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Lenovo Ideapad S205

Lenovo Ideapad S205
alaScore 87

358 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 358 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the screen and battery. The design and performance also get good reviews.

keyboard, performance, design, battery, screen

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Lenovo Ideapad S205 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 358 reviews)

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Review Lenovo IdeaPad S205 (Fusion) Subnotebook


Netbook plus. Atom is out - Fusion makes the better mobile compan

Slim case; Pleasant stable keyboard; Quiet operation

Reflective 12.5 inch screen; Low office performance; Poor screen rates; Increased temperatures during load; Poor stereo speakers

Movie suitable subnotebook with a good battery life at (almost) the price of a netbook.

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Lenovo IdeaPad S205


Any opportunity to remind laptop shoppers of Lenovo's IdeaPad line is a welcome one. While the company is best-known for the vaunted ThinkPad brand of business laptops, the younger IdeaPad line of consumer-targeted systems may be one of the best-kept...

The Lenovo IdeaPad S205 has a typically excellent Lenovo keyboard and a sharp design that belies its budget origins.

The touch pad is on the small side, and the same components can be found for a little less if you shop around. The system also includes a surprising amount of adware.

Combining AMD's excellent ultraportable Fusion platform with Lenovo's consumer-friendly IdeaPad designs, the S205 is a solid, if unexciting, 11-inch laptop ideal for on-the-go Web surfing.

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Lenovo IdeaPad S205


The Lenovo IdeaPad S205 is a speedy, oversized netbook that can serve as primary laptop, but this configuration is a bit pricey compared to others in its class.

Good performance. Excellent display, keyboard. Plentiful storage space, RAM for a netbook. HDMI port onboard

Small touchpad. Unimpressive battery life. Pricey configuration


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Lenovo IdeaPad S205


Powered by AMD's Fusion APU, Lenovo's affordable IdeaPad S205 provides solid performance and portability.

In the low-cost ultraportable space, the Lenovo IdeaPad S205 is a solid middle-of-the-road pick. For more than $400 less than the latest 11-inch MacBook Air, you get a handsome design, spacious keyboard, and cool-running temperatures. However, the...

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Lenovo Ideapad S205 Review


To Lenovo, there is hope yet for the netbook form factor. Among its recent releases is the Lenovo Ideapad S205, a netbook in skin and size only. At heart, it's a notebook. Photos by Brian Chua.Specs: AMD Dual Core E-450 (1.65GHz, 1M L2 Cache, 1066MHz)...

Fits in almost any bag: you can bring this anywhere. Very light, despite the seeming bulky thickness ; Good keyboard, despite the size ; Suprisingly good sound, for a small thing ; Dedicated switch to turn off WiFi, to save on battery and shorten boot...

Small screen, you may have to bump up the fonts or the resolution. But that might limit the number of rows and colums you’ll see on a spreadsheet, or prevent a whole-page view on a document from being useful ; Keyboard not backlit, so either you get a...

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Lenovo IdeaPad S205


Ever since AMD's Fusion processors debuted at the beginning of the year, we've been excited about the next generation of low-cost laptops. Thanks to these genius creations, you can buy a lightweight, low-power machine that completely blows away the...

Solid build ; Nice display ; Decent graphics performance for price ; 3G connectivity option

Poor keyboard ; Mediocre battery life ; Battery juts out from the bottom ; Cramped touch pad

The Lenovo IdeaPad S205 has a gorgeous display and strong 3D graphics performance, but it ultimately disappoints with an underwhelming keyboard and mediocre battery life.

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Lenovo IdeaPad S205 reviewed- overall solid 11.6 notebook


The 11.6 inch standard is one of those form factors that blur the boundaries between netbook and notebook and many users go for this standard because the respective machines usually pack much better hardware th...

The S205 is a decent entry for the mainstream notebook market, as it packs AMD’s latest Fusion CPU and had HD graphics. The build, although from plastic, is pretty good and the keyboard feels much better than the ones on more expensive machines. But...

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Amazing laptop if you can get a good deal on it!


Although there is some bloatware, they've removed the Lenovo Smile dock and most of the other unnecessary stuff. I got a great deal on the laptop from the lenovo website. I paid under $500 for an AMD E450 APY, 750GB HDD, 4 gigs of RAM, 2 year warranty...

Amazing keyboard ; good performance for everyday use ; feels very sturdy and well built

Small keypad; would have liked multi-touch scrolling

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"Great laptop, but problems with charging let it down."


A lovely piece of kit, but clearly there are issues with the power supply, and Lenovo support is woefully inadequate. All in all this has been a disappointment. Purchased for my daughter just 3 weeks ago, it is currently unusable as it won't charge....

Small, lightweight, beautifully designed, and well specified for its price and size.

Charger has stopped working after a week. Replaced it with an alternate plug cable (same adapter) and it worked again for a few days, only to stop working again. I can only assume it has blown the fuse on both plugs.

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"Amazing laptop if you can get a good deal on it!"


Although there is some bloatware, they've removed the Lenovo Smile dock and most of the other unnecessary stuff.

Amazing keyboard

Small keypad; would have liked multi-touch scrolling;


Product Specifications


Convertible: No
DVD Writer: No
Embedded 3G/4G: No
Embedded UMTS: No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Hard Disk Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: Yes


Bluetooth: Yes
Card Reader:6 in 1 Card Reader / Multi Card Reader
Firewire: No
TV Output:No / Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:9
LED Backlight:Edge LED / No
Touchscreen: No
True Resolution:WXGA

General Features

Intel ® Centrino Technology: No
Intel Centrino Technology: No
Media Centre Edition: No
Netbook: No
Operating System Version:DOS


Brand of Graphic Chip:AMD
GPU Model (Graphic Card):Radeon HD6310 / Radeon HD6310M / RADEON HD6320


Chipset Brand:AMD / Unknown
Chipset Type:AMD Hudson M1 (A50M) / Unknown
Processor Brand:AMD
Processor Number:E-300 / E-350 / E-450