purported a 6GB DDR3 RAM with 1600 MHz speed coupling fairly well.
The chipset comes along with two slots for placing RAM, however, the overall capacity of the motherboard for RAM is 8 GB only. It is one of the better CPU and RAM combinations that you will find in the market today. This combination will enable you to run multiple tasks at once without the fear of a crash or a system breakdown.
Lenovo IdeaPad Z480 comes with Windows 7 Home Premium as its operating system. Good news for people who are looking for Windows 8 as this laptop supports that, as well. The webcam of this laptop is a 1.0 MP camera with fixed focus giving you 720p HD quality video and images. For keyboard, AccuType is used which is proprietary with Lenovo. The laptop gets a premium look owing to range of colors it comes in giving it glitter and shine.
This laptop has a sharp focus on multimedia hence you will find dedicated buttons for entertainment like OneKey etc. There are two speakers that will furnish Dolby Home Theater v4 sound. The sound is exceptionally good from both, the speakers as well as the headphone. The storage capacity is 500GB with 7200 rpm, and 750GB with 5400 rpm. The optical drive is default tray-loading supporting DVD±R/RW, BD-ROM.
Connectivity & Other Highlights
Lenovo IdeaPad Z480 has plenty of connectivity options. Here is the complete list of the I/O connectivity options (input & output) that can be seen on the laptop – 1 x USB 3.0 ports, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, 5-in-1 card reader (SD, MMC, MS, MS-Pro, XD), 1 x Headphone jack, 1 x 3.5 mm Mic jack for sound input, 1 x VGA, 1 x HDMI, 1x mini PCIe, 1 x RJ-45 for LAN connectivity. The Wi-Fi connectivity can be used over 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b protocols.
There are two more wireless connectivity mediums, namely Bluetooth and WiMax which come as an option while choosing a laptop.
As for naming a few highlights, Lenovo allows you to use its EE boot optimizer for fast booting, which has become a mandatory for laptop these days. The other highlight Lenovo IdeaPad Z480 has been the track pad which truly responsive and obedient.
The durability & build quality of the laptop is something that you will hear from every proud owner. Lenovo shares the popular software’s like OneKey Rescue System, OneKey Theater, Lenovo Energy Management, and Ifliter etc, without any additional cost.
For a screen size of 14 inches, Lenovo IdeaPad Z480 has been given a 6 cell Li-ion battery. In ideal running conditions, the battery easily manages up to 5 hours on a single charge.
All thanks to the Lenovo Energy Management software, the energy is wisely spent on the system resources and aptly allocated to requesting processes.
Price & Availability
Lenovo IdeaPad Z480 is available for purchase since June 2012. The price for this laptop is approximately $ 649 when bought online. Another beneficial feature is that warranty upgrade which comes as a sensibly cheap option.
Overall, Lenovo’s latest attempt in the form of IdeaPad Z480 has failed to hit the crux in the market. The reason is most probably linked to plenty of better options available. Sadly, the league to which this laptop belongs is already highly competitive and IdeaPad Z480 may have to struggle for the top position. One should buy this laptop if they are looking for durability, performance and multi media experience. The cons remain with bulky weight and small screen.