Bought for my son for university but is quite capable of gaming. Build quality seems very good and it was easy to set up.
Try to buy without windows 8. A good and robust laptop with all the functionality i need. Unfortunately spoiled by being loaded with windows 8 which reduced my productivity output so badly i re-loaded it with linux and open office.
Lenovo G700 17.3-inch Laptop – Black (Intel Core i5 3230M 2.6GHz Processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVDRW, LAN, WLAN, BT, Nvidia Graphics, Windows 8)
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- Multi-touch touchpad – optimised for the Windows 8 interface
- Dolby Surround Sound delivers a premium and immersive surround sound experience
- AccuType keyboard – individual rounded keys for comfortable and accurate typing
- Energy Management – protects the long-term durability of the battery and uses energy-saving technology to increase time spent between charges
- OneKey Recovery – recover and back-up data at the press of a button
Excellent product with a fantastic spec – comparable laptops with this sort of spec are £300-400 more expensive. I went for the 17′ and it is big – possibly overall a bit too big but this is down to preference. Large screen particularly useful for work, graphics and web development and also watching movies.Picture quality is excellent, also enjoying the speed of usb3. Windows 8 is annoying but there is a work around with desktop view.
Win8. We’ll wait and seeseen. Got this at a reduced price of £479. First comment was the outer ‘amazon’ packaging which consisted of a grey plastic mailing bag. Considering the value of the item i would have hoped for at least a bit of bubble wrap. Anyway, that aside the lenovo packaging was very good and the bash in the outer box seems to have had no effect on the laptop. Going to be using for music recording mainly and the windows experience rating outstrips the current desktop that it’s replacing. Limiting factor is graphics (no concern to me) and hdd access times which could be improved by swapping the 5400rpm drive for an ssd or hybrid. Thought i was going to have issues with win8 but is more the sensitivity of the touchpad with prolonged pressure bringing up win8 menu items or activating applications. Easily changed to boot into desktop and will sort out touchpad settings later. Still loading up all the music software but buts up in current configuration in under 30s. So far so good, will update when everything is fully configured. Ok, all configured with ms office, music software, drivers etc. Quick tidy up with ccleaner and it’s now booting to the login screen in around 15s.
Great machine – shame about windows 8. I bought a lenovo g700 after a considerable amount of research because it appeared to offer great value for money given the machine’s high specification. After having used the laptop for a few weeks i can confirm that the build quality is good and in my opinion, easily equal to that of the ageing sony laptop which it replaced. The machine is very fast at doing the things i need it to do (office apps, cad photo editing etcetera) and boots in seconds. It is also very quiet, battery life is impressive, screen quality is good and the system backup options are great. All in all, i am very happy with my new computer and would happily recommend it to anyone looking for a capable machine offering lots of bang for their bucks. The big caveat for me is windows 8, which is not the fault of lenovo at all, but for me, does impact the usability of this machine. I have been using pcs since the earliest days of dos and have a reasonable amount of experience with the many different incarnations of windows which have been released over the years but windows 8 genuinely left me confused. I was also unsettled by the need to have to set up an account with microsoft (providing my contact details) as part of the operating system’s initialization process, maybe there is a way around having to do this, but if this is the case, it was not obvious to me as i went through the process. I eventually downloaded some third party software (giving me back a start menu which it seems microsoft no longer thinks i need) and for me this saved the day and made the computer work more as i want it to.
Lenovo G700 17.3-inch Laptop – Black (Intel Core i5 3230M 2.6GHz Processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, DVDRW, LAN, WLAN, BT, Nvidia Graphics, Windows 8) : I yet to have any trouble with this laptop, and i think it is a brilliant buy, well worth the money. The turbo boost really aids when playing games or using a lot of memory on the internet. There’s certainly plenty of space for personal files on the hard drive, even with the many additions of game installations. So far, no problem, and have had this since just after christmas now. So four coming on five months. I’d say the only problem is the windows 8 as it takes a bit of getting use to, but even then, you can use the windows 7 set up, so either preference is accounted for.