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Lenovo G770 review

A powerful future-proof laptop that will handle anything

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1600 x 900
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Good performance
  • Decent battery life
  • Dedicated graphics
  • 6GB of RAM and 640 GB HDD

Against

  • Screen could be better
  • Portability

The Lenovo G770 packs fantastic power and good graphical performance into a solid big-screen laptop which is great for the home. We'd recommend it to anyone looking for a desktop replacement, but movie buffs will be disappointed about the lack of a 1080p screen.

The first thing that strikes you when opening the G770 is the fantastic build quality. There's an expanse of brushed metal, in which sits a generous isolation-style keyboard with well-cushioned keys. It took us a while to get used to the travel between the keys, but it was comfortable to use for long periods.

Under the hood is a generous amount of power, and enough for anyone who's looking for a few years of good use. The processor is a Sandy Bridge Intel Core i7 2620M 2.7GHz, which is the same found in the MacBook Pro, which costs £1000 more.

Elsewhere, the AMD Radeon HD 6650M is nearly identical to the MacBook Pro, and there's more RAM with 6GB packed in. This simply shows that the Lenovo is able to handle anything that's thrown at it for a few years to come. Editing photos using Photoshop, creating home videos, and dealing with demanding video content are all easily within the G770s capabilities.

If you're looking to play games, the G770 won't disappoint either. It's no true gaming machine, like the Alienware M18x, but it will play most of the latest games. We played Battlefield 2 with no real problems, and it looked great on the 17.3-inch screen, although we did have to turn down the graphics to avoid the frame rate dropping.

Powerful processor

In our tests the Lenovo fell short of the dizzying heights of the Acer Aspire 5750G, but still out-performed the more expensive HP Envy 14. There was a strong score from the processor, which trounced the likes of the Dell Inspiron 17r and the Samsung R720.

Again there was no 1080p panel provided, which will disappoint movie buffs looking for the best possible picture, but if you already own an HD display such as a TV, then you can connect the G770 via HDMI. We've seen better, sharper screens, but it's adequate for working and enjoying media and photos.

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Again, there's a lack of Blu-ray, but we honestly feel that a future-proof system can do without this as more media moves to the cloud. At 2.9kg, the Lenovo G770 is a true desktop replacement system, and it's really too large and heavy to consider taking around with you on a daily basis. However, the large screen more than makes up for it and, unlike the HP Envy 14, its weight pays off with a much more comfortable experience.

The Lenovo G770 is a fantastic purchase for anyone looking for a future-proof desktop replacement. It's packed with power and matches many of its more expensive competitors for speed and performance, without breaking the bank.

TechRadar Labs

Tech labs

Battery Eater '05: 158 minutes
Cinebench: 11524
3DMark 2006: 7667

We'd like to have seen a Full HD screen in a laptop of this type, and if you're looking for a future-proof media centre for watching movies, then you might want to look at more expensive alternatives like the Dell XPS 15Z.

However, if you just want to ensure you can carry on using your favourite programs and surfing the web for a few years to come, then this machine will certainly offer a great return on your investment.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity750 GB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ModelRadeon HD 6650M
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeBlu-ray Reader/DVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityDedicated
Maximum Battery Run Time5.50 Hour
HDMIYes
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyEssential G770
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli5-2430M
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameLenovo
Processor Speed2.40 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size43.9 cm (17.3")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1600 x 900
Standard Memory8 GB
Weight (Approximate)3 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, ENERGY STAR
64-bit ProcessingYes
Optical Media SupportedBD-ROM/DVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 2 GB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports4
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Height44.9 mm
Width416 mm
Depth272 mm
Screen ModeWSXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesG770
ManufacturerLenovo Group Limited
Product NameEssential G770 Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineEssential
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberM53A2UK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lenovo.com/uk/en/
Marketing InformationFEATURES THAT DON't COST THE EARTH.

Fun is saving energy and cost on the Lenovo G770 notebook.

Get more features for less with the new wide-screen Lenovo G770 notebook. Synchronize your files with other notebooks using DirectShare, without connecting to the internet. Benefit from a longer lasting battery thanks to inventive Energy Management. Remain worry-free with OneKey Rescue System that makes data backup and recovery simpler. Plus, VeriFace facial recognition technology makes login fun and easy. Enjoy the smart performance of up to Intel Core i7 processors with Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. And with Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0 for Windows 7 with RapidBoot technology, you can start your PC on an average 20 seconds faster than a standard Windows 7 computer. So whatever be your idea of fun, the Lenovo G770 notebook will bring it to life.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Essential G770 Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year