Most of the time when we come across touchscreen laptops lately, they are just mediocre-at-best laptops that have had a touch panel slapped over the display. When we came across Lenovo’s IdeaPad Z400 Touch, we were actually pleasantly surprised by the combination of specs that appear to make this touch-enabled machine a suitable all-around PC.
The combination of standard voltage processors, high resolution screen, built-in optical drive, responsive touchscreen, and strong standard specs mean this machine is a serious do-it-all contender. While most touchscreen PCs we see are ultrabooks, which give up the faster standard voltage CPUs for slower low voltage versions, the Z400 Touch keeps the full-power third-gen Core i5 and i7 chips.
The display not only offers a very responsive 10-point multi-touch capability, but also serves up HD+ 1600×900 resolution, a step above most 14-inch laptops. Both models that are on sale this week include 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive as well, something else you won’t find in touchscreen ultrabooks at this price point.
Connectivity is decent with a selection of 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, Ethernet, one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, media card reader, and both VGA and HDMI video outputs. A 720p webcam is built-in and we are pleasantly surprised to see a backlit keyboard come standard as well.
Ultimately the biggest thing you give up with the Z400 Touch is its heft, which is a bit above average at 5.3 lbs and 1.1 inches. We also would like to see an mSATA SSD for faster boot and load times, but that is a stretch given the strong performance and features for the dollar we’re already looking at here.
The Core i5 model is marked down to just $679, coming standard with 8GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. If you want a little more oomph, bumping up to a quad-core Core i7 CPU will run you just $849, both with free shipping.