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Specifications
General
  • Sales Package
    • Laptop, Battery, Power Adaptor, 
  • Model Number
    • Ideapad 310
  • Part Number
  • Color
    • Black
  • Type
    • Laptop
  • Suitable For
    • Processing & Multitasking, Travel & Business
  • Battery Backup
    • Upto 4 hours
Processor And Memory Features
  • Dedicated Graphic Memory Capacity
    • No
  • Processor Brand
    • Intel
  • Processor Name
    • Core i7
  • Processor Generation
    • 7th Gen
  • SSD
    • No
  • RAM
    • 8 GB
  • HDD Capacity
    • 1 TB
  • Clock Speed
    • 2.7 GHz
  • Graphic Processor
    • Intel HD 620 Graphics 
Operating System
  • Operating System
    • Win 10 HP 
Display And Audio Features
  • Touchscreen
    • Yes 
  • Screen Size
    • 15.6 inch
  • Screen Resolution
    • 1366 x 768 pixel
  • Speakers
    • Dual Speakers
  • Internal Mic
    • Built-in Microphone
Connectivity Features
  • Wireless LAN
    • IEEE 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth
    • v4.0
  • Ethernet
    • 10/100/1000 Mbps
Additional Features
Specifications
General
  • Sales Package
    • Laptop, Battery, Power Adaptor, 
  • Model Number
    • Ideapad 310
  • Part Number
  • Color
    • Black
  • Type
    • Laptop
  • Suitable For
    • Processing & Multitasking, Travel & Business
  • Battery Backup
    • Upto 4 hours
Processor And Memory Features
  • Dedicated Graphic Memory Capacity
    • No
  • Processor Brand
    • Intel
  • Processor Name
    • Core i7
  • Processor Generation
    • 7th Gen
  • SSD
    • No
  • RAM
    • 8 GB
  • HDD Capacity
    • 1 TB
  • Clock Speed
    • 2.7 GHz
  • Graphic Processor
    • Intel HD 620 Graphics 
Operating System
  • Operating System
    • Win 10 HP 
Display And Audio Features
  • Touchscreen
    • Yes 
  • Screen Size
    • 15.6 inch
  • Screen Resolution
    • 1366 x 768 pixel
  • Speakers
    • Dual Speakers
  • Internal Mic
    • Built-in Microphone
Connectivity Features
  • Wireless LAN
    • IEEE 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth
    • v4.0
  • Ethernet
    • 10/100/1000 Mbps
Additional Features

 

 

 

Lenovo IdeaPad 310-15IKB Notebook Review

Benjamin Herzig (translated by Maria Vittoria Occhipinti), 12/10/2016

Average. Lenovo is trying to stand out of the crowd of cheap notebooks available for 600 Euros (~$633) or less. We will check to see what the new IdeaPad 310-15IKB has to offer in our detailed review.

 

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For the original German review, see here.

Despite the large variety of ultrabooks on the market, it seems the 15-inch form factor is the most popular for laptops. The recipe for a bestseller: cheap, as much RAM and storage space as possible, a large display and a Core i5 processor. The Lenovo IdeaPad 310-15IKB is one such model and we will be testing it our in-depth review. The 300 series represents the lower middle-class of the Lenovo IdeaPad series and is geared towards private users who want a cheap model. If the price is still too high, you might want to consider the even cheaper 100 series (the IdeaPad 100-15IBD).

Our test model is one of the first IdeaPads to come with the new Intel Kaby Lake CPUs. The notebook market for private users is making the switch to the new Intel processor generation, but this transition is just starting. As such, there are very few comparable devices which use a processor from this generation (see the Acer Aspire E5-575G). At the same time, there are models with a Kaby Lake processor which we have yet to test (like the HP 15-av102ng). As this category has so many models to offer, we will be selecting a few for comparison with our test model.

Lenovo Ideapad 310-15IKB (Ideapad 310 Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
8192 MB  
 
, DDR4-2133, 1 of 1 slot occupied
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 141 PPI, BOE NT156FHM-N31, TN LED, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U Premium PCH
Storage
Hynix HFS128G3MND, 128 GB  
 
, 1 TB Toshiba MQ02ABF100 HDD in ODD slot
Weight
2.2 kg ( = 77.6 oz / 4.85 pounds), Power Supply: 168 g ( = 5.93 oz / 0.37 pounds)
Price
529 Euro

 

Case

The IdeaPad 310-15IKB
The IdeaPad 310-15IKB

The IdeaPad 310-15IKB has the same case as the IdeaPad 310-15ISK, which means it will share the strengths and weaknesses of it sister model.

The case is entirely black. The display cover and the base of the laptop are constructed with a rough plastic which is susceptible to fingerprints. In contrast, the hand-rest regions are made of a metallic-looking synthetic material, which is fine for this price segment. Thankfully, the display borders use matte plastic, which is a big improvement from the days of glossy borders.

The workmanship of the device is fine: there are no uneven gaps or sharp edges. However, the sturdiness is the same as that of the IdeaPad 310-15ISK: it could be better. Above the keyboard and the touchpad, the hand-rest regions can be bent inwards. The base is easy to bend and the display cover is wobbly. When we applied pressure to the latter, the screen showed distortions.

The single, wide drop down hinge does not allow the user to open the laptop with a single hand. Furthermore, the display will wobble in moving environments as the hinge does not force it in place.

Max opening angle
The case of the laptop...
...is made entirely of plastic.
The display cover.
The bottom of the laptop with the maintenance flaps closed.
The touchpad has poor controls.
The right side of the keyboard has a number pad.
Closer look: webcam.
The hard-drive slot has a 1 TB HDD.
 

The weight and measurements are typical for a 15.6-inch notebook. Despite the Ultrabook processor, the IdeaPad is a classic laptop.

All-in-all, Lenovo is offering a case which is appropriate for the price tag.

Size Comparison

 
      Medion Akoya P6670       HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA       Lenovo Ideapad 310-15IKB       Lenovo IdeaPad 510-15IKB 80SV0087GE       Lenovo Ideapad 310-15ISK
 

Connectivity

The usual suspects can be found on this laptop. We did not like the fact that there is only one USB 3.0 port on the test model. Furthermore, the model does not have USB Type-C. To be fair, it is rare to see this port in cheap laptops. We like the VGA interface, as it will allow users to connect VGA screens or beamers. However, this also limits the laptop, as it will not be possible for the user to use a 4K monitor at 60 Hz. This would only be possible with a DisplayPort and Lenovo uses the HDMI and VGA combo.

The placement of the ports also raises issues. The two USB 2.0 ports are placed poorly on the right side, as they are very close together and near the front. If you only have one USB device, you can stick with the USB 3.0 port on the other side. Otherwise, this placement is disadvantageous (especially for right-handed users), as it will create cable clutter at the front of the laptop and prevent the comfortable use of an external mouse. The Ethernet interface has a flap on it, which makes connecting a cable a clumsy operation.

Right: 2x USB 2.0, ODD slot, Kensington lock
Right: 2x USB 2.0, ODD slot, Kensington lock
Left: DC-In, VGA, Ethernet, HDMI, USB 3.0, 3.5 mm jack, SD-card reader
Left: DC-In, VGA, Ethernet, HDMI, USB 3.0, 3.5 mm jack, SD-card reader

SD-Card Reader

In the SD-card reader performance benchmark, we use the Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II as a reference memory card. The benchmark revealed that Lenovo uses a very cheap and slow card reader in our test model. Obviously, the laptop is going to be far off from the great numbers posted by a high-end model, like the Dell XPS 13. However, the performance is so bad, that the user might have to consider using an SD card as a storage device only as a last possible option. Furthermore, the SD cards stick out a little, which will make them a less attractive long-term solution.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
107.8 MB/s ∼100%+367%
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15IKB
23.1 MB/s ∼21%
Acer TravelMate X3 X349-M-7261
19.1 MB/s ∼18%-17%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Dell XPS 13 9360 FHD i5
250.6 MB/s ∼100%+906%
Acer TravelMate X3 X349-M-7261
26.1 MB/s ∼10%+5%
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15IKB
24.9 MB/s ∼10%
 
 

Communication

The WLAN performance is a little better. The Lenovo model uses a 1x1 Intel module: the Wireless-AC 3165. The performance is decent and we did not encounter any instability during our test. However, once again, it seems more money for a stronger Wi-Fi module might be the way to go: the Mi Notebook Air 13 is much faster while up-/downloading.

Thankfully, Lenovo has used a Gigabit Ethernet port from Realtek. Fast Ethernet is truly outdated.

Networking
iperf Server (receive) TCP 1 m
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air (13.3 inch)
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
634 MBit/s ∼100%+98%
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter (jseb)
341 MBit/s ∼54%+6%
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15IKB
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
321 MBit/s ∼51%
iperf Client (transmit) TCP 1 m
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Air (13.3 inch)
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
510 MBit/s ∼100%+79%
Acer Aspire E5-774-54HJ
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter (jseb)
307 MBit/s ∼60%+8%
Lenovo Ideapad 310-15IKB
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
285 MBit/s ∼56%
 
 
 

Accessories

No additional accessories are included in the delivery and, aside from USB docks, the manufacturer is not offering any docking solutions. For laptops of this class and price, this is acceptable.

 

Maintenance

The IdeaPad 310-15IKB has two small maintenance flaps on the bottom. One hides the 2.5-inch HDD and the other larger flap secures the RAM modules and the WLAN device. To take off the flaps, the user must remove screws and small clips. We recommend using a plastic pry-up tool.

The hard-drive slot can also be removed by taking out one screw from the bottom and pulling on the module a little. Our model does not have an ODD, but rather an HDD/SSD caddy with an additional HDD. This will definitely interest techies.

The battery and fan are not accessible. The entire laptop must be taken apart to gain access to these parts. All-in-all, the IdeaPad 310-15IKB allows the user to easily maintain the "basic parts" of the laptop.

Bottom with the maintenance flaps removed.
Bottom with the maintenance flaps removed.

Warranty

The warranty of the IdeaPad 310-15IKB will last 24 months (12 months for the battery). This is a "Bring-In" service, which means the laptop needs to be sent to the manufacturer. The warranty can be changed or extended. For example, the user could add accident coverage so that the laptop is insured against drops. The warranty may be upgrade up to 36 months with on-site service, which means the service employee would repair the device in the shop directly.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The IdeaPad 310-15IKB is a 15-inch laptop with a wide chiclet keyboard, which includes a number pad. All keys are full-sized, including the cursor keys. This leaves little space for certain keys, such as the right Shift key which has been made smaller. If you use this key often, you might need to take some time to get acquainted with the size difference.

The keys have a comfortable stroke distance and typing feel. Lenovo has earned a reputation for providing the best keyboards. However, the IdeaPad is far from the ThinkPad level. Subjective: the laptop keyboard does not bend too much while typing. In fact, the keyboard only deforms under strong pressure, which makes it very similar to other cheap laptops.

A backlight or some other form of key lighting has not been provided.

Touchpad

The touchpad of the test model uses the same metallic-looking plastic as the hand-rest regions. The device is very smooth, which means the finger easily glides over it. The touchpad is very quick to respond and accurate. Sadly, it cannot match the qualities of a Microsoft Precision touchpad or a MacBook. Two-finger scrolling works quite well, but scrolling with a single finger might be a little laggy.

This is not a ClickPad: Lenovo has built in a single bar with two separate keys on each end. This is a poor solution, as the user will only be able to really press at the very far ends of the bar. Furthermore, the click mechanism is not great, as clicks feel hard and are barely audible. The manufacturer should either have gone with a ClickPad or a touchpad with separate mouse keys.

Keyboard
Keyboard

Display

Close-up of the pixel matrix - IdeaPad 310-15IKB
Close-up of the pixel matrix - IdeaPad 310-15IKB

Lenovo has installed an FHD display (1920x1080 pixels) in our test model. This is a cheap TN panel which offers significantly worse image quality in comparison to IPS screens. The display surface is glossy and it seems this is the only option Lenovo is willing to offer for the IdeaPad. A matte display or a panel with higher resolution is not available.

The display has poor brightness compared to most of the +300-Euro (~$316) models of 2016. At 188 cd/m2, the max brightness is very weak. Thankfully the brightness is distributed properly over the panel: 95% distribution. We did not notice any backlight bleeding or PWM-flickering.

In this price class, there are a few displays which offer better. The IdeaPad 510-15IKB is a natural competitor for our test model, as it is priced at 560 Euros (~$591) and offers an IPS panel. Usually, you have to pay more for an IPS panel: see the Dell Inspiron 15-5559 or the Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-572G, which require at least 700 Euros (~$739). IPS displays are also relatively brighter, as shown in our comparison. Even the Acer Aspire E5-774 has a brighter TN FHD screen. At the very least, Lenovo has improved the screen of our test model since its predecessor.

 
  188
cd/m²
188
cd/m²
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