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This review is from: Lenovo Ideapad Z580 15.6 inch laptop - Gunmetal (Intel Core i7 3520M 2.9GHz, 8Gb RAM, 1Tb HDD, Blu-ray, Nvidia Graphics, Windows 8) (Personal Computers)
I bought this Lenovo laptop as a replacement for an older Dell Inspiron.
- It's powerful & pretty fast. Of course, the hard disk slows it down quite a lot, but at least I'm not afraid to open many Chrome tabs, Eclipse and other stuff at the same time.
There are a few things I find very annoying after using it for over a month:
- The keyboard: I'm very surprised that quite a few people here claim it's good quality (this is, in fact, one of the reasons I bought this laptop). It's not, really. The right SHIFT key is half the normal size. ENTER is skinnier than normal, so it's very easy to miss it. ESC is very small as well. Lenovo have cut the size of some keys so the full numeric pad fits in. This was a poor design choice, in my opinion. A laptop keyboard needs to have normal sized keys and also to be smaller than a desktop one, so why would you squeeze the full numeric pad on it, when the upper numeric keys do their job just as well?
- The monitor: very glossy, it reflects everything, I have difficulty using it outside even if it's not sunny.
- The OS. I simply didn't bother with Windows 8, I wiped it immediately. I think it's just a major fail to force it on PC users. Of course, the quiet fan feature is not available on Linux, because Lenovo didn't bother providing a driver for anything other than Windows.
The very bad:
- The touch pad: it's just terrible, it seems to have a life of its own. I am almost unable to use it, especially when lying down in bed, as the cursor keeps slipping everywhere.
- Some people complained there is no way to know whether caps lock is on. There is, in fact, a very small white led on the bottom, in front of the laptop, that goes on when caps lock is on.
All in all, not really worth the money. I wouldn't buy it again: if I could choose another one I'd go for a lower spec'd one with a higher quality IO.