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A lot of bang for your buck!
on 17 August 2013
I received this laptop last week. After looking around at various laptops on various sites i decided upon the lenovo Z500, merely for it's amazing specification to money ratio. Featuring a speedy 2.6ghz intel i5 processor with a turbo boost, huge 1Tb hard drive and a dedicated Nvidia GEFORCE 1gb graphics card it seemed as if this piece of kit had anything your average user, student or light gamer would need and i wasn't disappointed on the whole.
- Excellent specification, Featuring a quick 2.6ghz intel i5 processor with a turbo boost, huge 1Tb hard drive and a dedicated Nvidia GEFORCE 1gb graphics card it certainly has a lot of bang for it's buck!
- back-lit keypad, turned on using the Function (fn) and spacebar keys, it certainly does help when using at night/in dark lit areas.
- Sturdy and robust design built out of a mixture of metal, presumably aluminum and plastic, is comfortable to use and feels well built and put together.
- There seems to be a design floor with the speakers being on the bottom of the laptop, i'm not sure if this is common with laptops these days but I've never come across it before. This creates a slightly muffled sound when used on certain surfaces, such as if i put it on my lap.
- The mouse pad is very very sensitive, this causes unwanted actions, namely zooming in/out, fairly reguarly. Not often enough for it to be a major hassle, more a mere minor inconvenience.
- There is no keys for audio and playback on the keyboard like with allot of laptops these days. What i mean by this is there is no key for play/pause, and next/previous on the keyboard. There are however volume keys, which would be expected on any laptop. Not a major inconvenience but like with the mouse pad, its just an inconvenience having to switch to whatever your watching or listening to in order to change the track or pause it.
views on other users cons...
Windows 8 - yes it is hard to use at first, but as with any new OS i takes time to get used to it and a couple of hours of playing around and you'll be fine. Also the windows 8.1 update incorporates a start button to the desktop.
Flex keyboard - To be honest when using it you can't even tell. If it wasn't previously mentioned i wouldn't have even noticed it!
- fingerprint prone - If you don't want fingerprints don't buy a touch pad, simple as that. Any touch screen device has the same problem, my advice is deal with it. With regards to the ones on the back of the screen, yes they are anoying but you get them on most laptops these days and they do just wipe off.
- Software problems - Simply uninstall nitro before you update for the first time and jobs a good'n. All drivers gnerally configure and download themselves.
- Internet opens as an app - Easy enough to solve, just go on the internet settings bar (on Chrome this is the three horizontal lines button at the side of the address bar)and click relaunch in desktop mode or whatever the option is along those lines. This automatically saves as as your default setting so no need to do this every time, similarly to change back to opening as an app just select relaunch in windows 8 mode.
- Microsoft office is a trial - yes, yes it is, what did you expect. I don't know of any laptop or Desktop for that matter that comes with a full unlocked copy of Office on it, it's always a trial. If you want it free you can torrent it, not that i'm condoling that, but if you really want a complete copy for free there are ways. Additionally Microsoft works is free! and that does pretty much the same job.
Overall i would thoroughly recommend this laptop, there are a few problems, none serious and for your money you won't get a better piece of kit. Don't listen to all these whingers complaining about nothing and making problems, you've got to remember the vast majority of people will only leave a review when they have a problem.