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Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15 Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 09/29/2015

Unconvincing. Lenovo throws a new 15.6-inch office laptop on the market with its IdeaPad 305-15. The computer presents solid processing performance and is well-equipped. However, it has clear shortcomings in battery life and keyboard.

For the original German review, see here.

Virtually every manufacturer relies on the same casing in different laptop lines - particularly in the low-cost sector. This is, for example, the case in Lenovo's IdeaPad 305-15. The same casing is used here as in Lenovo's B50-80 that we tested recently. The IdeaPad 305-15 is a basic office laptop based on an AMD APU. The IdeaPad 305-15's naming might mislead potential buyers since it sooner suggests a 15-inch laptop. After all, the number in the series name hinted at the screen size in Lenovo's former laptop lines - for example the IdeaPad S300 or Lenovo's M30. The number behind the hyphen first discloses the screen size of the IdeaPad 305-15. Thus, our present review sample is a 15.6-inch model.

All 15.6-inch laptops from the low-cost sector are rivals of the IdeaPad. Examples would be Acer's Aspire ES1-521Fujitsu's Lifebook A514Acer's Aspire ES1-512HP's 350HP's 355HP's 255, and Dell's Vostro 3558.

Since the IdeaPad 305-15 and Lenovo's B50-80 are identical in build, we will not go in-depth about casing, connectivity, input devices or speakers. The corresponding information can be found in the review of the Lenovo B50-80.

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Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM (IdeaPad 300 Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon R4 (Beema), Core: 200-800 MHz, single-channel, Catalyst 15.8 (15.201.1151.0)
Memory
4096 MB 
, DDR3, single-channel, two memory banks (one bank filled)
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1366 x 768 pixel, Chi Mei N156BGE-EA1, TN LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
AMD KernCZ
Storage
Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142, 500 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 400 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC235 @ AMD Avalon FCH - 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: combo audio, Card Reader: SD, Sensors: brightness sensor, AMD PSP 1.0
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Atheros Communications AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.0
Optical drive
PLDS DVD-RW DA8A6SH
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 26 x 378 x 265 ( = 1.02 x 14.88 x 10.43 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), MS Office (trial), 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.3 kg ( = 81.13 oz / 5.07 pounds), Power Supply: 289 g ( = 10.19 oz / 0.64 pounds)
Price
449 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case & Connectivity

The IdeaPad 305-15 and Lenovo's B50-80 feature an identical build. Differences are found in the colors. The lid's back and base unit's upper side is blue. Furthermore, both parts have sleek surfaces.

Display

Lenovo furnishes its IdeaPad with a matte, 15.6-inch screen that has a native resolution of 1366x768 pixels. Both its brightness (253.8 cd/m²) and contrast (573:1) are absolutely acceptable in view of the price level.

266
cd/m²
260
cd/m²
264
cd/m²
249
cd/m²
258
cd/m²
257
cd/m²
238
cd/m²
249
cd/m²
243
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Chi Mei N156BGE-EA1
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 266 cd/m² Average: 253.8 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 89 %
Center on Battery: 258 cd/m²
Contrast: 573:1 (Black: 0.45 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 9.05 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 10.65 | 0.64-98 Ø6.3
65.2% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 41.8% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.24

The screen's DeltaE 2000 shift in delivery state is 9.05 - a normal rate in the low-cost sector. A rate of less than 3 would be desirable. The screen also exhibits a bluish tint.

CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - ColorChecker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps
CalMAN - Saturation Sweeps

The IdeaPad has been equipped with a TN panel. Thus, the screen is not legible from every position. It is quite possible to use the laptop outdoors, but only in moderate sunlight.

IdeaPad outdoors
IdeaPad outdoors

Performance

The IdeaPad 305-15 is a member of the basic, 15.6-inch office laptops. The computer is suitable for running office and Internet applications, as well as playing videos. Our review sample is sold for approximately 450 Euros (~$506). Lenovo has many other configurations with either AMD or Intel innards. The latter bear the name IdeaPad 300-15.

Processor

The IdeaPad features AMD's A6-6310 (Beema) APU. The CPU part of the APU is composed of a quad-core processor that clocks at a base speed of 1.8 GHz. The speed can be boosted up to 2.4 GHz via Turbo. Our CPU tests were performed in the same manner in both AC and battery modes. The processor ran single-thread applications at 2 to 2.4 GHz, and multithread applications were processed at 1.6 to 1.8 GHz. In multithread applications, the laptop lags behind its direct contender Acer's Aspire E5-521. The latter sports the same APU but processes at a slightly higher multithread speed. Overall, the multithread performance of the CPU installed here is somewhat below that of an Intel Core i3-4010U processor. The difference in single-thread performance is much bigger.

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
3164
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
5309
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
1709
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
13.64 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
1.62 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
0.55 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
16.04 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
146 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
46 Points
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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
46 Points ∼21%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
47 Points ∼22% +2%
Fujitsu Lifebook A514
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN128HCHP
39 Points ∼18% -15%
Acer Aspire E15 ES1-512-P1SM
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
42 Points ∼19% -9%
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
108 Points ∼50% +135%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
67 Points ∼31% +46%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
49 Points ∼22% +7%
HP 255 G3
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
32 Points ∼15% -30%
HP ProBook 455 G2
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
49 Points ∼22% +7%
Toshiba Satellite C50D-B-125
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
37 Points ∼17% -20%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
65 Points ∼30% +41%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
146 Points ∼3%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
157 Points ∼4% +8%
Fujitsu Lifebook A514
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN128HCHP
171 Points ∼4% +17%
Acer Aspire E15 ES1-512-P1SM
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
157 Points ∼4% +8%
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
259 Points ∼6% +77%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
129 Points ∼3% -12%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
164 Points ∼4% +12%
HP 255 G3
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
119 Points ∼3% -18%
HP ProBook 455 G2
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
82 Points ∼2% -44%
Toshiba Satellite C50D-B-125
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
127 Points ∼3% -13%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
163 Points ∼4% +12%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
0.55 Points ∼23%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
0.57 Points ∼23% +4%
Fujitsu Lifebook A514
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN128HCHP
0.75 Points ∼31% +36%
Acer Aspire E15 ES1-512-P1SM
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
0.5 Points ∼20% -9%
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1.27 Points ∼52% +131%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.74 Points ∼30% +35%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.6 Points ∼25% +9%
HP 255 G3
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
0.39 Points ∼16% -29%
HP ProBook 455 G2
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
0.56 Points ∼23% +2%
Toshiba Satellite C50D-B-125
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
0.45 Points ∼18% -18%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
0.69 Points ∼28% +25%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1.62 Points ∼5%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1.94 Points ∼6% +20%
Fujitsu Lifebook A514
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN128HCHP
1.84 Points ∼6% +14%
Acer Aspire E15 ES1-512-P1SM
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1.92 Points ∼6% +19%
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2.81 Points ∼8% +73%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1.45 Points ∼4% -10%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2.04 Points ∼6% +26%
HP 255 G3
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1.43 Points ∼4% -12%
HP ProBook 455 G2
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
0.99 Points ∼3% -39%
Toshiba Satellite C50D-B-125
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1.74 Points ∼5% +7%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1.76 Points ∼5% +9%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1709 Points ∼16%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1858 Points ∼17% +9%
Fujitsu Lifebook A514
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN128HCHP
2528 Points ∼23% +48%
Acer Aspire E15 ES1-512-P1SM
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1379 Points ∼13% -19%
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
4156 Points ∼38% +143%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2510 Points ∼23% +47%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1850 Points ∼17% +8%
HP 255 G3
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1205 Points ∼11% -29%
HP ProBook 455 G2
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1850 Points ∼17% +8%
Toshiba Satellite C50D-B-125
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1381 Points ∼13% -19%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2345 Points ∼22% +37%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
5309 Points ∼11%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
5575 Points ∼11% +5%
Fujitsu Lifebook A514
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN128HCHP
5730 Points ∼12% +8%
Acer Aspire E15 ES1-512-P1SM
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
4750 Points ∼10% -11%
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
8383 Points ∼17% +58%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
4852 Points ∼10% -9%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
5785 Points ∼12% +9%
HP 255 G3
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
4171 Points ∼8% -21%
HP ProBook 455 G2
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
3075 Points ∼6% -42%
Toshiba Satellite C50D-B-125
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
3598 Points ∼7% -32%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
5194 Points ∼10% -2%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
3230 Points ∼10%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
3534 Points ∼11% +9%
Acer Aspire E15 ES1-512-P1SM
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
3267 Points ∼10% +1%
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
4975 Points ∼16% +54%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2592 Points ∼8% -20%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
3792 Points ∼12% +17%
HP 255 G3
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2762 Points ∼9% -14%
HP ProBook 455 G2
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1902 Points ∼6% -41%
Toshiba Satellite C50D-B-125
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
3146 Points ∼10% -3%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
3421 Points ∼11% +6%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1209 Points ∼25%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1244 Points ∼26% +3%
Acer Aspire E15 ES1-512-P1SM
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
988 Points ∼20% -18%
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2468 Points ∼51% +104%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1468 Points ∼30% +21%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1287 Points ∼27% +6%
HP 255 G3
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
868 Points ∼18% -28%
HP ProBook 455 G2
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1255 Points ∼26% +4%
Toshiba Satellite C50D-B-125
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
991 Points ∼21% -18%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1693 Points ∼35% +40%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
309.2 ms * ∼3%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
254.3 ms * ∼3% +18%
Fujitsu Lifebook A514
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN128HCHP
182.1 ms * ∼2% +41%
Acer Aspire E15 ES1-512-P1SM
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
303.3 ms * ∼3% +2%
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
121.2 ms * ∼1% +61%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
181.5 ms * ∼2% +41%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
253 ms * ∼3% +18%
HP 255 G3
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
427.3 ms * ∼5% -38%
HP ProBook 455 G2
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
243.9 ms * ∼3% +21%
Toshiba Satellite C50D-B-125
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
346.9 ms * ∼4% -12%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
203.6 ms * ∼2% +34%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
6880.3 ms * ∼12%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
6278.9 ms * ∼11% +9%
Acer Aspire E15 ES1-512-P1SM
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
6205.4 ms * ∼10% +10%
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2572.5 ms * ∼4% +63%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
4079.5 ms * ∼7% +41%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
6200.1 ms * ∼10% +10%
HP 255 G3
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
9672.3 ms * ∼16% -41%
HP ProBook 455 G2
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
5810 ms * ∼10% +16%
Toshiba Satellite C50D-B-125
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
8267.9 ms * ∼14% -20%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
4164.3 ms * ∼7% +39%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
5334 Points ∼10%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
5574 Points ∼11% +4%
Acer Aspire E15 ES1-512-P1SM
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
5052 Points ∼10% -5%
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
12509 Points ∼24% +135%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
7963 Points ∼15% +49%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
6074 Points ∼12% +14%
HP 255 G3
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
3727 Points ∼7% -30%
HP ProBook 455 G2
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
6167 Points ∼12% +16%
Toshiba Satellite C50D-B-125
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
4580 Points ∼9% -14%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
7213 Points ∼14% +35%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
957 Points ∼15%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1108 Points ∼18% +16%
Acer Aspire E15 ES1-512-P1SM
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
842 Points ∼14% -12%
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2394 Points ∼39% +150%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1793 Points ∼29% +87%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1136 Points ∼18% +19%
HP 255 G3
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
720 Points ∼12% -25%
HP ProBook 455 G2
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1223 Points ∼20% +28%
Toshiba Satellite C50D-B-125
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
868 Points ∼14% -9%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1531 Points ∼25% +60%

* ... smaller is better

System Performance

The system ran smoothly and did not present any issues. The PCMark benchmark scores correspond to the installed APU's performance. The IdeaPad cannot compete with the scores of a Core i3 laptop due to its weaker processor. Installing a solid state drive could improve the system performance. On the other hand, installing a second working memory module will not lead to improvements because the integrated memory controller only supports single-channel mode.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
1880 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
1917 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
2780 points
Help
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1880 Points ∼31%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1946 Points ∼32% +4%
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2758 Points ∼45% +47%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2151 Points ∼35% +14%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2451 Points ∼40% +30%
HP 255 G3
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1685 Points ∼28% -10%
HP ProBook 455 G2
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2026 Points ∼33% +8%
Asus X555LD-XX283H
GeForce 820M, 4010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2101 Points ∼34% +12%

Storage Device

Data is stored on a hard drive from Seagate. It has a capacity of 500 MB and spins at 5400 revolutions per minute. The drive's transfer rates are on the standard level for a 5400 rpm hard drive.

Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
Transfer Rate Minimum: 6.3 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 111 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 78.7 MB/s
Access Time: 19.4 ms
Burst Rate: 117.7 MB/s
CPU Usage: 7.9 %

Graphics Card

The GPU part of the installed APU is called Radeon R4 (Beema). This graphics core supports DirectX 11.2 and clocks at up to 800 MHz. The 3DMark benchmark scores are on a normal level for this GPU. Increasing the performance by installing a second working memory module is not possible. The memory controller only supports single-channel mode, and not dual-channel mode. The performance of AMD's GPU ranges between Intel's HD Graphics 4200 and HD Graphics 4400 graphics cores.

3DMark 11 Performance
782 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
30714 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
2763 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
472 points
Help
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
782 Points ∼2%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
788 Points ∼2% +1%
Fujitsu Lifebook A514
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN128HCHP
752 Points ∼2% -4%
Acer Aspire E15 ES1-512-P1SM
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
268 Points ∼1% -66%
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
913 Points ∼3% +17%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
574 Points ∼2% -27%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1640 Points ∼5% +110%
HP 255 G3
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
592 Points ∼2% -24%
HP ProBook 455 G2
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
658 Points ∼2% -16%
Toshiba Satellite C50D-B-125
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
688 Points ∼2% -12%
Acer Aspire Switch 11 SW5-171-31U3
HD Graphics 4200, 4012Y, Lite-On IT L8T-64L9G
715 Points ∼2% -9%
Acer TravelMate P246-M-598B
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
794 Points ∼2% +2%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
472 Points ∼2%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
473 Points ∼2% 0%
Fujitsu Lifebook A514
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN128HCHP
446 Points ∼2% -6%
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
552 Points ∼2% +17%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
316 Points ∼1% -33%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
843 Points ∼3% +79%
HP 255 G3
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
347 Points ∼1% -26%
HP ProBook 455 G2
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
375 Points ∼1% -21%
Toshiba Satellite C50D-B-125
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
427 Points ∼2% -10%
Acer Aspire Switch 11 SW5-171-31U3
HD Graphics 4200, 4012Y, Lite-On IT L8T-64L9G
431 Points ∼2% -9%
Acer TravelMate P246-M-598B
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
472 Points ∼2% 0%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
1773 Points ∼3%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
1846 Points ∼3% +4%
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2357 Points ∼4% +33%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1493 Points ∼2% -16%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1780 Points ∼3% 0%
HP 255 G3
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1348 Points ∼2% -24%
Toshiba Satellite C50D-B-125
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
1545 Points ∼3% -13%
Acer Aspire Switch 11 SW5-171-31U3
HD Graphics 4200, 4012Y, Lite-On IT L8T-64L9G
1888 Points ∼3% +6%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
2763 Points ∼4%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
2853 Points ∼5% +3%
Fujitsu Lifebook A514
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN128HCHP
3276 Points ∼5% +19%
Acer Aspire E15 ES1-512-P1SM
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1444 Points ∼2% -48%
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
4389 Points ∼7% +59%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2426 Points ∼4% -12%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
4032 Points ∼7% +46%
HP 255 G3
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2244 Points ∼4% -19%
HP ProBook 455 G2
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1976 Points ∼3% -28%
Toshiba Satellite C50D-B-125
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2291 Points ∼4% -17%
Acer Aspire Switch 11 SW5-171-31U3
HD Graphics 4200, 4012Y, Lite-On IT L8T-64L9G
3106 Points ∼5% +12%
Acer TravelMate P246-M-598B
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
3838 Points ∼6% +39%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
30714 Points ∼3%
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
31626 Points ∼3% +3%
Fujitsu Lifebook A514
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN128HCHP
30090 Points ∼3% -2%
Acer Aspire E15 ES1-512-P1SM
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
17701 Points ∼2% -42%
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
42296 Points ∼4% +38%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
27941 Points ∼3% -9%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
39458 Points ∼4% +28%
HP 255 G3
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
27138 Points ∼2% -12%
HP ProBook 455 G2
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
21081 Points ∼2% -31%
Toshiba Satellite C50D-B-125
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
23939 Points ∼2% -22%
Acer Aspire Switch 11 SW5-171-31U3
HD Graphics 4200, 4012Y, Lite-On IT L8T-64L9G
30839 Points ∼3% 0%
Acer TravelMate P246-M-598B
HD Graphics 4400, 4210U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
33438 Points ∼3% +9%

Gaming Performance

The IdeaPad is primarily an office device. Computer games are not really its field. Only some games with relatively low hardware requirements achieve smooth frame rates - using low resolution and low quality settings. The games Dirt Rally, Sims 4 and Counter Strike: Global Offensive would be examples.

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 33.117.813.3fps
GRID: Autosport (2014) 56.921.5fps
F1 2014 (2014) 3324fps
Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014) 13.57.7fps
Battlefield Hardline (2015) 21.614.6fps
Dirt Rally (2015) 52.315.6fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 8.66.1fps
Batman: Arkham Knight (2015) 4fps
Metal Gear Solid V (2015) 26.217.3fps
Mad Max (2015) 9.2fps
World of Warships (2015) 2719.4fps

Emissions & Energy Management

System Noise

The IdeaPad is not a noisy device - the fan spins at low speeds in idle and is then barely audible. The load noise development is also moderate. The noise level climbed up to 40.8 dB during the stress test - an acceptable rate.

Noise Level

Idle
32.8 / 33 / 33 dB(A)
HDD
33.1 dB(A)
DVD
35.4 / dB(A)
Load
34.8 / 40.8 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

IdeaPad in the stress test
IdeaPad in the stress test

The IdeaPad processed the stress test (Prime95 and Furmark run for at least one hour) differently in AC and battery modes. The CPU clocked stably at 1.4 GHz and the graphics core's clock ranged from 650 to 800 MHz in AC mode. The rated dropped to 1.2 GHz (CPU) and 300 to 400 MHz (GPU) in battery mode. It cannot really be said that the IdeaPad heats up. The temperatures all remained clearly below 40 °C on every measuring point in the stress test.

Max. Load
 35.8 °C
96 F
28.5 °C
83 F
25.8 °C
78 F
 
 36.3 °C
97 F
31.7 °C
89 F
25.6 °C
78 F
 
 34.3 °C
94 F
35.3 °C
96 F
29.5 °C
85 F
 
Maximum: 36.3 °C = 97 F
Average: 31.4 °C = 89 F
25.7 °C
78 F
26.8 °C
80 F
34.6 °C
94 F
26 °C
79 F
28.5 °C
83 F
33.7 °C
93 F
27.6 °C
82 F
31.2 °C
88 F
31.6 °C
89 F
Maximum: 34.6 °C = 94 F
Average: 29.5 °C = 85 F
Power Supply (max.)  51.1 °C = 124 F | Room Temperature 23.9 °C = 75 F | Voltcraft IR-360
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 31.4 °C / 89 F, compared to the average of 29.4 °C / 85 F for the devices in the class Office.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 36.3 °C / 97 F, compared to the average of 33.9 °C / 93 F, ranging from 21.2 to 62.5 °C for the class Office.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 34.6 °C / 94 F, compared to the average of 36.4 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 26.7 °C / 80 F, compared to the device average of 29.4 °C / 85 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 28.1 °C / 82.6 F (-7.2 °C / -12.9 F).

Power Consumption

The laptop's idle power consumption climbs up to 7.4 watts - a good rate. The load requirement is also within limits. We measured rates of up to 24.5 watts in the stress test. The rate would be higher if the APU weren't throttled as massively. It is not due to the power supply with a nominal output of 45 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.4 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 3.9 / 7 / 7.4 Watt
Load midlight 24.5 / 24.3 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Runtime

We simulate the load needed when opening websites in our real world Wi-Fi test. The "Balanced" profile is enabled, and the screen's brightness is set to approximately 150 cd/m². The IdeaPad achieved a runtime of 3:58 hours - a poor rate. We in fact expect a runtime of around 5 hours from a laptop in this performance category nowadays. The Aspire E5-521 rival (7:07 h) proves that better rates are possible. The bigger battery in Acer's laptop (56 Wh vs. 41 Wh) pays off here.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (IE 11)
3h 58min
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3 (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
238 min ∼98%
Fujitsu Lifebook A514
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN128HCHP
350 min ∼143%
Acer Aspire E15 ES1-512-P1SM
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), N3540, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
349 min ∼143%
Dell Vostro 3558
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
389 min ∼159%
HP 350 G1 F7Z01EA
HD Graphics (Haswell), 3558U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
290 min ∼119%
HP 255 G3
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
190 min ∼78%
HP ProBook 455 G2
Radeon R4 (Kaveri), A6 Pro-7050B, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
244 min ∼100%
WiFi (sort by value)
Acer Aspire E5-521-60Y6
Radeon R4 (Beema), A6-6310, WDC Scorpio Blue WD10JPVX-22JC3T0
427 min ∼126%
Fujitsu Lifebook A514
HD Graphics 4400, 4005U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN128HCHP
350 min ∼104%
HP 355 G2
Radeon R5 M240, A8-6410, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
283 min ∼84%
Toshiba Satellite C50D-B-125
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A4-6210, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
338 min ∼100%

Pros

+ matte screen
+ mostly quiet
+ low temperature development
+ maintenance hatch

Cons

- poor battery life
- one year warranty only
- pliable keyboard

Verdict

In review: Lenovo Ideapad 300-15ABM. Test model courtesy of Cyberport.de
In review: Lenovo Ideapad 300-15ABM. Test model courtesy of Cyberport.de

Lenovo offers a basic office laptop suitable for office and Internet applications as well as playing videos with its IdeaPad 305-15ABM. The laptop is usually quiet and barely heats up. The device's screen will not win any awards, but it provides decent rates considering the price level. Lenovo has to be praised for the maintenance hatch. That is seen less and less frequently nowadays. However, Lenovo has to accept some criticism as well: The company only offers a one-year warranty, and the battery life is not particularly good, either. It is also hard to comprehend what Lenovo thought when installing the unstable keyboard.

That excludes use as a portable typewriter and browsing machine. Low-cost office laptops could actually shine particularly in this sector.

We tested a model from the competition based on the same APU in the form of the Aspire E5-521 a few months ago. Acer's laptop can boast with considerably longer battery runtimes, a better keyboard, and a two-year warranty. It is also currently 70 to 80 Euros (~$78 to ~$90) cheaper than the IdeaPad. However, the Aspire does not feature a maintenance hatch, and a much lower quality screen has to be accepted.

Lenovo IdeaPad 305-15ABM - 09/22/2015 v4(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
58 / 98 → 59%
Keyboard
56%
Pointing Device
61%
Connectivity
65 / 80 → 81%
Weight
61 / 20-67 → 87%
Battery
84%
Display
78%
Games Performance
59 / 68 → 87%
Application Performance
53 / 92 → 58%
Temperature
92%
Noise
86%
Audio
53%
Camera
31 / 85 → 36%
Average
64%
70%
Office - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2015-09-29 (Update: 2018-05-15)