It’s very clear that Lenovo G50 (59421807) is currently one of the more popular notebooks. It has hundreds of reviews on Amazon.com, and most of those are positive. Indeed, the laptop seems to offer decent specs for the money: Core i3 processor, six gigabytes RAM and half a terabyte HDD. Below you will find my opinions and recommendations about this affordable laptop for you.
The main component in Lenovo G50 (59421807) is the 4th generation Core i3-4030U. It’s a dual-core processor offering 1.9GHz clock speed with no turbo feature. In Passmark tests it gets ~2700 points, just like other laptop i3s. Thanks to its low voltage nature, the CPU shouldn’t heat up and power consumption is minimal. The flipside, of course, is reduced performance: You won’t be running very demanding programs (like video editing) continuously on this rig. However, YouTube and Netflix videos and even occasional Photoshopping are something such a processor can easily do. Keep in mind the CPU is soldered on board, replacing that is not going to work.
The notebook has 6GB DDR3L-1600 memory by default. The configuration is one 2GB and one 4GB sticks, meaning both RAM slots on system board are occupied. The maximum memory this laptop supports is 8GB, that you can achieve with two 4GB chips. But if you’re asking me, upgrading wouldn’t help a lot, the difference between 6GB and 8GB is rather small.
Hard drive is 500GB 5400RPM SATA one. It’s quite small and slow, but for this price a fancy one couldn’t be expected. I’ve read people taking it out and putting a faster solid-state drive (SSD) in, you should also be able to do that with a bit of technical know-how.
Screen and graphics
Lenovo G50 (59421807) features a glossy non-touch display. It has 15.6″ diagonal and 1366×768 resolution. Often these budget laptop screens are not magnificent, but at least people didn’t complain much about this one. A casual user should be good to go with this display.
Graphics are not something this notebook can be proud of. They are commanded by the integrated Intel HD 4400 unit, leaving only some performance for players. Low-level games will work here, those include Sims 4, Minecraft and WoW. But heavier ones, the triple A titles, hardly have playable frame rates. Tests indicate that GTA V would get only around 20FPS on low settings and the screen’s native resolution.
Lenovo G50 (59421807) contains three USB ports (one USB 3.0, two USB 2.0). You can connect a number of peripherals to those, a mouse and keyboard, for example. The VGA and HDMI outputs can be used with HDTV or desktop monitor.
There’s a 802.11b/g/n WiFi card allowing for wireless Internet connection. If you prefer cable feel free to use the 100Mbps RJ-45 port. Bluetooth 4.0 is supported too.
The notebook comes with a DVD writer on the right side. 2-in-1 media card reader supporting SD and MMC is included as well.
A basic HD webcam is available, it should allow for acceptable quality video chats.
Other things to keep in mind?
Lenovo G50 (59421807) weighs just 4.63 pounds, some ounces less than 15-inchers often are. People reported that the (removable) four cell battery lasts 3-5 hours under non-taxing use, so 4 hours should be pretty close to truth.
The keyboard doesn’t light up, but there’s a dedicated numpad on the right.
Plastic is the material used for the laptop shell.
Lenovo G50 (59421807) is a worthwhile laptop for users who wouldn’t be running advanced software. Sure, the i3 processor can take all the daily stuff, such as web browser, HD content and even occasional image editing, but for constant heavy use I’d recommend something else. Also little gaming is possible, although some fancy titles would have too low frame rates – it’s lightweight games this rig is good for. The system comes full of bloatware which you might want to delete to make the computer faster. As somebody said, if your expectations are not too high, this budget Lenovo should be well sufficient for you.