Selecting and buying a cheap laptop is not an easy task. Often, you have to work out on getting the right compromise, sacrificing one component for another. Lenovo Z50 – 80EC00KXUS is a budget 15.6” laptop which comes with attractive features. For instance, you get AMD A10-7300 quad core accelerated processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive with this laptop. You don’t have to sacrifice much for this price though. Few shortcomings of this laptop are that it is not a touchscreen laptop and doesn’t have backlit keyboard. Again, AMD has released Carrizo processor which means older Kaveri-based laptops may suddenly be a lot cheaper and Lenovo Z50 – 80EC00KXUS is good example of it. AMD A10-7300 Accelerated processor is based on Kaveri architecture. This laptop is capable of running MS office, surfing the internet with multiple tabs, streaming Youtube and Netflix, emailing/Skype, creating presentations, entry level photo and video editing. Lenovo Z50 – 80EC00KXUS supports casual gaming as well. However, if you are looking for a budget touchscreen laptop with similar performance, you can consider Dell Inspiron i5555-2866SLV Signature Edition Laptop which is currently on sale. It is powered by AMD A10-8700p accelerated processor which is based on Carrizo platform. It also offers 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. Furthermore, it comes with backlit keyboard which is missing in Lenovo Z50 – 80EC00KXUS. Here is a brief review about specifications and performance of Lenovo Z50 – 80EC00KXUS.
As told earlier, AMD A10-7300 is a quad core accelerated processor. Each core operates with 1.9GHz frequency and, if system needs, frequency of the cores can rise up to 3.2GHz. Comparatively, AMD A10-8700p operates with 1.8GHz of base frequency and can boost up to 3.2GHz. As A10-8700p is built with latest architecture and has more number of transistors than AMD A10-7300, you can expect better performance from AMD A10-8700p based laptops compared to AMD A10-7300 based laptops. Current (at the time of publishing) Passmark score of AMD A10-8700p is 3570 while AMD A10-7300 scores 3036, which means AMD A10-8700p offers better performance then A10-7300.
Lenovo Z50 – 80EC00KXUS comes with integrated AMD R6 graphics which supports DirectX 12. It is good for casual gaming but high end games will not be playable. You can, however, play Sims 3 smoothly on this machine.
15.6” display of Lenovo Z50 – 80EC00KXUS comes with 1366 X 768 pixels resolution which is common in budget laptops. If you are looking for a laptop for watching videos and movies then a Full HD IPS Panel is more preferable. For this purpose, you can consider Lenovo IdeaPad 500 15.6-inch Full HD Laptop which comes with Full HD display (1920 X 1080). It is powered by AMD A10-8700p processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. Like Lenovo Z50 – 80EC00KXUS, Lenovo IdeaPad 500 is also a non-touch laptop.
Lenovo Z50 – 80EC00KXUS comes with 8GB RAM and the memory is expandable up to 16GB. It has 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. If you have little knowledge about laptop repairing then you can easily replace hard disc drive with Solid State Drive to boost performance.
The laptop runs on windows 10 and you get Trial of Microsoft Office 2013. Ports and connectivity features include 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, VGA, HDMI, 4-in-1 card reader, RJ-45 and audio combo jack. It has webcam as well as inbuilt dvd drive. Lenovo Z50 – 80EC00KXUS supports both Wireless and Wired network connectivity. The 41whr battery pack offers up to 4 hours of battery life.