Lenovo N585 Laptop review
Do you already have a computer?
With all the new laptop computers out there on the market, it seems like they are taking over desktop computers, so you may have no idea what to look for or what to chose. Whether it is for a gift to a relative, taking notes in school, or making presentations at work, everybody needs a portable computer. Some laptop computers are designed to do specific things, such as gaming, word processing, and programming, yet, you still can't bring yourself to decide which computer to buy. This is why I will give my opinion upon the facts of my own computer to inform everyone of its positive and negative aspects in order for you to decide if you want to choose this computer.
The Facts of the N585
The laptop has a full keyboard with the number pad, a touch mouse with a scroll bar integrated into the touch pad as small dots on the right side. The buttons of the keyboard are all rounded, making it easier to type. I did encounter one problem with the keyboard keys, they can easily be taken out, as you can see in the second picture. The mouse buttons are under the pad which makes it easy to drag and drop objects from one file to another. On the keyboard, the "Fn" tab on the bottom left side, when held down, you can lower or turn the volume and the brightness of the screen up using the arrows, which I think is useful. The top of the laptop and around the keyboard is textured with, what the company calls, a pinstripe design with includes a series of horizontal lines varying in size. The inside hardware and connectors of the N585 are as follows:
- DVD Player compatible with blu-ray disks
- 4 USB connectors; 2 on each sides and works with USB 2.0 and 3.0
- HDMI output
- Headphone jack
- AMD E2 dual core processor
- AMD Radeon HD7370M Graphics card
- 320 Gigabytes Hard Drive Disk
- 8 Gigabytes DDR3 memory Max, 4 Gb installed
- 15.6 inches screen
What do you think so far?
A student's computer
As a student myself, I can vouch this computer for being an excellent note-taker. You can use its rounded keys to accommodate yourself to take fast notes while the teacher seems passionate about his lecture and talks very fast. With the storage the computer has, you can assure yourself that you will be able to store countless essays, reports and Powerpoint presentations. While it's quite large for a student to carry around, it can fit easily into a The North Face Recon backpack. I like this computer because I can take it out and start taking notes in record-breaking time because it can only take 25 seconds for the computer to get from turned off to typing in a Microsoft Word document. I have ran Microsoft Word a lot of times when I arrived late for class and never missed a note.
Main Operating System
Great operating system despite the layout is meant to be used on a tablet
McAffee Emerald 11.0
Good, but I bought a better software called Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security
Data recovery and partition software
Great, creates picture files with your data in order to be recovered if you are about to create a partition
The Lenovo N585
17 seconds startup time on a good day
Terrible performance with gaming
Great at word processing and organization of a student's life
Not the best at multi-tasking, sometimes buggy on high-performance settings
Convenient keyboard layout
Durable outer layer
Your computer usage
What do you use your computer for?
What this computer is NOT for
I have had some inquiries while playing PC games on the N585, mainly because of the graphics card is not designed for gaming. I have tried playing Grand Theft Auto IV unsuccessfully because the speed of the image was very slow (3-4 frames per second). Although it ran poorly on normal mode, it ran fine on safe mode, but I did notice the graphics were failing. If you plan on playing a game like Civilization though, it will work fine with normal graphics. Aside for its gaming incapability, video chatting with the included webcam isn't great either, not because of the resolution, but from its speed to process streamed graphics and sounds. Also the microphone is poor quality. If you use your computer mainly to surf the web or do some online banking, you should be fine at avoiding these situations.
When choosing for a computer, you need to examine all the facts and technicalities of the hardware and compare each to others based on what you plan on using it for. Some are looking for hardcore gaming machine and others are only looking for a computer that can surf the web, but it is important that we do not make a mistake with the choice of a computer you are to about buy, because you will be entering your life into it and using this incredible piece of technology almost everyday. If you are one of those people who are looking to play video games on a computer everyday, I strongly recommend that you do not chose a Lenovo N585.
UPDATE: 1 year later, Performance in Linux
1 year after writing this hub, this computer is still going strong, although I have had to buy another RAM module in order to stay current with the software. Battery life seem to have lowered, but that also might be from more demanding software. Additionally, I have switched Operating System to the Linux distribution Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty. The Wi-Fi card is known to have some problems with Linux, but a simple Google search will do the trick. The problem was resolved by changing some default settings to accommodate the card.