- Editor's Rating
- Portable design (for gaming notebook)
- Versatility via Ultrabay
- Solid performance at affordable price
- Poor Battery Life
The Lenovo IdeaPad Y510P is an affordable Windows 8 gaming notebook, which has received NotebookReview’s Editor’s Choice award. The notebook features some key upgrades from the previous Y500 model and “delivers on all fronts,” according to reviewers at NBR. A fully configured Y510P is priced at $1,600 at the time of the review.
The Y510 has a black brush aluminum casing on the lid and deck and a thick durable plastic on the bottom half. The notebook is 15.2 x 10.2 x 1.4 inches and weighs 6.4-pounds, making it lighter than most gaming notebooks. The chassis is resistant to pressure and the display flexed slightly when pressed, but there was no noticeable rippling on the screen. Ports on the Y510P include a VGA connector, Ethernet port, HDMI connector, two USB 3.0 ports, a headphone jack, a microphone jack and a USB 2.0 port. The notebook also has UltraBay functionality that allows users to add difference Lenovo components to the device, however, NBR noted this has somewhat limited versatility.
The 15.6-inch LED-backlit display with 141 dpi resolution produces sharp, clear images with robust color contrast and has generous viewing angles. NBR did note the display is susceptible to reflection in heavy lighting conditions. The Y510 has two speakers, which NBR found produce “quite boisterous” audio with noticeable bass, which is loud enough to fill an entire room.
NBR noted the red backlit Chiclet style keyboard with separate number pad features exceptional key spacing as well as both solid key travel and tactile feedback, which makes it ideal for playing games. The Y510P also has a generously-sized touchpad, which does not have dedicated mouse buttons but rather designated bottom portions for the right and left click. The touchpad also supports multi-finger gestures for the right and left click, which NBR notes are extremely easy to use. Overall, NBR called the touchpad “more than serviceable,” but did note the rubberized surface causes some friction and can cause fingers to drag or stumble.
The Y510P model tested by NBR runs on a 2.2GHz Intel fourth-generation Core i7-430 MQ processor, 16 GB DDR and Dual Nvidia 6T750M GPUs. NBR found the notebook easily handles basic word and web functions as well as more taxing Office functions. NBR also noted the Y510P is able to easily juggle multiple tasks with no lag in performance and can handily tackle more graphically intense functions. The notebook also had 1TB HHD and 24GB SSD. The Y510P produces an audible hum in the background when pushed to capacity and heats up to the point where it wouldn’t be comfortable to use as a laptop. The battery lasted just two hours in NBR testing, leading reviewers to note users will want to have the power jack on hand at all times.
In the end, NBR found the Lenovo IdeaPad Y510P “delivers on all fronts,” leading reviewers to give it the Editor’s Choice award. NBR was impressed with the portable design, versatility via the UltraBay, and the solid performance, all packaged at an affordable price, but was a bit disappointed in the battery life. NBR found the Y510P is “top notch,” especially when it comes to affordable gaming notebooks.