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Lenovo IdeaPad 500-15ISK Notebook Review

Sascha Mölck, Tanja Hinum (translated by Liala Stieglitz), 06/02/2016

Inferior screen. Lenovo has put a price tag of just under 1000 Euros (~$1121) on its IdeaPad. The high price dictates the delivery of an outstanding all-rounder. However, Lenovo cannot serve with this. Once again we found the same issues as those we have recently seen in many Lenovo laptops: Price and performance are not in conformity.

For the original German review, see here.

The IdeaPad 500-15ISK is no stranger to us. It is the identically built sister model of the IdeaPad 500-15ACZ and Lenovo Z51-70. We have tested both laptops. A Skylake processor and Radeon graphics core is inside the current review sample. Rivals of the IdeaPad are laptops such as the Asus F555UB-XO043T, the Acer Aspire E5-573G, the HP Pavilion 15 and the Dell Inspiron 15-5558.

Since the IdeaPad features the same build as the IdeaPad 500-15ACZ and Lenovo's Z51-70, we will not go into details about casing, connectivity, input devices, speakers or screen. The relevant information can be found in the review of the IdeaPad 500-15ACZ and Lenovo Z51-70.

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Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE (Ideapad 500 Series)
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon R7 M360 - 2048 MB, Core: 980 MHz, Memory: 900 MHz, DDR3, 32 bit interface, 16.150.2211.1001 (Crimson 16.4.1), Enduro
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR3-1600, single-channel, two memory banks (one bank filled)
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 141 PPI, Chi Mei N156HGE-EAB, TN LED, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Skylake-U Premium PCH
Storage
Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP, 256 GB 
, 170 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek High Definition Audio
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
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000/2500/5000MBit/s), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 4.2
Optical drive
Matshita DVD-RAM UJ8HC
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 25 x 384 x 265 ( = 0.98 x 15.12 x 10.43 in)
Battery
32 Wh, 2200 mAh Lithium-Ion, 14.4 V
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD webcam, Intel Real Sense 3D camera
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Lenovo Photo Master, Cyberlink Power2Go 8, Lenovo PowerDVD 12, McAfee LiveSafe - Internet Security (trial), MS Office (trial), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
2.3 kg ( = 81.13 oz / 5.07 pounds), Power Supply: 339 g ( = 11.96 oz / 0.75 pounds)
Price
999 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Display

Pixel grid
Pixel grid

Although the IdeaPad 500-15ISK is equipped with the same matte, Full HD panel as the IdeaPad 500-15ACZ and Lenovo Z51-70, the rates differ slightly. This is normal since identically built screens never correspond one hundred percent. The model installed here offers a very low brightness, low contrast and unstable viewing angles. Furthermore, the screen exhibits PWM flickering in brightness levels of 90% and lower at a frequency of 50 Hz. This can lead to headaches and flickering before the eyes even in insensitive users.

229
cd/m²
224
cd/m²
210
cd/m²
207
cd/m²
230
cd/m²
189
cd/m²
217
cd/m²
213
cd/m²
197
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Chi Mei N156HGE-EAB
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 230 cd/m² Average: 212.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 82 %
Center on Battery: 232 cd/m²
Contrast: 511:1 (Black: 0.45 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 11.44 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 11.77 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
59% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 35% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.42

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 50 Hz ≤ 90 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 50 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 90 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 50 Hz is very low, so the flickering may cause eyestrain and headaches after extended use.

In comparison: 51 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9258 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

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

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
29 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 14 ms rise
↘ 15 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 68 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (24.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
38 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 24 ms rise
↘ 14 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 37 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (39.6 ms).
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
TN LED, 1920x1080
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
TN LED, 1920x1080
Lenovo Z51-70
TN LED, 1920x1080
Asus F555UB-XO043T
TN LED, 1366x768
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
TN LED, 1366x768
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
IPS, 1920x1080
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
TN-Panel, 1920x1080
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
TN LED, 1920x1080
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
IPS, 1920x1080
Response Times
2%
-5%
22%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
38 (24, 14)
43 (21, 22)
-13%
46 (24, 22)
-21%
24 (12, 12)
37%
Response Time Black / White *
29 (14, 15)
24 (8, 16)
17%
27 (10, 17, Spikes in between)
7%
21 (6, 15)
28%
PWM Frequency
50 (90)
50 (60)
0%
50 (30)
0%
Screen
1%
3%
12%
-3%
50%
-2%
-4%
23%
Brightness middle
230
238
3%
229
0%
214
-7%
240
4%
294
28%
202
-12%
223
-3%
177
-23%
Brightness
213
221
4%
214
0%
205
-4%
231
8%
285
34%
200
-6%
215
1%
176
-17%
Brightness Distribution
82
84
2%
85
4%
82
0%
86
5%
83
1%
86
5%
83
1%
78
-5%
Black Level *
0.45
0.49
-9%
0.45
-0%
0.46
-2%
0.63
-40%
0.26
42%
0.66
-47%
0.76
-69%
0.15
67%
Contrast
511
486
-5%
509
0%
465
-9%
381
-25%
1131
121%
306
-40%
293
-43%
1180
131%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
11.44
11.19
2%
10.51
8%
6.52
43%
10.51
8%
5.07
56%
8.72
24%
8.5
26%
8.52
26%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
20.42
19.6
4%
9.1
55%
9.33
54%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
11.77
11.53
2%
11.32
4%
7.05
40%
11.51
2%
4.25
64%
9.22
22%
9.35
21%
9.72
17%
Gamma
2.42 91%
2.41 91%
2.47 89%
2.41 91%
2.27 97%
2.49 88%
2.17 101%
2.46 89%
1.85 119%
CCT
13585 48%
13057 50%
12795 51%
8623 75%
12512 52%
6597 99%
10298 63%
10402 62%
5036 129%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
35
38
9%
38
9%
36.6
5%
38
9%
54
54%
42.4
21%
42
20%
39
11%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
59
60
2%
59
0%
57.8
-2%
60
2%
83
41%
66.8
13%
66
12%
61
3%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
2% / 2%
3% / 3%
4% / 8%
-3% / -3%
36% / 43%
-2% / -2%
-4% / -4%
23% / 23%

* ... smaller is better

Performance

Lenovo presents a 15.6-inch all-rounder with its IdeaPad 500-15ISK. The laptop has enough computing power for routine use and can render games to a limited extent. Our review sample is priced at approximately 1000 Euros (~$1121). Other configurations with and without dedicated graphics units are also available. The identically built IdeaPad 500-15ACZ and Z51-70 lineups expand the offer considerably.

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo
HWInfo
LatencyMon

Processor

Lenovo has equipped the IdeaPad with an Intel Core i7-6500U (Skylake) dual-core processor. The CPU is situated in the upper mid-range, and provides enough computing power for all common application scenarios. It is a frugal ULV processor with a TDP of 15 watts. The CPU clocks at a base speed of 2.5 GHz that can be boosted to 3 GHz (two cores) and 3.1 GHz (one core) via Turbo. Turbo is utilized in both AC and battery mode.

The processor is soldered
The processor is soldered
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
7952
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
11111
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4911
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
25.4 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
3.57 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.49 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
98 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
35.01 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
322 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
130 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
Radeon R7 M360, 6500U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
130 Points ∼100%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
124 Points ∼95% -5%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
115 Points ∼88% -12%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
114 Points ∼88% -12%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
112 Points ∼86% -14%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
108 Points ∼83% -17%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
108 Points ∼83% -17%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
107 Points ∼82% -18%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
105 Points ∼81% -19%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
96 Points ∼74% -26%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
85 Points ∼65% -35%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
74 Points ∼57% -43%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
63 Points ∼48% -52%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
Radeon R7 M360, 6500U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
322 Points ∼100%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
299 Points ∼93% -7%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
289 Points ∼90% -10%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
289 Points ∼90% -10%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
282 Points ∼88% -12%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
261 Points ∼81% -19%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
260 Points ∼81% -19%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
259 Points ∼80% -20%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
258 Points ∼80% -20%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
257 Points ∼80% -20%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
217 Points ∼67% -33%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
195 Points ∼61% -39%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
195 Points ∼61% -39%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
Radeon R7 M360, 6500U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
1.49 Points ∼100%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
1.42 Points ∼95% -5%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1.41 Points ∼95% -5%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
1.32 Points ∼89% -11%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
1.32 Points ∼89% -11%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
1.28 Points ∼86% -14%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1.26 Points ∼85% -15%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1.26 Points ∼85% -15%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1.24 Points ∼83% -17%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
1.13 Points ∼76% -24%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
0.97 Points ∼65% -35%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
0.87 Points ∼58% -42%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
0.79 Points ∼53% -47%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
Radeon R7 M360, 6500U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
3.57 Points ∼100%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3.29 Points ∼92% -8%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
3.21 Points ∼90% -10%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
3.18 Points ∼89% -11%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
3.18 Points ∼89% -11%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
2.84 Points ∼80% -20%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
2.81 Points ∼79% -21%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2.8 Points ∼78% -22%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2.76 Points ∼77% -23%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2.73 Points ∼76% -24%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
2.34 Points ∼66% -34%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2.32 Points ∼65% -35%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2.3 Points ∼64% -36%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
Radeon R7 M360, 6500U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
4911 Points ∼100%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
4651 Points ∼95% -5%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
4573 Points ∼93% -7%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
4357 Points ∼89% -11%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
4315 Points ∼88% -12%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
4176 Points ∼85% -15%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
4174 Points ∼85% -15%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
4137 Points ∼84% -16%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
4134 Points ∼84% -16%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
4003 Points ∼82% -18%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
3114 Points ∼63% -37%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
2325 Points ∼47% -53%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2170 Points ∼44% -56%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
Radeon R7 M360, 6500U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
11111 Points ∼100%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
10119 Points ∼91% -9%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
9936 Points ∼89% -11%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
9792 Points ∼88% -12%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
8672 Points ∼78% -22%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
8642 Points ∼78% -22%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
8579 Points ∼77% -23%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
8509 Points ∼77% -23%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
8500 Points ∼77% -23%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
7776 Points ∼70% -30%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
7222 Points ∼65% -35%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
6403 Points ∼58% -42%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
6385 Points ∼57% -43%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
Radeon R7 M360, 6500U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
6177 Points ∼100%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
6029 Points ∼98% -2%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
6007 Points ∼97% -3%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
5955 Points ∼96% -4%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
5558 Points ∼90% -10%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
5312 Points ∼86% -14%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
5304 Points ∼86% -14%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
5009 Points ∼81% -19%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
4970 Points ∼80% -20%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
4578 Points ∼74% -26%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
4550 Points ∼74% -26%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
4540 Points ∼73% -27%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2914 Points ∼100% +3%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
2858 Points ∼98% +1%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
Radeon R7 M360, 6500U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
2818 Points ∼97%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
2754 Points ∼95% -2%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2675 Points ∼92% -5%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2653 Points ∼91% -6%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
2577 Points ∼88% -9%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2500 Points ∼86% -11%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
2444 Points ∼84% -13%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2167 Points ∼74% -23%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
1944 Points ∼67% -31%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1941 Points ∼67% -31%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
226.1 ms * ∼100% -159%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
160.3 ms * ∼71% -84%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
154 ms * ∼68% -76%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
126.6 ms * ∼56% -45%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
124.7 ms * ∼55% -43%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
115.6 ms * ∼51% -32%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
111.6 ms * ∼49% -28%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
110.1 ms * ∼49% -26%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
108.3 ms * ∼48% -24%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
96.9 ms * ∼43% -11%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
96.4 ms * ∼43% -10%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
Radeon R7 M360, 6500U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
87.3 ms * ∼39%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
Radeon R7 M360, 6500U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
215.17 Points ∼100%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
186.39 Points ∼87% -13%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
181.3 Points ∼84% -16%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
173.24 Points ∼81% -19%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
109.87 Points ∼51% -49%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
101.32 Points ∼47% -53%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
3232.3 ms * ∼100% -185%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2577.5 ms * ∼80% -128%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2577.2 ms * ∼80% -128%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2554 ms * ∼79% -125%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
2275 ms * ∼70% -101%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2268.5 ms * ∼70% -100%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
2266.9 ms * ∼70% -100%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2263 ms * ∼70% -100%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
1444.6 ms * ∼45% -28%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
1336.5 ms * ∼41% -18%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
1278.9 ms * ∼40% -13%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
Radeon R7 M360, 6500U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
1132.8 ms * ∼35%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
Radeon R7 M360, 6500U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
30998 Points ∼100%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
27029 Points ∼87% -13%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
26586 Points ∼86% -14%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
25092 Points ∼81% -19%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
15801 Points ∼51% -49%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
15276 Points ∼49% -51%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
14741 Points ∼48% -52%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
14240 Points ∼46% -54%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
12753 Points ∼41% -59%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
12716 Points ∼41% -59%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
11380 Points ∼37% -63%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
10182 Points ∼33% -67%
Peacekeeper - ---
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
Radeon R7 M360, 6500U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
2952 Points ∼100%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
2744 Points ∼93% -7%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2655 Points ∼90% -10%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
2630 Points ∼89% -11%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
2534 Points ∼86% -14%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
2422 Points ∼82% -18%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2420 Points ∼82% -18%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2397 Points ∼81% -19%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1946 Points ∼66% -34%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1743 Points ∼59% -41%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
1580 Points ∼54% -46%

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System Performance

Lenovo has combined a strong processor with a fast solid-state drive. Thus, the laptop runs smoothly and fast. We did not experience any issues. The PCMark benchmark scores are also very good. The IdeaPad scores better in PCMark 8 than comparable devices equipped with a GeForce graphics card since the PCMark 8 benchmark in particular benefits from AMD graphics units. The laptop's overall performance can be increased to some extent by enabling dual-channel mode. Installing a second working memory module would be necessary for this.

Two working memory banks are present
Two working memory banks are present
PCMark 7 Score
4912 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3486 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4317 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4614 points
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PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
3612 Points ∼100% +4%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
Radeon R7 M360, 6500U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
3486 Points ∼97%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3377 Points ∼93% -3%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
3305 Points ∼92% -5%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
3237 Points ∼90% -7%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3152 Points ∼87% -10%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
3130 Points ∼87% -10%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
3069 Points ∼85% -12%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2972 Points ∼82% -15%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
2961 Points ∼82% -15%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2830 Points ∼78% -19%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2825 Points ∼78% -19%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
2485 Points ∼69% -29%
PCMark 7 - Score
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
5071 Points ∼100% +3%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
Radeon R7 M360, 6500U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
4912 Points ∼97%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3607 Points ∼71% -27%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3290 Points ∼65% -33%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
2937 Points ∼58% -40%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
2742 Points ∼54% -44%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2736 Points ∼54% -44%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2714 Points ∼54% -45%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
2574 Points ∼51% -48%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
2366 Points ∼47% -52%

Storage Device

A 2.5-inch solid-state drive with a total capacity of 256 GB is installed as the system drive. The drive is divided into a system partition (192 GB) and a data partition (24.9 GB). The latter contains the drivers for the IdeaPad and installation files for McAfee's "LiveSafe Internet Security". Adding up the unused storage capacity of both partitions, the laptop's owner has approximately 190 GB available. The rest of the storage is reserved for the Windows installation and recovery partition. The SSD's transfer rates are good.

The SSD can be replaced
The SSD can be replaced
Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
Sequential Read: 506.7 MB/s
Sequential Write: 297.6 MB/s
512K Read: 410.5 MB/s
512K Write: 298.4 MB/s
4K Read: 34.33 MB/s
4K Write: 93.33 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 341 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 266.7 MB/s

Graphics Card

Lenovo's laptop comes with an AMD Radeon R7 M360 graphics unit that supports DirectX 12 and clocks at up to 980 MHz. Considering the laptop's price range, the graphics card does not really fit into the overall concept since it is relatively weak. It achieves a lower score than Nvidia's GeForce 940M in the 3DMark benchmarks. Nvidia's GeForce 920M is the direct rival of AMD's GPU. The former is found in considerably less expensive laptops.

In conjunction with the HD Graphics 520 GPU, AMD's graphics unit creates a graphics switching solution (Enduro). The Radeon graphics card is responsible for performance-driven applications such as computer games, while Intel's GPU takes care of routine tasks and battery mode. Switching between the units is usually automatic. However, the process is not as smooth as with Nvidia's counterpart (Optimus). Sometimes the user has to make adjustments manually.

The graphics unit is also soldered
The graphics unit is also soldered
3DMark 06 Standard
8322 points
3DMark 11 Performance
2301 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
47792 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
5001 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
1024 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
3269 Points ∼100% +42%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2701 Points ∼83% +17%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2539 Points ∼78% +10%
Asus X555LB-DM223H
GeForce 940M, 5500U
2442 Points ∼75% +6%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
2437 Points ∼75% +6%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
2420 Points ∼74% +5%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
Radeon R7 M360, 6500U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
2301 Points ∼70%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
2240 Points ∼69% -3%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
2227 Points ∼68% -3%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
2172 Points ∼66% -6%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
2097 Points ∼64% -9%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Radeon R7 M360, 6200U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
2091 Points ∼64% -9%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
1927 Points ∼59% -16%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1793 Points ∼55% -22%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1766 Points ∼54% -23%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1687 Points ∼100% +65%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
1514 Points ∼90% +48%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1499 Points ∼89% +46%
Asus X555LB-DM223H
GeForce 940M, 5500U
1399 Points ∼83% +37%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
1391 Points ∼82% +36%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
1372 Points ∼81% +34%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
1314 Points ∼78% +28%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1209 Points ∼72% +18%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
1169 Points ∼69% +14%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
1050 Points ∼62% +3%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
1045 Points ∼62% +2%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
Radeon R7 M360, 6500U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
1024 Points ∼61%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
1011 Points ∼60% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Radeon R7 M360, 6200U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
1003 Points ∼59% -2%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
915 Points ∼54% -11%
1280x720 Sky Diver Score
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
5644 Points ∼100% +33%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
5398 Points ∼96% +27%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
5264 Points ∼93% +24%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
5037 Points ∼89% +19%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
4779 Points ∼85% +13%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
4459 Points ∼79% +5%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
Radeon R7 M360, 6500U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
4236 Points ∼75%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
3984 Points ∼71% -6%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
3907 Points ∼69% -8%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
3768 Points ∼67% -11%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
3686 Points ∼65% -13%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
6512 Points ∼100% +30%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
6492 Points ∼100% +30%
Asus X555LB-DM223H
GeForce 940M, 5500U
6410 Points ∼98% +28%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
6238 Points ∼96% +25%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
6127 Points ∼94% +23%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
6065 Points ∼93% +21%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
5932 Points ∼91% +19%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
5261 Points ∼81% +5%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
5193 Points ∼80% +4%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
5142 Points ∼79% +3%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
Radeon R7 M360, 6500U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
5001 Points ∼77%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
4906 Points ∼75% -2%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
4643 Points ∼71% -7%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Radeon R7 M360, 6200U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
4583 Points ∼70% -8%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
4377 Points ∼67% -12%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score
Asus F555UB-XO043T
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
62794 Points ∼100% +31%
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
59535 Points ∼95% +25%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
53548 Points ∼85% +12%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
51260 Points ∼82% +7%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
49599 Points ∼79% +4%
Asus X555LB-DM223H
GeForce 940M, 5500U
49522 Points ∼79% +4%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
Radeon R7 M360, 6500U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
47792 Points ∼76%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
45401 Points ∼72% -5%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
44189 Points ∼70% -8%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
43118 Points ∼69% -10%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
41517 Points ∼66% -13%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
39049 Points ∼62% -18%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
30669 Points ∼49% -36%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Radeon R7 M360, 6200U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
30550 Points ∼49% -36%
3DMark 06 - 1280x1024 Standard AA:0x AF:0x
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
11543 Points ∼100% +39%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
11275 Points ∼98% +35%
Asus X555LB-DM223H
GeForce 940M, 5500U
10614 Points ∼92% +28%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
8626 Points ∼75% +4%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
8336 Points ∼72% 0%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
Radeon R7 M360, 6500U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
8322 Points ∼72%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Radeon R7 M360, 6200U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
8225 Points ∼71% -1%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
8179 Points ∼71% -2%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
5388 Points ∼47% -35%

Gaming Performance

To achieve playable frame rates on the IdeaPad, the user will have to be happy with the HD resolution (1366x768 pixels) and low to occasional medium quality settings. However, this does not apply to all games. Performance-driven tracks such as "Hitman" or "XCom 2" never accomplish sufficiently high frame rates. The screen's native resolution (Full HD) can at most be utilized for a handful of games, such as "Counter Strike: GO".

Despite its relatively high price, the IdeaPad does not offer any more gaming power than some laptops that are priced  300 to 400 Euros (~$336 to ~$448) less. This is also due to the comparatively weak GPU. Our comparison diagram illustrates that the frame rates produced by the IdeaPad are just over those of a GeForce 920M laptop. Corresponding devices are already sold with a starting price of 500 Euros (~$561). Even a laptop like Acer Aspire V5-591G is available for just 800 Euros (~$897), and thanks to its GeForce GTX 950M, it offers a much higher gaming performance than the IdeaPad.

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 84 42.3 31.5 16 fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 70.8 40.4 31.6 11 fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 51.5 36.6 22.4 7.1 fps
Thief (2014) 27.5 17.3 14.2 7.7 fps
GRID: Autosport (2014) 121.6 56.4 26.7 13.8 fps
World of Warships (2015) 43.6 28.2 12.5 8.5 fps
FIFA 16 (2015) 87.5 54.1 23.4 fps
Anno 2205 (2015) 31.3 17.4 7.6 3.7 fps
Star Wars Battlefront (2015) 34.2 21.9 10.3 9.1 fps
Rainbow Six Siege (2015) 49.4 30.3 14.3 10.1 fps
Just Cause 3 (2015) 31.2 25.6 12.7 10.4 fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 19.6 12.3 6.9 4.1 fps
XCOM 2 (2016) 21.2 7.5 5 fps
Far Cry Primal (2016) 22 10 8 7 fps
The Division (2016) 29.6 17.1 7.1 5.3 fps
Hitman 2016 (2016) 19.2 17.8 10.2 9.7 fps
Need for Speed 2016 (2016) 28.1 21.8 11.3 8.9 fps
BioShock Infinite - 1280x720 Very Low Preset
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
89.2 fps ∼100% +26%
Asus F555UB-XO043T
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
87.4 fps ∼98% +23%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
73.4 fps ∼82% +4%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
Radeon R7 M360, 6500U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
70.8 fps ∼79%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
68.1 fps ∼76% -4%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
64.1 fps ∼72% -9%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
49.2 fps ∼55% -31%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
45.8 fps ∼51% -35%
Tomb Raider - 1024x768 Low Preset
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
GeForce 940M, 5200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
138.5 fps ∼100% +65%
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
GeForce 940M, 5500U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
129.1 fps ∼93% +54%
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
121.4 fps ∼88% +45%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
108.7 fps ∼78% +29%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
85 fps ∼61% +1%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
84.6 fps ∼61% +1%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
Radeon R7 M360, 6500U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
84 fps ∼61%
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
GeForce 920M, 5200U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
83.8 fps ∼61% 0%
Lenovo U31-70 80M5003EGE
GeForce 920M, 5500U, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
83.6 fps ∼60% 0%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
83 fps ∼60% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Radeon R7 M360, 6200U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
73.2 fps ∼53% -13%
Lenovo Z51-70-80K6
Radeon R7 M360, 5200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
70.7 fps ∼51% -16%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
63.1 fps ∼46% -25%
Rise of the Tomb Raider - 1024x768 Lowest Preset
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
GeForce 930M, 6200U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZNLN256HCHP
25 fps ∼100% +28%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
20.6 fps ∼82% +5%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
Radeon R7 M360, 6500U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
19.6 fps ∼78%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
19.3 fps ∼77% -2%
Lenovo U31-70 80M5003EGE
GeForce 920M, 5500U, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
18.3 fps ∼73% -7%
Battlefield 4 - 1024x768 Low Preset
Asus X555LB-DM223H
GeForce 940M, 5500U
57.6 fps ∼100% +12%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
Radeon R7 M360, 6500U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
51.5 fps ∼89%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
43.6 fps ∼76% -15%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
40 fps ∼69% -22%
GRID: Autosport - 1366x768 Medium Preset
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
66.1 fps ∼100% +17%
Asus X555LB-DM223H
GeForce 940M, 5500U
62.2 fps ∼94% +10%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
Radeon R7 M360, 6500U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
56.4 fps ∼85%
Lenovo U31-70 80M5003EGE
GeForce 920M, 5500U, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
52.5 fps ∼79% -7%
Asus F555LJ-XX110H
GeForce 920M, 5010U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
51.9 fps ∼79% -8%
Lenovo Z51-70
Radeon R9 M375, 5200U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
47.4 fps ∼72% -16%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
44.6 fps ∼67% -21%
Star Wars Battlefront - 1024x768 Low Preset
Asus F555UB-XO043T
GeForce 940M, 6200U, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
50.5 fps ∼100% +48%
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
Radeon R5 M330, 5200U, HGST Travelstar 5K1000 HTS541010A9E680
36.8 fps ∼73% +8%
Lenovo U31-70 80M5003EGE
GeForce 920M, 5500U, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
34.7 fps ∼69% +1%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
Radeon R7 M360, 6500U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
34.2 fps ∼68%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
33.9 fps ∼67% -1%
Lenovo ThinkPad E460-20EUS00000
Radeon R7 M360, 6200U, Samsung CM871 MZ7LF192HCGS
23.5 fps ∼47% -31%
FIFA 16 - 1366x768 High Preset AA:2x MS
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
Radeon R7 M360, 6500U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
54.1 fps ∼100%
Dell Latitude 3550-0123
GeForce 830M, 5500U, Toshiba MQ01ABD100
50 fps ∼92% -8%
Lenovo U31-70 80M5003EGE
GeForce 920M, 5500U, Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache
46 fps ∼85% -15%
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
Radeon R6 M340DX, A10-8700P, Seagate Momentus SpinPoint M8 ST1000LM024
40.4 fps ∼75% -25%
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
Radeon R8 M365DX, A10-8700P, Seagate ST1000LM014 Solid State Hybrid Drive
37.4 fps ∼69% -31%

Emissions

System Noise

The IdeaPad does not produce much noise. The fan is usually inactive while idling and silence prevails. The fan does not speed up excessively during load, either. We measured a noise level of 36.2 dB(A) in the stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least one hour). The laptop does not produce noises such as whining, whistling or crackling.

It is possible to clean the fan
It is possible to clean the fan
Fan loudness
Fan loudness

Noise Level

Idle
31.2 / 31.2 / 31.2 dB(A)
DVD
38.8 / dB(A)
Load
34.1 / 36.2 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 30.5 dB(A)
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
6500U, Radeon R7 M360
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
A10-8700P, Radeon R6 M340DX
Lenovo Z51-70
5200U, Radeon R9 M375
Asus F555UB-XO043T
6200U, GeForce 940M
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
5200U, GeForce 940M
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
6200U, GeForce 930M
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
A10-8700P, Radeon R8 M365DX
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
5500U, GeForce 940M
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
5200U, GeForce 920M
Noise
-7%
-8%
-12%
-11%
3%
-7%
-21%
-16%
off / environment *
30.5
31.3
-3%
22
28%
Idle Minimum *
31.2
33.1
-6%
32.1
-3%
34
-9%
32
-3%
31.3
-0%
30.7
2%
34.5
-11%
33.5
-7%
Idle Average *
31.2
33.3
-7%
32.1
-3%
34
-9%
32
-3%
31.3
-0%
30.7
2%
34.5
-11%
33.5
-7%
Idle Maximum *
31.2
33.5
-7%
32.8
-5%
34.2
-10%
32.2
-3%
32.2
-3%
30.7
2%
34.5
-11%
33.5
-7%
Load Average *
34.1
38.9
-14%
39.4
-16%
38.9
-14%
43.1
-26%
36.4
-7%
40.1
-18%
44.1
-29%
45.9
-35%
Load Maximum *
36.2
38.9
-7%
40.7
-12%
43.6
-20%
43.5
-20%
36.6
-1%
44.3
-22%
52.5
-45%
45.3
-25%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

IdeaPad in the stress test
IdeaPad in the stress test

The IdeaPad performed our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least one hour) differently in AC and battery mode. The processor clocked at 2.5 GHz in AC mode, while the graphics unit ran at full speed (980 MHz). The GPU throttled to 300 MHz in battery mode, and the CPU clocked at 2.8 to 3 GHz. The laptop barely heated up during the stress test (AC mode). On only one measuring point did it exceed 40 degrees Celsius (~104 degrees Fahrenheit). The temperatures were much lower on all other measuring points.

Max. Load
 40.1 °C
104 F
34.5 °C
94 F
23.9 °C
75 F
 
 35.3 °C
96 F
35.6 °C
96 F
23.6 °C
74 F
 
 32.3 °C
90 F
35.3 °C
96 F
24.5 °C
76 F
 
Maximum: 40.1 °C = 104 F
Average: 31.7 °C = 89 F
22.7 °C
73 F
30.6 °C
87 F
32 °C
90 F
22.9 °C
73 F
31 °C
88 F
34 °C
93 F
23.5 °C
74 F
26 °C
79 F
28.2 °C
83 F
Maximum: 34 °C = 93 F
Average: 27.9 °C = 82 F
Power Supply (max.)  50.2 °C = 122 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | FIRT 550-Pocket
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 31.7 °C / 89 F, compared to the average of 30.9 °C / 88 F for the devices in the class Multimedia.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 40.1 °C / 104 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 34 °C / 93 F, compared to the average of 38.8 °C / 102 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 23.1 °C / 74 F, compared to the device average of 30.9 °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).
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
6500U, Radeon R7 M360
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
A10-8700P, Radeon R6 M340DX
Lenovo Z51-70
5200U, Radeon R9 M375
Asus F555UB-XO043T
6200U, GeForce 940M
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
5200U, GeForce 940M
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
6200U, GeForce 930M
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
A10-8700P, Radeon R8 M365DX
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
5500U, GeForce 940M
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
5200U, GeForce 920M
Heat
-5%
-18%
-9%
-40%
-13%
-13%
-15%
-3%
Maximum Upper Side *
40.1
36
10%
43.6
-9%
33.2
17%
45.6
-14%
42.5
-6%
39.1
2%
38.7
3%
35.7
11%
Maximum Bottom *
34
39.2
-15%
45.6
-34%
44
-29%
61
-79%
46.9
-38%
36.8
-8%
40.2
-18%
38.5
-13%
Idle Upper Side *
24.7
27.1
-10%
28.6
-16%
28.2
-14%
32.5
-32%
25.8
-4%
30.5
-23%
30.8
-25%
26
-5%
Idle Bottom *
25.4
26.6
-5%
28.5
-12%
28.1
-11%
34.1
-34%
26
-2%
30.7
-21%
30.4
-20%
26.6
-5%

* ... smaller is better

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The IdeaPad is quite economical with energy while idling. We measured a maximum power consumption of 7.1 watts - a good rate. The consumption climbed to 50.3 watts in the stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least one hour). This is a normal rate for the hardware platform installed here. The energy requirement will range at around 35 watts in gaming routine (+/- 5 watts). The power supply has a nominal output of 65 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.2 / 0.39 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4 / 6.7 / 7.1 Watt
Load midlight 35 / 50.3 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
6500U, Radeon R7 M360
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
A10-8700P, Radeon R6 M340DX
Lenovo Z51-70
5200U, Radeon R9 M375
Asus F555UB-XO043T
6200U, GeForce 940M
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
5200U, GeForce 940M
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
6200U, GeForce 930M
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
A10-8700P, Radeon R8 M365DX
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
5500U, GeForce 940M
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
5200U, GeForce 920M
Power Consumption
-40%
-5%
-10%
-13%
-22%
-63%
-20%
5%
Idle Minimum *
4
6.8
-70%
3.3
17%
4.7
-18%
4.8
-20%
4.7
-18%
6.9
-73%
4.8
-20%
4.3
-8%
Idle Average *
6.7
10.5
-57%
5.9
12%
6.5
3%
7
-4%
9.9
-48%
11
-64%
8.1
-21%
6.5
3%
Idle Maximum *
7.1
11
-55%
6
15%
6.8
4%
7
1%
10.1
-42%
12.1
-70%
8.3
-17%
7.4
-4%
Load Average *
35
41.6
-19%
55.1
-57%
42.7
-22%
44.5
-27%
36
-3%
61.3
-75%
42.5
-21%
33.3
5%
Load Maximum *
50.3
51
-1%
55.2
-10%
59
-17%
58
-15%
51
-1%
66.5
-32%
61.1
-21%
36.3
28%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Runtime

The IdeaPad achieved a runtime of 4:08 hours in the practical Wi-Fi test. We simulate the load needed for opening websites via a script. The "Balanced" profile is enabled and the screen's brightness is set to approximately 150 cd/m². Lenovo's laptop stops the video test after 5:05 hours. We loop the short film "Big Buck Bunny" (H.265 encoding, 1920x1080 pixels) for this. The wireless modules are disabled, and the screen's brightness is once again reduced to 150 cd/m².

The battery life is overall satisfactory. However, the rate in our Wi-Fi test is too short. We expect runtimes of 5 to 6 hours from laptops like the IdeaPad nowadays. The battery's relatively low capacity (32 Wh) is noticed here.

The battery cannot be removed
The battery cannot be removed
It has a capacity of 32 Wh
It has a capacity of 32 Wh
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
11h 55min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 25.10586.0.0)
4h 08min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
5h 05min
Load (maximum brightness)
0h 57min
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE
32 Wh
Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ACZ
32 Wh
Lenovo Z51-70
32 Wh
Asus F555UB-XO043T
37 Wh
HP 250 G4 T6P08ES
41 Wh
Acer Aspire E5-573G-5785
37 Wh
Toshiba Satellite L50-C-275
45 Wh
HP Pavilion 15-ab052ng
41 Wh
HP Pavilion 15-ab022ng
41 Wh
Dell Inspiron 15-5558
40 Wh
Battery Runtime
-34%
25%
43%
37%
39%
39%
-33%
9%
28%
Reader / Idle
715
365
-49%
667
-7%
731
2%
222
-69%
563
-21%
666
-7%
H.264
305
168
-45%
353
16%
357
17%
154
-50%
294
-4%
315
3%
WiFi v1.3
248
183
-26%
289
17%
355
43%
342
38%
347
40%
345
39%
137
-45%
267
8%
337
36%
Load
57
49
-14%
75
32%
115
102%
112
96%
75
32%
88
54%
103
81%

Pros

+ matte screen
+ Full HD resolution
+ fast SSD
+ quiet operation
+ low temperatures

Cons

- dark, low-contrast, viewing angle dependent screen
- PWM flickering
- wobbly keyboard
- no maintenance hatch
- high purchase price

Verdict

In review: Lenovo IdeaPad 500-15ISK (80NT005WGE). Test model courtesy of Lenovo Germany.
In review: Lenovo IdeaPad 500-15ISK (80NT005WGE). Test model courtesy of Lenovo Germany.

The IdeaPad 500-15ISK is equipped with a strong processor that should satisfy the needs of most users. The Radeon graphics card allows playing some computer games. The graphics unit installed here is inappropriate in relation to the laptop's purchase price. It is suitable for office laptops or much cheaper all-round laptops. The laptop always runs quietly and hardly heats up. A fast SSD ensures a fast-running system. Replacing it for a higher-capacity model requires some effort; the casing would have to be opened since a maintenance hatch is not present. The battery life is overall satisfactory, and the keyboard fulfills the needs for home use. The installed Full HD panel is disappointing - it is dark, low-contrast and viewing angle dependent.

The IdeaPad 500-15ISK is the identically built sister model of Lenovo's Z51-70 and Lenovo's IdeaPad 500-15ACZ. Neither laptop left a particularly good impression, and this is also true for our current review sample.

The listed drawbacks could be accepted if the purchase price was not so outrageously exaggerated. The device is currently listed at 999 Euros (~$1120) in price search engines - a ridiculous price. Only a considerably better hardware configuration (higher-quality IPS panel, 512 GB SSD, 16 GB of RAM, much stronger graphics card, higher battery capacity) would justify such a price. Buyers who have taken a liking to the laptop despite these shortcomings should take a look at the 80NT00DBGE model. It is a technically slimmed down version that already sells for 599 Euros (~$672). The price and performance are more inline here.

Lenovo Ideapad 500-15ISK 80NT005WGE - 05/02/2016 v5.1(old)
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
74 / 98 → 75%
Keyboard
75%
Pointing Device
85%
Connectivity
46 / 81 → 57%
Weight
61 / 20-67 → 87%
Battery
78%
Display
75%
Games Performance
58 / 85 → 69%
Application Performance
86 / 92 → 93%
Temperature
94%
Noise
91 / 95 → 96%
Audio
30%
Camera
42 / 85 → 50%
Average
69%
75%
Multimedia - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2016-06- 2 (Update: 2018-05-15)