Ah, a cheap laptop, a welcome sight! Who wouldn’t like to pay only a little for notebook when the time has come to get one. Lenovo G70-80 80FF00LCUS is this kind of a budget computer, sporting an affordable price tag, but does it also mean it’s too slow for your use…?
Performance in general
Lenovo G70-80 80FF00LCUS contains a pretty good processor for the price, the Intel Core i3-5020U of two cores and 2.2GHz clock speed. The more interesting statistics might be CPU Mark score which is 3200. This translates to suitability for all the stuff a home user might do, including web browsers, MS Office programs and video streaming. The 4GB memory suffices for that kind of use as well – just keep in mind you can upgrade to 16GB with two 8GB sticks.
As expected, storage drive isn’t very special, just a regular 1TB spinning disk drive. It’s enough for day-to-day use, but some techies might want to upgrade that to a solid-state drive with better performance. Just keep in mind there are no extra bays inside, so you need to take out the current drive first.
Ports and connections
The selection of ports is similar to other cheap laptops. Lenovo G70-80 80FF00LCUS has 1 USB 3.0 and 2 USB 2.0 for common devices such as printers, scanners or extra drives. There are also HDMI and VGA outputs at your disposal, it’s possible to connect another monitor to those.
Networking interfaces are decent, you’ll get Gigabit RJ-45 connector for cable and AC WiFi & Bluetooth 4.0 card for wireless.
The laptop includes a DVD burner and SD/MMC card reader for easy transferring of files to and from the system.
Is it good for gaming?
This notebook is only good for older games or those who don’t demand a lot from the system. There is no dedicated graphics included, no Radeon R5, just the integrated Intel HD 5500. It can run many games on low settings if you can do with less than perfect FPS: for example, GTA 5 played on low and 720p resolution will give ca. 25 frames per second. League of Legends and Counter-Strike: Go on the other hand will run smoother with more settings on.
Other important things and benefits
So remember, Lenovo G70-80 80FF00LCUS is a big model, it contains a 17.3 inches display. Resolution isn’t that good, just the basic 1600×900. The screen is not touch sensitive. The webcam on top supports 0.3MP for video, enough for occasional video chatting.
You can expect the 4-cell 41Wh battery to last for the usual four hours (web surfing) before you need to recharge it.
There’s no backlit keyboard on this model.
Operating system is Windows 10 Home, the 64-bit version.
Lenovo G70-80 80FF00LCUS is, first and foremost, a home or office laptop. You can throw basic programs at it and there will be no issues, the Core i3 processor will handle all web browsers and office applications nice. Gaming is however another thing, you won’t get top FPS because of the poor graphics engine. So, if you’re after a large (17.3 inches!) budget laptop and you’re not very demanding, this Lenovo should be a good pick.