Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p review
A powerful, well-priced desktop replacement let down only by a below-par display
Review Date: 26 Oct 2013
Reviewed By: Bobby MacPherson
Price when reviewed: £833 (£1,000 inc VAT)
Features & Design
Value for Money
When the IdeaPad Y510p arrived at the PC Pro office, it was clear its focus is high-performance gaming. With a pitch-black chassis and blood-red backlit keyboard, it’s reminiscent of Alienware’s intimidating range of dedicated gaming laptops, yet its price of £1,000 brings it more in line with mid-range desktop replacements such as the A-listed Asus N550JV.
In fact, the similarities don’t end at the price. Like the N550JV, the Y510p has a 2.4GHz Intel Core i7 Haswell processor, a 15.6in Full HD screen and discrete Nvidia graphics at its heart. The Lenovo has a slight edge, though, with a more advanced GeForce GT 755M GPU, 16GB of DDR3 RAM – twice the Asus’ capacity – and Condusiv's ExpressCache system, which utilises a 24GB SSD to accelerate the loading of commonly used applications.
This line-up of components led to a score of 0.9 in our Real World benchmarks, a 5% improvement on the Asus N550JV. The big advantage, however, came in the gaming tests, with the Y510p achieving an average of 39fps at native resolution at High quality settings in our Crysis benchmark. That’s very impressive for a desktop replacement – the N550JV scored 27fps.
Clearly, it’s a quick performer, but Lenovo hasn’t neglected the basics. The Y510p’s keyboard is excellent, sharing the crispness of its ThinkPad cousins and giving a soft but palpable (and audible) snap with every keystroke. The intensity of the backlight can be adjusted easily by holding the function key and tapping the spacebar, although in standard office conditions we found it unobtrusive, even at its brightest setting. The only problem is the smaller-than-average backspace key, but in general the keyboard is ergonomically sound. The wide, buttonless touchpad works well, too, and its matte finish gives it a tactile texture that lends itself well to Windows 8’s gestures.
Screen is the let-down
The chassis looks very nice, but I couldn't live with a screen that's glossy and yet also not a touch-screen. If they're going to forego the matte finish, the least they can do is add touch to it!
By Trippynet on 28 Oct 2013
Did I miss the section that mentions the option of adding a second battery or 755m for SLI? Or, possibly, they're not available for this model?
By rhythm on 28 Oct 2013
You seem to assume all your readers are buying computers to play games - any chance of including more info to help those using them as computers? eg you do not mention if there is any wired network connection and since the Lenovo Z580 I recently bought has a slow a 100Mb connection it would be nice to know if this one is still in the dark ages or has been upgraded to 1Gb. Also no mention if the wireless is dual band which is an issue since Lenovo listed the Z580 as dual band but supplied single band cards in the UK.
By Lorne50 on 28 Oct 2013
Lenovo customer service is the worst
Lets be clear, I do not have this laptop (y510p). I ordered it on 11/13 and cancelled it on 11/13 to order a better y410p from Lenovo. Despite cancelling the order and re-ordering a new one, they still shipped the cancelled order on the 11/18. On 11/18 I called and cancelled the order - again - AND had the laptop rerouted back to their warehouse. They had already billed my credit card for the cancelled order and would not credit my account till they received it back. On 11/22, it was still in transit (to me) so I called again. Same story, they will reroute and do credit when the laptop returns to their warehouse - even though they will not process a reroute... 11/25: First attempted delivery to my house... reroute still not done, credit still not done and the second machine I ordered (y410p) the model was discontinued - after I placed the order... Now I have no laptop and an $800 bill on my credit card that they will still not credit despite numerous calls and even involving my credit card company on the phone with their supervisors.
Purchase At Your Own Risk.
By BSC249 on 26 Nov 2013
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