We’ve talked many times about Lenovo’s segregation of mobile computers to IdeaPad and ThinkPad, and we’ve already had the chance to get acquainted with Y family of IdeaPad series when previous iteration was topical. These models use some technology of the business-oriented ThinkPad, and that’s the reason they have the recognizable keyboard, and similar shortcuts.
There’s a good reason why Lenovo is number one manufacturer of mobile computers in the whole world, and new Y510p serves as proof. ThinkPad models have for years served as an example how should business computers look like, while IdeaPad, slowly but steadily builds its own popular identity. It offers a wide range of products - from easily obtainable models over multi-purpose multimedia devices to gaming computers and Ultrabooks.
We’ve encountered the Y series a few times, and every time we were amazed. Simply put, Lenovo tries its best to increase the performances in gaming devices every time, and that’s basically what Y series represents.
In chassis of somewhat large dimensions, there’s a 15,6” Full HD resolution screen with anti-glare coating that doesn’t have impressive viewing angles, which is the usual for Y series, while the rest is up to high standards. Display is accurate, as is the color reproduction, and high resolution on the screen of this size gives very sharp image, so it’s possible to use multiple applications in side-by-side mode, without any problems.
This time, design is a bit different, so there are no orange edges and other garish elements; it has a more “dark” look. Black chassis has screen lid and keyboard edges made from aluminum, while the rest is plastic. Also, the lid isn’t completely flat, but rather has discretely stylized curvatures, which look pretty interesting. Lenovo logo remained black in color, without breaking color monotony. JBL audio system’s grille has slight colorization on the upper surface and that’s everything that’s not black, at least until you turn on the PC. When you press the power button located in the upper left corner, above the keyboard, it will glow white, and you’ll notice the keyboard backlighting, which has two intensity levels.
Due to somewhat larger dimensions, this mobile device got a full keyboard, with the numeric pad. A compromise was reached because the arrow keys “invade” the left and right segments of the keyboard, and bumps (like on “F” and “J” keys) make them easy to locate when you’re not looking at the keyboard. The backlighting is good enough even on low intensity and sheds light around the keys because they have transparent sides. It has shortcuts, and they’re neatly distributed along the keyboard, but we’ve missed the “mute” button, especially since volume settings have many levels. Button design used is the same as with new generation ThinkPad models, and it’s fantastic and deserves high praise. Somewhere below, slightly to the left, a spacious thinkpad is located, made up to the newest standards of Windows 8. Buttons are integrated and touch-sensitive over whole surface, so it’s a real pleasure to set pre-defined gestures for zoom, scroll, etc.
JBL system has promised much right from the start, and it turned out that it is up to the task and that its performances are great. The problem that we’ve expected is a spectrum of low tones, which there aren’t many of, but the volume and clear sound are a real refreshment when it comes to mobile computers.
On the left side there’s a large fan opening with copper cooler, and next to it, there’s space for VGA, HDMI, LAN and two USB 3.0 connectors. There’s also the power connector and additional button that activates OneKey Recovery software. On the right side, optics are taking up most of the space, and there’ AlwaysOn USB (2.0) over which you can charge devices even when laptop is turned off. On the same side there are also two jacks for audio peripherals, while card reader, along with signal lights is placed on the front side. Considerable weight indicated some serious hardware, and that was also indicated by the tags on the hand rest. Quad-core processor of the Core i7 series has HT technology, so the system recognizes it as an octa-core. There’s also the Turbo technology which enables even better performances when required, and CPU communicates with 4 GB of working memory in one module, so the additional slot is available for upgrades.
Graphics subsystem consists of GeForce GT750M based on NVIDIA Optimus technology and Intel HD 4600 graphic card, so performances vary depending on which graphic card is used, or rather depending on the application and active profile. As for data storage, Seagate hard drive with 1 TB capacity is taking care of it, and some models come with mini SSD intended for cache and forming of the hybrid drive.
|Lenovo Ideapad Y510P|
|CPU||Intel Core i7 4700MQ 2.4/3.4 GHz 4C/8T 47W|
|Memory||1x 4 GB DDR3 1600 MHz single channel (two slots)|
|HDD||Seagate 1 TB 5400 rpm|
|Graphics||NVIDIA Optimus: Intel HD Graphics 4600 & NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M 2 GB|
|Display||15.6'' LED, anti glare 1920x1080 pix|
|Interfaces||VGA, HDMI, LAN, 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0 (always on), audio in, audio out|
|Additional||Card reader, JBL stereo speakers, Intel Centrino Wireless N-2230, Bluetooth 4.0, 720p camera|
|Dimension and weight||38.6 x 25.8 x 1.54 - 3.58 cm; 2.9 kg|
|Battery||62400 mWh (5800 mAh)|
Even though for the above-mentioned screen resolution, GeForce GT750M is a more than adequate graphic card, in order to play newer games on high settings (which you can see in the results table) for maximum gaming enjoyment, Lenovo offers the option of adding another graphic card that can be installed instead of an optical drive. Even the installation system is simple: the battery is removed, bracket is lowered below it, and by simple pulling of the other bracket, the optics is removed, and the room is made for SLI configuration. Even though, during testing we didn’t have another graphic card, we believe that this configuration is more than capable to utilize SLI to its fullest capacity.
During gaming we’ve noticed a lot of heating which was localized on the bottom and the left side (around the exhaust port), and we’re not sure how the system would behave with two graphic cards, or rather, how it would manage another GT750M.
One other thing we also liked was the fact that even during overheating the cooling system isn’t making too much noise, which is appreciated by users.
A casual glance at the results table says a lot about the laptop performances. The only thing that you might find lacking is the battery performances, but it’s unrealistic to expect more, with such powerful hardware inside.
|Fire Strike Score/Graphics/Physics||60502 / 68070 / 43555|
|Cloud Gate Score/Graphics/Physics||10346 / 14149 / 5331|
|Ice Storm Score/Graphics/Physics||1740 / 1817 / 8609|
|3DMark 11 Performance Score/Graphic/Physics/Combined||P2877 / 2693 / 5782 / 2318|
|7-Zip 9.20 x64 compression/decompression [KB/s]||15032 / 206166|
|Cinebench R11.5 x64 OpenGL [fps]/CPU/CPU (Single Core) [pts]||56.23 / 5.71 / 1.49|
|HD Tune Pro 5.0 average read [MB/s]||63.3|
|Powermark Balanced / Productivity / Entertainment||2h 19' / 3h 42' / 1h 43'|
|1920x1080 0xAA 0xAF|
|Batman Arkham City very high [fps]||40|
|Metro 2033 high [fps]||29.35|
|Hitman Absolution high [fps]||25.82|
|Just Cause 2 high [fps]||52.3|
|Tomb Raider high [fps]||41.8|
|Bioshock Infinity high [fps]||38.62|
All things considered, Lenovo made an excellent gaming computer at an affordable price. For well below 1000 €, you get one of the most powerful Haswell processors, a large HDD and GT750M, with the option of adding another graphic card, which can extend the lifetime of your computers. There’s also the matte Full HD screen, all necessary connections, peripherals, keyboard backlighting and additional Lenovo equipment.
It’s needless to say that IdeaPad Y510p is our new gaming laptop of choice.