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Lenovo IdeaPad Z370 13.3-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC

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Lenovo IdeaPad Z370 13.3-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC

Lenovo IdeaPad Z370

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The Bottom Line

Jul 22 2011 - Lenovo's IdeaPad Z370 may not have one of the more eye catching designs on the market but with its $600 price tag, it offers a very solid 13-inch laptop that mixed portability and performance. Items such as the 2nd generation Core i5 processor give it better battery life and solid performance while the eSATA port and Bluetooth add extra external options not found in many low cost ultraportables. Still, there is room for improvement such as improving the cooling fan noise or including USB 3.0 but they are fairly minor issues for many buyers.
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Pros

  • Solid Performance From Core i5 Processor
  • Very Comfortable Key
  • eSATA Port

Cons

  • Laptop Was Loud At Times From Cooling Fans
  • Would Have Been Nice To Have USB 3.0 Port
  • Lackluster Design

Description

  • Intel Core i5-2410M Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 4GB PC3-10600 DDR3 Memory
  • 500GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • 13.3" WXGA (1366x768) LED Backlit Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
  • Intel HD Graphics 3000 Integrated Graphics
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
  • Three USB 2.0, eSATA (shared), HDMI, VGA, 5-in-1 Card Reader
  • 12.9" x 8.7" x 1.3" @ 4.4 lbs.
  • Windows 7 Home Premium, Office Starter, McAfee Antivirus

Guide Review - Lenovo IdeaPad Z370 13.3-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC

Jul 22 2011 - Lenovo's IdeaPad Z370 on the outside doesn't really appear any different than the previous IdeaPad Z360. Since it shares the same overall appearance, this means that the excellent Lenovo keyboard design remains intact. The isolated key design provides a very comfortable and accurate experience. The trackpad is sizable and works well enough even if it does use a rocker bar design for the buttons. The overall exterior design still feels a bit plain though as the patterned design on the back lid is only visible in certain light and has a plain black plastic finish in most cases.

<>The big changes to the IdeaPad Z370 come inside of the laptop in the form of the 2nd generation Intel Core i processors. For this specific version, it uses the Intel Core i5-2410M dual core processor. While it is on the lower end of the Core i5 processors, performance has received a significant boost over the past generation. It should be able to work with just about any type of application although it still be slower at demanding tasks such as desktop video compared to the faster Core i7 based laptops. Still, with a price tag of $600, it does very well. The processor is matched up with 4GB of DDR3 memory which is standard for most laptops. It can be upgraded to 8GB but it will require the current memory be removed.

Along with the new processor comes a new integrated graphics processor that is built onto the new CPU. The Intel HD Graphics 3000 is a very good step from the previous generation of GMA graphics but they still have their flaws. In particular, it still lacks much performance for any real 3D gaming and is better suited for casual PC gaming at lower resolutions and detail levels. The new graphics engine does have the ability to speed up video encoding though with compatible applications. The display is exactly the same as on the IdeaPad Z360 with its 13.3-inch size and 1366x768 resolution. It still retains the glossy coating that can be difficult outdoors or in certain light.

Storage features remain pretty much unchanged in the IdeaPad Z370 compared to the past Z360. A sizable 500GB hard drive provides a good amount of space for applications, data and media files. While this is smaller than some that offer up to 750GB drives, it is typical for this price range. It spins at the traditional 5400rpm rate for laptops which gives it modest performance. A dual layer DVD burner is standard that plays or records CD and DVD media. One nice aspect of the laptop is the inclusion of an eSATA port for high speed external storage devices. It would have been nice to also see a newer USB 3.0 port but at least it does have some option for high speed external storage unlike many other similarly priced 13-inch laptops.

With the new 2nd generation Intel Core i processor, the Lenovo IdeaPad Z370 offers a bit better power consumption that the past Z360. It still uses the same six-cell battery pack with the 48WHr capacity rating. In DVD playback tests, the laptop was able to run just under three and a half hours before going into standby mode. This is a good half hour more than the past version and more inline with many other thirteen laptops. It still falls short of the running times for the likes of Apple with the MacBook Pro or Toshiba's Portege.

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