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:
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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This is by far the most popular laptop screen size. It provides a lot of screen real estate, while avoiding bulkiness of the 17.3" laptops.
1366x768 pixels HD
This is an entry-level screen resolution, oftentimes found on budget laptops. It doesn't deliver picture sharpness and space on the screen like the Full HD or higher resolution laptop displays do.
AMD A10-9600P (older lower-mid-range processor)
AMD A12-9700P (older lower-mid-range processor)
Intel Core i3-6100U 6th Gen "Skylake" Dual-Core 2.3GHz 3MB Cache (User Benchmark CPU score: 36)
Intel Core i3-7100U 7th Gen (low-mid-range processor for home and office use, older model)
Intel Core i5-7200U 7th Gen (enables smooth everyday computing)
Intel Core i7-6500U 6th Gen (older upper-mid-tier home and office CPU)
Intel Core i7-7500U 7th Gen (older mid-range processor for home and office use)
Intel HD 620 integrated graphics of 7th Gen Core i3, i5, i7 (for light gaming)
AMD Radeon R5 integrated graphics (only for lightest gaming)
AMD Radeon R7 integrated graphics (for very light gaming)
System memory (RAM) size
4GB is a small RAM size for computing in 2022. For smooth operation of a laptop during everyday tasks, at least 8GB is recommended.
The 8GB RAM size is the standard one in 2022. It provides comfortable multi-tasking for the most home and office users.
12GB is greater than the recommended minimum of 8GB and enables very comfortable multitasking during everyday tasks. However, many games and professional software may require 16GB or more.
256GB is a decent capacity. If you tend to download and store a lot of large files like movies and install many programs, 512GB or more is a better choice.
1000GB (1TB) HDD
1TB is an excellent storage capacity, but HDD is a slow type of storage.
DVD optical drive
Non-backlit keyboard with dedicated number pad
Touchpad with separate physical click buttons
Speakers and audio
Front-facing web camera
The 802.11AC is the previous-generation wireless networking standard. It's also known as Wi-Fi 5. 802.11AC is succeeded by 802.11AX Wi-Fi 6 with data transfer speed and multi-device connectivity improvements.
Ethernet network port
This laptop has an Ethernet LAN port for wired internet and networking connectivity.
Mobile broadband (4G LTE)
This laptop has a built-in Bluetooth module. It enables you to connect the computer to Bluetooth mice and other Bluetooth peripherals, smartphones, and other Bluetooth-equipped devices.
2 x USB 2.0 + 1 x USB 3.0
Three full-size Type A USB ports.
Video output ports
1 x HDMI + 1 x VGA
HDMI is a widely used digital video output port. You can find HDMI-in ports on most computer monitors and TVs. VGA is an old analog type of video connectivity used on older computers, monitors, TVs, and projectors.
Media card reader
SD card reader
The laptop has a slot for full-size SD memory cards, used in many digital cameras.
"Up to 5 hours" of battery life
Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Home is aimed at the regular home and office computer users. Only select business users need the Professional edition. Windows 10 Home users are eligible for a free upgrade to the latest Windows 11 Home.