The Lenovo IdeaPad 310 delivers strong performance thanks to a 7th-generation Intel Core i3 processor, but we wish it lasted longer on the road.
PROS: Decent range of ports. Fast booting speed. Comfy keyboard and mouse
CONS: Below average battery life. On the heavy side
Lenovo is trying to stand out of the crowd of cheap notebooks with the release of the Lenovo Ideapad 310 (80TV00BJUS). This is a decent 15.6 inch middle-of-the-road laptop that comes in the way of folks who are not ready to break the bank but after a machine to handle their day to day tasks. The laptop harbors a simple design with various lower-end to upper-mid-tier component choices available depending on the size of your pocket and requirements.
Our pack for this review is powered by the 7th generation Core i3-7100 dual core processor with 4GB of RAM and a massive 1TB hard drive for storage of all your stuff. The Kaby Lake generation of Intel processors brings improvements in terms of processing speeds, and this is what the laptop boasts about apart from its great hardware and affordability.
It also includes a newer Integrated Intel HD 620 that offers better Graphics for casual gaming and watching of movies. The laptop offers a decent environment for daily home and office computing tasks including web browsing, editing of documents, listening to music, watching videos and movies without stretching its abilities while running on windows 10.
The laptop does not draw any inspiration when it comes to the design, it is packed in a simple plastic chassis. It measures 14.9 x 0.9 x 10.2 inches and weighs 4.8 pounds, this is lighter and thinner than the Acer Aspire E 15 which measures a 15 x 1.2 x 10.2 inches and weighs 5.2 pounds. It comes with a common chiclet-style non-backlit keyboard that feels comfortable when typing, a full numeric pad and a responsive trackpad that has dedicated “click” buttons instead of those integrated in the surface.
The Lenovo Ideapad 310 is powered by an Intel Core i3-7100U processor based on the Kaby Lake architecture. This is a dual core processor with a clock speed of 2.4 GHz and does not come with the Turbo boost technology to enhance the speed. This is a mid-range processor but performs better than the Celerons and Pentiums around with the ability of running most of the programs thrown at it.
The system comes with 4 GB DDR4 RAM that could be expanded to 12GB for a snappier performance. There is an actual RAM slot available on the mainboard to embed the extra memory. The 1TB 5400 RPM hard drive is most likely to disappoint many in as much as it offers plenty of space. Many will opt upgrading this to an SSD for fast loading of programs and booting speeds.
When it comes to gaming, this is not the best for players since you need a dedicated graphics just like in the Asus Gaming laptop for proper gaming. The laptop comes with an integrated Intel HD 620 that might do alright with conservative candy in-game.
The laptop can handle some titles by delivering smooth frames per second. For instance, at low resolution settings the laptop is able to deliver +40 FPS on battlefield 4 and +30 FPS on GTA. The system can handle games like League of Legends and Minecraft much better to give you a worth gaming experience.
Connectivity options are kept to the basic as it features two USB 2.0 port and a single USB 3.0 port for faster transfer of data and connecting to other devices. There is an audio and microphone jack to connect to external speakers or headphones. An HDMI and VGA port make it possible for you to extend the display to larger screens such as a HD television, projector or monitor to enjoy watching your movies or make a presentation.
There is an SD card slot that can be used for data transfers and temporal increase of the storage. The system comes with a DVD burner that will come in handy for those who want to write and copy their diss. Internet connectivity is accessible by use of a Gigabit RJ-45 and a 802.11AC Wi-Fi wireless adapter for faster downloading speeds. There is also Bluetooth to connect with compatible devices.
The Lenovo Ideapad 310 comes with an entry-level resolution of 1366-by-768-pixel glossy panel without IPS for wide viewing angles and without touch input support. This is a basic resolution so you won’t expect Full HD here but then being a budget price, there isn’t much to comment about. There is a 0.3MP webcam on the top bezel of the display that comes in handy for video chats via Skype with friends and family. The images are not that crisp and clear as compared to FHD displays like the Acer Aspire E 15 that comes with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels, but at least it gets your job done.
The battery system on this laptop is relatively of a low capacity with a 30 WHr battery capacity that Lenovo promises to offer up to 5 hours of Video playback, which is a decent battery life in this notebook category. The HP 15-ay013nr also provides around 5 hours of battery usage while the Dell Inspiron i7559-BLK would do better at around 7 hours for those always on the move.
The Lenovo Ideapad 310 (80TV00BJUS) is a decent desktop-replacement laptop that does not hit the wallet hard. It comes with capable features to get you running out-of-the box for handling day to day tasks. The highlight point on this machine remains on its 7th generation Intel Core i3-7100U processor that is powerful enough to handle multiple tasks and applications. The installed 4 GB memory and 1 TB 5400 RPM mechanical hard drive are not at their best, but luckily it gives room for upgrading the system to up to 12GB of RAM and replacing the HDD with a solid-state drive.
If you are not interested in the business of upgrading then the Lenovo Ideapad 310 (80SM00JSUS) which comes with Intel core i7-6500U, 8 GB RAM and 256 SSD could do better for you. The Lenovo Ideapad 310 (80TV00BJUS) suffices as a comfortable desktop-replacement laptop for users who are not keen with performance and the latest technology but are mindful of their pockets.