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Lenovo IdeaPad G505s (59406417) Notebook AMD A-Series A10-5750M (2.50GHz) 6GB Memory 1TB HDD AMD Radeon HD 8650G 15.6
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: ***Latest Bios revision came preinstalled (v2.05)***
Price
build quality
specs (HDD size, plenty of ram, good video performance)
Light weight
Very thin.
Nice feel to keys
2 USB 3.0 ports
Plenty of processing power for my needs.
Good enough for light 3d Maya animation and light gaming (but this is a productivity machine for me, so no gaming).
Good battery life with power usage tweaks (4hr+). (3d App performance gets hit hard, though)

Cons: Somewhat slow HDD
Touch pad comes incredibly sensitive
plastic frame (Not a super big deal. Seems sturdy)
Only 1 USB 2.0 port (an issue if you're working with multiple Arduino boards)
No Touch screen or Wacom pen support (but I knew this)

Other Thoughts: This is my 4th Win 8 machine, and now the fastest one in the house. I am one of the growing few who like W8.

***You can set the touch pad sensitivity to something reasonable in its settings app (don't know why other supposedly advanced users didn't think of this). I'll have to see if Ubuntu has a similar app, but it works fine in Win8.1. Also after adjusting touch pad palm detection, I saw no typing issues at all.

I saw no CPU frequency reduction while plugged in (BIOS v2.05 installed already from factory)

I will be dual booting Ubuntu 14 and Win 8.1 x64, but first I'll replace the 1Tb drive with a 240Gb SSD. Currently, I have the factory drive in, but its too slow. I'm used to SSD so the upgrade is a must (also to get rid of all the bloat ware).

I bought this as my main dev device for Arduino/Java, c++, and Python, and also to do 3d animation in Maya (and some light photo editing in GiMP and PS), and so far its a great deal.

SketchIDE compiles my Arduino code way faster (less than half the time) than my super old Toshiba Tecra M4 (2007).

I did a test animation in Maya, and 3d performance was adequate (I'm used to graphics super computers at work, but this machine's performance is as expected) Perfect for Game quality animation, but higher quality rigs will need LOD or ways of reducing RT features so you can be productive, and not wait for frame updates. Not a big deal though. I did not see any artifacting in Maya (draw layer issues, and surface manipulation tool issues, like the sculpt tool not following the topology). However, polygon transparency buffering was sloppy, but this is expected on a general consumer grade video processor. Simple poly or Sub-d objects run fine.

This is a really good deal!

I'll update if anything changes.

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HIS H785F2G2M Radeon HD 7850 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Over Clocks like a beast. Currently @ 1120Mhz clock

Hashes fast, 325Mh/s @ 1120Mhz in BFGMiner with 0% errors

Runs Cool (overclocked stays at 69c) (normal clock doesnt break 50c)

Quiet

1080 games run smooth with high settings

Runs fine on a 450W PSU with no peripherals installed on the system.

Cons: Bit pricey for its age.

79XX cards leave it in the dust

Inefficient for mining, but good for experimenting if you're not going to throw down on an ASIC miner.

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Nippon Labs 15ft Premium High Performance HDMI Cable 15 ft. HDMI TO HDMI Cable A/V Gold Plated for 1080P cable HDTV Cable PS3 Cable and Xbox 360 Cable 15 feet
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: nice quality.
works with android devices.

Cons: Does not work with my radeon video card. Tried two difference cards, same results. I recommend a cable version 1.4 or later for HTPC applications. this cable is version 1.3b... I think.

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Display Name: Andrew S.

Date Joined: 06/18/07

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 09/29/10
  • Last Review: 07/01/14
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