Do you have some extra money you’d like to invest in a laptop, and for that, you’ve been checking out the Lenovo Ideapad 300 (80Q70020US)? Well, it definitely seems like something one could benefit from: Core i7 processor, plenty of RAM and big hard drive are components many people find very useful. On the other hand, you might have doubts if the notebook is worth the money at all…
You’ll notice the Lenovo Ideapad 300 (80Q70020US) is enough for daily tasks and office activities, there’s no question about that. The laptop sports Intel Core i7-6500U processor, a 2.5GHz unit featuring two cores and also 3.1GHz turbo boost. It can be considered a heavyweight mobile processor with its ~4200 CPU Mark points, and you shouldn’t have to worry about lagging even if you were to use more complex software now and then.
8GB DDR3L memory is installed in this notebook, and as far as I know, that is the maximum RAM you can get (as there’s just one memory socket on the mainboard). Storage drive is not very interesting – yet big – 1TB 5400RPM platter hard drive. If you want to do yourself a favor, take it out and install a solid-state drive. You will bump up the performance big time.
Is it good for gaming?
The graphics engine is integrated in this laptop so you won’t get excellent gaming environment. You can still play the majority of games with this Intel HD 520 – you just need to keep your expectations in check and settings low-medium. You’re likely to hit ~30 frames per second on GTA 5 if you don’t mind using medium settings and 1366×768 resolution. Games like World of Warcraft and League of Legends work fine even using higher settings.
Sadly the 15.6″ display supports only 1366×768 resolution, meaning you can’t try Full HD even if you wanted to. This should be OK for casual users but indeed the gamers and some professionals might find the lack of 1080p a bad thing. The screen doesn’t support touch either, but whether it matters or not is a very subjective thing.
Ports and connections
You’re good to plug in a variety of devices to Lenovo Ideapad 300 (80Q70020US). There are one USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports at your disposal, and video outputs include VGA and HDMI. RJ-45 seems to be available too, you can attach a network cable there and use Internet that way. Of course, a WiFi card (802.11 A/C) is installed as well if you prefer wireless.
This 15.6″ model features a DVD burner on side (smaller models don’t as far as I know). A media card reader is available too in case you have data on memory cards waiting to be transfered.
There’s also a webcam, although I couldn’t find information about the supported resolution.
Anything else you should know?
I wouldn’t say Lenovo Ideapad 300 (80Q70020US) is heavy: it weighs 5.1 pounds, just the average of these 15-inchers (which is more or less five pounds). The battery will last a maximum four hours under light workloads, not excellent amount but should suffice as long as you’re not getting this for traveling.
The keyboard doesn’t have backlit feature.
Summing it up
The strongest point of Lenovo Ideapad 300 (80Q70020US) is definitely the processor. It’s a new, 6th generation unit, miles ahead of budget CPUs like Pentiums or low-level i3s. Combine that with 8GB RAM and you got yourself a laptop that doesn’t annoy the heck out of you by slowing down under most activities. That said, one thing to watch out for are heavy games: the integrated graphics engine can hardly take them, at least reducing in-game settings will have to happen. Ports, weight and battery life seem fine to me – you can spice up the machine with all the common devices and the battery will last half a day, just like it usually does in these bigger laptops.