In this review, we’re dissecting the Lenovo Ideapad 310 (80ST001MUS) notebook and see if it’s really useful tool for different people. Granted, there are things hinting the laptops is rather handy, for example many praising user reviews it has already gotten. But, whether you buy it or not, read my opinion about the Lenovo now!
Performance in general
You’ll be happy to know that Lenovo Ideapad 310 (80ST001MUS) has a 2016 processor, the AMD A10-9600P, under its hood. This quad-core unit has a clock speed of 2.3GHz, but there’s also turbo taking the frequency to 3.2GHz. Not bad numbers indeed, also the CPU Mark score is nice, around 3800. It’s very close to Core i5-6200U from Intel side, so processor performance is in check here!
This model holds 8GB DDR4 memory. I know the laptop contains soldered memory but also a SODIMM slot for stick, but I can’t say whether all of the current memory is soldered or if part is installed on a stick. Anyway, the most RAM you can go is 12GB, but upgrading to 12 from 8 gigabytes is not worth it!
The storage drive is a casual user friendly, one terabyte hard drive spinning at 5400RPM speed. I’ve seen people being unhappy with its performance. If you are concerned about that, upgrading to solid-state drive is the way to go. That said, you need skills for that or a technician.
How does the laptop work for gaming?
It is true that Lenovo Ideapad 310 (80ST001MUS) doesn’t have dedicated graphics. However, it has a newish (mid-2016) integrated chip called Radeon R5 based on Bristol Ridge architecture. Because it’s indeed integrated, no insane performance can be expected, but if you can do with low settings and resolution (720p) you’re good with many games. For example, Battlefield 4 and GTA 5 should run in the range of ~30FPS. Titles that are older, like Diablo 3 or Sims 4, run much better than that.
What ports it offers?
Did you ever want to plug in a PC monitor, or even HD television, to your notebook but not sure how it’s done? Well, you can do it with Lenovo Ideapad 310 (80ST001MUS) as it contains HDMI and VGA outputs. Also three USB ports (of which one is USB 3.0) are located on the sides.
Connecting to networks should be pain-free, the 802.11ac WiFi + Bluetooth wireless card welcomes you, so does the Gigabit Ethernet port if you want to use cable.
There’s an optical drive at your disposal. Likewise, memory card reader is available, good for transferring data from those small cards!
Miscellaneous yet important things and features
This notebook is made from plastic, no aluminum anywhere as far as I know.
The display on Lenovo Ideapad 310 (80ST001MUS) probably isn’t that exciting. I can see a regular 15.6″ laptop non-touch screen offering a 1366×768 resolution. It might be that power users dislike it because of no Full HD. The top panel holds a webcam, naturally it works for Skype and filming stuff for YouTube.
There are some user reports that say battery life is from 4 to 5 hours. Also Lenovo itself advertises a maximum of five hours. Just keep in mind it’s an integrated battery so replacing will be bit of a hassle.
No backlit keyboard is found on this computer.
When digging deep enough, you can see that processor and memory are the best things in Lenovo Ideapad 310 (80ST001MUS). So in real world, performance is solid on this one. I can imagine folks using this notebook for all things ranging from spreadsheets to video streaming to light photo editing. The screen could be Full HD but then the price would probably go up 100 dollars. Currently, the Lenovo is a good mainstream laptop for many different folks!