Lenovo IdeaPad S205


Just a new 11.6 inch netbook

Netbooks are still on the wave, even though tablets are the new thing nowadays. People continue to buy them especially since these devices are more affordable than others and easy to carry with you wherever you want to go. Lenovo launched such a new product this year and decided to call it IdeaPad S205. Does it work well? To answer this question we tested it and here is our review.

Easy to transport

Starting with the exterior of the latest netbook released by Lenovo, we saw that it was brown and came with a glossy lid made of plastic doubled by a cityscape finish which looked good. The deck includes a striated pattern; the latter kept fingerprints away from the device and felt good when we touched it with our fingers. The S205 netbook measures 11.4″ x 7.6″ x 1.0″ and has a weight of 1.49kg, which means that it will present no problem should you decide to take it with you at the airport, in the park and so on.Lenovo-IdeaPad-S205

Weak touchpad

The fact that the Lenovo IdeaPad S205 is installed with an 11.6″ display is a great thing, because the 1.366 x 768 pixels resolution helped us see Internet pages and whatnot in a better way than if it had only 10″. Returning to the way the product looks for this review, its keyboard is the usual island-style with well-spaced buttons, which make typing a pleasant experience. On the downside, the touchpad didn’t impress, because it was too small for our liking.

No DVD burner

In terms of features, the Lenovo S205 has plenty of them. The one thing it doesn’t have is an integrated DVD burner. Other than that, the speakers gave a good performance and the built-in 1.3-megapixel webcam offered decent-looking stills and videos; we especially liked the fact that it didn’t experience blurs and the microphone picked us up from a distance of 4 feet.
When talking about connectivity, the new IdeaPad S205 has the following: 3 USB 2.0 ports, 1 HDMI port, 1 Ethernet and 1 VGA. There’s also one microSD card slot which, during our test, read the majority of card formats.

AMD Radeon HD 6310M graphics

As for memory, we have 500GB of storage and 4GB of RAM, which were enough for our daily needs. The graphics card was an AMD Radeon HD 6310M one and the processor was 1.6GHz. The device sports Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium. The heat was dealt with in a good fashion: the netbook remained pleasantly cool for a period of 15 minutes.
From a performance viewpoint, the Lenovo IdeaPad S205 worked great. For that we had to thank the AMD processor, the RAM memory and graphics solution.
What we consider a drawback was the battery; this one, a 48Wh, is much smaller than others offered by other such devices; it delivered around 5 hours and a half of life.

Review conclusion

Review conclusion is simple. Should you want to get a new netbook, we recommend the Lenovo IdeaPad S205; you won’t regret buying it.

Technical specifications

Screen Size:11.6 inches
Processor Type:Unknown
Processor Speed:1.6 GHz
Processor Brand:AMD
Operating System:Windows 7 Edition Home Premium
Hard Drive
Hard Drive Size:320 GB
Computer Memory Type:DDR3 SDRAM
RAM Size:2 GB
Graphics RAM Type:DDR3 SDRAM
Graphics Card Description:AMD Radeon HD 6310M
Graphics Card Ram Size:512 MB