Lenovo IdeaPad Z500 15.6-inch Touchscreen Laptop (Dark Chocolate) - (Intel Core i7 3630QM 2.4GHz Processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVDRW, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Nvidia Graphics, Windows 8)
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- Features 25% slimmer than a standard laptop with a tactile soft-touch exterior
- Specialised stereo speakers with Dolby Home Theatre v4 audio certification for good sound
- Performance - the Z500 uses the same 3rd generation Intel Core technology as thicker laptops
- Lenovo Energy Management protects the long-term durability of the battery and uses ideal energy-saving technology to increase time spent between charges
- Intelligent touchpad - optimised for the Windows 8 interface with easy scroll, zoom and rotate functions
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The Lenovo IdeaPad Z500 Touch Notebook - Style, Performance and Multi-media All-in-One
Powered by 3rd generation Intel Core processors and featuring 10-point multi-touch display, the Lenovo IdeaPad Z500 notebook delivers a memorable computing experience, with a touch of stylish flair. Filled with fun multi-media features and pre-loaded Lenovo software that provides peace-of-mind, the Z series laptops help users do more.
The IdeaPad Z500 laptops are available in a range of colours, including Dark Chocolate and Gun Metal and offer a balance of affordability, performance, and multi-media features.
10-Point Multi-touch Display
Enjoy greater accuracy with the 10-point multi-touch display, which is optimised to work with Microsoft Windows 8. Easily share files, photos, videos and more with tablet-style display with easy scroll and zoom functions.
Mainstream Performance and Multi-media Features
3rd Generation Intel Core Processor Family*
The Lenovo IdeaPad Z500 features the 3rd generation Intel Core family of processors, including the intelligent Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors. When top-of-the-line performance is needed for the most demanding of tasks, the Intel Core i5 and i7 processors are the ideal choice. Users get a laptop with amazing performance and stunning visuals due to Intel's Hyper-Threading Technology, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, and a suite of visual enhancements.
Intel Hyper-Threading (HT) Technology
Intel HT Technology enables each processor core to work on two tasks at the same time; the smart multi-tasking performance allows the user to move between applications quickly and without hesitation. This is where to start for visibly smart performance.
Optional High Definition NVIDIA Graphics and HDMI
Enjoy the best entertainment and gaming with the optional NVIDIA graphics card. This powerful graphics adapter will allow you to experience the very best of DirectX 11 gaming, as well as getting the most out of the large 15.6" HD widescreen display, giving you HD video playback without stuttering.
You can also enjoy your multi-media 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 with friends.
Integrated DVD Reader/Writer
The IdeaPad Z500 features an optical disc drive to allow you to easily watch your favourite DVD films, install games, or transfer files. You can also safely back-up files onto a blank disc using the writing function, making it easier to protect and transport your media.
15.6" LED Backlit HD Display
Films, 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.
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 seconds - saving you time and making your media more portable.
Dolby Home Theater v4
Listening to music, movies, and games on your PC will never be the same. With the Dolby Home Theater v4 audio tools, you can experience riveting surround sound on your PC.
Dolby Home Theater v4 fixes 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 from a laptop.
The IdeaPad Z500 also comes with two built-in stereo speakers, allowing you to enjoy great quality sound without wires.
Stylish Design and Usability
The AccuType keyboard is designed to help easy cleaning and maintenance and avoid the accumulation of dust and crumbs over time. 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.
The one-piece Intelligent Touchpad makes your 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 Lenovo IdeaPad Z500 also comes with VeriFace technology which is a fun and secure way to log into your PC. For the VeriFace technology your face is your password and supports multiple users. It also checks head movement and other characteristics to determine if a photograph is being used to log-in.
Discover and Share
Lenovo Cloud - Imagine your files, everywhere. Lenovo's online storage and cloud utilities allow you the freedom to choose your device and location. With 5 GB of free storage, you'll be able to secure and access your files wherever you are, and on whatever machine you find yourself on.
The IdeaPad Z500 also offers exclusive Lenovo Content - delivering music, games and videos that is not available elsewhere.
Lenovo Energy Management 7.0
With Lenovo Energy Management 7.0, you can run your machine in a variety of different modes, depending on their needs. Power-Saver mode allows laptops to run exceptionally quietly with reduced fan noise. Balanced mode auto-detects user behaviour and knows when to run in a lower performance mode, allowing increased energy savings. High-Performance mode utilises a combination of high performance and thermal solution to increase performance levels.
Protect and prolong your battery health by using features such as battery protection mode and battery gauge. Lenovo's energy management system can even monitor laptop behaviour and highlight battery modes that best suit your needs.
Lenovo Z500 Laptop
Top Customer Reviews
Ideally I'd have preferred an SSD but, in hindsight, the 1TB hard-drive is fast enough to not be a noticeable drag on performance. And I was concerned about the relatively low screen resolution, but games and films look crisp, with good levels of contrast and colour. The touchscreen works perfectly and is very easy to get used to.
On my previous laptop I was still using XP, having purposely avoided the car crashes that are Vista and Windows 7. Windows 8 takes some getting used to but, coupled with a touchscreen, has an efficient, modern feel. You soon get used to moving apps about into sidebars, or closing them, with simple swipes on the screen.
The build quality is very good for the price. It's advertised as chocolate brown, but it's so dark it's almost black. I use it mostly actually on my lap, and it doesn't get hot at all. I'm sure the fans must come on occasionally but they are completely silent.
Negatives? Well, nothing is perfect, but I feel it's mean to pick gripes with such a strong all round package. If I had to pick something it's that when I switch on (or wake) the laptop, the dvd tray opens. And the touchpad (which you still need to use from time to time) can be a little jumpy sometimes.
I'd really recommend this laptop.
One reviewer has complained of the poor screen resolution - in fact, the viewing is excellent for the quoted resolution. Admittedly, it doesn't compare with the Mac's Retina screen, but it is more than good enough for all normal tasks.
The machine is relatively light in weight, and is easily portable. It has a nice feel to it and, whilst the design doesn't have the flair of a Mac, nevertheless it is pretty svelte. One of the main reasons that I purchased the Lenovo, though, is the keyboard. This is one of the best that I have come across, with easy typing. The shape and spacing of the keys really does help speed up typing whilst reducing typos quite dramatically.
Overall, then, a first class machine which I can thoroughly recommend.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fast, reliable, good battery life, doesn't lose my work when I forget to save and it runs out of power. nice screen. top spec. Its not really chocolate colour though. Read morePublished on 27 Jun. 2014 by Amazon Customer
I was looking for a replacement for my 4 year old Dell XPS, and had worked out my wish list of requirements, separate graphics, fast processor, decent storage, 15"+ HD screen,... Read morePublished on 3 Jun. 2014 by Greenaxxe
A total replacement was offered. Only a new charger needed; it was under warranty. Purchase of new one was obligatory.Published on 29 Dec. 2013 by John M. Colclough
After 3 months of usage, I now feel able to comment on this laptop. The laptop is very well made with quality picture and sound. The backlit keyboard s a good feature. Read morePublished on 4 Nov. 2013 by P N Rendell
It's a high spec, high performance piece of kit at a very good price
Quiet and doesn't get hot
Has a touch screen - there's is... Read more
so im a 16 year old boy and like the rest of my friends im in to the pc gaming malarkey. i wanted a laptop for portability and i wanted all the new gear (i7 etc) i narrowed down... Read morePublished on 13 Aug. 2013 by Mr. G. N. Street
good machine overall.
don't like soggy keyboard.
I thought you would be able to do more with the touch screen, but you have to keep switching between desktop. Read more
Amazing laptop will recommend if you want something Powerful, yet Slim.
Amazing touch experience with Windows 8. Read more
Easy set up, virtually instant on which is great. Reasonable screen clarity.
Accurate touch screen makes working very intuitive. Read more