Lenovo Z50-70 15.6" i5 Laptop 8GB RAM 2GB Dedicated Graphics, Full HD (1920 x 1080), plus Intel App Pack @ PC World - £549.99 (Potential £458.33)
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Lenovo Z50-70 15.6" i5 Laptop 8GB RAM 2GB Dedicated Graphics, Full HD (1920 x 1080), plus Intel App Pack @ PC World - £549.99 (Potential £458.33)

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Found 27th Oct 2014
I've been shopping for the best possible deal between 400-500 for my teenage son - something with entry-level graphics (for video editing/PhotoShop and basic gaming). This deal combines a discount from PC World (£50), "VAT back" offer from Lenovo (£91.65) and an app pack from Intel.

You can also use Quidco for an additional 1.5% cashback.

Lenovo T&C for cashback can be found here:
lenovo-offers.com/pag…ing
It's a little confusing, and you MUST claim your cashback between 21-51 days, or you lose it. (I had no problems doing this with with my last laptop)

PC World/Intel "App Pack" T&C can be found here:
pcw.cdn.dixons.com/css…pdf

I recently bought the G50-70 for my teenage daughter, when Lenovo had their unrestricted VAT Back promotion, picking it up for about £399 (i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 2GB ATI Radeon Graphics) - we're very pleased with it, and wanted to buy a second one, but they had discontinued the scheme. They began a new scheme today (27 Oct), but added a bunch of conditions - specifically that they original price must be greater than £500, and that it must be purchased from a list of suppliers. Unfortunately, this precluded the one that I bought for my daughter, so I dug around a little more to see how I could best make use of this offer, and found this - it is especially appealing because of the App Pack, which is perfect for my son, who is looking for video editing software and enjoys (low-level) gaming.

So whilst this is an entry-level gaming device at best (if it could even be called that), it's a solid, budget multimedia laptop with a few decent freebie apps thrown in, great for a teenager experimenting with basic graphics manipulation. And I can't find anything similar for a better price.

Edit: I neglected to mention - this is the Full HD (1920 x 1080) screen one.

35 Comments

beware, reviews seem to show this as being the worst fdh screen on the market at the moment. it's not a bad spec machine for the price, but well worth reading the reviews first

BlownGasketBob

beware, reviews seem to show this as being the worst fdh screen on the … beware, reviews seem to show this as being the worst fdh screen on the market at the moment. it's not a bad spec machine for the price, but well worth reading the reviews first



Unsurprising, really, you rarely find 1080p displays at this range anyway.

Hot! Also you can get £50 off £500 spent on O2 priority

Does the VAT back only count with towards the final price paid?

So if vouchers were used to reduce the cost to below £500 to be paid this would be null and void?

Recently bought the basic i3 version at £249 including Cashback from ebuyer - an excellent value for money machine. Not sure about the £200 price premium for this model unless it offers decent gaming performance.

I am happy with the basic model with integrated graphics which is more than sufficient for my needs.

BlownGasketBob

beware, reviews seem to show this as being the worst fdh screen on the … beware, reviews seem to show this as being the worst fdh screen on the market at the moment. it's not a bad spec machine for the price, but well worth reading the reviews first



You mean FHD as in Full HD.

LOL this is the worst laptop deal ive ever seen. Recently there was a deal for a new i3 +840m and FHD for £380. What the HELL is this deal above??????

stanlenin

LOL this is the worst laptop deal ive ever seen. Recently there was a … LOL this is the worst laptop deal ive ever seen. Recently there was a deal for a new i3 +840m and FHD for £380. What the HELL is this deal above??????



lenovo is the deal I.e. at this price point a quality piece of kit not junk like Acer.

Spec:

Type Laptop
Operating system Windows 8.1
SPECIFICATION Processor Intel® Core™ i5-4210U Processor (1.7 GHz, 2.7 GHz with TurboBoost, 3 MB cache)
RAM 8 GB DDR3L
Graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GT820M (2 GB DDR3)
Storage 1 TB SSHD, 5400 rpm
SCREEN Screen size 15.6"
Screen type LED
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Touchscreen No
Screen features LED backlighting
CONNECTIVTY Wireless 802.11 b/g/n
Ethernet Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
USB - USB 3.0 x 1
- USB 2.0 x 2
Video interface HDMI x 1
Audio interface 3.5 mm jack
MEDIA Optical drive DVD/RW
Memory card reader 2-in-1 memory card
Expansion card slot Mini-PCIe x 1
SOUND Sound Dolby Home Theatre
Speakers Integrated stereo speakers
FEATURES Camera Integrated HD webcam
Microphone Yes
Mouse / trackpad Multitouch buttonless trackpad
Keyboard AccuType keyboard
Security features Kensington lock slot
POWER Battery type 4-cell Lithium-ion
Battery life Up to 4 hours
GENERAL Colour White
Box contents - Lenovo Z50-70 15.6" Laptop
- AC power adapter
- User manual
Dimensions 25 x 384 x 265 mm (H x W x D)
Weight 2.4 kg

Edited by: "jasee" 28th Oct 2014

I bought the z500 in the i5 spec. Assuming this is an updated version of that model I'd like to point out a couple of things. The keyboard on Lenovo laptops is terrible, it flexes alarmingly and isn't very sensitive to keystrokes. The HDD as fitted was the usual 5400rpm laptop job. That ends up as a significant bottleneck so, naturally, you'd want to replace it with an SSD.
You will not believe how complicated it is to switch hard drives in these laptops (look on YouTube if you don't believe me). It's almost comedic.
Anyway, with solid state drive fitted, the i5 version is blisteringly quick. Runs Adobe CS6 with no complaints.

i have the z50-70 the hdd was just as easy to swap as any other laptop.

maybe the z500 is internally diffrent

Why do they still make laptops with optical drives? Puts me off

cold as this was £369 the other day

torquatus

cold as this was £369 the other day



Umm, no it wasn't. If you mean this deal which is 369.99 @ ebuyer then that has 4GB RAM and an i3 CPU.

hollger

Umm, no it wasn't. If you mean this deal which is 369.99 @ ebuyer then … Umm, no it wasn't. If you mean this deal which is 369.99 @ ebuyer then that has 4GB RAM and an i3 CPU.



and no graphics card.

Not from ebuyer either.

Edited by: "Chris52" 28th Oct 2014

I bought this the other week from their ebay store.

Excellent machine, very fast and although I paid a lot less its definitely worth the money.

LetoKynes

Unsurprising, really, you rarely find 1080p displays at this range anyway.



Which is funny since most decent 5" mobile phones have have FHD these days and only few years ago it was a standard on mid- to high-range laptops.

Thanks to idiots who buy 1366 advertised as "HD SCREEN!!!!1111!!!" we're all getting scr***d now.

Original Poster

groovyreg

The HDD as fitted was the usual 5400rpm laptop job. That ends up as a … The HDD as fitted was the usual 5400rpm laptop job. That ends up as a significant bottleneck so, naturally, you'd want to replace it with an SSD. You will not believe how complicated it is to switch hard drives in these laptops (look on YouTube if you don't believe me). It's almost comedic. Anyway, with solid state drive fitted, the i5 version is blisteringly quick. Runs Adobe CS6 with no complaints.



The Z50-70 in this deal includes a SSHD. So whilst it's not a complete SSD solution, it should be significantly faster than a simple 5400rpm.

It will boot up fast,
Good looking machine,
John lewis Is doing i7 version for 599 and then cash back so good deal,
Graphics card,
Full had 1080 p
Better viewing angles

careful with this deal, you won't get the full vat back as stated in the t&c.......

5. In the UK the VAT rate is 20% and is calculated by dividing the purchase price paid by 6.
As an example, if purchasing a qualifying product for £1,000, you would be entitled to claim a cashback of £167.67

i'm no mathematician but i work out 20% of £1000 as £200 therefore paying £800.

ftz

careful with this deal, you won't get the full vat back as stated in the … careful with this deal, you won't get the full vat back as stated in the t&c.......5. In the UK the VAT rate is 20% and is calculated by dividing the purchase price paid by 6.As an example, if purchasing a qualifying product for £1,000, you would be entitled to claim a cashback of £167.67i'm no mathematician but i work out 20% of £1000 as £200 therefore paying £800.


As has been mentioned before on this forum, Lenovo are correct. However I'm sure Lenovo are happy that many people will simply assume they're getting 20% of the purchase price back. But as the VAT is already included in the purchase price, the cashback rate is effectively about 16.7%.
(Incidentally, in your example taken from the Ts and Cs, the cashback figure should be £166.67.)

Over The Knee

As has been mentioned before on this forum, Lenovo are correct. However … As has been mentioned before on this forum, Lenovo are correct. However I'm sure Lenovo are happy that many people will simply assume they're getting 20% of the purchase price back. But as the VAT is already included in the purchase price, the cashback rate is effectively about 16.7%.(Incidentally, in your example taken from the Ts and Cs, the cashback figure should be £166.67.)



its not my example, i simply used copy and paste from the t&c's on the website. it also says uk vat is calculated at 20% which leads people to believe that the vat cashback would also be 20%. of course many will assume theyre getting 20%, so i thought i would point out to these people that they won't. the cynic in me might say thats what the company want people to assume.....

about i5 as amd

I posted this yesterday if you want < £500 and get 1080p IPS Matte

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/2034607

how does this i5 compare to the 2 core i7 ?

Where is the £50 Discount from PC World?

I guess that the £50 must already be in the Curry's list price as £549.99 less the VAT back is £458.33.

I think that the heading might be confusing.

Ftz is right, he is no mathematician. VAT is added at 20% to the original price.
For instance if the price is £800 without VAT. Plus 20% VAT is £960 not £1000. If you then simply tried to take the 20% off the £960 you'd be deducting £192 which I'm no mathematician but that doesn't leave the original £800. You'd have to divide by 6 and deduct this figure to get back to the £800 we know is right. Which is coincidentally exactly what it says in the Lenovo terms for this deal.

Ftz is right, he is no mathematician. VAT is added at 20% to the original price.
For instance if the price is £800 without VAT. Plus 20% VAT is £960 not £1000. If you then simply tried to take the 20% off the £960 you'd be deducting £192 which I'm no mathematician but that doesn't leave the original £800. You'd have to divide by 6 and deduct this figure to get back to the £800 we know is right. Which is coincidentally exactly what it says in the Lenovo terms for this deal.

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Cashback states "Price paid must be £500 or higher", so just to warn anyone expect it

Amazon Lightning deal £499.99. If it had been 2p more it would have let you get the £50 cashback. The lightning deal is only worth £30!
Edited by: "Chris52" 3rd Nov 2014

ftz

careful with this deal, you won't get the full vat back as stated in the … careful with this deal, you won't get the full vat back as stated in the t&c.......5. In the UK the VAT rate is 20% and is calculated by dividing the purchase price paid by 6.As an example, if purchasing a qualifying product for £1,000, you would be entitled to claim a cashback of £167.67i'm no mathematician but i work out 20% of £1000 as £200 therefore paying £800.

Price drop to £499.99

Seems like pretty good deal, almost same price now with £50 reduction and if use £50 O2 offer (admittedly have to buy something else too to take it over £500)
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