It is becoming increasingly tough to pick a good Windows laptop to fulfil your daily needs. There are some good Windows 10 devices out there, but most of them cost a packet thanks to the high-end specs that are needed to ensure a good experience on the Microsoft operating system. This seems to be why Lenovo is calling its IdeaPad 510s a configurable laptop, one where the user can decide the specs needed. We tested one of these new models from Lenovo.
Lenovo IdeaPad 510s
The Lenovo IdeaPad 510s is a relatively slim and sleek laptop that comes with all the features you are looking for in a device at this price range. It comes with the ability to fold the screen back flat at 180 degrees, though it does not have a lot of practical uses. Despite the 14-inch chassis it houses a full-size keyboard and trackpad.
Specs: 14-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080p) IPS display | 2.50 GHz Intel Core i5-7200U CPU | 4GB RAM | 1.7kg | Windows 10 Home | USB 3.0 x 2, USB 2.0 x 1, HDMI x 1, 1 x RJ45 Gigabit LAN, 4-in-1 Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC) | 45 WHr battery
Price: Rs 51,090
What is good?
This is a laptop that ticks all the boxes when it comes to what the regular user is aspiring to. So the IdeaPad 510s offers a Full HD display, hard to find in midrange laptops these days. Plus, thanks to the Harman speakers the audio abilities match up to the goodness of the speaker.
The keyboard is full size and very comfortable to type. Also, it is backlit which makes it good for people who work all the time. The trackpad is large too, but I would have loved it to be a bit more responsive. The keys offer the right amount of travel to make typing pleasurable.
The IdeaPad 510s offers the right mix of connectivity options including an HDMI port and LAN. Plus there is a card reader and three USB ports for everything else. Anyway, there is 1TB of storage to play around with.
This is among the first devices you can buy running 7th generation Intel iCore processors, so processing power is not a problem. In fact, there is an improvement in power management too and the battery is good enough to offer you six hours of life with all guns blazing. Also, discrete AMD Radeon graphics card should be able to make this laptop more relevant for people who have some heavy duty usage, or gaming requirements.
What is not that good?
I am not a big fan of a metallic red laptop, but that is a personal choice. Also, I think the laptop is a bit too thick for 2016.
The 14-display can fold flat giving the laptop a 180-degree form factor. I am unsure about the use case here. I do understand the tent mode or the view mode, but this is beyond me.
The trackpad was a bit of a disappointment and I often got the feeling that it was not registering some clicks. But then all of a sudden windows would pop up showing that the clicks did register.
Should you buy?
Yes, given that the IdeaPad 510s offers better specs than a lot of devices with similar price tag, and is thus more value for your money. Also, the fact that this device does not have major negatives should also make this a good choice for people looking for a new Windows 10 device. If you can spend a bit more and don’t really need Windows the 13-inch MacBook Air makes more sense when it comes to portability and overall user experience.