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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2012
The manufacturer boasts about this machine as being a great platform for music and media entertainment as well as running software programs that assist in getting work done such as Microsoft office and Adobe products. Perhaps they are not wrong to boast this and on the whole they may in fact be among the best manufacturers of laptops currently on the market. However my personal experience was unpleasant enough that I am now in the process of returning it a little over a month later.

Shortly after taking it out of the box, and playing some music I noticed that every few minutes result in a horrendous crackling sound on the speakers. Whatever music I am listening to suddenly gets muffled and for an instant sounds as though the entire band has been thrust into the depths of the ocean only to rise again completely dry. Moreover, this process slows down everything else on my system while it occurs. I tried a variety of things to fix this problem including reinstalling the sound drivers and contacting Lenovo, but it was all to no avail.

A couple of nights ago the system locked up and would not let me click on anything though the mouse itself could move on the screen. The following day it was systematically locking me out of the system and forcing me to sign back in even if I had been in the middle of something. Once I contacted the manufacturer and restored it to its last known working setting, I assumed it would work until of course I received the blue screen which we all know and love with a 0x00000101 error, which is software related. Therefore the next step would have been to reinstall windows. This was when I realized that my laptop did not come with the system restore disks. Admittedly it might have and I may have misplaced them though that is rather unlikely as I made a point of being very anal in keeping everything together upon the machine's arrival.

Like I mentioned in my first paragraph all of this could very well be an isolated incident. However when "Lenovo Ideapad sound problem" is googled, one might find that their laptops do indeed have quite a history of this sort of problem. I have read that it might result from a poor motherboard design, though I have no evidence to support that as nothing more than speculation. If you purchase it, you may love it and I sincerely hope you do. It has many nice qualities and I myself would adore this computer were it not for the onslaught of issues I have contended with specifically in the last forty eight hours.

Thank you,

Daniel
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2012
I really love my new laptop. I've had it for a while now and it has continued to function well. It is fast which is one of my high priorities. Plenty of space for whatever you need to save or install. I've had a couple of glitchy things after having it for a while. For example, every once in a while my internet will not connect. But all I have to do is click the troubleshoot button and it resets the wireless adapter and fixes the issue. The battery life is pretty good as well. Overall a great product.
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on June 17, 2012
I bought the item about a few months ago, and I couldn't be any happier! I had an HP laptop that I had for about 5 years and it was no longer functioning well. I had been researching laptops for a couple of months until I found this, and at a reasonable price. I love the fact that it has a metal cover and it looks so different from all the other laptops. The keyboard is fine, and I like the fact it runs well. If you cannot find a reasonable and great laptop, I highly recommend this one.
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on September 23, 2012
I've had this computer for several months now and it has certainly lived up to everything I expected. Anything from basic browsing, to movie night in my dorm, to music notating, and hardcore gaming. If you want a super reliable computer for a unbelievable price, look no further. This is an amazing distraction whenever my roommate is in the room, and we've all had those roommates. Do yourself a favor and click "add to cart" right now!
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on March 15, 2012
Very much as advertized. Fast, not bogged down with too much bloat-ware, very nice keyboard feel. The only flaw is the disk drive drawer, which tends to open rather randomly. I am afraid it will get broken sometime during the life of this laptop. I am considering taping it shut.
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on January 21, 2013
Got this for my daughter for college. I wanted to stay away from Windows 8 as recommended by my very PC savvy nephew. So far - no issues although it is still pretty new - time will tell.
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on April 3, 2013
I found this laptop met all my expections. The instructions were good and it worked great out of the box.I will buy a Lenovo brand again.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2011
I bought one of these a couple of days ago. It was on sale for $348 at local electronic store. I always love Lenovo since the IBM days. The full keyboard is a plus, though the size of the 10 key is small than the letters. And the direction arrows are mixed with the number pad. I always hit the down arrow when I wanted to type zero. It is pretty fast on a regular computing purposes. Nice surround sound, but definitely not better than your home theater. The metal finish gives it a slick style. I always hold the laptop on both sides, the DVD ROM keeps on ejecting when I grip the right side.

I use it for my work thru VPN and it runs fast using Win 7 Home Premium even with a many windows open. The tracking on the smart pad is not as smooth as when you use a Mac but you can get use to it. The SD card reader and HDMI ports are a good plus. Battery life last no more than 4 hrs but it depends when you use it for watching many videos.

The face recognition is one of

Overall it's a good machine for a cheapy price.
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on October 2, 2014
great Lenovo laptop.
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