Lenovo Ideapad 510 15ISK Review

Laptop Spotlight: Lenovo Ideapad 510 

The conventional mid-range laptops are full of compromises. However, with the Ideapad 510, Lenovo has released a multimedia and entertainment notebook Lenovo which has attempted to go against the grain.

This looks like the premium range Lenovo IdeaPad 710S which we plan to review soon. It features specs like Nvidia Geforce 940MX and an FHD IPS screen which enables users to utilize this laptop for amateur picture or video editing, gaming or using it as for as a portable multimedia center. 

All of this while retaining the premium look and feel of an ultrabook.

Core-Specs

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    Intel Core i5 6200u
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    GeForce GT940MX GPU
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    8GB DDR4 RAM

Battery

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    30 Wh 4-cell lithium ion 
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    4 hour lifespan
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    1.5 hour gaming

Price

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    Under $600 
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    Comes with a 1 year warranty 

In Depth Review

The Design


The first thing we noticed after unboxing this notebook is that its screen bezel is quite thin. This gives it a sleek appearance. Unfortunately, unlike most mid-range laptops, Lenovo chose to go with a full plastic frame, no aluminum is used. The hinge has open and close actions, but the screen wobbles somewhat when it's on your lap and you tap your feet for example.

The Display

The display offered as standard is stunning for the purchase price. It's a 15.6 inch Full HD IPS display with sharp contrast.
It boasts a maximum brightness of 308 cd/m² that trumps most of the competitors including the HP Pavilion.

Regarding color reproduction, the screen has an AdobeRGB of 37%, and a sRGB of 58%. This means that this display might not be acceptable for accurate color work involving video and professional image editing. If you only need it for amateur image editing software and video editing, then the Lenovo Ideapad's 15.6-inch display will serve you well. It is also fantastic when it comes to watching films.



The Performance

This Lenovo Ideapad 510 does not skimp on processing power. It comes with the latest dual-core Intel i5-7200U processor. The core i5 has a base clock rate of 2.5 GHz and a turbo speed of up to 3.10 GHz. This is a processor for multitasking and working with multimedia files.

The Kaby lake design reduces power consumption. Intel claims it's 30 percent more efficient than the Skylake equivalent.

A solid helping of 8GB DDR4 RAM exploits the potential of this chip, and intensive computation tasks are a breeze.

With handling the majority of the games in HD resolution, this notebook does an excellent job. The Nvidia 940MX is a graphics card that can handle games like Call of Duty, Infinite Warfare Overwatch, Doom, Need for Speed 2016 and other similar titles in at least 720p resolution.

The graphically optimized multiplayer games like World of Tanks, Dota, League of Legends, Counter-Strike and FIFA 16 are playable in Full HD resolution.

The Keyboard and Touchpad

It's a full-size keyboard with chicklet keys. The keyboard has a stylish appearance, being rubberized and rounded at the base to provide grip while typing.

The keyboard could feel awkward for people but is excellent for little and medium hands.

The number pad has keys, as typically found in larger 15.6-inch laptops. The keyboard also boasts a dispersed keyboard backlight.

The touchpad works great. It's responsive and accurate to simple taps. The surface is not smooth, but this is a plus as it offers better control. The buttons make a reassuring sound and are old-school click action. In short it's premium quality stuff here.

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The Sound System

This notebook has two front-facing speakers that are Dolby digitally accredited.
In fact, the quality of the audio is decent in comparison to the competition, although this statement might create false expectations. Unfortunately, almost all mid-range laptops, including the Lenovo Ideapad, have shitty sound.
As with every other laptop's sound system, mid and the bass are jammed.

The sound fills a room, and you can rely on speakers without needing to plug in speakers while watching movies, sports or a Youtube video.

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Battery Life


The battery can power the laptop for around 4 hours. when gaming, this will fall to around 1.5 hours. This is distinctly below par. We did not expect anything more from the 4-cell battery Lenovo provided in this laptop. We would have liked to see a 6-cell battery which would have improved battery life during browsing or multimedia viewing to 6 hours.

The difference in the battery life is one of the main reasons why we ended up opting for the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 as our best laptop in this price range.

The Verdict: Great performance, excellent price

believe Lenovo Ideapad 510 is the second best notebook available in this price-range, and is bested only by the Acer.

For the cost, the compromises made by Lenovo are acceptable, and the end product provides value for money.

It has the best display, best GPU, best CPU and coolest look. The only negative is the battery capacity and the hard drive. If you can turn a blind eye to this, then this is your laptop.

If the Lenovo Ideapad 510  is just outside of your price range,then be make sure to read our  under $500 round-up review. Otherwise return to DN Reviews to view all the budget gaming laptops we've looked at  and see a breakdown of all the categories we've tested.