Screen and Speakers
The Z370’s 13.3-inch display has a 720p (1366×768) resolution. The screen is typical for a budget consumer notebook. As a TN-type panel, it has good visibility from either side but colors quickly wash out from above and below.
Color reproduction is adequate but they don’t exactly pop out of the screen as on a better display. The glossy surface helps contrast somewhat but has a lot of reflections and is difficult to keep clean. The 720p resolution is limiting but there are no better resolutions available in this screen size for the price.
This notebook has a surprisingly good set of speakers located above the keyboard. They have ample volume and do a good job of not sounding tinny. There is even a hint of bass.
Keyboard and Touchpad
Lenovo has finally decided to adopt the new Chiclet/island keyboard style in its revised IdeaPad lineup. The keyboard has a direct feel and thanks to enough key travel (the distance between pressed and un-pressed positions), it is easy to type quickly and accurately. The keyboard is relatively quiet; students shouldn’t have a problem using this notebook in class. That said, I thought the older standard-style keyboard has a better feel; this new keyboard is harder and less forgiving. An interesting change with this new keyboard is that the left [Ctrl] key is now located in the bottom left corner and the [Fn] key next to it; historically their positions have been switched.
The Synaptics touchpad has an excellent dimpled surface and is overall a pleasure to use. The touchpad buttons are thankfully quiet and solid. The touchpad buttons on many notebooks I test feel cheap and are too loud; it’s always nice to see a manufacturer get it right – Lenovo consistently does so.