The Lenovo G580 is available from Ebuyer for as little as £260, provided you are able to claim back £50 via a cash back scheme set up by the manufacturer (otherwise, you’re looking at a £310 purchase).
The laptop is part of Lenovo’s new range of mainstream products. No surprise, then, that it runs on a dual-core Intel Celeron B830 processor clocked at 1.8GHz with 2MB L3 cache, though this Celeron is particularly slow.
There’s also 4GB DDR3 RAM expandable to 16GB, a 320GB SATA drive, Windows 8, a 15.6in LED backlit display with a 1,366 x 768 pixel display, a DVD writer, integrated Intel HD Graphics, a separate numeric keypad, two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, Wi-Fi, Ethernet port, a 6-cell battery, HDMI, a card reader and a webcam.
Unsurprisingly, it is fairly thick at 34mm and comes with a one-year warranty. Note that Ebuyer also sells an Intel Core i3 version (the i3-2328M, clocked at 2.2GHz with 3MB L3 cache) with 6GB RAM and a 750GB hard disk drive for £330.
Lenovo has also bundled a number of extra features, including the VeriFace face recognition technology that allows users to login visually.