Lenovo Ideapad 510 (80SV005AUS) Full HD Laptop Review

November 14, 2016
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A Full HD laptop might be a good idea if you’re into movies, series and perhaps some forms of digital arts. Notebook like Lenovo Ideapad 510 (80SV005AUS) is exactly this: offering a 1080p screen, but it doesn’t end there – also processor and RAM section seem to be great. But as the computer is rather expensive you might think if it’s really worth it or perhaps not..?

General performance

The “bad” news first, this model’s performance is slightly hindered by the hard drive selection. It is indeed the old school spinning hard drive with 1TB storage and 5400RPM speed. For performance it’s not the best choice, you would get upper hand with SSD. Yet, the current HDD is ideal if large storage is all you need. Anyway, you can find versions of this laptop that come with SSD or then install one yourself.

Lenovo Ideapad 510 (80SV005AUS) has nothing to worry about the processor. The new 7th generation (Kaby Lake) Intel Core i7-7500U is installed here, providing a dual-core environment with 2.7GHz clock speed and 3.5GHz turbo boost. It’s definitely a better laptop processor with CPU Mark scoring it at ~5400 points – which means the i7-7500U is comparable to desktop processors. Expect a lot, indeed.

The memory is 8GB (DDR4 type), the configuration seems to be 4GB soldered on the mainboard and 4GB on a stick. You can upgrade the stick one with 8GB so the maximum RAM is 12 gigabytes.

Would gamers like it?

Ah, excellent. Lenovo Ideapad 510 (80SV005AUS) has a dedicated graphics card! The NVIDIA GeForce 940MX with 4GB dedicated video RAM can be described as a decent laptop card, with many games bowing to its will at least if you don’t go crazy with settings and resolution. For example, you could play Grand Theft Auto 5 on medium settings and 720p resolution while receiving a smooth +50FPS. One of the heaviest games there currently is, The Witcher 3, would give +30FPS on low settings.

How are its ports and connections?

Lenovo Ideapad 510 (80SV005AUS) has a standard set of USB ports, three in total of which two are USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0. Of course video ports are provided too, HDMI-output and VGA for a monitor.

For networking you can either attach cable to the laptop’s RJ-45 port or use its built-in 802.11ac WiFi.

You will find a DVD burner and media card reader in this notebook. You might know the latter is good for data transfers from digital cameras etc.

Miscellaneous yet important things

The screen size of Lenovo Ideapad 510 (80SV005AUS) is 15.6 inches, the most common one. It comes with sweet things such as 1920×1080 resolution and IPS panel, both contributing to high image quality. You won’t find touch support here and indeed the screen will only work in laptop mode (180 degree maximum operating angle).

Battery life isn’t ideal, just 3-4 hours if you have full brightness and surf the web. Also the battery is not user removable one.

It looks like this model includes a backlit keyboard.

Final thoughts

There is a group of users who would certainly like a laptop such as Lenovo Ideapad 510 (80SV005AUS) – the power users who don’t mind some gaming performance. The i7 processor in this computer is beefy and capable of any task from simple day-to-day browsing to photo editing. The GeForce graphics engine brings some gaming capacities although don’t expect this to be a full-blown gaming notebook. The sole disadvantage I see is the hard drive, but there are models of this notebook that come with SSD. Anyway, as it is, the Lenovo offers a lot for the price – hence I can also recommend the computer for you!

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