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Lenovo Essential G780

alaTest has collected and analyzed 331 reviews of Lenovo Essential G780. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and keyboard. The price and screen also get good feedback. There are some mixed comments about the sound and portability. There are some less positive views about the touchpad.

performance, screen, price, keyboard, size

touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Lenovo Essential G780 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Lenovo Essential G780

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 73 user reviews of Lenovo Essential G780 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the size and screen. The price and usability also get good feedback. There are some less positive comments about the touchpad and sound.

performance, usability, price, screen, size

portability, sound, touchpad

77% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Lenovo G780 17.3 inch laptop - Dark Bronze (Intel Core i7 3612QM 2.1GHz, 8Gb RAM, 1Tb HDD, Blu-ray, Nvidia Graphics, Windows 8)Lenovo G780 17.3 inch laptop - Dark Bronze (Intel Core i7 3612QM 2.1GHz, 8Gb RAM, 1Tb HDD, Blu-ray, Nvidia Graphics, Windows 8)

Jan, 2018

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Lenovo Essential G780

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 66 user reviews of Lenovo Essential G780 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the screen and portability. The price and performance are also appreciated, but the touchpad and reliability get less positive views.

usability, performance, price, portability, screen

reliability, touchpad

77% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Lenovo G780 17.3-Inch LaptopLenovo G780 17.3-Inch Laptop

Jan, 2018

Expert review by: Florian Glaser (notebookcheck.net)

Need for Speed: Most Wanted Benchmarked

 

What a rush. About seven years after the original, the publisher EA is now taking the plunge by releasing a new version of the popular Need for Speed: Most Wanted. The game was no longer produced by the initial developers, but instead by the Burnout...

All in all the hardware demands are more or less on the same level as the aforementioned Frostbite 2 competitors. It is a shame that it can occasionally come to annoying performance fluctuations regardless of the adopted hardware. Even luxury GPUs,...

Nov, 2012

Expert review by: (notebookcheck.net)

Review Lenovo G780 Notebook

 

Wasted potential. Lenovo releases a multimedia laptop for just under 770 Euros (~$982) dubbed IdeaPad G780 (M843MGE). The case is the same as in the prior G770 range. Theoretically, the G780 sports strong components but practically, the potent hardware...

Brightness, Faster booting via EE Boot Optimizer, Face detection via VeriFace, Configuration & hardware, Input Devices, The configuration and low temperature development have to be emphasized just as much as the good battery life. The decent input...

CPU's inactive Turbo Boost, Poor contrast & viewing angles, Highly reflective screen, Wobbly casing, Quickly smudging surfaces, Fast Ethernet socket only, An optional matte screen with a higher resolution and better contrast would be great. Also,...

Nov, 2012

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Great gaming PC when on sale.

 

If you want a computer to take over to a friends house all the time this is a good PC to get.

Mid range graphics card. I've never had any problems with the computer till this year (3-4 years later) when the hard drive died, which was not a big deal. The hard drive was out of warranty by then. This computer can run 99% of my games or programs on...

Its a laptop. It can be moved everywhere but its just not as powerful as a desktop

Jun, 2015

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

lenovo G780 (21823TU)

 

If you want a computer to take over to a friends house all the time this is a good PC to get.

Mid range graphics card. I've never had any problems with the computer till this year (3-4 years later) when the hard drive died, which was not a big deal. The hard drive was out of warranty by then. This computer can run 99% of my games or programs on...

Its a laptop. It can be moved everywhere but its just not as powerful as a desktop

Jun, 2015

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Would have been a great case!!!

 

If you want a computer to take over to a friends house all the time this is a good PC to get.

Mid range graphics card. I've never had any problems with the computer till this year (3-4 years later) when the hard drive died, which was not a big deal. The hard drive was out of warranty by then. This computer can run 99% of my games or programs on...

Its a laptop. It can be moved everywhere but its just not as powerful as a desktop

Jun, 2015

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Freezes - Must be hard reset often.

 

If you want a computer to take over to a friends house all the time this is a good PC to get.

Mid range graphics card. I've never had any problems with the computer till this year (3-4 years later) when the hard drive died, which was not a big deal. The hard drive was out of warranty by then. This computer can run 99% of my games or programs on...

Its a laptop. It can be moved everywhere but its just not as powerful as a desktop

Jun, 2015

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Must use SSD!!

 

I was so surprised at the performance stock with an i5 processor. It was slower than the computer it replaced. After the SSD TOP LINE PERFORMANCE!!!! I was surprised with the Samsung EVO, read great reviews but was skepical. Wow what a difference.

I was not impressed with this computer. Boot times were in the 1 min + range. Read reviews most complained about slow hard drive. I put in a Samsung SSD and wow!!!! Boots in 15 sec and rips through programs. It has the sata 3 so you get max...

The hard drive. Why Lenovo used a 5400 rpm drive is beyond me. The G series is the lowest line, so maybe they wanted to keep the benchmarks down. Buy a SSD and you will be amazed

Jul, 2014

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

You get what you pay for

 

Save up a little more and get something with a better processor. This computer works, it's not a brick or anything, but the technical issues make it extremely frustrating at times to use it. Even as I'm writing this review it's giving me problems. You...

Got it on sale ($350ish) so at least I didn't pay full price for this P O S. Keyboard has a nice feel but does seem a bit cramped

Tends to freeze on Windows 8 login screen, and the bar that should only come up if you put the cursor in the lower right corner (with the search function, settings menu, etc.) comes up at random and stubbornly will not go away. But my biggest gripe is...

Jul, 2013

Consumer review by: Jacob (newegg.com)

Absolutely love it.

 

I've been using this laptop more than my $1k computer over the last month, it holds up great on its own. The graphics card is a bit on the low end so it may not run the newest AAA titles at highest settings, but it's good enough to run most anything at...

Low price for the quality ; Light ; Beautiful finish ; Great specs ; Great screen ; Responsive touchpad ; 4 USB ports, which is great for me ; Overall a great machine

Low battery life (like 2-4 hours idle) ; The hinges feel a bit flimsy. The screen wobbles a bit if moved, and the plastic feels a bit weak even though it isn't

Jul, 2013

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Lenovo for The masses

 

I installed backtrack on it, took awhile to figure out how to boot from usb/cd. over all I cant complain for the money, its decent and it should last a tad bit.

Large screen ; Large keyboard with num pad ; lighter than previous laptop

trackpad lags ; trackpad does not respond ; you have to lift your finger off the trackpad and wait for a ; few seconds before trying to move the cursor ; windows 8

May, 2013

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Advanced Audio v2 / Dolby Advanced / Dolby Advanced Audio 2 / Dolby Advanced Audio 2.0 / Dolby Advanced Audio v2 / Dolby Advanced v2 / HD / HDA
Built-in Microphone:No / Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Built-in subwoofer: No
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker Power:1.5 / 3

Battery

Battery Capacity:2200 / 4400 / 48 / 4800
Battery capacity (Watt hours):48
Battery life (max):4.5 / 5
Battery performance:2200 / 4400 / 4800
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:10.8
Number of battery cells:6

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3 / 1 / 1.3 / 2
Swivel webcam: No

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold
RoHS compliance: Yes

Design

Color of product:Black / Black, Brown / Bronze / Brown
Form Factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Metal, Plastic
Market positioning:Business
Product type:Notebook

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Contrast ratio (typical):500:1
Display brightness:220
Display Diagonal:17.3
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1600 x 900
Display Surface:Gloss
Full HD: No
HD type:HD+ / Not supported
LED backlight:No / Yes
Panel type:TN
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N / No

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:65 / 90

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:1 / 2
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1050 / 1100 / 1150 / 1250
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116 / 0x166
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics / Intel HD Graphics 3000 / Intel HD Graphics 4000 / Intel® HD Graphics

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y
Keyboard language:Russian
Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Keyboard type:QWERTY
Numeric keypad: Yes
Pointing device:Clickpad / Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:2 / 4 / 6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):8
Memory clock speed:1066 / 1333 / 1600
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout:1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4 / 2 x 4
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4 / 2 x 4
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM
Memory slots (available):1

Networking

3G: No
4G:N
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Cabling technology:10/100Base-T(X)
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100
Network standard:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.2, IEEE 802.3ab / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3 / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11h, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab
Networking features:Fast Ethernet / Fast Ethernet, WLAN
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n,IEEE 802.2,IEEE 802.3ab / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n,IEEE 802.3 / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n,IEEE 802.3,IEEE 802.3ab / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n,IEEE 802.3,IEEE 802.3u / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11h,IEEE 802.11n,IEEE 802.3,IEEE 802.3ab
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):300
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Operating altitude:0 - 95984.3
Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 85
Operating relative humidity range:5 - 85
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Storage relative humidity range:5 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):5 - 43
Storage temperature range (T-T):5 - 43

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:Blu-Ray DVD Combo / Blu-Ray ROM / Blu-Ray RW / DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-RW / DVD±RW

Other Features

64-bit computing: Yes
Audio system:Advanced Audio v2 / Dolby Advanced / Dolby Advanced Audio 2 / Dolby Advanced Audio 2.0 / Dolby Advanced Audio v2 / Dolby Advanced v2 / HD / HDA
Compatible operating systems:Windows 8\nWindows 7 Home Premium
Display:LED
Graphics adapter family:Intel / Intel, NVIDIA / NVIDIA
Infrared data port: No
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d,VT-x / VT-x
Type:PC

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port:No / Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI version:1.4
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Line-in: No
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in:No / Yes
S-Video port: No
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:N
TV out port: No
TV-out:N
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 2 / 3 / 4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1 / 2 / 4
USB port:3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:65 / 90

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel HM65 Express / Intel HM76 Express
Conflict Free processor:N / Y / Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):18 / 21 / 22 / 23 / 24 / 25 / 26 / 29
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:N / Y / Yes
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM65 Express / Intel HM76 Express
Number of processors supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8 / 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x16,1x8+2x4,2x8 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8 / 1x8, 2x16, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processor:1000M / 2020M / B830 / B950 / B960 / B970 / B980 / I3-2328M / I3-2348M / I3-2350M / I3-2370M / I3-3110M / I3-3120M / I5-3210M / I5-3230M / I7-3520M / I7-3610QM / I7-3612QM / I7-3632QM
Processor boost frequency:3.1 / 3.2 / 3.3 / 3.6
Processor cache:2 / 3 / 4 / 6
Processor cache type:L2 / L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge / Sandy Bridge
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i3-2xxx / Intel Core i3-3xxx / Intel Core i5-3xxx / Intel Core i7-3xxx / Intel Pentium / Intel® Celeron® / Intel® Pentium® / Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core
Processor frequency:1.8 / 2.1 / 2.2 / 2.3 / 2.4 / 2.5 / 2.6 / 2.9
Processor lithography:22 / 32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:1000M / 2020M / B830 / B950 / B960 / B970 / B980 / I3-2328M / I3-2348M / I3-2350M / I3-2370M / I3-3110M / I3-3120M / I5-3210M / I5-3230M / I7-3520M / I7-3610QM / I7-3612QM / I7-3632QM
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Celeron 1000 series for Mobile / Intel Celeron Processor B800 series for Mobile / Intel Core i3-2300 Mobile series / Intel Core i3-3100 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-3200 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3500 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3600 Mobile series / Intel Pentium 2000 series for Mobile / Intel Pentium B900 series for Mobile
Processor socket:BGA1023 / BGA1224 / PGA988 / rPGA988B / Socket 1224 / Socket 988 / Socket G2
Processor threads:2 / 4 / 8
Stepping:E1 / J1 / L1 / Q0
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35 / 45
Tjunction:100 / 105 / 105 C / 85 / 90

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22 / 32
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID:No / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching:N / No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:Y / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:Y / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y / Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology:No / Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / No / Y
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):No / Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N / Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No / Y
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):N / Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N / Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™:No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / Y / Yes
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / N / No / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No / Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Yes
Processor ARK ID:53438 / 53442 / 55627 / 59836 / 63915 / 64893 / 64899 / 64901 / 65700 / 65708 / 69669 / 70927 / 71141 / 71142 / 71458 / 71465 / 72056 / 72060 / 74542
Processor code:SR07V / SR0DN / SR0DP / SR0J1 / SR0J2 / SR0MR / SR0MU / SR0N0 / SR0N1 / SR0N2 / SR0TC / SR0U1 / SR0WX
Processor package size:31 / 37.5 / 37.5x37.5 (rPGA988B)
Supported instruction sets:AVX / SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.x
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Face recognition:Y
Fingerprint reader: No
Password protection:Y / Yes
Password protection type:Y

Software

Bundled software:- Adobe Reader\n- BaiDu SearchBar\n- Instant Reset\n- Lenovo AppWiz\n- Lenovo EE\n- Lenovo Energy Management\n- Lenovo ReadyComm\n- Lenovo Solution Center\n- Magic Share\n- Microsoft Office 2013\n- McAfee Antivirus\n- OneKey Rescue System\n- ooVoo\n- PowerDVD\n- Power2Go\n- Poketalk\n- VeriFace\n- Windows Live Essential\n- YouCam
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:32-bit / 64-bit
Operating system installed:DOS License / FreeDOS / No / Windows 7 Home Basic / Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 8
Trial software:Microsoft Office 2010

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, SD, SDXC / MMC, SD / MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Hard disk rotational speed:5400 / 7200
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 320 / 500 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA / Serial ATA II
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Host interface:SATA / Serial ATA II
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 320 / 500 / 750

Technical Details

Display Type:TFT

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10.7
Depth (imperial):10.7
Height:1.4 / 1.42 / 1.77
Height (front):1.42
Height (front) (imperial):1.42
Height (imperial):1.4 / 1.7
Height (rear):1.77
Height (rear) (imperial):1.77
Weight:6.59 / 6.61
Width:16.4
Width (imperial):16.3 / 16.4 / 17