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Great for a Techno-bumpkin!!!,
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This review is from: Lenovo Ideapad Z500 15.6-inch Laptop (Dark Chocolate) - (Intel Core i5 3210M 2.5GHz Processor, 6GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVDRW, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Nvidia Graphics, Windows 8) (Personal Computers)
As someone who is no expert with IT, I spent some time considering a new laptop, and eventually settled on this one.
The good points are that it boots up in well under a minute, is fast and has plenty of storage. It appears to be turbo-charged compared to my old trusty Dell which has really had its day. Battery life is very good running for well over 5 hours of continual use happily. I found the touch pad responsive and the keyboard easy to use/comfortable.
Downside is the screen is not too good to view in bright light where reflections are a minor problem. Whether you want all the software that comes with it is a matter of personal taste/choice as far as I am concerned, but well over 100gig is taken up with it all.
Windows 8 is the operating system that comes with it, and I must say it takes a little getting used to. I have found that I ignore the annoying "tile apps" which come up initially, but go to the Lenovo tile which then offer you a familiar looking Windows screen.
TIP FOR HOME USERS: The laptop does not come with Windows Office which unless you want to use it for media storage and web browsing only make it rather useless. There is a trial offer but if you wish to purchase it will cost you £105 for MSO 2013, plus what is worse, they really want you to lease it at a ridiculous cost. After some research, I decided to download Libre Office suite which is free!!! The approx 170meg download (can't remember exact size) took about 2mins with this laptop and works like a dream. The programs looks and feels very much like MSO, and all MSO documents, spread sheets etc appear to open without difficulty - they can also be saved in a MSO format for sending to other destinations if required. I do suggest you have a look at this option if you want to save yourself £100!!!
All in all I am very pleased with the machine, and just hope that it proves to be as reliable a workhorse as my old Dell.
EDIT: This is probably just bad luck but about 3 months after purchase, this laptop failed completely and would not load any software. On return to Amazon, I received a full refund as they had no stock for a replacement. Sad, but good customer service as collection was arranged by a telephone call as of course I had no PC for the internet!