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Lenovo IdeaPad Z500 15.6-inch Laptop - White (Intel Core i7 2.2GHz, 6GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVDRW, LAN, WLAN, Bluetooth, Webcam, Nvidia Graphics, Windows 8)
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- Specialised stereo speakers for extra bass with Dolby Home Theatre v4 audio certification for immersive sound
- 25% slimmer than a standard laptop with a tactile soft-touch exterior
- 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 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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|Sold By||—||Amazon.co.uk||Box Limited||Amazon.co.uk||Amazon.co.uk|
|Computer Memory Size||6 GB||8 GB||4 GB||8 GB||8 GB|
|Connectivity Technology||Bluetooth||1x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB3.1 Type C (gen 1), 1x Headphone-out & Audio-in Combo Jack, 1x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert, 1x VGA Port (D-Sub), 1x HDMI||USB, HDMI, VGA||Wifi;Ethernet;Bluetooth;USB||Wifi;Ethernet;Bluetooth;USB|
|Processor (CPU) Model||Core i7||Core i7||Core i7||Core i3||Core i5|
|Processor (CPU) Manufacturer||Intel||Intel||Intel||Intel||Intel|
|Processor (CPU) Speed||2.2 GHz||2.7 GHz||2,400 MHz||2,000 MHz||2,500 MHz|
|Display Size||15.6 inches||15.6 cm||39.62 cm||39.62 cm||35.56 cm|
|Hard disk Description||HDD||HDD||HDD||HDD||SDD|
|Hard Disk Size||1 TB||1,000 GB||1 TB||1,000 GB||128 GB|
|Item Weight||2.37 kg||2.15 kg||1.84 kg||2.2 kg||1.7 kg|
|Operating System||Windows 8||Windows 10||Windows 10||Windows 10||Windows 10|
|Processor Description||—||—||Intel Core i7 5500U||—||—|
|System RAM Type||DDR3 SDRAM||DDR4 SDRAM||—||DDR4 SDRAM||—|
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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Battlefield 4: Easily handles on medium - high with ultra becoming a bit stuttery, but still is playable
Crysis 3: Again medium - high settings amazing
TF4: High - Ultra Easily
I was also worried because of the wifi and brightness issues. Visit: [...]
this tells you that although windows 8.1 is supported on z500, it is not recommended as there are problems with drivers. So don't upgrade yet!
Also the screen res - its not that bad. games look really good and all of the games I play support it. The screen surprised me actually, because it didn't look bad compared to my 1920x1080 PC monitor
You may want to uninstall some of the unneeded applications/things Lenovo put on there.
Build quality is good BUT (Amazons Fault) - 1st order: Black and not white. Even though there is no black option on the amazon website. However sent back easily and quickly
2nd: Huge chip in the side. Again sent back and replaced
Backlit keyboard looks VERY nice in the dark, but a bit tacky in the day
The webcam does not look like HD but apparently is. Luckily I don't use it. BUT don't but this for the webcam as its terrible
There is flex in the keyboard but not a problem to me.
Last thing is that it (graphics card) doesn't get over temp when playing games (I monitored). However, still recommend buying a cooling stand as demanding games shouldn't really be played on laptops.
I hope this review helps but I recommend (for gamers with a low budget) this laptop.
The laptop itself is fantastic. It's easily the best one I've owned in line of five laptops that includes a Sony Vaio, that was more than twice the price of this one at the time. (The Sony Vaio was the actually the worst due to a faulty, overheating chip. Sony extended the warranty by a year for the laptops affected but then made it so difficult to reach someone on their premium rate 'customer service' line who could both understand and resolve the situation that it rendered the gesture completely useless. I probably could have had the laptop fixed myself for less than the astronomical phone bills I started receiving).
Windows 8 did take a little getting used to. I had freezing problems and teething problems with drivers that took up some time trying to fix. It was also annoying and counterintuitive, hiding the restart and shut down function and removing the start button for example. However, all these problems were resolved in one go by the free upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1. However, make sure you're not doing anything important if you upgrade. You're not given any option to postpone the restart and it takes over an hour to install. (I had been doing extremely well in a big online poker tournament when the installation started, much to my chagrin).
I love the features on this laptop, such as the touch screen and the backlit keyboard (fn and space to activate) and the spec is great for the price. It really looks the part too with a stylish and sleek design. And no matter how hard it works the temperature never seems to get above luke warm. But what I really wanted to get across in this review was just how robust these laptops are.
I had placed a full jug of water on a shelf above my desk whilst working away on my laptop - and I think it's obvious what's coming next. I reached up to get the jug and my grip somehow slipped, flipping the jug over the side, lid flying off and sending water pouring over my desk light and laptop. The light fizzled for a few seconds before going out permanently and my poor laptop completely died. It was totally drenched in water. Black screen and no sign of life whatsoever. I quickly used my phone to look up what to do when faced with a laptop spillage. It said to wipe it down, shake out the excess water and leave it upside down in a warm dry place for 2-3 days. I didn't hold out much hope as there was so much water involved but I took a few days off and let it dry out. I fleetingly wished I'd let the well known PC retailer shake me down for that insurance.
So three days later I tentatively pressed the on button and much to my delight it starts up. And it works absolutely fine! I was so happy! The only problem I encountered with it was with the pointer pad thingy. It was completely unresponsive to begin with but after a few days I could move the pointer around again. A few days after that the left click came back to life and then the right click a couple of days after that. The only residual damage is that it no longer allows you to click and drag using the pad and the right click is less sensitive. However, this is obviously resolved by using a mouse instead and is a small price to pay considering the scale of the accident.
I'm still amazed now that my laptop still works. I actually feel kind of proud of it each time I come to use it. Apparently the Ideapads don't fit into Lenovo's reputation for build quality but I found my experience to be different. My previous Acer laptop, costing about the same, lasted just over a year and would never have withstood that type of abuse. Lenovo is definitely going to be my brand of choice for the foreseeable future.
After reading some other reviews I noticed that a lot of users are having a problem adjusting the screen brightness on this laptop. This problem is actually caused by an update to the Intel graphics driver and can be fixed by reinstalling the previous version of the driver. There is a good explanation on how to do this here: [...] (It says it's for the P500 but also applies to the Z500). I hope this helps!
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