Inside Lenovo Yoga 500 – disassembly, internal photos and upgrade options

This flexible little companion offers neat features with a budget-friendly price tag, but somehow modest upgrade options. Maybe mainly due to some design limitations, but at least the teardown is just as modest. You will just need a screw and a small plastic tool to completely disassemble the notebook or just gain access to the most commonly upgraded hardware.

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1. Opening the bottom cover

You need to do some unscrewing and after that try to pop out the bottom piece with a thin plastic tool or credit card of some sort. Luckily, there no cables that need to be removed so go ahead and detach the cover.

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2. Upgrade options, Wi-Fi module, battery

The notebook comes with Seagate 500GB SSHD (8GB SSD + 500GB HDD running at 5400 rpm) or at least the configuration we are currently reviewing. If you need additional storage, you will need to swap the current SSHD with another 2.5-inch storage device like HDD or SSD. No M.2 SATA SSD slot, unfortunately, but quite acceptable at this price range. Right next to the drive you can see the 45Wh battery with model name L14M3P21 manufactured for/by Lenovo.

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Going up the motherboard can be seen the Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160 Wi-Fi module and one RAM chip covered with a black sticker, which in our case is 4GB. You will have to swap the 4GB chip with another 8GB chip if you want to perform an upgrade, since there is only one RAM slot provided.

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wsiko
wsiko
6 years ago

Hello, how can I remove the keyboard?

star painter
star painter
6 years ago

i can upgrade to 16 giga with 1 Dimm ram

PSX
PSX
6 years ago
Reply to  star painter

hi, did the 16GB ram work well. does your system show it actually has 16GB available?

Conny Linängen
6 years ago

Is it possible to change cpu? I know the 500 have several cpu options but want to know if its possible to change or if the cpus are permanent?

Dimitar Karamitev
6 years ago

Hello, Conny Linängen!

To the best of our knowledge, such an upgrade is impossible. It is always best to plan in advance – you know how fast technology changes and, for this reason, it’s always good to be on the safe side and pick a model with decent CPU specs.

Regards,

Dimitar Karamitev

Alford Chong
6 years ago

Can I upgrade the RAM to 16 GB with a single 16 GB SODIMM RAM stick? E.g http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-Single-PC3L-12800-SODIMM-CT204864BF160B/dp/B0123BRIDK

Miles
5 years ago
Reply to  Alford Chong

No it can only withstand 8GB RAM max

Borro
6 years ago

Can I change the battery, my model hay a 30 Wh and is to small

Abdallah
Abdallah
5 years ago

ive got a yoga with 256 GB of SSD can i add an HDD?

Vbn
Vbn
3 years ago
Reply to  Abdallah

Why would you ? It’s stupid to degrade the best

ashwib
ashwib
5 years ago

Does it have 1 slot or 2 slots for ram? Is it upgradable to 8 GB through 4GB*2 ram!?

Luke
Luke
5 years ago

Is it version with backlight keayboard? If yes could you tell me which tape is from backlight connection?

Toni G
Toni G
5 years ago

Hi! In your article you wrote that this one has limited storage upgrade possibilities. What does the two options you mentioned really mean. Or said in another way, I need as much storage as possible (256 GB or more) and with less affect on the work speed. What do you suggest?

Quote: ” If you need additional storage, you will need to swap the current SSHD with another 2.5-inch storage device like HDD or SSD. No M.2 SATA SSD slot, unfortunately, but quite acceptable at this price range.”

Regards Novice

Sashi
Sashi
4 years ago

I have the exact model as in this illustration… My question… Is this 4GB ram shouldered to board? Secondly how to purchase a suitable and reliable 8GB ram in India..

Sailesh
Sailesh
3 years ago
Reply to  Sashi

It’s not soldered to board.u can buy compatible 8gb at any retailer just match the voltage and don’t buy entry level product buy better quality stuff

yang
yang
4 years ago

how do i fix mt lenovo flex 10 that is not charging and not coming on