The Lenovo G50-80 (80E502Q6IH) is a budget Ideapad that offers decent specs at quite an affordable price.
The Lenovo G50-80 is a laptop that is especially great for students. With a 15.6-inch screen and weighing 3.1 kg and a good configuration (2GHz Core i3-5005U/4 GB/1 TB/Win 10/INT Graphics), these factors make it worth a consideration for college students and desk-bound professionals.
Let us see some of the specs of this offering.
Build & Design
The Lenovo G50-80 is a regular laptop with zero pizzaz or flourishes. It has a plastic body although this body feels premium and pricier than your regular plastic body. The lid has rounded edges on the top and rather sharp ends at the bottom.
There is also an optical drive, a feature you won’t see on many laptops today. The CD/DVD RW is a handy feature to have if you still have a CD lying around.
A notable downside is the glossy top of the lid, which makes it a fingerprint magnet. It caught on some unsightly streaks the moment we unboxed the laptop, and unless you are going to put a protective film or cover over it, you can kiss aesthetics goodbye.
The G50-80 measures 51.4 x 32.2 x 6.4 cm and weighs a good 3.1 kg, making it a rather bad choice for users who want a more portable laptop. Ports Lenovo G50-80 are – 1x USB 3.0 and 2x USB 2.0, 2-in-1 Card reader (SD, MMC), HDMI, 1/8 Stereo audio port, Headphone and Microphone combo jack audio port, Black 45W 3-PIN AC Adaptor, and these are spread on both sides.
The Lenovo laptop has a full-size Chiclet keyboard with a number pad. The 15.6-inch frame is nicely used with consistently spaced keys. But in spite of having keys that have a significant travel, tactile feedback is sub par and missed keystrokes are all too common unless you get used to chunky typing.
The keyboard is otherwise solid with not much give in the chassis. The only places where we noticed some give was the top and bottom of the chassis, but that can be ignored unless you are a very heavy typist. For normal typists, there is no flex to speak of.
The Lenovo does not have a great battery. While the company claims that the laptop can run 4 hours on a full charge, on our tests involving one TV Show and regular surfing, the battery only lasted for about 3 hours.
Charging takes a while – nearly 2 hours to go to 100% from 2%
The Lenovo G50-80 has a 15.6-inch HD LED display with a screen resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels and 16:9 format.
In spite of the HD tag, the display on the Lenovo is quite disappointing. On a static image, the blacks appear punchy and colours are nicely offset against the black, but play a movie with dark scenes and you can see the limitations of the display.
We played a few scenes from various seasons of Sherlock on the Lenovo, and in the dark scenes, there was little-to-no detail. Colour accuracy suffered too, but the brightest colours did appear robust. Overall brightness could be higher though.
On the Lenovo G50-80, there isn’t much of a distortion on the horizontal plane, but on the vertical plane, the display can get woefully faded. The amount of detail you will see when sitting directly in front of the computer is very, very different from the detail seen when you are standing or bending over to see the screen. Even when using it on the top of your lap, the differences in vertical angle of viewing are immense and the screen may appear washed out if you change the angle.
In bright daylight, the screen does not display crisp images, and there’s a significant colour inaccuracy and wash-out effect.
As we mentioned, the Lenovo uses the older TN tech, which means short response times, so it could be good as a gaming laptop. It uses an integrated graphics card. Therefore, you cannot play demanding games like Dragon Age: Inquisition or Assassin’s Creed Unity. You can play games like NFS Rivals, Call of Duty and GTA 4 in 720p or medium settings.
With a 2GHz Intel Core i3 processor and 4-GB RAM, the Lenovo G50-80 made short work of basic computing tasks. We ran 13 active Google Chrome tabs with one HD video stream and a music player in the background, and there was no noticeable dip in the performance. With longer use though, there were times when some apps went unresponsive, but overall, the laptop did well.
The graphics card, though integrated, could handle HD photo and video editing and played less demanding games such as League of Legends satisfactorily with lowered detail settings. Movie watching was not as rewarding, but orchestral music gave us an immersive experience.
Starting up takes a little while, but it can be something you learn to live with.
The Lenovo G50-80 has fast computing speeds and an excellent sound system, but a lackluster display. Add to that battery life on the lower end and you will be looking for an outlet more often than not.
Price and Availability
The Lenovo G50-80 (80E502Q6IH) is available for purchase at retail stores and online stores. Depending on the specs , location and deal it ranges from N130,000-N290,000.
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