Lenovo Ideapad 510 Review
It has the normal basic design and plastic body which at this cost is what most of us would expect.Although they could have give it some design flare as without it this laptop does not stand out from the crowd in the looks department. But this Lenovo Ideapad 510 covers all the bases for someone who wants all the options – DVD/CD player, USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, Bluetooth, VGA and HDMI connectors. This does suit the person looking for the value-for-money combination. With the 7th gen range of core processors based on the ‘Kaby Lake’ CPUs, the overall performance is good and it does come with i3 and i5 versions.
The screen is an IPS-based, matte Full HD panel, which displays the colour really well. Although some people have found that the screen overall brightness not to be great.
The boot speed is good although it would be really great if they had installed a SSD as standard. Currently it has a normal HDD for its 1TB storage, you can always upgrade your self. Just make sure you take a backup first. This laptop is not a high performance laptop or a basic one, this is what you would class as a ‘made for multimedia’ laptop. Surfing,DVD, Images and normal day to day things that a teenager would do, well unless you are more towards the IT side. But even then this Lenovo will do well with the intel i5 cpu.
For gaming the Lenovo has the NVIDIA GeForce 940MX with 4GB dedicated memory. Which helps hugely, although it may not take the heaviest games but it will keep going if the resolution of the game is reduced to give a more smooth flow. You just have to remember this is a gaming laptop, more of a multimedia one. Battery will last about 3 hours when doing web surfing, short videos, creating documents and light gaming.
The spec for the basic Lenovo Ideapad 510 can be,
Operating systemWindows 10 (64-bit)
Processor– Intel® Core™ i3-6100U Processor
– 2.3 GHz
– 3 MB cache
RAM4 GB DDR4 with 12 GB maximum installable RAM
But you can get models that have an Intel Core i5-7200U, which is a dual-core CPU running at 2.5GHz. These versions tend to come with 8GB of memory.
Graphics adapter NVIDIA GeForce 940MX with 4GB dedicated memory
Storage1 TB HDD, 5400 rpm
Resolution1920 x 1080
EthernetGigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000)
USB– USB 3.0 x 2
– USB 2.0 x 1
Video interfaceHDMI x 1
Audio interface3.5 mm jack
Optical disc driveDVD/RW
Memory card reader4-in-1 memory card reader
Integrated stereo speakers
Integrated HD webcam
Mouse / trackpadMultitouch trackpad
KeyboardFull-size keyboard with numeric keypad
Security featuresKensington security lock slot
Battery type2-cell Lithium-ion
Battery lifeUp to 5 hours
Dimensions22.9 x 379 x 260 mm (H x W x D)
Software included with the Lenovo 510
– Lenovo Solution Center
– Lenovo SHAREit
– Lenovo REACHit
– Power2Go Blu-ray Disc/DVD
– PowerDVD 10 Blu-ray Disc/DVD
– Lenovo Photo Master 2.0
– McAfee LiveSafe
– Lenovo OneKey Recovery
It is a very good all rounder and is price for this. There is enough space fr you to upgrade it if you wanted. The build quality is decent and will handle a few hits, which with the overall decent performance does very well while.It’s not a loud laptop and tends to stay cool most of the time. The screen is sharp but some may find the screen not really bright. The battery is not brilliant so may be buying a spare would be a good idea if you wanted to take it out with you. The missing SSD is it biggest failure, that alone would have increased the battery life, reduced the weight and improved the speed of the machine. But as i have mentioned already you can do this yourself, if you feel the need to.