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Very good entry level laptop with good feature set.
on 3 January 2014
I'd like to start by recommending that you pay as little attention as possible to the low rated review that was posted previously by another buyer.
This is a good entry level laptop for the price and was bought for a basic computer user. It was intended simply to be used for online shopping, word processing and emails. For this use it is perfect. It includes the latest, 4th Generation of Intel CPUs, albeit only a Pentium, but this is more than enough for this use.
While I realise that many people do not get on with Windows 8 or 8.1, there is only a small learning curve and it can easily be overcome. Windows 8/8.1 is a good operating system and more people need to give it a chance. The impact of the new style start menu is minimal, but when used correctly, allows for a much more efficient way of opening programs, searching files and using one's computer in general.
Physically, the laptop is well built. The machine is a little on the thick side but this is not a problem when considering it is simply a budget computer. If you would rather a sleeker machine, the G500s series would be more suited to you, costing a little more. The build quality of the laptop is outstanding for the price, cheap laptops are usually flimsy and creaky when used. This machine feels solid and has no annoying groans or creaks when in use. It feels as though if it were to be used outside the home or by young children, it would survive a reasonable amount of abuse (although screens are still delicate as expected)
The keyboard is nice to use offering good travel and responsiveness, however, it obviously does not live up to those of higher end laptops and when typing quickly, as I do, it can often be easy to make mistakes, although with time I feel I can probably learn to better use the keyboard and reduce the number of mistakes that are made, it's simply a case of learning the key spacings and how much pressure needs to be applied.
The screen is bright and clear although at times feels like it should be a little brighter. Text on the screen is crisp and readable.
The speakers are nothing special but for the price of the laptop are more than acceptable. They are loud enough to hear the content you are listening to but offer very little definition.
Performance wise, the laptop does what it says on the tin, it makes no promises to be any form of gaming powerhouse, nor does it claim to be a media laptop. This laptop is for simple usage and while it will most likely be able to handle the odd film and some older Direct X 9.0 game, I wouldn't count on it for anything more, if you are looking for this, you will certainly need to spend more money. After updating to Windows 8.1 and removing all the bloatware that comes on new laptops (although, Lenovo are surprisingly good at keeping this to a minimum)the laptop booted quickly and remained responsive for the duration of its use. When using the laptop on my lap or on a desk there is no issue with heat and when used simply for browsing the web, I was able to achieve in excess of 5 hours unplugged, very good for a laptop of this price bracket and almost completely down to the power saving features of Intel's latest 22nm chips.
Other user has mentioned an issue with the hard drive being only 425GB. I would like to explain this to you so as not to put you off. The hard drive is in fact a 500GB model, however, as with all drives, a little of this is lost in formatting, bringing the total size down to 465GB, as with all drives of this capacity. The remainder of this space is divided into several partitions, explaining the previous reviewer's confusion. The primary, 'C:' partition is 425GB. There are two further partitions, accounting for the remaining space, a 25GB partition labelled 'D: Lenovo' - this contains the necessary drivers in the event of one wishing to reformat the machine. This can be deleted safely with the necessary know-how, although there is little point as the 24GB of free space on this partition can still be used. The remaining 10GB is a recovery partition that contains the files necessary to reinstall Windows should the user ever encounter any issues. Since manufacturers no longer provide recovery DVDs, this is how recovery media is now given. Once again, if other recovery media is obtained (in the form of a Windows 8/8.1 DVD) a little know-how can allow you to remove this and recover the remaining space on the drive.
I hope this can help you to consider whether or not to purchase what is an incredibly good value, budget laptop. I would also be more than happy to help with an questions, please just comment and I will aim to get back to you as soon as possible.