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Just bought two of these
on 1 June 2013
(PLEASE READ TO THE END TO SEE MY UPDATED COMMENTS) Well I don't often write product reviews but felt duty bound as I used the reviews to make my choice. Some background: I have used IBM/Lenovo Thinkpads for many years for business and Home use starting with T40, T42, T42P Thinkpads and more recently running a T60 and T61P which were also great machines. For a variety of reasons mostly software issues and requirements as I build and run websites for charities and needed some serious processing power for a couple of the applications I decided I needed a core I7 Lenovo with stacks of memory. I wanted to stay with Lenovo as I like their online driver download page and I generally find getting parts online from various sources is good. (Unfortunately love Lenovo products but don't try and talk to a real person in Lenovo UK as it is impossible however, well connected you think you are!!!)
I would have purchased earlier but I really wanted a machine with WIndows 7 not Windows 8 as through various industry sources they all were highly critical of Windows 8 and lack of interest in feedback from Microsoft and I needed Windows 8 like a hole in the head. However, after reading all the comments and hearing that by using 'Start8' a £3.41 utility one can turn the Windows 8 interface into a Windows look alike - highly recommended and a must for me.
As I mentioned I bought two of these Core i7 for me and Core i5 for my wife as she did not need such a demanding machine.
I7 processor fast
Keyboard very good
Mousepad - sorry Lenovo but old style were better although getting used to it but can lead to mistakes.
Battery life good
Weight pretty good for this size
Overall feel very good
Well obviously Windows 8 but all laptops are shipped with this so took this out of my decision.
Not as robust as T Series Thinkpads but then the price is considerably less.
Would like to see the Capital Lock indicator on the front of the machine rather than on the front.
My Core I7 Z580 had major issues downloading Windows Updates (my wife's Z580 did not) I remembered reading that one must disable/stop the Nalperion Licensing Services process and that sorted the problem. Actually just upgrade the Nalperion Licencing Service when you first get this laptop to avoid the problem.
Amazon as ever were quick with both deliveries and also thanks to all the other reviewers who helped me with this decision. Also have gone with Microsoft Office 365 and the yearly licencing option for 5 devices which for me was a good option. BTW I understand that Microsoft are finally listening to complaints about Windows 8 from large Corporate customers who are not interested in touch screens for laptops/desktops and also wanted the Start button back. Codenamed 'Blue' and due as an update later in the year.
UPDATE 11TH NOVEMBER 2013. Well I really wanted to love this laptop particularly as I bought two but the longer I have had it the worse it has got. I have delayed sending it back as I had all my applications and programs on it but the wifi reception is the worse I have know and the performance is terrible for an I7 Intel chip. I think Lenovo has not balanced the processor performance with the architecture of the rest of the machine. It freezes about twice a week and does a chkdsk (Microsoft check disk) on start up every 3 or 4 times of start up. This laptop might be ok for the casual user bit for anyone who needs to work their machine steer clear.