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Lenovo G505s 4 Core AMD a 1.9GHz 8GB 1TB Hybrid-HDD 15.6" Laptop

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6 Reasons For

Lenovo Notebook PCs Have Good Reviews

Many processor core portable PCs built by Lenovo have good ratings on average compared to other brands. We also checked the reviews for all notebook PCs (not just many processor core portable PCs) and found that Lenovo also has good ratings across its entire range.

Fairly Big Total Storage Capacity

Many processor core portable PCs that are a similar age to the G505s have total storage capacity of between 32GB and 2TB. At 1,000 gigabyte, the Lenovo G505s has a fairly big total storage capacity compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the G505s.

We compared this laptop to all the other 1TB total storage capacity notebook PCs and we think because of it's better review score, the Asus N56VZ is also worth considering.

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Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that have been around for more than two years, the Lenovo G505s has a front camera.

It is worth considering other portable PCs which also have a front camera including the Acer Aspire E5, the HP ENVY TouchSmart 15 (£525.00), or the Lenovo 11e.

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Fairly Big Hard Drive Capacity

Across all the portable PCs of a comparable age and type to the G505s the hard drive capacity range from 250GB to 2TB. At 1,000 gigabyte, the Lenovo G505s has a fairly big hard drive capacity compared to most of the other laptops of this age and type.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This laptop has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most frequently found WiFi standard on portable PCs of this type and age.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This notebook PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is typical of many portable PCs of a comparable spec and age to it.

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8 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The Lenovo G505s does not have a full-size keyboard, unlike most of the other laptops of a comparable spec and age to the G505s which have a full-size keyboard.

We compared all the other laptops which also have a full-size keyboard to this portable PC and we think the HP ENVY TouchSmart 15 (£525.00), the Acer Aspire E5-551 (£394.27), or the DELL Inspiron 15 is also worth considering.

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Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

Across all the similar spec laptops that are a comparable age to the G505s the processor clock speeds range from 1GHz to 3GHz. With a processor clock speed of only 1.9 gigahertz, the Lenovo G505s has a fairly slow processor clock speed compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that were released more than two years ago.

If this notebook PC processor clock speed is too slow for you then you might want to look at the Pavilion 15-n268ea (2.1GHz), or the 250 (2.16GHz) both from HP which is also cheaper.

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Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

This portable PC has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is typical of many similar spec portable PCs that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The Lenovo G505s does not have a touch sensitive screen. Most of the other many processor core portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the G505s also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

We think you might also be interested in other notebook PCs which also have a touch sensitive screen including the Asus Transformer Book T100 (£287.47) which is also cheaper.

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Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed

The slowest memory clock speed of portable PCs of this age and spec is 1,000MHz and the fastest is 1,600MHz. When compared to other many processor core portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as the G505s that we have checked, the Lenovo G505s's memory clock speed of only 1,333 megahertz is one of the slowest.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This notebook PC Ethernet LAN data rate, which is the most commonly found Ethernet LAN data rate on similar spec portable PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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Quite Slow Maximum Turbo Frequency

The slowest maximum turbo frequency of comparable spec portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the G505s is 1.3GHz, the fastest is 3.9GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 3.2GHz. The Lenovo G505s has one of the slower maximum turbo frequencies (only 2.8 gigahertz) amongst notebook PCs of this age.

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Thick

With a height of 34 millimeters, the Lenovo G505s is fairly thick compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that were released more than two years ago. The thinnest portable PC of this spec and age is 8.6mm thick, the thickest is 180mm, and the average height is 29mm.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo G505s

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Lenovo released the G505s.

Average Internal Memory

At 8 gigabytes, the Lenovo G505s has a pretty standard internal memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this type and age.

There are a number of alternative 8GB internal memory notebook PCs currently available that you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Asus N56VZ.

If this laptop internal memory is too small for you then you might want to look at the HP ENVY TouchSmart 15 (£525.00) (12GB).

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Average Screen Size

The Lenovo G505s has a fairly average screen size (15.6 inches) compared to most of the other portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the G505s.

Alternative 15.6" notebook PCs currently available which you might want to look at include a cheaper portable PC such as the Toshiba C55D or you might consider a higher rated portable PC such as the Asus N56VZ.

If this laptop screen size is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the HP Pavilion 17 (17.3") which is also cheaper.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 2.6 kilograms, the Lenovo G505s has a pretty average weight compared to most of the other portable PCs that were released more than two years ago.

Other laptops with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the HP Pavilion 17-e098nr (2.9kg and cheaper), or the Toshiba C55D (2.4kg and cheaper).

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AMD a Processor Family

The Lenovo G505s has an AMD A processor family which is better than most portable PCs of this spec and age. Most notebook PCs of this type and age have an Intel Core i7 processor family.

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HDD Storage Medium

This portable PC has a Hybrid-HDD storage medium, which is the most commonly found storage medium on similar spec portable PCs that have been available for more than two years. HDD is a traditional storage drive which stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are slower than other forms of storage such as solid state drives (SSD) and flash drives.

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Average Battery Life

The Lenovo G505s has a pretty standard battery life (5 hours) compared to most of the other many processor core portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the G505s.

We compared this laptop to all the other 5h battery life notebook PCs and we think because of it's better review score, the Asus N56VZ is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a longer battery life then you might also want to consider the Lenovo 11e (6.5h and cheaper).

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Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Hybrid Hard Drive (H-HDD) Cache Memory
Hybrid Hard Drive (H-HDD) Capacity
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Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Installed
Display
Screen Size
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4G WiMAX
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3G Network Access Module
Bluetooth
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S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
DVI Port
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Operating System/software
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Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel Rapid Start Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel Matrix Storage Technology
Intel Active Management Technology
Intel HD Audio Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
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Expert Reviews

(21)

Are you a keen gamer but do not have a huge budget to spend? Well there are many great laptops on the market featuring dedicated graphics for optimal gaming performance, which can perfectly handle... Read more…

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17 February 2014

The Lenovo Ideapad G505s is a great laptop from Lenovo and while we don't have any real complaints about the design and build quality (other than the lack of a touch-screen), we feel that it's let...

26 November 2013

Ever since the launch of Windows 8 , PC manufacturers have been trying to sell us expensive Ultrabooks and tablets , and convertible tablets that think they're Ultrabooks. However, the top-selling... Read more…

29 October 2013

Lenovo G505s-20255 More would have been possible: Lenovo's G505s-20255 cannot keep the promise it makes on paper in practice. Particularly aggravating is the CPU's obvious faulty clock management,...

27 September 2013

Overall, the Lenovo G505 shows potential, but it's let down by some odd decisions ? notably on the memory and screen front. The core performance is fine for most general tasks, and the capacious...

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User Reviews

(5)
Reviewed 11 September 2013 by Chris b.

I've been doing IT support on Laptops for over 15 years. I did a lot of research on $300 laptops. Very hard to find one and even harder to find a good one...

Lenova is currently 2 in laptops. For 300 you won't get a better built laptop. Its not the fastest but its cheap. You may be able to get a junky brand with more but then you must like buying laptops e
Cheap
Great battery life
LegacyUEFI BIOS support
USB 3.0
Kinda flimsy
Touch pad
I really have no major complaints. It can be a bit on the slow side but some of that is me not familiar with Windows 8
Possibly the worst thing I have ever bought on the internet. This computer is slow, cheap, most of the features just barely work. Basic tasks seem impossible
Reviewed 1 September 2013 by Jared S.

I bought the laptop specifically for Linux, and it's been a fantastic experience. Having said that, for the brief period of time I tried windows 8 on this laptop it did quite have enough resources... Read more…

Reviewed 28 July 2013 by Teri R.
(Verified Purchase)

I feel like I get a very fair deal for a nice laptop...

Reviewed 18 June 2013 by Eric M.
(Verified Purchase)

Bought a few of these laptops for a business. They come with Windows 8 installed, so I need to turn UEFI off and then install Windows 7. Unfortunately, this model, the G505 is not even listed on... Read more…

Reviewed 2 August 2013 by Vance B.
(Verified Purchase)

Don't buy it...

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers lenovo g505, lenovo g505s, lenovo a84500, lenovo a84500m
Barcodes 00888228071343

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4 core AMD A 1.9GHz 8GB 1TB Hybrid-HDD 15.6"
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