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Lenovo IdeaPad Y510
Lenovo's ThinkPad line is synonymous with business class, but the company's newer IdeaPad series tries to fly coach. In fact, Lenovo's sub-$1000 IdeaPad Y510 vaults into the upper reaches of our most recent
The Y510's firm, responsive keyboard doesn't bow to fingertip pressure--this is a good thing, since
Lenovo piled lots of extras into this $900 notebook: A capable Web cam sits atop the display and works well with the included facial recognition software. The Dolby speakers deliver good high and midrange tones, and
A host of touch-sensitive shortcut buttons line the wide keyboard, and a handy Novo button serves as a one-touch power management tool. The Novo button isn't quite as handy as the ThinkVantage button/software suite used in models such as the Lenovo ThinkPad X300, but it's not bad.
Still, the laptop's 1.66-GHz Core 2 Duo T5450 Intel CPU delivered only middling performance, earning a score of
The Y510 also posted an average mark for battery life, surviving for 3 hours, 42 minutes on a single charge. Interestingly, this Lenovo matches the Acer Aspire 5920-6954 almost step-for-step, despite costing about $100 less.
The Y510's 1200-by-800-pixel resolution display is marred
Despite the display dilemma, this model represents a solid effort by Lenovo to court a more consumer-centric audience. The Y510 delivers a nice array of multimedia features for a good price.
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510
Well-built laptop provides middle of the road performance and a sizable hard disk for a good price.
- Hardy construction
- A multimedia machine with great speakers
- Anti-glare screen actually caused glare
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