Pros: Runs really smoothly and pretty good graphics card. Great laptop for its price.
Cons: A little trouble with the processor speed. ** When laptop was charging, processor speed dropped to ~1GHz at maximum performance setting; when laptop was running on battery, processor speed was ~2.45 GHz (which is normal)
Overall Review: I've been searching online at this issue and found a solution: Apparently it's a faulty bios in Lenovo G505s.
If you have this issue, look at this forum: http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Lenovo-3000-and-Essential/G505s-slow-CPU-speed-whilst-charging/td-p/1255661/page/6
Lenovo staff gives the solution there on how to fix the issue. Basically, Lenovo released a BIOS 2.05 version, which fixes this issue. You can find the new BIOS at: http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/research/hints-or-tips/detail.page?DocID=HT080664
I hope this helps others with the same issue!
Pros: I have built 3 of these for different customers. I replaced the terabyte hdd with SSD and the Samsung drive was good enough to put in a caddy for a backup. Awesome machines. Not sure about it with 8.1 I have made it work for other customers, I prefer windows 7, more useable with less waste, imo.
Cons: It does not come with a windows 7 coa. grin
Overall Review: If you want a decent quad core in a laptop this one is great for most everything except high end gaming, but then who wants a laptop for that?
Pros: - Great gaming performance on a budget.
- Good battery life.
- Huge Hard Drive.
- Windows 8 (free upgrade to 8.1)
- Fingerprint resistant casing all around.
- 6 Gigs of RAM
- Can run crysis :D
Cons: - Requires Bios update out of the box. (Check a few earlier reviews for the link).
- Bad touchpad placement.
- Gets fairly warm while gaming (not too badly).
- No touchscreen sadly
- No backlit keyboard
- Casing attracts certain types of dust that may be hard to clean later on.
Overall Review: Previous reviews have done this laptop justice but I needed to emphasize certain things.
1. As a university student I'm using this for my schoolwork as well as gaming. This laptop has an APU which means that the graphics are part of the CPU. In order to maximize your performance I suggest that you all should another 4GB RAM stick to replace the 2GB stick inside. It's a simple install and improves your system tremendously.
2. The casing of this laptop feels really good and it looks sleek. It is also very fingerprint repellent but it does have certain areas that dust can gather. But hey it's better than fingerprints all over the laptop.
3. A bios update is required out of the box as putting it to charge will make the laptop run slow. The update fixes that issue. But I don't like doing bios updates since it means that my system is most vulnerable at that point. It's slightly scary doing it but it's a fairly simple and quick process. Just plug in the laptop and make sure it's over 70% battery to be safe.
4. Windows 8 is actually beautiful on the screen. But what it really needed was a touchscreen. But for the price I'm fine with not getting a touchscreen.
5. There are not many lights on this laptop. In fact it looks very dark and sleek most of the time especially in the nights. Most of the light comes from the screen, and there are two small power lights at the very front. Also the Lock keys (Num, Caps) have tiny leds in them to help. A backlit keyboard would have helped tremendously in this regard. Hopefully they will start making budget laptops with backlit keyboards.
6. Many times I find myself accidentally touching portions of the touchpad when gaming or typing. It's slightly to the left which is odd since they should cater to people who use their right hands as well. If it was in the middle it would be better.
Pros: Thin and fairly light
Although the chassis is plastic, seems to be solid
Comes with Battlefield 4
Cons: CPU seems fairly unimpressive
5400rpm HD is slow
Screen isn't very good at all
Needs BIOS update out of the box
BF4 runs somewhat poorly even on LOW settings
Touchpad/buttons are miserable
Overall Review: I needed a new laptop to replace a 5 year old HP that had a 1.9ghz dual core Athlon, and 3gb of ram after the mother of my alleged child smashed it to bits in a fit of rage.
Looking for laptops around $500, I came across this Lenovo G505s here on Newegg, and did a little research. Being somewhat of a gamer, I noted that AMD's APU should perform substantially better in game than a comparable I3/I5 with Intel's integrated HD graphics, so I figured I'd give it a shot.
Basically, I sacrificed a little extra CPU power, as well as a 1080P touchscreen for this Lenovo with the A10-5750m/8650G hoping to play a few games here and there, as well as crunch down on my homework, watch movies, etc.
Right out of the box, the laptop has an issue running correct CPU frequency while being connected to AC power. v2.05 BIOS update solves this issue.
Windows 8 seems to be somewhat slow on this laptop, at times even annoyingly so. On my old dual core Athlon laptop, I had a virtual copy of Windows 8 installed, and it wasn't a whole lot slower...
Far Cry 3 seems to run *decent* on medium settings, but BF4 needs to be played on low in order for it to be fluidly playable. I can't understand why AMD would bundle a game with this laptop just to demonstrate how poorly the APU performs. :P
I know I can't expect the world from a $500 laptop, but considering the budget display, CPU performance, slow HD, etc, I feel as though this laptop should fall closer to $400.
Also, the touchpad / mouse buttons on this thing are atrocious. I've been tinkering through the mouse settings trying to get everything ironed out, but so far I haven't had complete success. While navigating through Windows with the touchpad, it keeps jumping from screen to screen just about every time I move the mouse pointer, and it drives me absolutely nuts. I had to add a USB mouse to remedy this problem before I tossed the laptop out the window. I've also had problems in-game with the touchpad. The mouse sometimes seems to "freeze," and I've had problems with the left mouse button not working at all when the right mouse button is being held down. Very annoying.
All in all, had I purchased this laptop locally, I'd probably return it and look for something else, but according to Newegg's return policy they could charge me 25%, and I'm not trying to take a $125 hit just to return a laptop that I'm not very impressed with... You win some, and you lose some, I guess.
Pros: Price and overall internal components good. Audio was fine. wifi worked flawlessly on our open "N" network. Windows 8.1 navigation kinda sucks but overall good OS with no errors or issues so far. Was $80 off. 1 TB drive plenty.
Cons: Keyboard weak and can be seen visibly sinking into computer. Not enough I will send it back yet. Setup time was stupendous. DVD tray weak and floppy. I advised father who will be owner to not even use it on his lap or bed for fear of snapping it completely off. He will only be using it on nice flat table or desk now. Power plug is reversible but looks AGAIN like the weakest point of the computer. I want to cuss about laptop power connectors, there is no reason they cannot make them good. Apple is the only decent one I know in this "realm".
Overall Review: Lenovo adds their icons and programs on the right of taskbar until setup, then you can lock it into taskbar on the left with the rest of it's friends. Lenovo makeshift start button replacement is very nice and easy to navigate. I could grow to like it more than windows 7 start button. I am yet to crank it up to full processing power. It seems a bit laggy. I think that is due to "laptop hard drive" running at power saving 5400 rpm. Obviously doesn't compare to my other two desktops that are near instantaneous. Price point was acceptable vs quality and components. I chose lenovo over HP due to multiple nightmarish incidents with 3 of their laptops my in-laws bought.
Pros: Fast and large hard drive for the price.
Cons: Needs the BIOS updated to 2.05 or later. Download it from Lenovo website.
Overall Review: If you buy it make sure to update the BIOS. There are power problems with anything below version 2.05. Noticeable on games mostly.
-Fast & Impressive
-Purchased for Mobile Gaming; Thoughts - Can Run WoW @30~ FPS in open world/flying using Good settings, can level/grind using High Settings. Untested in Raids, but in dungeons no problem! Plays Hearthstone Fine, some stutering, but again its in beta. I can Play League of Legends using Med-High Settings and be content with whats going on..although Ive only tested it during one game.
Cons: MY NUMBER ONE ISSUE THAT HAS GONE UNRESOLVED (I need this laptop, and dont have the time to send it back and get another one, etc.) The Left/Right Click beneath the Touchpad are uneven. Looks nearly broken..and feels very awkward, although it 'works.' I use a mouse, but for the investment I expected better.
-Heat! Very hot, even with a Cooling Pad
Overall Review: A great investment overall for someone on the go that wants casual gaming, or something to watch netflix on/get college tasks completed.
Pros: Same as my 4-egg review except the screen issue.
Cons: After one month of ownership, the screen flickers once in a while and the screen quality diminished. I can see faint vertical lines when there are bold colors.
Overall Review: I am hoping those are the only problems.