Lenovo IdeaPad 5 / 5500U review

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Lenovo IdeaPad 5 / 5500U review

In this review we want to present you the new Lenovo IdeaPad 5 with a new Ryzen 5500U Mobile-APU.
The new 5500U is not a Zen 3 processor, it is still based on the “old” Zen 2+ (like 4500U) process/uarch, but it still comes with some changes which makes it slightly better compared to its predecessor the 4500U.
In this review we will compare some of its features/options to our “Lenovo ThinkPad L15” and “Acer Aspire 5” laptops.

Let´s start with an overview and system Info of the laptop:

  • Lenovo IdeaPad 5
  • Ryzen R5 5500U (Lucienne) (6 cores / 12 threads)
  • 16 GB DDR4 / 3200 MHz (22-22-22-52)
  • Vega 7 / 7 CU @ 1800 MHz
  • 512 GB Samsung NVME 4x
  • 1x USB-C (with PD and Displayport 1.4), 2x USB-A 3.0, 1x HDMI 1.4b, sd-card-reader and an headphone jacket
  • keyboard with backlight (2x options)
  • Display B140HAN04.E (60Hz, non-glare display with Freesync)
  • Alu-body
  • Dolby Audio Stereo
  • Wifi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1
  • 56.5Wh battery

The biggest difference to the old 4500U is the enabled hyper-threading and the slightly bigger and also higher clocking Vega 7 (instead of the 4500U Vega 6)

The first touch of the laptop:

The laptop has an aluminum body which does not bend at all. It looks very good and is very solid. The keyboard has a good touch too and has a backlight which can be switched in 3 modes (full-light, dimmed and off). It is not as bright as our Acer Aspire 5 keyboard, but you can easily see it at day/night and it has a more blue light instead of the clear white (Acer Aspire 5).

The body is very hard to open up (still good stabilty) for maintenance/configuration, but if you are fine with the Samsung 512 GB NVME, then there is no need to open it up since the dual-channel RAM is fully onboard and can´t be expanded.

The display is a B140HAN04.E, which supports freesync with the pre-installed AMD driver (Ver. 20.40.22.01-*-Lenovo)
The viewing angle of the display is very good and it is also (for a rather “affordable” consumer laptop) bright enough to work outside with the matte-display.

The Dolby Audio Stereo system really suprised us, the sound is very good (especially for a small 14″ laptop) and you can easily hear the difference between right/left sound.
Due to the low-profile nature of the laptop the sub/low-frequencies could be a bit better, but since this soundsystem is better than 95% of all the laptops i heared, in my opinion this won´t be a downside at all.

Game Benchmarks

Info: All tests where performed on the bios setting “intelligent cooling”!

Game (Aspire 5 vs Ideapad 5)4500U5500U
3dmark Firestrike (link)2361 pts.3006 pts.
Deus Ex MD33,338,1
Rise of the Tomb Raider42,9149,11
Strange Brigade3035
The Division 22434
The Witcher 32328
Gamebenchmarks average FPS

Game infos (Windows gamemode on):
Deus Ex MD / 720p – low – DX 12
ROTR / 1080p – low – DX12
Strange Brigade / 1080p – low – DX12
The Division 2 / 1080p – low – DX12
The Witcher 3 / 1080p – low – DX11

3dmark 5500U vs 4500U

Special and CPU benchmarks

We also made some special tests and included infos which most of our fans and user asked for (Website + Youtube)

CPU-Z benchmark (performancemode)
Crystal Diskmark
DisplayCAL
DPC-Latency

Heatmap and batterie test

Heatmap after 15min of gaming/cinebench

Cinebench R20 – Batterymode performance test
We now show you the difference and STAPM (powerlimit) of the laptop when using the different battery-power-modes.

EnergysavingMore efficiencyBetter performanceHigh performance
1616165430013110
6,5w6,6w19w19w
Pts. Cinebench R20 Multi (CPU-test)

Anno 1800 STAPM / battery test

EnergysavingHigh Performance
50,75 (22,085w max)54,03 (25,005w max)
Anno 1800 (dx12 + integrated benchmark + game mode disabled)
Workloadoverall powerdrawbattery-time (55wh)
Idle~7w~7.40 hours
Idle (low disp.)~4,8w~11.30 hours
Office~9,2w~5.50 hours
Youtube~14w~3.55 hours
Gaming~ 20w
(3 games average)
~2.45 hours
Max load~29,5w~1.50 hours
Average power draw + max powermode + max display

If you don´t put the display to the maximum brightness you can easily save 1-2w powerdraw. We still show the max display-powerdraw results, since we want to show the “worst-case”.

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Conclusion

We were suprised to get the Ideapad 5 with the 5500U so fast and for a rather cheap price (we payed 699€ for pre-order). Since even the Acer Aspire 5 we used for daily tasks gets more and more expensive we where happy to snatch such a great deal.
The CPU upgrade of the 4500U helps a lot in big tasks, the gaming performance also raised by a good chunk (~25+%), the better mobility and more charge possibilities (Power Delivery USB-C) will let us now use the IdeaPad 5 with the 5500U as our main laptop for daily tasks and work.
It also stays silence (in normal workloads) and rather quiet (in games) as long you don´t force a hard benchmark on it.

Good job! to Lenovo to keep up the good work with the AMD Ryzen series laptops and the usefull usage of battery-modes.

Recommended Buy for Laptops in the >750€ price range for user who needs good portability, no dedicated GPU but still want to game from time to time 🙂

 

2 Antworten

  1. Pavle sagt:

    Very great review, but does the laptop have a fingerprint id scanner?

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