Dec 18, 2010

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Lenovo IdeaPad Z360 Review

Don’t judge a notebook by its cover. That’s what I said after using the Lenovo IdeaPad Z360. The Z series of IdeaPad from Lenovo is all about affordable laptops capable of satisfying your entertainment needs. There are a few configurations for the IdeaPad Z360 and we got the most basic one here.

Read on to know how this amazing laptop became part of my daily grind for a few weeks.

Look and feel

When I pulled the Ideapad Z360 from its box, I wasn’t really wowed by its glossy black, finger-print-magnet lid. The top and bottom exterior are made up of plastic and weight-wise, I would say it was pretty heavy for a 13.3 inch laptop.

Lenovo IdeaPad Z360

Then came the time when I laid down this machine on the table and opened the top lid. It was definitely a different story after seeing what was inside. The keyboard area really caught my attention. It was made of aluminum and had that great metallic finish. Unlike the outer top lid, the metallic finish was somewhat fingerprint-proof. There is also ample space for the palms to rest on when typing. Like other Lenovo laptops, it had the streamlined, concave chiclet style keyboard design that had a “springy” feedback for an overall great typing experience.

Lenovo IdeaPad Z360

I also noticed that unlike the other Lenovo laptops I have reviewed (ThinkPad Edge 13 and G460), the Ctrl key of the IdeaPad Z360 is situated on the lower-far-left part where it should be traditionally placed. Good take on the keyboard layout by not interchanging the Left-Ctrl and Fn keys!

The touchpad is pretty standard with two dedicated mouse buttons, scroll zone, but with no multitouch feature. Mouse buttons are placed just right for my thumbs to hit while using the touchpad and click feedback was just right. Not too sensitive and doesn’t require a hard press either.

Lenovo IdeaPad Z360

The 13.3-inch LED backlit screen is very bright, and produces rich and vibrant colors with a resolution of 1,366×768. It has the Dolby Advanced Audio which can be heard from the speaker grills on top of the keyboard. The sound output is quite okay and can surely fill up the room.

Lenovo IdeaPad Z360 Lenovo IdeaPad Z360

Ports and slots on this machine are standard. Distributed at the front, left and right sides, you will find the Kensington lock, VGA, Ethernet, HDMI, USB 2.0, USB 2.0 three USB ports, indicator lights, Wi-Fi On/Off switch, a 5-in-1 SD card reader, audio plug for headphones and mic, DVD-RW drive, and another USB 2.0 port.

Features

Lenovo IdeaPad Z360

The OneKey buttons can be located at the top-right part of the keyboard area. OneKey buttons include the Mute button, Theatre button which tweaks the playback of the video for better viewing, Smart-fan button that tones down the noise of the fan to keep things quiet when working, and the Energy Management button.

Performance and battery life

Powered by an Intel Core i3 370M (2.40GHz) processor, integrated Intel graphics, and a 2GB DDR3 Memory, this machine is the perfect multimedia notebook. No TurboBoost on the Core i3 dual core processor but built-in Hyper-Threading technology should take care of your multitasking needs.

Movie playback was great with regards to sound and video quality. It didn’t stutter even when viewing at 1080p HD videos. It has a 500GB storage capacity that can house a lot of your photos and other multimedia files.

Here’s the Windows Experience Index of the Lenovo IdeaPad Z360:

Lenovo IdeaPad Z360 Windows Experience Indexi

Pretty average for a Core i3 laptop with integrated graphics.

A fully charged battery lasted about 3-4 hours which is quite standard for Core i3 laptops these days. Surely, the IdeaPad Z360 can finish a full-length film even when you are not plugged in. Battery life may still vary depending on the amount of usage and power settings.

Lenovo IdeaPad Z360

I also have to point out that despite the abundance of vents on its underside, it still tends to warm up just a little unlike the Lenovo G460 we reviewed before which you won’t feel warming up at all.

Conclusion

With great graphics, sound quality, and a huge storage capacity, the Lenovo IdeaPad Z360 will surely give you the ultimate multimedia experience at a budget-friendly price. Not to mention, the sweet-looking design inside which is quite comfortable to use. If you would be typing a lot on your laptop, this would make a really decent choice.

Lenovo IdeaPad Z360

If you would want to use this for a long time, better ask for the configuration with the Intel Core i5 processor, nVIDIA graphics and bump the RAM to 4GB while you’re at it.

Basic specs of the Lenovo Z360:

  • Intel Core i3 370M (2.40GHz) processor
  • PC-DOS
  • 13.3” WXGA LED (1366×768)
  • Intel GMA HD graphics
  • 2GB DDR3 Memory
  • 500GB HDD
  • Integrated SuperMulti DVD±RW
  • Integrated 802.11b/g/n WiFi
  • 2.0 Dolby Stereo Surround Sound
  • 1.3mp webcam
  • 5-in-1 card reader
  • 6-cell Li-Ion battery
  • 4.41 lbs
  • Z360 – Php31,500

Editor’s note: This post is contributed by Jai Katipunan with some slight revisions by the editor. Jai is a runner and a surfer and also moonlights as a disc jockey from time to time.



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