Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
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Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
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- 80AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE1 ReviewsLaptop Magazine80Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p (59370006) ReviewGamers looking to buy a powerful system without breaking the bank will find a lot to love in the Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p. For only $1,299, the notebook comes loaded with a speedy Haswell quad-core processor, dual Nvidia GPUs in SLI configuration and a 1TB drive to install all of your Steam games with room to spare.
- 95AVERAGE USER SCORE6 ReviewsEngadget Reader100August 24, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Great computer for a relatively low priceComes for outstanding performance, run the most recently published games on the highest resolution.Dual Graphics Card brings more than maximum performanceIn conclusion the best computer today that can match the price for everyone.Engadget Reader100May 13, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90May 9, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90March 20, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I've owned this laptop for about 2 months at this point, and I have to say, I don't regret the purchase. I was impressed by the laptop the minute it came out of the box. It was only about 15 seconds to first boot, and takes about 6 seconds from completely off to desktop, ready to work. The graphics are impressive, and I would call it a gaming laptop, although I'm fairly sure that current generation games won't be able to run at maximum settings on this computer. Games like Civilization 5, Portal 2, Fear 2, Crysis 2 all run at maximum settings with an acceptable frame rate, never dropping below 30 FPS.As I purchased this for school, I was more concerned with how it performs tasks such as MATLAB and Mathematica, as well as the advantage of having CUDA 3.0 capable graphics cards. MATLAB scores it quite highly, above a quad-core Xeon running Windows 7, and below only a 8 core Xeon running Linux. The solid-state drive, albeit small, is great for this purpose, as I was able to install MATLAB and Mathematica to it, which helps improve load times.The good:This is a performance laptop, and it is quite good at that. I bought it for Mathematica, MATLAB, and other engineering programs, and it runs all of them well. The downsides are somewhat to be expected, since the laptop is a $1200 laptop, with these specs.Originally I forgot to mention this, but the sound quality that comes out of the speakers is actually quite exceptional, especially when the laptop is sitting on a hard, flat surface, like a table or desk. It's not a HiFi system, but it's great for a laptop; don't expect it to fill a whole room with sound. It's a bit directional though, so you have to be sitting right in front of the screen to get a good experience, but that's typically not a problem.There's not much else to be said, other than look at the specs; this is a ridiculous laptop for the price. It runs great, and I've had no speed or driver issues whatsoever.The bad:The solid-state drive isn't a separate drive, it's part of the one HD in the computer, which is one of the "hybrid" drives. This means that file transfers from the traditional HD to the SSD are not exactly quick, and if anything is accessing the normal HD, the SSD performance is degraded. That said, you can still get transfer rates of 100 MB/s+ on or off the SSD.The laptop didn't come with too much bloatware, but it did come with an infuriating app called "Pokki" which is a Start menu replacement. Buying this laptop, and being unfamiliar with Windows 8, Pokki being preinstalled confused me, and it took me a good week to figure out that it was added by Lenovo. Removing it makes the Windows 8 experience much more fluid, and I like it much better now that that is gone. While I appreciate that some people might like it, for it to be preinstalled with no documentation suggesting what it is just confuses the end user; fortunately I consider myself quite tech-savvy, and was able to get rid of it, but to the layman, they might not realize that the Pokki app store is not the Windows App store.The screen is okay. It has the resolution I was looking for, or was at least a high enough resolution for me to tolerate. Unfortunately, it's a TN display, which means that color get shifted if you are off center at all. It also means that if you're watching a movie, or anything with dark spots, you'll see some color inversion happening in the corners of the screen, which can be both annoying and distracting. It is also LED back-lit, which while good for battery life, means that most color calibration sensors can't work with it. It never gets terribly bright, which is a problem for a glossy screen (although I must say that I almost always prefer a glossy screen, even with the glare), and some users may take issue with the glare.Another issue I had with the screen was partly my own fault, but I blame Lenovo to a certain extent. Having only ever dealt with ThinkPads before this, I expected the build quality to be similar, but it wasn't. Don't get me wrong, the laptop feels solid, but there are some obvious plastic-y parts to it. And my issue was with the outer case. While made of metal, it provides no real protection, and something pressed against the metal case protecting the screen caused light spots to appear on the screen. This was fortunately resolved by my accidental damage warranty, but without that, I would have been SOL.Energy management settings are somewhat useless. The only thing that does work exactly as advertised is the "power save" mode, which will run all the graphics cards and processors in low power mode, even when plugged in. When not plugged in, there is a noticeable drop in performance, and even selecting the "High Performance" energy management setting does not bring the system up to its full speed. The graphics cards are run at less than 1/10th their capacity when plugged in, with no possibility of overriding this option. Despite this forced power savings, I can't really manage to get more than 3 hours of battery life. A really minor thing is the absence of a mute button, even with the function buttons, there is no mute, although there is volume up/down.The worst:The trackpad. I wish this came with a TrackPoint nub, because I love those, but it's an IdeaPad, not a ThinkPad, so no TrackPoint. But even then, the trackpad is absolutely terrible, it is the only thing that I do not understand why they cut corners on. The mouse will drift, even without touching the pad, and the gestures are a joke; scrolling only works because I have ALL of the other gestures turned off. If you leave it on the default, it will ALWAYS zoom when you want to scroll, and scroll when you want to zoom; they would literally be better off reversing their algorithms. Every now and then it seems that the palmrest pops out of place, and the mouse will start to react to the plamrest as well as the trackpad. A firm press on the palmrest fixes this, but it's an odd issue nevertheless.Overall:The laptop does exactly what I need it to, it's a performace laptop on a budget; there aren't many sub $2000 laptops that can do half of what this one can, even with the problems I've had. I would buy this one again in a heartbeat.When I have the money, as in when I get a real job, I plan to replace this with a ThinkPad, as the build quality is just that little bit better. But for now, and for the next few years, this laptop will be adequate, even overkill for just about all of the tasks I'll need it to handle.My system specifications:Core i7, 4th Generation16 GB RAM, user replaceable (16 GB Maximum)2x GT755M graphics (1 in Ultrabay, so no optical drive)Edited: 3/27/2014: Discussed sound qualityEngadget Reader90August 10, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!This Laptop is Amazing!!Well built and for the price you can't go wrong.Lets start with the CPU. You are getting an I7 Intel quad-core at 2.2ghz ( vs other models that are getting a slightly faster CPU 2.4ghz ) this one should consume a little less power making the laptop last longer.The design is very modest and very finger print friendly.You are getting 2x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.0 (which is always ON, even when the PC is OFF)DUAL NVIDIA 750m on SLI which you can turn OFF one of them to save power or when doing not so demanding stuff (browsing, e-mail, listening to music, etc) nice feature to have.The screen is 1080p and the speakers are JLB. You get the most of the speakers with the Home Theater 4.0 software which make them 50% louder. Comes with 1TB HDD and a 24GB SSD HDD and 16GB ram.The keyboard has 3 tones for the backlit (OFF, low/medium and high) which is nice to have for when you are using it with your lights off.Overall the laptop its well built but when it comes to SMALL details it falls short.*There is no LED indicator for when the HDD it's moving for me that was surprising, since that way i can check if there is something running in the backgroud*No "function"+ key to turn ON/OFF the WIFI (most of the laptops used to come with this combo or a dedicated button for it.) Like any gaming Laptop, when gaming very demanding games the laptop will get HOT specially on the left side of it. Nothing that will ruing your gaming session; also you have to keep in mind that if you want to play on MAX/HIGH settings its best to keep it plug.The trackpad it's the only thing that i have found to not deliver, so if you planning on using it for gaming please try to use a USB one. Very poor design on that part.This Laptop is about ~6lbs, which isn't that heavy and def when you compare it vs other laptops of this caliber.The laptop doesn't come with a physical copy of Windows 8 and a few add on software from lenovo (nothing that you can't take off). Also the screen its not touchscreen, which in my opinion is not a deal breakerEngadget Reader100August 8, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!This laptop has everything that a good laptop needs; a speedy SSD, a 1 terabyte hard drive, 8GB of ram, an NVIDIA GT750M video card, backlit keyboard, a gorgeous screen, great speakers, expandability. And all for less than $1200.
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