Received a Lenovo M70e 0830W2T with a 2.93 GHz E7500, 160 GB HD, DVD reader, and 2 GB of RAM. The model was introduced in August, 2010. Windows Experience scores are 6.5, 5.5, 3.9, 3.5, and 5.9. No hardware warnings in the device manager.
The case is beautiful with only a few minor scuffs. It is very clean. No dust inside. The wide keyboard works well, has a numeric keypad, and feet in the back to angle it up. It’s very light and slides around a lot on a laminate desk. The mouse is cheap feeling, pointy, and evil looking. It has a hard plastic scroll wheel instead of smooth rubber. Setting up Win7 and doing updates was easy. I was lucky and happy to get something faster than my Celeron E3300 Linux machine.
It’s cool to see Vista style Flip 3D when task switching. The machine will need headphones or powered speakers though, since sounds are barely audible with passive desktop speakers. The 720p version of a 4K video on YouTube played perfectly with minimal frame dropping in IE11.
I’m sure this will make a great general purpose PC and HD video editing machine. Woot was great to take orders on Sunday and ship from Indianapolis to Tampa by Thursday.
Windows Live Movie Maker was excellent with 720p Quicktime files. Very responsive and easy interaction. Taking a risk with Woot’s tempting mystery deal saved me about $40 compared to similarly equipped M70es. Thank you!
Day 5. Disconnected optical drive (Philips Lite-On from September 2012). Connected a hard drive with its unplugged SATA cables and did a full system backup with the PC case open. Transplanted a DVD writer, burned a repair CD. System has been very smooth and stable. No keyboard problems. Looking forward to Windows 10.
Day 13. Installed Windows 10. Uninstalled it 2 hours later. It’s pointless to have Microsoft Security Essentials protecting the machine when the operating system itself is spyware. At least now I know that restoring the system to Windows 7 worked easily.
It was bizarre that I couldn’t even play around with Cortana without having to undo my privacy settings. Windows 10 is useless.
Day 22. Since rolling back to Windows 7 was fast and painless, Windows 10 was tried again. It’s good. The PC is fast and responsive. Editing 720p video and doing audio projects are a breeze. There were no endless reboot problems from Windows Updates. The hardware works fine with a new USB hub and wireless mouse. I’m very happy.