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5.0 out of 5 stars More Than Expected, November 8, 2012
This review is from: Lenovo IdeaPad Z585 261729U 15.6-Inch Laptop (2.3 GHz AMD A10-4600M Processor, 6GB DIMM, 750GB HDD, Windows 7 Home Premium) Grey Metal (Personal Computers)
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Nothing i can complain about so far. Audio is loud and crisp and really for a laptop sounds really good. Noticing a huge jump in audio quality out of the 3.5 mm headphone jack compared to my Kindle Fire and my Android phone. The keyboard is a lot better than the dell laptops I have seen and messed with in the stores. The keys are quiet and have a nice feel when depressed. Screen is average, no retina display, but does everything i ever want. Have yet to notice a single bit of lag doing anything. The Quad-Core and 6 Gb of RAM are much more than needed for what i'll ever do. Videos play without a hitch and considering its built in graphics and not a stand alone card, pretty good. The only disadvantage of this is only 5.43 Gb of RAM are acutely usable, but I still have yet to find anything that needs more than that. I'm considering upgrading to windows 8 and if that happens, I will update to speak of performance then. As of now there hasn't been anything I couldn't do besides one somewhat large thing(to me). I am a Ubuntu user, and for some reason I can not get it to boot on this computer. It will tell me it is installed but when i reboot, it doesn't do anything. I considered making it a 4 star computer for this reason, but for the average user, it doesn't make a bit of difference. If anyone has an idea as far as my problem, any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Initial post: Nov 11, 2012 2:51:12 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2012 12:16:27 PM PST
David J8 says:
Russell Hickerson, hello. :) The 5.43GB RAM, sounds normal, to me. Part of the RAM is reserved for system use, similar to the way HDD, have some space reserved for hard drive functions. Now, for Ubuntu Linux here is some informative links, in regards to booting/GRUB. I hope this helps you. I too, will be trying Ubuntu out on the Ideapad, as well, eventually. Cheers. :)

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2077126&highlight=ideapad+z585

**Update** I just tried Ubuntu 12.10 and also 12.04.1, in Live Mode and neither one could detect the wireless. This is a non-starter for me. I could try other flavors of Linux, but Ubuntu seems to have the most support for various hardware available. So, just Win7 or Win8 on this machine for now. Maybe, when Ubuntu 13.04 is final in April 2013, it will have support for this Lenovo Ideapad's wireless. *Reflective* The manual for this laptop and is the same for the majority of PCs sold...DO NOT specify support for Linux. There are PCs made with Linux/Ubuntu specifically in mind. System76 is one. Hope this helps someone. Take care. Cheers. :)

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 8:41:55 AM PST
Hmmm i just ordered a similar one (z580 3rd gen i5, 630m), and this concerns me. How did you install ubuntu? used the windows installer or actually booted from pendrive/optical disc?
I've read this thing about Lenovo's quick boot feature, i wonder if that's getting in the way of things...
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