Lenovo IdeaPad 310 15.6″ Budget Laptop


The Lenovo IdeaPad 310 is a middle-of-the-road 15.6-inch laptop for budget-conscious consumers. This plastic-topped notebook with simplistic design comes with various lower-end to upper-mid-tier component choices.

For the display, the 4.8-pound Lenovo IdeaPad 310 has a usual entry-level 1366-by-768-pixel glossy panel without IPS for wide viewing angles and without touch input support. The keyboard is also a common chiclet-style one without keyboard backlight. The trackpad has dedicated “click” buttons instead of those integrated in the surface.

Regarding internals, you can select the Intel Core 6th Generation i3-6100U and 7th Gen i3-7100U dual-core, 6th Gen i5-6200U and 7th Gen i5-7200U dual-core, 6th Gen i7-6500U and 7th Gen i7-7500U dual-core, AMD A10-9600P quad-core, and AMD A12-9700P quad-core processors. Although Intel’s chips have two cores instead of four, it doesn’t automatically mean they are slower than the AMD parts. Their performance is actually very close, with Intel’s i7 and i5 being the fastest among them, followed by the AMD A12, AMD A10, and Intel i3. They all belong to the mainstream laptop CPU category, meaning they are optimal solutions for the daily home and office computing chores, multimedia playback, and some casual gaming. Regarding system memory, the laptop uses DDR4 type. Offered capacities are 4GB, 8GB, and 12GB. Data storage options are a 1-Terabyte hard disk drive or a 256GB solid state drive. The former is needed if you want to store large file libraries on your laptop, while the latter is a better option if you prefer speed over capacity.

Here are some currently available models / configurations of Lenovo IdeaPad 310:

80SM003SUS – Intel Core i3-6100U CPU, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD, black – Price: ~$400
80TV00BJUS – Intel Core i3-7100U CPU, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD, black – Price: ~$450
80TV00BKUS – Intel Core i3-7100U CPU, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD, red – Price: ~$500
80SM0048US – Intel Core i7-6500U CPU, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, black – Price: ~$600
80TV00Q3US – Intel Core i5-7200U CPU, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD, black – Price: ~$600
80TV00BHUS – Intel Core i7-7500U CPU, 12GB RAM, 1TB HDD, black – Price: ~$700
80TV00Q3US – Intel Core i7-6500U CPU, 12GB RAM, 256GB, black – Price: ~$700

These are available on Lenovo’s official store. On the other side, Amazon has fewer models in stock but also has excellent prices for some configurations:

80TV00BJUS – Intel Core i3-7100U CPU, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD, black – Price: ~$450
80TV00BGUS – Intel Core i5-7200U CPU, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, black – Price: ~$550
80ST001MUS – AMD A10-9600P CPU, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD, black – Price: ~$550
80ST001NUS – AMD A12-9700P CPU, 12GB RAM, 1TB HDD, black – Price: ~$580

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Furthermore, the IdeaPad 310 has a built-in DVD burner drive, stereo speakers with Dolby Audio technology, a low-resolution 0.3MP web camera, 802.11AC Wi-Fi wireless and Ethernet LAN wired network connections, Bluetooth, one USB 3.0 port and a pair of slower USB 2.0 ports, HDMI external display output, a combo audio mic / headphones jack, and a multi-in-one media card reader.

The battery inside this laptop has a relatively low capacity of 30 WHr. Yet, Lenovo claims the battery can provide “up to 5 hours of video playback”, which is a decent battery life in this notebook category.

The laptop ships with Windows 10 Home operating system pre-installed.

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Brand

Lenovo

Screen Size

15.6-inch

Screen Resolution

1366×768

Touchscreen

No

Processor

AMD A10-9600P “Bristol Bridge” Quad-Core 2.4-3.3GHz 2MB Cache (~3,800 PassMark benchmark points), AMD A12-9700P “Bristol Bridge” Quad-Core 2.5-3.4GHz 2MB Cache (~4,200 PassMark benchmark points), Intel Core i3-6100U 6th Gen “Skylake” Dual-Core 2.3GHz 3MB Cache (~3,500 PassMark benchmark points), Intel Core i3-7100U 7th Gen “Kaby Lake” dual-core 2.4GHz 3MB cache (~3,950 PassMark benchmark points), Intel Core i5-6200U 6th Gen “Skylake” Dual-Core 2.3-2.8GHz 3MB Cache (~3,900 PassMark benchmark points), Intel Core i5-7200U 7th Gen “Kaby Lake” Dual-Core 2.5-3.1GHz 3MB Cache (~4,700 PassMark benchmark points), Intel Core i7-6500U 6th Gen “Skylake” Dual-Core 2.5-3.1GHz 4MB Cache (~4,450 PassMark benchmark points), Intel Core i7-7500U 7th Gen “Kaby Lake” dual-core 2.7-3.5GHz 4MB cache (~5,250 PassMark benchmark points)

Graphics

Intel HD 620 Integrated Graphics, AMD Radeon R5 Integrated Graphics, AMD Radeon R7 Integrated Graphics

RAM

4GB, 8GB, 12GB

Storage

256GB SSD, 1000GB (1TB) HDD

Optical Drive

DVD Writer

Input

Multi-Touch Trackpad with Physical Buttons, Non-Backlit Keyboard with Numeric Pad

Speakers and Audio

Stereo Speakers

Cameras

Front

Wi-Fi

802.11AC

Ethernet LAN

Yes

3G - 4G Mobile Broadband

No

Bluetooth

Yes

USB

2 x USB 2.0 + 1 x USB 3.0

Video Ports

1 x HDMI + 1 x VGA

Media Card Reader

Yes

Battery

“Up to 5 hours” of battery life, 30 Whr

Weight

4.8 pounds

Height

0.9″

Width

14.9″

Depth

10.2″

Windows Version

Windows 10 Home

Warranty

1-Year

1 review for Lenovo IdeaPad 310 15.6″ Budget Laptop

  1. 5 out of 5

    Eric – July 1, 2017:

    A10-9600p 12GB RAM Witcher 3 plays @ 1366×768 fair with motion blur set low. Fixes lag better than lowering resolutions. Medium textures and details.

    Dragon’s Dogma: Plays maxed out.
    Dragon Age:Origins: Plays maxed out.
    No Mans Sky: barely plays, but then it barely plays with good dedicated graphics on anything.
    Black Mesa: Plays well maxed settings.

    Very impressed for a laptop @ $350 off Amazon.

    Screen quality not so good, but with HDMI out you don’t have to look at it often.

    Sound output is both loud and clear. No rattles. Lacks bass like any 1″ x .75″ laptop speakers. Good imaging, which is helpful in games which offer direction queues, like Witcher 3.

    The 1TB drive is fair, but not fast. 5400RPM limits throughput, though it manages file copies often sustaining 130MB/s. An SSD would definitely help load times.

    The 12 GB of DDR4 is definitely helpful when the APU graphics need more than the 512MB of dedicated GPU video RAM. Had it been DDR3 it would not be acceptable.

    Runs fairly cool gaming or editing/encoding video. The fan blows (quietly) against the front of the lid, leaving dust bars if you are in a dusty area. It blows above the function keys that sit above the 4 through 7 keys (F5-F7) onto the screen side of the top that is mounted to recessed hinges.

    Wish it didn’t have a number pad on the right side… what a waste. If I wanted a dedicated number pad I would use either a USB number pad or a USB/Bluetooth full keyboard, which I do.

    All around good value.

    Lenovo supplies Windows 7 drivers if you hate Windows 10 as much as I do…

    Were it not for DX12 I would not run Windows 10.

    Shut off all non-essential windows services and background tasks for best performance.

    Worth every penny. Reliable/stable.


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