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Lenovo IdeaPad Z560

"The sound system is certified as Dolby Advanced, meaning that you get an above average listening experience with none of the tinny sound."
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Overview

The Z Series offers the greatest range of choice available to notebook shoppers. They come in screen sizes from 13 – 15 inch depending on how compact you wish your machine to be.

Lenovo has also made a wide choice of processors, graphics and graphics cards available, allowing you to design your laptop for your own needs.

What we like best

The range of options means that you can choose the laptop which is in your price range and the features that you most desire.

The ease of upgrades means you can make your IdeaPad Blu-ray friendly should you wish.

The general look and feel of the Z Series is not to be underestimated, rather than the commonly criticised gloss look, it comes in a striking metallic finish, giving it a no nonsense yet stylish look.

The sound system is certified as Dolby Advanced, meaning that you get an above average listening experience with none of the ‘tinny’ sound that many laptops suffer from when playing loud music.

It comes complete with an ergonomic chiclet keyboard and integrated webcam, and can be built to sustain office work or entertainment media; it runs admirably with both.

What we like least

It falls short of the U Series in terms of lightness and thinness, as well as battery length.

The Z Series is designed more on the older IdeaPad forms. Ultraportable laptop shoppers should look for the U-series.

The Z Series is built more for comfort; it comes with one of the more outstanding keyboards on the market. The hybrid island-style keyboard is designed to assist with touch typing by adjusting spacing and the shape of individual keys.

The verdict

The home theatre features of these laptops make them an ideal lounge partner, though it is a worthy office choice too.

Commuters wish to use netbooks, mostly for ease of travel, the Lenovo Z Series is designed more as a desktop replacement.

The Z Series is designed for added comfort and capable of providing high quality usage and easy upgrade options with state of the art components.

Specifications

Processor Speed

2.66 GHz

Processor

Up to Intel Core i5-460M

RAM

Up to 4 Gb DDR3 1066 MHz RAM

Screen Size

15.6 inch
HD LED

Graphics

Nvidia GeForce 310M

Hard Drive Storage

Up to 750 Gb 5400 RPM Hard Drive

Battery

6-cell Lithium Ion

Multimedia

Sound card
Integrated webcam
5-in-1 Card Reader
Built-in speakers
Integrated DVD writer
Headphone/microphone jack

Ports

3 x USB
1 x VGA
1 x HDMI
Audio Ports
ExpressCard
Ethernet

Weight & Size

377 mm (W) x 250 mm (D) x 35 mm (H)
2.6 Kg

Connectivity

Bluetooth 2.1
IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Operating System

Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Product Description

Lenovo IdeaPad Z560 is part of Lenovo’s Z series these come with screen sizes varying between 13 and 15 inches, they boast the customer favourite Intel Core i5 Processor, combined with a NVIDIA Graphics chipset, this awesome combination makes this a reasonable gaming computer with the looks of a business machine.

Lenovo IdeaPad Z560

Lenovo IdeaPad Z560

Don’t get us wrong the Lenovo IdeaPad Z560 is a laptop that is well suited to the work environment; with 2.66 GHz and 4 Gb RAM you could definitely run through some hefty applications on the Lenovo IdeaPad Z560.

Lenovo IdeaPad Z560 is a desktop replacement so we wouldn’t recommend you take it out on the commute, weighing 2.6 Kg makes it a little bit cumbersome for frequent transport, the Lenovo IdeaPad Z560 is no ultraportable but a powerful laptop nevertheless.

If you want to find out more about its features, read the PC Site Lenovo IdeaPad Z560 review.

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