Lenovo Z41 and Z51 – Powerful entertainment center
Lenovo Z41 and Z51
In revealing the three addition in the range of Lenovo products, they are trying to cater different groups of consumers. At the Lenovo global technology innovation event in Beijing, the company unveiled the Lenovo IdeaPad 100, the Lenovo Z41 and Z51. The first one caters for consumers seeking a simple notebook to create and edit content while the other two are for those seeking a great multimedia experience. The Lenovo Z41 and Z51 are 14” and 15” laptops respectively and powerful workstations and entertainment center. They are almost identical and can be considered twins.
The Z51 design is quite sleek with a two-tone appearance, a bright silver that rests on a black lid. It is mostly made of plastic, yet aluminum can be found on the palm rest and around the keyboard. Unlike the Z41 which is lightweight and easily portable.
The Lenovo Z41 weighing 2.1 kilogram, and the Z51 2.3 kg, these have been acknowledge as being the thinnest laptops to date. Z41 has an overall dimension of (13.66 x 98 x 0.96 inches) and the Z51 (15.12 x 10.43 x 0.97 inches). A powerful entertainment center and workstation, this is an all-purpose laptop.
The Lenovo Z41 has a 14” screen, a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and brightness capacity of 200 nits. while the Z51 has a 15” screen, a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and a brightness capacity of 200 nits. Both models support an integrated Intel graphic or an AMD R7- 360 for Z1 and 375 for Z51 respectively.
The screen has an anti-glare surface which improves its usability. This is quite great since HD resolution movies can really be appreciated in any type of scenario. The only thing that has not been included is the touchscreen capability.
The keyboard does not have any back light but almost the size of a desktop computer keyboard. It has sort of a plastiky feel, but is very responsive. The touch pad, just below the keyboard has a surface that feels very smooth. It seems to be very sensitive and responds quickly. Its buttons make an audible click when pressed.
Speakers can be found on both side of the palm rest. They are quite good with very good quality volume and no distortions. They can actually resonate within a small room. It’s fantastic for listening music without having to include any accessories. A webcam 720p is mounted above the screen is of average quality.
Connectivity on the Z51 include a VGA and HDMI output, an Ethernet jack and a USB 3.0 port on the left hand side. On the right side there is and audio jack, a USB 2.0 port, an SD card slot, a DVD/RW drive and a lock slot.
Not much difference exists between Lenovo Z41 and Z51 with regards to ports, and it seems as if the same average quality of the Z51 webcam can also be found on the Z41.
For both laptops, connectivity to the internet is assured by Wi-Fi 802.11 a/c and Bluetooth 4.0
Both the Lenovo Z41 and Z51 run with the new generation Intel Core TM i7 processor and have up to 1TB of storage capacity and 16GB DDR3L of memory. Since the Z41 is the base configuration of the two. The Z51 includes a few more additional features. Lenovo will be placing in the market different types of the two versions with some having more storage capacity than others.
The Lenovo Z41 despite the fact that it’s for all purposes has only 4 GB of RAM which is the minimum necessary to be able to handle a heavy workload. It is almost expandable so in case your activities slow down the performance of the laptop, you can always add more. The dual-core processor is adapted for multi-tasking and performs quite well. 3 MB of cache is average compared with other computers of this category. Similar with the Z51 it is powered with the 7th generation Intel-core.
Unfortunately with only 4 hours of battery capacity provided by a 41Whr battery, it is not much for a laptop that is made for portability. It may therefore be necessary to have the power cord if taking the laptop on the go. The same is also true for the Z51 since it has the same type of battery which last only 4 hrs.
Z41 vs Z51
While both have been manufactured to be fantastic entertainment center and workstation apart from their similarities the differences between the two include:
- The size – noticeably the Z41 is smaller, lighter and portable while Z51 although it can be carried cannot be considered as easily portable when it comes to evaluating laptops.
- Display – obviously in terms of screen size, Z51 is a bit larger yet they have similar resolution, almost Z41 despite its smaller has better image quality than Z51, that is because it has 11% more pixel per inch with a PPI of 157 compared to 141 PPI for Z51.
- RAM – At present Z41 has only 4GB of RAM, but apparently Lenovo will be making another version of Z41 with 12GB of RAM. Z51 has 16 GB of RAM. This is not in itself an inconvenience for Z41 since the RAM can is expandable and one can always increase the RAM if necessary.
- Connectivity – Regarding connectivity the only thing missing is the HDMI on the Z41 version.
- Special feature – While Z41 has a backlit keyboard, this feature seems not to have been incorporated on the Z51. The Z51 also includes an optional Intel RealSense TM 3D camera
The comparison suggests that preferably Lenovo Z41 seems to be the better version of the two despite the fact that it is smaller. Having more pixels per inch and better quality images offers a better experience for anyone watching HD video games. Z51 has a larger screen and more RAM memory yet 4GB of RAM is the minimum necessary to be able to enjoy activities relating to this category of laptop. And it is expandable.