Just a day before the Lenovo TechWorld event in Beijing, the Chinese company has announced three new laptops which are targeting budget-conscious buyers. Lenovo describes the new products, the Lenovo Z41, Lenovo Z51 and the IdeaPad 100, as ‘consumer laptops’ and says that they are meant ‘for users who value simple and functional design’. Let’s have a look at all their specs and features, to know more about them.
The new 14-inch Lenovo Z41 and 15-inch Lenovo Z51 laptops are described by the company as ‘home-entertainment center and powerful workstation’. Both the 14-inch Z41 and the 15-inch Z51 models feature a full HD 1080p display with a starting price of $499. The top version comes with a Core i7 processor, 1TB of SSHD or HDD storage, 16GB of RAM and the AMD R7-M360 GPU for the Z41 or the AMD R9-M375 for the Z51. Of course, this version will set you back a nice buck, but we don’t have yet the official pricing for all versions.
The Z41 weighs 4.63 pounds (2.1kg) while the Z51 is 5.07 pounds (2.3kg), so there isn’t really a noticeable difference between these two. Both models come with the Dolby DS 1.0 Home Theatre surround sound which adds to its home entertainment capabilities. Connectivity-wise, they come with two USB3.0 prots and USB2.0 one, HDMI, card reader and VGA, WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0. Both laptops feature the latest Windows 8.1 version and will obviously be upgradeable to Windows 10.
However, the biggest difference in terms of their specs and features is the optional Intel RealSense 3D camera on the Z51 model. You can use it for 3D scans, 3D gaming or even for gesture control. The camera features a full 1080p color and a depth sensor, so it should perform pretty well for the users looking for such a feature. The starting price of the Z51 is at $599 and increases as you go up the ladder with a better-specced version.
Lenovo IdeaPad 100
The IdeaPad 100 is the cheapest model of the three new ones, with the base version starting at a price of just $249. There are two versions, a 14-inch and a 15-inch one with the same 1366×768 resolution. The single difference between these two, besides the screen size, is the weight, whit the smaller-sized version obviously weighing less – 1.9kg (4.19lbs), as compared to 2.3kg (5.07lbs).
The laptops can be equipped with up to Pentium N3540 BayTrail-M 4 core 2.16-2.66 GHz, 8GB DDR3L, 500GB HDD or 128GB SSD. It comes with one USB3.0 port and another USB2.0 one, HDMI, card reader, Wireless 802.11n 2.4GHz and BT 4.0. Lenovo claims the Ideapad 100 will get around four hours of battery life on a single charge.
Disclosure: The editor of this blog was flown in by Lenovo to Beijing to cover the Lenovo TechWorld event.