Lenovo G500s review

Lenovo's budget laptop returns for a second time with an Intel processor in tow, offering improved performance

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Benchmark results

3D Mark - Ice 23946, Cloud 2236, Fire 297
Cinebench - OpenGL 11.02 fps, CPU 1.80 pts

PC Mark Home battery test- 162 mins

In the realm of £350 - 400 laptops the results help us come to the conclusion that the G500s performs above its closest peers. It just goes to show that, although compromised of budget parts, careful selection has resulted in greater performance. This was confirmed in the real world where, although not perfect, the G500s does multi-task with ease.

Lenovo G500S review

It can't match the Core processors for grunt, as you might expect, since they have more cores, as well as hyperthreading and turbo boost tech to enhance performance when needed, but the Pentium does just edge past the equivalent AMD-powered laptops - in its nearest rival, the G505, as well as the Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite. It even shows the Acer Aspire P3 the door, and that's rocking a Core i3 processor - admittedly, a low powered version though.

Where it didn't seem to fare as well comparatively, is in battery life. A score of just under three hours in our benchmarking software under a mixed range of home-focused tasks isn't bad at all, especially since Lenovo only quotes four hours from the tiny four cell battery life.

But the G505 just had a little more juice left in it. Either version would be great for keeping you going for most of the day, though we would carry the charger just in case.

Gaming certainly isn't the G500s' strong point - the weedy on-board graphics struggling under pressure - though the 3D Mark score of 23,000 isn't all that bad, and the processor handles 1080p video fairly well, with just a little juddering.

Lenovo G500S review

The occasional web page was slower to respond than we would have liked, but it wasn't a total deal breaker.

And despite the lack of an SSD, the Lenovo G500s doesn't spend much time booting up - probably thanks to Windows 8 being just that bit zippier than its predecessor. The 8GB of memory helps, that's for sure.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Hard Drive Capacity1 TB
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD Graphics
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time4 Hour
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyEssential G500s
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Model2020M
Operating SystemWindows 8
Brand NameLenovo
Processor Speed2.40 GHz
Processor TypePentium
Screen Size39.6 cm (15.6")
Number of Cells4-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory8 GB
Weight (Approximate)2.49 kg
Cache2 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
64-bit ProcessingYes
Optical Media SupportedDVD-RAM/±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
vPro TechnologyNo
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Screen ModeHD
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesG500s
ManufacturerLenovo Group Limited
Product NameEssential G500s Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad
Product LineEssential
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number59389206
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lenovo.com/uk/en/
Marketing Information


Like your daily vitamin, the G Series comes with plenty of performance-boosting extras and is ready to help you take on your to-do list.


G Series systems can handle everyday computing tasks with panache. Get all the features you need for a low price. These PCs are comfortable serving as your primary laptop or as your second home computer.

Package Contents
  • Essential G500s Notebook
  • Standard Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year