Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 Touch Windows 8 Ultrabook

Thinking of a healthy unit for a notebook is something not anymore tricky to many, but the question of aesthetics and build quality can still prevail among the rest. Lenovo stands quite lovable on this category for their consistent efforts to bring notebooks that are good-looking for businessmen. However, it can be quite disappointing if you will meet its new Windows 8 14-incher laptop in the name of the IdeaPad Z400 Touch. As the name suggests, it is touch-capable, but it only stops on the display; how amiable is the body?

Actually, the Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 Touch can also be available on a non-touch configuration, and it is sold for a very lesser price compared to the main package, which is around $600. On the aesthetics side, it is also a bit backwards, probably nostalgic of the late bulky laptops ten years ago. The Z400 comes in a very cheap plastic body, and it’s just that. The dark chocolate lid is also a bit cheap even on feel, and the little amount of flex can be worrisome as well when put in contrast with those offering an aluminum shell. Moreover, starting at 4.4 lbs and can even go up to a little less than 6 lbs, the Z400 falls off the bridge of storage-friendly notebooks, and unluckily, it is also very thick at more than an inch in depth.

However, the relatively poor build quality is not totally an abandonment as Lenovo at least packs a real good amount of hardware items around the machine. Included in the list is the possible inclusion of a BD drive, a full-sized vent much typical of a laptop five years ago, an Ethernet port, an HDMI port, several USB ports, and an SD card reader as well together with a headset jack. Unfortunately, one downside of the build is the battery, which is enshrined in a box that only the techie can open. If you wanted to replace the battery that will surely get out of hype after a year or two, you have to go to an authorized service center. Outside this, the Dolby-enhanced stereo speakers are found beneath the model.

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For its price, the Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 Touch is at least plausible for featuring a 10-point multi-touch display. However, the display comes justified for the low price that it only has a native resolution of 1366×768. Having a 16:9 aspect ratio is no longer new for its class, yet the Z400 suffers from not having a good viewing angle as those with the IPS technology do. Together with the display comes a 720p webcam and dual-array microphone, which as tested are just average for a notebook-for-everyone-type of notebook. The touch response is thankfully good enough, and there’s hardly any shake on the lid whenever you try to tap or swipe anything on the display.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 Touch is also not short with the goodies despite the low price. Included in the specs comes an Intel Core i5 processor (though you can opt for the i3 or i7 version of it), 6GB of RAM (or 4GB, depending on you now), 500GB of HDD that can be up to 1TB, and ultimately, you can also opt for a display with a higher resolution at 1600×900 which is more than enough for a 14-inch Windows 8 laptop. However, none of the specs can be good for hard-core gaming, as the Z400 is not coming with a slot for a discrete graphics card. However, if you love Angry Birds: Star Wars, then you can at least take advantage of the onboard Intel HD 4000.

Lastly, the Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 Touch is at least sweet enough for a more or less 5 hours of battery life. Charging can be a bit long, and as mentioned, you better prefer this as a replacement to your bulky desktop PC rather than a travel agent going with you. The Z400 of Lenovo is a very skippable item on the list of ultrabooks, and with all the neutral things it has, this ultrabook, I believe, will sail away with time.

Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 Touch Windows 8 Ultrabook Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 30,000.00

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