Lenovo IdeaPad Z500 15.6-inch Laptop - Dark Chocolate (Intel Core i5 2.6GHz, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVDRW, LAN, WLAN, Bluetooth, Webcam, Nvidia Graphics, Windows 8)
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- Features 25% slimmer than a standard laptop with a tactile soft-touch exterior
- Stereo speakers for extra bass with Dolby Home Theatre v4 audio certification for good sound
- Using the same 3rd generation Intel Core technology as thicker laptops
- Energy Management - protects the long-term durability of the battery and uses energy-saving technology
- Intelligent touchpad - optimised for the Windows 8 interface with easy scroll, zoom and rotate functions
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The Lenovo IdeaPad Z500
Premium Performance, Slimmer Style
25% slimmer than a standard notebook, the IdeaPad Z500 notebooks come with a tactile soft-touch exterior and deliver a range of multimedia capabilities. While 3rd-generation Intel Core processors ensure top performance, utilising the same technology found in thicker notebooks, smart features like Intelligent Touchpad makes it perfect for the new Windows 8 interface.
3rd Generation Intel Core Processor Family
The Lenovo IdeaPad Z500 features the 3rd generation Intel Core family of processors, including the intelligent Intel Core i7 processor. Featuring the same technology as you'll find in full-size notebooks rather than the low-power processors you find in ultra-portable devices, you'll be able to enjoy uncompromised performance. This CPU is 15% faster than the previous generation, with the processor, graphics, and memory controller all sitting on one 22nm die.
NVIDIA GeForce GT635M Graphics
Accelerate your notebook's performance by up to 3.5x with the cutting-edge NVIDIA GeForce GT635 graphics card with 2 GB of VRAM**. This powerful graphics adapter will allow you to experience DirectX 11 gaming, as well as getting the most out of the 15.6" HD widescreen display, giving you 720p video playback without stuttering.
You'll also be able to get great performance and great battery life with NVIDIA Optimus technology. NVIDIA Optimus is the only fully automatic switchable graphics technology for your PC, giving you the performance of dedicated graphics when you need it, and conserves your battery when you don't. Whether you're editing a video, surfing the web, or playing a 3D game, NVIDIA Optimus technology selects the perfect balance of performance and battery life.
You can also enjoy your multimedia on the big screen by using the built-in HDMI port to hook your laptop up to a HDTV, monitor or projector - ideal for sharing your favourite videos and movies with friends.
USB 3.0 for Faster Connections
By connecting the Lenovo IdeaPad Z500 to a compatible USB 3.0 device, such as an external drive, 3.0 can offer up to 10 times faster transfer rates than standard USB 2.0. This means that files and folders that took hours to transfer now just take minutes and you can move whole albums to and from your laptop in just a few seconds, saving you time and making your media much more portable.
15.6" LED Backlit HD Display
Movies, Games and the Internet all come to life on the Lenovo IdeaPad Z500. Featuring a 15.6" LED-backlit display, you'll be able to enjoy your favourite films and web videos in HD resolution (1366 x 768) and in glorious 16:9 widescreen.
Specialised Stereo Speakers
These speakers also feature Lenovo's specialised speaker design, giving you clearer and richer audio, even from small integrated speakers. Integrated PC speakers are normally limited by their size and surrounding casing. Our improved speaker design generates better frequency response than typical computer speakers. Special rubber vibration isolators remove unwanted vibrations at low-frequencies, greatly enriching sound quality.
Dolby Home Theater v4
Dolby Home Theater v4 fixes all the problems typically associated with PC audio - tinny sound, weak volume, buzzing and rattling. Experience full-impact surround sound anywhere with Dolby Home Theater v4 on your PC. All the power and nuance of the cinema, all the immediacy of live performance - now from a laptop.
Other benefits include:
- Conveniently maintains volume level across applications - no more loud surprises when switching applications
- Experience less audio distortion at higher volumes with the built-in speakers
- Easily connect your PC to your home theatre system
- Enhances music, movies and gaming
Lenovo Energy Management 8.0
With Lenovo Energy Management 8.0, users are able to run their machine in a variety of different modes, depending on their needs. Users can also protect and prolong their battery health by using features such as battery protection mode and battery gauge. Lenovo's energy management system can even monitor laptop behaviour and remind the user to choose battery modes that best suit their style of usage, thus extending the life of their battery.
WiDi allows you to quickly and easily begin viewing and sharing content from your hard drive, home network or anywhere a browser can take you on the biggest screen in your home.
Slim, Fashionable, and Comfortable to Carry
25% slimmer than a standard notebook* (from just 25.4mm), the attractive IdeaPad Z500 is designed to give you the performance of a full-sized notebook, while being slimmer, more fashionable and comfortable to carry. Perfect for frequent travellers, the soft-touch exterior provides a comfortable and better grip when on the move. You'll also find a comfortable keyboard and an Intelligent Touchpad. Optimised for use with the Windows 8 UI, you'll be able to scroll, zoom, rotate and more without a mouse, meaning you can travel light.
Backlit AccuType Keyboard
The AccuType keyboard you'll find on the IdeaPad Z500 is designed with dual layer rounded keys for more comfortable and accurate typing, even in the dark. The finger-friendly curved key shape and ergonomic spacebar will work together to make it easier to type and reduce the number of typos, wherever you find yourself working. Finally, the diamond-cut keypad is the very emphasis of sharp design, giving the whole layout of the IdeaPad Z500 an attractive and pleasing appearance.
The one-piece Intelligent Touchpad makes your entire touchpad experience more intuitive. You'll find the freedom to use multi-finger gestures to perform common tasks - whether it's a two-finger movement to rotate an image or a three-finger swipe to move between multiple pages/images.
* The phrase 'standard notebook' refers to products such as Lenovo G470/570/480/580, IdeaPad Y470/570/480/580, Z470/570/480/580 which have maximum thickness ranging from 32-35mm.
** Compared to Intel HD 4000 Integrated Graphics.
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Top Customer Reviews
Its very good specs machine for its price. Its fast and does feel like a machine with i5 and dedicated graphics. Reviews of its graphic cards were very good at benchmarking websites. It looks good and is slimmer than other 15 inch screens. Keyboard is back lit which can be switched off if you wish to, sound quality is decent but better than £650 toshiba which I had to return due to faulty keyboard. Keyboard is good with keys not too big or too small and register fairly soft touch consistently. Hard disk is slow rpm (5400) but works faster than anticipated. screen is fairly big. Windows 8 takes a bit getting used to but with win 8.1 upgrade it is easier to use and I actually prefer it to win 7 now.
Camera is very poor quality.
Screen resolution is not HD but you know it before buying. It does not have any perceptible affect on netflix/dvd movies, family photos and internet browsing and office work. I do not play games so cannot comment.
I had to roll back video driver after it told me to upgrade and sort out wifi issue but it was easy to find through lenovo support app pre-installed on the computer.
Other big drawback is you have to remove keyboard, dvd drive and a few other things to reach RAM slot if you wish to upgrade (same for hard disk drive) . I upgraded RAM on all my old laptops myself as RAM slots were easy to reach. I bought this computer knowing this as it was the best configuration at this price. In fact at 4 GB RAM it works better than I thought it would. May be Win 8.1 has something to do with it.
(I am mostly mac user but like this machine a lot).
I do not any experience of lenovo customer service so far but took a chance as budget was limited. I would recommend buying it.
I have been very impressed with this laptop. It is light, thin, sleek and built to a high standard. It looks great! I have to disagree with other reviews that complain about the keyboard and touchpad. I find all laptop touchpads a chore to use but found the z500's a lot better than some others I have used. It seems technically sound and I haven't had any issues with it. The keyboard is very snazzy and I love the illumination behind the keys (which can be turned off). The keys function as they should and I haven't had any issue with key presses not registering as other reviews on amazon have stated. I like the spacing of the keys and layout too.
The screen is bright and clear and I have not had any issues with the brightness adjustment as per other reviews (perhaps this issue has been rectified?) It is a glossy screen and I could imaging this could cause glaring if used outdoors on a sunny day. The resolution is a little lower than I'm used to but it is more than adequate. I think the screen choice was deliberate as I have read that many midrange dedicated (laptop) graphics cards operate best at this resolution (1366 * 768). The sound is great too, very crisp, good depth and good volume.
The battery life is better than I am used to, it averages between 4.5 and 5.5 hours depending on use. I was very please with the battery life but others may not think that is good?Read more ›
As reported by CPU-Z:
- CPU: Intel i5 3320M (Ivy Bridge) running at 2.6GHz.
- RAM: 4gb of DDR3 running at a DRAM frequency of 798.1MHz (therefore 1600Mhz).
- Graphics: Intel HD 4000 (Nvidia GeForce GT635M 1GB shows in device manager but not in CPU-Z).
- HDD: Samsung/Seagate ST1000LM024 1TB 5400 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 2.5".
Windows experience index as standard is 4.5.
Overall the machine is nicely put together and is excellent spec for the money. However, the keyboard is really flimsy, especially around the return key. I will be putting an SSD in it and installing Windows 7 as frankly a 5400rpm HDD with this spec is a massive waste. It chugs away doing the simplest of tasks, but that's HDDs, not the fault of this machine.
I've just opened the machine up to install an SSD and have found the following:
- Three screws are missing from the underneath, front of the case - could this signal a refurb model!?
- An existing warranty sticker covering the CD drive screw has had another one applied over the top - again signalling a refurb.
- A few shims under the flimsy keyboard can easily fix the flexing / sponginess issue.
Amazon, if you're going to sell refurbished laptops, you really should say so!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great build quality and looks but slow hard drive and terrible screen. I replaced the mechanical hard drive with an SSD and the laptop went from car to spaceship. Super fast. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Alexander Notas
Bought this off Amazon Warehouse for under £200.
Presumably a customer return.
Was described as used and it certainly had been, but I expected that! Read more
The laptop seems well built, but to be honest the way the graphics card is set up isn't very useful and the laptop performance seems short of what is to be expected from the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Charles Goodwin
Owned for 2 years now and extremely pleased with this laptop.
Quick start up and very reliable. Backlit keyboard is excellent. Read more
Very pleased, backlit keyboard is such a little thing but makes such a difference!Published 10 months ago by Iain S
I love this laptop so much. Bought it just over a year ago here on Amazon and have loved playing new Tomb Raider on ultra and also played Bioshock on ultra completely smoothly. Read morePublished 10 months ago by J. R. Edwards
I have a Macbook Air. Therefore its atrocious at any gaming. Beautiful laptop though to be honest. Overall I have a lot of steam games over the years and I needed a portable... Read morePublished 10 months ago by syphern
- Backlit keyboard is a very useful feature.
- Keyboard (for the most part, see the cons) is good, easy to use and easy to keep clean. Read more
Was supposed to write a review on this over a year ago when I bought it but never got around to it so here it is. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jonathan