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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2012
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My husband is a computer-guy and a big fan of Lenovo. His own Thinkpad is several years old and still going strong. So we were excited to replace our old family computer with this Ideapad for me.

Pros: I liked the fingerprint-free cover. Hubby thought is looked a little feminine because it is tinted purplish.
Comfy keyboard, fast speed.

Cons: The included quick-boot feature took us in circles of restarting over and over. My husband's coworker at their IT business was fixing someone else's Ideapad with the same problem. We uninstalled that program and wondered how something with that big of a bug was included.

*** Hard drive crashed one week after arrival. Returned and ordered another.
*** Hard drive crashed several days arrival of the second one!

With two attempts, both with a faulty hard drive, we're sadly moving on and looking for alternatives. Unfortunately all the pictures and videos I'd uploaded on each one are gone forever. :-(

Working with Lenovo customer service: Being on hold for hours, speaking to someone who didn't sound American. They said they were emailing a return shipping label but didn't. Called 4 times before they actually emailed said label. By that time we had given up and contacted Amazon about returning.

Returning through Amazon was AMAZING! We were able to chat instead of calling and being on hold. They immediately sent the shipping label, BOTH times. So that's good.

Until Lenovo uses another manufacturer for their hard drives, we're staying away from the IdeaPad Z580.
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on March 5, 2014
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Mouse pad is a little too sensitive. Too easy to move the curser inadvertently.Using a remote, wireless mouse solves the problem. Or. just practice until you get used to the touch. In all other respects, this is a great machine.
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on June 21, 2013
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Computer has been in daily use running MS Windows 7 without a problem. The brushed metal case still looks new, the display is bright and clear with no missing pixels noticeable, no disk or memory issues. The I5 processor and integrated graphics handle office tasks easily, while the NVIDIA card supports some serious gaming sessions. Battery life is adequate but you really don't want to carry the IdeaPad around as it is a bit heavy. It's nearly perfect as a desktop replacement that you occasionally need to have in a different location.
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on June 4, 2013
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The lap top works as adverzed and I have no complaint about it, I bought 2. The only thng is that the color is not Grey Metal, its purplish.
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on February 18, 2013
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I've had this for a few months now and it hasn't disappointed me yet. I like how there is a discrete graphics card :)
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on January 9, 2013
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The Z580 dropped the wireless connection on my home network where no other computers had an issue. Had two conversations with tech support where the final state of the wireless card could not be recovered and we had to restore to the default software install.
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on December 16, 2012
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I really like it. It does everything that I expected and is easy to use. It was also very affordable
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on November 22, 2012
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Later on i'll make a more extended review, but for now i wanted to post this in case others run into the same issue i did. For now I'll say the laptop is very good: very well built, excellent performance BUT no matter what i did it wouldn't connect to the internet, the connection icon kept displaying the yellow triangle and the windows diagnostic was that the system couldn't connect to a DNS server. I'll save you the details of the 2-3 hr troubleshooting i did on my own (i'll just say a fresh xubuntu install showed the same issue).
What i ended up doing was spoofing this unit's ethernet mac address and boom, immediately the connection started working perfectly fine. If you don't know how to do that go here: [...] or google 'spoof mac address'. Through several years working in the support dept for a well known computer company i never once ran into this problem, and honestly i can only speculate what it means (lenovo mac addresses banned? or was i just unlucky enough to get a mac address identical to a nearby computer?)
Once i've had more time to use it i'll post a better review, but so far i'm extremely happy with the system.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 19, 2012
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I bought this laptop after having to return another brand laptop for hardware issues. The gripe I have with this computer is pretty trivial, but it is enough that I am going to return it and try another brand. First complaint is that it just seems a little slower than my previous computer. Same specs and everything, but this one doesnt seem to be on the ball. For example, when I open the screen to login with my password, I have to sit there and wait about 5 seconds for it to load before typing my password. If I start typing too early, it will only catch half my password and then say incorrect password, etc. With my previous laptop this was never an issue. (I have preformed a disk cleanup and defrag but that did not improve anything).

Another complaint is the screen... I know with this one I am being crazy picky, but it just doesnt seem all that great compared to my last one. Same resolution and everything, but it was enough that when I started it up for the first time I thought to myself "well this is a downgrade from the last". I know it sounds crazy but there is a difference somehow! (The guys at B*st B*y thought I was funny).

So, nothing super wrong with the computer, it works... Just not as well as I know other computers will. If you dont consider yourself picky about your laptop then disregard this review.

On a good note, I really like the look of this laptop. I ordered the "Grey Metal" and was surprised to see it was more of a dark/brown lavender. It actually looks very nice.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2012
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Great for gaming at mid range graphics, and does anything a normal laptop can do just fine.

Plays any game made for ps3/xbox360 (dishonored/skyrim) and ported to PC pretty much perfectly. Games made for PC and ported to console (Battlefield 3/Crysis) are definitely a little harder

I've replaced my slightly powerful desktop with this laptop purely because of it's convenience, but I can definitely tell how much better a quad core processor is over a duo, but for the price, this laptop is great!
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