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Lenovo Ideapad S500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 reviews of Lenovo Ideapad S500. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the battery and price. The portability and performance are also mentioned favorably. The usability and screen get mixed reviews. Some have doubts about the reliability and sound.

design, performance, portability, price, battery

energy, durability, sound, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Lenovo Ideapad S500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Florian Glaser (

Total War: Rome II Benchmarked


Fun or just frustrating? Following the current trend, Creative Assembly and SEGA released their new epic strategy game before it was quite ready. Gamers are registering complaints about performance issues, texture problems and other sorts of bugs. You...

A further thank you goes to Crucial for providing the 480 GB M500 on which Windows 7 Professional 64-bit is installed

Sep, 2013

Expert review by : Sascha Mölck (

Review Lenovo IdeaPad S500 Touch 59372927 Ultrabook


Average. Lenovo offers with the IdeaPad S500 a new ultrabook with

Good application performance; Sufficient for games; 24 month warranty; SSD cache

The fan creates a disturbing buzzing/whistling sound; Low-contrast, dark screen; Difficult to maintain; GPU throttling under full load

The battery capacity of the IdeaPad is average for normal 15.6-inch notebooks. Despite this fact the notebook reaches only below-average runtimes. Keep in mind: The device has a ULV processor.

Sep, 2013

Consumer review (

Still Love this Laptop


If you intend to research or work or light work, this is the right laptop for you. Gamer people better look somewhere else.

I have owned this laptop for almost two years now and i still love it ; The touch screen works great, it's light, it's sleek, and has a big screen

have to connect to my internet almost every time i turn it on ; Barely ever the screen forgets it's touch screen and i have to close it and open it up again ; Maybe this is a con but i don't mind it lacking a cd-rom

Feb, 2015

Consumer review (

Lenovo S500 (59371478)


It is a very good computer for those who are not tech savvy but are looking for a functional sleek laptop. I bought it for my girlfriend who is a college student constantly writing papers and using the internet. For that its runs great. Most of the...

Light, powerful for its price. Has touch screen. Good for those who do a lot of work on laptops, and travel

Issues staying connected to wifi. Windows 8.1 cannot be loaded without several steps being taken. Not recommended for gamers or those who are looking for more power from their machine

Mar, 2014

Consumer review (

Looked Good on Paper


I tried to rate this fairly despite the laptop dropping dead after the first week. A USB drive was plugged into one of the ports and the laptop shutdown. The next day, the same thing happened but then the laptop wouldn't power on after that. Before you...

Nice clear wide screen ; Wide keyboard with number pad ; Touchscreen is kinda fun ; Thin design ; Windows 8 performed nicely ; SD card reader

Touchscreen smudges ; Flimsy LAN port cover - totally unnecessary and annoying ; Irregular square power jack ; Power brick gave the impression of low quality ; See other thoughts

Dec, 2013

Consumer review (

Good Laptop


Nice touchscreen easy to use. Needs a longer battery life. Usually lasts about 3 hours. Touchscreen has locked up twice and had to reboot but I may have been moving to fast for it. Other that that no problems.

Aug, 2013

Product Specifications


Audio system:Dolby Advanced Audio / Dolby Advanced Audio 2 / Dolby Advanced Audio 2.0 / Dolby Advanced Audio v2 / Dolby Home Theater v4 / HD / HDA
Built-In Microphone:No / Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker power:1.5 / 2


Battery capacity (Watt hours):48
Battery life (max):5 / 6
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:48
Number of battery cells:4


Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3 / 1


Energy Star certified: Yes
RoHS compliance: Yes
Wi-Fi certified: Yes


Cable lock slot: Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Chassis Type:SFF
Colour of product:Black / Black, Silver / Black, Silver, Stainless steel / Grey, Silver
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Plastic
Placement supported:Horizontal/Vertical
Product colour:Black, Silver / Black, Silver, Stainless steel / Grey, Silver
Product Type:Notebook / Ultrabook
Water cooling system: No


3D: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:35.6 / 39.6
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Display Surface:Matt
HD type: No
LED Backlight: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:No / Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive


Discrete graphics adapter:No / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1050 / 1100 / 1200
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166 / 412
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):3840 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (eDP - Integrated Flat Panel):3840 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):3840 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (VGA):2880 x 1800
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics / Intel HD Graphics 4000 / Intel HD Graphics 4600
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), DVI, HDMI, VGA (D-Sub) / DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)


Full-size keyboard: Yes
Island-style keyboard: Yes
Numeric keypad:No / Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Spill resistant keyboard: Yes
Windows keys: Yes


Internal Memory:4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):8
Memory clock speed:1333 / 1600
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 4 / 1 x 8 / 2 x 4
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM / 2x DIMM / 2x SO-DIMM


3G: No
4G: No
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100 / 10,100,1000
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi:No / Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):300
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:DVD±RW / No
Optical drives quantity:1

Other features

64-bit computing: Yes
Audio system:Dolby Advanced Audio / Dolby Advanced Audio 2 / Dolby Advanced Audio 2.0 / Dolby Advanced Audio v2 / Dolby Home Theater v4 / HD / HDA
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d, VT-x / VT-x

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Display included: No
Keyboard supplied: Yes
Mouse included: Yes
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes


Motherboard chipset:Intel H81
Product Type:PC

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Line-in: Yes
Line-out: Yes
Microphone in:No / Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
Serial ports quantity:1
SmartCard slot: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 2 / 4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1 / 2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:65
Power Supply:180
Power supply input frequency:50/60
Power supply input voltage:100 - 240


Bus type:DMI / DMI2
Conflict Free processor: Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):18 / 19 / 20
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:No / Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM
Memory voltage supported by processor:1.5
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM70 Express / Intel HM76 Express / Intel HM77 Express
Number of Processors Installed:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processor boost frequency:2.7 / 3.1 / 3.4
Processor cache:2 / 3 / 4 / 6
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Haswell / Ivy Bridge
Processor Cores:2 / 4
Processor family:3rd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 4th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / Intel® Celeron® / Intel® Pentium®
Processor frequency:1.6 / 1.8 / 1.9 / 2 / 2.9
Processor lithography:22
Processor Model:1017U / 2117U / i3-3217U / I3-3227U / I5-3337U / I5-4460S / I7-3537U
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Celeron 1000 series for Mobile / Intel Core i3-3200 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-3300 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-4400 Desktop series / Intel Core i7-3500 Mobile series / Intel Pentium 2000 series for Mobile
Processor Socket:BGA1023 / Socket H3 (LGA 1150)
Processor threads:2 / 4
Stepping:C0 / L1 / P0
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):17 / 65

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22
Idle States: Yes
Integrated 4G WiMAX:N / Y
Intel 64: Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:No / Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:No / Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology: No
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA):No / Yes
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP): No
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel TSX-NI: No
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT): No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):No / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):No / Yes
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):No / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):No / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):No / Yes
Intel® Insider™:No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / Y
Intel® Iris Pro Graphics: No
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST): No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):No / Yes
Intel® OS Guard: Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):No / Yes
Intel® Smart Cache: Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):No / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Yes
OS Guard: Yes
Processor ARK ID:65697 / 71469 / 72054 / 72055 / 72057 / 75192 / 80818
Processor code:SR0N9 / SR0VQ / SR0XF / SR0XG / SR0XL / SR10A / SR1QQ
Processor package size:31 / 37.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX / AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes
Thermal solution specification:PCG 2013C


Cable lock slot:N / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint Reader: No
Password protection: Yes
Password protection type:BIOS


Operating System Architecture:32-bit / 64-bit
Operating system installed:No / Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8
Recovery operating system:WINDOWS 10 PRO
Trial software:Microsoft Office 2013


Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD
Hard Drive Capacity:500
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA II / Serial ATA III
Hard Drive Size:2.5 / 3.5
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memory:16
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache type:SSD
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity:500
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Number of storage drives installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:24
Solid-state drive interface:mSATA
Storage Media:HDD / HDD+SSD / Hybrid-HDD
Total Storage Capacity:500 / 524

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:25.9 / 26.6 / 32
Height :2 / 2.1 / 2.3 / 29.5
Height (front):6
Height (rear):2.3
Weight:2.1 / 2.3 / 2.4 / 4.1
Width:38 / 38.2 / 9