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Review Of Lenovo 3000 Y510


lenovo-y510.jpgLenovo has, over the history couple of years, listening carefully on promoting its Y-range of products as multimedia powerhouses that also boast of good presentation. By and large this method has worked well for the company. Does the of late introduced Y510 break the mold, or does it offer more of the same?

Design and Features

The Y510, in a going away from previous models in this range, has a sober all-black finish. The lid has a beautiful matte finish, with grids evocative of classy wallpaper paneling. The area around the keyboard has a smoothly dim lead-colored finish that looks very classy. The LCD panel, however, is a bit of a disappointment, as it has a highly reflective surface and causes all kind of presentation problems.

Bodily, the laptop is similar to other previous Lenovo models. Its profile is similar to that of a body-builder, so weight-wise it could do with a bit of light down. However, like most Lenovo models, the construction is quite sound – the sturdy plastic emits no audible squeal nor shows any extra flex.

The keyboard of the Y510 is top-notch. The keys are well spaced and offer great tactile feedback. Their texture is just right and a permits hour of use without any of the exhaustion that creeps in when one uses a laptop at length. The touchpad is a tad large, but along with the firm mouse buttons, is better than offerings as of other manufacturers. The area above the keyboard offers a digital touch panel for controlling your media players.

The Y510 sports a 15.4 inch panel with a native resolution of 1280×800 pixels. While this is a standard resolution, the LCD panel is quite troublesome. It’s strangely glossy and thoughtful, and despite having the brightness set to full, I could see myself on it! This caused problems during our movie tests, as it was very distracting. On its own, the LCD panel offers average level of brightness, sharpness and color. The viewing angle wasn’t too good, with images fading away if not viewed straight-on. The laptop claims to be ‘Dolby Home plays ready. In spirit, this entire means is that it packs a 4.1 surround system with a subwoofer underside. The main speaker is located just above the keyboard area.

In terms of wireless/wired connectivity, the Y510 is decently ready. It offers 4 USB ports, a multi-format card reader, and a VGA-out. The Y410 has a Centrino Duo T5450 CPU, 2 GB RAM and a 160GB HDD, and is powered by an Nvidia GeForce Go 8400M GS chipset for its graphics with 256MB of VRAM support. These specs are pretty basic, and this was reflected in the 3DMark and PCMark scores.

Our next test was multimedia functionality. This was a bit of a hit-and-miss. While the sound superiority was top-notch, it was a bit soft and had to be cranked up. The LCD’s deep nature was another problem as it was quite off-putting while trying to watch a movie. It required a fair bit of fiddling with contrast and intensity levels to solve this problem. The battery life was quite polite. Under full strain and brightness, the laptop was able to last a full three hours, which is good.

Finally, The Y510 has ultimately fallen prey to the same problem that plagued the series earlier: it skimps on recital to offer better multimedia performance. However, at Rs 55,900 it offers good value for money, and is therefore not required.

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