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

5 Comments

  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

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