Impressive and affordable notebook
Display and Design
The Lenovo essential G505 (59-387133) arrives with an HD LED backlit display that offers a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels, also known as WXGA, on a 15.6-inch panel thereby making texts look a bit bigger than they actually are and videos a bit blur. The laptop is packed in a black body which is bound to pose problems in terms of portability courtesy its 34mm thickness. Only a standard touchpad and keyboard are present as the input options.
Processor and OS
Under the hood, the laptop carries the AMD Dual Core E1-2100 processor paired with AMD A68M chipset and clocked at 1.4GHz. The CPU is supported by a 4GB 1600MHz DDR3 RAM which is further expandable up to 8GB if you want better performance. Rich graphics is handled proficiently by the AMD Radeon HD 8210 GPU. The laptop runs Windows 8 OS which is really surprising considering the price at which it is available.
Camera, Storage and Multimedia
The Lenovo essential G505 (59-387133) boasts of a HD webcam on the front and meets the storage needs of the user with its 500GB SATA hard disk. You can also use the DVD RW Drive to play disks and burn info on them. The stereo speakers deliver Dolby Advanced Audio giving an ultra rich experience while listening to songs or playing games.
Battery and Connectivity
The laptop also impresses with its 4 hour continuous service with the 6 celll Li-ion battery. From the connectivity point of view, it has features like 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB 2.0 port, HDMI out, Bluetooth, WLAN, Ethernet, digital media reader and VGA port.
The Lenovo essential G505 (59-387133) is a good low end notebook with a bundle of features which are rarely available in many high priced gadgets. Those features include Dolby speakers, latest platform, impressive battery and 2 high speed USB ports. However, its configuration might not be able to support high-end multi tasking needs.