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Lenovo G505s (59378837) Notebook AMD A-Series A8-5550M (2.10GHz) 4GB Memory 500GB HDD AMD Radeon HD 8570M 15.6" Windows 8

  • AMD A-Series A8-5550M (2.10GHz)
  • 4GB Memory 500GB HDD
  • AMD Radeon HD 8570M
  • 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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  • Nathanial A.
  • 1/29/2014 5:55:49 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent machine for the price.

Pros: -Quad-Core APU @ 2.1GHz
-Phenomenal integrated graphics
-Reasonably capable discrete GPU
-Surprisingly light
-Very thin (0.5" at front, 1.0" at rear)
-Full chiclet keyboard w/ number pad
-One cover (three screws) gives access to RAM, hard drive, CPU, GPU, and fan.
-Gigabit LAN
-Decent battery life when used properly (see Other Thoughts)

Cons: -Case feels a little bit on the flimsy side. Not enough to dock an egg for, but just enough to be noticeable. Lenovo probably could've made this sturdier without making it heavy.
-Only 4GB of single-channel RAM. Would've preferred 6GB/8GB, or 4GB dual-channel, since the integrated GPU takes a full 1.25GB of system RAM for itself, leaving the system a little bit memory-starved.
-Left edge of keyboard heats up when using the discrete GPU, just a little too warm for comfort.
-Power brick gets unusually warm when using the computer under load for a significant amount of time
-Comes with Windows 8.
-Occasionally spacebar will not register when hit. Frustrating when typing (i'vehad to correct several errors in this review already - error left uncorrected intentionally)
-Trackpad is very sensitive (need to disable for gaming)
-Trackpad click keys are a little bit loud
-No way to scroll using trackpad. This is really my biggest complaint with the system, it would be nice to be able to use the trackpad for scrolling.

-On arrival, system would not recognize battery. The battery contacts had a thin layer of what I can only describe as dirt or corrosion on them, preventing them from making good contact.Rubbed them clean with a folded piece of paper, and the battery has worked great ever since.

Other Thoughts: -Battery lasts 3-4 hours when not using discrete GPU, but only about an hour when running graphics-intensive applications.
-No physical switch to turn off wireless card. Not really a con, just unexpected
-Processor stays clocked around 2.8GHz under load (lower than max turbo clock of 3.1GHz, but significantly higher than stock clock of 2.1GHz)

-Immediately upon receiving the computer, I updated the BIOS, removed the hard drive, and installed a different hard drive loaded with a fresh install of Fedora 16 (Linux). Fedora recognized all of the hardware except for the wired network adapter out of the box, no modifications needed. I have since switched to Windows 7 (very easily), and all of Lenovo's drivers provided on their support site work beautifully.
-Screen resolution is only 1366x768. Not really a con, because of the price, but would've preferred a 1600x900 or 1920x1080 display.


For the price, this is a phenomenal machine. It provides adequate gaming performance (all the games I've tried on medium or high) in a lightweight, portable package. I highly recommend this laptop to people looking for a portable multi-purpose laptop that can handle light to moderate gaming. If using this laptop for moderate gaming, I strongly recommend only doing so while plugged in, and configuring the computer to run the processor at max clock and force applications to use discrete (and ONLY discrete) graphics (selectable in AMD driver software).

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  • Nicholas F.
  • 1/28/2014 12:54:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent Laptop

Pros: +4 core CPU+GPU
(decent multi-tasking and gaming capabilities for the price)
+Maintenance hatch
+Lenovo energy management software isn't completely useless
+Got it on sale

Cons: -The first batch of these had an issue with the BIOS where the fan wouldn't kick on a higher setting to dissipate more heat from the CPU+GPU.
The enter key has to be pressed FIRMLY to get an input.

-The BIOS problem is available to fix from Lenovo's site via their driver download section for BIOS. These two features are the only thing making it lose an egg. If neither of these bother you, consider it 5 eggs.

-I personally don't mind the BIOS update, but this Enter button is ANNOYING. (hopefully not all are manufactured with these issues by the time you're reading this)

Other Thoughts: I bought this as a primarily internet/video/moderate gaming laptop for my girlfriend. It does what it is supposed to now with the BIOS updated.

I took out the mechanical hard drive and threw in one of my older solid states, re-applied thermal paste to the CPU+GPU, and installed Windows 7.
It runs pretty smooth, and runs most games at medium settings smoothly. (24+ FPS)

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  • Karim E.
  • 1/13/2014 2:57:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Slim, Light, Good Battery Life, and Fast.

Cons: No Bluetooth and I had to update the bios to prevent overheating.

Other Thoughts: Once you get the Laptop, go to Lenovo.com and update the bios for this computer. It doesn't take very long and once you do, the laptop will stop trying to melt itself on your lap.

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  • John M.
  • 12/25/2013 7:54:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsMeh...

Pros: Seemed like a good price.

Cons: Missing Bluetooth. Listed in specs on Newegg's site - not included in laptop.
Integrated and Dedicated GPU functionality - Dedicated GPU must be individually setup for each application. Apparently only supports DirectX applications.
Only 3.3GB of usable RAM - apparently still needs system RAM for integrated graphics. Slow 5400 rpm hard drive.

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  • Thomas R.
  • 12/19/2013 7:52:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Great budget laptop for entry level on-the-go gaming and general work/business-type things.

Cons: -Dedicated GPU cannot be standalone, only disabled
-APU/GPU together only work in DX11 games which already have a high bar for power consumption
-Slow HDD (5400 500gb)
-Low/Slow memory (4gb 1600)
-Windows 8 (not a fan)
-HEAT HEAT HEAT (see other)
-Screen quality - meh

Other Thoughts: Now that you get the gist of what I am getting at, I will exclaim what all I have figured out that brings this otherwise perfect piece of hardware, into the ground.

We will address the cons first.

- While the GPU cannot be utilized by itself, it only uses the APU/GPU in DX11 supported programs and gaming, most DX9-10.x stuff will run perfectly fine on the APU.

-Let's be honest, the factory HDD is slow as balls. I fixed this by upgrading to a 500gb (I don't store tons of things on a moving object...) 7200rpm SSHD 4gb. This not only yields a faster spindle rate which will increase read/write, it also has 4gb of memory for storing frequently used programs for instant access, further increasing speed.

-Memory memory memory, the 4gb is comes with is garbage, plain and simple. Find yourself a good set of dual 4gb 1600mhz memory, the APU loves dual channel.

-Windows 8, had it all of 10 minutes after receiving this in the mail.

-Heat, lets discuss heat and how to fix this major, major, should-have-never-happened issue. First step is to update the BIOS. Goto Lenovo's website, find the laptop drivers for the BIOS, install, it fixes an issue that keeps the fan from running.
Second step, this may or may not be good for some people. Take the three screws out of the bottom panel for access to the HDD and memory, now look at where the fan is. Notice there is zero air supply to the fan? Where does it get this mythical air from? Mark with a sharpie a cutting path around that fan area on the plastic cover you removed, take a dremel, and cut that out. Goto office depot, get a small desk-top mesh trash can, cut it apart, flatten it out, and paste it to that plastic cover to keep debris, and large objects out of the fan. My temps prior to this would hit 100c+ and shut down. Now they are lucky to hit 50c gaming on FFXIV.

-Screen quality will always suck. It is very washed out compared to other laptops I have had.

I hope this helps, it was driving me nuts with the heat and slow peripherals. The memory and HDD really make this laptop come to life. I picked it up for $400, put another $130 into it, and I feel that a $800 laptop can't touch this.

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  • Hankyul R.
  • 12/13/2013 7:28:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsHow I feel after I got this..

Pros: 1. Thin
2. Nice-looking
3. Light
4. Has brand new apps that old Window 8 doesn't have
5. Low price with graphic card and other things

Cons: 1. Lack of RAM (only 2GB...)
2. Less than 500 GB memory..
3. I have used this for a week and at least one time per a day, it shouts down automatically.. Pis. s. ing me so much, lost all my work.... Please fix this!!

Other Thoughts: I was afraid because I read reviews after I ordered this computer. But, it's not that bad enough to get 1 rated. They are just mad so they yolo, so if you really like to buy, I would suggest you to but don't blame me

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  • Bryan B.
  • 11/21/2013 1:55:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUpdate On Stay Away

Pros: Worked great for 25 days.

Cons: My new Lenovo G505 had a screen issue shortly after purchasing the laptop (25 days). Because I was out of the country for a month I was not allowed to return it to NEWEGG because of their return policy. I advised in a review to STAY AWAY! I can only add to that warning by saying that after sending the laptop to a certified Lenovo repair center that Lenovo refused authorization to repair the laptop and said that it would have to be done at my own expense. Lenovo DOES NOT stand behind their product. STAY AWAY, STAY AWAY, STAY AWAY!!!

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  • shaun l.
  • 11/20/2013 6:13:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsGreat laptop update the bios!

Pros: Got it from Neweggs E b a y store for $429!
Dedicated gfx
No heat issues once the bios was updated

Cons: Only 4GB ram def need 8GB in dual channel!

Other Thoughts: Everyone looking for a solution on overheating go to Lenovo's site and dl the latest bios (Nov3rd) it helps with the fan issue and the fan comes on when it starts to get warm I also applied Artic Silver 5 to the heatsink

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  • Josh S.
  • 11/11/2013 2:46:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsupdate: i'd still buy it again

Pros: does what i need it to. allows me not to be tied to a desk all day.
upgrade to windows 8.1 is free for windows 8 users? at least you can boot right to your desktop after that even if the start button doesn't have the old start menu and is just a waste of space on the task bar.

Cons: fan problems. it doesn't seem all that unusual for the fan to "forget" to start cooling when it needs to.
if you use lenovo's energy management to swap the power settings back and forth (high performance to balanced then back to high performance for example) it seems to kick the fan on so it will start cooling.
it's not really a fix but it's easy to do and better than letting the laptop overheat.
windows 8.1 is still lame even if slightly less so.

Other Thoughts: 3 eggs to balance my earlier 5 egg rating down to a 4 overall.

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  • Nathaniel S.
  • 11/10/2013 7:43:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsAverage, Sub-par, Not for Gaming.. Ever.

Pros: None.

Cons: This is a sub-par laptop with inadequate cooling, very low amount of RAM (4GB), a horrible OS, and unusable Crossfire graphics.

-The cooling on this laptop is terrible; The laptop's APU(CPU+GPU) features Turbo Core, which automatically increases its speed when there is enough thermal overhead to allow it. Any games that require heavy CPU usage will eventually (sometimes within a minute) lower the clock speed to its normal state (1.8~1.9GHz).

-The 4GB of RAM (1600MHz DDR3) that comes stock with this laptop is inadequate for gaming.

-Windows 8.0-8.1 is horrible, even for mobile devices. The overall amount of clutter and inability to quickly access even basic programs (such as Calculator, Run, Search) is almost absurd.

-The dual graphics that is advertised is not true "Crossfire", but a hybrid that is load balanced. This load balancing throttles the dedicated 8570 GPU to match performance of that of the integrated 8550, and as a result, lowers the overall performance of the graphics system. Low performance is due to both GPUs trying to maintain access to the system RAM. There is no way to disable the integrated GPU and solely use the dedicated GPU, which would be of greater performance result. The Catalyst software only allows for the dedicated GPU to be disabled.

Other Thoughts: -Investing in a second 4GB, 1600MHz stick of RAM is bittersweet. It does provide a 20~% increase in performance due to enabled Dual-Channel mode, but is bottlenecked by the high temperature outputs and inability to fully utilize the APU+GPU graphics system.

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