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IdeaPad Z500 - low specs?

Hi,

 

I am in the market for a new laptop and have narrowed my choices to the Sony Vaio S here http://bit.ly/TAPlYC with Windows 8 Pro and 1 year of support as perhaps the only upgrades and the IdeaPad z500s here http://lnv.gy/WtWizp . I am upset that Lenovo does not offer the 7200 rpm option for the hard drive nor a higher screen resoltion. I personally think the 1920 x 1080 on the Viao S is a bit too high, but the 1366x768 of the z500 is way way way too low in my opinion. I want to love lenovo because the community seems great, but the lack of upgrade options is troubling. 

 

Also, a more general question: I am a web developer that does php/html/css editing/developing using a text editor (not heavy ones like Dreamweaver), watches netflix and listens to things like Spotify. Are the HD 4000 Graphics good enough for me? I know RAM is helpful here, but I like to buy my own RAM because it's fun hunting for it (thats why I dont need an 8GB lenovo option to buy)

 

Any thoughts/advice?

 

Thanks,

 

James

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Re: IdeaPad Z500 - low specs?

hi James, Welcome to the Lenovo Community. If you're leaning to the Lenovo Z500, the built-in HD 4000 graphics will be good enough for any php/html programming (especially if you use editors) as this embedded graphics card is on par with the AMD Radeon HD 7520G (based on 3D benchmark). The screen size though is something that can't be customized but the HDD, you can. If you want fast boot-up,and response time pf your programs you might wanna consider switching to SSD as it's 2-3 times faster than a regular HDD and you can get an enclosure to convert your HDD as an external drive or make your system a hyrid drive (SSD as primary, HDD as secondary, you will need this: http://tinyurl.com/ckmn7no You can find reviews here: http://tinyurl.com/27v88ob Hope this helps.



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Thanks for the response. Just a few more questions: 1) Does switching drive void warranty? 2) How come no upgrade to windows 8 pro available when shopping on lenovo? 3) What is the benefit of having hdd as secondary?

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hi Jagst3r15, Regarding your question 1. Upgrading the hard drive that came originally with the machine doesn't void the warranty. If you need to send the unit in for service though, they will only replace the original parts that came with the computer. 2. Current promotional upgrade is only for Windows 7 PC's. When you buy a Windows 7 PC, you can upgrade to Windows 8 PRO for $14.99, details here http://tinyurl.com/bqoxd9g 3. The good thing about a hybrid drive is that you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Have a SSD as primary - faster boot time of OS and Programs, and SATA HDD as secondary - for storage of your mp3s, movies, pictures, etc. Hope this helps



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How come in some promotional videos for the z500 on YouTube they said the backlit keyboard was optional and that the laptop will be offered with an optional blue ray player? Will a new model be released with updates like this soon? I don't wanna buy a new laptop and then have the updated one come out 5 days later..
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Also, is the 4 cell battery really 5.5 hours? I dont get how it could be...

Just asking because I am looking to buy a laptop and am considering the z500
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hi Jagst3r15,   The Z500 with an optional BluRay player and a backlit keyboard that you saw are probably sold on EMEA regions as listed here - http://tinyurl.com/cxcyvdu - I recommend you contact Lenovo Sales @ http://shop.lenovo.com/us/landing_pages/contact/ as they can customize the specs of the model that you like. As for the battery, the life span is usually tested when the battery is drained from a 100% charge (the unit is set to idle and is running on max power saving). Hope this helps.



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