Lenovo B50-80 80EW023CUS

The relatively rugged Lenovo B50 series are designed for office and work environment tasks. Delivering speed and accessibility is a must for these workhorses, not to mention durability and competitive prices. Therefore, the Lenovo B50-80 80EW023CUS, the most expensive variation of the series will deliver those results.

It comes equipped with a 5th generation dual core Intel Core i7-5500U (launched in the first quarter of 2015) which has 4MB of cache. Also, the system memory is maxed out at 8GB RAM, meaning that you won’t be able to further upgrade it, but you more than likely won’t need to. A big minus for this series is the lack of a factory assembled Solid State Drive. Instead, the Lenovo B50 will come shipped with a 1TB Hard Disk Drive. You will get a lot of storage space out of the HDD, but not the speed guaranteed by an SSD. A bit of a downer here, but it may work out fine in the end since businesses need a lot of storage space and many haven’t switched yet to cloud hosting solutions.

The display is a brilliant Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels, 15.6 inches across with great viewing angles considering the purpose of the laptop. And with that resolution, every presentation and workspace will be influenced by the increased screen real estate. More work done, more money saved in the long run. The graphics processor is, as we’ve expected an integrated Intel HD Graphics 5500, which should be enough for the daily needs of every business, with the exception of graphic professionals, animators, R&D teams, etc.

Connectivity-wise, the laptop shines with the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi protocol, so streaming video conferences will work smoothly and without interruptions. It also has an RJ-45 Ethernet port for those places where Wi-Fi isn’t present and, very importantly, a VGA port for connecting to video projectors. The fingerprint reader will add an extra measure of optional security for this laptop and the operating system can be downgraded to Windows 7. This is a very important feature for businesses that have operated for long periods of time on certain operating systems and can’t make the change fast enough, so seamless transition is desirable. Think of how widespread Windows XP still is.

The laptop is quite heavy and will run out of power in 5 hours and a half, but has the benefit of interchangeable batteries. Therefore, this is not a travel laptop, but mobile enough to carry around the office or at home during the weekend.

Technical Specifications



Product Lenovo B50-80 80EW023CUS
Details Click to see details on Amazon
PROCESSOR
CPU Name Intel Core i7-5500U
CPU Type Dual Core (2 cores, 4 threads)
CPU Speed 2.4 GHz up to 3.0 GHz
CPU Cache 4 MB Cache
SYSTEM MEMORY
Installed Memory 8 GB
Maximum Memory 8 GB
Memory Type DDR3L @ 1600 MHz
Total Memory Slots 2 slots
STORAGE
Storage Capacity 1 TB
Storage Type Hard Disk Drive
Storage Technology SATA, 5400 rpm
DISPLAY
Screen Size 15.6″
Screen Type LED
Screen Technology AntiGlare
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Touchscreen No
GRAPHICS
Graphics Processing Unit Intel HD Graphics 5500
Graphic Card Type Integrated
Graphics Memory Shared
AUDIO & VIDEO
Audio Technology Dolby Advanced Studio
Speakers 2 speakers
Webcam Yes
NETWORK AND COMMUNICATION
Wireless LAN 802.11ac Wi-Fi
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
Ethernet 10/100/1000 Gigabit
INTERFACE
USB Ports 2 x USB 3.0
1 x USB 2.0
HDMI Yes
VGA Yes
Headphone/Mic Audio Combo Jack
Multi Card Slot 4-in-1 card reader
LAN (RJ45) Yes
INPUT DEVICES
Touch Pad / Track Pad Click Pad
Keyboard Full sized laptop keyboard (104 keys)
Backlit Keyboard No
BATTERY
Battery Type 4 Cell Li-Cylindrical
Battery Capacity 32 WHr
Maximum Battery Life 5.5 hours
Other Features Downgradeable to Windows 7
Fingerprint Reader
Operating System Windows 8.1
Dimensions (W x D x H) 13.39″ x 9.72″ x 1″
Weight 4.73 lb

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Pros:

  • Good CPU and RAM
  • Good storage capacity
  • Rugged design (can withstand wear and tear)
  • Can be downgraded to Windows 7
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Full HD Display

Cons:

  • Not very portable
  • No SSD

 

As we can see, the Lenovo B50-80 80EW023CUS is a very good all-rounder, but doesn’t shine at anything in particular. It’s a good work machine, with decent battery life that will be available at any time without freezes or latencies.


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