Lenovo Ideapad 510s 80UV001BUS Review
Lenovo has yet again enlisted a competitor into the 14-inch space. The Lenovo Ideapad 510s 80UV001BUS features a Core i7-7500U processor, an AMD Radeon R7 M460 graphics chip and 8GB or Ram. It performs as well as it looks, but despite making the cut into the premium range, it doesn’t entirely take the prize home. Read the Lenovo Ideapad 510s 80UV001BUS review.
- Good 1080P display and dedicated graphics chip
- Excellent audio quality
- Great looks and premium feel
- Generally good specs
- Poorly placed Shift key
- The Lenovo Ideapad 510s 80UV001BUS Check at Amazon has to its name by far more pros than cons, and generally fits the bill as a premium 14-inch sub-notebook.
DESIGN AND FEATURES
The platinum silver color that adorns the Lenovo Ideapad 510s 80UV001BUS exudes from its majorly plastic and aluminum body. Its upper side is made of metal, while it’s the underside of plastic… While the silver color is indeed attractive, its general appearance is relatively inconspicuous.
The Lenovo log appears on the top of the lid in brandished nickel lettering. The first impression that you get with the Lenovo Ideapad 510s 80UV001BUS when closed is that it’s pretty thin. On opening the lid, one can’t help but notice how strong the hinges feel. The lie flat hinges are positioned just right and they are strong enough to limit screenplay. They allow the lid to lie at an angle of 180 degrees in line with the base, and are quite strong in that you can’t open the lid with just one hand.
The silver colored color sprawls all over the aluminum palm rest, with the chicklet black keys island-ing above the level chassis. The keys have a slightly depressed on them, with a smiley curve about their bottom end.
The bezel around the display looks more like in traditional laptops, not particularly unique but relatively thin nonetheless. In comparison with its rivals of the near like display size, the Lenovo Ideapad 510s 80UV001BUS is thinner (1.93cm). Take for instance the Acer Aspire V3-372-57CW (1.97 cm) and Asus X302UV-FN016T (2.56 cm) which are both fractionally thicker than the Lenovo 510s.
Weight wise, it is at par with the competition. It weighs 1.69kgs, more or less similar to its competitors. In line with Lenovo’s claim, it is indeed 30% thinner and lighter than most laptops in its class.
Lenovo Ideapad 510s 80UV001BUS Specs
|Processor||Intel Core i7-7500U processor, (2.70GHz 4MB)|
|RAM||8GB DDR4 SDRAM | 2133 MHz|
|Internal Storage||265 GB SSD|
|Graphics||AMD Radeon R7 M460 | Graphics memory capacity – Up to 2 GB|
|Display||14.0″ LED-Lit, FHD IPS display, 1920×1080 resolution | 16:9 Aspect ratio | AntiGlare|
|Connectivity||802.11 A/C | Bluetooth 4.0|
|Operating system||Windows 10 | 64-bit|
|Battery||3 cell 45 Watt-hour Lithium Polymer batteries | 6 Hours|
|Audio||2 x Harman Audio Certified Stereo Speakers|
|Webcam/Microphone||0.3MP with Single Microphone|
|Dimensions||0.76 x 13.21 x 9.25 in | 33.56 x 23.5 x 1.93 cm|
|Weight||3.74 lbs or 1.696 Kgs|
|Optical disc drive||No|
|Keyboard||Backlit English Keyboard|
|LAN||10/100/1000M Gigabit Ethernet|
When it comes to port selection, Lenovo has not yet embraced USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt 3 at this point, or at least not for this device. However, the general selection of ports is fair and will cater to the user’s needs.
It comes with two USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 with Always-on Charging, a 3.5 mm Combo Audio Jack, an HDMI port, one RJ45 Gigabit LAN port and a 4-in-1 Multiple format Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC). The ports are positioned on the sides to the machine.
The presence of the SD card reader is quite advantageous in that it offers an easy route when transferring media files from a camera or a similar device. It can also easily be used as a secondary storage. The downside here is that it doesn’t fully get inserted into the machine, exposing it to damage when left in the slot while traveling.
As is common today, Lenovo Ideapad 510s 80UV001BUS makes use of 802.11 A/C wireless protocol. This, in essence, is a bouncer on steroids version of the 802.11n protocol. It runs several times faster than the 802.11n with speeds ranging from 433 Mbps (megabits per second) to several gigabits per second. With this protocol, what you expect is better signal strength and faster transfer speeds in general.
The Bluetooth 4.0 sufficient for most users giving a range of up to 30 meters. There, however, is a later update, Bluetooth 4.1 which is meant to enhance the internet of things, i.e the interconnection via the Internet of computing devices embedded in everyday objects, enabling them to send and receive data.
As is common with Lenovo and ThinkPad laptops the keyboard is quite nice to use. The keys are well damped and are comfortable to type on. There is one concern nonetheless – the right shift key is located way to the right. Its position is taken by the page up key and one has to stretch a little more to get to it, which may be uncomfortable to some users.
The three-level backlight comes in handy when darkness sets in. Writing on the keys are printed in white and allow light to pass through when the backlight is on.
The touchpad doesn’t disappoint either. It’s just as responsive as the keyboard, supporting multi-gesture movements. The two keys at its bottom are firm, requiring a little force to press them in. That thus controls unintentional clicking. Around it is a chrome rim that clearly defines its borders.
Lenovo Ideapad 510s 80UV001BUS comes with a 14.0″ LED-Lit, FHD IPS display with a native resolution of 1920×1080 pixel and an aspect ratio of 16:9. That translates to a pixel density of 157 PPI. The contrast ratio is quite high and it has 220 nits of brightness. That along with the matte finish make it usable outdoors in bright light. Viewing angles as is common with IPS panels are also.
Lenovo does not provide an alternative screen choice for the 510s line of machines. However, it’s performance is notwithstanding excellent and satisfactory.
Processsor and Ram
When it comes to performance, the Lenovo Ideapad 510s 80UV001BUS doesn’t misstep either. It has an Intel Core i7-7500U processor whose performance is a little better than that of its variant with the Core i5-7200U processor. The difference between the two processors is only about 5-8% in terms of speed, and also about 12% increase in most benchmark tests.
The performance boost is assumed to be mostly because of the big difference in clock rates.
The Intel Core i7-7500U processor working hand in hand with the 8GB DDR4 SDRAM offers the user a pleasant working environment free of lag. It can seamlessly handle playback, internet browsing and word processing without a problem.
Rather than go for an integrated graphics card as its variation has, the Lenovo Ideapad 510s 80UV001BUS sports a the Radeon R7 M460, a graphics card by AMD. AMD has placed 2,048 MB DDR3 memory on the card, which are connected using a 64-bit memory interface. The GPU operates at a frequency of 1100 MHz, which can be boosted up to 1125 MHz. So what does all this mean? It means that you get better graphics and are more equipped for hard gaming that you would have been with the Intel HD Graphics 620. The AMD R7 M460 is well suited for games with a maximum resolution up to and including 1280 x 720.
Our review machine houses a 256Gb Solid State Drive. That means super fast booting time owing to reduced read and write time from the disk as compared to a Hard disk drive. Storage space is, of course, limited in comparison with the 1 Tb storage space that comes with the 800UV001AUS variant. However, you can replace the SSD with a hard disk drive (HDD) if you deem it more suited for you later on after purchase. Its performance is generally satisfactory, seldom leaving room for criticism.
Fan noise levels
Our final word on the Lenovo Ideapad 510s 80UV001BUS Review
The Lenovo Ideapad 510s 80UV001BUS is, by all means, an impressive machine. It combines both the looks with performance, and carries a premium feel about it. The user not will appreciate the 14-inch 1080P display that offers crisp display quality, along with a touch of quality sound from the Harmans and excellent graphics that will sustain a good number of games. Its premium build is also strong, durable and smudges proof.
For the most part, the Lenovo Ideapad 510s 80UV001BUS is worth carrying home. However, the misplaced right shift key is something to consider if you’re a touch typist, because it may slow down a little. Battery run time is also concerning as it does not take you through a whole working day.
- Buy the Lenovo Ideapad 510s 80UV001BUS from Amazon