Lenovo G50-45 (College Review)

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The Lenovo G50-45 is a stylish laptop with solid build quality that won’t break the bank. The laptop takes its looks from it’s brethren, the more powerful G50-70 and the entry-level G50-30 (also known as the IdeaPad G50-70 and IdeaPad G50-30, respectively). Lenovo took a different direction than usual by ditching Intel for their processor in the Lenovo G50-45. Does the decision pay off? Read our Lenovo G50-45 review below to see for yourself!


Features

  • DVD drive
  • Dolby Advanced Audio
  • AccuType Keyboard
  • 30 Day Free Trial for McAfee LiveSafe
  • OneKey Recovery
  • HD Webcam

Specs

  • Screen Size: 15.6″
  • Screen Resolution: 1366 x 768
  • Processor: AMD A8-6410 (2.0 GHz)
  • Memory: 6GB DDR3
  • Hard Drive: 1TB HDD
  • GPU: AMD Radeon R5 M230
  • Wireless: Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 b/g/n
  • Average Battery Life: 4 hours
  • Weight: 4.63 lbs

Specs Review: The Lenovo G50-45 comes with a 1366 x 768 resolution display, in line with other competitive laptops. It’s not great, but it won’t kill your eyes either. The screen is a standard 15.6″, typical of mid-range laptops. Lenovo decided to use the AMD A8 for this laptop, which might have worried some used to running Intel processors in their machines. Those scared can put their fears to rest. While not as great as some of Intel’s similar offerings, the processor is more than capable of handling daily tasks and helps keep the price of the laptop low. With a different processor came a different graphics card. Instead of the normal Intel HD Graphics found in laptops of this tier, the AMD Radeon R5 M230 is found within the Lenovo G50-45. It will handle basic graphics, but don’t expect it to play any high end games smoothly. If you absolutely need to play games on it though, low settings are all you can expect to be playable. The Lenovo G50-45 is also equipped with 6GB of RAM. It is below the industry standard of 8GB, but is more than enough for normal use. If needed, however, the memory can be upgraded to 8GB. Included in the laptop is also 1TB of storage, more than enough for most people. The hard drive will surely last a while for users, and is perfect for those who love to save photos and videos. In the wireless spectrum, most standard wireless capabilities are included, including Bluetooth 4.0, meaning connecting to the web while in college shouldn’t be a problem. As for sound, the Lenovo G50-45 comes with stereo speakers and Dolby Advanced Audio. It isn’t any better than other speakers, but will serve you fine when used. The Lenovo G50-45 weighs in at 4.63 lbs. The laptop is lighter than your average machine in the same price range, and comes in a slim profile, allowing you to easily carry it around campus. Finally, in the battery department, the Lenovo G50-45 is pro-rated for 4 hours of use. It is lower than what many have come to expect, so keep yourself near an outlet at all times if you plan to buy this.

On the software side, Lenovo includes your typical software, including a 30-day free trial of malware McAfee LiveSafe. Also included is Lenovo’s OneKey recovery, a backup system that easily allows you to backup and restore your data to and from the cloud. It’s especially helpful after you catch a virus from “watching videos” or having your parents download too many toolbars, as you can easily return to a previous backup in a snap.


Customer Review Summary (from online reviews):

  • Best bang for your buck”
  • “…it’s been great light enough for me to carry in my back pack and still durable to travel.”
  • “This is a very decent PC for the price.”

Conclusion for College Students: The Lenovo G50-45 is great for those who are on a budget. It comes shipped with the latest version of Windows, and can help college students get by with most tasks expected at college. For those who aren’t the most tech savvy, and don’t need the latest and greatest, this is an excellent laptop. Many have found it easy to set up, and OneKey goes a long way to protect one’s data from “accidents” and other technical difficulties on the software side. The laptop is light and thin as well, allowing students to easily carry it across campus. As long as the battery life is acceptable to you, and you can deal with not having Intel, this is a great buy for the price.

Looking for something that is really cheap, and will fulfill your basic needs for a laptop? Check out the HP Stream 13.
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