It is the endurance of its 70Whr battery and the power of its 6-core processor that first draws attention to the Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ARE05 (81YQ00A8FR). But these are not its only strengths. Behind its light and rather thin gray case, power is required with 8 GB of RAM and hybrid storage (512 GB SSD) to support the powerful processor, a powerful package capable of meeting almost all users in the context everyday use with a bit of creation and play. Added to that is an anti-glare borderless screen, full connectivity with USB Type-C, a fingerprint reader and a backlit keyboard and compact measurements. On the other hand, the screen is unfortunately installed on a TN panel and not IPS … a big black point at this level.
Specifications of the Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ARE05 (81YQ00A8FR)
|Screen (s)||15.6 “Full HD LED 250 nits (1920×1080, anti-glare)|
|Processor||AMD Ryzen 5 4500U Renoir (2.3 GHz, 6 cores)|
|RAM installed||8 GB DDR4 3200 MHz (soldered)|
|Graphic card||AMD Radeon RX Vega 6|
|Storage||512 GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD|
|Connectivity||2 USB 3.2 1 USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen1, power, DisplayPort), HDMI 1.4, SD / MMC|
|Network||Wi-Fi ax (2×2), Bluetooth 5.1|
|Windows Hello||Yes, via fingerprint reader|
|Audio system||2 2W Dolby Audio speakers|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home 64-bit|
|battery life announced / Battery||11 hours / Li-Polymer 70Whr|
|Weight / Dimensions (mm)||1.66 Kg / 356.6 x 233 x 17.9|
Chassis, connectors, screen of Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ARE05 (81YQ00A8FR)
The new Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ARE05 (81YQ00A8FR) is the direct descendant of the Ideapad S540. Like him, its case plays the card of robustness with a polished aluminum finish with a beautiful effect on the back of the cover but the plastic is still de rigueur inside. The design opts for a consensual color (Mineral Gray) with a uniform silver tint although slightly darker on the back of the cover. Note that Lenovo has endowed the back of the cover with a structured and uncluttered architecture with cut edges and a logo relegated to the lower corner in contrast.
The 15-inch format can be considered for the nomadic world. Its weight oscillates around 1.6 kg on the scale and its frame is compacted to a thickness of 17 mm and a format of 356 x 233 mm. The keyboard is backlit in two -tone white for easier typing in the dark and includes a number pad.
Around the screen, Lenovo has sought to slightly refine the borders but without being borderless, which does not detract from the charm of the PC. We open on a 15.6-inch screen that deploys a Full HD definition (1920 x 1080 pixels) whose high display density offers all the latitude to view content in High Definition and to enjoy a perfectly clear image at the naked eye. On the other hand, we are not dealing with an IPS panel but with a more basic TN, causing reduced approach angles and unreliable colorimetry. This is hardly surprising at this price point.
Posted on each side of the ultrabook, the connection plays the card of variety in the age of minimalism with an HDMI output and three USB ports including two USB 3.2 and a USB 3.2 Type-C which supports the power supply (you can recharge the PC via USB-C) and video stream (DisplayPort). For data exchange, recent wireless WiFi AX and Bluetooth 5.1 modules are also on the menu. A fingerprint reader takes care of Windows Hello authentication, simple and secure.
Performance, battery life of Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ARE05 (81YQ00A8FR)
The Lenovo IdeaPad 5 15ARE05 (81YQ00A8FR) houses a major AMD Ryzen Renoir (2020) processor, the low power Ryzen 5 4500U Hexa Core . This shows a significant increase in performance compared to the Ryzen 5 3500U (2019), thanks in particular to the number of cores which increases but also to the finer engraving used. Basically, it allows scores close to an Intel Core i7-1065G7 on simple tasks (web, word processing, video playback) but takes the advantage when it comes to exploiting multi-cores, in particular in more resource-intensive tasks such as video editing, exporting or occasional photo retouching, where its 6 cores clearly take the advantage.
Opposite, the RAM provides 8 GB RAM (welded, non-scalable), the minimum at present to enjoy comfortable multitasking, without being too demanding.
The graphics chip is entrusted to an AMD Radeon Vega 6 integrated into the CPU. Its capabilities are more than enough for everyday work and the tasks listed above and even allows for a few games from time to time on games that are not graphically demanding. Most will require you to make some concessions on screen definition and / or details.
For its part, the storage is entrusted to a 512 GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD which will bring a welcome dose of responsiveness to the system. Compared to a standard mechanical hard drive, is is quieter, more robust and energy efficient, and allows Windows to achieve remarkable smoothness with short load times and zero latency execution. What’s more, its capacity is nothing short of ridiculous and can accommodate a good chunk of your game library although some may not find it sufficient.
Finally, the ultrabook can count on a Li-Polymer battery of 70 Whr, which should ensure more than 10 hours of web browsing via Wi-Fi continuously. Note that the PC is supplied with a 95W USB-C charging cable, allowing you to recharge quickly but be aware that this will block the only USB-C port.