How to open Lenovo IdeaPad 5 (14″, 2022) – disassembly and upgrade options
Soldered memory and uncertainty around the storage options are the highlights of this laptop’s upgrade options.
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14
- AMD Ryzen 3 5425U
- AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (R4000/5000, 15W)
- 8GB RAM
- 512GB SSD
1. Remove the bottom plate
To access this notebook’s internals, you need to undo 7 Torx-head screws. Then, pry the bottom panel starting from the back.
2. Remove the battery
Inside, we find a 56.5Wh battery pack. It lasts for 12 hours and 30 minutes of Web browsing, or nearly 11 hours of video playback. To take it out, you need to unplug the connector from the motherboard. Then, undo the two Phillips-head screws, holding it in place, and untangle the speaker cable from the bottom part of the battery.
3. Upgrade memory and storage
Here, the memory is soldered to the motherboard. You can get a maximum of 16GB of DDR4 RAM, working at 3200MHz. Storage-wise, there is one M.2 PCIe x4 slot. Weirdly, there is something that looks like a second slot, but no official information says that it uses two M.2 ports for storage.
4. Cooling system
The cooling comprises two heat pipes, a fan, and some metal heat spreaders for the VRMs.
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 (14", 2022) in-depth review
Lenovo has spent the past year thinking about how to make the IdeaPad 5 and Legion 5 more premium. And you know the maxim - if you want to make something look more expensive, just slap more metal on it. Like the Legion 5, the IdeaPad 5 (14", 2022) now comes in an aluminum shell. Contrary to the situation with the gaming device, the IdeaPad still offers you the option for a plastic base. Nevertheless, the more interesting choice you get is Intel vs AMD. However, while Team Blue is represented by the latest 12th Gen chips, AMD only supplied the refreshed Zen 3 CPUs. Albeit it's weird, [...]
- USB Type-C charging, SD card, and M.2 PCIe x4 drive support
- Reasonably comfortable keyboard with optional backlight
- No PWM (Innolux N140HCA-EAE (CMN140A))
- Comfortable viewing angles and good contrast ratio (Innolux N140HCA-EAE (CMN140A))
- Decent performance and good cooling
- Pretty long battery life
- Optional all-metal design
- Covers only 54% of sRGB (Innolux N140HCA-EAE (CMN140A))
- Memory is soldered to the motherboard