Able to sport RAM-intensive programs like Photoshop, and Illustrator as well as smaller games like Minecraft with ease.
It's size makes it a very viable desktop replacement but it is lightweight enough to be transported and carried around.
Fingerprints gather frequently on it because does not have a brushed metal finish.
Lenovo's pre-installed programs are flat out obnoxious.
Windows 8 still feels lacking because of the deserted app store.
Low overall battery life (5-6 hrs maximum)
As a student, this was really my first personal laptop that I got to completely call my own. However, I feel that I have an above-average knowledge of computers. Overall I can say that I have very much enjoyed my experience with the computer and especially for the price I ... Read full review
As a student, this was really my first personal laptop that I got to completely call my own. However, I feel that I have an above-average knowledge of computers. Overall I can say that I have very much enjoyed my experience with the computer and especially for the price I paid. I have now had the laptop for around two months now and encountered no problems. Let's get started.
The laptop can be portable but I'm going to say it is best when it isn't. The 17 inch display is just amazing and the resolution is really nice which makes it great for watching movies (sadly no Blu-Rays though). However, 17 inches obviously can be a little bulky even though it is lightweight. The battery life isn't stellar and has about a five to six hour maximum. This is the weakest quality of the computer. Other than that the system works very well.
The touchpad is by no means bad, but I sometimes found myself annoyed. Often, I might accidently carry out a touch-function that I didn't mean to and switching apps or bringing up the charms menu. However, you can disable these Windows 8 specific features. The touchpad is extremely responsive though and I have had no problems with this. I personally prefer my Logitech M705 mouse but both options function well.
The 8gb RAM, Intel i5, and Intel graphics card make for relatively seamless navigation and running of programs, games as well. I was able to run Minecraft, Slender, and even The Walking Dead very easily. Gamers won't have any problems unless you're trying to run some upper tier stuff, but in that case, this isn't your laptop. Photoshop and Illustrator run well as well.
You get the some exclusive-Lenovo programs from the get-go. However, the Lenovo programs are flat out obnoxious as I said before. Don't waste your time with any of the Lenovo apps. Better, more efficient and effective freeware can be found online or here on c|net. I've no problems with Windows 8 compatibility so far. And as for Windows 8 itself? Yes, it obviously takes some getting used to and the app store is a ghost town. As of now, there are very few official, quality apps (most notably no official Youtube, Twitter, or Facebook app). Instead, most are user-generated and mediocre. But Windows 8 amazing, distinctive design makes it extremely exciting. All in all, I have found my Windows 8 experience to be quite enjoyable and rewarding.
I am very pleased with my laptop and feel like it is well worth the buy. I'm looking forward to seeing how the Windows Store improves. As a student, I can say this laptop is a great and reliable tool. Hope this was helpful. Thanks.