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Lenovo Ideapad 710s Review – Pricey Ideapad

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The PC market is enjoying good sales this year as more people prefer to buy laptops rather than tablets. Laptops nowadays has become slimmer, lighter and powerful yet power efficient.

Now we are taking a look at the Lenovo Ideapad 710s. Is this your next everyday casual laptop? Let’s find out.

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Lenovo Idepad 710s specs:

  • 2.5GHz Intel Core i7-7200 processor
  • NVidia GeForce 940MX graphics
  • 8GB RAM
  • 512GB SSD
  • 13.3-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • JBL® Stereo Speakers with Dolby® Audio Premium
  • Dimensions – 307 x 214 x 13.9 mm
  • Weight: 1.1kg
  • 2 x USB 3.0 (1 x always-on charging)
  • 4-in-1 Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC)
  • Audio Combo Jack
  • Micro HDMI-out
  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Up to 8 hours of local video playback
  • Windows 10

HARDWARE

The Lenovo Ideapad 710s is the most expensive among its affordable Ideapad line and this device is truly premium. Its thin profile makes it more upscale. It is also noticeable light and comfortable to hold for long periods of time.

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The thinness means it less ports. We only have an HDMI port, one card reader and two USB 3.0 port. This means dongle is life if you need more ports. When it comes to heating, after extensive use, we never experienced any overheating.

We also love that the keyboards are backlit which is very useful in dimmed places like some coffee shops. Keypad travel and typing was superb but we find the trackpad to be a little slow. We now decided to use a Bluetooth mouse.

PERFORMANCE

Internal are also high end and powerful – Intel Core i7 chipset oaired with NVidia GeForce 940MX graphics. This combo will be enough for casual gaming but not those hardcore games or extensive video editing. Watching movies and You Tube videos are better thanks to the graphics card

Every day grind was smooth overall given the things that we do – blogging, email, simple photo editing and watching movies. All of these are handled easily by the Ideapad 710s.

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CONNECTIVITY

We find quite interesting with Lenovo’s choice of putting a fingerprint scanner on the Ideapad 710s. Though we never tested it fully, it is a nice addition if you are very particular with your laptop’s security. WiFi and Bluetooth works very well here too.

BATTERY

Lenovo claims that the battery can last 8 hours of video playback. So we did a video loop test with WiFi on and at 75% brightness. We managed to reach about 7 hours and 30 minutes with 15% left to spare. Not bad indeed. We had to crank up the brightness  because the laptop’s weak screen brightness outout.

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VERDICT

The Lenovo Ideapad 710s is a beautiful and powerful laptop for casual everyday use. But since Lenovo’s Ideapad line is tagged as “budget line”, the P60,990 price tag is a bit of a stretch for everyone considering you only add a few thousand bucks and you can afford one of the most affordable Thinkpads, Lenovo’s premium business line of laptops formerly owned by IBM.

On the flip side, you really can’t deny the fact that this is one gorgeous and very portable laptop. You must check out other options from Dell like the Inspiron  7000 series or Acer’s new Swift line of ultra portable laptops.