The Lenovo Z-series IdeaPad is a budget-friendly multimedia notebook aimed to be a tier lower than the popular Y-series. The Z-series comes in two sizes including a 13.6 and 15.6-inch model, both of which offer unique styling and configurations. In this review, we take a look at the 15.6-inch IdeaPad Z560 and see how it stacks up against the competition.
Lenovo IdeaPad Z560 Specifications:
The Lenovo IdeaPad Z560 has a stylish appearance with a piano-black glossy cover with chrome "Lenovo" lettering and a brushed metal bezel for the palmrest and keyboard trim. The exterior look is very nice and could almost pass off for a business notebook in the right setting. Inside the Z560 has a nice metal palmrest, a large textured touchpad, and big contoured touchpad buttons. Even the keyboard looks great, sharing the design from the Edge-series ThinkPads with the hybrid ThinkPad and Island-style keys. One interesting feature about the Z560 is the rescue-and-recover button that is recessed and almost hidden. It is the same size as the numlock and capslock indicator lights next to it, but if you press it with a ball-point pen it activates the mode.
Ports and Features
Port selection on the Z560 is very nice, although we felt there was some unused space that could have been used to add on other features. All of the main connections are located on the left or right side of the keyboard, including a LAN port, VGA and HDMI-out, two USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA/USB combo port, ExpressCard/34, and audio input/output jacks. The system also featured a SDHC-card slot on the front of the notebook as well as a wireless on/off switch.
Left: Kensington Lock slot, LAN, VGA, one USB 2.0, eSATA/USB combo, HDMI, ExpressCard/34
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