Lenovo G50-70 15-inch Budget Laptop PC Review

15-inch budget laptop with upgrade potential

Lenovo G50-70 15-inch budget laptop PC

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Overall, the Lenovo G50-70 is a solid budget class laptop for those needed a full-size system. It offers good performance and surprising battery life given its small capacity. The best part is that it is easy to open it up and upgrade components. The system is hampered by a number of small annoyances likes multitouch trackpad issues and a reflective display. They also removed one USB 3.0 from previous models which means it has less connectivity than the past version.


  • Good Performance
  • Features 6GB of RAM
  • Easy to Upgrade


  • Previous Version had Two USB 3.0 Ports
  • Display is Extremely Reflective
  • Trackpad has Multitouch Issues


  • Intel Core i3-40300U Dual-Core Mobile Processor
  • 6GB PC3-12800 DDR3 Memory
  • 500GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
  • Dual-Layer DVD+/-RW Burner
  • 15.6" WXGA (1366x768) Display with 720p Webcam
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000 Integrated Graphics
  • Fast Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
  • One USB 3.0, Two USB 2.0, HMDI, VGA, SD Card Slot
  • 15.12" x 10.43" x .98" @ 4.63 lbs.
  • Windows 8.1

Review: Lenovo G50-70

Lenovo's G50-70 takes the company's previous Essential series laptops and updates the internals to keep it current. Not much on the exterior has really changed much in the past couple of years with the body of the laptop being constructed of high-quality plastics with a very similar design to previous models. It is nicely textured both on the exterior and the keyboard areas to help resist smudges and fingerprints and to make it easier to carry. The system is just over an inch thick and weighs in at 4.85 lbs which make it average for the budget class 15-inch laptops.

Lenovo's G50-70 can come with a variety of different processors but the most common version uses the Intel Core i3-4030U dual-core mobile processor. This is a processor that was popular with many ultrabooks but provides a good level of performance and efficiency. It provides more than enough performance for the average user's needs. One distinction that the Lenovo has over the competition is the memory. Rather than equipping it with just 4GB, this model comes with 6GB. This is not a large amount of difference but it does help the system handle multitasking a bit better than some of its competition.

Storage features for the G50-70 are the same as just about every other laptop at the $500 price point. It uses a traditional 500GB hard drive that gives it a fair amount of storage space but it does not have much for performance. For instance, it can take a while for Windows to boot up or load applications when you compare it to more expensive G50-70 models that use an SSHD drives. If you need additional space, or would rather have an SSD drive, the system is actually quite easy to open up the bay on the bottom and replace the drive or memory. For those that might not want to get inside of the system, there is also a single USB 3.0 port. This is a bit disappointing as previous G series laptops did come with two. There is still a dual-layer DVD burner for playback and recording of CD or DVD media.

The 15.6-inch display panel of the G50-70 uses the standard 1366x768 native resolution common to this price range of laptop. It uses the TN display technology that means the color is not great or bad but the viewing angles on the display are quite narrow. The reflective coating also makes it very difficult to use outdoors. The graphics are driven by the Intel HD Graphics that are built into the Core i3 processor. This means that the system is certainly limited in the 3D graphics performance. It provides enough performance for playing older games at lower resolutions and detail levels but it may suffer less than desirable frame rates. At least it does provide a boost for media encoding when using Quick Sync compatible applications.

Lenovo has been known for producing some excellent keyboards over the years. In terms of the layout, the G50-70 uses a familiar style from Lenovo with the isolated keys with a fair amount of space on them and the slightly concave caps. It even features a full numeric keypad but one of the arrow keys does encroach on the keypad. While the layout is good, the feel is a bit off. The key travel is shallow which can be worked with but there is too much flex in the keyboard while typing. This impacts the accuracy a bit. The trackpad is a nice large size and features dedicated left and right mouse buttons which is an improvement over the integrated buttons. Sadly, the trackpad has some issues with the multitouch gestures with Windows 8,

Lenovo uses a very small 31.7WHr capacity battery pack with the G50-70 laptop. This makes it much smaller than many of the other laptops on the market. Even with such limited power capacity on​​ board the system does a superb job. In digital video playback test, the system is able to run for just over four and a quarter hours before going into standby mode. This is better than the average but still not the longest in this class. The Acer Aspire E5-571 uses a faster Core i5 processor but features a larger 48Whr battery pack to last a good thirty minutes longer. If you need even longer running times, you could always look at a Chromebook such as the ASUS C200 to get more than double what the G50-70 provides but it will be much more limited in features.

Priced right at $500, the Lenovo G50-70 is a pretty solid budget laptop with a full set of features. The primary competition comes from the Acer Aspire E5-571 that was previously mentioned. It comes with a faster Core i5 processor for even higher performance. It also has better battery life but it does have two primary drawbacks. First, it is thicker and heavier than the Lenovo system which can matter to those that have to carry around the laptop frequently. It also lacks a DVD burner drive even with its larger profile.