I'm Josh Goldman with CNET, and this is a look at a good basic laptop, the Lenovo G580.
Now, for around $500, you can get the G580 reasonably well-equipped with a 3rd gen Core i5 processor, 4 gigs or more of RAM, and integrated graphics, which is enough to handle general home-office tasks and entertainment like streaming movies and music.
The G580 is available with less powerful Celeron and Core i3 processors,
but the performance tradeoffs don't seem worth the money.
That said, the rest of the package is good with a 15.6-inch, 1366 x 768 resolution LCD, a webcam and stereo speakers that performed well, and plenty of ports, and a DVD burner.
The keyboard is nice except for the shrunken Shift key on the right, and the touchpad is responsive enough to navigate through the Windows 8 interface, which is good since this isn't a touch screen.
It is pretty big and heavy though, so it's probably not something you wanna carry with you regularly, and its battery life fell short of 4 hours in our test.
So, basically, it's a good simple laptop for undemanding home and office use, and there's nothing wrong with that.
I'm Josh Goldman, and that's the Lenovo G580.