Laptops in the 500 bucks price range are probably the most popular: they’re not too slow, offering enough oomph for many types of users, yet the price won’t be astronomically high. One of the newer examples of these computers is Lenovo Ideapad 310 (80TV00BGUS), which already seems to be gaining popularity. Well, read this review to see if the computer is worth it.
Performance in general
Look at the excellent processor you will get, the Intel Core i5-7200U. Granted, it has only two cores, but clock frequency is 2.5GHz that ups to 3.1GHz with turbo. The i5-7200U is much faster than the older models, it getting around 4800 points in CPU Mark test. People can use this thing for many kind of programs, I’ve even heard of extensive Photoshopping on this processor.
The 1TB 5400RPM hard drive is not the best one money can buy, but might be it’s still sufficient without the need to upgrade. But if it’s not, bear in mind that replacing the HDD with SSD is possible. You just need to know how to, or then take this laptop to a Lenovo tech.
8GB RAM is installed and it seems that half of it is on-board memory and half on stick. You can upgrade the stick one to 8GB, then the total memory is 12GB.
Does this work for gaming?
You can use Lenovo Ideapad 310 (80TV00BGUS) to play games, but only the older ones. Intel HD 620 is the graphics unit you need to deal with, it’s integrated card. Types like GTA 5 will require low presets and resolution in order to reach playable frame rates, around 30. That being said, the laptop won’t be afraid to run easier games like Minecraft and League of Legens without problems.
Ports and connections
Lenovo Ideapad 310 (80TV00BGUS) has a fast WiFi card, the 802.11 ac standard installed and it also supports Bluetooth. The wired way can be used too, there’s Gigabit RJ-45 port for that.
Present are three USB connectors, a bit unfortunate that only single USB 3.0 is offered and two others are USB 2.0. As for video outputs, HDMI and VGA ports reside on the sides.
You can burn DVDs on this unit, installed is an optical drive. Memory card reader can also be found there.
Miscellaneous things and features
I can not see anything particularly good or bad about the screen of
Lenovo Ideapad 310 (80TV00BGUS). It looks like a normal 15.6 inches display, sporting 1366×768 resolution and no touch support. Of course you can call your friends on Skype since this rig includes a 720p webcam.
This time, the manufacturer advertised and actual battery life (verified from reviews) seem to go hand in hand: around 5 hours. You can not replace the battery yourself, so says Lenovo, a technician must be used for that.
This model does not have a backlit keyboard. The laptop chassis’ material is plastic.
Lenovo Ideapad 310 (80TV00BGUS) is a decent laptop for all software-related stuff. You won’t experience problems with this notebook whether you use it for text editing or Netflix binging. Watch out for newest games, they don’t run happily because of the poorer graphics engine. The amount of ports is enough for a casual user, with HDMI allowing for PC monitor connection. If you don’t require the best performance and features from your laptop, this Lenovo should suffice!