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Lenovo Ideapad Z380 13-inch Laptop (Gunmetal) - (Intel Core i3 2370M 2.4GHz Processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, DVD RW, Windows 7 Home Premium)
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- BootShield maintains fast boot performance even after installing multiple applications
- Lenovo Enhanced Experience 3 for Windows® 7 with RapidBoot lets you start 40% faster than a typical Windows 7 computer (Available on certified models with Intel® CoreTM i3, i5 or i7 processors)*
- Dolby Home Theatre V4 audio enhancement & stereo speakers
- AccuType keyboard with individual rounded keys for comfortable and accurate typing
- OneKey® Theater II - one-touch audio-visual optimization for clearer, brighter images and richer audio
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The Lenovo IdeaPad Z380 - Style, Performance and Multimedia
Powered by 3rd generation Intel Core processors, the Lenovo IdeaPad Z380 laptops deliver a memorable computing experience with a touch of stylish flair. Filled with fun multimedia features and pre-loaded Lenovo software that provides peace-of-mind, the Z380 laptops help you to do more.
The IdeaPad Z380 laptops are uniquely available in a range of vivid colours and offer a perfect balance of affordability, performance and multimedia features.
Mainstream Performance and Multimedia Features
The IdeaPad Z380 laptops are the perfect computing solution for anyone looking for a balance of mainstream performance, multimedia features and portability.
3rd Generation Intel Core Processor Family
The Lenovo IdeaPad Z380 features the 3rd generation Intel Core i3 family of intelligent processors. When fast performance is needed for demanding tasks, the Intel Core i3 processors are the ideal choice..
HDMI for Big Screen Entertainment
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.
Fast Memory and Spacious Storage
Whichever Lenovo IdeaPad Z380 you choose, inside you'll find fast DDR3 RAM to help your laptop handle the most demanding of multitasking tasks. You'll also find a large hard drive perfect for storing your files and favourite multimedia.
Integrated DVD Reader/Writer
You'll also find that the IdeaPad Z380 features an optical disc drive, to allow you to easily watch your favourite DVD movies, install your favourite games or transfer files. You can also safely back-up precious files onto a blank disc using the writing function, making it easier to protect and transport your media.
13.3" LED Backlit HD Display
Movies, games and the Internet all come to life on the Lenovo IdeaPad Z380. Featuring a 13.3" 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 Z380 to a compatible USB 3.0 device you can experience 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.
Integrated Stereo Speakers
Enjoy and share the music and films you love with others, without the need for headphones. The IdeaPad Z380 comes with two built-in stereo speakers, allowing you to enjoy great quality sound without wires.
These speakers also feature Lenovo's improved 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
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 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.
OneKey Theater II
OneKey Theater automatically optimises advanced audio and video settings to provide a richer multimedia experience. Now you can bring your movies and games alive with a single touch - simply press the button to switch between Normal, Movie and Intelligent mode to automatically get clearer, brighter images and richer audio when you need it most.
Fast Booting with Enhanced Experience 3
Lenovo Enhanced Experience 3 for Windows 7 with RapidBoot lets you start 40% faster than a typical Windows 7 computer (available on certified models with Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processors)*. BootShield helps maintain fast boot performance even after installing multiple applications. Find out more at the Lenovo website.
*Available on certified models with Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processors. Claim is calculated by taking the average of Lenovo EE3 laptops and desktops, and compares it with averaged data from 49 competitor products of similar configuration (Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 PCs only). Testing conducted by CNET Labs, Beijing in December 2011, using the independent VTS tool to measure start-up time and other performance measurements. Performance will vary by model and configuration.
Stylish Design and Usability
The IdeaPad Z380 laptops are the perfect computing solution for anyone looking for style and just a little more flair than the traditional black or grey machine. You'll find these laptops feature a number of colourful options, all with a premium case and advanced construction - giving you better anti-scratch resistance, a glossier screen and a smoother body with eye catching 3D crystal patterns.
The IdeaPad Z380's stylish design is not the only thing that makes using it a memorable experience. The IdeaPad Z380 laptop comes with multiple features as standard, all combining making usability as intuitive as possible, including touch-sensitive hotkeys, an Intelligent Touchpad and an AccuType keyboard.
The AccuType keyboard you'll find on the Lenovo IdeaPad Z380 is designed to help easy cleaning & 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 diamond-cut keypad is the very emphasis of sharp design, giving the whole layout of the IdeaPad Z380 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.
Peace of Mind
The IdeaPad Z380 laptop not only provides a powerful computing experience, but also provides users with a variety of tools to increase peace of mind.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Z380 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 if you have more than one user for your laptop then the software supports multiple users. The software also allows you to:
- Check who has tried to log into your computer
- Encrypt and decrypt sensitive files, using your face as the password
- Stop unauthorised users from using a photo of the owner to log in
Veriface checks head movement and other characteristics to determine if a real person or a photo is being used to log in. Users can enable/ disable the live detection or set the sensitivity level according to their preference.
OneKey Rescue System
You can rest at ease knowing OneKey Rescue System is there to simplify data backup and recovery, allowing you to focus on using your computer instead of worrying about its maintenance. With the touch of a button users can restore the system and recover valuable data - the OneKey Rescue System also recovers essential system files in the event of corruption and can be used to initiate a virus scan before entering Windows.
You can also ensure that your data is always protected with DirectShare, which easily synchronises your files another machine without connecting to the internet allowing you to have a copy of your data on another machine.
Lenovo Energy Management 7.0
With Lenovo Energy Management 7.0, users are able to run their 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 for increased energy savings. High-Performance mode utilises a combination of high performance and thermal solution to increase performance levels.
Users can also protect and prolong their battery health using features such as battery protection mode and battery gauge. Lenovo's energy management system can even monitor the laptop behaviour and remind users to choose battery modes that best suit their style of use.
Thermal Management System
Lenovo's Thermal Management System makes it easy to monitor the temperature of your laptop and allow it to auto-adjust the fan-speed, making sure your computer is kept at the optimised temperature with the lowest possible noise. This system also features a de-dusting mode to boost maintenance and make sure your laptop continues to perform at its best.
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+ The laptop is smart, compact and a very convenient size for train use etc.
+ It has an excellent screen and most importantly a first rate keyboard with very positive action and good key spacing.
+ The built in optical drive saves having an aditional plug in drive to carry around (or lose...!). Please note however that whilst the description of DVDRW is correct, the photo showing a built in Blu Ray drive is not.
+ The laptop is extremely quiet when running and is cool in use so there are no heat issues having this on your lap
+ Very long battery life (several hours achieved from new with internet type use)
- The touchpad; it is bloomin awful. By design the two buttons are set within the overall wide touchpad and it is easy to catch the wrong one. More importantly the touchpad sounds loose - when you tap it, it gives a very annoying mechanical hollow tap. Checking online shows others have had this problem, but Lenovo tech support say it should not happen. I am considering returning it for replacement because of this.
- The wifi connection responds well to a strong signal, but is far less capable with a weak signal than my previous laptop was (comparing them in like for like locations, and indeed alongside one another to check). This one does have a postive advantage that it includes bluetooth though, so I have been able to easily tether when on the move via an iphone.
Info points only:
+/- A lot of software is preloaded on the machine, but most of this is frankly just marketing - this includes MS Office 2010 Home and Student which is loaded, but an activation key has to be purchased for the full cost of the software to make it work. Norton anti virus is loaded but is only a 30 day licence, so prompts you to buy it almost immediately. Personnally I have deleted all these types of software and loaded up versions I already have licenses for.
+/- Over a week after receipt, Amazon sent a voucher for £9 off registering the built in Office 2010. I do not know why this was not sent out with the order, and others may have registered their software before benefitting from this.
Finally, a note on price: this was purchased as an Amazon Lighting deal and for the specification of this machine, it seemed to be a very good price compared to what is available in this (limited) size range. At the current listed price of £499 I am less convinced of the value and may have considered other options more carefully before taking the plunge.
It was better than I expected (no previous experience of Lenovo products) - well constructed and faster than my three year old business desktop. It has several pleasing features, such as: USB-3 ports; a quiet keyboard, useful extra function keys; battery preservation mode; dust blower, etc., etc. All designed to "enhance the user experience" in Lenovo-speak ... and ... surprise ... they do so.
The Ideapad series has some video and audio "enhancements" aimed at the entertainment market (e.g. the sound is not ghastly - Dolby Home Theatre in fact; there is a HDMI port; there are video tweaks, etc.). Those particular features are not for me but now that I know the beast I really like it.
Battery endurance is at least four hours with mixed use - rather more for undemanding use and low power settings.
It is hard to find anything to complain about, but here goes:
The keyboard is white but it has black keys with white characters: it would be easier on the eyes if it had white keys with black characters;
It is a bit heavy at 3Kg+;
The DVD tray emerges rather suddenly - a bit of damping would be nice;
The screen is quite reflective.
Overall it is hard to see why you would want anything much better unless you are a graphic designer or you edit uncompressed motion pictures.
If you want something a bit smaller and lighter than the "Ideapad" without spending your life savings - and you don't need a built-in DVD drive - then you could consider one of Lenovo's "Thinkpad Edge" series. I saw one recently and was tempted to get that as well, but managed to restrain myself.
She emails, surfs and listens to music and football commentary on this machine. She doesn't need large storage or a really fast processor but the computing experience this machine offers is exactly what she requires.
Dated perhaps, having HD and DVD drives rather than SSD, but that's what I wanted.
Being 13 inch, the box is still light enough to carry and yet there's speed and space enough to be useful.