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Lenovo G505 review

Can Lenovo hit the perfect balance between versatility, portability and price?

Benchmarks

3DMark - Ice Storm: 26,057, Cloud Gate 2259, Fire Strike 323
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 12.81, CPU 1.46
Battery life: 3 hours 45 mins

The benchmark results for the Lenovo G505 aren't going to set the world on fire, with only the battery life standing out from the crowd on any level. At over four hours when playing back HD video and performing some simple background tasks, this is a machine that should see you through a whole day's worth of working on the move. This is backed up by the similarly strong battery life result given by PCMark08.

Another view of the G505
Battery life is a strong point of the Lenovo G505

The Cinebench result shows that the CPU side of things isn't really pulling its weight, scoring roughly a quarter of a Core i7 machine. If you're serious about video work, we'd recommend getting a much better processor than what is available in here. Likewise, the 3DMark score highlights that this simply isn't a gaming machine – something backed up by gaming tests that had the laptop producing single figure framerates at the machine's native resolution of 136 x 768. In both cases, better hardware is available, but it's going to cost you significantly more than what this machine retails for.

It's actually not the standard benchmarks that highlight the real problem with this machine's configuration though. Numbers only tell so much of the story. It's when you come to actually use it – it simply feels too sluggish. Part of the problem here is the pedestrian hard drive, especially in these days of super-fast solid-state drives. But there are limits to what you can do for this sort of cash, and even a small SSD would add a considerable margin to the £350 price tag.

Side on view
Requisite ports are present and correct

On the positive side, the keyboard is great to use, and easily one of the machine's highlights. If you're looking for a piece of hardware primarily for writing, then this really isn't a bad machine for that. The screen can be a little difficult to see, even in reasonable lighting when viewed straight on, but you do get used to it.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity1 TB
Processor ManufacturerAMD
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Maximum Battery Run Time6 Hour
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyEssential G505
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor ModelA4-5000
Operating SystemWindows 8
Brand NameLenovo
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Processor TypeA-Series
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory4 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.59 kg
Cache2 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Memory StandardDDR3-1600/PC3-12800
Screen ModeHD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesG505
ManufacturerLenovo Group Limited
Product NameEssential G505 Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineEssential
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number59382557
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lenovo.com/uk/en/
Marketing Information

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Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • Essential G505 Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year