Lenovo IdeaPad 510 Review

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Lenovo IdeaPad 510-15IKB 80SV00YCIH 15.6-inch Laptop (Core i5-7200U/8GB/1TB/Windows 10/2GB Graphics), Gunmetal
With Intel’s first series of 7th generation Core processors call at the wild, OEMs haven’t wasted any time in refreshing their products with these new chips. Lenovo recently unveiled its new range of products supported these ‘Kaby Lake’ CPUs, and today, we’ll be watching the Ideapad 510.
This isn’t a completely new product; it’s more of a refresh that’s aimed toward mainstream multimedia users. The Ideapad 510 will face stiff competition from Dell’s Inspiron 15 5000 series and HP’s Pavilion 15 series, all of which have models with similar features as Lenovo’s, at round the same price point.
Let’s see if the Ideapad 510 can make a robust enough case for itself during this bustling segment.
Lenovo Ideapad 510 design and build


Being a mainstream laptop, the Ideapad 510 features a no-frills design and plastic body, for the foremost part. The lid and therefore the keyboard area get sheets of metal for rigidity, but despite this, we found a good little bit of flex within the body even when applying moderate amounts of pressure. The plastic even creaks a touch once you press the joints, which indicates very average build quality. We’re also not too keen on the general aesthetics, because the Ideapad 510 comes across as quite tacky for an upper mid-range laptop.
The 15.6-inch IPS display features a full-HD resolution, which is sharp enough for this size but not enough to need Windows scaling, so apps look and behave like they ought to . Lenovo does set the scaling to 125 percent by default to form things look bigger, but you’ll turn it off if you do not find the text too small. The panel’s colour temperature may be a bit on the hotter side, which is straightforward on the eyes, but we wish there was how to vary this for those that prefer a more neutral tone.
The hinge of the display are often pushed all the way back, to 180 degrees. However, the torsion isn’t good and there is an annoying wobble even with slight movements. this is often particularly irritating if you’re using this laptop on the move. There’s an honest selection of ports opened up on each side of the laptop. we’ve an SD card slot, a headphone and microphone combo jack, two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, HDMI and VGA outputs, LAN, and a DVD drive.
The Ideapad 510 features a full-sized keyboard with good spacing between the keys. There’s one level of backlighting for the keys, which are evenly lit. Tactile feedback of the keys is sweet , but there’s flex when typing. Our biggest gripe with the keyboard is that the incorrect placement of the proper Shift key, which is beyond the Up arrow. Naturally, you tend to press the incorrect key nearly whenever you type. The trackpad is additionally fairly large and is placed well so it doesn’t hinder typing. Its buttons don’t require an excessive amount of effort to use but the trackpad itself feels a touch rough and unresponsive, especially for multi-finger gestures.
Lenovo Ideapad 510 specifications and features

The Ideapad 510 is out there during a few different configurations and what we’ve here is that the base model. You get an Intel Core i5-7200U, which may be a dual-core CPU running at 2.5GHz. it’s a maximum turbo frequency of three .1GHz and supports HyperThreading. you furthermore may get 8GB of dual-channel DDR4 RAM, a 1TB disk drive , Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, and an HD webcam. The Ideapad 510 also features a dedicated Nvidia GeForce 940MX GPU with 4GB of dedicated RAM.
Lenovo gives you two quick-access slots underneath the laptop for the disk drive and RAM. Though there are two RAM modules, just one is user accessible.
The laptop ships with Windows 10 Home 64-bit and is amid Lenovo’s software suite, which we’ve talked about before intimately in our Y700 gaming laptop review. aside from this, you furthermore may get trial versions of Microsoft Office 365 and McAfee LiveSafe. you furthermore may get CyberLink’s Power2Go disc burning program. Overall, the Lenovo Ideapad 510 doesn’t accompany an excessive amount of bloatware.
Lenovo Ideapad 510 performance

The Ideapad 510 manages day-to-day operations quite well. Booting is comparatively quick, and therefore the Core i5 CPU has no problem with a touch of multi-tasking. The laptop doesn’t heat up an excessive amount of , but does get a touch warm when charging it or when you’re doing something intensive like gaming. you’ll feel the left side of the palm layby and a few of the keys getting warm. rock bottom stays cool enough for you to use the Ideapad 510 comfortably on your lap. At full throttle, the fan is audible, but not loud enough to be a nuisance.
The display’s viewing angles are pretty good, and therefore the full-HD resolution makes creating and consuming content quite enjoyable. However, the utmost luminosity may be a bit weak, even for indoor use, which suggests you’ll got to have it set to above 90 percent most of the time. The HD webcam captures good quality video, even with low ambient lighting indoors, and there’s a microphone array for audio capture.
In benchmarks, the laptop performs similarly to previous-generation Ultrabooks supported the sixth-generation Skylake Core i7-6700U CPU. Cinebench R15 gave us a score of 324 points within the CPU test and 48fps within the OpenGL graphics test. PCMark 8 returned 3199, 3569, and 2741 points within the Home, Creative, and Work test suites respectively. 3DMark put up an honest score of 1405 but that’s still pretty weak in comparison to laptops that use Nvidia’s GTX 950M, which also are available during this price range. We even have to means that storage subsystem performance is sort of average since the Ideapad 510 uses a typical 5400rpm mechanical disk drive .
You can get a touch of gaming done because of the dedicated GPU, provided you’ve got reasonable expectations. We fired up Tomb Raider (2013), which gave us a mean of 20fps at the native resolution and with the settings cranked up to High. However, actual gameplay was quite choppy at these settings so we had to dial down the resolution and a few quality settings to Medium for the sport to be enjoyable.
The Ideapad 510 is described as a ‘made for multimedia’ laptop and it does handle media playback well. We had no trouble running 4K videos, and therefore the audio quality of the Harman speakers is sort of good. The speakers are place on rock bottom and fire downwards. The sound stage is decently wide with well-defined highs and mids. A presinstalled app allows you to set equaliser settings for various media types (music, movies, gaming, chatting) and you’ll further boost the quantity level from here too.
The 2-cell, 39WHr battery is non-removable, and lasted for just 1 hour and 51 minutes in Battery Eater Pro. With regular use, including a touch of video, document creation and much of Web surfing, we were ready to stretch the Ideapad 510’s battery life to 3 hours tops, which remains weak.
Verdict

Lenovo has priced the entry-level Ideapad 510 at Rs.60,890, which feels a touch an excessive amount of considering the standard of the general package. This laptop does fulfill its intended purpose, which is multimedia, because it offers a pointy display, excellent speakers and an honest webcam. We also like that it doesn’t get too hot, which it’s possible to upgrade the disk drive and RAM without much hassle.
There are a few of things which Lenovo could have done to form this laptop a more compelling option. For starters, we might have liked better build quality, because the plastics used here don’t feel very durable. Even the fit and finish of the parts is rough. Other niggles include the low luminosity of the display, unresponsive trackpad, weird placement of the Shift key, and weak battery life.
Dell and HP have similarly powerful models for a touch extra money although we haven’t tested their respective Kaby Lake refreshes yet. The Ideapad 510 might look better against them if its street price comes down a touch .
Price: Rs. 59,890
Pros
• Good audio performance
• Easy to upgrade the RAM and HDD
• Sharp display
• Decent system performance
Cons
• Average build quality
• Display brightness feels low
• Weird ‘Shift’ key placement
• Weak battery life
Lenovo IdeaPad 510-15IKB 80SV00YCIH 15.6-inch Laptop Information
Technical Details
Brand
Lenovo
Series
IdeaPad 510-15IKB
Colour
Gunmetal
Item Height
23 Millimeters
Item Width
26 Centimeters
Screen Size
15.6 Inches
Maximum Display Resolution
1366×768
Item Weight
2.2 Kg
Product Dimensions
37.9 x 26 x 2.3 cm
Batteries:
1 Lithium ion batteries required.
Item model number
80SV00YCIH
Processor Brand
Intel
Processor Type
Core i5
Processor Speed
2.5 GHz
RAM Size
8 GB
Memory Technology
DDR4
Hard Drive Size
1024 GB
Hard Disk Technology
Serial ATA
Graphics Coprocessor
N16S-GTR
Graphics Card Ram Size
2 GB
Connectivity Type
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth-V4
Wireless Type
Bluetooth
Number of USB 2.0 Ports
1
Number of USB 3.0 Ports
2
Card Reader
Secure Digital Card
Power Source
Battery Powered
Operating System
Windows 10 Home
Supported Software
LenovoTM SHAREit§ LenovoTM Solution Centre§ McAfee® LiveSafe§ OneKey Recovery§ Power2Go BD/DVD§ PowerDVD 10 BD/DVD§ Windows 10 Home§
Average Battery Standby Life (in hours)
5 Hours
Average Battery Life (in hours)
5 Hours
Lithium Battery Energy Content
3 Watt Hours
Number of Lithium Ion Cells
6
Included Components
Laptop, Battery, AC Adapter, User Guide, Manuals
Warranty & Support

Warranty Details: 1 year onsite domestic warranty from the manufacturer, from date of purchase. Warranty covers manufacturing defects and does not cover physical damage. Please register your warranty on the brand website on receiving the item in order to activate the warranty from the date of purchase. For further details, Lenovo customer care phone number, email, link to check your Lenovo warranty status and other FAQs on warranty, scroll down to Warranty FAQ PDF in the Technical Specifications section

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