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Pro Good design
While it is still built out of plastic, the finish makes it look like black brushed aluminum. The SD card slot barely sticks out, and there isn't too much flex on the lid or keyboard. Overall, Lenovo designed the G50 pretty well.
Pro Great thermals
The fan is fairly quiet, and provides adequate cooling to keep the internals from overheating. Average CPU temperature is about 42 Celsius.
Pro Good keyboard
Lenovo has some of the best keyboards on general purpose laptops, especially at the budget level. The larger size of the laptop provides ample space to type, and the chicklet style keyboard works well.
Pro Very good performance
The Intel i3-4030U accompanied by 6GB of RAM provides very good performance. It scored 3959 in GeekBench 3.
Pro Great multitasking performance
With 6GB of RAM, the G50 pulls way ahead of other laptops in it's price range. More RAM allows for more programs to be active at once. You will be able to manage many Chrome tabs, as well as other programs without suffering from any system slowdowns.
Pro User accessible parts
You have access to the hard drive (which you could upgrade to an SSD), and the 2 RAM slots by removing the bottom cover.
Con Lots of bloatware
Lenovo includes lots of pre-installed apps that nobody wants. MalwareBytes detects 79 issues on a fresh purchase which is unacceptable for a tier-1 manufacturer.
Con Bad touchpad
The touchpad isn't very responsive, and the typical sensitivity solutions don't work. You will want to invest in a mouse if you choose this laptop.
Con Poor display
The TN display makes for poor viewing angles, and out of the box the screen was way too cool. It scored 65% on Adobe sRGB , and 48% for Adobe RGB. It uses a glossy panel, which will reflect glare.