If you are not willing to spend much but still want a standard sized laptop, you can opt for the Lenovo Essential G580 (59-353876). It comes with limitations in every department which is expected in this price range. The presence of optical drive is a bit surprising though.
Display and Build
The Lenovo Essential G580 (59-353876) features a 15.6-inch HD LED backlit display offering comfortable viewing experience with a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels. It is encased in a simply designed black coloured outfit which can cause problems with a thickness of 34.3mm and a weight of 2.6kg.
Processor and Platform
At the heart of the Lenovo Essential G580 (59-353876), there is a 1GHz AMD dual-core C-60 processor based on AMD A68M chipset. It works in combination with a paltry 2GB DDR3 RAM which is further expandable up to 8GB through two DIMM ports. The integrated Intel HD GPU is capable of dealing with simple games and videos only. It is devoid of any preloaded OS.
Camera and Storage
The notebook is armed with a webcam and inbuilt microphone for taking care of the video calling needs of the user. For storage purposes, there is a 320GB SATA hard disk operating at 5,400rpm, which will definitely cause shortage of memory after a point of time. It also gets a DVD Writer which can be utilised for exchanging data via disks.
Battery and Connectivity
Fuelled by a 6 cell Li-ion battery, the Lenovo Essential G580 (59-353876) claims to render interruption free service for up to 3 hours. Moving to the connectivity and networking section, we have features like Ethernet port, WLAN, digital media reader, HDMI out, two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 slot, Bluetooth v4.0 and VGA port.