Launched earlier this year, the new 14-inch Lenovo IdeaPad Z460 is the latest addition in Lenovo’s IdeaPad series of laptops for home. Unlike Lenovo IdeaPad’s Y-series of home entertainment laptops, the new Lenovo IdeaPad Z460 laptop is aimed at customers interested in a stylish, trendy looking laptop under Rs. 40,000.
Design The Lenovo IdeaPad Z460 laptop stays true to Lenovo’s standards of laptops with very good build quality. The 14-inch IdeaPad Z460’s has a glossy black screen lid with piano finish -- which attracts its fair share of fingerprints and smudges. But lift the screen lid to reveal a brushed metal surface around the keyboard deck and palmrest which feels premium on touch.
What sets the Lenovo IdeaPad Z460 apart from other laptops is the quality of pre-installed software it comes with.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Z460 laptop is different from previous IdeaPad laptops we’ve reviewed -- Lenovo IdeaPad Y450 and IdeaPad Y550. The overall design, look and feel of the new IdeaPad Z460 laptop is a whole lot better -- even if you compare it to the Compaq Presario CQ62, Dell Inspiron 15R, or Acer Aspire 5740 which sell at a similar price-point. The Lenovo IdeaPad Z460 weighs a good 2.3-kg with a six-cell battery -- average for a 14-inch laptop.
Usability The Lenovo IdeaPad Z460 comes with a nice bright screen which is evenly lit and provides decent viewing angles. The IdeaPad Z460’s 14-inch screen is glossy in nature and LED-backlit, supporting a maximum screen resolution of 1366x768 pixels. The laptop’s screen is good for both watching movies or reading text. There's a 1.3-megapixel (MP) webcam placed on the IdeaPad Z460's screen bezel for videochats.
Of course, the thing I liked most about the Lenovo IdeaPad Z460 laptop is its new keyboard and touchpad. Props to Lenovo for adopting the key-design first scene on the IdeaPad S10-3 netbook and implementing it on the IdeaPad Z460 laptop. The keyboard has chiclet-styled keys that are curved at the bottom and very, very good for typing. The IdeaPad Z460’s key feedback is just perfect and there’s no flex to talk about whatsoever.
It’s a similar story with the Lenovo IdeaPad Z460’s touchpad -- which is again different from previous IdeaPad laptops. The touchpad has a nice steel border and dips slightly below the palmrest’s level. The touchpad has a great tactile feedback thanks to its textured surface and the overall touchpad response is very good. The touchpad and keyboard combo on the Lenovo IdeaPad Z460 is actually better than the one I experienced on the Compaq Presario CQ42-115TU laptop.
I also like the attention to detail Lenovo has given while crafting the IdeaPad Z460. For instance, the microphone isn't grooved next to the webcam on the screen bezel -- instead it's placed below the left Control key, so the mic is actually closer to your face while you speak. The IdeaPad Z460 also has touch-sensitive buttons above the keyboard to mute speakers, cycle through video mode, adjust battery, and whether to toggle laptop sleep mode on or off.