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With Z51, Lenovo has launched a successor to its Z50 series. It has made some changes, both inside and outside. In Ideapad Z51-70 80K600W0IN Lenovo sees a multi-purpose device fit for gaming, academics and business alike.
Specifications: Processor and Memory
Lenovo has been trying to put impressive specifications in its notebooks at an average price and Lenovo Ideapad Z51-70 80K600W0IN is no exception. The device comes with an Intel Core i5 5th generation processor, with clock speed of 2.2GHZ. Thanks to turbo, this can be upgraded up to 2.5GHz. The turbo is used in Mains operation as well as on battery. As impressive as it sounds, the laptop really has a great speed for its range. The Lenovo Z51-70 features a Seagate Momentus Spinpoint M8 HDD with a capacity of 1TB and speed to 5400rpm, providing sufficient room for all your data. It sports a 4GB RAM and runs Windows 10 64 bit comfortably. Combined these specifications ensure a smoother user experience for the notebook. Tray load DVD drive, NO blue-ray disc drive.
Lenovo Ideapad Z51-70 80K600W0IN sports a 2GB AMD Raedon R7M360 graphic card. Not best in class, it just provides small boost to gaming experience. The GPU supports DirectX 12 and ticks at 980MHz, almost identical to predecessor. Gaming experience could have been better as it was not for the weak GPU. The Raedon GPU is used for gaming and high-end needs while Intel GPU is used for everyday work. The auto switching is not as efficient as GeForce and sometimes the graphic cards have to be switched manually.
Design and Display
The design of Lenovo Ideapad Z51-70 80K600W0IN seems quite like its predecessor. It has plastic lid in the choice of two colors- black and white. Dimensions: 51.6 x 32.4 x 6.6cm and weighs around 2.5 kg. The display is a 15.6in TN LED non-touch panel with resolutions of 1920 x 1080. This is a major drawback as TN LEDs provide for lesser viewing angles and substandard user experience. The brightness is also visibly low making it difficult to be used in sunlight. Contrast ratio is 471:1, which is acceptable. The display panel on whole is a let-down. The keyboard is full size, with sufficiently spaced keys. NO backlight (though not expected at this price). 4 x 2.1in Touchpad is large and responsive and provides for easy handling and multi-touch gesture support.
The two JBL speakers have a great output and pumps up the volume significantly. The audio quality is also decent. The disappointing part is that speakers are placed on the undersides; which direct the sound towards desk or table below and not towards user. Audio Jack is present.
The Lenovo Ideapad Z51-70 80K600W0IN comes with one USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports, for faster data transfers. It includes HDMI out, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Ethernet, Bluetooth v4.0, audio jack and SD card slot. The web-cam is below industry standards and the pictures recorded are too grainy.
The 4 cell Li-ion fixed battery fares for just more than 4 hours of heavy usage which is an average performance. Better battery life was expected of Lenovo in this variant, especially after seeing that the Chinese tech giant used almost similar battery in previous editions.
The Lenovo Ideapad Z51-70 80K600W0IN is below expectations. With many glaring shortcomings and nothing spectacular, except the notebook speed, it fares average on our scale. It was Lenovo’s attempt to create an all-round notebook, although it just stands same where its predecessors did without any great improvement.