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Lenovo G580 laptop with 6GB RAM, 750GB HDD available from £300

The Lenovo G580 takes the shape of a traditional laptop, far from the svelte silhouette of an Ultrabook. It’s bulky (weighing 2.6kg), sizeable (at 34mm thick) and sports a 15.6in display with a 1,366 x 768 resolution.

But beyond its looks is a product that is rather enticing for a number of reasons. It is available for under £300 from PC World, making it one of the best overall entry level laptops we’ve seen over the past few months.

The G580, which has an electric blue colour scheme, is powered by a dual-core Intel Celeron B820 processor clocked at 1.7GHz with 2MB cache, with 6GB of DDR1333 RAM, a massive 750GB hard disk drive spinning at 5400RPM, a DVD writer, three USB ports (including two USB 3.0), a card reader, Wi-Fi, Ethernet and HDMI ports, and a 6-cell battery that can power the laptop for five hours.

As for applications, the G820 features Windows 7 (upgradable for free to Windows 8 Pro), Readycomm technology, Veriface image recognition, OneKey rescue, Power2Go, Lenovo energy management software and Lenovo EE Boot Optimizer.

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