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on June 28, 2014
I know laptops. I've owned dozens of them. I got a great deal on this model (under 500 USD) and just love it. The i5-4200M is a full-power CPU, not one of the low- or ultralow-voltage ones that are too weak.
It is very easy to upgrade this model to 8GB of RAM. There is an empty slot. Just be sure to purchase RAM of the same density, latency and voltage (1.35v) as the stick that is already in it. Use CPU-Z to get the info you need.
I upgraded RAM to 8GB and cloned the HDD to a Samsung Evo SSD and then swapped them. This laptop is now super fast. For what I spent I couldn't be happier. And Windows 8.1 isn't bad at all once you get used to it. In fact, I find it faster and more secure than Win 7. With the upgrades mentioned above, my G510 hibernates in about 2 seconds and comes out of hibernation in about 3 or 4 seconds to a usable desktop. Sleep mode is even faster.
Windows 8.1 is designed to recognize and use SSDs properly and also recognizes USB 3.0 controller (driver included with installation).
One complaint I have is that this computer comes with a SATA III (6GB/sec) controller yet Lenovo shipped mine with a SATA II hard drive which can't take advantage of the faster I/O of SATA III. So you should replace the hard drive with a SATA III hard drive, or, better yet, a SATA III solid state drive and you'll notice an amazing increase in speed for drive reads & writes.
Another issue I've had is with the bluetooth. I have two different bluetooth mice and they both freeze up frequently with this laptop. It can't figure out if it's a driver issue or a Windows 8.1 issue. Anyway, I gave up and use a wired USB mouse since I'm not a fan of touchpads and almost never use them. Fortunately, you can turn the touchpad off on this laptop with the F6 key. You can set it in BIOS so you don't have to hold the "alt" key... just press the "F" keys alone. Access the BIOS setup with the small button next to the power button (laptop must be off first).