Lenovo G50-30 Low-End 15.6-Inch Laptop

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Lenovo’s contender in the lowest-end Windows notebook arena is the G50-30 model. This 15.6-incher is priced at $250. As expected, Lenovo had to make many concessions to lower the price. Processor performance is among the lowest on the market, RAM and hard drive capacities are the lowest available, and there’s no built-in DVD optical drive. The CPU inside the Lenovo G50-30 is the Intel Celeron N2830 “Bay Trail” dual-core. It provides acceptable speed only for basic computing, like text processing, web surf, social networking, and multimedia consumption. RAM size of only 2GB instead of normally 4GB will possibly be a bottleneck if you throw heavier multitasking at the system, like having many web browser tabs and programs opened at the same time. Hard drive space is 320GB, whereas the average budget notebooks including those with 250-dollar price tags have at least 500GB.

With these restraints, the Lenovo G50-30 can hardly compete against laptops such as the Toshiba Satellite C55-B5201 or Asus X551MAV-RCLN06. True, they’re based on the same CPU, but offer 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD capacity, and built-in DVD drives. And with discounts, they are cheaper than the G50-30.

On the positive side, the Lenovo has a nice streamlined design, although the chassis is made of plastics. It has a nice brushed-metal-looking finish on the palm rest and a slim profile of 1 inch. Also, the keyboard with AccuType ergonomic keys is often praised for its comfort. Backlight on it is missing, but that’s no surprise.

As usual, the screen resolution is 1366×768 pixels, while for sound reproduction there’s a pair of stereo speakers. The webcam has 720p resolution.

The G50-30 has a well-rounded connectivity feature set. There are two USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port, both HDMI and VGA video output jacks, a multiformat media card reader, Wi-Fi wireless connection, Ethernet LAN network port, and Bluetooth.

Another good thing is provided access to RAM and hard drive via doors on the bottom of the chassis for easier upgrades and the battery is user-removable.

The included battery has 32 Whr capacity. Lenovo claims it provides a power autonomy of up to four hours.

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Specifications of the Lenovo G50-30

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Brand Lenovo
Screen size 15.6-inch (most popular laptop screen size)
Screen resolution 1366x768 pixels HD (entry-level sharpness)
Touchscreen No
Other display specs TN type (narrower viewing angles than IPS type)
Processor (CPU) Intel Celeron N2830 dual-core 2.16-2.41GHz 1MB cache (User Benchmark CPU score: 12)
Graphics (GPU) Intel HD integrated graphics of low-end CPUs (only for the lightest gaming)
System memory (RAM) size 2GB (very limited multi-tasking)
Data storage 320GB HDD (decent capacity, but slow type of storage)
DVD optical drive None
Keyboard, input Non-backlit keyboard with number pad

Touchpad with separate physical click buttons
Speakers and audio Stereo speakers
Camera Front-facing web camera
Wi-Fi wireless 802.11N (old Wi-Fi standard, precursor of the 802.11AC and the latest 802.11AX)
Bluetooth Yes
Ethernet network port Yes
USB ports 2 x USB 3.0 + 1 x USB 2.0 (standard full-size USB ports)
Video ports 1 x HDMI + 1 x VGA
Media card reader SD card reader
Battery 32 WHr capacity
Weight 5.5 pounds
Height 1"
Width 15.1"
Depth 10.4"
Windows version Windows 8.1 (Eligable for free upgrade to Windows 10 Home. Check Windows.com for more info.)
Warranty 1-year

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Published on August 6, 2014

User Reviews and Q&A on the Lenovo G50-30

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Current rating: 3.67 out of 5 stars
  1. 3 out of 5

    Nomo Hakon

    As a hand-me-down and with Ubuntu on it curently, not bad, not bad at all.

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  2. 3 out of 5

    walid

    It’s a nice laptop for standart use such as browsing internet and using microsoft office programs.
    And It’s supisinly capable of running games like cs:go and LOL, but other than that it’s not woth it.

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  3. 5 out of 5

    Denis

    I have this laptop,and I have on it windows 10 pro,and it going fastest.It`s very good for Sa:Mp,CSGO,LOL,BF4 …… It`s a very good laptop.

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  4. Hemant

    It is not good for windows 8 or further versions.. Not giving a good speed and takes a lot of time to getting start… This is not a good lap top.

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