"Machine - looks good, feels nice, maybe a bit heavy, hinges and battery retaining clips are flimsy, screen has very small viewing angle. Funtion keys would be better with function as default. SD slot has cover; would be better to have one over the camera! OS - W8 - what a shambles. Runs quickly on this machine though. Incidentally Blutooth worked beautifully till I "upgraded" to W8.1 Installed software - nothing installed that I use, have deleted the lot. One key restore works well, but it deletes any partitions you have made, making the 1TB drive useless except for items of no value, An external drive is essential to keep files safe. Even Windoze is not that stupid!!"
"Used two of these. With an i3 it's problems are from Windows 8.1 being a train wreck in terms of its user interface.
With a Celeron 1.8 / 1.9 GHz it is hesitant under Windows 8.1, converting to dual boot Linux requires changes to the EUFI, but is well worth the effort.
Using Linut Mint 17, /home and Swap partitions can be added. Under Linux, the G500 shines- running far more smoothly and responsively. A decent computer under Windows, but an excellent value under Linux- everything seems to work with Mint 17.
Keyboard and screen could be better, screen seems to work better under the official Intel drivers for Linux. If you are a heavy typist, get a Thinkpad."