Lenovo IdeaPad Z40-59422614
Average of 5 scores (from 4 reviews)
Reviews for the Lenovo IdeaPad Z40-59422614
With great power… comes great compromise? The Z40 is most certainly among the most affordable machines to combine a Core i5 CPU, a discrete GPU, and good battery life into a single package. Surely you’re asking yourself: what’s the catch?
It's tough to recommend the Lenovo Z40 in any case, that's pretty much the long and short of it. There are plenty of better options out there. Even with its bigger price tag, I highly recommend the Acer Aspire V7 for a 14-inch laptop, if you can still find it. This model splits the difference between gaming and affordable laptops beautifully with a gorgeous screen and better performance than the Z40 overall.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/24/2014
Rating: Total score: 50% price: 60% performance: 80% features: 60% workmanship: 40%
Source: PC Mag
The Lenovo Z40 is a competent desktop-replacement laptop, and provides decent value for the money. But for just a bit more you'll get a touch-screen laptop with a lot more battery life in the Acer Aspire M5-583P-6637. The Lenovo Flex 2 (15-inch) is still our top pick for entry-level desktop-replacement laptops thanks to its plentiful multimedia features, touch screen, benchmark performance, and its innovative hinge.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/21/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%
The IdeaPad Z40 performed well enough in our review to earn it our recommendation. Its healthy list of positives includes an attractive design, good keyboard and touchpad, ample performance for everyday tasks and its six plus hour battery life. Overall the IdeaPad Z40 represents a solid value at about $600. Our review model with the Core i5 processor, 6GB of RAM and 500GB drive is ideal as a home or college computer.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/11/2014
Rating: Total score: 66%
Source: Computer Shopper
Thanks mainly to its excellent keyboard, the Lenovo Z40 is worth a look by budget shoppers, but for the most part, it left us feeling cold. The display, while bright and vivid, suffers from very narrow vertical viewing angles and lacks touch sensitivity. The speakers pump out plenty of sound, but it isn't very good sound. And the battery is uncompetitive.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/31/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%
Labelled as a multimedia platform, the Lenovo IdeaPad Z40-59422614 certainly has the ability to capture audiences with its sleek, elegant and super slim design. Driving the multimedia capability is the gorgeous 14 inch 16:9 widescreen HD display. Users can expect high quality and sharp images with superb contrast.
The Windows 8.1 system comes with a 4th Generation Intel Core i5-4200U processor clocked at 1.60 GHz and contains 3 MB cache. This high performance processor can be coupled with up to 8 GB DDR3L 1600 MHz SDRAM and sports the Nvidia GeForce GT 820M graphics chip with 2 GB VRAM. Content is stored on the 1 TB hard drive with 8 GB SSHD combination that ensures fast access speeds.
Another important aspect of a multimedia capable device is its audio quality. Thanks to its stereo speaker configuration, the Lenovo IdeaPad Z40-59422614 has plenty of. There is an integrated dual layer DVD-R drive that ensures easy DVD playback. Other hardware comes in the form of a USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI out and card reader. Battery life is rated at 5 hours usage although that might seem a little less for some users out there.
NVIDIA GeForce 820M:
Entry level 28nm Fermi GPU from the GeForce 800M series based on the GT 620M and 710M.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
Haswell-based ULV dual-core processor clocked at 1.6 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 2.6 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4400 and a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Usually subnotebooks, ultrabooks and quite lightweight laptops with 12-16 inch display-diagonal weigh as much.
Lenovo: Lenovo Group Limited is China's largest and the world's fourth largest personal computer manufacturer. Lenovo produces desktops, laptops, servers, handheld computers, imaging equipment, and mobile phone handsets. Lenovo also provides information technology integration and support services, and its QDI unit offers contract manufacturing. Its executive headquarters are located in China and USA. It is incorporated in Hong Kong. Lenovo was formed in 1984 as a spin-off of the Chinese Academy of Sciences new technology unit. The company initially began as a reseller, distributor and later CM for foreign brands, including IBM, entering the Chinese market. In 1990, Lenovo started to manufacture its own PCs and by 1997 became the market leader in China. In 2004, Lenovo bought IBM’s PC business for $1.25billion. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %
62%: Such a bad rating is rare. There exist hardly any notebooks, which are rated worse.
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