15.6″ Lenovo G50 80E301Y7US Laptop via Amazon
2016 model Lenovo G50 80E301Y7US is a budget model with entry level technical specs but sufficient performance for basic daily tasks with the AMD E series accelerated processor and a nice sleek design, a decent high definition screen and a DVD player and is suitable for daily work, play or communication. It comes with the dual core “Beema” AMD E1-6010 CPU at 1.35GHz speed for reliable enough- OK performance without turbo boost or hyper threading features, also enhanced with the 4GB DDR3L SDRAM at 1600MHz that will let you multitask efficiently, 500GB Serial ATA hard drive at 5400rpm rotating speed and Windows 10 Home 64-bit operating system. Connectivity options include the DVD-RW optical drive that reads and writes to DVD and CD, 802.11bgn wireless (could be the faster 802.11ac version), Bluetooth 4.0, an HDMI output, a VGA port, a USB 3.0 port, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, a Headphone output/Microphone input combo and a webcam with microphone for basic use and the integrated 1.5 watt stereo speakers. Black Lenovo G50 80E301Y7US weighs 5.5 pounds and with dimensions of 15.12 x 10.43 x 0.98 inches so it has average thickness and weight for a standard 15.6 inch but with a sleek and modern appearance and the build quality is reported to be pretty good.
15.6 inch LED-backlit high definition display with 1366 x 768 pixel resolution has the TN panel and is not super clear or sharp like a Full HD display and no IPS panel- both Full HD and IPS would add significantly to the price. The April 2014 release AMD E1-6010 has the Passmark benchmark score of 829 but is fairly responsive and is OK for daily overall performance but you really can’t expect too much from it and the integrated graphics card is the Radeon R2, not the R5 that is specified on the Amazon product page as far as we’re aware. 500GB may sound like standard size storage but is still plenty for lots of common and multimedia files. The 4-cell, 2200 mAh lithium-ion battery lasts around 4 hours on a single charge as the Thermal Design Power- TDP is 10 watts and AccuType keyboard with slightly curved keys. It is suitable for daily multimedia including light gaming- none of the current advanced games can be played with this and the integrated R2 GPU but older games are fine at lower settings and internet browsing and basic workload on Microsoft Word and Excel. Main selling point for this laptop is the low price and what you’re getting for that and if you want a simple machine for basic daily use, otherwise it will be a bit slow and will lag under heavy workload of complex multimedia software or heavy multitasking.