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This portable PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most frequently supported processor operating mode on portable PCs that have been available for a comparable time to it.
Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
With an on-board graphics adapter base frequency of 650 megahertz, the Lenovo Z500 has one of the faster on-board graphics adapter base frequencies amongst many processor core laptops of this age. Across all the notebook PCs of a similar type and age to the Z500 the on-board graphics adapter base frequencies range from 300MHz to 650MHz.
Lenovo Portable PCs Have Good Reviews
Lenovo is one of the superior notebook PC brands according to average reviews from experts and users, and Lenovo also has good ratings for its many processor core laptops.
Intel Core I7 Processor Family
This notebook PC has an Intel Core i7-3xxx processor family, which is the most commonly found processor family on portable PCs that have been on the market for more than two years.
Has a Full-Size Keyboard
The Lenovo Z500 has a full-size keyboard. Most of the other many processor core laptops that have been available for around the same time as the Z500 also have a full-size keyboard.
We think you might also be interested in some of the other portable PCs with a full-size keyboard currently available including because of it's better review score, the Asus U500VZ (£649.99).
Has a Front Camera
The Lenovo Z500 has a front camera, as do most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the Z500.
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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed
The Lenovo Z500 supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than most laptops of this type and age. Most laptops of this age and type support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed.
This notebook PC's memory clock speeds supported by processor (1,600MHz) is in fact the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst all notebook PCs that were launched more than two years ago.
A 133MHz processor memory clock speed is the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across similar types of notebook PC.
With a weight of only 2.2 kilograms, the Lenovo Z500 is fairly light compared to most of the other laptops that are a similar age to the Z500. The lightest laptop of this age and spec is 430g heavy and the heaviest is 4.8kg.
If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Samsung NP350V5C (2.5kg).
L3 Processor Cache
This notebook PC has a L3 processor cache, which is the most frequently found processor cache on comparable spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than two years.
64-Bit Operating System Architecture
This portable PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is typical of many notebook PCs of this age and spec.
AC Cable Included
This portable PC has an AC cable included, which is the most commonly found cable included on portable PCs of a similar type and age to it.
Has a Touch Sensitive Screen
The Lenovo Z500 has a touch sensitive screen, unlike most of the other laptops of a comparable type and age to the Z500 which do not have a touch sensitive screen.
802.11g WiFi Standard
The Lenovo Z500 has an 802.11g WiFi standard which is better than the 802.11b WiFi standard found on most laptops that were launched more than two years ago. The best Wi-Fi standard of all notebook PCs of this type and age is 802.11n and the worst is 802.11a.
Gold EPEAT Compliance
This laptop has a Gold EPEAT compliance, which is the most commonly found EPEAT compliance on comparable spec portable PCs that have been available for a similar time to it.
The narrowest notebook PC that has been available for around the same time as the Z500 is 240mm wide and the widest is 430mm. The Lenovo Z500 is one of the narrower laptops of this type and age (only 375 millimeters) amongst many processor core laptops of this age.
GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type
This laptop has a GDDR3 discrete graphics memory type, which is the most commonly found discrete graphics memory type on portable PCs of this age and spec.
500:1 Typical Contrast Ratio
This notebook PC has a 500:1 typical contrast ratio, which is typical of many laptops of a comparable age and type to it.
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Only One USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
The Lenovo Z500 is a one USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port portable PC. Most of the other notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to the Z500 have between one and four USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports.
Quite Short Battery Life
The shortest battery life of similar spec laptops that have been available for more than two years is 2.5h and the longest is 22h. With a battery life of only 3 hours, the Lenovo Z500 has a very short battery life compared to most of the other laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the Z500.
Only HDD Storage Medium
This laptop has an HDD storage medium, which is typical of many many processor core laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as it. HDD is a traditional storage drive which stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are slower than other forms of storage such as solid state drives (SSD) and flash drives.
We think you might also be interested in some of the other portable PCs that have an HDD storage media currently available including because of it's better review score, the Asus N56VJ.
Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution
This portable PC has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is typical of many laptops that are a comparable age to it.
If you want a portable PC with a higher display resolution then you might want to look at the N56VJ (1920 x 1080 and higher rated), or the U500VZ (£649.99) (1920 x 1080 and higher rated) both from Asus.
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Only One USB 3.0 Port
Most many processor core laptops that have been around for more than two years have between one and four USB 3.0 ports, including the Lenovo Z500 which has one USB 3.0 port.
Only Four Battery Cells
The Lenovo Z500 is a four battery cell count laptop. Most of the other portable PCs of a similar age and spec to the Z500 have between two and eight battery cells.
With a width of 14.7 inches, the Lenovo Z500's width is one of the widest amongst laptops that came out more than two years ago. The narrowest many processor core laptop that has been around for more than two years is 14" wide, the widest is 15", and the average width is 15".
Notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the Z500 have depths of between 9.5" and 11", and the average depth is 9.8". When compared to other notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago, the depth of the Lenovo Z500 of 10.35 inches is one of the deepest.
5 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo Z500
Released Over Three Years Ago
This many processor core laptop has been on the market for over three years.
Average Processor Clock Speed
At 2.2 gigahertz, the Lenovo Z500 has a fairly average processor clock speed compared to most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the Z500.
There are a number of other 2.2GHz processor clock speed notebook PCs currently available which you might want to look at including the Asus N56 which has a better Rating.
Average Total Storage Capacity
At 1,000 gigabyte, the Lenovo Z500 has a fairly average total storage capacity compared to most of the other notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the Z500.
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Average Internal Memory
At 8 gigabytes, the Lenovo Z500 has a relatively standard internal memory compared to most of the other many processor core laptops that have been available for more than two years.
Average Screen Size
The Lenovo Z500 has a relatively standard screen size (15.6 inches) compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that are a comparable age to the Z500.
We compared this laptop to all the other 15.6" portable PCs and we think the Asus N56 which has a better Rating is also worth considering.
If this portable PC screen size is too small for you then you might want to consider the HP Pavilion 17 (17.3") which is also higher rated.
Intel Core i7, Intel Core i7-3xxx
Processor Clock Speed
Intel HM76, Intel HM76 Express
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Memory Channel
Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth
Processor Memory Clock Speed
133, 1333, 333, 1600
Processor Memory Type
Conflict Free Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Integrated 4G WiMAX
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
PCI Express Configuration
1x1, 1x16, 2x8, 1x8, 1x8+2x4, 2x4
CPU Multiplier (bus/core Ratio)
Processor Cache Type
Smart Cache, L3
Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)
Maximum Internal Memory
2 x 4
Memory Clock Speed
Total Storage Capacity
Integrated Card Reader
Hard Drive Size
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Installed
1366 x 768
Touch Sensitive Screen
Typical Contrast Ratio
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Intel HD Graphics, Intel HD Graphics 400, Intel HD Graphics 4000
DO NOT BUY LENOVO PLEASE.
IF YOU LIKE YOUR MONEY AND YOURSELF DO NOT BUY IT.
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