Lenovo Z50-75 15.6 Inch Laptop Review

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The Lenovo Z50-75 is an affordable 15.6 inch laptop that packs decent midrange features and specs. The laptop is powered by a quad-core AMD FX-7500 processor, coupled with 8GB DDR3L SDRAM. This makes it possible for the system to handle power demanding tasks both at home and in the office. The on board system memory can as well be upgraded to 16GB to match your needs if you are into some stuff that is power demanding. It comes with a 1TB mechanical hard drive at 5400rpm which provides ample storage space. The 15.6 inch high definition LED-backlit display comes with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels and a TN panel with limited viewing angles. The laptop comes out as a useful companion for office multitasking and home entertainment for folks on a budget.

Design

The Lenovo Z50-75 sports a plastic body that is black in color with an angular and futuristic design. The display cover is matte and shimmery with the top of the base unit having a brushed metal finish that is grease and fingerprint magnetic. The display frame is glossy and there is a knobbed pattern at the bottom for improving the grip. The laptop measures 15 x 11 x 1 inches and weighs 5.5 pounds. As such, it is not too big or too heavy to slide into your backpack while travelling.

Performance

Under the hood, the Lenovo Z50-75 houses a quad-core AMD FX-7500 processor at 2.1GHz speed up to 3.3GHz with turbo boost. It combines with 8GB DDR3L SDRAM at 1600MHz that makes it great for running most demanding applications and handling daily tasks. The AMD A-series processor has a benchmark score of 3260 so it is fairly fast and powerful.it is capable of handling day to day complex and simple tasks while saving on power usage. Storage space has a capacity of up to 1TB 5400rpm hard drive that is more than enough for storage of all your documents, files, movies, photos and videos. The mechanical drive is slow compared to the fast SSD which offers fast loading of programs and booting speeds. If you know a thing or two about computers, replacing the HDD with an SSD won’t be a big deal.

The system runs on the latest Windows 10 64 bit operating system which offers fast start ups and shutdowns.

Connectivity

The connectivity of this laptop does not really keep up with the expectations for this price range. The Lenovo Z50-75 comes with one USB 3.0 port and two USB 2.0 ports. There is a VGA Display port and an HDMI port for extending the HD display to larger screens such as projectors or monitors for watching movies or making a presentation. There is Gigabit Ethernet LAN (10/100/1000) with RJ-45 connector. Additionally, you get an SD card reader for transferring your photos from your camera or any other files. The inclusion of a DVD-RW makes sure that your CDs and DVDs remain relevant hence you can seat rest assured that you can access your data in this discs. It comes with an audio jack and wireless internet comes by way of 802.11/b/g/n Wi-Fi and it has Bluetooth 4.0.

Display

The laptop comes with a 15.6 inch non-touchscreen display with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels that is good for viewing pictures and watching movies and videos. The TN panel comes with restricted angles as the display does not have anti-glare hence you will see reflections if you use the laptop outside.

The AMD Radeon R7-M260DX Graphics Card comes with 2GB of shared memory that makes it possible for casual gaming. The GPU also enables Smooth video playback making it suitable as a multimedia hub coupled with the Dolby Audio and Stereo speakers. The Speakers offers crisp, loud sound for playing music and watching movies. There is also a 720p camera that is not the best but clear enough for a skype chat with friends and family.

Other Features

The 41Whr battery on this laptop lasts an average of between 3 and 4 hours. Now this is where Lenovo stumbled, as most folks need a machine that can hold its juice long enough. This therefore, mean that you should stay close to your power supply and it is not an ideal companion for road warriors.

Conclusion

The Lenovo Z50-75 is a fast and solid laptop with decent configuration for everyday use. The laptop combines the most essential features we could expect in a mid-priced laptop to offer a decent performance. The connectivity in this system is standard and the inclusion of a DVD+RW Optical Drive takes care of individuals still after using their CDs and DVDs. The laptop lacks a Full HD or a touchscreen and an IPS panel for better viewing angles as it comes with a TN panel whose image quality appears distorted and the viewing angles are not appealing. While it is agreeable that the features in this system are not top notch, the laptop seems to offer quite a bit for its price. Users after as web browsing, emailing, editing of documents, watching movies, and other basic day to day use will find this laptop to be a good choice.

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