I don’t think I’m the only one out there who thinks that Windows 8.1 is crap, do I? In my opinion, Windows 8.1 is a totally confusing and misconceived operating system, but I think that also Microsoft has the same opinion as I do, since they rolled back a lot of things in the new Windows 10. Anyway, my shiny Lenovo M30-70 shipped with a licensed copy of Windows 8.1. Before getting rid of it, and installing whatever else operating system you wish, it’s a good practice to create a recovery disk on an usb pendrive. Since you paied for the OS, and you could need that license in the future (ex. to reinstall it before selling it, to upgrade to Windows 10 for free…), it’s -warmly- recommended that you backup it. Do it as soon as possible. In my case, Windows 8.1 run for like 20 minutes before I started the procedure, that you can find here. Be aware that you’ll need a pendrive with a size of at least 16 gb, and the recovery disk will take approximately 12 Gb of it. It could be a good idea to backup D: as well, since it contains all the drivers in one place, as I wrote here.
As alternative, you could also avoid to create / backup anything, and stick with the hidden recovery partition available on the computer, but I honestly think is a waste of space to keep that there. I definitely suggest to create a recovery disk on a pendrive (they are very cheap nowadays), backup D:, and then get rid of all the five (!) partitions available on the machine, and create 1-2 partition(s) from scratch according to your needs. In my case, I booted the computer from a Windows 7 pendrive, I deleted the pre-existing partitions and I created two new partitions (100 gb for operating system and programs, and ca. 350 gb for the data). I think that this partition scheme is much better than the default one 😉
As I was writing some days ago, I recently bought a Lenovo M30-70. I used Lenovo enterprise laptops for years at work, but this is the first time I own one. Once booted, I’ve been really positively impressed by one thing on the software-side. Lenovo provides to you an extra partition with all the drivers inside. I dreamed about something like this for ages in my fifteen+ years of experience as IT technician for private customers. Everytime I had to prepare a machine, I had to deal with the manufacturers’ crappy websites in order to dowload the drivers, copy them on an external drive, install them on the target machine, how frustrating! Lot of time wasted for such a simple thing, expecially in the pre-DSL era. Now finally big computer brands have started to address this issue! Thumb up for Lenovo!
Quick specs: Intel Celeron 2957U, RAM 4GB DDR3L (max 8Gb), Harddisk 500GB, Intel® HD Graphic, 1,8 kg, 1mpxl camera, 5h battery, 13,3″ 1366×768 LED, Windows 8.1
Quick opinion: Lenovo M30-70 (Scandinavian version). Cheapest ultrabook (and cheapest 13.3′ laptop) on the market when I bought it (under 300$, end of January 2015). The laptop ships with Windows 8.1, but Lenovo is very nice and provides the drivers for Windows 7 as well, it’s the only brand that does that for a consumer computer. Excellent support for Linux. The two power plugs that you see in the videos are the german plug and the danish plug (three poles). The plastics feel a bit cheap, but ok for the price. The screen is matte (yay!). It feels very light and compact (price apart, it’s the main reason to buy it for). First boot takes appr. 3 minutes (I edited the video).
Some weeks ago I bought and configured for my brother his first laptop. He needed a quite portable machine able to handle basic tasks, such as Facebook, Youtube, writing stuff for school in Word, music listening, movie watching and internet browsing in general. He needed also a machine with a decent battery life, to use during his frequent bus trips, so I thought that buying a netbook would have been an excellent solution. I went for an Asus F200MA-KX384B (quick specs: Intel Celeron Dual-Core N2830 a 2.16Ghz, 4 GB RAM PC3-6400 1.600 MHz, 11,6′ HD 1366×768, 500 GB HDD, Windows 8.1 with Bing, 30,2 cm x 20 cm x 2,56 cm, 1,24 kg, link on Monclick.it), because it had very balanced specs for its price (sub 300 euro), and I bought an adeguate carrybag with slim form factor as well, called Asus Eos carrybag (link on Monclick.it). Asus has always been very good into designing low-cost, compact machines (they are the ones who invented the netbooks after all!) and this F200MA-KX384B follows the tradition. It feels very robust and quite nice when you touch it, and the keyboard and the trackpad are ok for the price. The only problem is Windows 8.1, that is a very crappy operating system (IMHO), and very annoying to configure (ex. it needs a LiveID in order to work). With Windows 7 this netbook would have been perfect! The bag is very nice as well, and the laptop fits just perfect in it. There is also space for a standard size mouse and for the power adapter, so you are fully served!
Anyway, I will post after the break some quick unboxing pictures of both the laptop and the bag, in the case you are also thinking to buy them 🙂 Sharing is caring!
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