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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Of the budget laptops we've come across recently, the G500s is one of the better-performing examples.

For £400 you have in your hands a laptop that can happily handle all your everyday tasks. It's nicely specced, looks unpretentious and you can probably run this for a good couple of years without worrying too much that you didn't spend an extra £2-300 on a more powerful model.

We liked

Its real-world performance was generally very good - even with multiple browser tabs open and other applications running at the same time we never really saw a loss of speed.

It's got a great specification too, so no matter what you need to use your laptop for - whether it's burning discs, working on a second display or transferring files faster than ever, thanks to SuperSpeed connections - you're covered. The price is quite reasonable too.

We disliked

Inevitably, a budget laptop will have some corners cut here and there. The most obvious of these, and the one we liked the least, is the keyboard. It's just not really up to scratch, and even a constant hammering of the keys resulted in mis-presses. It's a shame really, because there's nothing particularly wrong elsewhere, aside from a slightly unimpressive screen.

Final verdict

Budget laptops were the dogs of the computing world a few years ago, but it's amazing what you can pick up for the cash these days.

The Lenovo G500s, with its pokey processor, generous memory offering and large hard drive makes it terribly good value for money.

The only problem you have is whether to go for this, or save £50 and go for the slightly less powerful AMD version - the G505.

Alternatively, and we admit this is a little bit of a curveball, if you really like the look of the G500s but want a little bit more processing power, Lenovo does offer the ability to customise it to suit your needs. It could get expensive, though.

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