If you’re looking for a slim and powerful notebook but don’t want to splurge on an Ultrabook, the Lenovo IdeaPad 14-inch Z400 and 15.6 inch Z500 might be perfect for you. They’re 25% slimmer when compared to your typical notebook, but compromise on none of the performance.

In fact, the IdeaPad Z400 and Z500 are both equipped with standard voltage processors, rather than the feeble ULV processors that are normally found in Ultrabooks.

The IdeaPad Z400 can be powered by up to a 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processor, while the Z500 can be powered by up to a 3rd generation Intel Core i5. The graphics can be handled by anywhere from an Intel HD Graphics 4000 solution up to an Nvidia GeForce GT 450M dedicated graphics chip. Fancy playing Black Ops 2 on your lunch break? The Nvidia variants are just screaming your name.

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Also, keep in mind that these are not Ultrabooks, but full-fledged notebooks. That means you get a full array of wired connectivity and optical drive options that are usually forgone on Ultrabooks. I find this to be particularly appealing since I still find DVD writers to be invaluable, even on the go.

The IdeaPad Z400 and Z500 come with a number of innovative features that you won’t see on a typical spec sheet. For example, there is the Backlit AccuType keyboard, which should especially come in handy for those who haven’t completely mastered the skill of touch-typing and tend to work in dimly lit environments. Then there’s the Intelligent TouchPad, which has been optimized to recognize smart gestures for zooming, scrolling and rotating UI elements that will help maximize your Windows 8 experience.

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I should also mention that both the Z400 and Z500 come in touchscreen and non-touch versions. The touchscreen versions have 10-point multitouch support so multitasking within the Windows 8 touch environment can be maximized. However, keep in mind that the touchscreen versions won’t be released on Philippine shores until some time in April.

Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 Specs

  • Intel Core i3-3120M / Core i7-3632QM Processor
  • DOS / Windows 8 OS
  • 14 inch HD display (1366 x 768), 16:9 aspect ratio
  • 4Gb DDR3 RAM
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000 / Nvidia GeForce GT 635M / Nvidia GeForce GT 645M
  • 1Tb Hard Drive
  • Integrated Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi
  • Integrated DVD Writer
  • 2x USB2.0, 1x USB 3.0, 2 in 1 Card Reader (SD/MMC)
  • Integrated 720p Webcam
  • HDMI Output
  • 4-cell battery
  • 2 Year Warranty
  • Currently Available in Dark Chocolate, Peony Pink and Coral Blue

Lenovo IdeaPad Z500 Specs

  • Intel Core i5-3230M Processor
  • Windows 8 OS
  • 15.6 inch HD display (1366 x 768), 16:9 aspect ratio
  • 4Gb DDR3 RAM
  • Nvidia GeForce GT 635M
  • 1Tb Hard Drive
  • Integrated Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi
  • Integrated DVD Writer
  • 2x USB2.0, 1x USB 3.0, 2 in 1 Card Reader (SD/MMC)
  • Integrated 720p Webcam
  • HDMI Output
  • 4-cell battery
  • 2 Year Warranty

Pricing and Availability

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The non-touch version of the Lenovo IdeaPad Z400 can go for as low as Php29,999 for the Core i3 / Intel HD Graphics / DOS configuration while the IdeaPad Z500 non-touch version goes for as low as Php37,995 for the Core i5 / GeForece GT 435 / Windows 8 configuration. As mentioned earlier, the touchscreen versions of both models will arrive sometime in April, but if you’re willing to wait, you can snag a Core i3-based Z400 for Php36,995 or a Core i5-based Z500 for Php41,995.



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