I must confess that when IBM sold its laptop business to Lenovo, I had my doubts. ThinkPads had always been my go to choice for rock solid business production and selling off the vaunted brand left ripples of insecurity in IT departments everywhere.
I’m happy that Lenovo managed to not only carry on the ThinkPad tradition of solid reliability but over the years has extended the line in imaginative ways without sacrificing the quality of the name. It is a rare and largely unheralded successes in the technology industry.
Lenovo has continued to field some powerhouse beauties in its laptop line and recently let slip the IdeaPad Y510p with little fanfare.
The Y510p is powered by Intel’s new Haswell i7 2.4 Ghz quad core processor paired up with NVIDIA’s 750M GPU. If one GPU isn’t enough (is it ever enough?) the Y510p can accommodate a second 750M GPU in the Ultrabay slot. If you don’t need the second graphics card you can also use the spare bay for more drive storage or another fan for additional cooling.
Boasting 5 hours of battery life the Y510p is geared toward users who still need big power on their desk for gaming, video editing and other high-powered multimedia tasks. The 15.6 inch LED display has a non-glare finish and the unit ships with a 720p HD webcam and dual microphones backed by Dolby Home Theater audio.
The Y510p is built to move a lot of data with USB 3 which is always on so you can continue to charge your phone or other devices, even the laptop is unplugged. The 1 TB of internal drive space is not blazingly fast but you can supplement it with a 24 GB SSD in the Ultrabay if you need more speed. Other upgrades available include substituting stock DVD drive with a Bluray/DVD drive.
Nice touches to the fit and finish include a brushed metal exterior and Accutype backlit keyboard. Base model starts at $989, Newegg has the model with 12GB of RAM and an 8GB SSD for $1,149.99.
All in all the Y510p is another example that Lenovo is doing a fine job carrying on the name and tradition of IBM’s laptop business.