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Lenovo Goes 3D With the Z51 Laptop






Microsoft is billing its Surface 3 as the alternative to the laptop, but what’s the alternative to the Surface?

The Chinese electronics giant Lenovo is betting on its Z51 laptop, which includes a 3D camera that you can use to play games, scan, or for gesture control.

The Lenovo Z51 was one of three laptops – along with the Z41 and IdeaPad 100 – Lenovo unveiled last month in advance of its Techworld event in Beijing.

Of the three, the Z51 seems to be getting the biggest spotlight, likely because of its use of the Intel RealSense 3D camera.

The camera will allow users to “sense and capture depth like the human eye,” Lenovo says in a news release. The statement goes on to say:

“Users can 3D scan objects to 3D print, play 3D games or use gestures to control the laptop. Customers can also create a more lifelike video chat experience by changing the background and sharing content.”

The Lenovo Z51 also features 1080p displays, optional discreet AMD graphics, 16GB max memory and an up to the latest Intel Core i7 processor with up to 1 TB of storage, and 8GB of RAM.

Both it and the Z41 come with advanced 802.11 a/c WiFi technology for up to three times faster web surfing, streaming and downloading. The company calls them a mix of workstation and home entertainment system, and “ideal for users who value simple and functional design.”

“Featuring a stunning FHD display, optional AMD discrete graphics and immersive Dolby DS 1.0 Home Theater Surround Sound for crisp sound and sharp visuals, they are ideal for streaming videos, downloading music and gaming,” Lenovo says.

Mashable says the Lenovo Z51 and Z41 “look ready to compete with Microsoft’s Surface 3 hybrid laptop,” which was launched earlier this year.

The Z51 goes on sale this month for $599 on retail shelves and at Lenovo.com.

Image: Lenovo

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Tom Coombe


Tom Coombe Tom Coombe is a staff writer for Small Business Trends and has been a professional writer for over 15 years, spending most of that time covering news in the Lehigh Valley. He's worked as a reporter for the Allentown Morning Call and an editor for AOL's Patch.com news service. Tom has also freelanced for WFMZ, the Produce Marketing Association and a number of other publications.

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  1. Aira Bongco

    3D camera for games? So that means we can have real virtual reality games in the future?

  2. Hi Lenovo,

    You are best known for your x – series laptops. X250 your one of the bast laptop in current model.

    When are you going to include HDMI port on the laptop

  3. I am not able to get the gesture control over my Z51. Should I boot my laptop to do this? Please reply.

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