5 of 5(100%)customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for B500
Review 1 for B500
Perfect for my preteen daughter
Date:April 4, 2012
"I got this laptop for an absolute steal at Best Buy as a Christmas present for my preteen daughter. I was surprised at how nice a computer it is for what I purchased it for. I was just looking for something basic for her as her first laptop but this Lenovo is leaps beyond basic. Plenty of memory, fast processor and lots of extras (she especially likes the fingerprint access). Lots of installed software came with it and it was ready to go in about 15 minutes of set up. Screen size is perfect for her watching movies or the battery life is about 4 to 5 hours it seems. I highly recommend the laptop not only for preteens but anyone wanting a great laptop for under $400."
"Just purchased and received this wonderful machine, It does all it stated and more Very simple to set up Great space saver , great price , great performance. There was a coupon floating around or 300 .00 this made it a really terrific. deal. The graphics are great , the sound is right on the money The bluray player is seamless. The best thing is my wife loves it and has no problem using it . Sleeps well Boots fast , shuts down fast (not speaking about my wife) the transfer of data from one machine to the other effortless. the bang for the buck is there .. thanks for making this product."
"I'm an engineer with 25+ years of building and working with computers and was looking for a new All-In-One computer for the family. After comparing Lenovo with HP, Dell, and others, I settled on the B500 (08872GU model) as the best All-In-One hardware specifications for the money (a lot of folks seem to agree since the 4 week ship times for this model are MUCH longer than the other B500 models). After receiving the unit on 16 April and using it the past couple of weeks, I'm am very happy with my purchase. If Lenovo could get the Bluetooth keyboard/mouse issues worked out, I would give it 5 stars.
Additional Feedback: 1) DELIVERY TIME: Unit order to delivery time is horrible for a pre-configured machine (ordered online on 25 March, unit was shipped on 9 April, unit was received by me on 16 April 2010). Warning - expect to pay $50-$100 more than the displayed price due to Lenovo collecting sales tax for all 50 states on your order.
2) APPEARANCE: Overall fit looks great and even my wife agrees the machine is not quite as "masculine" as some other official reviews of this system. I still prefer the Lenovo A600 appearance, but I like the B500 specifications/price much better and can live with the orange trim on the machine.
3) BLUETOOTH KEYBOARD/MOUSE: Like many others, I've had initial problems getting the Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to "pair" with the computer (even closely following the instructions in the Quick Guide and the small manual included with the unit). Eventually I got the mouse to "pair", but was forced to use a USB keyboard to get started. Once I logged in, I was able to go to the Bluetooth setup, delete the "Lenovo Bluetooth Keyboard" that was already there, the system immediately re-recognized my keyboard, I typed in the pass code and everything worked great. I am very careful when I shutdown the computer to turn off the computer, then the mouse and keyboard. On power up, I turn on the mouse and keyboard first and then the computer. If I forget to turn the mouse/keyboard first, I have problems getting them to pair with the computer again. According to "Mark_Lenovo" on the Lenovo forum, they are aware of this problem and hope to have a Bluetooth driver fix out sometime mid-April 2010. After using the system for two weeks with included AA alkaline batteries (two for the keyboard and two for the mouse), the keyboard is still at 100% charge, but the mouse is already down to 60% (according to the keyboard and mouse properties window).
4) BLOATWARE: Compared to an HP laptop I bought a few years ago, Lenovo has put almost no "bloatware" on their computer. I'll probably never use the Lenovo Vantage Technology (LVT) button which brings up the Power2Go, MediaShow, CamSuite software much other than the initial backup of the operating system onto two 4.7GB DVD-R's.
5) ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE: According to Windows 7, the McAfee Virus Software and Firewall software included with the system is initially disabled. Going to the Windows Security Center, I enabled everything and it seems to be working okay. I am a bit unhappy that the default is disabled for the new system. The McAfee license is only good for about two months, at which point I'll probably switch to the Panda Anti-Virus Online (works great on all my other Windows 7 machines).
6) FAN NOISE: I do not hear much fan noise from the unit in my quiet office. It is definitely quieter than my Shuttle XPC system and about the same as a laptop.
7) HARD DRIVE: You lose about 30GB of space for the Lenovo OneTouch backup of your drive and the hard drive is the limiting factor in the overall speed of the system (see Windows Experience value below).
8) WINDOWS 7 EXPERIENCE VALUES: Processor=6.5, Memory (RAM)=6.5, Graphics=6.4, and Primary Hard Drive=5.9
9) VIDEO CARD: Seem to be working well for the Windows 7 Aero desktop. I have not tried to benchmark it with any video games.
10) TV CARD: The card works for DVB-T (HDTV terrestrial broadcast standard used in Europe) as well as 8VSB (HDTV terrestrial broadcast standard used in the U.S.). Still trying to find to specifications for this YUAN High-Tech T507 card which is used in all B500 machines. I am using this system in Europe now with a second tuner (Hauppauge Nova-T USB DVB-T tuner) and seems to be working great with Windows 7 Media Player (can record on one channel while watching another).
11) IR SENSOR AND TRANSMITTER: The system comes with the large external IR sensor for the remote control, but also has an IR transmitter that plugs into the IR sensor for controlling an external satellite or cable box for Windows Media Player. I have not tried to set this up yet, but it's a nice extra.
12) AUDIO/VIDEO INPUT: The system includes a "dongle" cable that plugs into the back of the screen to allow for SVHS or RCA video/audio L/audio R inputs (i.e. for use with an external satellite box/cable box/vcr/video camera/gaming console).
13) DOCUMENTATION: There is only a small Quick Start guide and very small manual included with the system. There is no additional documentation (that I could find) on the computer hard drive itself and all the web pages on the Lenovo web site do not have any information for this particular model (or the links are broken). Hopefully something more will be forthcoming in the near future."