Lenovo Ideapad Review

The Lenovo Ideapad G505s is a great laptop from Lenovo, and although we don’t really complain about the design and build quality (other than the lack of a touch screen), we feel disappointed by the poor battery performance and are slightly overshadowed by the G500s, which is a much better version of the Lenovo Ideapad


The story of the Lenovo Ideapad G505s focuses more on the AMD APU than on the device itself, which is a fairly ordinary Lenovo laptop. AMD’s APUs have been on the market for some time, but they are not yet making a clear impression. How does this Lenovo A10 powered Fair work? Let’s find out.

Build and design

Being a Lenovo laptop is in itself a quality characteristic that speaks volumes. The G505s does not disappoint and is indeed a very well built laptop. It is a pure black material with a very simple but noble matte finish. The laptop is quite large considering the 15.6″ that has been pressed, but not too heavy and weighs about 2.6 kg.

As an Ideapad, the laptop lacks Lenovo’s famous Trackpoint, although you do get a keyboard with a dedicated numeric keypad, which is a Bonus. As we have expected from Lenovo over the years, the keyboard is quite good and is among the most comfortable for typing, but the keyboard itself seems a little weak, not enough to complain, but enough to mention it.

Features and Specifications

The laptop is a bit shy about features. You get the Standard connectivity options, as well as an optical drive and a numeric keypad. It is a very basic set of functions that takes care of the essentials. However, we must add that the 300 GB hard drive is a huge disappointment, especially considering the price. If the storage space really had to be scripted, we would have preferred an SSD because we would have at least acquired some autonomy.

In terms of pure computing power, the story is a bit boring and to talk about it we have to talk about the AMD A10 APU itself. For those who don’t know, here’s a quick reminder. The AMD APU is essentially an AMD processor accompanied by a powerful GPU (in its Segment) on the CPU cube itself. It goes from the Standard Intel configuration to a much more powerful processor combined with a relatively small graphics solution.

All Tests show exactly this type Of AMD APU. In our FireStrike Benchmark, the A10 offers impressive graphics performance (compared to an NVIDIA GeForce 720M), but remains far behind in all CPU-intensive Tests (comparable to Intel’s low-power Celeron processors). Here is a graph that marks 3DMark with the G505 powered by A10 against Lenovo’s G500 (Intel i5 NVIDIA 720M

The battery life is also quite high on the APU; in our Tests, the laptop runs in a shabby 80 minutes. Remember that this is a very heavy load here and the screen is 15.6″. Still, 80 minutes is barely acceptable and we were disappointed.

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