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Lenovo Ideapad Z400 Touch Laptop: Touch Incorporated In An Everyday LapTop

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  •  Price: $725.99
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 The Good: Priced appealingly for touch-enabled laptop that has a big hard drive, Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 Touch does not lack any of the ports.

The Bad: the design is old-fashioned; the device is heavy with unimpressive touchpad and keyboard.

The Bottom Line: This budget-friendly Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 is a heavy and bulky touch-screen laptop which does not distinguish itself from the rest of the pack.

The Windows 8 laptops’ future clearly would be touch screens. The touch technology now is increasingly affordable, helpful and quite necessary, as said by some, to experience the Windows 8. At present, manufacturers are putting in touch into the old designs, which at times, only feels like shoehorning.

IdeaPad Z400 Touch does not feel like the other laptops excellently designed by Lenovo. It has thick body and unimpressive touchpad and keyboard, with the touch screen of 14-inch, as in many other new laptops.

At $700, Z400 Touch has big ITB hard drive and DVD drive but no bumped-up graphics or increased workhorse-level processor, and it’s also quite heavier compared to other 14-inch mainstream laptops.

Design
the design, as a whole, isn’t unattractive. A lid of matte chocolate-brown and the two-tone black and silver plastic inside develop impression of a higher-end product. But its finish and the fit here that runs cheap. Nothing is metal but instead, everything is plastic. Also, this laptop is genuinely heavy and thick: 5.3 pounds and over 1-in thick.

Keyboard which is normally Lenovo laptops’ strong point, appears to be the part though it has much flex and hollow feel. At least brightness and volume keys happen to be function-reversed for the sake of single-press use. It also has backlighting. The touchpad sometimes doesn’t register the scrolling by two fingers smoothly.

The touch response of the 14-inch display, as with other touch screens, excellently works. The resolution of 1,366×768-pixel, however, along with less bright picture and a washed-out one, adds up for an acceptable computing experience. Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 has an average display as the resolution and screen quality has much increased now. Its stereo speakers work fine and 720p Webcam looks crisp, at least.

 

Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 Touch

Average for category [midsize]

Video HDMI, VGA VGA plus HDMI or DisplayPort
Data 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, SD card reader 2 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, SD card reader
Networking Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Optical drive DVD burner DVD burner
Audio Stereo speakers, combo headphone/microphone jack Stereo speakers, headphone/microphone jacks

 

Ports, Configurations, Performance
One good thing is that it has, at least, HDMI, Ethernet, Bluetooth, DVD burner and SD card slot, though these are all ordinary features in an average laptop.

The laptop has many configurations and a lot more, with small retail-specific tweaks. The website of company has Z400 Touch starting at a price of $599 with the third-gen processor 2.5 GHz Intel Core i3-3120M, 4GB RAM and hard drive of 500GB. Configurations are maximum at $999 for 2.9GHz Core i7-3520M CPU, RAM of 8GB, a hard drive of 1TB 5,400rpm and display of higher resolution1,600×900-pixel. All the configurations have Bluetooth, touch screens and DVD drives. None have Nvidia graphics or AMD or SSD options for storage.

The unit under display has display of 1,366×768-pixel and RAM of 6GM. This is faster and full-voltage Core i5 processor for laptops, and it performs well compared to the equivalent average ultrabook. It is faster though not as much as the Core i7 quad-core powerhouse. Intel Integrated HD 4000 graphics seem to be quite suitable for use every day, though other laptops with this size have a form of robust Nvidia/AMD graphics.

The Z400 Touch is fair when it comes to battery life. It runs for 5 hr and 3 min in the wideo playback drain test for battery.

Quick Specifications

Processor Intel Core i5 i5-3230M / 2.6 GHz ( 3.2 GHz ) ( Dual-Core )
Memory 6 GB / 16 GB (max)
Hard Drive 1 TB – Serial ATA-300 – 5400 rpm
Operating System Windows 8 64-bit Edition
Display Type 14 in
Max Resolution 1366 x 768 ( HD )
Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000
Optical Drive DVD-Writer

Product Specifications

Company Lenovo
Model Number CNETLenovo IdeaPad Z400 Touch

General

Packed Capacity 1
System Type Notebook
OS Provided Windows 8 64-bit Edition
Notebook type HD display, Midsize ,Budget

Chipset/Processor

CPU Intel Core i5 3 i5-3230M / 2.6 GHz
64-bit Computing Yes
Max Turbo Speed 3.2 GHz
Number of Cores Dual-Core
Features Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, Integrated memory controller
Cache 3 MB
Chipset Mobile Intel HM76 Express

Available Memory Capacity

Slots Qty 2
RAM 6 GB ( 1 x 4 GB + 1 x 2 GB )
Form Factor SO DIMM 204-pin
Max RAM Supported 16 GB
Technology DDR3 SDRAM
Speed 1600 MHz / PC3-12800
Empty Slots 0

 

Storage Capacity

Hard Drive 1 TB HDD / 5400 rpm
Interface Serial ATA-300
Optical Drive DVD-Writer – Tray

 

Display

Type 14 in Yes
LCD Backlight Technology LED backlight
Max Resolution 1366 x 768 ( HD )
Widescreen Yes
Image Aspect Ratio 16:9
Features Glossy,VibrantView,10-point multi-touch, Frameless,
Projected Capacitive Touch (PCT) technology

 

Video And Audio

Compliant Standards High Definition Audio,Dolby Home Theater v4
Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics 4000
Camera Yes
Codec Realtek ALC269Q-VC
Resolution 1 Megapixel
Capture Resolutions 1280 x 720
Sound Stereo speakers , Stereo microphone

 

Input Device

Features Multi-touch touchpad
Type Backlit keyboardTouchpad
Software Included Cyberlink PowerDVD,  CyberLink Power2Go,
Intelligent Touchpad, Lenovo Support, Lenovo Cloud Storage by SugarSync, Ebay , McAfee Internet Security Suite (30 days trial), CyberLink Youcam, Skype, Amazon Kindle, Lenovo OneKey Recovery, Nitro Pro (90-days trial),
Rara Streaming, Extent Games Portal, EverNote,
AccuWeather, Lenovo Companion,  Lenovo Energy Management
Microsoft Office Preloaded Contains pre-installed prints of excellent Microsoft Office 2010 collections. Buying an Office 2010 Product Key Card or disc to start already-loaded software in that Personal computer.

 

Battery

Run Time 5 hour(s)
Technology 4-cell Lithium ion
Capacity 48 Wh

 

Infrastructures

Wireless 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0
Wireless Controller Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230 – PCI Express Mini Card
Network Interface 10/100 Ethernet
Ethernet Controller Realtek RTL8105E

 

AC Adapter

Voltage Required AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
Output 65 Watt

 

Expansion And Connections

Expansion Bays None
Interfaces USB 3.0,2 x USB 2.0,VGA, HDMI, LAN,
Headphone/microphone combo jack
Memory Card Reader 2 in 1 card reader ( SD Memory Card ), ( MultiMediaCard )

Miscellaneous

Color Dark chocolate
Case Material Polycarbonate ABS
Compliant Standards RoHS
Localization English
Features Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately),
Hard drive password, Administrator password,
Power-on password

 

Dimensions & Weight

Width 13.6 in
Depth 9.6 in
Height 1.1 in
Weight 5.3 lbs

 

Company Warranty

Support& Service 1 year warranty
Support Details Limited warranty & Service– 1 year – Carry-in,
Technical support – Phone consulting – 1 year – availability: 24 hours a day / Monday-Sunday

 

Sustainability

EPEAT Compliant EPEAT Silver
ENERGY STAR Qualified Yes
Greenpeace policy rating  (Nov FY12)3.8
Greenpeace policy rating  (Nov FY12)3.9

 

Closing comments

As commodity package when it comes to specifications, the ratio of price-to-value of Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 Touch might sound attractive though laptop buyers need to think beyond this. Being portable product with this current landscape, it is quite old-fashioned, except for touch screen. At this price, one can get something much lighter and thinner, or alternatively, much powerful. It would be better that you wait for some months or either you consider other alternatives. This isn’t a laptop which could be recommended for anyone as the first or second or even third choice.

Where to Buy  Price: $725.99 Datavision Computer Video TheNerds.net PCNation.com Costcentral.com Amazon.com  The Good: Priced appealingly for touch-enabled laptop that has a big hard drive, Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 Touch does not lack any of the ports. The Bad: the design is old-fashioned; the device is heavy with unimpressive touchpad and keyboard. The Bottom Line: This budget-friendly Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 is a heavy and bulky touch-screen laptop which does not distinguish itself from the rest of the pack. The Windows 8 laptops’ future clearly would be touch screens. The touch technology now is increasingly affordable, helpful and quite necessary, as said…

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