Review Lenovo G500s-59367693 Notebook

Sascha Mölck (translated by Martina Osztovits), 07/25/2013

Cheap office notebook. The new models of the Lenovo G500s series are notably slimmer than models of previous series. The specs of our test sample are all right: Pentium processor, 500 GB hard drive, Windows 8, 399 Euros (~$527). The test uncovers whether only the case was scaled down or if the user has to live with other cutbacks.

For the original German review, see here.

Cheap notebooks are a dime a dozen. With the G500s series, Lenovo launches a new series of such notebooks and follows the trend to thinner notebooks in the cheap price range. In addition, Lenovo continues to offer several cheap notebook series:

The review uncovers, whether the G500s is convincing. To see how it performs, we compare the computer to Toshiba's Satellite C850-1LX (Celeron 1000M, HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge)) and Dell's Vostro 2520 (Core i3-2328M, HD Graphics 3000).

Case

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The G500s series features a case made from black plastic. We appreciate that all surfaces - apart from the display - are matte. The texture on the upper side of the base unit has a vertical pattern and reminds one of brushed aluminum while the lid shows a slightly ribbed texture. The latter increases the grip, but is also susceptible to fingerprints. Contrary to previous models of the G series, e.g., the G580 or the G585, the G500s is significantly thinner (by about 8 mm/~0.3 inches). Lenovo follows the trend to slimmer and slimmer notebooks. Dell and Toshiba also use a plastic case, but with conventional height.

The stability of the slim Lenovo computer should be better. Commonly weak parts of the base unit (left and right of the keyboard, beneath the touchpad, left front corner) depress easily with a light press of a finger. Bending of the base unit can be observed from side-to-side twisting. The stability of the lid is on par with other cheap notebooks. It also bends from side-to-side twisting. In addition, depressions of the outer lid are big and lead to image errors. The hinges hold the lid tightly in place. If you open the lid slowly and carefully, it is possible to open the lid using just one hand.

The notebook is completely black.
The notebook is completely black.
The lid shows a texture.
The lid shows a texture.
There is a big maintenance hatch.
There is a big maintenance hatch.

Connectivity

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All three comparison computers offer the usual connectivity features. While the Vostro only supports USB 2.0, the G500s and the Satellite come with USB 3.0. However, only the Vostro features Gigabit-Ethernet, while the competitors only come with Fast-Ethernet. The interface layout of the G500s is not good. Nearly all ports are at the height of the palm rests.

Left side: power adapter, VGA, Ethernet, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0
Left side: power adapter, VGA, Ethernet, HDMI, 2x USB 3.0
Right side: audio combi port, card reader(SD, MMC), USB 2.0, DVD burner, Kensington security slot
Right side: audio combi port, card reader(SD, MMC), USB 2.0, DVD burner, Kensington security slot

Communication

All communication modules of the G500s stem from Atheros. The Wi-Fi module (AR9485) supports the 802.11 b/g/n standards. We did not observe any reception problems or interruptions regardless whether the notebook is close to the router or two floors below it. Much to our surprise, Lenovo only equipped the G500s with a no longer up-to-date Fast-Ethernet chip (AR8172/8176/8178-family). Nowadays, Gigabit-Ethernet is simply standard. The notebook also features Bluetooth-4.0. Images from the web cam look dull and muddy and have a maximum resolution of 1280x720 pixels.

Accessories

The accessories only include the usual documents: quick start poster, warranty information and security information.

Operating System and Recovery

Windows 8 (64-bit) is used as operating system. A Windows 8 DVD is not included. A recovery system allows repairing the OS or restoring the factory state. In order to launch it, simply press the One-Key-Recovery button (small button beside the power button) when the notebook is turned off. The notebook boots and displays a menu, which among other things allows access to the BIOS setup. Choose "System recovery" here.

Replacing the preinstalled Windows 8 with Windows 7 should work without problems. Drivers for Windows 7 and 8 can be downloaded from Lenovo's homepage. As you can also buy the G500s without an OS, we tried to install Ubuntu Linux 13.04. Most of the hardware including Wi-Fi and function keys (brightness control, volume control) work straight away. But, there is a small bug. The display brightness is automatically changed to zero every time the system is booted (including the installation). As the display remains black, you need to increase the brightness after every boot.

Maintenance and Upgrades

Thank to a big maintenance flap, the user can easily reach the inner components including hard drive, RAM, fan, Wi-Fi module and CPU. The G500s features two RAM slots. As only one of them is occupied (four GB), RAM works in single channel mode. If you add another module, RAM can work in dual channel mode. As a result, CPU and GPU can be used more efficiently and performance will rise.

It is easy to replace the hard drive. 7 and 9.5 mm (~0.28 and 0.37 inch) devices can be incorporated. The fan can be removed for cleaning. Competent users can even replace the CPU.

Warranty

The G500s comes with a 24-month warranty. The Satellite has the same warranty. The standard warranty of the Vostro depends on the vendor (directly from Dell: one year; other shops: two years). At the time of testing, we could not find any warranty extensions for the G500s from Lenovo. For previous cheap models, Lenovo offered a warranty extension to 3 years for about 70 Euros (~$92).

Input Devices

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Keyboard

Lenovo equips the G500s with a non-backlit Chiclet keyboard. The main keys are about 15 x 15 mm. The flat, smooth keys have a short key travel and a distinct pressure point. During typing the keyboard, particularly the left side, wobbles a little bit. The keyboard is suitable for occasional use, but not for prolific writers.

The keyboard is disappointing for Lenovo and significantly worse than keyboards in previous cheap Lenovo models, e.g. the B575e's or the IdeaPad G580's. While the keys have the same contour, the keys of the G500s are thinner and no longer concave. As a result they feel worse to the touch. Unfortunately a small flaw of previous keyboards remained: Enter, Backspace, and right shift are rather small.

Touchpad

The touchpad is 10.2 x 5.4 cm (~4.0 x 2.1 inches) and supports multi-touch gestures. Fingers glide easily over its slightly roughened surface. The multi-touch gestures can be individually enabled and disabled in the settings. The two mouse buttons have a short travel and a clearly audible and tactile feedback.

Keyboard without light
Keyboard without light
The touchpad supports multi-touch gestures.
The touchpad supports multi-touch gestures.

Display

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The glossy 15.6-inch display of the G500s stems from Samsung and features a native resolution of 1366x768 pixels. Lenovo does not offer any alternatives. The average brightness of 201.8 cd/m² is mid-range. The brightness of the Satellite is slightly lower (184.4 cd/m²), while the Vostro's is slightly higher (232.8 cd/m²). If the glossy screens of the G500s and the Satellite are not important to you, the Vostro is an alternative with a matte display.

205
cd/m²
207
cd/m²
187
cd/m²
212
cd/m²
216
cd/m²
186
cd/m²
217
cd/m²
207
cd/m²
179
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
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X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 217 cd/m²
Average: 201.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 82 %
Center on Battery: 217 cd/m²
Black: 0.69 cd/m²
Contrast: 313:1
Lenovo G500s vs. sRGB
Lenovo G500s vs. sRGB
Lenovo G500s vs. AdobeRGB
Lenovo G500s vs. AdobeRGB

Contrast (313:1) and black level (0.69 cd/m²) are not particularly good. The display of the Vostro (304:1, 0.84 cd/m²) is also not convincing. The Satellite (1094:1, 0.18 cd/m²) achieves the best values by far. Even significantly more expensive notebooks can hardly deliver such excellent values. The G500s can cover neither AdobeRGB nor sRGB.

We measured the display in factory state (target color space: sRGB). The DeltaE-2000 deviation of most colors is between 10 and 15. Only a few colors reach the target range (DeltaE smaller than 5). In addition, the display is bluish.

CalMan - Color Checker
CalMan - Color Checker
CalMan - Gray levels
CalMan - Gray levels
CalMan - Color saturation
CalMan - Color saturation

It is possible to use the notebook outdoors, but you had better work in the shade. Otherwise the glossy surface is disadvantageous.

The viewing angles are typical for this price class: Vertical viewing angles are more susceptible to image degradation than side-to-side point-of-views. The image is also legible from the sides, but the larger the angle, the darker the image appears.

Viewing angles: Lenovo G500s
Viewing angles: Lenovo G500s
The Lenovo G500s outdoors (cloudy sky)
The Lenovo G500s outdoors (cloudy sky)

Performance

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With the G500s series, Lenovo offers several cheap office notebooks, which meet basic requirements of notebooks. Chat, Internet, Skype, text processing, and watching videos do not pose a problem for these devices. If you also want to play computer games, you should choose the model with the GeForce GT 720M GPU. Our test sample is currently the cheapest model of the series and costs about 400 Euros (~$528). The models differ in CPU (Pentium up to Core i7), hard drive capacity, RAM capacity, GPU, and OS. The currently cheapest model with a GeForce GPU (Core i3-2328M, SSD-Cache, otherwise identical) is available for about 500 Euros (~$660). In addition, several models feature touchscreens.

System information: Lenovo G500s-59367693

Processor

The G500s is driven by a dual core Pentium 2020M Ivy Bridge processor with a clock rate of 2.4 GHz without Turbo. Due to improvements, the Ivy Bridge Pentium should be about 5 to 10% faster than its Sandy Bridge Pentium B980 predecessor.

In the CPU tests of the Cinebench benchmarks the processor runs at full speed. On battery, the results are somewhat lower, as the processor clocks at 2.3 GHz. The G500s performs better than the Satellite (Celeron 1000MHD Graphics) in all tests. It also outperforms the Vostro (Core i3-2328MHD Graphics 3000), which is only on par in the multithread tests. The Pentium can compete with the Core i3 (Sandy Bridge), as it features a higher clock and profits from the Ivy Bridge improvements. The G500s also wins the GL tests. The Satellite is faster than the Vostro in the GL tests, too. As the Vostro features the fastest GPU, it is surprising that the three competitors are on par in the GL tests of Cinebench R11.5. Although, the G500s and the Satellite feature the same GPU, the G500s achieves better results, as the G500s graphics core clocks 100 MHz higher than the Satellite's.

Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
3299
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
6331
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
3883
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
4139 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
7933 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
3877 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
1.94 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
9.38 fps
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Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit
Lenovo G500s-59367693
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2020M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
9.38 fps ∼9%
Asus F55A-SX099D
HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge), B980, Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT020-9YG142
7.35 fps ∼7% -22%
Asus X55U-SX052H
Radeon HD 7340, E2-1800, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
8.6 fps ∼8% -8%
Toshiba Satellite C850-1LX
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 1000M, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
9.23 fps ∼8% -2%
Dell Vostro 2520
HD Graphics 3000, 2328M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
9.24 fps ∼8% -1%
Wortmann Terra Mobile 1512
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 1037U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
9.26 fps ∼8% -1%
HP Pavilion Sleekbook TouchSmart 15-b153sg
Radeon HD 7400G, A4-4355M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
12.09 fps ∼11% +29%
Lenovo B590 MBX2JGE
HD Graphics 4000, 3110M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
13.02 fps ∼12% +39%
Lenovo B580-M94A5GE
HD Graphics 4000, 3210M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
13.39 fps ∼12% +43%
Acer Aspire V5-551-64454G50Makk
Radeon HD 7500G, A6-4455M, Seagate Momentus 5400.6 ST9500325AS
19.5 fps ∼18% +108%
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo G500s-59367693
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2020M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
1.94 Points ∼11%
Asus X55U-SX052H
Radeon HD 7340, E2-1800, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
0.64 Points ∼4% -67%
HP Pavilion Sleekbook TouchSmart 15-b153sg
Radeon HD 7400G, A4-4355M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
0.72 Points ∼4% -63%
Acer Aspire V5-551-64454G50Makk
Radeon HD 7500G, A6-4455M, Seagate Momentus 5400.6 ST9500325AS
0.86 Points ∼5% -56%
Toshiba Satellite C850-1LX
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 1000M, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
1.46 Points ∼8% -25%
Wortmann Terra Mobile 1512
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 1037U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1.47 Points ∼8% -24%
Asus F55A-SX099D
HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge), B980, Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT020-9YG142
1.82 Points ∼10% -6%
Dell Vostro 2520
HD Graphics 3000, 2328M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2.1 Points ∼12% +8%
Lenovo B590 MBX2JGE
HD Graphics 4000, 3110M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2.39 Points ∼14% +23%
Lenovo B580-M94A5GE
HD Graphics 4000, 3210M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
2.87 Points ∼16% +48%

System Performance

The notebook runs smoothly, which is confirmed by the decent results in the PC Mark benchmarks. The G500s performs better than the Satellite (Celeron 1000MHD Graphics) and the Vostro (Core i3-2328M, HD Graphics 3000). This is not surprising. According to the Cinebench benchmarks, the G500s is equipped with the most powerful CPU.

It is possible to improve the system performance of the Lenovo. For RAM to work in dual channel mode, you will need to install a second RAM module. As a result CPU and GPU will work more efficiently. We tested this scenario and the PCMark 7 result of the G500s increased by about 4% to 2441 points. A Solid State Disk will lead to a significantly higher performance gain. Our Solid State Disk (Crucial RealSSD C300 - 64 GB) increased the PC Mark 7 and the PCMark Vantage result by about 64 and 83% to 3834 and 7524 points, respectively.

4.5
Windows 8 Experience Index
Processor
Calculations per second
6.6
Memory (RAM)
Memory operations per second
5.9
Graphics
Desktop performance for Windows Aero
4.5
Gaming graphics
3D business and gaming graphics
6.1
Primary hard disk
Disk data transfer rate
5.9
PC Mark
PCMark Vantage4116 points
PCMark 72343 points
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PCMark 7 - Score
Lenovo G500s-59367693
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 2020M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2343 Points ∼35%
HP Pavilion Sleekbook TouchSmart 15-b153sg
Radeon HD 7400G, A4-4355M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
932 Points ∼14% -60%
Asus X55U-SX052H
Radeon HD 7340, E2-1800, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1166 Points ∼18% -50%
Acer Aspire V5-551-64454G50Makk
Radeon HD 7500G, A6-4455M, Seagate Momentus 5400.6 ST9500325AS
1201 Points ∼18% -49%
Wortmann Terra Mobile 1512
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 1037U, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1647 Points ∼25% -30%
Asus F55A-SX099D
HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge), B980, Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT020-9YG142
1678 Points ∼25% -28%
Dell Vostro 2520
HD Graphics 3000, 2328M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2071 Points ∼31% -12%
Toshiba Satellite C850-1LX
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 1000M, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
2093 Points ∼32% -11%
Lenovo B590 MBX2JGE
HD Graphics 4000, 3110M, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
2531 Points ∼38% +8%
Lenovo B580-M94A5GE
HD Graphics 4000, 3210M, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
2540 Points ∼38% +8%

Storage Devices

HD Tune
HD Tune
CrystalDiskMark
CrystalDiskMark

Lenovo equipped the G500s with a hard drive from Seagate (Momentus Thin ST500LT012-9WS142) with a capacity of 500 GB and running at 5400 rpm. The performance of the hard drive is impressive. CrystalDiskMark reports a read rate of 100.2 MB/s. HD Tune displays an average transfer rate of 86.5 MB/s. Not every 5400-rpm hard drive can achieve such high values.

Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
Transfer Rate Minimum: 46.6 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 117.6 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 86.5 MB/s
Access Time: 18.7 ms
Burst Rate: 80.6 MB/s
CPU Usage: 5.4 %

Graphics card

The graphics core of the G500s stems from Intel and is called HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge). Its clock rate ranges from 350 to 1100 MHz and it supports DirectX 11. Intel uses the same name for the GPU of the Sandy Bridge predecessor suggesting the same performance. However, the GPU of the G500s is in between HD Graphics 2000 and HD Graphics 3000 while the Sandy Bridge predecessor is slower than the HD Graphics 2000.

The results of the 3D Mark benchmarks are as expected. Although the G500s and the Satellite (Celeron 1000MHD Graphics) use the same GPU, the G500s achieves slightly better results as the GPU of the Lenovo clocks 10% higher (1100 MHz vs. 1000 MHz) than the Wortmann's. The Vostro (Core i3-2328MHD Graphics 3000) performs marginally better than the G500s, but cannot run the modern 3D Mark version 2011 and 2013 as it lacks DirectX 11 support.

3D Mark
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
2968 points
3DMark Vantage1591 points
3DMark 11390 points
3DMark Ice Storm22347 points
3DMark Cloud Gate2095 points
3DMark Fire Strike266 points
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Gaming Performance

The Pentium processor and the HD Graphics can smoothly run several 3D games in low resolution and low quality settings. A second RAM module will improve the frame rates a little bit, as the RAM will work in dual channel mode and CPU and GPU will be used more efficiently. As a result, the frame rates will rise by about 5 to 20% depending on the game, 

If gaming performance is a purchase criterion, the Lenovo notebook is also available with the GeForce GT 720M GPU for about 500 Euros (~$660). At 400 Euros (~$528), the HP Pavilion g6-2300sg (Core i3-3120MRadeon HD 7670M) is significantly cheaper. It is identical to our Pavilion g6-2200sg test model, only the 2300sg features a faster CPU.

low med.high ultra
Anno 2070 (2011) 27.611.97.5fps
Dirt Showdown (2012) 3813.5fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 23.111.1fps
Lenovo G500s-59367693
Intel Pentium 2020M, Intel HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142
Asus F75VC-TY088H
Intel Core i3-2370M, NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
Toshiba Satellite L855-15U
Intel Core i5-3230M, AMD Radeon HD 7670M, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
Anno 2070
195%
206%
1024x768 Low Preset27.679.8
189%
87
215%
1366x768 Medium Preset AA:on 11.936.2
204%
35
194%
1366x768 High Preset AA:on AF:2x7.521.9
192%
23.1
208%

Emissions

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System Noise

While idle, the G500s works quietly with a noise level of 32.1 dB(A). The fan runs continuously, but is never disturbing. The Satellite (32 to 32.2 dB(A)) is on par with the Lenovo while the Vostro (30.3 to 34.1 dB(A)) is slightly louder. Under average load (3D Mark 06) and full load (stress test, Prime95 and FurMark) the noise of the G500s increases significantly to 38 and 42.6 dB(A), respectively. The Satellite (33.4 and 37.7 dB(A)) is quieter while the Vostro (41.3 and 45.9 dB(A)) is louder.

Noise Level

Idle 32.1 / 32.1 / 32.1 dB(A)
DVD 36 / dB(A)
Load 38 / 42.6 dB(A)
 
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40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

Lenovo G500s during the stress test.
Lenovo G500s during the stress test.

Thanks to the constantly running fan, the temperatures remain low. While idle, the case temperature never exceeds 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit). The Satellite and the Vostro get slightly warmer, but the temperatures are still all right. Under full load, the temperatures of the G500s moderately increase to 24.7 to 40.6 degrees Celsius (76.46 to 105.08 Fahrenheit). The Satellite and the Vostro remain slightly cooler.

In the stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least one hour) the CPU permanently clocks at 2.4 GHz in mains operation, while the clock rate slightly falls to 2.3 GHz on battery. The GPU clocks at 1100 MHz during the stress test in mains and battery operation. The CPU temperature settled at 67 degrees Celsius (152.6 Fahrenheit) on the mains.

 26.2 °C25.2 °C24.6 °C 
 27 °C27.1 °C24.5 °C 
 27.5 °C29.3 °C28.6 °C 
Maximum: 29.3 °C
Average: 26.7 °C
24.5 °C26.3 °C26.6 °C
24.8 °C27.1 °C26.8 °C
25.5 °C27.5 °C27.6 °C
Maximum: 27.6 °C
Average: 26.3 °C
Power Supply (max.)  32.3 °C | Room Temperature 22.6 °C | Voltcraft IR-360

Speakers

The stereo speakers are on the bottom side of the base unit near the front. The sound is thin without basses. Speech is clearly audible. Those demanding a better sound, should use external speakers or headphones.

Energy Management

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Power Consumption

We appreciate the low power consumption of 6.3 to 10.7 Watts while idle. Several ultrabooks cannot reach such low values. The Satellite (8.5 to 1.1 Watts) and the Vostro (6.8 to 13.2 Watts) are more power hungry. Under medium (3D Mark 06) and full load (stress test, Prime95 and FurMark) the power consumption of the G500s increases to 31.4 and 37.3 Watts, respectively and is worse than the Satellite's (27.1 and 30.5 Watts) while the Vostro (40 and 52 Watts) is significantly more power hungry.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.2 / 0.4 Watt
Idle 6.3 / 8.5 / 10.7 Watt
Load 31.4 / 37.3 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

The G500s lasts for 6:01 h while idle, the Satellite (6:24 h) several minutes more and the Vostro (8:27 h) even more than two hours longer. We check the battery life while idle by means of the Battery Eater Reader's test with the lowest display brightness and deactivated Wi-Fi modules. Under load the Lenovo runs only for 1:09 h, while the Satellite (1:44 h) and the Vostro (1:33 h) run longer. The load scenario is recorded by the Battery Eater Classic test with maximum display brightness, maximum performance profile and activated Wi-Fi modules.

The G500s ends the WLAN test after 3:14 h. It takes 30 minutes longer until the Satellite (3:47 h) has to be recharged. Both of them cannot keep up with the Vostro (5:24 h). During our WLAN test, a script automatically loads web pages every 40 seconds. The energy saving profile is selected and the display brightness is set to about 150 cd/m². DVD playback already ends after 3:07 h on the Lenovo. The Satellite (2:59 h) is about on par. Again the Vostro (5:24h) lasts two hours longer. The DVD test is run with the energy saving profile (or higher if the DVD does not play smoothly), maximum display brightness and deactivated Wi-Fi modules.

As the battery capacities of the three devices (Lenovo: 41 Wh, Toshiba and Dell: 48 Wh) are different, their battery lives cannot be easily compared. Kudos to the Dell: It achieves longer battery runtimes than the Toshiba with the same battery capacity.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
6h 01min
WiFi Surfing
3h 14min
DVD
3h 07min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 9min

Verdict

Lenovo's G500s.
Lenovo's G500s.

The Lenovo G500s features a decent system performance, a fast hard drive and a two-year warranty. In addition, the case does not get hot and the notebook does not need much energy. The keyboard is not really convincing. Lenovo has already incorporated better ones. The contrast-poor display is also not a walking advertisement. Furthermore, the stability of the case should be better.

The Dell Vostro 2520 is suitable for those preferring a matte screen and looking for a long battery life for little money. The Toshiba Satellite C850-1LX is attractive if you demand a screen with the highest possible contrast.

We want to mention a further alternative: If you are looking for a notebook with integrated mobile Internet, you should take a closer look at the Terra Mobile 1512 (379 Euros /~$500). With antenna and SIM card slot, it is prepared for a UMTS-/LTE modem. You simply need to add a (cheap) modem. In addition, it features a big storage capacity (1 TB) and a relatively good screen for the price.

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Specifications

Lenovo G500s-59367693

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel HM76 (Panther Point)
:: Memory
4096 MB, DDR3, single channel, two RAM slots
:: Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), Core: 350-1100 MHz, 9.17.10.2963
:: Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, Samsung L ATLTN156AT30L01, TN LED, glossy: yes
:: Harddisk
Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT0 12-9WS142, 500 GB 5400 rpm , 417.7 GB free
:: Soundcard
Intel Panther Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
:: Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: audio combi, Card Reader: SD, MMC,
:: Networking
Atheros AR8172/8176/8178 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller (10/100MBit), Atheros AR9485 WiFi Adapter (b g n ), 4.0 Bluetooth
:: Optical drive
PLDS DVD-RW DU8A5SH
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 26 x 380 x 260
:: Weight
2.5 kg
:: Battery
41 Wh Lithium-Ion, 14.4 V, 2900 mAh
Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 240 h
:: Price
399 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8 64 Bit
:: Additional features
Webcam: 0.9 MP (resolution: up to 1280 x 720 pixels) , Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Cyberlink PowerDVD 10, Cyberlink YouCam 4, MS Office 365 (trial version), Cyberlink Power2Go, McAfee Internet Security (trial version), 24 Months Warranty

 

The DVD burner reads and writes any kind of DVD and CD.
The DVD burner reads and writes any kind of DVD and CD.
A numeric keypad is available.
A numeric keypad is available.
The hinges hold the lid tightly in place.
The hinges hold the lid tightly in place.
Opened maintenance hatch
Opened maintenance hatch
There are two RAM slots.
There are two RAM slots.
It is easy to replace the hard drive.
It is easy to replace the hard drive.
You can remove the fan for cleaning.
You can remove the fan for cleaning.
You could even replace the processor.
You could even replace the processor.
Good: two Wi-Fi antennas
Good: two Wi-Fi antennas
The battery weighs just under 214 grams...
The battery weighs just under 214 grams...
...and features a capacity of 41 Wh.
...and features a capacity of 41 Wh.
The power adapter weighs 250 grams...
The power adapter weighs 250 grams...
...and has a capacity of 65 Watts.
...and has a capacity of 65 Watts.
The speakers are on the bottom side of the case.
The speakers are on the bottom side of the case.
Despite Dolby technology the sound is not good.
Despite Dolby technology the sound is not good.
The key travel is short.
The key travel is short.
Upon pressing the small button (OneKey Recovery) when the notebook is turned off,...
Upon pressing the small button (OneKey Recovery) when the notebook is turned off,...
...this menu is displayed.
...this menu is displayed.
Lenovo installed several apps on the G500s.
Lenovo installed several apps on the G500s.
Ubuntu Linux 13.04 works.
Ubuntu Linux 13.04 works.
Lenovo's G500s outdoors
Lenovo's G500s outdoors

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Pro

+decent system performance
+fast disk
+24 month warranty
+low energy consumption
 

Cons

-low-contrast screen
-poor keyboard for Lenovo

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What we like

We appreciate the decent system performance and the two year warranty.

What we like to see

a better display and a better keyboard.

What surprises us

A two year warranty is not common for cheap notebooks.

The competition

Toshiba Satellite C850-1LX, Dell Vostro 2520, Wortmann Terra Mobile 1512, Acer Aspire V5-551, Asus X55U, HP Pavilion Sleekbook TouchSmart 15-b153sg, Lenovo B580, HP Compaq Presario CQ58-350SG, Lenovo B575e, Lenovo B590, Asus F55A/X55A, Fujitsu Lifebook A512, HP 650, Acer Travelmate P253-M, HP 655, Lenovo Ideapad N586, Lenovo Ideapad N581, Lenovo Ideapad G580, Lenovo G585

Rating

Lenovo G500s-59367693
07/18/2013 v3
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
73%
Keyboard
73%
Pointing Device
81%
Connectivity
69%
Weight
81%
Battery
79%
Display
71%
Games Performance
60%
Application Performance
85%
Temperature
85%
Noise
86%
Add Points
79%
Average
77%
78%
Office *
Weighted Average

> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Archive of our own reviews > Review Lenovo G500s-59367693 Notebook
Author: Sascha Mölck, 2013-07-25 (Update: 2013-07-25)