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Lenovo G505 review

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

Our Verdict

The Lenovo G505 is potentially good value, if you're prepared to upgrade the memory the moment you buy it, but ultimately it doesn't quite shine enough to make us want to recommend it.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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For

  • Great keyboard
  • Capacious hard drive
  • Low price
  • Impressive battery life

Against

  • Unexciting screen
  • Poor memory configuration
  • Slow CPU performance
  • Limited gaming capabilities

There's no getting away from the fact that this is a machine built to a tight budget. It isn't a total compromise on every front to hit that £350 price tag, but there are a few decisions that make it difficult to recommend as it is.

We liked

Not too long ago, this kind of price point would have us groaning about all the issues that such a machine would be plagued with. But actually, this is an impressive little laptop. The core specification is sound, and while the processor isn't going to set the world on fire, it's capable enough for most tasks, and puts in a good showing on the stamina front as well.

The hard drive may be a bit slow, but the fact that Lenovo has managed to squeeze a 1TB drive in to the machine is to be commended, and gives you plenty of room for applications, data, photos and even games. Even if you won't be playing the latest titles on here, at least you've got room for some of the classics. Pair this with the optical drive, and you've got plenty of options for getting your applications and titles onto the Lenovo G505.

The keyboard is the high point here though, offering plenty of room around the keys to avoid mistyping, but also making for a comfortable work machine for anyone that has a lot of writing to do. The trackpad isn't too bad either.

We disliked

The screen isn't a highlight. We don't mind the resolution – indeed, any higher would have caused even more problems for the integrated graphics. But the fact that the panel can be quite hard to see in even moderate lighting can be frustrating. An IPS panel would have been preferable here, even if it did add a little more to the cost.

Final verdict

Overall, the Lenovo G505 shows potential, but it's let down by some odd decisions – notably on the screen front. The core performance is fine for most general tasks, and the capacious hard drives offer plenty of versatility for a mainstream machine. It's still potentially good value. But ultimately, it doesn't quite shine enough to make us want to recommend it. Whatever you want the machine for, there's going to be a more focused offering available that will shine where this fails to.

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