Lenovo has braced the stiff competition in the electronics industry with remarkable success. With a unique choice of computer parts especially processors and graphics cards, it has produced high-performance machines such as the ThinkPad T series. This review looks at the fair priced high-performance Lenovo Z50-75 15.6-inch laptop.
As with all Lenovo laptops, the Z50-75, makes a point of distinction at the early stages of your first encounter through its sleek design. You expect the usual color of most Lenovo PC, black. Its smooth plastic casing awakens an urge to feel the machine’s cover. Opening the lid exposes the unique styling of Lenovo keyboards. The keys are soft with sufficient travel and a complete numeric pad and function keys.
Lenovo breaks from the norm of Intel-based processor cores to include an AMD processor in its Z50-75 laptop. The machine comes with a Quad-core AMD FX-7500 processor.
The Kaveri architecture-based processor is recognized in the tech world for its ultra-low voltage efficiency. It makes the Z50-75 laptop a thrifty power consumer.
The AMD FX-7500 is clocked at 2.1 GHz but comes with a boost technology that increases it to 3.3GHz. When compared with other processors, it is at par with the Intel Core i5-2320 and slightly higher than core i3-4100U.
This processor makes the Lenovo Z50-75 sufficient for daily workloads such as browsing, office applications, multimedia, and light multitasking requirements.
The Lenovo Z50-75 features a 15.6-inch high definition LED display. The quality of the screen used in the laptop is laughable, but its 1366×768 resolution provides a premium color and image rendering suitable for a laptop in this moderate price category
The Z50-75 comes with an integrated Radeon R7 graphics with shared memory. The graphics are clocked at 553MHZ and based on AMD’s GCN 1.1 architecture. Consequently, it supports both “Tier 2” and DirectX, to the benefit of most gamers.
When compared with dedicated graphics card options on 3D performance, the Radeon R7 is nearly as fast as the GeForce GT 720M. As a result, it can efficiently handle old and low graphics-intensive games. You can also enjoy most of the latest games though at medium or low-quality settings.
The standard memory size for most laptops in this category is a 4GB RAM. The Lenovo Z50-75 surpasses this with an amazing 8G RAM. It is based on the dual channel DDR3L memory controller with a clock speed of 1600MHz. This is one of the high-performance memories you can expect from personal computers designed for typical day to day computer applications.
One feature to consider when buying a computer for office, home or school use is the storage capacity. Lenovo Z50-75 honors the customer’s desire with an amazing 1TB hard disk drive. This storage is more than adequate for large office documents, class notes, movies, games and any other downloads.
However, the featured HDD has a speed of 54000rpm. Hence it offers a slower access speed than 7200rpm HDDs. The SSD technology is way too high-end even to be thought of in this category today.
The Lenovo Z50-75 laptop has the standard connectivity features of premium built high-performance laptops. They include an 802.11b/g/n wireless and Bluetooth 4.0.
It has 3 USB ports, one for super speed USB type 3.0 and two for USB 2.0. Other peripheral slots are for HDMI, 10Mbps to 1000Mbps LAN, a VGA, and headphone-microphone jack. The 2-in-1 SD/MMC card reader also comes in handy for files stored on memory cards.
As a Lenovo machine, it comes with the high-quality Dolby Audio sound system. It offers a rich, powerful and precise sound rendition even for a low-quality multimedia. You can enjoy music across the room at medium volume with clarity, a feature that lacks in most moderately priced laptops.