The 15.6-inch Lenovo G505 – 59373013 is a part of the PC maker’s 2013 Essential G-series lineup, characterized by entry-level components and affordable prices. The 330-dollar G505 – 59373013 is based on the latest AMD computing technology, in particular on the quad-core A6-5200 processor and its Radeon HD 8400 integrated graphics.
According to PassMark, performance of the A6-5200 sits somewhere between the entry Intel Pentium 2020M and i3-3120M. This is a good result considering its power consumption of 25W, whereas the mentioned Intel parts consume 35W. On the other side, the A6 is slower than the 17W i5-3317U with two cores, but that chip is used in more expensive ultrabook laptops. In case of the A6-5200, having four cores instead of two doesn’t mean great performance improvement over Intel dual core chips, since the AMD part allows only one computing thread per core. As opposed to that, the Intel i3 and i5 support up to two threads per core. In addition, the A6 doesn’t offer any turbo mode, as opposed to the i5 with TurboBoost tech for automatic overclocking.
Other important ingredients of Lenovo’s G505 – 59373013 are 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive, which are the most common sizes in the budget notebook category. The G505 has an old-school DVD burner, a common screen resolution of 1366 by 768 pixels, and a six-cell battery. These specs are very ordinary on the present laptop market and expandability and connectivity set doesn’t bring any surprises either. There are three USBs, HDMI and VGA, a card reader, 802.11n wireless and Ethernet LAN. For sound, Lenovo has provided stereo speakers and Dolby audio technology, while for Skype and other video chat apps it provides a 720p web camera.
Outwardly, the G505 brings a new look, but it doesn’t differ much from the previous Essential-series design. It retains simplistic and utilitarian chassis with black plastics and sharp edges, as well as AccuType keyboard with ergonomically curved “smile” keys and physical click buttons below the trackapd. A big plus for the keyboard of the G505 – 59373013 is its spill-resistance, a feature usually reserved for business-class notebooks. Another positive thing is that the chassis surfaces are matte, so they don’t attract fingerprints much and are easy to keep clean.
Overall, the admirable performance and feature set make this laptop model worthy of serious consideration for everybody. And for those on a seriously limited budget, the G505 – 59373013 with its $330 price tag (Best Buy) is a no-brainer, because for that amount of money you will hardly find a better 15.6-inch laptop.
Lenovo G505 – 59373013 Specifications
- Display: 15.6-inch diagonal, 1366-by-768 pixels resolution
- Processor: AMD Quad-Core A6-5200 at 2GHz, 2MB L2 cache, 25W
- Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 8400
- Memory: 4GB DDR3 RAM at 1,600MHz, expandable to 8GB
- Storage: 500GB HDD at 5,400rpm
- Optical drive: DVD burner
- Webcam: Yes, 720p
- Audio: Stereo speakers, Dolby Advanced Audio v2 technology
- Network: Wireless-N (802.11n Wi-Fi), Ethernet LAN
- Input: Spill-resistant AccuType keyboard with number pad, multi-touch trackpad with physical buttons
- Ports and Slots: 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, HDMI-out, 2-in-1 card reader (SD/MMC), headphone/mic combo, VGA
- Battery: 6-cell lithium-ion
- Dimensions: 1.3 x 14.8 x 9.8 inches
- Weight: 5.7 lbs
- OS: Windows 8 OS
- Warranty: 1-year