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Hardware over ergonomics,
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This review is from: Lenovo G510 15.6-inch Laptop - Black (Intel Core i7-4700QM 2.4GHz, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Intel Integrated Graphics, DVDRW, Windows 8.1 Home Premium) (Personal Computers)
For the price at 599.99 on 01/02/2014 this is a great deal. You will not find the fast high end 2.4 GHz Intel I7 processor with 8gb of RAM for less. I bought this computer to use for at least 5 years and when comparing products my main requirements were for a fast processor and a decent amount of RAM, the 8gb of RAM is in one slot meaning later on its possible to add another 8gb in the second slot for a maximum of 16gb. My advice is to avoid laptops with slow processors and under 8gb of RAM as they will become obsolete fairly quickly.
While the hardware is great the actual ergonomic design of the case is pretty basic. There is no keyboard back light and the plastic has a rather robust feel about it. The keys feel a bit squashed together as like most modern laptops the full num pad has been added on meaning that the arrow keys, delete key and home/end keys are in a slightly different place, it took me a few documents to fully adjust but its no big deal, the fact that it feels robust means it should last.
I use this mainly for regular web surfing, work stuff and photos/video which it handles smoothly. In terms of gaming the integrated intel 4600 graphics card still runs most games made in 2013 without issues, for example aliens colonial marines is seamless and a fairly recent title.
I give it 5 stars because for the price the hardware is a deal, I'd rather have an average looking laptop that's super fast and will last than a flashy brightly coloured case with a slow running machine inside. In case you are wondering about Lenovo its Chinese company that makes all sorts of electronics from phones to TVs. They acquired IBM's PC division which Is where they got their computer knowledge base from. Lenovo Is an up and coming company looking for brand recognition in western markets which is why I think the price point for this computer is so competitive.
As everything is made in China i decided to give Lenovo a chance, anyway with computers the brand on the case is almost irrelevant as what matters more are the core components, which in this model are all proven brands. For 600 quid with an 2.4 GHz I7 and 8gb RAM you can't go wrong.
The only thing that sucks is the built in webcam, on youtube an Indian guy does a review of a version of this model and calls the camera 'pathetic' in a strong Indian accent. Every time I use the camera that's what I think, 'pathetic' for conference calls I just use a high end separate camera. Cameras are so cheap so why they didn't ship with a better one I don't know. Still it's a decent machine and should be in use for years to come.
Oh and one feature useful for me personally is the retention of the VGA cable port. Many new laptops only have HDMI and no VGA, this one has both. I need to hook up my laptop to many different tvs and projectors, a lot of them are older models and only have VGA slots.
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Initial post: 23 May 2014 02:10:32 BDT
What a very useful and (for me) thorough review. You covered pretty much everything I wanted to know.
Just one thing - how would you go about doubling the RAM to 16Gb? i.e. what is the exact product, how much does it cost, and how easy it is to install?
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jul 2014 15:34:30 BDT
I would like to buy this laptop what do u suggest
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