Wish all laptop reviews could be as good as this one!

Genesis

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So last night was doing some window shopping at our local Carrefour, which had some great laptop specials on sale. One was a Lenovo G50 that retails at 500USD for 1terrabyte disk space, 8GB RAM 7i Intel, 2GB graphics. Here's a list of its awesome specifications:
https://www.carrefouruae.com/websto...=LENOVO_NOTEBOOK_G50_70_Core_i7_4510U_(BLACK)

It just looked to good too be true. I'd have expected a much higher price.

Until I checked this thorough review - now if all laptops could be reviewed as thoroughly as this this would be awesome - I'll be doubly careful before buying any Lenovo product after this experience for sure:
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smalpierre

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I just priced a top of the line Dell (HP site wasn't working) because of Stroke's comment in another thread saying something about a $5k laptop from 2004 ...

A brand new Dell XPS with 3.3ghz i7 with 16gb RAM is about $2600.

For $500 it's not a bad deal. You get a decent usable laptop that'll do most everything you want. I wouldn't buy it because of the screen hinge. I'd break that mfker so fast ... :D And no, I'm not as hard on a laptop as I am a phone but still ...


Compared to the Dell, that Razer Blade is a steal! It's got a 3.6 ghz with 16 mb, and it's SEXY!!! I can think of 100 uses for that switchblade interface even though I don't game ... You lose an inch on the screen (The XPS is a 15" monitor) but so what? That's what external monitors are for. For the price difference, I can upgrade RAM to at least 32GB, and add some peripherals.
 

jaran

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Its good price for new Intel laptop. Im not big fan gaming laptop but this product is enough to cover all your work.
 

Genesis

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smalpierre said:
For $500 it's not a bad deal. You get a decent usable laptop that'll do most everything you want. I wouldn't buy it because of the screen hinge. I'd break that mfker so fast ... :D And no, I'm not as hard on a laptop as I am a phone but still ...
I may go for it. My objective will be a sandbox laptop for projects such as IPv6 and a laptop to be used for experimental purposes.
 

Snowflake

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Are lenovo laptops good? I've never heard of that brand before... I've actually been looking at this one (in my country it's on sale and I REALLY need one, that one seemed pretty good for it's price. Would it run games such as The Sims 4 well on it? (that's basically the only thing I play these days)

edit: but then I watched that review.
edit 2: it's actually not exactly this one. But it's still a lenovo...
 

Genesis

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tangledmemories said:
Are lenovo laptops good? I've never heard of that brand before... I've actually been looking at this one (in my country it's on sale and I REALLY need one, that one seemed pretty good for it's price. Would it run games such as The Sims 4 well on it? (that's basically the only thing I play these days)

edit: but then I watched that review.
edit 2: it's actually not exactly this one. But it's still a lenovo...
As far as I know Lenovo is the old IBM. Particularly if it is Lenovo Thinkpad. I haven't owned a Lenovo yet, but a friend of mine purchased one of these budget Lenovo's and was quite happy with his.
 

ssamjh

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This looks incredible for a computer this cheap! My laptop was very expensive when it was new, but now it is worth less than $200 NZD.
 

rockforlife

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Lenovo and Acer were the two biggest manufacturers of laptops when I purchased mine a few years ago. I went with Acer and have had pretty good luck with it. My landlord just purchased a Lenovo Y50 this week. I'll keep an ear on his use and let you guys know what he thinks.

My boss had owned an Acer and then a Lenovo.... he is now on his second Mac after those. He hated both the Acer and the Lenovo.
 

smalpierre

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Not bad for a sandbox. Get it where you want it as a base system, then image it with clonezilla - then you can bang away at whatever you want and always be able to go back to the base image.

Also - poor mans server rack - stack some laptops with small foam block spacers in between (for cooling). Not much for upgrades, and not particularly powerful, but it's compact, low power consumption, and cheap. Just set power management so they don't hibernate when the lid closes.

You can put together a mini server farm for testing purposes with a few old crumby laptops and a cheap switch. I've got one with a broken screen I'm thinking about using for that.
 

Genesis

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smalpierre said:
Not bad for a sandbox. Get it where you want it as a base system, then image it with clonezilla - then you can bang away at whatever you want and always be able to go back to the base image.
Can just visualize you banging away at that poor laptop. :p

smalpierre said:
Also - poor mans server rack - stack some laptops with small foam block spacers in between (for cooling). Not much for upgrades, and not particularly powerful, but it's compact, low power consumption, and cheap. Just set power management so they don't hibernate when the lid closes.

You can put together a mini server farm for testing purposes with a few old crumby laptops and a cheap switch. I've got one with a broken screen I'm thinking about using for that.
VERY creative. :cool:
 

smalpierre

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Genesis said:
Can just visualize you banging away at that poor laptop. :p
Id bang away at it till it's keys fell off :D

Genesis said:
VERY creative. :cool:

I got the idea from a friend who used an old laptop to be basically an A/V interface for his home theater. He ran a network cable, and plugged it in to the sound system. He's got 2 half racks in a closet with all his servers (he has a bathroom vent fan in there, closet was getting HOT!), so he wanted to be able to play videos and music that are on the file server at the home theater.

It's controlled on a smartphone on wifi via RDP (or VNC? I think RDP). With a droid, you could build a remote control app probably fairly easily since you can install non market apps, but he's got an iPhone for some reason.

His setup is still there, but I'd do it differently than we did back in '06. Now you can get a little box with a remote control that can hook up to a file server over wifi and it gives you on screen menus and a remote control - and the setup is easier.

Anyway, that's what gave me the idea years ago.
 

Genesis

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lol tonight I was completely impulsive. I bought this laptop on impulse as it was marked down. And so far no regrets. Didn't think it could be this easy to set it up. Was up and running within 30 minutes from unpacking it. Unpacking was just as easy.

Am writing my first post with my new Lenovo G50 i7. Quite impressed so far. My pocket isn't as impressed but what the heck. This is fun.

First screen that came up Strokerace was whether I'd like to upgrade to Windows 10 for free! So declined as this is my first experience with Windows 8.1 and so far I like it. Very different from Windows 7 but think I can handle it. One of the reasons I bought the laptop is to get a Windows 8.a learning curve. :cool:
 
Genesis said:
lol tonight I was completely impulsive. I bought this laptop on impulse as it was marked down. And so far no regrets. Didn't think it could be this easy to set it up. Was up and running within 30 minutes from unpacking it. Unpacking was just as easy.

Am writing my first post with my new Lenovo G50 i7. Quite impressed so far. My pocket isn't as impressed but what the heck. This is fun.

First screen that came up Strokerace was whether I'd like to upgrade to Windows 10 for free! So declined as this is my first experience with Windows 8.1 and so far I like it. Very different from Windows 7 but think I can handle it. One of the reasons I bought the laptop is to get a Windows 8.a learning curve. :cool:

LOL, you have slipped to the darkside.
I have always dislike Lenovo for some reason. They always seemed cheap and bulky to me. And over priced.
Not saying they are bad laptops, some seem to enjoy them and they don't seem to burn out as often as a Mac does. Sorry, I know a lot of Mac repairs guys and they are constantly in the shop getting fix.
But thats another topic.

8.1 is not bad, I am having an issue with the looks and feel. To be honest, it has the look and feel of something from Disney and set up for a child. Its plain and boring to be honest. Like no one put any thought into the design of it. At least with windows 7 and before, the colors and Icons seem to have some depth to them.

I think you will enjoy 8.1 once you have it set up the way you want it. Then it will be second nature to you.
 

Genesis

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Thanks Strokerace. You're right in everything you said and I experienced it as such. Although the laptop has impressive specs I know it is on the "cheap" side. But it works OK. This is my first Lenovo product ever. For the price this is really good.

You're right about 8.1 being Disney. I still have to figure out how I can get more privacy - I used to be able to do that with Internet Explorer. Anyway. I got the battery up to 100% load, and then packed it away for the evening. Think I can call the complete experience from inserting the battery, to set up very user-friendly. Particularly compared with my Dell desktop and Windows 7 that took literally hours to work through all of the updates. 8.1 breezed through all of it. :p