Lenovo laptops: Geared for performance

May 08 2014, 07:00 IST
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Lenovo is an expert at designing notebooks for business users. Lenovo is an expert at designing notebooks for business users.
SummaryLenovo is an expert at designing notebooks for business users.

When Lenovo bought over IBM’s loss-making personal computer business for $1.75 billion in 2005, there was widespread speculation that the latter’s ThinkPad line of laptop computers will suffer a setback. After all, an iconic American brand was going into the hands of the Chinese! ThinkPads then and even now are known for their minimalist, black design and superb build quality; older models are revered by technology enthusiasts, collectors and power users due to their durable design and relatively high resale value. Few are aware that ThinkPad laptops have also been used in space by the crew of the International Space Station.

Cut to present. Far from taking a hit, the ThinkPad business at Lenovo is alive and thriving. But the fact remains that Lenovo’s PC business is under siege from powerful smartphones and super-fast tablets. No wonder, the company is remodeling itself as a force in mobile devices. Recently, the Chinese PC major sent across its Lenovo IdeaPad Z510 laptop and two ThinkPad ultrabooks—Lenovo x240s and Lenovo T440—for a product review. Among these, the IdeaPad has created quite a buzz in the market these days. Let us see how the three machines stack up in terms of performance.

Lenovo IdeaPad Z510

This laptop is ideal for those users looking for the highest possible performance for as little money as possible. Let me be more specific: The Lenovo Z510 laptop, according to me, is a genuine mobile entertainment hub powered by the 4th Generation Intel Core processor. It has great audio, a full high definition display, ample storage, and surprising affordability all combined to keep you smiling.

Priced at R55,629, the Z510 is a successor of the Z500 notebook series. It has a slim 15.6-inch display with a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a Backlit AccuType keyboard. The acclaimed AccuType keyboard is ergonomically designed to make typing more comfortable and to reduce errors. And, with backlit keys, you’ll be able to type with ease even in low-light conditions.

Technically speaking, the Z510 has Windows 8.1 operating system, Intel HD Graphics 4600, memory of upto 8 GB Dual Channel DDR3L-1333/1600 MHz (2 SO-DIMM slots), hard disk drive of upto 1TB HDD 5400 RPM and an DVD reader/writer (dual layer).

Stylish in dark chocolate, the Z510 also has an upscale tactile feel which makes it a pleasure to use. A user will enjoy a crisp, clear immersive surround sound experience over dual JBL-designed stereo speakers with

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