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Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E531 15.6 inch Notebook (Intel Core i3 3120M 2.5GHz Processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, DVDRW, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Integrated Graphics, Windows 7 Professional)
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Comes with Win 7 preloaded and in the recovery partition and Win 8 on a DVD if you want to move onwards (not necessarily an upgrade?!).
It's got a nice keyboard and works well for an i3 processor. If you are used to older Thinkpad trackpads and Trackpoint buttons, this takes a bit of getting used to with the pad buttons combined. But after a while it's fine.
Fingerprint reader software update stops it working, so don't accept that update just now. There's a thread on Lenovo forum that tells you how to fix if you do so.
Some bloatware software that you can uninstall, but overall this PC is good. Better than most at same size and price range.
The ones that work are great, but now that the warrantys have expired, the remaining laptops are slowly developing the same issue. We are a site with over 300 Lenovo laptops and it is strange that this E531 is so problematic.
I have to touch on the positive and they are that the display is great, very crisp and the audio quality of the internal speakers is great for a laptop of this price. When working, boot speed is impressive and the i3 processor is certainly impressive in a laptop of this cost.
The touch pad is terrible, not comfortable at all. My advice is to avoid this laptop at all costs, at least until Lenovo admit there is a core fault with their motherboards. I would never buy one of these myself as I would want mine to last at least a couple of years and the way ours are going, I think the chances are slim.