Inside Lenovo Ideapad 5 (14) – disassembly and upgrade options
This is one of the best ultrabooks for the money, both in terms of built quality and performance. However, upgradability is definitely not one of its strongest points.
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14
- AMD Ryzen 3 4300U
- AMD Radeon RX Vega 5
- 16GB RAM
- 1000GB SSD
1. Remove the bottom plate
A total of 7 Torx-head screws are holding this notebooks bottom panel in place. Interestingly, the back ones remain attached to the plate after you undo them, while the front four can be taken away. So, as soon as you unscrew them, you can start prying the panel from the front left corner, as seen here.
Our unit came with a 57Wh battery pack, although there is a 45Wh unit also available.
3. Memory and storage
Sadly, the memory is soldered to the motherboard, but as we saw on the 15-inch version, the chips will be configured in dual-channel mode if you buy the 8GB or the 16GB version of the notebook. Additionally, it works at 3200 MHz, enhancing the AMD experience. In terms of storage, there are two M.2 slots – one of them fits 2242 units with speeds of PCIe x2, while the other can hold 2280 device, running with 4 PCIe lanes. According to Lenovo, they can work only one at the time, but we can’t confirm that.
4. Cooling system
Cooling-wise, you get not only one, but two heat pipes, and a pretty big fan.