Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p 15.6-Inch Laptop (59406636) Dusk Black Review

Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p 15.6-Inch Laptop (59406636) Dusk Black

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p 15.6-Inch Laptop (59406636) Dusk Black is an impressively powerful machine that should cope easily with the most demanding multimedia and other processor-intensive applications.

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Driving this machine is a fourth generation Intel Core i7-4700MQ processor. Based on Intel’s acclaimed Haswell architecture, this is a quad-core component is designed to provide a good balance between energy efficiency and computing performance in high-end laptops. It supports Hyperthreading, allowing each of the four cores to handle up to two threads in parallel. Through the magic of Turbo Boost technology, each core is also capable of automatically adjusting its own speed, from the base speed of 2.4 GHz up to a maximum of 3.4 GHz, depending the needs of the current software application. Together, these features ensure that the processor makes best use of available resources and conserves power where possible, yet delivers performance where it’s needed.

Pros :

  • Good, powerful machine for multimedia and gaming
  • Intel Core i7-4700MQ 2.4 GHz Processor
  • 8 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 1TB Hard Disk + 8GB SSHD
  • Windows 8.1
  • 3-Hour Battery Life

Cons :

  • No optical drive

The processor is supported by 8 GB of DDR3 memory. This should be more than enough to allow the pre-installed copy of Windows 8.1 to run well, and, although more memory is always a good thing, it represents a sensible compromise between cost and performance.

For permanent storage of your documents, pictures, music and movies, the machine is fitted with a hybrid 1 TB (1024 GB) Hard Disk Drive (HDD) and 8 GB Solid State Drive (SSD). Again, this is an excellent choice, providing the large storage capacity of an HDD in tandem with the blazing speed of an SSD to give the best of both worlds without unreasonable expense.

On the subject of storage and disk drives, it is worth mentioning that this machine doesn’t feature a built-in CD / DVD-RW. That’s unlikely to be a significant issue in this era of cloud storage and USB memory sticks, but it does mean that, if you think you may really need a DVD drive, you’ll have to purchase an external USB unit.

The IdeaPad Y510p’s 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display is driven by dual NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M 2GB graphics cards co-operating via NVIDIA’s SLI technology. Together, these DirectX 11 compatible cards provide up to 1.6 times better frame rate performance, making this machine ideal for demanding multimedia, entertainment and games.

Of course, there will almost certainly be times when you will want to connect the Y510p to an external display. For those occasions, it provides an HDMI port for connecting to modern HDTVs and monitors, as well as a legacy VGA port for connecting to older displays.

The machine offers a similar degree of choice when it comes to network connections. For those who want or need to use conventional wired networks, a standard Ethernet port is provided, while built-in 802.11 b/g/n WiFi makes wireless networking a breeze.

Other connectivity options include two standard USB 2.0 ports and one high-speed USB 3.0 port for connecting to wired peripherals. For wireless devices, such as mice, keyboards and headsets, the machine also supports Bluetooth.

A built-in 720p HD webcam and Dual Digital Array microphones mean that the Y510p is video chat ready right out of the box. And, since Windows 8.1 includes a copy of the popular Skype video chat software, there isn’t even any extra software to install – simply sign in to your Skype account, or sign up for a new one, and you’ll be chatting in minutes.

The full-size keyboard with 10-key numeric keypad is backlit, making it much easier to keep working in low light conditions. To some, backlit keyboards may seem like an extravagant irrelevance, but once you have used one, you won’t want to go back to a standard keyboard.

The machine measures 15.20 x 1.40 x 10.20 inches – small and compact enough to be easily portable. And, with a reported battery life of up to 3 hours, you can be sure of getting plenty of use out of it, no matter where you take it!

Overall, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p 15.6-Inch Laptop (59406636) Dusk Black is a great choice for anyone who needs – or simply wants – a powerful laptop for multimedia entertainment, video editing, gaming or simple powering through more mundane tasks with ease. The lack of optical drive is a little disappointing, but shouldn’t pose any serious problems – it’s an easy matter to add an external USB drive if you really need one. Otherwise, this is an impressive machine that is well worth a look.

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