Lenovo ideapad 500s 80Q3002WUS is a 14” non-touch laptop with decent specs for its price. It incorporates Intel core i7-6500u dual core processor, 8GB DDR3L RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive. It also offers full HD display. However, it doesn’t come with CD/DVD drive and has integrated Intel HD graphics. Lenovo 80Q3002WUS not only offers performance for day to day computing tasks but supports photo and video editing as well. Though this laptop lacks discrete graphics, you can still play high end games like Overwatch, GTA V and Call of Duty Black ops 3 in low to medium details and setting. You can play Minecraft smoothly on this machine. If you are looking for similar priced laptop with CD/DVD drive and dedicated graphics then you can consider Dell Inspiron 14 i5458 laptop. It is a touchscreen laptop powered by Intel core i7-5500u processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB hard drive. It has switchable graphics- dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 920M with 2GB graphics memory and integrated Intel HD Graphics 5500. Graphic intensive tasks will be taken care by dedicated graphics. However, touchscreen display of this laptop supports max resolution of 1366 X 768p only. Both the laptops come with backlit keyboard. I7-6500u processor is slightly better than i7-5500u but processors are built with 14nm technology. i7-6500u operates with slightly higher base frequency ( 2.5-3.1GHz) while i7-5500u operates between 2.4 to 3.0 GHz range. Both the processors have 4MB of cache. Again, Lenovo 500s is non-touch laptop while Dell Inspiron 14 i5458 is touchscreen laptop.
If you are ready to switch to 15.6” laptop, you can get much better options to choose from. For example, you can consider Acer Aspire 575g which comes with Intel core i7-6500u processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive. It comes with dedicated NVIDIA Geforce 940MX with 2GB GDDR5 video memory and its display supports 1920 X 1080p resolution. This Acer laptop has CD/DVD drive and backlit keyboard with dedicated numeric keypad. Note that the keyboards of both, Lenovo ideapad 500s 80Q3002WUS and Dell 14 i5458, lack numeric keypad.
All the above mentioned laptops come with Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system.
Lenovo 80Q3002WUS comes with 8GB DDR3L RAM (onboard) but the memory is not expandable further. In case of Acer Aspire, you can expand memory up to 32GB. Dell 14 i5458 touchscreen laptop comes with 2 memory slots and the memory is upgradable up to 16GB. Dell laptop has removable battery while Lenovo 500s has integrated battery.
The 14” display of the Lenovo laptop supports max resolution of 1920 X 1080p and it is not a touchscreen laptop.
Ports and connectivity features of Lenovo ideapad 500s 80Q3002WUS include 2 USB 3.0, 1USB 2.0, HDMI, RJ 45 and SD card reader. It lacks Type C USB 3.1 port which is available with Acer laptop. The Lenovo laptop comes with webcam as well.
The network connectivity is supported by Gigabit Ethernet, Wireless ac and Bluetooth. 3 cell lithium ion battery offers up to 5 hours of battery backup, depending upon usage.
Lenovo IdeaPad 500S 80Q3002WUS is a good laptop with few drawbacks. It is not a touchscreen laptop and lack dedicated graphics. It also doesn’t have optical drive. With Windows 10 OS you don’t need a touch interface though and you always use an external USB based optical drive. If you are comfortable with a 14” touchscreen laptop at lower budget and reduced performance then you can consider Dell 14 i5458 laptop. It has inbuilt CD/DVD burner and it comes with dedicated numeric keypad. But then the laptop comes with 1TB traditional drive while Lenovo offers a faster 256GB solid Sate drive.