Pros

  • Great keyboard and decent performance
  • Surprisingly good audio for a netbook

Cons

  • No mobile broadband or 5ghz 802.11n option
  • On the pricey side for a netbook

At A Glance

With its large hard drive and stylish design, the IdeaPad S205 offers a consumer-focused (but equally appealing) alternative to the excellent ThinkPad X120e.

Manufacturer’s Description

Lenovo IdeaPad S205 notebook features AMD Fusion E350 dual core Processor( 1.60GHz 1MB), 11.6-inch 1366x768 widescreen panel, 4GB of DDR3, ATI Mobility Radeon 6310 graphics with HDMI out and up to 500GB hard drive.

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number 103829U
Processor
Processor type AMD Fusion
Processor speed 1600.0 MHz
Cache size 1.0 KB
Processor count 2
Display
Display size 11.6 inches
Display type Glossy LCD with LED Backlight
Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels
Storage
Drives included 1.0
Drive size 500.0 GB
Hard Drive Speed 5400.0 RPM
Other storage
  • Memory Stick
  • SD/MMC Card
  • SDHC Card
  • xD-Picture Card
Drive type Hard Disk Drive
Battery
Vendor Rated Battery life 5.0 hours
Ports and Connections
SDHC Card or Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) 1.0
SD/MMC Card 1.0
MultiMedia Card (MMC) or MultiMediaCard (MMC) Yes
Ethernet Type 10/100 Mbps
Wireless connection 802.11 n/b/g
Video Interfaces
  • HDMI
  • VGA
Slots
  • Memory Stick
  • SD/MMC Card
  • SDHC Card
  • xD-Picture Card
Memory
Memory size 4000.0 MB
Memory type DDR3
Memory speed 1066.0 MHz
Dimensions
Width 11.4 inches
Depth 7.5 inches
Height 1.5 inches
Weight 3.1 pounds
Weight with Accessories 3.6 pounds
Sound
Speakers Stereo
Storage Media
XD picture card 1
Memory stick Memory Stick
Included Software
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Other Features
Docking Station Port No
Devices
  • Built-In Microphone
  • Built-In Webcam
Input devices
  • Keyboard
  • Touchpad (multitouch)

Performance

Overall Performance
WorldBench 6 Score 55.0
Battery
Battery Life 5:21   (hh:mm)
Office Productivity
Web Browsing 799.0   seconds (lower is better)
Office Suite Use 535.0   seconds (lower is better)
File Compression 440.0   seconds (lower is better)
Content Creation
Image Editing 884.0   seconds (lower is better)
GPU Graphics Rendering 620.0   seconds (lower is better)
CPU Graphics Rendering 1526.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Encoding 466.0   seconds (lower is better)
DVD Burning 402.0   seconds (lower is better)
Video Editing 389.0   seconds (lower is better)
Power Usage
Idle power usage 8.4   Watts
Sleep power usage 0.0   Watt hours
Off power usage 0.0   Watt hours
Gaming
Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 800 by 600 26.76   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Medium, 1024 by 768 26.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 800 by 600 16.48   Frames per second (higher is better)
Unreal Tournament 3, Highest, 1024 by 768 17.06   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 800x600 11.4   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, High Quality, 1024x768 8.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 800x600 20.2   Frames per second (higher is better)
Far Cry 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 17.0   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, High Quality, 800x600 13.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, High Quality, 1024x768 13.1   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 800x600 17.3   Frames per second (higher is better)
Dirt 2, Low Quality, 1024x768 16.9   Frames per second (higher is better)
Multitasking
World Bench 6 Multitasking 894.0