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One of the biggest advantages of the Lenovo G580 range is that they all come with an operating system preinstalled and ready to use. Most of them come with Windows 8 nonetheless, but there are also models with Windows 7 if you like it better. Also the OneKey Recovery offered by Lenovo is an amazing feature to have out of the box.

The main issue with the G580 range is that most models actually come with no dedicated graphics card. They only have the Intel HD 4000, witch is a very respectable graphics card, but it never was designed for real gaming in mind. Also I have noticed that many models don't have Bluetooth as standard on them, witch is really surprising these days when every other laptop has it.



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Technical Details

Processor from Intel® Celeron® B800 to 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i5 3210M from 1.8 GHz to 3.1 GHz
Video Card from Intel HD Graphics to NVIDIA® GeForce® GT630M 1GB/2GB
RAM Memory from 4 GB to 16 GB DDR3 – 1600Mhz
Audio Integrated stereo speakers (2x1.5W) with Dolby Advanced Audio
Operating System Windows 8
Display 15.6-inch 1366 x 768px
Storage Drive 1 TB 5400rpm
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
USB 2.0 Ports 1
USB 3.0 Ports 2
Built-in Camera 0.3 MP
Built-in Microphone Yes
Optical Drive DVD±RW or Blue-ray Disc drive
Memory Card Reader Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Headphone-out Yes
VGA-out Yes
HDMI-out Yes
LAN-out Yes
Color Dark Brown Metal, Glossy Brown, Red, Blue
Width 14.8 in.
Depth 9.6 in.
Height 1.3 in.
Weight 5.7 lbs. lbs.
Battery Life up to 5 hours
Warranty 1 Year

Updated on March 19th, 2013

Who is it for? discussing who would benefit most from this laptop…

Student

There isn’t a whole bunch of free time left for students, not if you want to learn and be the best there is and also work on the side. However, if you don’t find yourself in that situation, this laptop should serve just nicely.

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The Lenovo G580 above has a decent amount of performance, and most importantly, it doesn’t come at a very large price, fact which makes this laptop perfect for any student on a budget.
It has a very good Intel Pentium Dual-Core 2020M Processor (2.4 GHz) 4GB of RAM and 500 GB of storage.
Plus, I can personally vouch that it is extremely reliable.

Casual User

The Casual User will find that he has a large choice of models available in the G580 range. I would recommend that he goes for a mid to low range CPU, so 2nd generation Intel Core i3 or the top Pentium Dual Core and 4  GB of RAM. I think the processor will be able to cope with anything a casual user needs and the 4GB of RAM will ensure that the laptop can be used for many years without a problem. I recommend the same model as for students:

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Lenovo G580 15.6-Inch Laptop (Dark Brown IMR/Metal)

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Business User

The needs of the Business User in regards to performance are very similar to those of a student. The performance need is relatively average, but where the student has he’s sights on the price, the business user has his sights on mobility. The business user needs hes laptop to be able to work on the go during a flight or commute and to have good enough performance to ensure very good responsiveness. The Intel Core i3 processor is well known for it’s low energy needs and good power output, so I think this processor will be a good choice in a laptop. I would recommend the following model running the 3rd generation Intel Core i3 and having 4GB of RAM:

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The declared battery life for this model is 5 hours witch I think is more than enough for any situation.

Power User

Interestingly enough the G580 models with the best specifications aren’t even available on  Amazon but you can find the best processor with a 500GB HDD and buy a RAM upgrade and get it to the level you desire.

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I think this device with a 8GB RAM upgrade will be able to meet the needs of a Power User easely.

If this still doesn’t meet your needs you can go directly to the Lenovo website and configure it just the way you like it.

Gaming

Even if the 3rd generation Intel Core i5 combined with the Intel HD 4000 are a very capable team, playing almost any of today’s games on medium to low setting, I think the Lenovo G580 when fully speced up with the Nvidia GeForce GT630M 2GB graphic card will exceed the 700$ mark and for that kind of money you can get something a lot better.

If you are ok with the performance of the Intel HD 4000 and 3rd generation Intel Core i5 then the G580 is a very good choice and with a RAM upgrade will become a very capable laptop. Otherwise I suggest looking for a different model.

Sumary

Overall the Lenovo G580 doesn’t have the look, feel or performance of a “value line” laptop. The quality of the overall product is a lot better than it’s competitors in the same price range. That being said, I think this is the best entry level laptop available out there, with some style, very good build quality and many configurations to choose from.  I am sure anyone will find a model that suits their needs.

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