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Lenovo IdeaPad Z475 Performance Review, Save More Power

This product attempts to appeal to its loyal users by relying on AMD Fusion platform upscale. It must be recognized line of notebooks based on Intel dominate the market. However, that does not mean AMD-based notebooks. One example shown at the Lenovo IdeaPad Z475. This product is an example of notebooks powered Fusion processor with high-specification class mobile.

AMD recently indeed has updated their Fusion line of mobile processors for the series A4, A6, and A8 which also carries the Radeon HD 6000G graphics chip. In IdeaPad Z475 that we tried (model 59317452) embedded Fusion A8-3500m (Llano code) running on a standard clock of 1.5 GHz. However, this clock can be “up” automatically with Turbo Core up to 2.4 GHz.

CPUs in the Sabine platform is relatively potential for having 4 cores with 4 MB L2 cache total. However, the presence of quad-core does not necessarily make it wasteful power chip designed for AMD A8-3500m with a TDP of only 35 watts energy are fairly efficient.

Accordance with its capacity as a laptop personal multimedia experience, the IdeaPad Z475 is designed with attractive glossy transparent cover casting motif with 3D effects. Unfortunately, this glossy cover seen easily dirty on the surface. Fortunately, the inner layer is made in a matte color that does not cause scars on the surface so it looks always clean.

To support multimedia factor, the notebook is equipped with SRS Premium Sound audio system so that sound more realistic present. The product also relies Radeon 6520HD graphics chip with 400 MHz clock to get the powerful 3D graphics though.

In terms of connectivity, the IdeaPad Z475 unfortunately does not provide USB 3.0 connection that is now getting popular. Instead there is one available eSATA port. To provide better protection, Lenovo VeriFace feature also present. But we assume that the function is somewhat rarely used.

Despite carrying 4 cores CPU package, IdeaPad Z475 performance does not look ferocious although enchanting in terms of design and usability. This multimedia notebook are perfect for consumers who need affordable entertainment laptop.

Test Results

Based on the comparison of performance with the Intel Core i3-2310M on Fujitsu BH531, it appears that the ability of AMD A6-3500m can not compared to it for daily activities. Intel is still more powerful here. However, AMD should be proud because its onboard graphics chip to perform better with more efficient power consumption.

Tests Fujitsu Lifebook BH53 (Intel Core i3-2310M 2.1 GHz, 4GB DDR3-1333 memory, VGA Intel HD + nVidia GT410M 1 GB, 48 Wh battery, 13.3-inch) Lenovo IdeaPad Z475 (AMD A8-3500m 1.50 GHz, RAM 4 GB DDR3-1333, Radeon HD 6620G, 4400 mAh battery, 14 inches)
Sysmark 2012 V1.0.0.54 82 59
PCMark7 Pro Edition v1.0.4 1669 1488
3DMark Vantage P503 P638
Cinebench R11.5 2.04 1.91
video encoding 31 minutes 17 seconds 39 minutes 4 seconds
audio encoding 2 minutes 9 seconds 3 minutes 12 seconds
Battery Life
Playing HD Video 2 hours 16 minutes 2 hours 30 minutes
Battery Eater (Text) 4 hours 17 minutes 5 hours 39 minutes

Specification

processor AMD A8-3500m (Quad-Core 1.5 GHz, 1 MB L2 Cache)
RAM 4 GB DDR3 1333 MHz
chipset AMD A60M
Graphics Card Radeon HD 6620G
Hard Drive 750 GB SATA
Optical drive DVD-RW
facilities WiFi b/g/n, LAN, card reader (5-in-1), USB 2.0 (3 pieces), + eSATA Combo, webcam, VGA-out.
screen 14 inch LED, 1366×768 pixels
sound card Realtek ALC269
Operating System Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
battery 4400 mAh
dimension 37.2 x 24.5 x 3.8 cm
weight 2.26 kg
guarantee 1 year
Website www.lenovo.com
Price (range)* U.S. $ 549 + free 2 GB flash drive (Z475 – 59311309)
U.S. $ 499 + free flash 4 GB (Z475 – 59311310)

Less Ideal
The position LAN port (RJ-45) on the left side is very close to the hand area. As a result, hand gestures can often nudge the network cable.

OneKey Rescue
Tiny button next to this power works to restore the system to its original state (when used first). This is useful if there are problems in the system. This facility is very useful for those who are unfamiliar.

Shortcut Keys
Five touch buttons at the upper right is controller easy access to multimedia (audio and visual), and sleep function. The process is characterized by the luminescence light in every key.

Conclusion

Plus: Attractive design; comfortable keyboard; existing multimedia shortcut and recovery; Long battery life; affordable price.

Minus: The weight a bit heavy; placement of ports is not good, the price is rather expensive.

Score Assessment
 - Performance: 3
 - Facilities: 4
 - Usage: 4.25
 - Price: 4.5
 - Total Score: 3.85

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