Reviewed by clappboard (Currently owns)
This review is for the Lenovo G580 with Intel i5-3210M core processor, Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics, 1TB HDD, and 8GB RAM.
Overall, the experience with this laptop is very good. The build quality is solid, but not indestructible. It's all plastic, and does flex a moderate amount in some places. Don't expect anything spectacular, but it's good for the price.
Intel's i5-3210M is a solid midrange processor, clocking in at 2.50 GHz with the option to turboboost up to 3.1 GHz. For moderately heavy use and all the multitasking you could want the processor will perform admirably. The same is true for the Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics (as long as you aren't planning on any heavy gaming). The best part about the processor is that, even when it's being heavily taxed, the laptop runs cool and quiet. You can't even tell that it's running if the screen isn't on, which leads to the next point: the complete lack of sense in the placement of the indicator lights. The power, battery, and caps lock key are placed inconveniently on the front of the laptop. This sometimes makes it difficult to tell what's going on, especially with the caps lock thing.
8 gigs of RAM is 8 gigs of RAM, and 1TB of storage is a lot of space; there's not much else to say there.
The screen quality (1366x768, 15.6", glossy) isn't bad, but it could be better. I found myself cranking up the font size on my 1366x768 13.3" Acer subnotebook, so any higher resolution on the G580 would be pretty taxing on my eyes. YMMV though. The hinge is sturdy, almost surprisingly so. I'm VERY pleased with it. Holding the computer on my lap, the screen doesn't bounce around at all.
Touchpad isn't the best, but if you turn the sensitivity down it's usable (and I've used a lot of much worse touchpads). I almost immediately wiped Windows 8 off it and replaced it with Ubuntu 12.10, on which I found the touchpad to be much more usable than on Windows -- surprisingly enough.
I get about 5 hours of battery life on Ubuntu, and can't comment on the Windows side of things. However, I'd imagine that it's probably about the same, maybe less.
The verdict: a very good general use laptop. The price is fair (I also got $320 off due to a holiday sale on top of the low price), and the stats are good for that price. I would recommend this laptop for anyone who needs a reliable, standard performance laptop.
- Design 7
- Keyboard 10
- Touchpad 7
- Display 7
- Performance 9
- Heat / noise 10
- Battery life 6
- Software 6