Cheapest Laptop in India: Lenovo G570 hands-on review
Are you looking for a cheap, reliable and affordable laptop? Here is my review of Lenovo G570, a very low cost 15.6 inch laptop I purchased. I believe this is the most affordable laptop you can find in this category in India.
I was looking for a second laptop for me for browsing and documentation. I have another workhorse (Lenovo Y560p) which is my best companion at work and can do any development work with no hesitation. The second computer was specifically for documentation and browsing, which I am not using the primary development laptop. Also, since I did not want to expose my primary laptop to all websites that may not be very secure, I wanted another one where I will not store any confidential data. I probably spend a pretty good money searching for the cheapest laptop by going through various laptop shops and malls in Bangalore. My primary intention was not to buy the cheapest laptop, but to identify the store which sells the electronic devices at the lowest price so that I can use them for any future laptop/gadget purchase and also to recommend to others.
Lenovo G570 - The cheapest 15.6 inch laptop in India
I wanted to buy a 14 inch or 15 inch laptop at a price below 20,000. After a lot of research, I realized I could buy only an ATOM processor laptop at that price. Finally, I found Lenovo G570 which has Dual Core Intel Celeron processor. The display price for this basic laptop was Rs 21,990 but the shop gave me a discount of Rs 490 and the final price I paid was Rs 21,500.
Here is the technical specification of the Lenovo G570 I purchased:
Processor: Intel Celeron Dual Core
Hard Disk: 320 GB
Memory: 2 GB
Battery: 6 cell battery (3~4 hour backup)
Operating System: No OS included except DOS.
Other features: Wifi, Bluetooth, Built-in camera, microphone, speakers
Best Price: Rs 21,500 (This was the best deal for Lenovo G570 I found after a lot of research)
(Later I found the same laptop is available in another store for a lower price of Rs 20,990. You can find this laptop deal here: http://laptopdealersinchennai.com/dualcore.html)
Please note that there are several variants of Lenovo G570 and the specs and prices vary highly depending on the model you choose.
The specific model I bought was Lenovo G570 59321805, which I think is the lowest priced one in the 15.6 inch Lenovo laptop category.
To make the deal better, the shop people gave me a couple of goodies without asking. The free accessories that came with the laptop include a laptop carry bag, a head phone and an optical mouse. Overall, it was a great buy for an affordable price. Always remember to ask for free goodies when you buy a computer.
Lenovo G570 hands-on review
It has been just a few days after I bought this from a computer shop in Bangalore. I spend quite some time with it and my first impression is, it is worth the money. Here is my hands-on review of the laptop before I spend a lot of days with it.
Intel Celeron Dual Core in the Lenovo G570 is not the best processor for heavy computer uses. But it can do the work well if you are looking for basic operations like data entry, internet browsing, documentation, listening to music and watch YouTube videos etc. It does not have the best graphical cards but you will not feel much difference if you are just watching YouTube videos.
The G570 computer may not be the best option if are a serious gamer or software developer. Most development work require high power CPUs. Advanced games will need powerful graphical processors.
I am yet to check the battery backup. According to the salesman, I can expect 3 to 3.5 hour battery backup. I will update once I find the details.
My recommendation for best value laptop
If you are looking for a cheap and reliable laptop for home use, Lenovo G570 may be the best option. I could not find any other laptop in this category anywhere near this price range. The closest match I found was an ASUS 15.6 inch laptop at a price of Rs 23,500.
If you know any other low cost laptops in the Indian computer market at this price range, please let me know. I am looking for a couple of more basic laptops to setup a home office for some documentation and data entry related work. Also, don't forget to checkout the laptops below Rs 20,000 in India.
The model I purchased (Lenovo G570 59321805) had written "Intel Dual Core" and I realized it was Celeron processors only after I installed Windows 7. That was a small disappointment, but I think I would have still bought it even if I had known that it is a Dual Core Celeron processor since the price was much below other similar laptops I found so far.
Wifi connectivity issues
After I installed Windows 7, it did not detect the wireless adapters. After some trial and error, I came to the wrong conclusion that it did not support WiFi (even though no one sells laptops without Wifi support these days). I called customer support and they were very knowledgeable and helpful. They quickly guided me to download the correct drivers which resolved the issues quickly. Currently, Wifi works like a charm in Lenovo G570.
Lenovo Customer Support
I am really impressed with the Lenovo customer support. They were very helpful and demonstrated a lot of patience to go through minute details and did not show any hurry to wind up the call. To my surprise, I got another call from Lenovo on the next day asking if I have any technical issues with my new laptop. I think this follow up call came because I had sent an offline message to customer support since their Chat Support was offline when I tried to seek help through chat. I would say, Lenovo customer support in India is simply awesome!
DISCLAIMER: This not a paid review, instead, it is a genuine product review after I purchased Lenovo G570 myself. However, I have used this product only a few days when I am writing this. I may update this Lenovo G570 review later.
One of the finest practical review I have ever read. Thanks Tony Sir, for providing such a detailed and unbiased review for this laptop Lenovo G570.