Pros: Clean OS build. Free of all the junk programs that most pc manufacturers load up on their systems. Quiet and fast.
Cons: Trackpad, left and right click buttons aren't the best. Feel is a bit clunky but I'm sure I'll get used to it.
Overall Review: I bought this to have a Windows 10 system. You might pay a few $$ more for a basic Lenova laptop but the lack of junk programs and resource hogging apps makes the extra cost worth it.
Pros: Slim and lightweight. Specs "look" quite good, especially the quite good rated processor.
Cons: My experience: pretty 'lightweight", unfortunately, in performance... and one arguably somewhat major design flaw.
Speed: maybe it's just how I used it, (largely online movie watching), but I am rather underwhelmed by its speed. From what i specifically researched on the processor, it's rated fairly high (and not just because it's an i7. True that quite a few i7 s, are really not rated very fast. But as said, checking this one, revealed a pretty high performance rating).
I didn't check about the graphics component, but I assumed that between the processor and the 8 Gigs of ram, that it should be pretty fast.
In truth, it's seemed very much about the same speed as a 5 year old laptop I have with only 4G of memory, and an i5.
My experience with another laptop, however, gives me one hint about the speed issue here: the hard drive is only 5200 speed. Okay, if a 7200 is in a laptop, guess that leads to holding charge less time, and maybe can lead to heat issues.
I guess I didn't notice the 5200 hd when I bought!
Like with another laptop I upgraded to a 7200, to me it's probably well worth the lower battery time and heating up question (but it seems a little laptop cooler underneath can solve that), to get a much much faster machine.
I'm not saying I'd figure this exactly a "slow" machine for most uses. Most people, I suppose, with ordinary needs, will find this a reasonably usable rig as to speed. But just don't expect a machine that's fast, that's suitable for demanding purposes.
Now, as what I found to be a potentially Major design flaw: When the screen is up ,in open position, it happens that at the joining of the top (screen) with with the, well, "bottom", a distinct hollow the whole length long, exists there. A hollow such as could catch small objects, and hold them when the laptop is physically closed---that being, perhaps not good at all!
Because, (jumping ahead to what happened with this laptop with me), in deciding about screen damage that occurred (half the image gone), Newegg apparently decided that a previous problem trying to close the screen, was to them the cause--even though for a day after the closing problem, the screen still worked fine, and there were no other incidents. It was only a day later and some usage later, that abruptly, half the screen didn't work. What I did that previous day, was just figure the screen, like some of my other laptops, closed a little hard. So in part, I leaned on it somewhat. And stopped when I thought I was putting all the closing pressure on it, that I safely could. And like I say, after I took the ink pen out, and proceeded on, everything stlll apparently worked fine (until sometime the next day).
So it seems Newegg believes that a little mishap with an something stuck in this hollow hinge area, can _in a delayed way_, damage the screen. Who knew a design component/hardwear characteristic, could be so tricky?
But whatever was what about Newegg's decision about whether I could return it, to me that hollow hinge area, is an extremely poor design. It's the only laptop, of some I checked later, that such a hollow hinge.
And now, one other thing I'll comment on, which I would rate as maybe not hardware related, but "could be", being that how , and how effectively, software (Windows 10 in this case) works, sometimes can have to do with the hardware: After I, connecting an external monitor, continued using the laptop, this happened: one of Windows 10's fine automatic (quite hard to prevent automation) upgrades was done, Bingo, laptop won't boot, laptop (pretty much) dead, as least as to usability. As said, in my experience, this can have to do, occasionally, with not just the software, but also as to what hardware the software is dealing with. So, a possible second hardware issue.
I haven't yet contacted Lenovo, partly because I guess, Newegg wouldn't compensate for the problem (although, tsk tsk Newegg, you at first, upon my honestly reporting the whole thing, said I could return for refund; and even a refund of shipping cost--and then turned around and sent it back to me, and further, renegged on the promise of shipping refund!).
Well , much as it may seem this hinge/screen experience won't likely often happen (with good caution, unlikley to happen), I do think it can and probably will happen with a small but quite substantial amount of users.
To anyone not sure they'll always physically handle their laptop carefully, as well as people who want a distinctly fast laptop: please consider avoiding this rig! Questionable in several respects!
Overall Review: Some folks, if gentle enough with this laptop, and who don't need a speedy machine, may want to buy this. Others, all in all: look elsewhere!
Pros: It's nice, and compact.
Cons: I can't see the font. No matter what I do to make the change, it reverts back to the original setting.
Overall Review: I need to contact customer support for Lenovo, since it's made by them, but that information is not readily available.
Pros: - I wanted an affordable (but not necessarily "budget" low-end) laptop for gaming and viewing multiple HD video streams simultaneously, and it is handling it very well.
- Excellent wi-fi reception, works where a lot of my older devices fail.
- Comfortable to have in my lap, doesn't run hot, much lighter than my previous laptop.
-Lots of plugs for USB and video out.
- Great hardware specs (particularly HDD space and RAM) for the price.
Cons: - The keyboard is not comfortable to type on. It frequently fails to detect keystrokes, and feels really flimsy.
- The trackpad is not very accurate, and the left mouse click fails to detect about a fifth of the time. Trying to click and drag the left mouse button is impossible if you aren't really holding it down with extra pressure. If you're going to use this laptop, you should keep a spare mouse handy, because this trackpad would be a deal breaker if my usage habits didn't favor navigating and selecting text with a keyboard, or clicking by tapping the trackpad.
- First few boots will always introduce some new form of Lenovo bloatware to advertise at you. Removing from my start-up folder did not fix this issue.
- In addition to Lenovo product spam, Windows 10 is giving me a lot more spam than when I did the free upgrade on my other PC last year. Overall, my boot experience and initial start menu layout is inundated with bloat that I had to manually remove (though now it seems to have evened out).
Overall Review: - I feel this product will satisfy the needs I bought it for.
- Now that I have it configured to my desired specifications and used it for a couple days, the issues with bloatware and Windows 10 spam has eased significantly.
- While the biggest issues are with the keyboard and the trackpad, I feel it's a flaw I can live with and eventually adapt to. No laptop is perfect, especially in this price range, and these flaws are not nearly as bad as the other laptops I've purchased at similar prices (for example, I had a laptop that came packaged without enough memory to boot its own OS, and I had to boot the PC in safe mode just to remove all the proprietary bloatware that strangled it. Another laptop would run uncomfortably hot after less than an hour. All things considered, I've had worse).
- If you're looking for a standard laptop with good specs for the price, and are willing to put up with a flimsy trackpad and keyboard, you would do well with this laptop. Overall, I'm happy with this purchase, and hope this laptop (like the previous one) lasts me a good 8 years.
Pros: Relatively inexpensive
Runs semi-recent games pretty good
Screen is good
keyboard includes numeric keypad
Cons: Keyboard is also a little flimsy
as is the rest of the case
no option to create restore media of any kind
Overall Review: I like Lenovos -- my previous notebook was a refurbed T61 that I was quite happy with, and my wife had a T60 that was pretty decent as well. So when looking for a new laptop, I started with Lenovos on my short list of possible. I knew I wanted something that scored at least as well as my old Gforce 8800GT video card, which meant I was basically looking for something with a HD520 video system. I had been looking at core i5 machines, then saw this one with an i7 in it for not much more and decided to take a flyer on it. So far I have not been disappointed. As for raw processing power, it handles video recodes as fast as my desktop with an 3ghz i5 in it - and for games, it handles Sims 2 (after tweaking the games files), Bioshock, Bioshock 2, and even Bioshock infinite (at reduced resolution and quality settings of course). It also manages to do that without getting terribly warm, so that's pretty impressive. What's not so impressive is the chiclet keyboard and the amount it flexes as I type on it. I'm also still trying to adjust myself to it's some what unique key spacing (I keep accidentally hitting the num lock when I go for the back space). Was also not impressed with the lack of back media -- sure, I know that's not provided anymore for the most part, but my HP desktop had a nifty little program that dutifully spit out 2 DVDs capable of restoring it in a worse case scenario -- this, not so much. But it offered was to burn a recovery disk and back up the system partition on a USB memory stick (32G was just enough). Of course, any windows install can do that, so while they offer all sorts of junk software (some of which is apparently compromised - beware) they can't offer a system disk creator. As for the junk software - yes it's there, but I haven't really had any problems with it's prescence. I suppose some day I might get rid of it to conserve a few hundred megabytes, but for now it's no worry to me. The case is thin, and as a result, it flexes a little more than I would prefer, but I do like the slim size (and the fact that while it's big, it's no so big that it can't fit into most notebook bags somewhere. I liked it enough that I got my wife the little sister to this unit, an i5 powered ideapad 100 (which also suffers from the cons that this one has - but the price was even friendlier than this). All in all, a decent choice for a personal notebook - but stick with a thinkpad for your business machine.
Pros: Thin - Does not feel heavy to carry around. Offcourse i7 + 8GB does make the difference but will have to wait & watch after 2 yrs whether it can take the load of being a household laptop. It has the speakers upfront next to the keyboard so it sounds much better.
Cons: Should have backlit keyboard.
Lenovo as known to me & also as expected has as poor support team; So i am risking with no extended warranty this time.
Also hoping that the battery has a longer life than the laptop itself.
Past experiences - battery dies off sooner.
Pros: - Screen size is huge.
- Very powerful
Cons: - Large in size. Feels like a 19in laptop.
- Keyboard feel is not sharp enough for me. Wish it had a better feel when button is pushed.
Overall Review: I would buy a 14.x inch version of this laptop. This one is just too large feeling for me. It works great and as expected. Windows 10 runs well on this platform.