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Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15 (Core i5-5200U, Radeon R5 M330) Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Martina Osztovits), 11/16/2015

Way too expensive. Lenovo's 15.6-inch all-rounder cannot attract attention with its performance and features. However, this does not keep Lenovo from charging a ludicrous price for this device.

For the original German review, see here.

With the IdeaPad 305-15IBD, Lenovo has thrown a 15.6-inch all-rounder onto the market. Under the hood, there is a Broadwell processor and a graphics core from AMD. The computer is not unknown to us. Recently, we reviewed a technically weaker sibling. The device could not really convince us. Our review will reveal whether the current test model can leave a better impression. The IdeaPad is available for about 700 Euros (~$747). For example the Acer Aspire E5-573G, the Dell Inspiron 15-5558, and the HP Pavilion 15 are competitors at the same price point.

Since both of our IdeaPad 305-15 test models use the same design as the Lenovo B50-80, we will not cover case, connectivity, input devices and speakers in detail here. Please refer to our Lenovo B50-80 review for information about these.

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Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD (IdeaPad 300 Series)
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon R5 M330 - 2048 MB, Core: 955 MHz, Memory: 900 MHz, DDR3, 32 bit interface, Catalyst 15.10 (15.201.1151.1005), Enduro
Memory
4096 MB 
, DDR3-1600, single channel, two RAM slots (one used)
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366 x 768 pixel, LG Philips LP156WHB-TPD1, TN LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Broadwell-U PCH-LP (Premium)
Storage
Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024, 1000 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 860 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC235 @ Intel Wildcat Point-LP PCH-High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: audio combo, Card Reader: SD, Sensors: brightness sensor
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Wireless-AC 3160 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
PLDS DVD-RW DA8A6SH
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 25 x 380 x 262 ( = 0.98 x 14.96 x 10.31 in)
Battery
32 Wh Lithium-Ion, 14.4 V, 2200 mAh
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD webcam
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Lenovo Photo Master, Cyberlink Power2Go 8, Cyberlink PowerDirector 10, Lenovo PowerDVD 10, McAfee LiveSafe-Internet Security (trial version), MS Office (trial version), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.3 kg ( = 81.13 oz / 5.07 pounds), Power Supply: 289 g ( = 10.19 oz / 0.64 pounds)
Price
699 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Display

Lenovo has equipped the IdeaPad with a matte 15.6-inch display with a native resolution of 1366x768 pixels. Its brightness of 228.2 cd/m² is too low. We expect a value above 250 cd/m². The contrast of 510:1 is acceptable. This panel does not use pulse width modulation (PWM) for brightness control. Thus, the image never flickers.

245
cd/m²
212
cd/m²
225
cd/m²
247
cd/m²
214
cd/m²
230
cd/m²
239
cd/m²
207
cd/m²
235
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
LG Philips LP156WHB-TPD1
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 247 cd/m² Average: 228.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 84 %
Center on Battery: 175 cd/m²
Contrast: 510:1 (Black: 0.42 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 12.18 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 13.53 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
62% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 39% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.26
No PWM data found. Specs ID found in plugin and used: _214390

The DeltaE 2000 shift is 12.18 out-of-the-box (target range: DeltaE smaller than 3). Such a value is acceptable in the budget segment, but we expect more from a notebook for 700 Euros (~$747). In addition, the display is very bluish.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - gray levels
CalMAN - gray levels
CalMAN - color saturation
CalMAN - color saturation

Lenovo has equipped the IdeaPad with a TN panel with narrow viewing angles. Thus, it is not possible to read from the screen from every position. It is possible to use the notebook outdoors, albeit in the shade.

The IdeaPad outdoors (pictures shot when the sky was overcast)
The IdeaPad outdoors (pictures shot when the sky was overcast)

Performance

With the IdeaPad 305-15IBD, Lenovo is offering a 15.6-inch all-rounder. It brings sufficient performance for everyday tasks and can run games to some extent. Our test model was not listed in price search engines or online shops at the time of testing. Thus, we cannot tell the exact price. Comparable IdeaPad 305 models are available for about 700 Euros (~$747). We assume, that the price of our test model might be similar. In addition, Lenovo is offering several other configurations with Intel as well as AMD components. We have recently reviewed a cheaper representative of the series with the IdeaPad 305-15ABM.

Processor

The IdeaPad is powered by a mid-range CPU from Intel. The Core i5-5200U processor (Broadwell) works at a base clock of 2.2 GHz. Thanks to Turbo, the clock rate can be increased to 2.5 GHz (two cores) or 2.7 GHz (one core). In our CPU tests, the processor works at full speed in mains operation as well as on battery. The performance of the processor should be more than sufficient for the requirements of most users.

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
5685
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
8544
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
3958
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.26 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
22.21 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.8 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
255 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
107 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
22.21 fps
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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
107 Points ∼49%
Lenovo B50-80
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
108 Points ∼50% +1%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
46 Points ∼21% -57%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
107 Points ∼49% 0%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
63 Points ∼29% -41%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
112 Points ∼51% +5%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
105 Points ∼48% -2%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
108 Points ∼50% +1%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
97 Points ∼44% -9%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
255 Points ∼6%
Lenovo B50-80
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
250 Points ∼6% -2%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
146 Points ∼3% -43%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
258 Points ∼6% +1%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
195 Points ∼4% -24%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
289 Points ∼7% +13%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
260 Points ∼6% +2%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
261 Points ∼6% +2%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
260 Points ∼6% +2%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
1.26 Points ∼52%
Lenovo B50-80
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1.23 Points ∼50% -2%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
0.55 Points ∼23% -56%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1.26 Points ∼52% 0%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
0.79 Points ∼32% -37%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
1.42 Points ∼58% +13%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1.24 Points ∼51% -2%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1.26 Points ∼52% 0%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
1.25 Points ∼51% -1%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
2.8 Points ∼6%
Lenovo B50-80
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2.79 Points ∼6% 0%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1.62 Points ∼4% -42%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2.76 Points ∼6% -1%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2.3 Points ∼5% -18%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
3.18 Points ∼7% +14%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2.73 Points ∼6% -2%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2.8 Points ∼6% 0%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
2.83 Points ∼6% +1%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
3958 Points ∼37%
Lenovo B50-80
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
3248 Points ∼30% -18%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1709 Points ∼16% -57%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
4003 Points ∼37% +1%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2170 Points ∼20% -45%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
4651 Points ∼43% +18%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
4174 Points ∼39% +5%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
4137 Points ∼38% +5%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
4158 Points ∼38% +5%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
8544 Points ∼13%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
5309 Points ∼8% -38%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
8579 Points ∼13% 0%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
6403 Points ∼10% -25%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
9792 Points ∼15% +15%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
8500 Points ∼13% -1%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
8642 Points ∼13% +1%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
8723 Points ∼13% +2%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
4942 Points ∼6%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
3230 Points ∼4% -35%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
5312 Points ∼7% +7%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
4578 Points ∼6% -7%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
5955 Points ∼7% +20%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
5009 Points ∼6% +1%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
5304 Points ∼7% +7%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
4948 Points ∼6% 0%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
2451 Points ∼50%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1209 Points ∼25% -51%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2675 Points ∼55% +9%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1941 Points ∼40% -21%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
2858 Points ∼59% +17%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2500 Points ∼51% +2%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2653 Points ∼54% +8%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
2465 Points ∼51% +1%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
125.3 ms * ∼1%
Lenovo B50-80
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
113 ms * ∼1% +10%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
309.2 ms * ∼3% -147%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
124.7 ms * ∼1% -0%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
154 ms * ∼2% -23%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
96.9 ms * ∼1% +23%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
110.1 ms * ∼1% +12%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
115.6 ms * ∼1% +8%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
110.8 ms * ∼1% +12%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
97.94 Points ∼28%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
101.32 Points ∼29% +3%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
2637.1 ms * ∼4%
Lenovo B50-80
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2635 ms * ∼4% -0%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
6880.3 ms * ∼12% -161%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2577.5 ms * ∼4% +2%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2263 ms * ∼4% +14%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
2275 ms * ∼4% +14%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2577.2 ms * ∼4% +2%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2554 ms * ∼4% +3%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
2555.7 ms * ∼4% +3%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
12313 Points ∼23%
Lenovo B50-80
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
12021 Points ∼23% -2%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
5334 Points ∼10% -57%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
11380 Points ∼22% -8%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
15276 Points ∼29% +24%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
14240 Points ∼27% +16%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
12716 Points ∼24% +3%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
12753 Points ∼24% +4%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
13228 Points ∼25% +7%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
2248 Points ∼36%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
957 Points ∼15% -57%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2397 Points ∼39% +7%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1743 Points ∼28% -22%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
2744 Points ∼44% +22%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2420 Points ∼39% +8%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
2400 Points ∼39% +7%

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System Performance

The system runs smoothly without problems. The results of the PCMark benchmarks are good, too. The computer performs slightly better than comparable devices with Nvidia graphics cores. In particular, the PCMark 8 benchmark profits from AMD GPUs. It is possible to increase the system performance of the IdeaPad. Replacing the hard drive with a Solid State Drive would have the biggest effect. Windows would boot faster and the whole system would be more responsive. Another option would be adding a second RAM module.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3144 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3576 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4124 points
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PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
3144 Points ∼52%
Lenovo B50-80
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2964 Points ∼49% -6%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1880 Points ∼31% -40%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3377 Points ∼55% +7%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2825 Points ∼46% -10%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
3069 Points ∼50% -2%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
3130 Points ∼51% 0%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2830 Points ∼46% -10%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
3136 Points ∼51% 0%

Storage Device

Lenovo has equipped the IdeaPad with a conventional 2.5-inch hard drive. The model from Seagate rotates at 5400 rpm and has a capacity of 1 TB. The transfer rates of the hard drive are normal for a 5400 rpm model.

Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
Transfer Rate Minimum: 19.6 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 119.2 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 87 MB/s
Access Time: 17.2 ms
Burst Rate: 272.2 MB/s
CPU Usage: 3.9 %

Graphics Card

GPU-Z
GPU-Z

The IdeaPad comes with an AMD Radeon R5 M330 graphics core. It is a lower mid-range model and supports DirectX 12. According to AMD's website, the maximum clock of the GPU is 1030 MHz. However, the model in the IdeaPad only reaches a maximum clock rate of 955 MHz. This throttling is not caused by overheating. Lenovo has simply limited the clock rate to 955 MHz. Since the Lenovo B50-80 is the only other notebook with this GPU we have reviewed so far, we cannot tell whether this graphics core clocks higher in other notebooks. The IdeaPad and the Lenovo B50-80 are identical. They use the same case and innards. The direct competitor of the AMD GPU is Nvidia's GeForce 920M. The 3DMark results of these two are on par.

AMD's graphics core and Intel's HD Graphics 5500 graphics chip form a graphics-switch solution (Enduro). The Intel GPU is responsible for everyday tasks and battery mode, while the Radeon GPU is used in performance-hungry applications like computer games. Usually, the graphics units are switched automatically, but sometimes the user has to manually intervene. AMD's graphics switch does not work quite as smoothly as Nvidia's counterpart.

3DMark 11 Performance
1782 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
36301 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
4194 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
843 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
1782 Points ∼5%
Lenovo B50-80
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1723 Points ∼5% -3%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
782 Points ∼2% -56%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2539 Points ∼7% +42%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2701 Points ∼8% +52%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
2437 Points ∼7% +37%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2172 Points ∼6% +22%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1793 Points ∼5% +1%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
1698 Points ∼5% -5%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
843 Points ∼3%
Lenovo B50-80
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
791 Points ∼3% -6%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
472 Points ∼2% -44%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1499 Points ∼6% +78%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1687 Points ∼6% +100%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
1391 Points ∼5% +65%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1011 Points ∼4% +20%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1050 Points ∼4% +25%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
900 Points ∼3% +7%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
3288 Points ∼5%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1773 Points ∼3% -46%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
5644 Points ∼9% +72%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
5398 Points ∼8% +64%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
3768 Points ∼6% +15%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3984 Points ∼6% +21%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
3638 Points ∼6% +11%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
4194 Points ∼7%
Lenovo B50-80
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
4010 Points ∼6% -4%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2763 Points ∼4% -34%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
6492 Points ∼11% +55%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
5261 Points ∼9% +25%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
6512 Points ∼11% +55%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
4377 Points ∼7% +4%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
5193 Points ∼8% +24%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
4645 Points ∼8% +11%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
36301 Points ∼3%
Lenovo B50-80
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
28314 Points ∼3% -22%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
30714 Points ∼3% -15%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
59535 Points ∼5% +64%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
41517 Points ∼4% +14%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
49599 Points ∼4% +37%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
30669 Points ∼3% -16%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
44189 Points ∼4% +22%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
44842 Points ∼4% +24%

Gaming Performance

Although Lenovo is charging just under 700 Euros (~$747) for the IdeaPad, its gaming capabilities are limited at best. The notebook can smoothly run several games at low resolution and low to partly medium settings. However, this is only true for games with moderate hardware requirements. Performance-hungry titles like Batman: Arkham Knight or The Witcher 3 are not playable at all.

While AMD's graphics core can still keep up with the GeForce 920M GPU in the 3DMark benchmarks, it falls significantly behind in gaming practice. However, GeForce 920M notebooks cost less. The frame rates of the Lenovo are on par with the recently reviewed HP 350 G2's (Core i5-5200U, Radeon R5 M240). The latter is priced at about 480 Euros (~$512). In other words: You can get the same gaming performance for above 200 Euros (~$213) less at HP.

Those who are willing to spend up to 700 Euros (~$747) for a notebook should select a different model, for example the Acer Aspire E5-573G-57NU (Core i5-5200U, GeForce 940M, Full HD-display, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB SSHD, Windows 10). Its configuration is better in all aspects for the same price.

low med. high ultra
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) 41.7 27.6 18.2 fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 51.5 26.8 20.5 fps
Wolfenstein: The New Order (2014) 31.6 29 fps
Watch Dogs (2014) 26.1 16 fps
GRID: Autosport (2014) 104.5 38.9 fps
Risen 3: Titan Lords (2014) 25.3 16 fps
Ryse: Son of Rome (2014) 22.4 13.9 fps
The Evil Within (2014) 22.5 15.3 fps
Assassin's Creed Unity (2014) 16.5 10.8 fps
Far Cry 4 (2014) 25.6 17.6 fps
The Crew (2014) 21.1 16 fps
Dirt Rally (2015) 106.2 26.3 fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 15.9 10.7 fps
World of Warships (2015) 49.1 34.7 fps
FIFA 16 (2015) 51 37.1 fps
Anno 2205 (2015) 25.4 13.7 fps
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (2015) 30.2 17.9 fps
Tomb Raider - 1024x768 Low Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
51.5 fps ∼8%
Lenovo B50-80
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
49.1 fps ∼8% -5%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
33.1 fps ∼5% -36%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
138.5 fps ∼22% +169%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
85 fps ∼14% +65%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
129.1 fps ∼21% +151%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
70.7 fps ∼11% +37%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
83.8 fps ∼13% +63%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
62.8 fps ∼10% +22%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
76.6 fps ∼12% +49%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
74.8 fps ∼12% +45%
Wolfenstein: The New Order - 1280x720 Low Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
31.6 fps ∼53%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
36.6 fps ∼61% +16%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
38.8 fps ∼65% +23%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
32.3 fps ∼54% +2%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
33.6 fps ∼56% +6%
GRID: Autosport - 1024x768 Ultra Low Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
104.5 fps ∼24%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
56.9 fps ∼13% -46%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
104.8 fps ∼24% 0%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
111.8 fps ∼26% +7%
Dirt Rally - 1024x768 Ultra Low Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
106.2 fps ∼21%
Lenovo B50-80
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
70 fps ∼14% -34%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
52.3 fps ∼10% -51%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
192.2 fps ∼37% +81%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
72.3 fps ∼14% -32%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
187 fps ∼36% +76%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
125 fps ∼24% +18%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
136.1 fps ∼26% +28%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
122.7 fps ∼24% +16%
World of Warships - 1366x768 Low Preset AF:Trilinear (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
49.1 fps ∼21%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
27 fps ∼11% -45%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
50.2 fps ∼21% +2%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
51.6 fps ∼22% +5%
FIFA 16 - 1280x720 Low Preset (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
51 fps ∼13%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
54.8 fps ∼14% +7%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
50 fps ∼13% -2%

Emissions & Energy

System Noise

While idle, the fan works at low speed and produces a quiet, constant noise. In addition, the noise of the hard drive is audible. You can only tell the noises of the two components apart with your ear close to the device. During the stress test, the fan speeds up and the noise level increases to up to 43.6 dB. Since the IdeaPad only gets moderately warmer during the stress test, a more conservative fan control would be possible.

Noise Level

Idle
33.8 / 33.8 / 33.8 dB(A)
HDD
34 dB(A)
DVD
37.6 / dB(A)
Load
39.5 / 43.6 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Voltcraft sl-320 (15 cm distance)

Temperature

The IdeaPad during the stress test.
The IdeaPad during the stress test.

The processor works at 2.5 GHz in our stress test (Prime95 and Furmark run for at least one hour) in mains operation and on battery. The graphics core clocks at 400 MHz (on battery) and 955 MHz (in mains operation), respectively. Although CPU and GPU work at full speed, the notebook gets only moderately warmer. During the stress test, the temperatures remained below 40 °C in all measurement segments.

Max. Load
 32.9 °C
91 F
34.1 °C
93 F
24 °C
75 F
 
 39.4 °C
103 F
37.6 °C
100 F
24.1 °C
75 F
 
 33.7 °C
93 F
35.3 °C
96 F
26.5 °C
80 F
 
Maximum: 39.4 °C = 103 F
Average: 32 °C = 90 F
23.5 °C
74 F
29.6 °C
85 F
32.1 °C
90 F
23.9 °C
75 F
35.2 °C
95 F
36.6 °C
98 F
28.8 °C
84 F
29.5 °C
85 F
30 °C
86 F
Maximum: 36.6 °C = 98 F
Average: 29.9 °C = 86 F
Power Supply (max.)  52.5 °C = 127 F | Room Temperature 21.7 °C = 71 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 32 °C / 90 F, compared to the average of 31 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Multimedia.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 39.4 °C / 103 F, compared to the average of 36.5 °C / 98 F, ranging from 21.1 to 71 °C for the class Multimedia.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 36.6 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 38.8 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 25.2 °C / 77 F, compared to the device average of 31 °C / 88 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are reaching skin temperature as a maximum (35.3 °C / 95.5 F) and are therefore not hot.
(-) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.1 °C / 84.4 F (-6.2 °C / -11.1 F).

Power Consumption

The IdeaPad is relatively frugal while idle. We measured a maximum power consumption of 7.6 Watt. However, the computer is more demanding than comparable GeForce 920M notebooks like the Dell lnspiron 15-5558 under load. During the stress test as well as in everyday gaming, the Lenovo computer requires more energy - although the gaming performance is lower. In our experience, AMD GPUs generally need more energy than their Nvidia counterparts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.3 / 0.4 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5 / 7.1 / 7.6 Watt
Load midlight 39.5 / 43.6 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Life

In the realistic Wi-Fi test, we simulate the load during web surfing. The profile "balanced" is active and the display brightness is set to about 150 cd/m². The IdeaPad achieves a battery life of 3:41 h, which is not impressive at all. We expect about 5 hours from 15.6-inch notebooks in this test.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (IE 11)
3h 41min
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
221 min ∼76%
Lenovo B50-80
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
213 min ∼73%
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
238 min ∼82%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
347 min ∼119%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
137 min ∼47%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
267 min ∼92%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
334 min ∼115%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
337 min ∼116%
HP 350 G2 L8B05ES
Radeon R5 M240, 5200U, Seagate Momentus ST750LM022 HN-M750MB
291 min ∼100%
WiFi (sort by value)
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
262 min ∼71%
Dell Inspiron 15 3542-2293
GeForce 820M, 4210U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
371 min ∼100%

Pros

+ matte display
+ works quietly
+ hardly gets warmer
+ maintenance hatch

Cons

- poor battery life
- springy keyboard
- expensive

Verdict

In review: Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD. Test model provided by Lenovo.
In review: Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD. Test model provided by Lenovo.

With the IdeaPad 305-15IBD, Lenovo has a 15.6-inch all-rounder in its portfolio. The incorporated Core i5 processor delivers sufficient performance for all usual application scenarios. The notebook can also run computer games with limitations. Usually, it works quietly and hardly gets warmer. Thanks to a 1 TB hard drive, there is not a lack of storage capacity. The hard drive can be easily replaced with a model with bigger capacity or an SSD via a maintenance hatch. The IdeaPad's display won't win any prizes. Its brightness is low and its viewing angles are narrow. Only the contrast is acceptable. In addition, we did not like the springy keyboard and the battery life is too short.

The price of the IdeaPad is the biggest point of critique. Just under 700 Euros (~$747) is simply too much for the delivered performance/features. In our opinion a price of 500 Euros (~$534) would be fairer.

In the recently reviewed 350 G2 (Core i5-5200U, Radeon R5 M240), HP has a comparable notebook in its line-up, which only costs 480 Euros (~$512). Thus, the HP is more recommendable than the IdeaPad.

Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15IBD - 11/07/2015 v4(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
58 / 98 → 59%
Keyboard
56%
Pointing Device
61%
Connectivity
65 / 81 → 80%
Weight
61 / 20-67 → 87%
Battery
82%
Display
77%
Games Performance
71 / 85 → 84%
Application Performance
78 / 92 → 85%
Temperature
91%
Noise
79 / 95 → 83%
Audio
53%
Camera
31 / 85 → 36%
Average
66%
73%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2015-11-16 (Update: 2018-05-15)