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Wonderful for the Price
on October 17, 2011
My laptop was stolen a few weeks ago and I needed one quickly for school. If my only intention was to get a laptop for writing papers and surfing the web I would have spent less and almost anything would have worked. I do however like to edit videos in premiere, and pictures in photoshop. I also like to watch and record HD tv and do some occasional gaming. After about a week of looking at different laptops I decided I wanted something with the new AMD A-Series processors with the integrated graphics GPU.
This has been a great machine. Because of the new processors if you aren't doing much then the machine doesn't use much power or processing power. I am getting around 4 hours battery life with several applications open and wifi. I think I could probably get like 5 1/2 if I turn off wifi and turn down the screen all the way. Considering this is a 15'' fully operational laptop (not a table or netbook) this is pretty good battery life.
So far the integrated GPU has performed without any hiccup with HD video and gaming. (Though I haven't installed any newer graphic intense games). Lenovo builds a very sturdy machine and it has I believe a brushed aluminum case. Waking up from Sleep or Hibertation is much faster than previous machines I've own (toshiba and MSI). It seems to instantly connect to wifi on wake-up, as opposed to my MSI which had to reconnect every time.
The keyboard is very comfortable and everything is well designed. It is just a little bit loud though for typing in a quite library or class room setting. The speakers are fairly impressive for a laptop that isn't a media intensive machine. The web cam is standard and doesn't deliver great video.
Because of the casing it is not as finger-print prone as other plastic cased computers.
So far (I have owned this three weeks) it has never been more than slightly warm on the underside. Mostly it is very cool to the touch and only if I am watching a movie with it sitting on the bed or something does it even begin to get warmer.
It is very quiet, I have not even heard the fan yet.
For clarification because amazon lists two different specifications, this machine has:
- AMD A6-3400 APU with Radeon HD Graphics (1.4 GHz processor that automatically overclocks to 2.3 Ghz) This is a quad-core processor. Don't be alarmed by a seemingly low 1.4 Ghz processor, like an automatic transmission this is low to conserve power consumption but can boost itself up and with 4 cores is very quick. (Think at least a Intel i5 core)
- 6 GB of RAM
- 64 Bit Windows 7 HP
- The WEI score is 5.9 only because of the hard drive which is 5400 rpm I believe. The processor is 6.1, RAM is 7.2 graphics 6.5 These are decent scores for a laptop sub $1000
- 700 GB Hard Drive at 5400 RPM
This is a great value for the price and I highly recommend it. I have no complaints at the moment. If you are a lite gamer or you need a good graphics component to your machine, or you would simply like a good solid machine that has great battery life and plenty of storage then this machine is right for you.
I am impressed with Lenovo so far.
March 23, 2012 Update
After owning this now for several months and using it on a daily basis for work and school, I am very confident in continuing to recommend this. My battery life has stayed between 4-5 hours (with screen brightness turned down fairly low). The machine continues to be quick and responsive, no problems at all with Windows 7 (and now Windows 8 installed as dual boot). The machine is still cool to the touch, with little to no fan noise. I would absolutely buy another one if this one were lost or stolen and probably will buy Lenovo again in the near future.