Lenovo IdeaPad S500-20248 Touchscreen Ultrabook

Lenovo IdeaPad S500-20248 Touchscreen Ultrabook is core i5-3337u equipped 15.6” touch screen laptop that is available at Microsoft store at an attractive price of $499 (on sale). Installed with 4 GB memory and 500GB hard drive it is attractively priced.  Let us have a look at the features of this Ultrabook.

With this price, user will get dedicated graphics NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M graphics and Intel HD Graphics 4000 switchable graphics. This certainly enhances the performance of the laptop to many folds. Especially those, who are looking for affordable gaming rig, may consider Lenovo IdeaPad S500-20248 as under $500 i5 laptop.

Lenovo IdeaPad S500-20248 specification and performance

As expected, IdeaPad S500-20248 features plastic throughout interior and exterior build and comes with brushed aluminum accent. The touch pad has been placed little offside. It comes with Lenovo’s proprietary Accutype keyboard which holds a dedicated numeric keypad.  This ultrabook is 0.9 inch thick and weighs around 5.3 lbs, which makes it easily movable. The bezel houses 720p HD webcam.

Despite Plastic cover, Lenovo IdeaPad S500-20248 offers mid-level Intel core i5-3337u ultra low voltage processor which is a dual core processor. It is clocked with 1.8 GHz and the frequency can rise up to 2.7 GHz due to Turbo boost technology. It also features hyperthreading, thus two physical cores appear as 4 virtual cores and can handle multiple threads. It comes with Integrated HD 4000 graphics. Paired with Discrete NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M graphics, it allows users to play current PC games like Gird 2, Tomb Raider, Star craft 2 :Heart of the swarm, Dota 2, Company of heroes 2, Saint Rows IV in low to medium details and settings.  User can run applications like Adobe CS6 photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Premiere Pro. However, if you are focused on video editing, a quad core i7 processor with SSD would be recommended for you.

Lenovo S500-20248 comes with conventional 500 GB , 5400 rpm hard drive and 4 GB PC3-12800 DDR3 SDRAM 1600 MHz RAM. Windows 8 OS comes preinstalled in the HDD. 15.6″ HD LED backlit glare touch screen display offers 1366×768 resolution.

When it comes to ports and connectivity features, Lenovo S500-20248 comes with  1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0 , HDMI,  Headphone output/Microphone input and RJ-45 to support Gigabit Ethernet LAN. No VGA port is available. There is 2-in-1 media card reader. Display port is not available with the ultrabook. Audio is supported by Dolby Advanced Audio v2.

Networking feature is supported by Gigabit Ethernet LAN and 802.11 b/g/n wi-fi.  Bluetooth support is missing.

4-cell lithium-ion battery pack provides up to 5 hours of battery life.

Pros of Lenovo S500-20248 touch screen Ultrabook

If you consider the current price ($499), it is extremely affordable i5 laptop or ultrabook with dedicated NVidia graphics.

Touch screen

Cons of Lenovo S500-20248

No Bluetooth support

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