Len­ovo Idea­Pad Y510p

Australian T3 - - RATED - US$1,369, LEN­OVO.COM

Nails the gam­ing look, but lacks that win­ning edge

The Len­ovo Idea­Pad Y510p’s black cas­ing and red, back-lit key­board give off a men­ac­ing vibe. It might look a bit out of place sit­ting next to the Toshiba P50t in the board­room, but it’s in­stantly recog­nis­able as a gam­ing ma­chine.

Nvidia’s GeForce GT755M graph­ics deliver de­cent 3D per­for­mance for a lap­top in this price range, while the 15.6-inch, 1920x1080 HD screen does an ex­cel­lent job of dis­play­ing vi­brant colours and fast mo­tion. The built-in JBL speak­ers also put in a great per­for­mance, pro­duc­ing pow­er­ful, boom­ing au­dio with no no­tice­able dis­tor­tion, even dur­ing the loud­est and most in­tense of fire fights.

A 1TB hard drive pro­vides all the space you need for those mas­sive game in­stalls and the quad­core In­tel i7 pro­ces­sor is nippy enough to play most cur­rent ti­tles – again it’s clocked at a re­spectable 2.4GHz. De­spite that spec line-up, dur­ing our bench­mark­ing tests it be­came clear that the Y510p strug­gled in com­par­i­son to its ri­vals, with more lag ap­par­ent and less graph­i­cal de­tail. That’s dis­ap­point­ing, but hardly a mas­sive shock when you con­sider the price.

The sys­tem’s graph­i­cal power can be en­hanced by swap­ping out the pre-in­stalled Blu-ray drive and adding an additional GeForce GT 755M graph­ics card. The Y510P’s Ul­traBay makes this swap easy, but it does bump up the price-tag, putting it in di­rect com­pe­ti­tion with this test’s big hit­ters – we doubt it would hold its own.

The Y510p feels a lot more ex­pen­sive than it ac­tu­ally is and has some ex­cel­lent ideas, in­clud­ing a mas­sive vent on the bot­tom to aid heat dis­si­pa­tion, a tough key­board, and that Ul­traBay for quick up­grades. But un­less you’re will­ing to spend additional cash on boost­ing its per­for­mance, you’re bet­ter off spend­ing slightly more in the first place. It hasn’t launched here, so you’d need to get it via an­other av­enue, which prob­a­bly isn’t worth the ef­fort. Love Strik­ing de­sign. Rich au­dio. De­cent HD screen Hate Weaker gam­ing per­for­mance than its ri­vals. Dual GPU setup re­quires ex­tra ex­pense T3 Says Len­ovo has the gam­ing looks, but its per­for­mance just isn’t up to scratch

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