Lenovo is celebrating 25 years of ThinkPad with a limited edition laptop..but should you bother buying one? The company was founded 32 years ago in China by Liu Chuanzhi and has became a household name however having said that many people online are now taking to review sites such as sitejabber, trustpilot and even social media to complain about the company.
In this review we will be listing the many reasons why you should not buy any Lenovo products
Uses the cheapest and slowest CPUS of any other computer manufacturer
The fact is that Lenovo uses the cheapest CPU’s possible to power their budget and mid-range computers. The average person does not know much about CPU’s. The naming schemes that Intel and AMD use for their CPU’s is very confusing and because CPU’s change each year it is very hard to keep track of which one is the fastest. If you were to say to an average person which is faster out the Intel i7 7700 or the Core 2 Quad Q9650 many would not know the answer. Lenovo uses this to their advantage and often packs its computer with the cheapest and slowest cpu’s it can get their hands on to cut down on costs and too boost profits!
No graphics cards means no gaming!
A lot of budget (£300-£400) Lenovo desktops models do not come with a graphics card.. relying on intel hd graphics to power games. This means that if you just bought a new Lenovo computer and was hoping to play the latest games chances are you will be VERY disappointed, as the only games you will be able to play will be games that were released 10 years ago!
Rubbish RAM makes browsing the internet a thing of the past!
RAM? Who needs ram?
RAM is a very important part of any computer system. RAM stands for random access memory. It is a form of memory that allows information to be quickly stored and retrieved on a computer. It is much faster than other forms of memory because it is accessed randomly instead of sequentially making it a lot faster than memory found on an average hard drive. If you run out of RAM space your computer will usually store information on slower forms of memory such as your hard drive making your computer run much slower.
Most computers that Lenovo sell come with only 4gb of ram and in today’s world 4gb of ram will simply not cut it. With only 4gb means that you will also experience serious lag in ram hungry programs such as Photoshop you may even struggle to load multiple tabs in firefox (especially tabs with lots of photos)! Lenovo does not even name what type of RAM it uses.. (type of ram is very important as DDR4 RAM is a lot faster than DDR RAM and can make a big difference).. this is because it uses the cheapest type possible so it’nt worth bragging about!
Motherboards aren’t important are they?!
Even though motherboards do not add to performance this doesnt mean that a good motherboard is’nt important. But trying telling Lenovo that! Lenovo uses its own brand of super cheap motherboards inside its desktops and laptops to cut down costs and maximize profits. These motherboards are poorly constructed using cheap and flimsy parts. This makes the motherboard more prone to malfunctions such as blue screens of death occurring, USB ports not working and could even burst into flames.
Lenovo support will do anything to avoid refunds. If your computer has a major fault with it and you need a refund don’t count on Lenovo living up to its warranty. There are literally hundreds of complaints online about how Lenovo have left people high and dry after their computers malfunction for no reason.
Bloat and adware preinstalled onto your computer
Lenovo is renowned for adding bloatware and adware to its computers to make extra money. Superfish is just one example which was pre-installed onto millions of Lenovo computers between 2014-2015, this adware inserted ads onto sites that you visited and would even redirect you to malware ridden websites.
Even though superfish is now gone, Lenovo still adds pointless adware and bloatware to its computer such as the very pointless Lenovo support software. This bloatware will randomly without warning scan your computer slowing it down and in some cases can be enough too cause your entire computer to crash.
Examples of rip off computers
Lenovo V110-15ISK Laptop
Is currently listed on amazon for £449. In the product description it lists that it is good for photo editing in photoshop and even video editing in Adobe premier.. LIES, LIES I TELL YA!
However if you look at the specs it uses a mobile intel Core i5-6200U CPU (launched in q3 2015) has 4gb of DDR3 ram (DDR4 is the newest type). With these specs the best you can really hope for is a bit of light browsing on the internet and minimal Photoshopping abilities on small files.
Lenovo ThinkCentre m700
This Lenovo thinkcentre computer is listed on amazon for £761.41 it features an intel core i3 4gb ram and 500gb hard drive. This is a total rip off. If you are thinking of buying this thinkcentre desktop then think again!You will struggle to do more than browse th internet with this expensive computer. Ye it does feature ddr4 RAM however it uses a low budget i3 processor. Furthermore it only has 500 gb of memory on a outdated hard drive (Solid state drives are are all the rage now and a lot faster). This computer should be half the price if that!
ThinkCentre M910 Tiny
This ThinkCentre M910 Tiny listed on Lenovo’s own shop is priced at £659 and features an i5 processor 4gb memory and 500gb space. Although better value than the ones listed on amazon, this desktop still does not have much in the way of features.. especially not to justify the £659 price tag. You will not be able to do anything special on it, no graphics card means you have to rely on the integrated hd graphics card built into the cpu which will struggle to play any of the latest games. With only 4gb ram you will also struggle to do Photoshopping or video editing.
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Recently I bought a new Lenovo computer for working on at home. I bought this new computer from ebuyer thinking that I picked up a total bargain paying just £220 for a Lenovo thinkcentre desktop. I was so wrong!
I have had nothing but stress from the get gop with this new computer. The first time I started it up it lagged like crazy for no reason.. even the mouse would stutter and lag. After a few day the computer on start up the computer would show the blue screen of death..forcing me to system restore the computer and loose all of my hard work. I ran up ebuyer who told me that the only way that I was going to get a refund was if I rang up Lenovo for them to confirm that my computer was defective. After finally getting through to Lenovo support centre Iw as told over the phone that my computer had nothing wrong with it and that I would have to live with it. I now have been using this computer for several months and it has been the worst experience ever.
-Starting up my computer takes forever, I can literally go watch tv for 10 minutes whilst I wait for my computer to start up.
-The computer is extremely slow so much so that you cannot properly browse the internet without firefox becoming overloading and becoming unresponsive.
-I have to just forget about doing any work on photoshop or anything graphical because the computer
-loading up mydocuments is extremely slow.. this is when there is hardly much at all in the folder.
First going to address the last point: Lenovo no longer preloads any third party bloatware whatsoever. They’ve made an emphasis on this after Superfish, and I have Lenovo products that were released in 2016 and 2017 — it’s an extremely clean load of Windows, which is way ahead of other PC makers. And especially on the ThinkPad line, you’ll find an even cleaner build. Past performance is not indicative of future results…
Other points: of course if you buy a low end PC you won’t get a graphics card or high quality memory or some fancy motherboard. That’s what budget PCs are — lower end products both in price and in quality and performance. But once you get to their gaming PCs or their Think workstations, you’ll see perhaps the best performance in any PC company period.
You can’t spill water on a MacBook Pro or drop it from a ladder and have it survive!! You can with a ThinkPad.
Do you work for the company?
Stupid shill! Stop talking bollocks trying to trick people into buying more of your useless scam computers.
Yes I feel like throwing my thinkpad off a ladder that might make me feel a lot better. Utter crap.
Don’t work for them, but I love their products and advocate for them. I’m giving you the hard truth hear. Windows PCs work fundamentally the same, being slow or laggy isn’t a Lenovo issue, more-so either an age issue, virus issue, or simply you purchased a low-end machine that can’t keep up. Where Lenovo shines is in hardware — ThinkPads are still the best business machines ever.
Obvious person commenting above works for Lenovo as who would have lots of different Lenovo products as their avatar picture :/ So, looks as though Lenovo hires people to write good stuff about them online. How very dishonest. I guess that is yet another reason not to buy their rubbish.
James, lets assume Lenovo did hire someone to counter such articles, I am curious as to what you find dishonest about Eric’s comments which are quite sensible and factual.
My problem with the comments above is that he is basically saying that if you pay for a budget computer you get what you pay for but if you buy higher end pcs Lenovo is the best..when actually if you look at the specs of both low-end and high end computers Lenovo on average offers the least. Also if you drop a thinkpad from a ladder I don’t think it would survive.
I have a Lenovo compuer and hate it. It is so sloooooow. I have never had a computer this slow before.
But because slowness is not an excuse for returning something apprently according to Lenovo support even tho it IS NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE, I cannot get a refund.
I totally agree ALL Lenovo computer are useless. I start working at a new place and they all have them and every single one is the slowest computers I have ever used EVER. They are complete rubbish.. that’s is all I can say. Save your money and stress don’t buy one.
As someone who spends a lot of time on Lenovo equipment I’d like to give a bit of a reply to your opinion piece.
You mentioned “There are literally hundreds of complaints online” and linked to a consumer affairs website where there are 813 complaints dating back to 2005. Last year alone Lenovo shipped over 55 Million computers. Even if we said half the complaints came from last year that’s 400 complaints from over 55,000,000 machines shipped. Those are odds I’ll stick with and better than many other makes.
Bloatware, is no longer a thing and on Lenovo machines and this is accepted industry wide. Other makers are taking similar steps to follow the Lenovo example on current machines. System utilites such the system Companion can be easily configured to schedule scans or be disabled entirely for those with the knowledge and confidence to manage firmware updates on their machines. For those who do not have this confidence, tools such as the Companion make sure that Firmware updates are delivered to provide system stability and security updates when required with minimal concern to the end user.
Regarding CPUs, in broad terms I do not concur with your Intel Processor assessments for capability.
Your description appears based on conjecture rather than first hand experience. For example, your comments around the 6th Generation i5 is more commonly appropriate to the performance expectation of an Atom CPU. Which for example I have in my ThinkPad 10 which is used daily for browsing, stylus input note taking, light Office tasks and light photo editing from time to time (which it more than copes with admirably.)
My work daily driver Core i5 based Lenovo Yoga 11S (Intel Core i5-3339Y – more than 2 years older than the Core i5-6200U you mentioned) is powering 2x 20+” Monitors external monitors (3 displays in total), running Outlook, Excel, 25+ Chrome Tabs, 2x Edge Tabs, XLite, Trillian, Teams and at various times between two and four RDP and other connection tools to remote systems. My average CPU usage is around 35-45% – on a CPU from Q1, 2013). I do a lot of work with photographs none of which are small and the Lenovo Yoga 11S is more than capable of this when required.
Lenovo ThinkCentre machines are aimed at the business market and features, technologies and warranties included are reflected in the price. In the examples of the ThinkCentre M700 and M910 Tiny I looked at the part numbers on Amazon examples finding their part numbers reflected an accompanying 3 year onsite warranty, compared to the usual 1 year RTB (Return To Base) warranty you get with consumer grade equipment. These machines are also built with some components and technologies such as vPro enabled CPUs which are not of practical use to consumers but increase the cost of the hardware.
Interestingly having looked at this machine on Amazon the 11 Reviews of this machine are all positive with an average rating of 4.3 out of 5. This would be 11 examples of satisfied users who have not had the negative experience you have portrayed, in fact the comments include “Runs my design software flawlessly and is lightening fast.” https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lenovo-V110-15ISK-80TL0010UK-Processor-Resolution/dp/B01LXDF5S3/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1508347290&sr=8-2&keywords=Lenovo+V110-15ISK
In regards your pricing research I would recommend extending searches beyond Amazon and doubly so if you are investigating business class machines such as the ThinkCentre ranges. Suppliers such as Insight have these same machines at much lower prices than you have listed.
<<<<hmmm looks as though lenovo has hired a shill above. Cannot beelive anyone would be that bothered to write a glowing review about lenovo if they didn't work for the company. Very dishonest indeed!
lenovo sucks. my company uses them, and everyday i come to work cursing about how slow the pc is. since i work in level 16, i cant help but imagining how satisfying it would be to throw it off my window.
Heres another reason reason why to not buy lenovo ever: I was feeling playful and wanted to fix my broken phones. Touchscreen change on huawei wend without any problems, but on my Lenovo I broke display while removing touch. Why? They “accidentaly” put more glue on touch than it was needed so it stick to display too and I broke it when I pulled touch up! Never buy fuckin Lenovo!
Telling anyone to not use the Lenovo product can be a choice of the individual and it totally depends on the user that the user wants to use any of the Lenovo product or not. Many are those, for them, Lenovo brings the best of the devices and for many Lenovo completely shit with their products.
That comment doesn’t even make any sense.
Also, why have you called yourself Google customer care? Are you google customer care? LOL
I purchased a Lenovo PC and within 14 Days and the Hard Drive and Hard Discs have failed and trying to get a refund for a product is like trying to get blood out of a stone In the space of 20 minutes I was passed from one Jobsworth to another
Buy a Lenovo and you get a Lemon
Yeah, I did the same thought I saw a bargain computer with loads of memory and a decent processor on Amazon, you’d believe from the info would be just what I needed. Lets face it, how often do we treat ourselves to a new home computer?
So, further down the road I’m realising as is my son that this computer is not all singing and dancing but is a tired slow computer. For example it takes ages to boot up and has difficulty processing images and music together in a video editing program.
Bear in mind we are busy people and hardly use this PC but for sorting the necessaries like house insurance utilities and all that so for general browsing, You Tube, FB or anything you can do on your phone but for something a bit more involved and sitting more comfortably then forget it. Lenovo SUCKS!
Don’t know what to buy if I’m honest as they change spec so rapidly but this is comparable to something I had 20 years ago in terms of processing power and speed.
Wow – there are so many people here that seem mad at Lenovo. I supported a power company for over 15 years with Thinkpads, Ideacentre’s and Dell – I guess it all depends on what Lenovo you buy because we ran systems there for years with a 3 year turn over and didn’t have any real issues with performance. Even a old used Lenovo tower with a upgraded i5 can run Photoshop and Premier very easy. Their laptops take an abuse and run and run – I did warranty service on Thinkpads and it was usually a dropped device that was broken – the rest ran with usually damaged system boards due to power spikes. Every one can have an opinion but i don’t think Lenovo warrants getting thrown under the bus.. No, i don’t work for Lenovo, Dell or any other supplier, just the guy that had to keep them running…