Lenovo IdeaPad Z370 review: Lenovo IdeaPad Z370

We've reviewed laptops with the 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M processor included in this IdeaPad Z370 so many times, we're losing count. This particular Core i5 has become the go-to mainstream processor on midrange 2011 laptops; it provides an excellent combination of speed and multitasking power. Benchmarks of this Z370 show that there isn't much difference in performance between this and laptops such as the Dell Inspiron 14z. Intel integrated graphics provide a fair amount of basic gaming capability, but for more-hard-core mainstream games currently being published, you'd need more-powerful discrete graphics from Nvidia or AMD, which aren't offered as options here. Still, you could easily use this laptop for many other games and be perfectly satisfied, as long you weren't someone who considers himself a "gamer."

Juice box
Lenovo IdeaPad Z370 Avg watts/hour
Off (60%) 0.3
Sleep (10%) 0.59
Idle (25%) 8.64
Load (05%) 41.77
Raw kWh number 39.31
Annual power consumption cost $4.46

Annual power consumption cost
Lenovo IdeaPad Z370
$4.46 

Here's the rub, though: the six-cell removable battery netted just 3 hours and 27 minutes of battery life using our CNET tests. That's a mere fraction of what laptops like the Dell Inspiron 14z, Toshiba Portege R835, and MacBook Pro achieve with similar processors. Yes, this is a budget laptop with a very different price, but the point is you'll definitely be compromising on your time away from an outlet with that type of performance.

Lenovo includes a standard one-year mail-in warranty on parts and battery; for an extra $29.25, you can upgrade to an in-home warranty service, which seems like a good investment. Upgrading to three years of coverage costs an extra $74.25 on Lenovo's Web site, or $171.25 if you want accidental damage protection, too. These particular prices are listed as limited-time discounts, so the rates may change. Lenovo's online support resources are typically well-organized and easy to navigate, and the company's support phone lines are open 24-7.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Z37o won't set your world on fire; it's a well-designed, solidly performing Core i5 laptop with good features and an underperforming battery. However, at its current price of $599, it's one of the best midrange laptop values we've seen, with a keyboard that's worth it for serious typists.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Lenovo IdeaPad Z370
602 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Lenovo IdeaPad Z370
121 

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Lenovo IdeaPad Z370
207 

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System configurations:

Lenovo IdeaPad Z370
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Seagate 7200rpm Intel HD 3000; 500GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Lenovo Essential G570
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Western Digital 5,400rpm

Dell Inspiron N411Z
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated) Intel HD 3000; 750GB Western Digital 7,200rpm

Gateway ID47H02u
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,333MHz; 64MB (Dedicated) Intel GMA HD; 500GB Western Digital 5,400rpm

Lenovo Essential B470
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1; 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-2410M; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce 410M; 500GB Seagate 5400rpm

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    • Regional specs shown for US. UK specs are unavailable.

    • Resolution 1366 x 768 ( HD )
    • Installed Size 4 GB
    • Color black
    • Weight 4.4 lbs
    • Optical Drive DVD-Writer - fixed
    • Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000
    • CPU Intel Core i5 (2nd Gen) 2410M / 2.3 GHz
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