Heat and Noise
The Z370 has a single fan that exhausts warm air out the left side of the notebook. The notebook’s components produce little heat and therefore the fan stays off most of the time. It is audible when turned on, perhaps a bit more than it should be; it has a slight whine. Nonetheless it is quiet enough to be ignored. The external temperatures listed below are shown in degrees Fahrenheit:
The included 6-cell battery has a moderate 48Wh rating, which is average for a consumer notebook. I measured five hours, five minutes of battery life during our standard battery rundown test (Windows 7 Balanced power profile, 70% screen brightness, wireless active, and refreshing a web page every minute). This is a good if not impressive time for a 13.3-inch notebook.
Battery life test results (higher scores mean better battery life):
The Lenovo IdeaPad Z370 is a solid choice for an inexpensive portable notebook. It has an aesthetically pleasing design, good keyboard and touchpad, good battery life (five hours) and even decent speakers.
There are no major downsides to this notebook however there are a few items that could be improved. The glossy screen hampers usability because of all the reflections; an anti-glare model would make more sense. The included 5400RPM hard drive is slow and hurts performance. Lastly, the glossy plastic on the lid smudges up to easily and becomes an eyesore.
All things being considered, the Z370 is hard to pass up for the price and we give it our full recommendation.
- Solid build quality
- Good keyboard and touchpad
- Five-hour battery life
- Good value
- Glossy plastic smudges easily
- Slow hard drive