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4.0 out of 5 stars Lenovo notebook review, 7 Sep 2011
This review is from: Lenovo G550 15.6 inch Laptop (Intel Celeron Dual Core T3500 2.1GHz, 2GB RAM, 250GB HDD, DVDRW, Windows 7 Home Premium) (Electronics)
This purchase was to replace a Toshiba Satellite Pro with Vista that was less than three years old. The display started to break up and diagnosis suggested a crack in the motherboard. Vista was a constant pain and thank goodness Microsoft saw sense and ditched it. All in all, not a good purchase.

The Lenovo was chosen based on family knowledge of IBM-originated products; other Lenovo purchases have been very satisfactory. This one is mainly being used by a self-confessed technophobe (my wife) as well as by me (no excuse for technophobia) so this review comes from two quite different perspectives.

The login, using face recognition, is not perfect. It seems to need lots of light on the face to work properly and is hardly any quicker, even when it works right away, than entering the password manually. Nice idea but questionable in practice.

Windows 7, whilst certainly not perfect, largely gets back to XP common-sense (yes, I like XP - mostly). The occasional annoying message is soon tracked down and told to shut up and my wife has made none of the complaints she made about Vista. There are a several utilities from Lenovo but most of these can be ignored. It works quickly enough, it's shown no bad habits during set-up for new programmes and has only crashed once - it 'blue-screened' but quickly restored to normal.

For our uses, mainly Internet for shopping, emails, etc., it seems more than adequate. It hasn't been pushed with heavy applications like Internet gaming so don't know where it would run out of puff. It shows TV programmes via 'catch-up' services over the Internet with no problems so far.

All in all, very good value provided you don't have big ambitions.
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