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Lenovo IdeaPad Z500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 340 reviews of Lenovo IdeaPad Z500. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Views about the keyboard and portability are generally positive. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are some negative views about the touchpad and reliability. There are some mixed views about the battery.

performance, usability, price, portability, keyboard

screen, image quality, reliability, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Lenovo IdeaPad Z500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Lenovo IdeaPad Z500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 164 user reviews of Lenovo IdeaPad Z500 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the portability and keyboard. The usability and price also get good feedback. There are some mixed reviews about the touchpad and battery. There are some less positive opinions about the image quality and reliability.

performance, price, usability, keyboard, portability

reliability, image quality

85% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Lenovo Ideapad Z500 15.6-inch Laptop (Dark Chocolate) - (Intel Core i5 3210M 2.5GHz Processor, 6GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVDRW, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Nvidia Lenovo Ideapad Z500 15.6-inch Laptop (Dark Chocolate) - (Intel Core i5 3210M 2.5GHz Processor, 6GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVDRW, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Nvidia

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: (notebookcheck.net)

Review Lenovo IdeaPad Z500 Notebook

 

Balanced. The IdeaPad Z500-MBYG2GE is aimed at performance hungry multimedia users in particular. With an energy-saving Quad-Core and a GeForce GT 645M, the 15-inch device offers sufficient power for most (3D) applications. We have reviewed the...

Balanced components, Unique power adapter design, Good bundled applications, Moderate weight, Large hard disk, Slim build, Successful design, Great performance, The case is visually pleasing

Low brightness display with glare and poor viewing angles, High temperature emission under load, Few connection interfaces, No upgrade options, Non-removable battery, Outdated GPU driver, Fast Ethernet LAN only, Loud DVD burner, Unstable keyboard, A...

Apr, 2013

Expert review by: thinkdigit.com (thinkdigit.com)

Lenovo IdeaPad Z500 (59-341235) Review

 

The Lenovo IdeaPad Z500 is an excellent laptop to consider if you do not want to go much beyond the Rs. 50,000 price bracket. It offers very good performance and is very well put together. It just looks and feels a lot better than most of the...

Very good performance, Well built, Fairly solid gaming capabilities, Better than expected battery life

Keyboard is a little difficult to get used to

Mar, 2013

Expert review by: TechSmart (techsmart.co.za)

Lenovo Z500 Touch screen

 
Aug, 2013

Expert review by: Laique Khan (techmagnifier.com)

Lenovo IdeaPad Z500 Review

 

Lenovo IdeaPad Z500 is the latest laptop available for purchase in the market. This new laptop comes with gaming capabilities.

• Excellent build quality ; • Value for money ; • High performance ; • Good display

• Lacks Blu-ray ; • No SSD

Impressively built with slim profile, Z500 offers a good touch display along with capabilities to handle most of the high end video games. It comes as an interesting mainstream add on for the tech savvy, especially gaming freaks. Though there are...

Jul, 2013

Expert review by: Digit Laptops (digit.in)

Lenovo IdeaPad Z500 59-341235

 

The Lenovo Z500 is a stylish mainstream laptop that can handle everyday tasks with ease. This sleek device is powered with Intel Core i5 (3rd generation) 2.5 GHz With Turbo Boost upto 3.1 GHz processor and runs on the latest Windows 8 OS. The Lenovo...

Jul, 2013

Consumer review by: Rperez (newegg.com)

Bad Lenovo Service

 

The Machine comes with UEFI secure boot which can be a pain if you wana upgrade the hard drive. To reach the hard drive and ram you have to pretty much unassemble the whole laptop.

Solid build, looks good, nice specs

The machine does not come with the Windows 8 product key that is associated with the license already paid for in the price. The Lenovo Customer Service kept insisting on selling me a new one instead of providing the key the was already paid for

May, 2013

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

lenovo Z500 (59361311)

 

UEFI is a huge pain but otherwise it's a good machine

The first thing you notice is how solidly built the laptop is. It also has a beautiful screen

I was unaware that it would contain UEFI instead of a traditional BIOS so I had to boot into Windows and disable secure boot and enable legacy mode to get my Linux partition loaded. There is no way to select which device to boot from anymore which is...

Mar, 2013

Consumer review by: gyanaranjanmahapa (mouthshut.com)

Lenovo Ideapad Z500

 

Hiii friends.i have a lenovo laptop and I also use in 3 years.in my opinion lenovo is the best of market to another laptop.in this laptop high specifiction is there.high featers.its color also a browen chocalate color.and its bettry back up is very...

Feb, 2016

Consumer review by: tumpachowdhury (mouthshut.com)

Lenovo Ideapad Z500

 

Lenevo Ideapad z500 is a best laptop ever. I always use to with one brand, that is Lenovo. This laptop is very friendly to use. Màinly I like its technical side. It has some outstanding colors. According to its features, price is not very high. Anybody...

Feb, 2016

Consumer review by: shubham_bangad (mouthshut.com)

Lenovo Ideapad Z500

 

Lenovo z500 is one of the best laptops I have ever seen. This laptop is mainly known by its lavish design. The color of this laptop is really very unique than any other laptops in the market. Its dark chocolate brown in colour. Lenovo has built...

Jan, 2016

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Home Theater / Dolby Home Theater 4 / Dolby Home Theater v4 / Dolby Home Theatre v4 / HD
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker Power:2

Battery

Battery Capacity:48 / 4800
Battery capacity (Watt hours):48
Battery life (max):3 / 5 / 5.5 / 6
Battery performance:3350 / 3400 / 4800
Battery Technology:Li-Ion polymer / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:14.4
Number of battery cells:4 / 6

Camera

Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):1
Swivel webcam: No

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold
RoHS compliance:No / Yes
Wi-Fi certified:Y
WiFi certified: Yes

Design

Color of product:Aluminium, White / Black / Black, Brown / Black, Silver / Black, Stainless Steel / Brown / Brown, Grey / Brown, Silver / Chocolate / Chocolate, Silver / Grey, Metallic, White / Grey, White / Silver, White / White
Form Factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Metal, Plastic
Market positioning:Business
Product type:Notebook

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Contrast ratio (typical):500:1
Display brightness:200 / 220
Display Diagonal:15.6
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
Full HD: No
HD type:HD / Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Panel Type:TN
Touch screen:No / Yes
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:N / Y

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240 / 120 - 230
AC adapter power:45 / 65 / 90

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:1 / 2
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / NVIDIA GeForce G740M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
Discrete graphics memory type:DDR3 / GDDR3
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1100 / 1150 / 1250
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116 / 0x166
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics / Intel HD Graphics 3000 / Intel HD Graphics 4000

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit:Y
Numeric keypad: Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:4 / 6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):16 / 8
Memory clock speed:1333 / 1600
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout:1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4 / 1 x 8 / 2 x 4
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4 / 1 x 8 / 2 x 4
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM / 2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
4G:N
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X) / 10/100Base-T(X)
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100 / 10,100,1000
Network standard:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.2, IEEE 802.3u / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3 / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u
Networking features:Fast Ethernet
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n,IEEE 802.2,IEEE 802.3u / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n,IEEE 802.3 / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n,IEEE 802.3,IEEE 802.3u
Networking topology:Fast Ethernet
SIM card support: No
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):300
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:0 - 179921.3
Operating altitude:0 - 120078.7
Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 85
Operating relative humidity range:20 - 85
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Storage relative humidity range:10 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-15 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-15 - 60

Optical Drive

Disc types supported:CD, DVD
LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:Blu-Ray DVD Combo / Blu-Ray ROM / DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-RW / DVD±RW

Other Features

64-bit computing: Yes
Audio system:Dolby Home Theater / Dolby Home Theater 4 / Dolby Home Theater v4 / Dolby Home Theatre v4 / HD
Display:LED
Graphics adapter family:Intel / Intel, NVIDIA
GSM module: No
HD-Ready: Yes
Hot-swap: No
Infrared data port: No
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d,VT-x / VT-x
Internal modem: No
Power supply type:AC/DC
Quantity:1
Type:PC
USB connector type:USB Type-A
Volume Control:Digital
Wireless Technology:Wireless LAN, Bluetooth

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control: No
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide:No / Yes

Performance

GPS: No
GPS (satellite):N
TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
LAN/VGA combo port:N
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in:No / Yes
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port:N
S-Video port: No
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 ports quantity:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240 / 120 - 230
AC adapter power:45 / 65 / 90

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel HM76 Express / Intel HM77 Express
Conflict Free processor:N / Y
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):21 / 22 / 24 / 25 / 26 / 29
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:N / Y
L3 cache:3 / 6
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM76 Express / Intel HM77 Express
Number of processors supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x16,1x8+2x4,2x8 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processor:2020M / B960 / I3-2328M / I3-2348M / I3-3110M / I3-3120M / I5-3210M / I5-3230M / I7-3520M / I7-3612QM / I7-3632QM
Processor boost frequency:3.1 / 3.2 / 3.6
Processor cache:2 / 3 / 4 / 6
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge / Sandy Bridge
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i3-2xxx / Intel Core i5-3xxx / Intel Core i7 / Intel Core i7-3xxx / Intel® Pentium®
Processor frequency:2.1 / 2.2 / 2.3 / 2.4 / 2.5 / 2.6 / 2.9
Processor lithography:22 / 32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:2020M / B960 / I3-2328M / I3-2348M / I3-3110M / I5-3210M / I5-3230M / I7-3520M / I7-3612QM / I7-3632QM
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-2300 Mobile series / Intel Core i3-3100 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-3200 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3500 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3600 Mobile series / Intel Pentium 2000 series for Mobile / Intel Pentium B900 series for Mobile
Processor socket:BGA1023 / BGA1224 / PGA988 / rPGA988B / Socket 1224 / Socket 988 / Socket H2 (LGA 1155)
Processor threads:2 / 4 / 8
Stepping:E1 / J1 / L1 / Q0
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35
Tjunction:105 / 85 / 90

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22 / 32
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:No / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching:N / No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:Y / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:Y / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y / Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):No / Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N / Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N / Y
Intel® Insider™:No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / Y / Yes
Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics: No
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / N / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / Y
InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Yes
Processor ARK ID:59836 / 64893 / 64901 / 65700 / 65708 / 70927 / 71142 / 71458 / 72056 / 74542
Processor code:SR07V / SR0MR / SR0MU / SR0N0 / SR0N2 / SR0TC / SR0U1 / SR0WX
Processor package size:31 / 37.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX / SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint reader: No
Password protection:BIOS / HDD, Power on / HDD, Power on, Supervisor / Y / Yes
Password protection type:BIOS / HDD, Power on / HDD, Power on, Supervisor / Y

Software

Bundled software:CyberLink Power2Go 6.0, Dolby Home Theater, CyberLink Youcam, Dolby Home Theater 4, ArcSoft PhotoStudio Paint, Lenovo Ebook and Quick Notes, PowerCinema / OneKey Rescue System\nLenovo Energy Management\nVeriFace\nReadyComm
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:32-bit / 64-bit
Operating system installed:FreeDOS / Windows 8
Pre-installed software:Microsoft Office 2010
Trial software:McAfee Internet Security

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), SD / MMC, SD / MMC, SD, SDHC
Hard disk rotational speed:5200 / 5400
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA / Serial ATA II / Serial ATA III
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5200 / 5400
Host interface:SATA / Serial ATA II / Serial ATA III
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memory:8
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache type:Flash / SSD
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity:1000 / 500
Number of hard drives installed:1 / 2
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:8
Storage media:HDD / HDD+SSD / Hybrid-HDD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1008 / 500

Technical Details

Hot-swap: No
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10.4
Depth (imperial):10.3
Height:1 / 1.13
Height (front):0.378 / 0.382
Height (imperial):1
Height (rear):1
Weight:4.85 / 4.89 / 6.17 / 6.39
Width:14.8
Width (imperial):14.7