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Lenovo IdeaPad G780 (59344005) Notebook Intel Core i5 3210M (2.50GHz) 6GB Memory 750GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 4000 17.3
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: It seems more than capable of handling everything I need it to with some minor adjustments. Windows 8 seems to be the biggest fault software wise with this laptop.

Cons: Where to start...

Wireless card is subpar at best. This has been commented on on several other reviews I've read for this laptop, so I won't dwell on it. I recommend if you're more than 30 or so feet from your router, just hardline it if you can. I work from home and have an office behind my garage where I use this primarily, and while I can get a connection and it works for browsing purposes, the software I use needs to have at least a 10/mbps connection and this just cannot pull those speeds wirelessly.

The battery life has also already been spoken to in other reviews, so I won't stay on this long. I haven't had a chance to really test the life of it, but it seems some people have a skewed view of what a stock laptop battery should be..If it doesn't last long, well, plug it in. Easy enough.

Now the REAL issues I've found with this machine.

-Mic location and quality: Again, I work from home. I provide technical support for a particular website that shall remain unnamed. My desktop machine, a Lenovo ThinkCentre, one day decided it was a rocket and initiate it's take of sequence, or at least that's what it sounded like. Being an older machine, we decided screw it, just not worth it to try to fix and so my boss got me this one. Being tech support, I talk on the phone, ALOT, and usually use a headset, but from time to time, I will use the mic on my webcam (like if I am training someone and they need to hear the conversations as well). The mic on this laptop is located on the lower left corner by the CTRL key on the keyboard. It picks up EVERY LITTLE SOUND the laptop makes, such as the hdd spinning up or the fan kicking on. IT does not however pick up ANY sound you actually want it to. Seriously, it sounds as though you are hanging your head out the window of a speeding car going through a tunnel, under water. Do not use it if you can avoid it.

-The other issue is the location of the speakers. I have had many laptops in the past, ranging from Toshiba's to HP's to Dell's, had a Compaq for a while even. All of my other laptops have had the speakers either on the top of the body of the laptop under the screen, or on the screen itself. I think I had one that had the speakers on the back under the screen even. The geniuses at Lenovo said "No! Normal is not good enough for the G780!" and in their infinite wisdom placed the speakers on the bottom under the front lip of the laptop. Now I want you to think about that for a minute. Where does a laptop typically sit if not on a desk/table? You're lap right? Now what part of the laptop is resting on your legs? Uh huh, that's right, the front lip. Way to go Lenovo, great job!

Other Thoughts: It is what it is. We got it on sale, and for the price I can't complain too much really. Since this is my work machine, I use it in my office, plugged in and hardlined, with a headset, so all in all it works for me. But if you're not intending to use it in the roughly the same manner, I would suggest looking elsewhere.

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Thermaltake VL200L1W2Z NVIDIA Edition Black and Green Lining ATX Full Tower Gaming Computer Case w/ 2x 120mm Fan (Front & Rear), 1x Front Colorshift LED 120mm Fan, 1x Top Colorshift LED 200mm Fan, 1x Side Colorshift LED 230mm fan & 1x Delta
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: -Cosmetically, a very sharp looking case.

-Case is spacious, allows for easy cable management and lots of air flow.

-Love the fact that Thermaltake painted the interior of the case on this one as my last nVidia case was pretty ugly looking inside and had no room at all, so huge improvement.

-5" inch drive bays are genuinely tool-less.

Cons: -The details are incorrect on this listing. The top exhaust fan (should have read the other reviews first) is a 170mm, not the 200 mm the video and the details state, so don't make the mistake I did and order a second 200 mm fan for it. Note: This is NOT Neweggs fault, they have it listed as the specs list, it is a misprinting on Thermaltakes side, unfortunately.

And as another reviewer states, the "tool-less" icage for your 3.5 drives is NOT tool-less. You must unscrew it before you can remove it and install your hdds.

-There is not a quick release option for the PCI slots, they're the old school screw in your card type, which is fine, but somewhat difficult due to the angles (I have tiny hands and tiny tools, still had a difficult time with it), so be prepared there.

-Finally. not really a con, actually attests to the spaciousness of this case, but I have a sabertooth mobo with i7 chip and cooler master v8 CPU cooler, which is why I needed to up my case from the previous nVidia model (I love the black and green). If you are coming from a case that previously housed your psu on top, and your mobo 8 pin was also on top, GET THE 8-PIN EXTENSION cable. This is a MUST (at least for me) as the 8-pin lead from my current psu is about 6 inches too short to make it comfortably around the CPU cooler. (4 inches too short to make it at all, comfortable or not.)

Other Thoughts: All in all a great case, even if slightly mis-represented by Thermaltake in regards to the fan sizes and "tool-less" options.

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Display Name: Cara P.

Date Joined: 01/13/06

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 04/09/13
  • Last Review: 04/25/13
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