Lenovo IdeaPad Y510 review: Lenovo IdeaPad Y510

Intel's 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo T5450 is the default CPU these days for laptops that want decent performance on a budget, and coupled with 2GB of RAM, the Y510 is certainly more than capable of Web surfing, working on office documents, media playback, and photo editing. We found its performance nearly identical to other mainstream laptops with the same 5450 chip, such as the Toshiba Satellite A205, and didn't experience any slowdown or stuttering.

Lenovo has a reputation for good battery life, and the IdeaPad Y510 does well for a budget-minded mainstream laptop, lasting 2 hours and 56 minutes on our DVD battery drain test. That test is especially grueling, so you can expect longer life from the included 6-cell battery in casual Web surfing and office use, and we got closer to 4 hours anecdotally.

Lenovo includes an industry-standard one-year parts-and-labor warranty with the system, and the company's support Web site is above average, providing easy access to features such as an online knowledge base and driver downloads. Support is also accessible through a 24-7 toll-free phone line and an online chat tool.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510
1,222 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510
261 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510
247 

DVD battery drain test
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510
176 

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Lenovo IdeaPad Y510
Windows Vista Home Premium Edition; 1.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5450; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel 965GM; 250GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Acer TravelMate 6291
Windows Vista Business Edition; 1.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5500; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 224MB Mobile Intel 945GM/GU Express Chipset; 120GB Seagate Momentus 5,400rpm

Dell XPS m1530
Windows Vista Home Premium Edition; 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7500; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB Nvidia Geforce 8600M GT; 160GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Toshiba Satellite A205
Windows Vista Home Premium Edition; 1.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5450; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 358MB Mobile Intel 965GM; 200GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

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Lenovo IdeaPad Y510

Part Number: 59012693 Released: Mar 1, 2008

MSRP: $881.92

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Mar 1, 2008
  • Installed Size 2 GB
  • CPU Intel Pentium T2330 / 1.6 GHz
  • Resolution 1280 x 800 ( WXGA )
  • Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Color black
  • Weight 6.4 lbs
  • Optical Drive DVD-Writer - fixed
    DVD±RW - fixed
  • Graphics Processor Intel GMA X3100
    Intel GMA X3100