Introduction

Lenovo ideapad 500S-13ISK 4405U is very similar to its brother 500S-13ISK 6200U that we reviewed recently and gave our silver award to. It is basicly the same laptop with a bit less costly features resulting in a lower price. Is this laptop still good? Lets find out.

Quick key facts

ideapad 500S-13ISK 4405U ideapad 500S-13ISK 6200U
Display 13.3″
1366 x 768 pixels
13.3″
1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor Intel Pentium 4405U Intel Core i5 6200U
Graphics Integrated Intel® HD 510 Integrated Intel® HD 520
Memory 4 GB 8 GB
SSD 128 GB 128 GB
Weight 1.5 kg 1.5 kg

Technical specifications

ideapad 500S-13ISK 4405U ideapad 500S-13ISK 6200U
Display 13.3″
1366 x 768 pixels
TN
Anti-glare
13.3″
1920 x 1080 pixels
IPS
Anti-glare
Processor Intel Pentium 4405U
2.1 GHz
Turbo: No turbo
Cores: 2 (4 Threads)
Max TDP: 15 W
Intel Core i5 6200U
2.3 GHz
Turbo: 2.8 GHz
Cores: 2 (4 Threads)
Max TDP: 15 W
Graphics Integrated Intel® HD
Intel HD Graphics 510
Integrated Intel® HD
Intel HD Graphics 520
Memory 4 GB
DDR3L
1600 MHz
8 GB
DDR3L
1600 MHz
Max memory 8 GB
Memory slots: 1
Free memory slots: 0
8 GB
Memory slots: 1
Free memory slots: 0
SSD 128 GB 128 GB
Weight 1.5 kg 1.5 kg
Battery 2 Cell Li-Polymer
Up to 4.5 hours
2 Cell Li-Polymer
Up to 4.5 hours
Operating System Windows 10 Home
64-bit
Windows 10 Home
64-bit
Webcam 720p HD with Array Microphone 720p HD with Array Microphone
Network 802.11ac, 802.11n
Gigabit Ethernet
Bluetooth 4.0
802.11ac, 802.11n
Gigabit Ethernet
Bluetooth 4.0
Connectors 2 x USB 3.0
1 x USB 2.0
1 x HDMI
1 x RJ45
4-in-1 Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC)
Audio Combo Jack
2 x USB 3.0
1 x USB 2.0
1 x HDMI
1 x RJ45
4-in-1 Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC)
Audio Combo Jack

Display

The display resolution is acceptable to good, especially for a 13.3″ screen. This resolution is usually displayed on 15.6″ laptops, making it pleasant on a 13,3″. Full HD 1920×1080 resolution can be prefered not to have on a smaller screen.

Performance

The processor is quite good, especially for its price range. 6200U is ca 25% faster but its not noticeable for regular tasks. The 4 GB memory can be acceptable to good if you have normal needs of office and light to medium use of internet browsing. You can have photoshop, chrome and office open at the same time with only 4 GB. 8 GB is available to upgrade to, and is recommended in general to have. 8 GB would give more room for more tabs in your browser, and more programs open at the same time. The SSD makes starting Windows and programs quick and enjoyable.

 

Processor test

Cinebench R11.5 (Multithreaded)

Lenovo ideapad 500S-13ISK 4405U Lenovo ideapad 500S-13ISK 6200U
Score
(Higher is better)
2.5 3.1

 

Graphics test

Passmark 3D Graphics Mark

Lenovo ideapad 500S-13ISK 4405U Lenovo ideapad 500S-13ISK 6200U
Score
(Higher is better)
604 850

Noise

Lenovo ideapad 500S-13ISK 4405U is actually more often silent. The fan does speed up sometimes, but less often than on the 6200U version. 4405U does not have a turbo function on the processor which could be the cause of the lower noise. As before there is an SSD which is silent of course, which is perfect for a laptop. This laptop fan can be noisy, if you are really picky. For a silence enthusiast you can use the energy save mode, which slows down the processor a bit, but it not noticeable that often, but will make fan speed up even less often.

Mostly this laptop can be silent while surfing or whatching Twitch at 60FPS. What will make the fan speed up even in energy save mode, is to open many browser tabs at once, as in 15 tabs at once, or in some other way put much pressure on the processor.

Idle Silent
Surfing web Silent
Twitch / Youtube with HTML5 video Silent
First time using Windows Update Some noise (not recommended for silence enthusiasts)
Using some program that will use load processor to the max Some noise (not recommended for silence enthusiasts)

The character of the noise from the fan is gentle. No electrical noise or ticking noise.

Battery

The processor Max TDP is only 15 W, and has internal support for H264 decoding. Both 6200U and 4405U has support for hardware decoding of H265 as well, which will save a lot on the processor load and also battery.

Surfing with wifi 5 hours
Video 1080p (H.264) 5 hours

Conclusion

Lenovo ideapad 500S-13ISK 4405U is a also good laptop, especially for users who wants a pretty fast laptop, with low cost and low noise. Our satisfaction was also decided by its small size, low weight, pretty good speakers, and good wifi. The laptop recieves our silver award for a laptop that can be well recommended. For a gold award, the touch pad clicks need to be adressed so it would make much less distracting clicks noises in a quiet environment. Battery life is good, but not excellent.

Pros

Low cost
Low weight
Low noise
Good performance on processor
Low temperatures
Pretty good speakers
Wifi supports newer AC-standard

 

Up to you

Not full HD display
4 GB memory

 

Cons

Touch pad button clicks needs to be much quiter
Display brightness could be a bit better
Battery life could be a little bit better
Gaming performance is low

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