Lenovo IdeaPad Z Series Walks the Performance-Pricing Tightrope

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Does Lenovo's already expansive IdeaPad line really need another series? Actually, maybe! Because the new Z360, Z560, and Z565 offer something other IdeaPads haven't, as much: compromise.


A design that's attractive but not flamboyant? Check. Performance options at a wide range of price points? Check, all the way from an AMD V series single-core processor to an Intel CoreTM i7-620M with TurboBoost. Entry-level price point? Well, depends on the configuration, but $650 for a 13-inch 1366x768 widescreen, integrated optical drive, standard array of ports, and Dolby Advanced Audio isn't half bad. And remember: you can always upgrade to that Core i7, Nvidia GeForce 315M 1GB graphics, 8GB DDR3 RAM, 650GB HDD, and Blu-ray. Not too shabby.

Make no mistake: the Z series isn't as flashy as the U series, nor is it nearly as light. The battery life is mediocre at best. But the 13.3-inch Z360 and 15.6-inch Z560 (Intel inside)/Z565 (AMD) might just be worth a look if you want a PC that looks better than it is, and performs better than it costs.

Lenovo's Expanded Line of Consumer PCs Beg the Question: "What's Your Idea of Fun?"
Consumers Find their Perfect PC Match with Lenovo's Latest Laptop, Desktop and All-in-One Offerings
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – May 11, 2010: Lenovo (HKSE: 0992) (ADR: LNVGY) today expanded its lineup of consumer laptop, desktop, all-in-one (AIO) and nettop PCs with exciting new designs and technologies that make computing more enjoyable and affordable.
Lenovo's latest IdeaPad and IdeaCentre PCs offer something for everyone, with clever features that inspire fun and creativity, and a complete range of form factors and designs that fit specific consumer needs. The new models include the IdeaPad Z series affordable multimedia notebooks – Z360, Z560 and Z565 - and the IdeaPad U series ultraportables – U160, U460 and U460s. Also announced are the IdeaCentre A700 stylish multimedia AIO, and the IdeaCentre B305 mainstream performance AIO. Alongside this expanded portfolio of all-in-ones come the IdeaCentre Q150 – an ultra-thin nettop PC, and the Lenovo H320 affordable slim tower desktop PC.
"In the less than three years since Lenovo launched its worldwide Idea brand of PCs, we have expanded our consumer footprint to more than 85 countries, firmly establishing our presence in the consumer PC market," said Dion Weisler, vice president, Business Operations, Lenovo. "Lenovo's consumer business recently achieved 89% year over year growth, outpacing the competition. The latest additions to the Idea portfolio demonstrate Lenovo's commitment to leading the consumer market with stylish, feature-packed PCs that make computing more fun and enjoyable for all."
Style and Entertainment To Go
Lenovo's latest IdeaPad laptop PCs, the Z series and U series, are designed for consumers whose idea of fun is living life on the go and desire a laptop with features that can keep up with their exciting lifestyle.
The most recent addition to the IdeaPad family, the Z series, brings mobile multimedia to the masses through a rich, enjoyable entertainment experience at a competitive price point. Starting at just $649, the new Z series is an affordable laptop that comes across as a high-end luxury device, with its fashionable chiclet keyboard encased in a modern hairline, metallic effect cover panel. Users will enjoy watching their favorite movies on the new Z series with its high-definition (HD), 16:9 format widescreen (available in 13.3 and 15.6-inch models), optional Blu-ray DiscTM drive, and Dolby® Advanced Audio for a stunning audio experience. With OneKeyTM Theater II, optimized audio-visual settings are enabled at the press of a button, making the Z series great for videos and multimedia content. The IdeaPad Z360 and Z560 are available with the all new 2010 Intel® CoreTM processor family and NVIDIA® GeForce® graphics, while the IdeaPad Z565 is offered with up to AMD PhenomTM II processors and integrated ATI Mobility RadeonTM graphics.
Sleek and stylish, the IdeaPad U series caters to the fashionista in all of us. Each of the new models – the IdeaPad U160, U460 and U460s – offer ultra-portable, light designs and long battery life to allow travel- loving consumers to stay entertained and in touch no matter where life takes them. The clean and sophisticated appearance of the redesigned U series is made possible by its "U" shaped outline inspired by a closed book lying on its side, while its textured aluminum top cover adds a further touch of style and class to its elegant design.
Measuring less than one inch thick and 3.8 pounds, the 14 inch U460 and U460s can be configured with up to an Intel® CoreTM i7 processor with Intel Turbo Boost Technology for impressive performance in a thin and light design. The U460 features a standard voltage processor, while the U460s and U160 come with ultra-low voltage processors for even longer battery life and lower power consumption. The U160 weighs in at a mere 2.9 pounds and 0.9 inches at its thinnest point.
For staying connected to friends and family while on the move, the U series comes with integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and a range of user-care features including an Ambient Light Sensor, Active Protection System and data recovery tools.



I agree that there is room in their line-up for this series - it is just a shame that it is not IBM.

We used to be a one hundred percent IBM (and later Lenovo) shop, but since the business moved to China their customer service went from, arguably, better than Apple to slightly below Brookstone. Were that not enough, we had a series of laptops delivered that were all faulty and they charged us a restocking fee to return them. (?!)

Anyway, enough ranting. Looks like a nice laptop and I hope the quality and service on it has improved.