Pros: The design is great.
This has a removable plate, three screws no issues. Pushes off as easy as an old school cell phone trying to remove a battery. Easy easy easy!
You have direct access to memory, fans, chips, hard drives as soon as you remove it.
This computer has a "novo button" which is used to access things like boot menus and bios. You can use it while hibernating or when powered off.
The bios is painless and it is very easy to get windows 7 on this machine.
You just use the novo button, switch to legacy boot system, and make sure you switch to legacy boot support, and just choose your method.
Cons: The only con I really have, is that Lenovo, has a pretty shoddy support on their site for the drivers for things.
Their download page looks like it has all the things you need, but when you download and install it, it doesn't exactly work.
I had issue with the touch pad driver, audio driver, and the worst, the wireless driver.
I will post how I solved it here, because once the solution was found, it was easy.
These are the drivers for the touchpad and FN keys.
These work with windows 7.
For the audio, I let windows 7 find those online, worked perfect!
For the Wireless, this one I had to open the bottom, see the model number because NONE of the drivers worked. I ended up going directly to INTEL.
*DO NOT USE INTEL'S AUTO FIND APP*
It just fails and doesn't help. Mine had the intel wireless-n 7260. You might not. You might be able to use the default drivers on the Lenovo site.
If you too have this model, the direct link is here:
I used: Wireless_16.10.0_s64.exe on that page.
Overall Review: Is actually a CON, but really, so minor it is a nitpick. I don't like FN keys that you turn off and on, I prefer the shift like function where you just hold to use it and release to turn it off.
Roomy enough for a 2nd hard drive bay but doesn't have one, but I knew this going in.
Screen has a pretty poor viewing angle but most laptops do.
Pros: You already know the pros, I7 Haswell Processor, 8 GB of memory, 17.3 inch screen with full 1080p resolution, back lit keyboard, built in GT 745M, and pretty decent battery life.
Cons: Keyboard is a little flimsy, mine was popped out on the right side when it arrived, not a big deal, pushed it in, it clicked into place. Some people have mentioned poor viewing angles, it's a laptop, yes it has poor viewing angles, luckily it,s a laptop and you can move the screen easily.
Overall Review: When you get it update your drivers, and you'll be very pleased with this machine. I was looking for something I could take to LAN parties without having to lug my gaming rig around, or breaking the bank.. This computer plays newer games at lower settings which exactly what I expected. Gets a little hot when gaming obviously, buy a laptop cooler. The battery life is very surprising actually, if you're gaming with it plug it in, if you need to take it to school, you can run this thing for hours without needing to charge it. Buy this laptop. Windows 8.1 isn't bad at all, had some compatibility issues with League of Legends but windows 8.1 resolved the problem for me with it's own trouble shooter (first time a windows troubleshooter has helped).
Pros: Fast Processor, lots of storage and a good video card
Cons: Useless bloatware, poor battery life, somewhat faulty bios
Overall Review: When unbinding the function keys in the bios the f4 remains locked. But a fix is on the way in a bios update. Other than that the laptop is nice and powerful. It plays games very well and the sound is pretty awesome for what it is. The display is crisp and colorful and the touch pad works good. As for the bloatware I called Lenovo support and had a set of recovery disks sent that were shipped over night free of charge. Then I did a clean install of Windows 8.1. I'm confident if I have any problems within the warranty period they will be taken care of promptly. So far I am pleased with the purchase and support. No buyers remorse here. Despite the f key problem I still rate it five stars because it will be fixed.
Pros: -Price point is incredible for the included hardware
-Very light for a 17 inch laptop
-Surprisingly long battery life for its size
-LED backlit screen is very bright and easily usable in direct sunlight
Cons: -no physical media included with the unit (drivers disc, windows disc, etc...) makes replacing the hard disk difficult (take this into consideration if you want to swap the drive for a SSD like me)
-touchpad left and right buttons are integrated as part of the touchpad - easy to accidentally move the mouse particularly when attempting to right-click
Overall Review: -screen hinges feel a bit loose though the screen does remain in place so long as the unit isn't moved
-for comfortable use of the unit, I would definitely recommend an external mouse - attempting to click the mechanical buttons in the touchpad often results in unintended mouse movement, and the tap to click function of the pad is very sensitive and often generates a click when I didn't intend one
I bought this unit to use for my upcoming college courses because it was the most cost effective option I could find that satisfied my college's system requirements.
Great specs for price
Holds a lot of space even though much of it was taken by the restore partition (about 100 GB)
Cons: Poor battery life
Warms up after a certain amount of power is used (which decreases the life on the machine)
A bit heavy so laying down with it is a bit painful
Overall Review: Well I wrote a review on the same machine before it just had Windows 8 not 8.1. And that machine had a lot of flaws, but this one here I am satisfied with. Gamecube/PS2 emulation with high quality enhancements works pretty well on here. I'm sure there are quite a few modern PC games that will run to but I haven't tested that out yet. I got to pay nearly the same amount I did on the last machine because they ran out of stock as soon as mine had reached them, so customer service was mostly pretty nice.
I recommend this laptop. I just dont like the keyboard because it seems too spaced out.
Pros: • The display is great
• Illuminated keyboard is a nice touch
• Overall atheistic are nice, no cheesy lights on the outside
• Great boot time with Windows 8
• 4 USB Ports (2 High Speed)
• Blu-ray player
Cons: • About once a week I get a "unauthorized battery" pop up and my battery wont charge. The more reading I do on it the more it sounds like it is a common problem. The only fix is to remove the battery and put it back in the terminal which doesnt sound hard but the battery gets fully depleted which really hurts its mobility if you have to bring your A/C charge cord everywhere with you. Why even have a laptop? No help from Lenovo as well. But I have installed the new BIOS and removed the battery bloatware that could be the issue.
• A lot of bloat ware
• There was no superfish on my machine but even having to worry about it was a con.
• Speakers are "meh"
Overall Review: Aside from the battery issue the machine is a great value. If they can resolve the issue the machine would get 5 stars but if I was shopping for this machine I would be weary just because of this issue. Their customer service is poor but that almost seems to be industry standard with these companies aside from MAC but a similar mac would be twice the price.
Pros: This system has plenty of power and a wonderful screen. I use it primarily for development and run several Virtual boxes at once on it and never suffer performance degradation.
Cons: Apparently, this system shipped with an 'Unauthorized battery.' Now it literally won't charge. It seems I'm out two hundred dollars for a new battery.
Pros: This is an update to a previous review -- I can't figure out how to edit my original post on 3/15/2014.
Cons: As stated prior, I am running Windows 8.1 and Start8, mimicking the UI of Windows 7. I can't stand Windows 8. After installing a slew of MS updates about 1 month ago, the machine attempted a warm boot. After the logging in, Window's UI hung, displaying a black screen with a functional mouse pointer. After 4 hours of troubleshooting, I was forced to reimage the drive with a recent backup prior to the updates. A week later, I tried the updates again, and the exact same thing happened. I figured it must be something low-level -- either a BIOS or graphics driver issue. I went to Nvidia's website and downloaded a newer driver package. The machine hung again at the same spot upon reboot after updates. I am now in the position of owing a $1500 laptop that cannot be upgraded. I went to Lenovo's website and updated the BIOS. I have not yet tried to update the OS again, as I do not have an afternoon to devote to this nonsense. I searched the web, and haven't found any problems like mine -- the closest thing being a BIOS-related issue regarding running off of battery. Lenovo's website doesn't offer any contact options, despite this machine being under warranty. I will continue to use the laptop without further updates for the time being, and will post again if I ever figure this out. Too bad -- this is a nice machine, marred by a horrible trackpad and BIOS/driver issues. Stay tuned.