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Windows 7: Which of these budget laptops is best?

07 Jan 2014   #1
Microsoft MVP

Which of these budget laptops is best?

Am trying to decide between Lenovo G500 15.6" Laptop 4GB Memory 1TB Hard Drive 59399508 - Best Buy

and HP Pavilion 17.3" Laptop 4GB Memory 750GB Hard Drive 17-e019dx - Best Buy.

This will be for Windows 7 multi-tasking on internet, Office, streaming video, Skype, no gaming. The RAM will be doubled to 8gb.

The HP 17" screen for about the same weight is fast with Corei3 4000 Haswell processor which compares favorably with the Lenovo's Core i5 3230. But a possible fatal flaw is the flimsy power port with elbow plug which falls out. Best Buy says they will replace the PC with another one since it isn't a known flaw for the model and extend the return period so I can compare them side-by-side.

Which do you think is best, and why?

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07 Jan 2014   #2

windows 7 home 64bit

Hi Greg .. I have two Lenovos one a Desktop which i have had for for over two years the other one a Laptop which is in my System Specs ...Neither of them have given me any bother in all that time ... So i would say for reliability Lenovo wins hands down .. Apart from that side of things i think the Lenovos are better made .. I have had an HP Laptop in the past that was a number of years ago .. And it did preform well but i think their standards have dropped .. I see a lot of Laptops on here with problems HP rate as one of the highest a long with Sony .. Maybe that is because not many people have Lenovos .. Before i joined the Forums i had all the Bloatware that came with the Laptop and even with that it was still fast booting time was around 20/30 Seconds .. Thanks to you i done a Clean Install and now it is even better .. I think your best bet is to try them both for awhile and see how they compare ...
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07 Jan 2014   #3

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem

I too would select the Lenvo
i5 Intel
1TB spindle

Other than that, Lenevo quality is inheirited from IBM - rock solid hardware.
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07 Jan 2014   #4

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's


I bought a Flex 15 a few months ago and I'm very happy with it. Lenovo support site is very good, the LT meets or exceeds everything Lenovo said it would.
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07 Jan 2014   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1


HP ....................................Lenovo
i3...................................... i5 (+1)
750GB HD .........................1TB HD (+1)
HD4600 Graphics (+1) ........HD4000
DTS Sound ........................Dolby
17" Display (+1) ................15" Display
(However, longer battery life on a 15" display)

It's a tie!

But I too say Lenovo = best bang for the buck.
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07 Jan 2014   #6
Microsoft MVP


Thanks, guys.

Anyone else?
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07 Jan 2014   #7

Windows 7 Pro 64bit

Have had the IdeaPad N586 for over a year, not too many problems from it, so I would go with the Lenovo
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07 Jan 2014   #8
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

The Lenovo is certainly sturdier. I think the HP is a bit flimsy (same weight as the 15") and because of the size more difficult to lug around - needs a big case or sleeve. And an i5 is an i5 - I love them.
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11 Jan 2014   #9
Microsoft MVP


There's enough reviews on the HP complaining about the bad power adapter port and plug design that I'm done with it, packing it back up to take back to Best Buy.

The Lenovo which I'd hoped to exchange it for with the BB manager's help to keep my miles has arrived. First impression is that it is heavy, as heavy as the 17" HP! Not sure I want such a brick. It is Core i5 fast (Win7 installed in 10minutes) but the cursor is jumping around when I type in nearly every paragraph! I'm not touching the keypad, just the keys I want. But it will jump back to the middle of a previous sentence while I type. What nonsense! Just did it twice in this paragraph.

I will try to turn off the keypad but I'm not touching it so what gives?
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11 Jan 2014   #10
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

The keypad is probably too sensitive. Tune it down. Then the cursor jumping may stop.

And right, these bricks are heavy. Not for lugging. For lugging I just bought this one - weighs only 2.3 pounds. A good price considering it has Office 2013 included. Will be interesting to see how touch works.

ASUS Transformer Book T100TA B1 GR Convertible Laptop With 101 Touch Screen Display 32GB by Office Depot
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