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Pros: -Quad-Core APU @ 2.1GHz
-Phenomenal integrated graphics
-Reasonably capable discrete GPU
-Very thin (0.5" at front, 1.0" at rear)
-Full chiclet keyboard w/ number pad
-One cover (three screws) gives access to RAM, hard drive, CPU, GPU, and fan.
-Decent battery life when used properly (see Other Thoughts)
Cons: -Case feels a little bit on the flimsy side. Not enough to dock an egg for, but just enough to be noticeable. Lenovo probably could've made this sturdier without making it heavy.
-Only 4GB of single-channel RAM. Would've preferred 6GB/8GB, or 4GB dual-channel, since the integrated GPU takes a full 1.25GB of system RAM for itself, leaving the system a little bit memory-starved.
-Left edge of keyboard heats up when using the discrete GPU, just a little too warm for comfort.
-Power brick gets unusually warm when using the computer under load for a significant amount of time
-Comes with Windows 8.
-Occasionally spacebar will not register when hit. Frustrating when typing (i'vehad to correct several errors in this review already - error left uncorrected intentionally)
-Trackpad is very sensitive (need to disable for gaming)
-Trackpad click keys are a little bit loud
-No way to scroll using trackpad. This is really my biggest complaint with the system, it would be nice to be able to use the trackpad for scrolling.
-On arrival, system would not recognize battery. The battery contacts had a thin layer of what I can only describe as dirt or corrosion on them, preventing them from making good contact.Rubbed them clean with a folded piece of paper, and the battery has worked great ever since.
Other Thoughts: -Battery lasts 3-4 hours when not using discrete GPU, but only about an hour when running graphics-intensive applications.
-No physical switch to turn off wireless card. Not really a con, just unexpected
-Processor stays clocked around 2.8GHz under load (lower than max turbo clock of 3.1GHz, but significantly higher than stock clock of 2.1GHz)
-Immediately upon receiving the computer, I updated the BIOS, removed the hard drive, and installed a different hard drive loaded with a fresh install of Fedora 16 (Linux). Fedora recognized all of the hardware except for the wired network adapter out of the box, no modifications needed. I have since switched to Windows 7 (very easily), and all of Lenovo's drivers provided on their support site work beautifully.
-Screen resolution is only 1366x768. Not really a con, because of the price, but would've preferred a 1600x900 or 1920x1080 display.
For the price, this is a phenomenal machine. It provides adequate gaming performance (all the games I've tried on medium or high) in a lightweight, portable package. I highly recommend this laptop to people looking for a portable multi-purpose laptop that can handle light to moderate gaming. If using this laptop for moderate gaming, I strongly recommend only doing so while plugged in, and configuring the computer to run the processor at max clock and force applications to use discrete (and ONLY discrete) graphics (selectable in AMD driver software).
Display Name: Nathan A.
Date Joined: 05/20/12
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