AVERAGE CONSUMER RATING 3.4 WITH 22 CONSUMER REVIEWS
The Lenovo Essential G5755 is marketed as an ultra-budgeted office laptop. Its AMD E-350 processor gives decent performance, but is not as powerful as laptops powered by Intel. Nevertheless, the laptop makes mincemeat of daily tasks and mild multitasking, which is more than sufficient for the average office person.
The Lenovo Essential G575’s body has a plastic chassis without any stylish frills. Its looks are neat, but not overly charming or pleasing. However, like other Lenovo laptops, this one too has a stylish Lenovo logo embedded on it. The plastic body is reasonably sturdy, which is a good thing.
The laptop impresses with its keyboard. All the keys are optimally responsive and reasonably spacious. Simply put, typing on this machine is both easy and accurate.
Both mouse keys on the touchpad are spacious and have a clear pressure point and firm stroke. Only the vertical scroll bar is activated by default, not the horizontal scroll bar. One can easily control the touchpad with two fingers.
The 15.6 inch screen offers a resolution of 1366×768 pixels, which is the standard maximum resolution for laptops in this price range. The Lenovo Essential G575 is only suitable for a brightly-lit indoor environment. Although the screen’s brightness is theoretically ample for outdoor use, in reality, it can be used outside only when sitting under the shade or when there is no direct sunlight.
As far as the speakers are concerned, there is nothing to write home about. They are pretty basic and are unlikely to impress many. The sound distorts considerably at or around the maximum volume. Nevertheless, for an office laptop, The G5755’s speakers are not all that bad.
The 6 cell Li-ion battery has a life of about 4 hours, which is decent but not impressive. Users can improve on this figure by selecting Lenovo’s energy settings. The G5755 offers 3 USB 2.0 ports, a VGA port, and an Ethernet RJ45 port.
At 5.73 pounds, the Lenovo Essential G5755 is certainly not the most portable laptop in its price range. Like on its other laptops, Lenovo offer 1-year warranty on the G5755. However, willing users can extend the warranty to 3 years by paying extra.
The key specifications in the model we reviewed include:
- Operating System – Microsoft Windows 7
- CPU – AMD E-350
- RAM – 4 GB
- RAM speed – 1.333 MHz
- Wireless connectivity – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- Graphics Card – ATI Mobility Radeon 6310
- Weight – 5.73 pounds
- Display Technology – LED
The Lenovo Essential G575 has a dual core APU. Its AMD E-350 processor comes with an integrated graphics unit with a UVD3 and DirectX 11 video decoder. The former decodes high-definition video (VC-1, H.264, MPEG-2). To put it in layman terms, the Lenovo Essential G575 plays HD and Blu-ray videos easily.
The Radeon HD 6310 GPU, presented in G575, is superior to the Intel HD 2010 and UVD3. However, the Radeon HD 6310 is not as efficient as the Intel HD 3000, an upgraded version of the Intel HD 2010.
It will not be fair to compare AMD E-350 to an Intel Core i5, or even i3. Both these processors are way ahead of AMD’s Fusion. Therefore, we compared it to Atom N550, which we believe is similar to AMD E-350. However, we were pleasantly surprised with AMD E-350’s performance when we put it and Intel’s Atom N550 through the Cinebench R10 (32 bit) test. AMD’s Fusion achieved 2022 points, whereas Intel’s Atom dual core recorded only 1463 points, almost 30% lower than AMD Fusion. So, it is clear that AMD E-350 is better than Atom dual core.
But how does it fare against a notebook with a Pentium CPU? To find out, we ran the Lenovo Essential G575 and laptops in the same price range with Pentium P6100 (Lenovo IBM B560, Fujitsu A530, and Toshiba Satellite C660) through a PCMark Vantage test. Disappointingly, Atom N550 recorded about 1600 points less than the other laptops (Atom N550: 2193 points, Pentium P6100: 3772 points).
In our 3DMark2006 test, which checks the gaming performance of laptops, the G575 achieved only 1997 points. The performance of its GPU (the Radeon HD 6310) is on par with GeForce 9400M, but is substantially lower than GeForce 310M and superior GPUs. This Lenovo machine, simply put, cannot run demanding games, whether old or new. It, at best, can run less demanding games.
VerdictThe Lenovo G575 gives decent office performance, which is not bad for an ultra-budget laptop. It is a good laptop to have if the budget is less than 300 pounds, but it is not the best laptop in its range. If you can overlook its few inherent weaknesses, most notably the absence of a USB 3.0 port and very-limited gaming capabilities, the Lenovo G575 is a good buy for you.
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