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Lenovo Laptop Z50 (80EC000TUS) AMD A10-Series A10-7300 (1.90 GHz) 8 GB Memory 1 TB HDD AMD Radeon R6 Series 15.6" Windows 8.1

  • AMD A10-Series A10-7300 (1.90 GHz)
  • 8 GB Memory 1 TB HDD
  • AMD Radeon R6 Series
  • 1366 x 768
  • Windows 8.1

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • robert w.
  • 11/26/2015 11:07:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsSurprisingly disappointing

Pros: Price: This laptop is sold at an extremely competitive price (but you get what you pay for).

Ports: Includes all the ports you'd expect, including USB 3.0, HDMI, multi-reader (SD/MMC) and headphone ports.

Capacity: 1TB hard drive and DVD-RW included.

Weight: While not a featherweight, it's a reasonable weight for the size and specs. After carrying around in a backpack all day, you won't be tired.

Cons: I have been using this laptop for about 6 months and have grown to hate it. It honestly drives me nuts. There is no one thing, but a combination of little things that will make you loathe pulling this laptop out of your bag and wish you had anything else:

- Security: This laptop shipped with a severe security problem in the BIOS. There is a BIOS flash available from the manufacturer, and it's one of the first things you should apply if you buy this laptop.

- Windows 8: Every other operating system release from Microsoft is worth a pass. Upgrade to Windows 10. It's free.

- I swear the touchpad is drunk. Everything will be going just fine and then suddenly it'll wander off into its own little world and put the cursor only into the general direction where you're pointing it. It's not only an uncomfortable touchpad to use, it's not particularly accurate. I bought a wireless mouse and try to use that wherever possible, because the touchpad is almost impossible to manage.

- Performance: For a machine with 10 CPU cores and 8GB of RAM, it's astonishingly sluggish. This may be a problem limited to the AMD-powered model, but a lot of it seems to be limited to the very slow disk drive included with the machine.

- Layout: There is a sharp ridge around the edge of the laptop perfectly positioned to painfully catch your wrists. Maybe it's intended to force you to maintain a healthy typing position, but it serves no purpose but to annoy me.

- Keyboard: The chiclet style keyboard is hard to avoid on laptops these days, but I type hard and fast (I'm a systems architect) and the keyboard stutters--it sometimes puts the character I type down twice unless I type very softly. Also, the keyboard isn't backlit, and this makes it annoying to use in the dark.

- Heat: This laptop gets very hot sitting on your lap. Could be limited to the AMD-powered version, but it's very annoying.

- Battery life: Astonishingly poor. You only get about an hour out of it when watching YouTube videos.

- WiFi: Outdated 2.4GHz only chipset.

Other Thoughts: I haven't been either more excited about a technology purchase this year, or more let down after the fact. Give this laptop a pass. You'll be glad you did.

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  • Ronald T.
  • 7/25/2015 3:53:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat buy!

Pros: Good quality computer from Lenovo, Upgradabl e RAM and quiet running fan.

Cons: None so far.

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  • Paul H.
  • 6/29/2015 5:21:28 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot all that I would hope

Pros: The USB 3.0 port is really fast for transferring documents between an external hard drive that is also usb 3.0 compatible.
HDMI port makes for easy watching of streamed material on the tv (although we have found that it doesn't always connect completely, making the audio be only through the laptop--no problems like that with our other laptop).

Cons: *Battery life is miserable. Stream a one-hour show and the battery is giving a warning that it needs to be charged.
*Came with Windows 8, which I don't like. Crashes more frequently than our other Windows 7 laptop or our previous Windows 7 computer. At least MS is offering a free upgrade Windows 10 is available.
*Lenova software is pretty useless. The default picture viewer doesn't allow you to print from the viewer and then doesn't give you many options for printing. For example if you have a scanned document as a jpg the only setting available from quickprint options are hi def photo or photo. What if you want to print a jpg in a lower quality (so it goes faster and uses less ink).
*The shell of the laptop fingerprints and feels weak.

Other Thoughts: It's a decent laptop for day-to-day, but the cons have made our work on this laptop more frustrating that anything.

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  • Kenneth W.
  • 3/13/2015 3:51:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDisappointing

Pros: Price vs Spec.
power connector and other acc ports are firm.

Cons: Computer freezes a lot. Really disappointed with windows 8.1
Keyboard is not very responsive sometimes.
Battery very disaponting

Other Thoughts: Removed original hard drive, replaced with ssd, and re-installed, without all the bloat ware from lenovo
Much more stable computer now, a lot faster, worth the upgrade.
Overall I think I should have chosen a different laptop.

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  • Kirk M.
  • 3/11/2015 9:13:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsfor the $$ not bad

Pros: biggest bang for the buck

Cons: none as of yet

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  • Douglas F.
  • 2/26/2015 11:39:55 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDisappointed

Pros: Looks nice, seems well built. Worked great when it was working.

Cons: I recieved this laptop yesterday 2-25-2015. We took it out of box and whet thru all the setup and it booted just fine. I started doing updates for windows and it downloaded and installed 1.5gbs of udates(this took like 3 hours). When that was done it said to restart the computer, so I did. When I hit the restart button the screen went to saying restarting and it just sat there for 30 mins and I had to press and hole the power button to turn it off. Turned it back on and it said it was processing updates and not to yurn off the computer. It got to 99% and said "unable to apply updates undoing changes do not turn off computer". Si I waited for like 45 mins for this to finish and that screen would not go away. Rebooted and it kept saying the same thing when I rebooted. Call tech support(if you want to call it that) and the first person I talked to was very rude and eventually he hung up on me(at first thought we got disconnected, but he never called back!). Sooo, I called back and talked to another tech(?) nicer fella tried a couple of things and then did what I didn't want to do, a factory restore. That went fine and it was back up and running again. Oh BTW this laptop comes preinstalled with SUPERFISH(If you haven't heard about this just GOOGLE it!!). Back on point after the restore I did the updates only a few at a time and everything went just fine. I got all updated and system cleaned of the SUPERFISH (adware/malware). It was working great. So, by now it's 4am, mind you I've been working on it since noon that same day. I shut it down and when I get up the lady that bought this(I was just getting it setup for her) said it wasn't working right. So I turn it on and it boots to the start menu and locks up!!!! Can't do anything. Turn it off then back on and it does the same thing!!!

Other Thoughts: AVOID at least this model(I do not know about other ones)! I'd even go as far as saying AVOID this company! Tech support is a joke, they asked me like 2 questions before saying would you like to return it to us or here at newegg. Oh and if they said they fixed the SUPERFISH thing, how could it still be on this, every restore from the factory puts it right back on the system!!!!!! So you have to deal with that EVERYTIME you factory restore! This is the first and more than likely last time I will buy from this company(Lenovo that is not Newegg, Newegg rocks as always). I just setup a return for a refund. Just AVOID! Wish I would have done a bit more research other than the reveiws on here. If you own this model make sure to run antivirus programs, MalwareBytes(it does take care of the VIRUS). Wish I could think of more pros but I cannot.

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  • James S.
  • 2/7/2015 11:33:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsits not the best

Pros: Good on battery usage, Light weight

Cons: Video drivers, odd behaveyer on battery

Other Thoughts: Loaded the best video driver from APU maker. Computer locks up running on battery at boot. Works fine pluged in. But Litecoin and Bitcoin wallets. They load normally on ac power. But will not load on battery and this breaks the wallet if you use the battery power to open these wallets. If I could I would get a refund.

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  • Kevin K.
  • 1/27/2015 9:31:40 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDecent

Pros: - Decent specs for a $500 machine.

Cons: - Poor quality, flimsy display.
- Horrible battery life.

Other Thoughts: A few tips for people that have purchase this laptop.

1. If you want to install a clean copy of Windows 8.1, there's a utility from Microsoft that will download the Windows 8.1 ISO. The product key is built into the bios so all you need to do is burn the ISO and boot from it. From there download the drivers from Lenovo. The full model is Z50-75.

2. Don't bother with installing Windows 8 and upgrading to 8.1. It won't work. This was the first thing I tried (I had a copy of Windows 8 lying around). Not only does the upgrade to 8.1 fail every time but the drivers from Lenovo are incompatible with Windows 8.

3. If you have an issue with the laptop freezing while running off the battery, download and run the bios updater from Lenovo. This fixed the issue for me.

4. Windows 7 installs and runs well on this machine. However, you'll need to change the bios settings to support legacy (non efi) operating systems.

5. Ubuntu 14.10 works perfectly with a fresh install. Wifi, sound, vid card, everything. Ubuntu 14.04 didn't work at all. Couldn't even get it to install.

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  • KALEB D.
  • 1/23/2015 5:01:28 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat at a discount!

Pros: Decent performance from the A10, fan is quiet and laptop is deadly silent at idle and light load with an SSD. Full keyboard and nice feel of keys. Brushed aluminum looks nice.*

Cons: Battery life is 4-5 hours at best. Lenovo does not offer a larger battery or an ultrabay battery to replace obsolete disk drive as this model doesn't have an ultrabay, only solution I've found is to buy more batteries. The keyboard isn't backlit, I think you can get one that is though. No trackpoint. Brushed aluminum loves anything that touches it so much it leaves a permanent smudge so you can remember every time you ever touched it.

Other Thoughts: One of the first things I did was swap HDD for an SSD, works great. Then I installed a liquid metal pad in hopes to improve cooling, unsure if it helped. The laptop is very good and simple enough to service minus the plastic clips all along the outside of the deck of the laptop and a hidden screw under a lenovo sticker on the underside middle of the computer. For $470 I thoroughly enjoy it and will pardon the minor flaws.

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  • dillon h.
  • 1/20/2015 3:39:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggssome nit-picks

Pros: good enough for the price. i got it in the sub $500 range so its a nice deal. does what i want it to. handles a stream and game window open (med-low graphics) for me

Cons: It has some slight minor issues for me that might not bother you. The space bar on my is just utter garbage, most of the keys are very nice and light but i slam the space bar just so it registers. Also this laptop does not like to be used on your lap... all the cooling intake is on the bottom (like all the way across). So if you have it on any soft surface this bad boy gets hot!

Other Thoughts: If this lap top was more practical for anything other than a desk or cooling pad i'd say it makes a well rounded laptop seeing as its not serious enough for dedicate hard surface use nor capable of using as a sort of off time browser given the very short battery life. if u don't mind any of that and windows 8.1 though this is your laptop

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