Summary: I'm looking into adding an SSD-HDD combo to this machine, but Im waiting for some brave souls to try this out before I do anything. The BIOS of the previous version of this laptop gave problems when attempting this.
Pros: Overall very pleased with this product. Had exactly what I was looking for (spech wise) at a reasonable price. I hate the Windows 8 UI with a passion, but Classic Shell took care of that.
Cons: As others have pointed out, the system takes issue with the external battery. However, the battery does charge the laptop and no problems have arisen so far. This could just be a bug.
Summary: I just wanted to correct my previous statement about this machine not having a backlit keyboard. It was not obvious how to toggle the keyboard backlight, and I actually read the manual in the hope to find the answer but it was not there. I later discovered an orange marking on the spacebar that represented the backlight. When one hold the FN key and strike the spacebar the backlight comes on.
Summary: This was a great value at just $799. Is advertised as having a backlit keyboard but it does not and that was very disappointing to me. It is a big and heavy beast, but I purchased knowing this as performance for the dollar was more important to me than portability. Purchase a 240gb SSD for $100 and installed it directly, and after figuring out how to enter the BIOS to disable UEFI installing Win7 Pro 64 bit went ok with most of Lenovo's drivers, but their touchpad driver...
Summary: -screen hinges feel a bit loose though the screen does remain in place so long as the unit isn't moved
Pros: -Price point is incredible for the included hardware
Cons: -no physical media included with the unit (drivers disc, windows disc, etc...) makes replacing the hard disk difficult (take this into consideration if you want to swap the drive for a SSD like me)
Summary: I like this computer very much. Large screen with very detailed display I use for digital photography post processing. Old computer was getting slow; this one is plenty powerful to avoid bogging down with contemporary software. I don't like the feel of the keyboard (soft, actually flexes as I type) and the shift key is very small so I hit the wrong key sometimes. May get used to these things.
Summary: This is a an excellent laptop Overall. I gave four stars because the battery life is not near 5hours!! The battery is 4 cells.For me is about 2 Hours! I have been trying to find a battery that last longer for this model, but I havent have any luck.
Summary: I spent a LONG time researching laptops in this price range, and this is the ONLY one I found that ticked all my boxes, so I'm happy with the specification and I'm getting used to Windows 8.1. I might even say I like it! if you've never seen a 17" screen laptop before, make sure you see one in the flesh before you order one.... I didn't and received a beast I wasn't expecting! The first niggle I have is the keyboard.
Summary: I purchased this laptop recently and from a performance and features perspective. Overall, it is a winner. Lots of features for the money and performs well. That being said, this is not a perfect machine. The screen has a very narrow field of vision and is highly reflective which makes it less than optimal in many situations. I added an anti-glare screen which helps greatly. The chicklet-style keyboard is horrendous at best.