Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p 59388313 15.6-Inch Laptop Review

Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p 59388313 15.6-Inch Laptop

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p 59388313 15.6-Inch Laptop is a high performance machine designed to cope easily with demanding, graphics intensive applications. Gaming and multimedia are well within its capabilities, and, of course, it should be able to handle more mundane tasks without difficulty.

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Driving this machine is a fourth generation Intel Core i7-4700MQ processor. This quad-core CPU is designed for high-end laptops, and is optimized to provide a good balance between performance and power consumption. It supports Intel’s Hyperthreading technology, which enables the four cores to handle up to eight threads in parallel, and Turbo Boost, which allows each core to automatically adjust its own speed, from 2.4GHz up to a maximum of 3.4GHz, to suit the needs of the current software application. Together, these technologies ensure that the processor’s resources are always being used as efficiently as possible.

The processor is supported by 8GB of DDR3 memory, which should be more than enough to allow the preinstalled copy of Windows 8 to show off its new features. It should have no difficulty in multitasking your favorite applications, switching between them with ease.

A 1000GB Hard Disk Drive (HDD) provides permanent storage for your documents, pictures, music, movies and, of course, software applications. Although considerably slower than the Solid State Drives (SSDs) offered in some competing laptops, the 1000GB HDD in this machine has the advantage of much greater storage capacity – more than enough for most purposes.

Pros :

  • Excellent, powerful laptop for gaming or serious graphics-intensive tasks
  • Intel Core i7-4700MQ 2.4 GHz Processor (6 MB Cache)
  • 8 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 1 TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • Dual NVIDIA GeForce GT750M Discrete Graphics
  • 15.6-Inch Screen
  • Windows 8

Cons :

  • More memory, while not essential, would have been nice

The machine’s 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel, display is driven by dual NVIDIA GeForce GT750M Discrete Graphics using SLI and 2GB of dedicated DDR5 VRAM to improve frame rate performance by up to 1.6 times. Based on the Kepler architecture, this is a mid-range, DirectX 11 compatible graphics solution designed specifically for the needs of powerful laptops. It should be able to handle most current – at the time of writing – games in high detail settings, adding to the machine’s overall appeal as a gaming laptop.

One of the dual GT750M graphics cards resides in the machine’s ingenious “ultrabay” – an interchangeable bay that makes it quick and easy to swap devices in and out as needed. The bay can support the supplied second graphics card that gives the machine its dual-graphics power, or a range of alternative devices including a DVD / Blue Ray drive, additional storage capacity or an additional cooling fan. The additional drives and storage options are sold separately.

There will, of course, be times when you want, or need, to use a display larger than the laptop’s built-in 15.6-inch unit – perhaps for watching movies or presentations. For those occasions, the machine provides both a VGA port for connecting to older monitors, projectors etc, and an HDMI port for connecting to modern HDTVs and monitors.

For connecting to other devices, the Y510p 59388313 is equipped with two standard USB 2.0 ports, and one high speed USB 3.0 port. The standard ports are best suited to devices such as printers and mice, while the high speed USB 3.0 port works best with devices, such as external disk drives, that need to quickly transfer large amounts of data to and from the laptop. That said, the USB 3.0 standard is, of course, backwards compatible, meaning that USB 2.0 devices can be connected to USB 3.0 ports, and vice versa, although you will need to connect USB 3.0 devices to a USB 3.0 port to take full advantage of its high speed features. Conveniently, the machine features an always-on USB port, allowing you to charge cellphones and other devices even when the machine is unplugged and switched off.

As with most modern laptops, the Y510p 59388313 also supports Bluetooth for connecting to wireless peripherals such as mice and headsets. Staying with wireless connectivity, the built in 802.11 b/g/n WiFi makes it easy to connect to wireless networks at home, in the office or on the move. An Ethernet port is also provided, for those who want, or need, to connect to conventional wired networks.

A 720p HD webcam with dual digital microphones means that this laptop is video-chat ready right out of the box. The supplied copy of Windows 8 includes Skype, the popular video chat and messaging software, so you won’t even need to install any extra software – simply sing in to your Skype account, or create one if you don’t have one already, and you’ll be chatting with your friends in minutes.

The machine also sports a range of features that make it easy and efficient to use. An intelligent touchpad is specifically designed to take advantage of the new features of the Windows 8 interface, and a comfortable, backlit keyboard eases makes typing more accurate in poor lighting conditions.

Its brushed metal Dusk Black case measures 15.20 x 10.20 x 1.40 inches (L x W x H) and weighs 6.4 pounds, making this machine both small and relatively lightweight compared to other machines in its class. And, with a battery life of up to 4 hours, you’ll be able to take advantage of that portability, taking the machine with you, either around the house or further afield.

Overall, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p 59388313 15.6-Inch Laptop is an impressively capable machine that should handle most routine computing tasks with ease and have plenty of power to spare for games or more demanding applications. Its ingenious ultrabay means that you can change its configuration to suit different situations, while its size and weight mean it should be easy to carry around with you. If you’re looking for an attractive, powerful laptop for either serious work or serious gaming, this might just be the machine you’ve been waiting for.

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