Tuesday, 02 August 2011 10:20

Lenovo’s IdeaPad S205 delivers Fusion on a budget - Benchmarks and Conclusion

Written by Nermin Hajdarbegovic

Review: Great value for money is no small matter


Here are the customary GPU-Z and CPU-Z screens:



In 3Dmark06, the Lenovo scores 2215 3Dmarks. Of course, the E-350 and HD 6310 combo are not intended for gaming, but the real value of having a modern DX11 GPU lays in HD playback, which Brazos handles much better than Atom chips thanks to the UVD 3 engine. Of course, it would even be possible to run some old games on the E-350, but lackluster battery life would be an issue.


Naturally, the E-350 can’t hold a candle to contemporary high-end processors in more demanding tests like Cinebench. However, nobody outside a mental health institution would even consider using it for offline 3D rendering or anything nearly as demanding.



Hitachi’s 250GB hard drive delivers good transfer rates, albeit with subpar access times.



So, the S205 is a mixed bag to say the least.  Clearly its biggest drawback is limited battery life and the fact that Lenovo was forced to ship a bulky 6-cell power pack, thus increasing weight and adding unnecessary thickness to an otherwise sleek design, only to deliver unimpressive results. The touchpad is a bit too small for my taste and upgradability is also an issue.

However, although the IdeaPad S205 has its fair share of shortcomings I will go out on a limb and recommend it - and here is why - it offers unbeatable value for money, plain and simple. No 11.6-incher comes even close in terms of pricing, let alone performance, including models based on ancient single-core Atoms and Athlons. Roughly comparable models usually retail for €50 to €100 more. In fact, the closest competitor is Lenovo’s own U160 with an Intel U5400 dual-core, which is practically identical to the S205, but costs a bit more.

Let me put it this way: €259 will hardly buy you a decent phone, or a half-decent tablet, but it will buy you a cute ultraportable notebook that can easily meet the everyday needs of most users.

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+2 #1 AMD 2011-08-02 15:53
The keyboard looks different. There are extra keys, and the X and Y keys are exchanged. It would be hell on earth to use.
+5 #2 nele 2011-08-02 16:30
Quoting AMD:
The keyboard looks different. There are extra keys, and the X and Y keys are exchanged. It would be hell on earth to use.

Depends on the market - you're looking at a German keyboard, hence a few awkward keys here and there.

The layout isn't that bad, apart from the "Fn" key on the left.
0 #3 Blizzard 2011-08-02 18:05
The Price is wonderful ;-)
0 #4 Nooblet 2011-08-03 02:57
looks like a good bang/buck, but i am extremely doubtful of its quality.

4 yrs ago, my gf (along with everyone in her class at the university she studies) bought some junk lenovo tablet PC for $3000 cdn that overheats, had constant hardware failure, crashing vista OS, dying batteries for the whole duration of her degree.

now that the warranty is expired she's now left with... i guess a reliable room heater for the upcoming winter, until it disappear in a BAAAAAAAAAAANG.

anyways, feel free to flame this post.
0 #5 Bl0bb3r 2011-08-03 10:14
No flaming, those were good points.

Basically buyers are advised to first wait for more reviews and customer experiences with this cheap product than plunge head first into buying it.

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