Computers & Laptops

The big-screen performance

| Updated on: Apr 30, 2014
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While the majority of the notebook market is moving towards smaller and thinner devices, a substantial demand for larger, but reasonably priced, 15-inch laptops with ample power still exists. These laptops, more often than not, remain the preferred choices for gaming and multimedia enthusiasts who wouldn’t want to spend a fortune on something like an Alienware device.

Lenovo has refreshed its Z-series portfolio with the new Z510 series of laptops – the Z-series has been around for some time now, satiating the needs of multimedia enthusiasts. We go hands-on with the new 15-incher and here’s what we feel about it.

Design and performance When you think of a big, 15-inch laptop, the first question that comes to your mind is how bulky the device would be. Sure, the Z510 is big in terms of screen and overall chassis size, but it isn’t overly bulky.

The laptop weighs in at 2.2 kilos – only a few hundred grams more than some 14-inch Asus VivoBooks. And with a maximum thickness of just an inch, it has managed to pack in its performance in a comparatively slim package.

Plus the fact that it has a tapering design gives an illusion of slimness too. Lenovo has definitely not cut any corners with build quality too.

The quality of materials and the finish is impeccable, and the ergonomics have definitely considered long gaming hours.

The backlit, fully-equipped keyboard is very comfortable to use and the palmrest is quite wide, with the touchpad placed a bit towards the left – gamers are bound to love this layout scheme.

While the older Z500 series of laptops were powered by the Ivy Bridge family of processors, the Z510 series are equipped with the Haswell line of processors.

The test unit we received came with a 4{+t}{+h} Generation Intel Core i5 processor that clocked in at 2.50 GHz, but users have the choice of upgrading up to Core i7.

With a 6GB RAM (upgradeable up to 8GB) and an NVIDIA GeForce GT740M graphic chip, this laptop is a powerhouse of sorts for multimedia and gaming enthusiasts.

The screen however is a slight disappointment. The maximum resolution on the display is 1366x768 pixels, and has is not touch-enabled. A 1920x1080 pixels display as stock would have made more sense for a multimedia laptop.

The sound too, is a little disappointing. While the specs table says that the speakers are ‘JBL Branded Speakers’, they lack the punch.

Verdict The IdeaPad Z510 packs good gaming and multimedia performance, thanks to its hybrid hard drive and powerful specs. The battery life is acceptable 4.5 hours and the device has an overall brilliant fit and finish for its price. The letdowns, however, were the things that matter a lot on a multimedia laptop – the display and the sound.

₹48,390 onwards

Love – Brilliant performance; premium build quality

Hate – Mediocre display quality; Sound lacks the punch

Published on April 30, 2014

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