Lenovo Y510p Gaming Laptop Review
Launched fourth quarter of last year, the Lenovo IdeadPad Y510p is one of the best gaming laptops available today, featuring a 2.4 GHz Intel Core i7-4700MQ processor, 8 GB memory and an NVIDIA GeForce GT755M 2GB graphics card. We managed to get our hands on the Y510p, using it as our daily laptop for surfing, watching videos and gaming over the past few days. Check out how this high-performance gaming and multimedia laptop performed on our review below.
The Lenovo Y510p turns head with its gorgeous brushed metal back and bottom cover. On the inside, it uses a plastic bezel on the display while retaining the metal components on the palm rest and areas surrounding the keyboard. At 5.95 pounds, the Y510p is hefty. Although it has the same 15.6 inch display as the ThinkPad enterprise laptops, it is noticeably larger due to the wider bezels, bigger touchpad and more spacious palm rest and speaker area.
On top of the display, you’ll find the integrated camera capable of recording 720p HD videos. On its sides are two built-in microphones. The Y510p has a chiclet-style keyboard which includes a numeric keypad. The red backlit keyboard is a knockout. On the upper part of the keyboard are the JBL speakers and the power button and just below is the one piece touchpad.
The Lenovo Y510p delivers sharp, bright and colorful images although the glossy display is prone to glaring especially when used on open space. The JBL speakers provides clear and loud sound perfect for multimedia and gaming. Its speakers also supports Dolby Home Theatre v4 further enhancing the already impressive audio.
The left side of the Y510p houses the Novo button used for Lenovo OneKey Recovery System / BIOS / boot menu. Alongside are the AC power adapter, ventilation slot, VGA port, RJ-45 port, HDMI port and two blue USB 3.0 ports.
On the other side of the laptop are the Headphone and Microphone jack and a yellow USB 2.0 port. The USB 2.0 port also features a USB-always-on function that allows charging of USB devices even when the laptop is turned off. Beside is the Ultrabay which provides users the option of plugging in a removable optical disc drive, graphics card, HDD or fan. Lenovo has also provided a Kensington lock slot for added protection.
In front of the Y510p are the power, battery, touchpad, caps lock, and numlock indicators. Next to it is a memory card slot.
At the bottom of the laptop are the battery pack, battery pack latch, module lock and louvers for cooling. The sides and bottom of the Y510p gets hot at times because of the heat being dispersed especially when using the laptop for a number of hours straight.
The Lenovo Y510p uses Windows 8.1 bringing and improved performance and more customization options. The Y510p also comes pre-installed with Lenovo OneKey Recovery backup and recovery, Lenovo VeriFace, Lenovo YouCam, Lenovo PowerDVD 10 and Lenovo Cloud Storage / SugarSync.
The Lenovo Y510p performed impressively and handled our everyday tasks smoothly – surfing the web, watching videos and playing our favorite PC games including NBA 2k14, Call of Duty Black Ops 2 and Diablo II ROS without running into any issues.
The Lenovo Y510p gave an above average subscores on the WSAT, recording 7.5 – 7.6 on the processor, memory, 3D and graphics capabilities. Notice however that disk score scored the lowest at 5.9 same with the other benchmarks where the sequential read/write scored just fairly, mainly because of the 5400 RPM hard drive. Complete WSAT scores below.
CPUScore ““ 7.6
D3DScore ““ 7.5
DiskScore ““ 5.9
GraphicsScore ““ 7.5
MemoryScore ““ 7.6
Base Score ““ 5.9
Below are the results from other tests we performed using other benchmark tools.
- Single-Core Score: 2934
- Multi-Core Score: 11279
- PassMark Rating: 2185
- CPU Mark: 7285
- 2D Graphics Mark: 739
- 3D Graphics Mark: 1838
- Memory Mark: 1554
- Disk Mark: 641
NovaBench – 1119
- CPU Tests: 597
- Graphics Tests: 315
- Hardware Tests: 49
Lenovo Y510p + Diablo III: Reaper of Souls
The Y510p was able to play Diablo III: Reaper of Souls at maximum settings without any lags, averaging at 58-62 fps and hitting 66 fps every once in a while. Lenovo claims up to 5 hours of battery life with the Y510p. We were able to achieve more than three hours of game play before we ran out of juice.
The Lenovo Y510p is undeniably one of the best gaming laptops available today. Reaping gaming freaks with its fast 2.4GHz Corei7-4700MQ processor, brilliant 15.6″ Full HD (16:9) display, powerful NVIDIA GeForce GT755M 2GB graphics and JBL designed speakers with studio-class audio. And if you’re still not impressed, you can always add another graphics card or hard disk via the Ultrabay to improve its performance.
If you’re looking for an impressive gaming laptop with a slightly less hefty price tag, then the Y510p is definitely worth your consideration. The Lenovo Y510p makes an ideal gaming laptop for those sleepless nights with Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. 🙂
Lenovo Y510p Gaming Laptop specs and price
“¢ Intel® CoreTM i7-4700MQ processor (2.4GHz/1600MHz/6MB L3 Cache)
“¢ Windows 8.1 / Windows 8
“¢ 8GB DDR3
“¢ 1TB (5400rpm)
“¢ Nvidia GeForce GT755M GDDR5 2GB / Nvidia GeForce GT750M 2G (SLI)
“¢ 15.6″ FHD LED GLARE (WEDGE)
“¢ 6-cell Li-ion Battery
“¢ 2-Years Carry in Warranty
“¢ Comes with Stylish Carry Case