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Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE) Notebook Review

Sven Kloevekorn, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 11/24/2014

Agonizing. Lenovo will not win any awards with the abysmal performance of the new AMD E-6010 dual-core and the integrated R2 graphics. But then, its price is cheap. To what extent the office snail exhausted the tester's patience, and whether multimedia and gaming is even remotely possible is revealed in our report.

For the original German review, see here.

Buyers who do not want to invest more than 250 Euros (~$310) on a new work device, should not have overly high expectations. Lenovo's B50-45 (MCD2GGE) is a basic office laptop with a DVD burner and low-resolution TN screen. Due to its weak CPU and graphics performance, it is only suitable for simple tasks. Of course, there are other rivels, even in the very low 250 Euro (~$310) price range that are based on other core components. One of the devices that we have selected for our comparison benchmarks is HP's 250 G3. It is available for approximately 270 Euros (~$335) and also features a rather slow Intel Celeron N2830 dual-core with integrated Bay Trail HD Graphics and a similar configuration as our review sample. The third model in the roundup is represented by another version of Lenovo's B50-45. Its AMD A6-6310 and Radeon R4 graphics provide a lot more CPU and GPU power than the review sample, but it is also considerably more expensive at 350 Euros (~$434).

Case & Connectivity

The casing is made entirely of black plastic, and left an edgy, rather futuristic and appealing impression on the tester. The matte surfaces are very sensitive to fingerprints. Not much force is needed to twist the base, producing quiet grinding and squeaking noises. The not very pressure resistant display can be opened with one hand, and is fairly solid. The gaps  around the rim of the base are not evenly spaced. Otherwise, we did not notice any other manufacturing flaws. A large maintenance hatch is on the underside.

Lenovo installs the usual, standard interfaces, including a VGA out in its B50-45. There are no surprises. Two of the three USB ports support the USB 3.0 standard. Unfortunately, the ports are all concentrated in the front area where connected cables and USB sticks might prove interfering.

Windows 8.1 (64-bit) is preinstalled on the laptop, and a corresponding partition is available for system recovery. Lenovo does not include external recovery media.

The interfaces positioning is exactly as in Lenovo's B50-30, as can be seen in both screenshots.
The interfaces positioning is exactly as in Lenovo's B50-30, as can be seen in both screenshots.
Our B50-45 has vents, and the USB ports support the 3.0 standard.
Our B50-45 has vents, and the USB ports support the 3.0 standard.

Input Devices

The B50-45 is available with a German keyboard in German-speaking countries.
The B50-45 is available with a German keyboard in German-speaking countries.

The layout of the somewhat cheap-looking keyboard largely corresponds to the usual standard. Not much force is needed to press on a large surface area. The large keys in particular, produce suspicious noises. We would describe the keys' drop as medium, the pressure point as spongy in some areas, and the stroke as rather soft. The keyboard is unfortunately characterized by an inconsistent typing feel. The keys are even and lightly roughened, and the Num and Shift lock keys have a status LED. Annoying: the lettering for the second assignment keys F1 to F12 via Fn key, is once again far too small and low in contrast. The keyboard is still acceptable overall for occasional use, but prolific writers will soon want better quality.

We liked the lightly roughened touchpad better. Although it is not particularly large, and does not have touch-sensitive areas on the outer edges, it made an accurate impression and could also implement fast gestures. The keys convinced with an appropriate resistance, crisp pressure point, and good feedback.

Display

1366x768 pixels (16:9) represent the lowest resolution found in laptops nowadays. This results in a low pixel density and outmoded 100 ppi on 15.6 inches. Consequently, the image is pixilated, and the pixel grid is visible on close inspection. Apart from that, we did not have any problems with image sharpness. The maximum brightness of nearly 250 cd/m² is acceptable, especially for this price range, and the measured illumination of 93% is also very good.

226
cd/m²
234
cd/m²
235
cd/m²
227
cd/m²
238
cd/m²
230
cd/m²
227
cd/m²
221
cd/m²
230
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
AU Optronics B156XW04 V1
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 238 cd/m² Average: 229.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 93 %
Center on Battery: 238 cd/m²
Contrast: 553:1 (Black: 0.43 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 9.96 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6.1
ΔE Greyscale 10.33 | 0.64-98 Ø6.3
36% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.27
Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE)
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E1-6010, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
HP 250 G3
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545032A7E680
Lenovo B50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
Screen
-14%
-8%
Brightness middle
238
225
-5%
192
-19%
Brightness
230
206
-10%
191
-17%
Brightness Distribution
93
87
-6%
86
-8%
Black Level *
0.43
0.67
-56%
0.37
14%
Contrast
553
336
-39%
519
-6%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
9.96
10.64
-7%
11.03
-11%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
10.33
10.61
-3%
11.59
-12%
Gamma
2.27 97%
1.99 111%
2.3 96%
CCT
12201 53%
11338 57%
13897 47%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
36
40
11%

* ... smaller is better

Although the black level is a decent 0.43 cd/m², it only results in a mediocre contrast of 553:1 due to the rather average brightness. We cannot speak of an inaccurate color reproduction in view of DeltaE rates of 10, and the very low AdobeRGB color space coverage of just 36%. It looked better after calibration. As expected, the budget TN screen's viewing angle stability has to be called terrible. The user will either have to be tolerant, or frequently readjust their seating position or that of the display's.

We could only test the outdoor usability on a gloomy, cloudy day due to the weather conditions. Everything could always be recognized no matter where the laptop was placed in this situation.

CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN Grayscale
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN Saturation Sweeps
Outdoors
Outdoors

Performance

Processor

AMD's E-6010 Beema SoC introduced in April 2014, operates with a fixed clock of 2x 1.35 GHz, and does not have an increased per-MHz performance compared with the previous generation. The low TDP of 10 Watts predestines it for use in small laptops. We had to scroll to the very bottom of our benchmark chart of current office laptops to find the multi-core test score of Cinebench R11. Even the weak Intel Celeron N2815 in Lenovo's B50-30 has a lead of approximately 20%. The performance looks the same when only one core is loaded. Thus, the E-6010 belongs to the slowest of all computer units presently available. For example, the Celeron N2830 (2x 2.2 - 2.5 GHz; TDP: 7.5 Watts) in HP's 250 G3 achieved a 34% to 67% higher score.

Update 11/20/2014: Rerunning the Cinebench tests on the device displayed higher scores when the battery was removed. The Cinebench R11.5 single-rendering score climbed from 0.32 to 0.34 points (+6%), the multi-rendering score from 0.52 to 0.65 points (+25%), and the R15 multi-CPU from 39 to 49 points (+26%). Thus, the installed AMD E1-6010 APU can close in on Intel's N2815 or N2830. The reason for this cut in CPU performance when the battery is inserted is likely either a software or hardware problem linked with the device's voltage supply. 

Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE)
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E1-6010, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
0.32 Points ∼13%
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.4 Points ∼16% +25%
HP 250 G3
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545032A7E680
0.43 Points ∼18% +34%
Lenovo S20-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
0.43 Points ∼18% +34%
Asus X551MAV-SX391B
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
0.43 Points ∼18% +34%
Lenovo B50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
0.55 Points ∼23% +72%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE)
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E1-6010, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
0.52 Points ∼2%
Asus F200MA-CT067H
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2815, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.76 Points ∼2% +46%
HP 250 G3
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545032A7E680
0.87 Points ∼3% +67%
Lenovo S20-30
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPCX-24C6HT0
0.79 Points ∼2% +52%
Asus X551MAV-SX391B
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
0.81 Points ∼2% +56%
Lenovo B50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1.82 Points ∼5% +250%
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
1501
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
1619
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
983
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
8.89 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.32 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
0.52 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
39 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
7.95 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
25 Points
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System Performance

Above all, there was little joy in terms of system performance. The reason that the very low PCMark 8 scores are 13% to 51% higher than those of HP's 250 G3, is that the Radeon R2 graphics is still considerably faster than the Bay Trail GPU. Subjectively, the system sometimes only ran very sluggishly and was already overburdened with simple multitasking. Programs started slowly after initial opening, but they could be retrieved relatively fast when they were stored in the cache. Even the hard drive performance suffers under the slow CPU as will be seen in the next paragraph. Our Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE) copes quite well with common office software so that nothing stands in the way of using it as a portable typewriter - except for the mediocre keyboard. The browsing speed does not immediately trigger the flight reflex either.

PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE)
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E1-6010, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
1966 Points ∼30%
HP 250 G3
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545032A7E680
1300 Points ∼20% -34%
Lenovo B50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2781 Points ∼43% +41%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE)
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E1-6010, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
1383 Points ∼23%
HP 250 G3
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545032A7E680
1226 Points ∼20% -11%
Lenovo B50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1914 Points ∼31% +38%
PCMark 7 Score
1264 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
1383 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
1966 points
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Storage Devices

HD Tune sees the average transfer rates of the just 320 GB small hard drive, which should be enough for office purposes in any case, but places it in the last position when all current office laptops are considered in the comparison. It was hard for us to believe that the Seagate Momentus Thin 320 (5400 rpm) was to blame. Therefore, we focused on the assessed CPU load, which is likely to be the fly in the ointment. The access time of 18.8 ms is at the lowest end of the performance scale as well. Hard drive accessing also adversely affected HP's 250 G3 excessively, and it thus presented an equally poor impression - but the review sample is even worse.

HD Tune Transfer Rate Average - --- (sort by value)
Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE)
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E1-6010, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
68.1 MB/s ∼3%
HP 250 G3
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545032A7E680
79.3 MB/s ∼3% +16%
HD Tune CPU Utilization - --- (sort by value)
Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE)
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E1-6010, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
24.8 % ∼25%
HP 250 G3
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545032A7E680
18.4 % ∼18% -26%
Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
Transfer Rate Minimum: 39.6 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 94 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 68.1 MB/s
Access Time: 18.8 ms
Burst Rate: 89.7 MB/s
CPU Usage: 24.8 %

Graphics Card

AMD has been trying to distinguish itself from Intel's counterparts with the rather stronger graphics units in its APUs or SoCs for years. The integrated, DirectX 11.2 compatible AMD Radeon R2 with 128 GCN Shader units is no exception here, and it has a 100% edge on the Bay Trail Graphics in HP's 250 G3 in 3DMark 11. The GPU and CPU have to share the single-channel memory. This, and the low clock rates of 266 to 350 MHz,  result in a very low speed. The performance first starts to get interesting with the Radeon R4 in the other, more expensive Lenovo B50-45, which is 72% higher than that of the R2.

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU (sort by value)
Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE)
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E1-6010, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
395 Points ∼1%
HP 250 G3
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545032A7E680
191 Points ∼0% -52%
Lenovo B50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
681 Points ∼1% +72%
3DMark 06 Standard
2425 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
1178 points
3DMark 11 Performance
421 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
14703 points
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Gaming Performance

There is not much to write when virtually nothing is possible. As can be seen in the example benchmarks in the chart below, the review sample even struggled with isometric oldies, such as StarCraft II or Diablo III - even at minimum, mostly unsightly settings. The only thing left to say is the much disliked (and sarcastic) note: Diablo II, Solitaire, and Minesweeper will run smoothly. On the other hand, if like the other B50-45, an R4 Graphics was under the hood, it would even be possible to still play the fairly up-to-date and graphically sophisticated Tomb Raider from 2013 almost lag-free - when all setting controls are set at the minimum. Our attempts to bench FIFA 15 were also sobering. The sound stuttered massively, the intro sequence with stadium and spectators were rendered with guesstimated 5 fps. We gave up.

Tomb Raider
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x (sort by value)
Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE)
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E1-6010, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
9.8 fps ∼2%
HP 250 G3
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545032A7E680
7.5 fps ∼1% -23%
Lenovo B50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
15.9 fps ∼3% +62%
1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE)
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E1-6010, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
17.1 fps ∼3%
HP 250 G3
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545032A7E680
14.4 fps ∼2% -16%
Lenovo B50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
31.7 fps ∼5% +85%
low med. high ultra
World of Warcraft (2005) 30.627.87fps
StarCraft 2 (2010) 27.112.4fps
Anno 2070 (2011) 25.211.9fps
Diablo III (2012) 22.5fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 17.19.8fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 16.99.6fps
GRID: Autosport (2014) 12.5fps

Emissions

System Noise

There is usually no need for loud fans where there is no power, as is the case here. When under load, the review sample could simply not be discerned from normal background noises.

Noise Level

Idle
32.2 / 32.2 / 32.2 dB(A)
HDD
32.3 dB(A)
DVD
35.8 / dB(A)
Load
32.3 / 32.6 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The same is true for the surface temperatures that reached a harmless maximum of 40 °C (~104 °F) during load. Two surprises: HP's 250 G3 with very identical hardware conditions reached 45 °C (~113 °F) on the underside's center in our test, whereas the strongest device in the test stayed even cooler than the review sample though it was almost imperceptible. 

 24 °C
75 F
24.1 °C
75 F
23.4 °C
74 F
 
 24.4 °C
76 F
23.5 °C
74 F
23.1 °C
74 F
 
 24.8 °C
77 F
25.3 °C
78 F
25.3 °C
78 F
 
Maximum: 25.3 °C = 78 F
Average: 24.2 °C = 76 F
25.3 °C
78 F
23.5 °C
74 F
24.1 °C
75 F
25.3 °C
78 F
23.9 °C
75 F
25.3 °C
78 F
24.4 °C
76 F
25.3 °C
78 F
25.1 °C
77 F
Maximum: 25.3 °C = 78 F
Average: 24.7 °C = 76 F
Power Supply (max.)  30.8 °C = 87 F | Room Temperature 21.7 °C = 71 F | Voltcraft IR-360
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 30.9 °C / 88 F, compared to the average of 29.4 °C / 85 F for the devices in the class Office.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 33.6 °C / 92 F, compared to the average of 33.9 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 40.2 °C / 104 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 24.2 °C / 76 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (33.6 °C / 92.5 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 28.1 °C / 82.6 F (-5.5 °C / -9.9 F).

Speakers

The stereo speakers under the display were not at all convincing. Although the maximum volume is sufficient, the sound is suppressed, mid-heavy and muddy  especially in the low frequency ranges. There is no bass, dynamics or surround. The user will not be tormented by fluctuating volumes, but light distortions might evolve in a high volume, depending on the music.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

No matter what load state, the B50-45 belongs to the most energy-efficient office laptops in every category that we have tested in the past twelve months. It does particularly well in high load, matching to its low performance. Unfortunately, the laptop consumes 0.1 Watt when shut down, which is simply unnecessary nowadays.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.8 / 6.8 / 6.9 Watt
Load midlight 12.8 / 15.1 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

We can only recommend Lenovo's B50-45 in the tested MCD2GGE version to patient natures, for whom every Euro counts when buying a laptop. Undoubtedly the very low price is offset by a still acceptable total bundle, though its appeal suffers under the weak, barely multitasking capable performance, which leads to sluggish operation. We noticed the pleasingly bright screen and good usable touchpad favorably. The virtually non-existent noise, the low power consumption, and cool operation have to be noted on the pro side. Users can safely forget gaming intentions, although some older games can run in minimum settings.

Battery Runtime - WiFi (sort by value)
Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE)
Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), E1-6010, Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012
244 min ∼121%
HP 250 G3
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N2830, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545032A7E680
209 min ∼103%
Lenovo B50-45
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
202 min ∼100%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Surfing
4h 04min

Verdict

Lenovo B50-45
Lenovo B50-45

We can only recommend Lenovo's B50-45 in the tested MCD2GGE version to patient natures, for whom every Euro counts when buying a laptop. The doubtlessly very low price is offset by a still acceptable total bundle though its appeal suffers under the weak, barely multitasking capable performance, which leads to sluggish operation. We noticed the pleasingly bright screen and well feasible touchpad favorably. The factually non-existent noise, the low power consumption, and cool operation have to be noted on the pro side. Users can safely forget gaming intentions, although some older tracks can be run in minimum settings.

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Specifications

Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE) (B50 Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon R2 (Mullins/Beema/Carrizo-L), Core: 266-350 MHz, shared memory, 13.302.1904.0
Memory
4096 MB 
, DDR3, 1600 MHz, single-channel, 2 memory banks, one filled
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366 x 768 pixel, AU Optronics B156XW04 V1, TN LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
AMD Bolton
Storage
Seagate Momentus Thin 320 GB ST320LT012, 320 GB 
, 5400 rpm
Soundcard
AMD Hudson-2 High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combo line out / microphone, 3.5 mm jack, Card Reader: SD/SDHC/SDXC
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Atheros Communications AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
PLDS DVD-RW DA8A5SH
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 24.7 x 380 x 262 ( = 0.97 x 14.96 x 10.31 in)
Battery
32 Wh Lithium-Ion, 2200 mAh, 4 cells, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 8 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 720p
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.3 kg ( = 81.13 oz / 5.07 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
279 Euro

 

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Pros

+Low price
+Vast range of models
+Nice design
+Fairly bright, matte screen
+Quiet
+Economic
+Cool
+Decent touchpad
 

Cons

-Sluggish
-Overburdened in multitasking
-Higher GPU power useless
-Extremely bad HDD performance
-Cheap keyboard
-All interfaces on the front
-Mono speaker's unpleasant sound

Shortcut

What we like

Only the low price remains here.

What we'd like to see

A smoother user experience.

What surprises us

Low price - low performance. That's sooner logical than surprising.

The competition

HP 250 G3

Lenovo B50-45

Rating

Lenovo B50-45 (MCD2GGE) - 11/17/2014 v4(old)
Sven Kloevekorn

Chassis
64 / 98 → 65%
Keyboard
70%
Pointing Device
76%
Connectivity
65 / 80 → 81%
Weight
61 / 20-67 → 87%
Battery
82%
Display
76%
Games Performance
38 / 68 → 56%
Application Performance
34 / 92 → 37%
Temperature
93%
Noise
94%
Audio
40%
Add Points
-3%
Average
61%
70%
Office - Weighted Average
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Sven Kloevekorn, 2014-11-24 (Update: 2014-11-25)