Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14ALC05 review (AMD Rzyen 7 5700U)– budget ultrabook, updated


  1. Etienne

    November 23, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    Thanks for the accurate review.

    In Europe, Lenovo seems to sell another model named "IdeaPad 5 Pro Gen 6 (14" AMD)" (with reference IdeaPad-5-Pro-14ACN6-82L7006TFR.

    According to the spec from their website, it has a 100% SRGB screen.

    I'm a bit confused. It seems the 14ACN6 version would be an improvement above the version you tested (14ALC05)?

    It is currenlty available in France at 1100€ with 5800U and 16GB ram, do you think it could be worth for the price given the specs?

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 23, 2021 at 8:40 pm

      Sounds alright. The screen on the 5 Pro is 16:10, around 400-nits and 100% sRGB. Also, the thermal design of the 5 Pro is a little improved over this one here. Not cheap at 1100 EUR, but good value nonetheless.

      • Etienne

        November 23, 2021 at 9:17 pm

        Thanks for your advice
        Price is the downside indeed, my initial budget was more around 800-900€.
        Maybe it is worth waiting a bit more for potential price drop or other equivalent models.
        Tough choice..

  2. Marc

    January 13, 2022 at 1:32 am

    Nice review, thanks!

    I can get it for 560€ (R5 5500U and 16GB RAM w 512SSD). I think it's a pretty good deal. I'm a web designer and developer, and I plan to use it as secondary laptop for home, paired with an external monitor if I've to work. Since sometimes I have to edit images or test websites and it has the 45% NTSC, I'm doubtful. It will happen very few times, but my designer eyes will notice it.

    It's a pity because the hardware for the price is an amazing deal.

    On the other hand, it may be good to have a "real world" screen to test designs and websites as many people view them. Because my primary machine is an amazing Legion 5 Pro.

    I could also get the Ideapad 5 15" with same specs but R7 5700U for 640€. But it will have the same screen issues and I will loose a bit of home-sofa-comfort-portability. So it's probably not worth it.

    I can't find any alternatives at this price range. I considered an Asus ROG Zephyre G14, but it's nonsense for a second laptop. Others with similar specs and better screens start from 800+ or more. And at certain point, it makes more sense to get a Macbook (second hand?).

    Given the very few cases I'll have to edit with it due to the external monitor, and its amazing price for its hardware, do you think is a good deal?

    Massive thanks for your work!

    • Andrei Girbea

      January 13, 2022 at 11:27 am

      if you can live with the screen, yes, it's a very good deal

  3. John

    April 3, 2023 at 2:21 pm

    Bought an IdeaPad 5 with Ryzen 5625u its definitely got a terribly washed out IPS panel for the mid level model. Seems more like something you would find on a cheaper base model. I also found the Ryzen was a lot slower on battery then on AC power which apparently is by design to improve battery life. Even setting to performance doesn't help that much. Keyboard is just OK, touchpad just OK as well, a little over sensitive to tap inputs. Audio good with top mounted speaker in front of screen. I got a model with only an aluminum screen cover; the bottom case is all plastic and bottom case is really thin plastic. It creaks when you pick it upholding the bottom. Very cheesy for a mid range laptop. At a discount it's a decent laptop, I wouldn't pay retail for it.

  4. Eric B

    July 27, 2023 at 4:36 am

    Excellent review. I picked up a model in late 22 at Best Buy USA. It was called an Ideapad 1:custom build for Best Buy. It really is nice. I was impressed with speed of Ryzen 7 5700 and 12gb memory. The FHD screen 1080 lcd ips looked good to me. However, it is not as vivid as an oled screen or phone like the Samsung flagship. I find the picture very nice. I thought it was a great value. It was on sale for $640 down from 800.

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