Lenovo G50 (80E3005NUS) Review

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January 9, 2015
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Lenovo G50 (80E3005NUS) is a budget laptop featuring AMD A8 series processor and a regular 15.6 inches display. From what I can see it’s been selling well recently, so there must be something good about it. But what? Let’s try to find that out in this review!

Performance

AMD A8-6410 is the processor of this Lenovo. It clocks up to 2.4GHz with turbo boost. Core amount is four. Compared to CPUs from Intel side, this A8 is similar to some slower Core i3s. This depicts sufficient performance for everyday computing as well as some heavier tasks, including multitasking and advanced software. The integrated Radeon R5 allows you to play some lightweight games, too.

The laptop contains 6GB RAM by default. It’s installed on 4GB and 2GB chips. The maximum memory supported is eight gigabytes, so you can swap the 2GB DIMM for a 4GB one if you want a small memory boost. I think it’s not worth the hassle, though.

The terabyte hard drive surely is spacious for a laptop. It’s enough for practically anyone, but the slow speed of 5400RPM might make you want to swap it for an SSD. Which is, by the way, possible on this notebook. Just don’t go rushing about it, SSDs work a lot faster but have much smaller storage. So both hard drives and solid state drives have their strong and weak sides.

The screen of Lenovo G50 (80E3005NUS) is a glossy, non-touch 15.6″ display with 1366×768 resolution. Good for general computing, it’s not excellent for power users due to a less than Full HD resolution.

Operating system in this model is Windows 8.1 (64-bit).

Gaming notes

AMD Radeon R5 M230 graphics engine is enough for most games if you play on low settings. The performance is comparable to mid-range Intel HD cards. Minecraft should have 40+ FPS and Battlefield should reach around 30 frames per second. Playable indeed, but only when eye candy is kept at minimum.

Connections

Lenovo G50 (80E3005NUS) features three USB ports. One is USB 3.0, the rest are USB 2.0. The laptop also has both VGA and HDMI outs so there’s good support for external monitors new and old.

There’s a 10/100Mbps Ethernet port (RJ-45) and a WiFi adapter for Internet connectivity. Bluetooth 4.0 is also supported.

DVD writer is installed as well as a memory card reader for SD and MMC cards.

A basic VGA webcam and microphone are available for video calls.

Anything else to keep in mind?

Lenovo G50 (80E3005NUS) weighs only 4.63 pounds. That’s definitely less than most 15.6″ laptops, increasing the Lenovo’s portability. The 4-cell battery however gives only the typical 3-4 hours operating time. You can of course swap the battery for a better one since it’s user-replaceable type.

The keyboard is not backlit. For accessing number keys fast there’s a numeric keypad on the right hand side.

No full version of MS Office is bundled with the laptop, so you should get Office separately if you require it. A 30-day trial for anti-virus program is however pre-installed. So is a lot of bloatware, but uninstalling it is an easy task.

Verdict

Lenovo G50 (80E3005NUS) seems like a good budget laptop for daily tasks like web surfing, some gaming and Netflix streaming. The quad-core CPU and 6GB RAM should also allow for heavier applications, although I wouldn’t recommend that on a daily basis because the laptop is still not a true powerhouse. The Lenovo isn’t that different from its competitors, but for an affordable notebook it should be a decent pick.


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