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Lenovo G5030

Updated on April 10, 2015

Hello again! This time around, I'm delighted to present to you the most affordable laptop I could find with a screen size suitable for a massive individual like me, the Lenovo G5030!

First off, let me aquaint you with the essentials of any electronic piece of kit that anyone looks for, the specs sheet. And here they are:

Screen size: 15.6-inch diagonal IPS screen.

Resolution: 1366x768

OS: Windows 8.1 with Bing

CPU: Intel Celeron N2830 2.16 GHz dual-core (turbo boost up to 2.4 GHz)

GPU: Intel HD Graphics

Bluetooth: 4.0

Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n

RAM: 2 gigabytes (upgradeable to 4 or 8)

ROM: 500 gigabytes HDD (upgradeable to 1 Terabyte)


Webcam: Yes, 720p @ 30fps

Speakers: Dual Dolby Advanced Audio

USB: 3 ports (1 x 3.0 and 2 x 2.0)


Ethernet: Yes

Projector Port: Yes

Card reader: Yes, 2-in-1 (SD/MMC)

Battery: 4-cell with 5 hour life span

Weight: 5.5 lbs. (2.5 kg.)

Thickness: 1-inch flat (25.5mm)

Now that seems incredible doesn't it? It seems like Lenovo were trying to make a semi-high-performance laptop on a budget. It reminds me a lot of the Toyota 86 or Subaru BRZ. Both are semi-sports cars and this laptop fits in perfectly as an 86 or BRZ. Sure, it's not gonna win in a straight line, but, come one, what straight line? Are you seriously going to bring your Ferrari or Lamborghini to SRP and make a point? I'd certainly love to see you try.

I should like to say up front that Lenovo have done a superb and marvelous job with the G5030. Never in a million years did I expect a brand to be humble and kind enough to create such a work of art and engineering such as this. Impressive as the specs sheet is, you'd be amazed if I told you the price. Would you like to hear it? Yes? No? Maybe? Oh, very well, dear readers. I shall spare you the suspense and just spill the beans.

PHP 15,995.00.

Excuse me? Did I type them right? Surely, Shive, you've miss-typed a number? Oh, come on, Shivey, old chap, you can't possibly be serious about 16 grand for a semi-high-performance lappie, you pommy Bas****! The truth of the matter, dearest readers, is that it is 16 grand's worth of laptop. And when I bought it at - dare I say it - Octagon Ayala, it was on a 2 grand discount plus it came with a Lenovo bag, a free gaming mouse and power adapter. How cool and awesome is that?

The electronic apparatus. Note the Ferrari F2004.

The unit and the box it came with.
The unit and the box it came with. | Source

Now let me tell you a story. A story about 11 students enrolled in Business Plan Thesis and the seeming uselessness of not having your own laptop. You do feel quite useless to the group sometimes because you can't do much of anything. Thankfully, if the need arises, this little laptop (well, not little, actually, it's rather quite massive) is ready to run from power off to full boot up within a mind-boggling 15 seconds. For any of Group 4's members. And remember, 15 seconds coming from a Celeron 2.16 GHz double-core. Imagine if this was armed with something faster with more RAM.

Now, to the games and apps. This does come with a free 30 day trial version of McAfee anti-virus but I had my cousin uninstall it and engage Windows Defender instead. And this lappie also comes with Microsoft Office, albeit in two options: 1, buy it from Microsoft or 2, try it for 30 days free and buy. So, my cousin again, very graciously installed the full Microsoft Office 2007. It's 8 years old, I know, but Office is Office. Ain't nothin' better 'an that.

This lappie comes pre-installed with a PC Store and a Microsoft Store as well as a Lenovo Solution Center. The PC store allows you to install popular apps like Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Skype and Steam. But I merely downloaded Google Chrome and got all the aforementioned apps from there. Ha! The Microsoft store, on the other hand, requires you to make a Microsoft account to enter. But, shiver me timber, it is loaded with apps and games!

I should like to tell you as well that I've downloaded my fair share of games, namely, GT Racing 2, Asphalt 8: Airborne, Asphalt Overdrive, Fast and Furious 6: The Game, Frozen Free Fall, Bionicle: Hero Factory, and for the girls, Top Girl. I'll get to Top Girl later.

Let's get Airborne!

The 8th installment of paved roads......
The 8th installment of paved roads...... | Source

I rate my own tech

5 stars for Lenovo G5030

Enjoy as we go...... RACIIIIIIIING!!!!!

GT Racing 2 is free to play.
GT Racing 2 is free to play. | Source

Now, gents, listen up (and dear readers as well), as you can see, most of my Windows games are racing games and you can use the mouse to tap the left or right side of the screen to steer the car. But that's rather an annoying ordeal because in the center of the screen is the brake, and you do tend to click it accidentally when adrenaline kicks in. If you set mine to not use the keyboard (which is sensitive on a laptop), you can use the mouse or touch screen if your laptop supports it. I'm saving up for a dedicated usb keyboard. I know how fragile laptop keyboards are.

However, you could opt for the PC Store and download Steam. Bear in mind that I have a Civilization V CD from Datablitz and since I had it, it was downloaded from Steam for free. Note that once installed, it'll ask you for 3 options. 1, launch in DirectX9 mode. 2, launch in DirectX10 or 11 and 3, launch in Windows 8 mode (recommended). I chose option 1 simply because Windows 8 allows for touch screen and mine isn't. And once in the game, for God's sake, keep all settings low. The game just lags. Trust me.

And you may also install Company of Heroes. I did exactly that and also remember to set the settings low. Sadly, you cannot install the expansion pack, Opposing Fronts. No biggie, though. The basic game is good enough for me.

Now, as I mentioned earlier, this also comes with Lenovo Solution Center. This is a very useful built-in app because it tells you when you need to update your software, anti-virus and prompts you to check your laptop health and reminds you for a quick scan.

Bear in mind, dear readers, that I'm writing this review fully from my G5030. A first for me. My last review that used a desktop was my Top Gear review. No problems so far.

A comprehensive review.

You may have seen the picture below of Top Girl. This section will be quick because I'm a guy and playing a girl's game goes against everything I know about manhood and manliness. But for the sake of the ladies, I decided to swallow the bullet and explore. After all, what's a review if you don't try it? Play a girl's game they say said.... It'll be fun they said.....

For all you ladies out there, I searched the bowels of Microsoft's Windows Store and found 3 games for you. Obviously, Top Girl, BFF High School whatever and another about building a shopping mall. Whatever. Now, as you may wonder, Top Girl is the typical fashionista game where you make a character, find a boyfriend, buy clothes, etc. BFF, I assume is the same thing except you need a touch screen because it doesn't support mouse and keyboard. And the shopping mall is, well, shopping.

I'll let you, ladies, find out the games for yourselves.

And for the ladies...

Top Girl for fashionistas... And then some.
Top Girl for fashionistas... And then some. | Source

And now we come to our last leg of the maiden voyage of using my lappie to write a full review here on Hubpages. How shall I end? Hmmm... Interestingly, it too shall be quick.

If you want semi-high-performance and are on a sub-20k budget and are looking for a big screen with large storage, high-quality Skyping, want to watch movies with the DVD player or watch videos on Youtube, listen to music with the Dolby speakers, want lightweight yet powerful computing, surf the web or make a Power Point for school. Then look no further.


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