Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p review

26 Oct 2013

A powerful, well-priced desktop replacement let down only by a below-par display

Price when reviewed: 
1,000(£1,000 inc VAT)
Buy it now for 
5

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.

Lenovo IdeaPad y510p

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.

Lenovo IdeaPad y510p

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.

Details

Price ex VAT £833
Price inc VAT £1,000
Overall rating 5
Features & Design 4
Value for Money 5
Performance 5

Warranty

Warranty 1yr collect and return

Physical specifications

Dimensions 387 x 259 x 16mm (WDH)
Weight 2.700kg
Travelling weight 3.5kg

Processor and memory

Processor Intel Core i7-4700MQ
RAM capacity 16.00GB
Memory type DDR3

Screen and video

Screen size 15.6in
Resolution screen horizontal 1,920
Resolution screen vertical 1,080
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Graphics chipset Nvidia GeForce GT 755M
HDMI outputs 1

Drives

Capacity 1.00TB
Replacement battery price inc VAT £0

Networking

802.11b support yes
802.11g support yes
802.11 draft-n support yes

Other Features

USB ports (downstream) 1
SD card reader yes
Pointing device type Touchpad
Integrated microphone? yes
Integrated webcam? yes
Camera megapixel rating 0.9mp

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use 5hr 18min
Battery life, heavy use 1hr 43min
3D performance (crysis) low settings 76fps
3D performance setting Medium
Overall Real World Benchmark score 0.90
Responsiveness score 0.91
Media score 0.97
Multitasking score 0.82

Operating system and software

Operating system Windows 8 64-bit
OS family Windows 8

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