Simply put, the Lenovo G710 Essential is functional, affordable and durable. If this model were to be given a tagline, it would definitely include the word “essential”. This laptop is perfect for everyday computing-from doing one’s homework to balancing the family budget.
Build and Design
The Lenovo G710 sports an elegant blach finish. Although not available in other colors, consumers should not be discouraged in considering it as a number of owners have attested to its sheer unboxed beauty. In fact, one of its reviewers explicitly mentioned how the pictures aren’t giving it justice because it looked amazing.
The G710 is built with a 17.3″ (diagonal) HD display with a native resolution of 1600 x 900. The huge anti-glare screen is commendable. It makes editing photos, videos and even documents a lot easier. Its keyboard is a full-sized island-style Accu-type keyboard which is ergonomically designed for long-term comfortable use and efficiency.
Weighing at approximately 6.4 lbs, the Lenovo Essential G710 is as heavy as expected. However, it’s surprisingly thinner than one assumes.
Performance and Graphics
Lenovo’s G710 runs with the latest 4th generation Intel Core i3 and i5 processors. For a boost in speed, users can opt for the more favorable Intel Core i7-4702MQ. Additionally, the Lenovo G710 run on Windows 8 and it’s built with the Intel HD 4600 Graphics by default.
When it comes to basic multimedia needs, this Lenovo has the best to offer for its reasonably cheap price. Armed with Dolby Advanced Audio, a DVD recordable drive and the 17.3″ back-lit LED display, there’s no stopping multimedia buffs from enjoying intense cinema-like experiences.
The Lenovo G710 sports 2 USB 2.0 and 1 USB Superspeed 3.0 ports. Along with the 3 USB ports, the G710’s security slot, HDMI, Ethernet LAN and VGA port are also located on its left side.
Wireless options include the Lenovo BGN Wireless and Bluetooth.
Pros and Cons
The Lenovo Essential G710 is an amazing portable workstation. It’s quick and responsive. Nonetheless, it can be subject to some minor flaws. Below is a list of the Lenovo G710’s pros and cons.
1. Build and design. Not only does the Lenovo G710 perform well, but its overall dark brown aluminum-like shell is beautiful and sturdy. Also, some users have commented on how light it weighs in relation to its wide screen and overall size.
2. Port worthy. The G710 is packed with an abundance of ports necessary to complete everyday computing tasks with ease.
3. Wide HD screen. As a number of owners have mentioned, one of this Lenovo’s selling point is its screen. On the other hand, users have also noticed some minor glare while using it in well-lighted areas.
4. Powerhouse performance. As far as speed is concerned, the G710 is a fast, reliable machine for school and work-related projects.
5. A Perfect multitasker. This Lenovo model doesn’t stop with speed and performance. It is very well-capable of running multiple photo and video editing applications such as Lightroom and Photoshop.
6. Excellent sound quality. The built-in speakers provide good audio quality and volume without sounding cracked.
1. Bloatware. Just like most recently manufactured laptops, the Lenovo G710 comes with bloatware that can be annoying at times.
2. Does not come with OS disks. Although this may not be a big deal for most, it can pose a problem for others who’d want to replace their hard drives or reinstall their operating system.
Overall, theLenovo Essential G710 is cheap for what it has to offer. It may not be the best choice for gamers, but it’ll definitely prove a worthy companion for busy bodies who want an all-around, budget-friendly, computing system.
- Up to 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor
- Windows 8 64 bit
- 17.3″ HD 16:9 widescreen 1600×900 Anti-Glare display
- Weight 6.39 lbs. with 6-cell battery
- Battery life up to 5 hours with 6-cell battery
- Up to 1TB HDD
- Up to 16GB DDR3
- Price starts from $499 with a coupon
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