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Lenovo Laptop G50-80 (80E501U3US) Intel Core i5 5th Gen 5200U (2.20 GHz) 6 GB Memory 500 GB HDD Intel HD Graphics 5500 15.6" Windows 8.1

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  • Intel Core i5 5th Gen 5200U (2.20 GHz)
  • 6 GB Memory 500 GB HDD
  • Intel HD Graphics 5500
  • 1366 x 768
  • Windows 8.1
  • DVDRW

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
2/ 5
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Pros: - Removable Battery. I know most laptop batteries are removable, but some aren't. This one is.
- User upgradable. Some manufacturers don't want the user to modify the Hard Drive or RAM. This laptop was designed with these parts to be user upgradable & replaceable. The back is easily removed for access to these parts.

Cons: - Very Slow. The stock RAM and Hard Drive are not enough to run Window very well. This may not be the case for all, but mine came with two RAM sticks installed (4GB + 2GB) I replaced the 2GB with an 8GB module, to end up with 12GB RAM. The system was running a little faster, after the RAM upgrade, but was still very slow to boot. I replaced the HDD for an SSD, and now it's running much better.
- Cheap plastic. The plastic feels very weak. I'm worried it wouldn't take too much to break it.
- Proprietary AC adapter. I may be nitpicking, but if the AC adapter were to fail, you would have to purchase one from Lenovo, because it's not a standard connector.
- Preloaded with Windows 8.1. The Windows 10 upgrade is free, but it takes a couple hours to complete the upgrade.

Other Thoughts: When I bought this laptop It was just supposed to be a portable internet browser, for streaming media, and to run basic productivity applications. I didn't expect it to be a powerhouse, by any means. But this computer was so frustratingly slow I had to sink another $200 in upgrades just to make it passable. Even on sale, I don't feel this laptop was worth the money spent.
My recommendation... Keep shopping.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Lenovo knows exactly what they are doing.

Pros: I have had this laptop for about a year now and continue to be surprised by the quality in Lenovo. I was happy before but I just put a SSD in it and the process was smoother than expected. The laptop has a tiny dedicated BIOS boot button instead of mashing function keys hoping you hit the correct boot option key which is frustratingly not standardized. This may be something that only makes a difference 5-6 times throughout the lifespan of a laptop but it is Lenovo's attention to stern functionality in this case that made my night yesterday.

Despite coming preloaded with windows 8.1, Lenovo had drivers available for 7 through 10 which allowed me to install off an old 7 pro DVD and upgrade to 10, the whole process only took about 2-3 hours including finding and installing the WiFi driver to get things going.

Besides these functions the design is sleek and clean. The keyboard size and layout is more comfortable than any(laptop) I have used before and it has tiny LED's for Caps/Shift lock to let you know when they're on which is another amenity you didn't know you cared about until you don't have it.

I spent several months shopping around before I decided on this laptop. At this price point, I would call it unrivaled.

Cons: The DVD drive made a lot of noise but I specifically bought a laptop with a disc drive to make sure installing a different OS would be easy.

It doesn't have a dedicated graphics card which is why it doesn't cost $200 more. I've played WoW, Diablo 3, Skyrim, Fallout 3, and Heroes of the Storm without any problem. Obviously settings need to be kept low but this isn't a gaming laptop.

Other Thoughts: On a fresh 7 install none of the networking or USB ports worked so make sure you have drivers on a DVD.
I have suggested this laptop to several people and prefer it to my work HP that cost 2x as much.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Pros and cons

Pros: The price, for one. I got this for $389 from Newegg and for the price, it's pretty solid.

Very upgradable and requires very little work to do so. I was able to put 16gigs DDR3 + a Samsung SSD in this thing out of the box and it took about two minutes. The upgraded version runs Linux Mint blazingly fast, and even before upgrade, my one-time bootup of Win10 wasn't _terribly_ slow.

Graphics ability is good. Even though it isn't a dedicated card, HD5500 doesn't slow down even a little on playback, etc. Very decent.

Comes with a DVD drive, which is a rarity these days.

Screen brightness is okay compared to my (2010-era) laptop.

It's tremendously light. It's not an ultrabook, obviously, so the lightness is because of cheaply-made plastic yuckyness (see cons below). Even so, it's light.

Cons: There are tons of cons about this machine that started rearing their heads once it was no longer returnable. I typically ignore "usual cons" (screen resolution, slow HDD...) on machines that are this cheap but these are "beyond low-quality".

The biggest problem is the extremely flimsy, low-quality case. I expected super-flimsy for the price and even I was surprised at how cheap it felt. That alone would have been fine, but a few months later, the internal plastic that holds the screen mount screws into place broke off completely. Picture this: There was no way to put the two back case screws in because of the break, so every time I opened/closed the screen, the back of the case would separate so that the guts of the machine were exposed. After taking it apart and inspecting, I realized I had to buy a new bottom case cover + wristpad. Got 'em used on a popular online auction site for ~$50 and after totally rebuilding the thing + spending $40, got it back to functioning fine.

Then, the flimsy membrane keyboard broke; a key fell out randomly. Another trip to the auction site, another $20 and it works fine. It was a cheap fix that took a bit of time, and if you're not hardware savvy, it may have been a bummer. I didn't mind too much.

Now, it's starting shocking me whenever I lift it by the front right of the case (earphone jack area). I'd say that I get a small electric jolt ~50% of the time I lift it there. I'm not too thrilled about that.

The trackpad randomly stops working and it only starts working again when I stop using it and (seriously...) blow on it, so it's as if there's dust there but there's not. Also, since I changed the palm rest, this is an entirely new trackpad and still, the problem persists. I'm assuming it's some sort of electrical issue.

Other small things:
* Randomly runs hot, even when idling

* Doesn't behave well with Linux hibernate functionality.

* Wifi is about 50% slower than that of a ~700 Acer. To be expected, I guess, and given
that Lenovo blacklists nearly every Wifi card on the market, not one that's worth fixing
for me personally. FWIW: It's still very capable. I get ~50Mbps (on connections where the
Acer gets ~110-120), so quickness is still there.

* The key layout is weird. The F4 key closes the open screen and the F6 key locks your
trackpad so if you do dev work and use F5 to refresh a lot (like I do), it'll drive you mad.
I ended up having to use xmodmap to completely unprogram both F4 and F6.

* Speakers are moderately loud but have almost no bass.

* A full battery charge lasts ~90 minutes on full brightness, doing average tasks.
I've squeaked ~4 hours out if it's super-dim but don't expect more than that.

Other Thoughts: I've mentioned this before in other reviews but: I tend to prefer solutions that are cheap. For me, buying a machine + maxing out its upgrades for < $550 was important, so for people like me (for whom the performance + price point outweigh the inevitable mishaps and lost time for fixes later), I'd recommend it.

Knowing what I know now, I'd likely have spent $100ish more to get a better-made machine with approximately the same performance.

All in all: It's a capable machine at a good price. I'd have given it 4 eggs if not for the electric shock, but I can't it good conscience give 80% to a machine that could ostensibly kill a person on a pacemaker, etc.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
A Fantastic Laptop At The Price

Pros: Reasonably fast
Easy to swap for SSD
Plenty of RAM for general usage
Decent build quality

Cons: None really

Other Thoughts: For a time, this was simply the best laptop you could get for the money. Unfortunately, that time has passed, and there are now other laptops occupying the same slot. Still, this was a solid buy, and if you can get similar specs in the range of $400, go for it; you won't be disappointed.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
G50-80 - Very satisfied

Pros: Very satisfied. Laptop arrived with Windows 8.1. I downgraded to W7P, replaced the Broadcom wireless/bt card with an Intel 3160 dual band AC card and upgraded the 500mb hdd with a Crucial ssd. Total expended was $510. Overall an excellent piece of equipment.

Cons: 1) Plastic but solid.
2) Resolution is no worse than any other 1366 x 768, but no better either.
3) Fan louder than my previous Thinkpad.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Perfect laptop for work and movies!

Pros: Powerfull, stylish for the price and light weight for the price too!

Cons: Only 500GB HDD mine is already full. I need to use a external HDD.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
New Toy

Pros: Wife likes it bought it for her replaced a Sony
Light clean and took the ten upgrade with out me getting angry about the time it took.

Cons: None Yet

Other Thoughts: Bought when it was on sale price almost double now. Should have bought two when I could have.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
64-bit confirmed.

Pros: I'm just adding this on as an edit to my other comment, which claims this thing has a 32-bit OS, but it is confirmed to have a 64-bit OS. I apologize if it was a factor/will be a factor in your decision-making process.

Also, the graphics that are integrated in this laptop aren't bad. I could easily do some light gaming on this.

Cons: It's near impossible to find an edit button on this site.

see my other review.

Other Thoughts: This laptop can fairly easily get dirty, or at least you tend to notice it more easily. Just brush it off and it'll be good. It's not really a con, but it's something I just want to point out.

I don't know if this is con-worthy, but Lenovo has actually created it's own partition in my laptop's hard drive. Either that, or they have a different drive in there, which would be pretty cool, especially for an SSD RAID config. Probably the former. I find this quite odd. Why anyone would want to go out of their way to put Lenovo programs on their laptop is beyond me. Let alone take extra space on the hard drive just in dedication to those programs. I know I never use them, but some others might beg to differ. It is probably on your laptops, too. To check, just go to any folder, go to my pc, or this pc and there will be 2 partitions, one being Windows8_OS, or Windows10_OS, and there will be another drive right next to it that is labeled LENOVO.

Other than that, I can't think of any more pros and cons off the top of my head.

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