There are tons of budget laptops available but they are not everybody’s cup of tea. For example, if you have programs with higher system requirements, a poor Celeron + 2GB RAM notebook will be a bad, bad choice. Or if you want to play games without suffering from annoyingly low frame rates, such a laptop with integrated graphics will make your hair grow gray. Well, these things are not problem for Lenovo Z70 (80FG00DAUS), after all it has 5th Generation Core i5 processor running the show and the dedicated GeForce GT840M graphics card should keep many players happy. What more there is, and what these features can do for you, will be answered in the review below!
How’s the performance for program X?
There’s a decent processor running the Lenovo Z70 (80FG00DAUS). Known as Intel Core i5-5200U, the chip in question offers dual-core performance with 2.2GHz base speed and up to 2.7GHz turbo frequency. Due to low-voltage design it’s not a real powerhouse, but manages to get appropriate 3500 points in CPU Mark, one of the most trusted benchmarks. The i5-5200U is a great general use processor, any everyday program won’t start lagging because of it – very demanding applications might, but if you’re a power user you’d indeed have to shell out more money to get a professional notebook.
Chances are high you won’t run out of memory with this computer. There’s 8GB installed by default, and the highest you can go is 16GB. Sadly it’s not known whether the current RAM comes on one 8GB or two 4GB sticks, this however only affects those who’re looking to add in more memory.
It’s not entirely a mechanical hard drive you’ll find in this laptop. More precisely, it’s a 1TB 5400RPM hard drive with a 8GB SSD-like cache. But don’t think it’s a true solid-state drive. It’s not, you can’t dictate what files will be put on the SSD part and what on the HDD – the system will make the decision for you. Anyway, such a drive will operate bit faster than a HDD-only machine, while giving you the enormous storage space a hard drive can offer.
What games can I play?
You can do surprisingly well with Lenovo Z70 (80FG00DAUS) if you’re a casual gamer. The laptop includes a dedicated GeForce GT840M with 2GB DDR3 memory. It easily beats all the integrated types such as Intel HD 4000, and in real life you can play GTA 5 with high settings and 720p and get frame rates around 40. Using similar settings on Counter-Strike: Go you’re likely to get over 60 frames per second no problem.
Is the display good?
There aren’t user reports about Lenovo Z70 (80FG00DAUS) available yet, so it’s hard to say about the display quality. It’s a very subjective thing indeed, but here are some hard facts for you: a 17.3″ diagonal with 1920×1080 resolution. Touch is not supported. Often notebooks with this big screen make a decent desktop replacement.
Ports and connections
The USB port setup in Lenovo Z70 (80FG00DAUS) isn’t great, there are three USB ports (many times 17.3″ laptops have four) and only one of those is USB 3.0. If you’re not planning to plug in peripherals, this will however not be an issue for you. And in addition to the USBs, there is a HDMI-out for connecting an external display.
Wireless adapter supports the “better” 802.11 A/C standard and Bluetooth 4.0. The laptop also has Gigabit RJ-45 port if you fancy the wire.
There should be a DVD burner installed in the unit even though the specifications don’t indicate that. You might also find joy in the SD/MMC card slot for transferring files from certain devices.
A standard 720p webcam is available for video chatting and recording.
17.3-inch laptops obviously suffer from inferior portability. This one weighs 6.6 pounds and the 4-cell battery won’t be ideal for the road warriors, I don’t think it will last more than 3-4 hours before you need to recharge it.
The unit doesn’t seem to have a backlit keyboard, but a numeric keypad is provided.
Lenovo Z70 (80FG00DAUS) is a jack of all trades laptop, it can be used for pretty much anything and the results will be satisfactory at least. There’s a decent processor (+ RAM and hard drive) inside, so running programs will likely be a smooth sail. But when you want to watch high-quality videos or even play games, the GeForce 840M card will allow you to enjoy such activities without worries. To continue the list of pros, the screen seems to be a proper one too: a 17.3″ display with Full HD support. All in all, this Lenovo surely costs a bit, but considering what you will get the price is very reasonable in our opinion.