The Lenovo IdeaPad S500 – 59371478 is a thin-and-light notebook with touchscreen functionality and an Intel Core i3 processor. The S500 – 59371478 belongs to the recently released IdeaPad S500 series, characterized by a 15.6-inch display with 10-finger input support and 720p resolution, 0.9″ thin metal chassis with the ergonomic AccuType keyboard on it, and affordable pricing.
Since it’s an inexpensive notebook, priced at $560, the model lacks some advanced features such as keyboard backlight, but in other aspects it offers admirable features as well as decent performace for everyday use. Lenovo’s S500 – 59371478 runs on the 3rd Genearation i3-3227U ULV processor and its Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics, with help of standard-sized 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive. The notebook lacks an optical disc drive, but it has three USB ports, 2-in-1 media reader, and HDMI out. For Internet connectivity, the provides usual 802.11n Wi-Fi and Gigabit LAN. For sound, there are stereo speakers and Dolby Advaced Audio, while for Skype and other video chat services the laptop provides a 720p web camera.
The keyboard with ergonomically curved keys has a 10-key number pad on the right side and is spill resistant, but unfortunatelly, it doesn’t have backlight. The trackpad is on somewhat small side and has physical “mouse” buttons on it.
The combination of the i3 ultra-low voltage processor and a 4-cell 48Whr battery delivers power autonomy of more than six hours, according to Lenovo. A good thing about the battery is that it’s user removable, so you can swap it with an additional one for even longer run time.
Interior of the notebook is sliver-colored, while the lid and bottom are dark gray.
If you like the 15.6-inch form factor with touchscreen, but want more computing muscle and a higher-resolution screen, you can check out the 780-dollar Toshiba Satellite P55t-A5202 with a 4th Gen Core i5 and 1080p display. Also, there are many other touch-enabled notebooks on the market today.