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Lenovo G505s 15" AMD A8-5550M 4GB / 500GB HDD (59373006)

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  • AMD A8-Series A8-5550M (2.10 GHz)
  • 4 GB Memory 500 GB HDD
  • AMD Radeon HD 8550G
  • 1366 x 768
  • Windows 8
  • DVD±R/RW

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggsFor me, PERFECT!!!

Pros: Upgradeable to 16 GB ram, keyboard, display, Ease of use.

Cons: None I can think of.

Other Thoughts: I can not figure out why people had such a bad time with this machine. Crucial Memory said I could use 16 GB ram so Ballistix Sport it was. I can not complain about anything except windows 8.0. downloaded 8.1 and it became a much better experience. BUT THAT ISN'T THE LAPTOPS FAULT. IT IS A WINDOWS THING. I play Star Trek online without problem. Now the display is good, but it is not the same as playing on my 55" LG at home on the home pc. But it is okay, for the $ I can not complain at all. Every thing I do runs a smooth as ice. I did upgrade the ram, but I do that regardless.

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  • Adam F.
  • 5/11/2014 11:03:52 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood for the price.

Pros: Above-average HDD for a laptop. Benchmarked at ~95MB/s read and write. The CPU is decent, but slower than any modern Intel chip. The gaming graphics are where this laptop shines, but you'll need a second stick of RAM to run in dual-channel mode (the integrated GPU gets a significant boost from this).

Cons: Screen resolution is low, but this is a cheap laptop. I knew that when I bought it.

Windows 8 is horrible. I got a BSOD just trying to install the 8.1 update.

This laptop runs very hot. I've seen it reach 70C under load.

Other Thoughts: I wouldn't buy this unless you know how to install Windows 7 or Linux. I went with Win7 Pro, a 120GB Samsung SSD, and an extra 4GB stick of GSkill RAM. The laptop performs very well now.

For what it's worth, I purchased this on sale for $400 about a month ago.

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3 out of 5 eggsum really?

Pros: Just want to say all consumer grade lappys kinda suck, and we'll you could have reinstalled 8 with A FLASHDRIVE IF YOUR TECH LVL WAS LOW and knew how to Google. Really it looks decent for an Amd. Don't bash what you don't understand.

Cons: Someone should filter these reviews for stupidity, this isn't Am4zon.

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  • Carl T.
  • 5/1/2014 2:28:56 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsUpdated Review

Pros: The pros remain the same:
4 cores
really great graphics for the value
very nice processing power. 2.1 ghz to 3.1 ghz
very sleek and nice to hold.
perfect for any web browsing college student and medium to lightwieght gamer.
Runs League of Legends on high to very high at 30 to 60 fps.
8mb of L2 Cache?? WOWZA!
6.3 wei graphics subscore
18fps in cinebench open gl
98.01% reference match in gl.

Cons: The lid/screen did not close completely flush with the keyboard
The keyboard was not the greatest to type on but it wasnt unpleasant to use.
The LARGEST complaint I have with this laptop, is the friggin bloatware on it. Some of the features like graphics, memory testing and other various things like that including the warranty are useful, but the power plans they added in addition to the windows power settings were such a pain to work with:
Max battery life would often restrict cpu performance WHILE PLUGGED IN to 1.4-1.9ghz instead of the 2.1 which is considered the base of this cpu which normally can turbo up to 3.1 (3.04 was the highest I ever saw).
While Max battery health would restrict charging to 60% battery and then if you were to charge it to full while plugged in, it would discharge to 60%.
Almost done here:
The time frame to get into the bios is about half a second if that.
Internet on this thing is just well so much slower, and when ever a website is entered in ANY browser (firefox chrome and internet explorer were used) there would be this annoying "advertisement management" website that would pop up claiming it was possible to disable it but never could get it disabled.
Of the 4gb of ram installed, .8 is setaside. point freaking 8 gb of ram is just not useable.

It is a solidly put together laptop and the non flushness of the screen was very minor.
Most of these problems could be solved by a clean install of windows and a formating of the hard drive, but who wants to buy a laptop with an os preinstalled on it, just to install a different os.
My girlfreind and I just figured for the moneywe paid, we were willing to rma it and look into another inspiron 15r (with an i3) I would have preferred to keep that amd a8 but oh well.
Not sure if I will try Lenovo out again, the laptop is a joy to hold but the extra garbage they threw on the hard disk and the limitations of the extra bloatware kinda ruin that effect.

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  • Carl T.
  • 4/17/2014 10:22:54 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLenovo G505s

Pros: 4 cores
really great graphics for the value
very nice processing power. 2.1 ghz to 3.1 ghz
very sleek and nice to hold.
perfect for any web browsing college student and medium to lightwieght gamer.
Runs League of Legends on high to very high at 30 to 60 fps.
8mb of L2 Cache?? WOWZA!

Cons: The touch pad is not well placed for typing easy fix just disable it when typing a paper. On the one I recieved the lid doesnt complelty close flush with the left corner.
2.1ghz to 3.1 ghz however it rarely passes 3ghz.
My i5 3210m (2.5 ghz to 3.1) on my dell inspiron creams this thing in performance.
Battery is small ish
LOTS OF BLOAT WARE now granted some of it is very useful, but it also throttles the cpu unless both power plans are on the same setting in control panel and the bloatware, or the lenovo power options/solution center is simply removed. but there goes back up and warranty ease of access center.

Other Thoughts: Got this for my girlfrined after she fried her inspiron 15 r with an i5 3337u (1.8 to 2.7ghz). The performance is comparable ish but the i5 in hers was faster in cpu performance and mostly equivilant in graphics. (both recieved 6.3 from wei and would get 18 fps roughly in cinebench open gl test bench.
All in all a great laptop for someone on a budget who wants decent performance for work and play but dont pay full price for this thing it goes on sale very often. If you can get the version with the A10 you will be very pleased.

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  • Robert R.
  • 4/14/2014 10:41:30 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat value

Pros: Great performance for the price. Would have preferred an I3 but you can't touch the A8 value at this price point - and the A8 does everything I need it to do. Seems light for the size and well built. Good webcam but have not used it to communicate as of time of this writing. East to set up and get working for my purposes. Cool to the touch and only minimal fan noise.

Cons: Decent amount of bloatware to remove, standard windows fun installing 48 critical updates at system set up, power cord seems short - not too short but it's definitely shorter than my last laptop cord

Other Thoughts: My negatives are pretty weak - this is a great laptop for the price and does everything I need it to do. By day 2, I had it up and running with all of my files installed and copied files in place backed up to my NAS.

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  • Robert K.
  • 3/14/2014 11:36:19 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggstouchpad poorly engineered

Pros: computer feels well built, strong hinge, good battery life good keyboard

Cons: touchpad was designed much too large. This is a critical issue because as you type, the palm of your left hand touches the corner of the pad periodically and makes your cursor jump around. This is a CRITICAL issue, and I have lost important information this way, as well as being INCREDIBLY annoying. It is not specific to my hand or writing style, as I have had other users tell me the same thing after trying the laptop. The touchpad itself makes it so that you can't use the keyboard to type, and because of it you need to get an external USB keyboard. That makes the laptop completely useless because it is less portable now. The only thing you can do to fix this is to A) disable the touchpad so that it can't work at all B) change your typing style so that your hands hover above this board. This is not a healthy option as it will cause your hands to develop carpel tunnels. Don't buy this laptop

Other Thoughts: don't buy this laptop. Also came pre-installed with Windows 8 and a ton of bloatware. After re-partitioning the hard drive for the Windows 7 upgrade, the ethernet card lost its function, and now I can only get internet access wirelessly

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  • Patrick C.
  • 1/3/2014 2:00:40 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest without dedicated graphics.

Pros: Two USB 3.0 ports, most of the ports are on the LEFT side since most people are right handed. It can play the games I enjoy at the native resolution, just never max details (Diablo III native min details and Skyrim high/moderate mixed details). Yeah that is odd Skyrim plays better than D3. The mechanical drive boots in half a minute and hibernation also boots Windows 7 at a respectable pace.

Cons: The shared memory makes the single 4GB stick absolutely require buying a separate 4GB stick. No mSATA for a second (Flash) drive. The function keys by default do auxiliary functions instead of their main functions though this can be corrected with a bios update from Lenovo's site. The keyboard layout is mostly okay (why aren't LED backlit keys standard let alone on most models?!) except the right shift key is too short for desktop-to-laptop transitions (this compliments my desktop).

The hard drive had SIX partitions! I was able to knock it down to two and install Windows 7. Keep in mind when you remove 8 you'll have to run the bios in "legacy" mode and if you need to use an external DVD drive plug it in to the USB 2.0 port.

During the December sales I saw laptops with 2GB dedicated cars around $600 so for the extra hundred dollars if you want to game smoothly with max details that is the way to go...this however is a vast improvement over my five year old 10 inch Atom netbook which couldn't even do Morrowind on minimum settings.

Other Thoughts: When it arrived I booted once to make sure 8 wouldn't blue screen and then proceeded to remove the six partitions and put on Windows 7. All the drivers are on the Lenovo website.

The overdrive speed is 2.8GHz, NOT 3.1 GHz. I can hit 890MHz on the GPU. The last "missing" driver was Lenovo's power management which seems to be the only way to keep the CPU fully clocked; fine, it's not system intensive.

This isn't my backlit LED keyboard gaming laptop as it's mainly for web related work though it's a huge step-up. The bios is so quick that when I replace the mech drive with a 256GB Flash drive I'm sure it'll boot in ten seconds flat (I do PC work on the side and have done many SSD upgrades).

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  • 11/29/2013 10:25:16 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Laptop

Pros: Excellent screen
Excellent touchpad
Excellent keyboard (chiclet, but much nicer than pleb-tier Mac keyboards)
Fast processor
Enough memory
Slim, light (I wasn't really looking for this feature though)
Pretty good for gaming

Cons: Low battery life
Windows 8 (I switched to Crunchbang)
Okay screen resolution

Other Thoughts: I'm a computer science major in college, and this laptop has fulfilled all of my expectations and then some. It's slim, fast, and came at a very reasonable price. With Linux on it, it's amazing, except the Linux Catalyst drivers for the Radeon graphics card aren't very good. The battery life doesn't last very long, but it's a slim laptop, so i understand that they slimmed up the battery to save weight/room. However, I'm almost always next to an outlet, so that's not an issue for me. If I'm just browsing the web and programming in Linux, after turning the screen brightness down a fair amount, I can usually get around 4-5 hours out of the battery, although I'm doing a lot of power-saving customizations. In Windows 8, expect 3 hours of battery life.
Linux drivers are good for this laptop (the 3.12.1 kernel provided my ethernet and wireless drivers), and the Catalyst drivers for the graphics card are improving, so don't worry about driver support if you're going to be using Linux. If you stick with Windows, I would recommend going back to Windows 7 for now.

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  • Terri B.
  • 9/2/2013 5:10:54 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat computer

Pros: Shell- Etched hard plastic, great grip
Not heavy
Key pad layout

Cons: Battery life is low
Windows 8 (switched to 7)
No touch pad lock feature
Semi glossy screen (wish it was matte)

Other Thoughts: I love this computer, I am a first year college student going into medicine and this computer is able to handle the workload that I throw at it. Price is affordable which also helped in making my decision.

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