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Lenovo G580 2 Core Intel Core I3-3xxx 2.4GHz 8GB 1TB HDD 15.6" Laptop

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2 Intel Core I3-3xxx 2.4GHz 8GB Dec 2012
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Tough but stylish, and full of the latest features, this affordable laptop will help you and your family meet every challenge. Built to last and ultimately affordable, the Lenovo G580 notebooks... More
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12 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This portable PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many similar spec laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The Lenovo G580 has one of the faster on-board graphics adapter base frequencies (650 megahertz) amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. The on-board graphics adapter base frequencies of portable PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the G580 range from 200MHz to 650MHz.

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Lenovo Has Good Portable PC Reviews

Medium processor core notebook PCs built by Lenovo have good reviews on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all notebook PCs (not just medium processor core notebook PCs) and found that Lenovo also has good reviews across its entire range.

Fairly Big Total Storage Capacity

Comparable spec portable PCs that have been available for more than two years have total storage capacity of between 1GB and 1.5TB. At 1,000 gigabyte, the Lenovo G580 has a quite big total storage capacity compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Lenovo G580 supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to it. This Lenovo laptop supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most laptops of this age and spec support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This portable PC also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

This laptop's memory clock speeds supported by processor (1,600MHz) is in fact the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst all medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the G580.

Amongst comparable types of laptop the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor is 133MHz.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

The Lenovo G580 has a quite big internal memory (8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the G580. The average internal memory of medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago is 5.3GB.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Lenovo G580 has a full-size keyboard, as do most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the G580.

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Quite Big Hard Drive Capacity

The average hard drive capacity of portable PCs of this age and type is 590GB, and the hard drive capacity range from 180GB to 1.5TB. The Lenovo G580 has one of the bigger hard drive capacity (1,000 gigabyte) amongst similar spec laptops of this age.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This notebook PC has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most commonly found WiFi standard on portable PCs that came out around the same time as it.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This notebook PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that were released around the same time as it.

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AC Cable Included

This portable PC has an AC cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included on medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for more than two years.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This notebook PC has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is the most frequently found memory slot on medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for more than two years.

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8 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Front Camera

The Lenovo G580 does not have a front camera. Most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than two years do have a front camera.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

This portable PC has an HDD storage medium, which is typical of many laptops that have been available for around the same time as it. HDD is a traditional storage drive which stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are slower than other forms of storage such as solid state drives (SSD) and flash drives.

If you want a notebook PC with a better storage medium then you might also want to look at the T420s (£1,388.87) (SSD), or the S540 (SSD) both from Lenovo.

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Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

This laptop has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is typical of many similar spec notebook PCs that were released around the same time as it.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This portable PC Ethernet LAN data rate, which is the most commonly found Ethernet LAN data rate on medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched more than two years ago.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Like most of the other laptops of a comparable spec and age to the G580, the Lenovo G580 does not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Heavy

The Lenovo G580 is quite heavy (2.6 kilograms) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the G580. The lightest portable PC of a comparable spec and age to the G580 is 300g heavy and the heaviest is 3.8kg.

If you are not concerned about having a heavier weight then you might also want to look at the Acer Aspire E5-571 (2.6kg).

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Thick

At 34.3 millimeters, the Lenovo G580 is quite thick compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched more than two years ago. The thinnest portable PC that was launched around the same time as the G580 is 2.4mm thick, the thickest is 300mm, and the average height is 27mm.

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Thick

Similar spec notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the G580 have heights of between 0.74" and 2.9", and the average height is 1.2". The Lenovo G580 is quite thick (1.3 inches) compared to most of the other notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the G580.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo G580

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when Lenovo released the G580.

Average Processor Clock Speed

At 2.4 gigahertz, the Lenovo G580 has a fairly typical processor clock speed compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to the G580.

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Average Screen Size

The Lenovo G580 has a fairly standard screen size (15.6 inches) compared to most of the other comparable spec laptops that are a similar age to the G580.

If you want a laptop with a bigger screen size then you might also want to consider the Asus X75A (£462.59) (17.3").

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Intel Core I3-3xxx Processor Family

The Lenovo G580 has an Intel Core i3-3xxx processor family which is better than the Intel Core i5 processor family found on most portable PCs that have been available for more than two years.

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Average Battery Life

At 5 hours, the Lenovo G580 has a fairly typical battery life compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that are a comparable age to the G580.

Portable PCs with a longer battery life that might be worth looking at include the Lenovo X1 (5.2h).

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Specification

Design
Form Factor
Colour
Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Processor
Motherboard Chipset
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
Processor Cache
L3 Cache
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Thread
Processor Model
Processor Memory Channel
Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth
Processor Memory Clock Speed
Processor Memory Type
Conflict Free Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Integrated 4G WiMAX
Processor Lithography
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Stepping
PCI Express Configuration
CPU Multiplier (bus/core Ratio)
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Internal Memory
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Installed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
Aspect Ratio
LED Backlight
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
Optical Drive
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Speaker Power
Built-In Speaker
Audio System
Camera
Built-In Camera
Networking
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
Networking Feature
Ports & Interfaces
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
DVI Port
HDMI Port
VGA Port
USB 3.0 Port
USB 2.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Keyboard
Full-Size Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Windows Key
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Insider
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Supported Instruction Set
Processor Code
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Execute Disable Bit
Thermal Monitoring Technology
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Smart Cache
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Idle States
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Life
Battery
Power
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
Security
Cable Lock Slot
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Height
Depth
Depth
Width
Width
Packaging Data
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Manual
Quick Start Guide
Other Features
Intel Visual Technology
Graphics Adapter Family
Infrared Data Port

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Expert Reviews

(22)
1 July 2013

At this price range and with the quality and assurance of the Lenovo name, this laptop makes quite a strong case. The superb configuration combined with the elegant yet hardy casing is a huge plus...

Solid Configuration
Colour Options Available
Affordable price bracket
HD LED Screen
Good Graphics
No Windows
500 GB HDD at 5400 RPM
A little bulky
Touch pad could have been better
Device gets warm after some use
23 May 2013

For basics on a budget, the Lenovo G580 gets the job done. Just don't skimp on the configuration...

22 May 2013

For basics on a budget, the Lenovo G580 gets the job done. Just don't skimp on the configuration...

12 May 2013

With its class-leading performance and admirable feature set, the Lenovo G580 is an excellent value for under $500...

10 May 2013

With its class-leading performance and admirable feature set, the Lenovo G580 is an excellent value with an affordable price tag that gives users plenty of bang for their buck...

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User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 12 January 2013 by S. Morris
(Verified Purchase)

We are on our third (free replacement) Lenova which now won't play DVDs. I bought this for my daughter to take to university and the first had sound problems almost immediately, the second just... Read more…

Performs extremely well with FreeBSD. The throughput of this card is what you expect. No issues booting directly from SSD (again, expected)
Wasn't terribly expensive, plug and play in Windows 2012 2, connected to a Norco DS 24E chassis with 15 2TB harddrives, and immediately recognized SMART and for the first time I have run server 2 week
Excellent performance, even in a PCIe 2 8x slot. With 6 SAT 3 drives (WD Red) connected, I can read at 900MBs over 6 channels. Very stable under Linux 3.4 kernel. From what I've read, this HBA can onl
This monitor would be good for daily, social media use, watching movies and video streaming. It feels well built and has a wide range of ports
Watching movies on it is nice, since the wider display let's you watch widescreen movies, natively, without the black bars
None at present, will add another review if this changes
Only has a small passive heatsink that runs very hot. I added a spot cooler to it, to extend it's lifespan. It's probably designed to be run in a high airflow environment, like a 1U server with blower
The 14ms response time makes it really difficult to game on or even edit videos. The overall video editing speed was decreased, the overall in-game accuracy and efficiency was significantly reduced
I also experienced some minor problems while watching movies, sometimes the high response time makes the video feel a bit out of sync with the audio
I bought this planning to try ultra-wide screen gaming and for artwork and editing

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers 59351251, lenovo g580, lenovo g580i

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