Right from the start, I should mention that for my Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p review I have chosen the best equipped version from the three existent ones because I find it that the price quality rapport is very well balanced.
I think that we can as far as to say that the price is pretty affordable for what it offers. It’s then when you know that you have a good product in your hands.
It’s Quite Powerfull
The hardware assembly is powerful enough so it can keep up pretty well with software and games releases that will take place in the following years. It’s also upgradeable, in respect to adding a better SSD with more storage space. Otherwise, the 16GB of memory are more than enough for any game and multitasking so that’s out of your hands.
Except for the CPU and the GPU, you can upgrade or change pretty much everything else that hides under the hood. Upgradeability is always a strong point to be mentioned on the advantages list in this Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p review.
What About The Display?
The display is one of the most attractive things. It’s a 15.6 inches Full HD 1080p TN panel with amazing brightness. Another great feature is that it’s a matte screen. Colors are vivid and accurate so you will love it.
As connectors, it features 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB 2.0 port, HDMI and VGA outputs, Ethernet port, SD card reader, and two audio jacks. Connectivity is ensured through 802.11N wireless, WiDi support, Smart Connect, and Bluetooth 4.0. The red backlit keyboard is beautiful and of superior quality, while the touchpad is exactly the opposite.
The IdeaPad Y510p is the successor of the Y500, which offered two graphic cards, also known as SLI setup. That tradition is carried on by the Y510p, obviously with an upgrade. This time the incorporated GPUs are dual Nvidia GeForce GT 750M, instead of the GT 650M SLI. The current SLI amounts to 2GB GDDR5 video memory and it’s capable of keeping up with the established names in the gaming industry.
It’s very important to mention in my Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p review that even though this is not a high-end laptop, its performances are pleasantly surprising users. More demanding games are playable without lags in medium to high settings. With the exception of games like Metro, Crysis 3, and other similar games in respect to system demands, high fps rates are achieved on ultra-settings. This pretty affordable laptop has great specs that make it a great choice for multimedia usage, as well.
The Processor has also been upgrade, as it was expected. The switch was made towards the new 4th generation Intel CPUs. The raw power is brought on by the Quad-Core i7-4700MQ that runs on 2.4GHz core speed, can reach up to 3.4GHz Turbo frequency, has 6MB L3 cache, and a 47W TDP. It also integrates the Intel HD Graphics 4600, which is more graphically powerful than the HD Graphics 4000.
The bad news is that the Optimus technology cannot be activated in this case due to the dual GPUs. That means that a switch cannot be made between the integrated and the dedicated graphics cards.
That’s a disadvantage because it means that battery life won’t last too long even when performing less demanding tasks. With moderation, it can achieve 3 hours of battery life. But it’s not exactly the lightest laptop since it weighs 6.4 pounds (2.9kg) so I don’t think that users will be carrying it around town too much.
The hardware system is completed by 16GB DDR3 RAM 1,600MHz and a hybrid storage space: 1TB 5400RPM mechanical hard drive plus 24GB SSD. Once you replace the mechanical hard drive with a SSD, responsiveness will be improved considerably.
Another con to be definitely included in my Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p review is that, mainly due to the SLI setup, the atmosphere tends to get hot. Under load, the hardware system will be hotter than it’s the case with most laptops. The bright side is that the performance is not affected and nothing gets slowed down.
What about you?
After reading this Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p review, what do you think: would you buy the Y510p for gaming or for any other purposes?