Lenovo Z50-70, £288, 1080p screen, Haswell i3, 1TB HDD, 8GB RAM, Amazon.fr
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Lenovo Z50-70, £288, 1080p screen, Haswell i3, 1TB HDD, 8GB RAM, Amazon.fr

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Found 2nd Aug 2015
There is a 2-4 weeks wait as they have sold out their stock but if you are not in a hurry I believe it is well worth the wait.

Price is under assumption of using Halifax Clarity or other credit cards which don't charge currency conversion fees. If you use Amazon currency converter it is cca 297£.

Also Amazon.fr have a deal on gift cards, so if you buy a 50EUR gift card you get 10EUR of your next order so you can get this under 400EUR, link in first comment.

I think this is a cracking deal, if I was in the market for a laptop I would be all over it, it ticks all the boxes important for me and in my opinion to a large number of users.

I haven't seen a decent 1080p+i3 under 300£ deal in some time. I would advise on replacing that hard drive with an ssd and using the 1TB as external hard disk for media.

I have helped set up this very pc for a friend couple of months ago and it seems a very nice machine, I have put in an ssd for him and the machine flies, as reviews will tell you it is not a great 1080p screen (as it is not ips unfortunately) but for me it was way better than my current 768p. Another possibly bad thing is French keyboard, if this bothers you a lot you can get a UK one for 18£ from eBay and replace it (it is very easy...), link in first comment.

It comes with Windows 8.1 and you can use the current windows 10 upgrade thing to get rid of Lenovo's bloatware (although I believe this specific machine might not even be affected) simply upgrade to windows 10 as soon as you get it and don't keep your programs and files (this should remove all Lenovo stuff...).

Hope it helps someone.

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Whats the difference between a UK and French keyboard ?
Looks a good deal.

Not sure about the laptop but the Halifax Clarity card is just brilliant for purchases abroad. It's saved us a small forture on holiday!

French keyboards are significantly different to UK, not only are there lettered with accents, but they are not qwerty.

Are they not qwerté?

You can see the keyboard in this image. Looks like an american keyboard. No pound sign above the 3. @ is above the 2.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/71PelUBZKhL._SL1500_.jpg
Edited by: "mccririck" 2nd Aug 2015

That is a great deal for the money. I realise it's not a 'super fast' laptop, but is exactly what i'm looking for.
Couple of questions to OP:-
1. Just how different is keyboard as pics seem to show QWERTY type keyboard?
2. Despite using chrome to translate Amazon.fr i can't decipher how to get gift voucher?
3. Can you use both the gift voucher and the 'credit' towards the laptop or is that for a future purchase?
4. Can the voucher only be used on Amazon.fr?
Many thanks
Brooksy

****...just typed a question about the keyboard and its already been answered...sorry

mccririck

You can see the keyboard in this image. Looks like an american keyboard. … You can see the keyboard in this image. Looks like an american keyboard. No pound sign above the 3. @ is above the 2.


Amazon.fr description clearly states
"Description du clavier AZERTY (clavier français)" = Keypad Description AZERTY (French keyboard)
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b9/KB_France.svg

AndyRoyd

Amazon.fr description clearly states"Description du clavier AZERTY … Amazon.fr description clearly states"Description du clavier AZERTY (clavier français)" = Keypad Description AZERTY (French keyboard)


You are quite correct..well spotted..thank you

Oh that just looks wrong.

mccririck

Oh that just looks wrong.



ZRONG, in fact.

Nice to see cheaper laptops are finally getting away from nasty 1366x768 !
Edited by: "kingchris" 2nd Aug 2015

that keyboard would drive me nuts good price tho ...

good specs but voted cold due to the french keyboard.

Will Amazon UK price match Amazon fr?

French keyboard layout on this.

http://www.lehman.edu/faculty/hoffmann/itc/techteach/keyboard/keybfr.gif

You could probably get a replacement keyboard off Ebay or direct from Lenovo.

eg. ebay.co.uk/itm…845

PNs are for the black (rather than silver) framed version are:

Manufacturer: Liteon
Language: U.K. English
Part#: 25214786
Item: Lenovo UKT6G1DFBlackeyrameKeyboard

Manufacturer: Chicony
Language: U.K. English
Part#: 25214726
Item: Lenovo UKT6G1CCYBlackeyrameKeyboard,

Manufacturer: Sunrex
Language: U.K. English
Part#: 25214756
Item: Lenovo UKT6G1JMEBlackeyrameKeyboard



Edited by: "Picard123" 2nd Aug 2015

Wouldnt the keyboard be an easy fix in as far as you would set it up to UK version, pop off the incorrect keys and put them back on qwerty?

Similar price slash on lenovo US for a similar model (though i7 !), here:

shop.lenovo.com/us/…50/ ($549 after voucher)

I wonder if we'll see one of this range discounted in the UK away some point.

andy5and

Whats the difference between a UK and French keyboard ?Looks a good deal.



You will yourself typing the word 'strike' more often than before....:p

TehJumpingJawa

Will Amazon UK price match Amazon fr?



No.

That's a great price for the model, but a definite keyboard change would be needed for most of us
Thanks for the ebay link to the uk keyboard

afroylnt

You will yourself typing the word 'strike' more often than before....:p


That would be a grève mistake...

Is this really a good deal when you've got to faff around changing the keyboard which presumably nullifies any warranty?

Upgrading to SSD would void the warranty so you might as well do the keyboard. I would personally sell the 1tb HDD on eBay for £35+

RiverDragon8

Upgrading to SSD would void the warranty so you might as well do the … Upgrading to SSD would void the warranty so you might as well do the keyboard. I would personally sell the 1tb HDD on eBay for £35+



I'd personally rather have a valid warranty, unless you like paying £300 for a potential doorstop! oO

And if it does go wrong do you have to bone up on your French to return it or can it be done through Amazon UK?

Upgrading the laptop is a must, I prefer performance over warranty
You could always keep the HDD and keyboard and anything goes wrong swap them back for peace of mind. The last 3 laptops I've bought I've upgraded and sold the old parts on eBay to bring down the overall total cost.
Edited by: "RiverDragon8" 2nd Aug 2015

Joe90_guy

Not sure about the laptop but the Halifax Clarity card is just brilliant … Not sure about the laptop but the Halifax Clarity card is just brilliant for purchases abroad. It's saved us a small forture on holiday!

Nationwide select credit card too.

How does one switch on translation mode on (windows 10)?

how would photo shop perform on this, or should I aim for higher spec eg i5

wansheet

how would photo shop perform on this, or should I aim for higher spec eg … how would photo shop perform on this, or should I aim for higher spec eg i5


No reason to go for more than this.

Caerbaerllan

Wouldnt the keyboard be an easy fix in as far as you would set it up to … Wouldnt the keyboard be an easy fix in as far as you would set it up to UK version, pop off the incorrect keys and put them back on qwerty?


Not sure how easy it is to pop off the keys on this, it used to be on old lenovos but not sure how it works with clichet keyboards

Cold.

TN panel. Not IPS.

Not UK keyboard.

If really want FHD, better buy Lenovo Flex 2 FHD. IPS panel, 300 degree convertable, at similar price.

Amazon Germany sell Flex 2 cheaply. Could even buy customer returns from amazon warehouse deal for even cheaper.


PC world ebay has Flex 2 FHD 14 inch, i5 version for £400.(brand new)

Argos ebay has Pentium 3558U version for £240 (Refurbished, most likely customer return)


Edited by: "huangxq2" 2nd Aug 2015

Original Poster

mcormack

How does one switch on translation mode on (windows 10)?



I use google chrome and it happens pretty much automatically... (edge might become a nice browser but in a couple of months/years...)

Original Poster

huangxq2

Cold.TN panel. Not IPS.Not UK keyboard.If really want FHD, better buy … Cold.TN panel. Not IPS.Not UK keyboard.If really want FHD, better buy Lenovo Flex 2 FHD. IPS panel, 300 degree convertable, at similar price.Amazon Germany sell Flex 2 cheaply. Could even buy customer returns from amazon warehouse deal for even cheaper.PC world ebay has Flex 2 FHD 14 inch, i5 version for £400.(brand new)Argos ebay has Pentium 3558U version for £240 (Refurbished, most likely customer return)



Honestly, I have seen both this and flex 2 and prefer this one, this is a normal screen size laptop flex is 14", while 14" might not seem a big difference it is actually about 25% smaller screen and being spoilt by a huge monitor my laptop screen already looks tiny... As I said before 1080p screen is not the best around but it is way better than any 768p that I have seen and the only actual complaint I have is that it doesn't have good viewing angles, so if you watch a movie with 4 friends the outer ones won't have as good a view but I think I did this with my laptop only once on a holiday so for me 1080 TN is more than enough and I believe for most people as well...

And what do you mean if you really want 1080p of course I want it, it is a huge improvement over 768p and should be industry standard by now if there weren't that many old 768p screens flooding the market and getting ever cheaper...

That Pentium costs 70£ less than this i3 (I will not go into is it really worth the difference...) and this is new vs refurbished, some people like me prefer not to go for refurbs as you really don't know what the person before you did with it nor can it really be checked and I like to use my laptops for a long time with occasional upgrade and spring cleaning...

If you are worried ssd will void your warranty just keep the 1TB hard drive around and if something happens pop it back in, the one I upgraded didn't have any warranty void stickers or anything and it was a simple process.

I understand it has French keyboard and I believe I have put it in the description as well as a workaround and its price. About people mentioning faff for replacing keyboard it takes 3 minutes to watch a youtube video and 2 minutes to do it yourself with 0 knowledge required. It costs 18£ though...

I personally am comfortable with 4 different keyboard layouts (counting US and UK as one) and I can use any on any keyboard but then I don't look at the keyboard as I write, it is weird and it is annoying for the first couple of days but then you get used to it, I would compare it to driving on the left in UK...

Warranty works perfectly with Amazon.fr, it is still Amazon and still has awesome customer service, only problem is everything takes a couple of days longer than it does with UK one. You can also choose to go directly to Lenovo UK for a fix as the warranty is EU wide.

It is an awesome deal for the French, for us it is a good deal with few quirks for which you can decide if they are worth the saving or not.

And for the GC question it says: If you buy 50eur or more in GC you get 10EUR of any order over 50EUR you make in the future so yes you can use the gift card and the promo on the same purchase. (I unfortunately haven't tried myself as I am still happy with my laptop, this just came in my inbox as the best deal in computers on Amazon.fr).

I hope it helps someone get a decent machine for a decent price.

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Reebok Ron

Is this really a good deal when you've got to faff around changing the … Is this really a good deal when you've got to faff around changing the keyboard which presumably nullifies any warranty?



I would be surprised if replacing keyboard nullifies the warranty, it would be plain idiotic (although laws and T&C's can be idiotic I do admit) but again, keep the original one and if anything goes wrong put it back, I can't tell you hundred % if it has a warranty void sticker but I really really doubt it (I haven't replaced the keyboard so I don't really know, but I have removed and replaced a couple of keyboards in my time and have never seen any).

I purchased a laptop with a nordic keyboard and was pretty worried how it would be. If you type a lot there is no problem at all because you'll remember the UK layout anyway.

Joe90_guy

Are they not qwerté?


Quite, that's why French invasion of London takes the jobs from the English easily.

afroylnt

You will yourself typing the word 'strike' more often than before....:p


No chance, the UK English keyboard does more strikes from Afghanistan to Falklands, from Ireland to Saudi.

kingchris

Nice to see cheaper laptops are finally getting away from nasty 1366x768 !




Which should be a standard thing by 2015 and not something to praise.. 5" mobile phones had better resolutions 4 years ago.
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