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Lenovo IdeaPad 510S-13ISK Subnotebook Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Vinay Pradhan), 09/18/2016

Well-rounded package. The Lenovo IdeaPad 510S-13ISK is a nice 13.3-inch subnotebook, which offers a Full HD IPS screen, a Skylake processor and a backlit keyboard. However, the battery should last longer.

For the original German review, see here.

The Lenovo IdeaPad 510S-13ISK is the successor to the previously tested IdeaPad 500S-13ISK. The differences between these two models are limited: only the case and the distribution of ports show any significant changes. In terms of hardware, both models are equipped with Skylake processors and the same FHD screens. Rivals for this test model include names such as the Asus X302UV, the Acer Aspire V3-372, the HP Envy 13, the Asus ZenBook UX303 and the Apple MacBook Air 13.

Lenovo Ideapad 510S-13ISK (Ideapad 510 Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 520, Memory: 300-950 MHz, Single Channel, 20.19.15.4390
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2134, Single Channel, one memory slot (occupied)
Display
13.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 166 PPI, LG Philips LP133WF2-SPL1, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Skylake-U Premium PCH
Storage
WDC Slim WD10SPCX-24HWST1, 1000 GB 
, 5400 rpm, 860 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC236 @ Intel Sunrise Point-LP PCH - High Definition Audiocontroller
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Audio combo, Card Reader: SD, TPM 2.0
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 19.3 x 323 x 230 ( = 0.76 x 12.72 x 9.06 in)
Battery
35 Wh Lithium-Ion, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 4.5 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD Webcam
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Lenovo Photo Master, McAfee LiveSafe Internet Security (trial), MS Office (trial), 24 Months Warranty
Weight
1.56 kg ( = 55.03 oz / 3.44 pounds), Power Supply: 169 g ( = 5.96 oz / 0.37 pounds)
Price
799 Euro

 

Case

The casing is mostly made of synthetic material. The top of the base unit is an exception as it uses metal. The display cover and the bottom of the laptop are white, whereas the top of the base unit and the display borders keep to a silver tone. There are other color combinations available: a red-black model is already listed in price search engines. All the surfaces of the laptop are matte. A maintenance hatch is not included in the laptop, so the user has to remove the bottom of the laptop to access the interior. We will cover this in further detail later on in the review.

In terms of workmanship, the laptop is quite good as it has a solid finish despite some uneven material gaps. Like most laptops, our test model can be bent a little below the touchpad and on both sides of the keyboard. The real problem is that the base unit can be bent with enough pressure, due to insufficient material firmness. All-in-all, the case is fine. It is not surprising that the display cover can be bent more than the base unit. Pressure will cause image distortions in the screen content, most of which will be concentrated around the middle of the screen. With some hand dexterity, the laptop can be opened with one hand.

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The test model matches the competition in terms of weight: 1.6 kg (~3.5 lb). The rivals that use metal cases might be about 200 grams (~7 oz) heavier. The Lenovo test model also matches the other models in terms of measurements.

Size Comparison

Connectivity

This IdeaPad model has the same number and type of ports as its predecessor. The only major difference is the placement of these ports. The user has 3 USB ports available with 2 being USB 3.0. Unfortunately, our test model has no type-C USB port, even though most notebooks of 2016 include at least one port of this kind. The positioning of the ports is good, as the connectors can be found in the rear regions on both sides, which keeps the area near the hand-rest free of annoying cables.

Left side: slot for a cable lock, power outlet, USB 2.0, audio combo and memory card reader (SD)
Left side: slot for a cable lock, power outlet, USB 2.0, audio combo and memory card reader (SD)
Right side: 2x USB 3.0, Gigabit-Ethernet, HDMI
Right side: 2x USB 3.0, Gigabit-Ethernet, HDMI

SD Card Reader

The card reader is decent. It can copy large data blocks at a maximum transfer speed of 50.6 MB/s. The transfer of 250 jpg files (each around 5 MB) can be performed at a speed of 36.3 MB/s. We tested the card reader with a reference SD card (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II).

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Asus Zenbook UX303UA-R4051T
 
78.5 MB/s ∼100% +116%
Asus Zenbook UX303UA-FN121T
 
55 MB/s ∼70% +52%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
 
54 MB/s ∼69% +49%
Lenovo Ideapad 510S-13ISK
 
36.3 MB/s ∼46%
Asus X302UV-FN016T
 
27.9 MB/s ∼36% -23%
Acer Aspire V3-372-57CW
 
22.4 MB/s ∼29% -38%
Lenovo IdeaPad 500S-13ISK
 
14 MB/s ∼18% -61%
Lenovo E31-70 80KX015RGE
 
10.3 MB/s ∼13% -72%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Asus Zenbook UX303UA-FN121T
 
85.8 MB/s ∼100% +70%
Asus Zenbook UX303UA-R4051T
 
84.6 MB/s ∼99% +67%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
 
83 MB/s ∼97% +64%
Lenovo Ideapad 510S-13ISK
 
50.6 MB/s ∼59%
Asus X302UV-FN016T
 
37.1 MB/s ∼43% -27%
Lenovo E31-70 80KX015RGE
 
29.93 MB/s ∼35% -41%
Acer Aspire V3-372-57CW
 
27.3 MB/s ∼32% -46%
Lenovo IdeaPad 500S-13ISK
 
26.2 MB/s ∼31% -48%

Communication

From the plethora of WLAN modules, Lenovo has chosen the Intel Wireless-AC 3165. This chip supports the 802.11a/b/g/n and the fast ac WLAN standards. In fact, the test results left no room for complaint. It must be noted that the test was conducted under unrealistic conditions, as there were no other WLAN devices nearby and the test model was a short distance from the server PC. In everyday use, the transmission rates should be lower. As with many other notebooks, our test model has a Gigabit Ethernet chip from the Realtek RTL8168/8111 series, which provides the option of wired connectivity. The chip performs its duty without any issues.

Networking
iperf Server (receive) TCP 1 m
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Broadcom 802.11ac
570 MBit/s ∼100% +82%
Lenovo Ideapad 510S-13ISK
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (seb)
313 MBit/s ∼55%
Lenovo IdeaPad 510S-14ISK
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
268 MBit/s ∼47% -14%
iperf Client (transmit) TCP 1 m
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Broadcom 802.11ac
397 MBit/s ∼100% +65%
Lenovo IdeaPad 510S-14ISK
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
291 MBit/s ∼73% +21%
Lenovo Ideapad 510S-13ISK
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (seb)
240 MBit/s ∼60%

Webcam

This webcam will not produce any masterpieces, but it will suffice for video calls. The maximum resolution of the device is 1280x720 pixels.

Accessories

The laptop comes with a warranty booklet and a quick start leaflet. Additional accessories were not included.

Maintenance

To access the hardware of the laptop, the bottom of the laptop must be removed. This process entails the removal of all the screws on the bottom of the laptop and peeling the cover off with the help of a putty knife. The IdeaPad is equipped with a RAM slot, which is occupied by an 8 GB module, and a 2.5-inch HDD with a height of 7 mm (~0.3 in). The HDD and the battery can be easily swapped out. Finally, the fan is easy to clean.

Inner circuitry
Inner circuitry

Warranty

Lenovo provides a 2-year warranty for this laptop. This package can be extended: a three year, on-site service would add 55 Euros (~$61) to the bill.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The backlit keyboard of the test model is a nice feature. It offers two levels of brightness and can be adjusted via the function key. The flat, smooth keys of the keyboard have a short stroke distance, a clear pressure point and provide adequate resistance to a key press. The keyboard may bend a little near the middle while typing, but this should not disturb the user. The position of the "up" cursor key is unusual, as it occupies the space generally dedicated to the right "Shift" key. The latter is squeezed into the right, which meant that we often mistook the cursor key for the "Shift" key while typing. The user will need some time to get used to this positioning. Overall, the manufacturer has provided a good keyboard.

Touchpad

The multi-touch ClickPad offers a surface area of 10.5 x 7 cm (~4.1 x 2.7 in), which enables users to comfortably use gestures. The context menu allows the customization of the available gestures (turn on/off). The smooth surface of the touchpad allows the finger to glide comfortably. Furthermore, the touchpad recognizes input in corners well and has a short stroke distance and a clearly audible and tangible pressure point.

Input devices
Input devices

Display

Pixel grid
Pixel grid

The IdeaPad has a matte 13.3-inch display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. The brightness (261.2 cd/m²) and the contrast (803:1) are good, but the brightness needs to be a lot higher to ensure comfortable use in various locations and lighting conditions. Unfortunately, at brightness levels of 80% or less, the panel suffers from PWM flickers at a frequency of 50 Hz, which can cause headaches and eye problems for sensitive users. 

268
cd/m²
273
cd/m²
260
cd/m²
265
cd/m²
265
cd/m²
250
cd/m²
261
cd/m²
262
cd/m²
247
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 273 cd/m² Average: 261.2 cd/m² Minimum: 3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 90 %
Center on Battery: 265 cd/m²
Contrast: 803:1 (Black: 0.33 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.98 | 0.8-23.34 Ø6.4
ΔE Greyscale 3.9 | 0.64-98 Ø6.7
59% sRGB (Argyll) 38% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.55
Lenovo Ideapad 510S-13ISK
LG Philips LP133WF2-SPL1, IPS
Lenovo IdeaPad 500S-13ISK
LGD048C (LP133WF2-SPL1), IPS
Asus X302UV-FN016T
InfoVision M133NWN1 R3, TN LED
Acer Aspire V3-372-57CW
LG LP133WF2-SPL3, IPS
HP Envy 13-d020ng
AU Optronics AUO272D, IPS
Asus Zenbook UX303UA-R4051T
ChiMei N133HSE-EA3 (CMN1361), IPS
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
Apple APP9CF0, TN LED
Response Times
-18%
-9%
-37%
103%
102%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
33 (12, 21)
46 (16, 30)
-39%
42 (20, 22)
-27%
41 (16, 25)
-24%
34 (11, 23)
-3%
31 (12, 19)
6%
Response Time Black / White *
23 (5, 18)
22 (4, 18)
4%
23 (6, 17)
-0%
34.4 (11.6, 12.8)
-50%
24 (5, 19)
-4%
22 (9, 13)
4%
PWM Frequency
50 (80)
50 (90)
0%
208 (40)
316%
198 (70)
296%
Screen
-7%
-11%
-13%
25%
17%
5%
Brightness middle
265
219
-17%
218
-18%
247
-7%
345
30%
357
35%
329
24%
Brightness
261
212
-19%
210
-20%
239
-8%
335
28%
351
34%
310
19%
Brightness Distribution
90
82
-9%
88
-2%
81
-10%
95
6%
90
0%
82
-9%
Black Level *
0.33
0.35
-6%
0.5
-52%
0.38
-15%
0.25
24%
0.58
-76%
0.405
-23%
Contrast
803
626
-22%
436
-46%
650
-19%
1380
72%
616
-23%
812
1%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.98
4.95
1%
3.89
22%
5.95
-19%
4.94
1%
3.39
32%
3.96
20%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.9
3.45
12%
4.9
-26%
5.25
-35%
5.85
-50%
2.36
39%
3.51
10%
Gamma
2.55 94%
2.34 103%
2.41 100%
2.42 99%
2.25 107%
2.2 109%
3.83 63%
CCT
7318 89%
6815 95%
7860 83%
6736 96%
7105 91%
6653 98%
6711 97%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
38
37
-3%
46
21%
37.28
-2%
60
58%
60
58%
38.4
1%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
59
58
-2%
73
24%
58.37
-1%
93
58%
93
58%
59.8
1%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-13% / -9%
-10% / -10%
-25% / -17%
64% / 45%
60% / 39%
5% / 5%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 50 Hz80 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 50 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 80 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 50 Hz is very low, so the flickering may cause eyestrain and headaches after extended use.

In comparison: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 9024 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

IdeapadP vs. sRGB
IdeaPad vs. sRGB
IdeaPad vs. AdobeRGB
IdeaPad vs. AdobeRGB

Out of the box, the DeltaE 2000 color deviation is 4.98. The optimal range would be a DeltaE value lower than 3, which means that the test model is relatively close. The screen does not suffer from a blue tinge, but the AdobeRGB and sRGB color spaces are covered poorly: 59% (sRGB) and 38% (AdobeRGB).

CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Grey Levels
CalMAN - Grey Levels
CalMAN - Saturation
CalMAN - Saturation

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
23 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 5 ms rise
↘ 18 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 24 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (26.5 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
33 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 12 ms rise
↘ 21 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 19 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (42.3 ms).

The Lenovo IdeaPad has an IPS panel with stable viewing angles, which enables the user to easily view content from all sides. Unfortunately, the model suffers from limited legibility in bright lighting conditions. Outdoors, when the sky is clouded, or the user is sitting in the shadows, the content is displayed well. However, in direct sunlight, it is hard to recognize anything in the display.

Outdoors (sun behind the laptop)
Outdoors (sun behind the laptop)
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance

The IdeaPad is a 13.3-inch subnotebook from the mid-range segment. The performance of the laptop is good thanks to the use of Core-i processors of the Skylake generation. Our test model is priced at around 750 to 800 Euros (~$838 to ~$894). The cheapest model costs over 599 Euros (~$669).

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo
LatencyMon

Processor

A few months ago, we tested the IdeaPad 500S-13ISK, which is the predecessor to this test model. In terms of CPU performance, there is no difference between the two models, as both models are equipped with Skylake CPUs. The IdeaPad 510S has an Intel Core i5-6200U dual-core CPU on-board. This is an ULV CPU with modest power consumption (TDP: 15 W), but sufficient performance to satisfy the daily needs of the users. If the Core-i7 models are offered, their investment would not be worth the money, as the performance would not increase significantly. The CPU of our test model has a base clock speed of 2.3 GHz. With Turbo, the processor can jump up to 2.7 GHz (both cores) 2.8 GHz (single core). The Turbo can be used while plugged in or on battery.

Soldered on-board.
Soldered on-board.
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
7410
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
9570
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4419
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
28.12 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.79 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.24 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
36.64 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
290 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
109 Points
Help
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Acer Aspire V3-372-57CW
Intel Core i5-6267U
138 Points ∼69% +27%
Asus Zenbook UX303UA-R4051T
Intel Core i7-6500U
128 Points ∼64% +17%
Lenovo IdeaPad 500S-13ISK
Intel Core i5-6200U
115 Points ∼58% +6%
Asus X302UV-FN016T
Intel Core i5-6200U
115 Points ∼58% +6%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
Intel Core i7-5650U
112 Points ∼56% +3%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
Intel Core i5-6200U
112 Points ∼56% +3%
Asus Zenbook UX303UA-FN121T
Intel Core i5-6200U
109 Points ∼55% 0%
Lenovo Ideapad 510S-13ISK
Intel Core i5-6200U
109 Points ∼55%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel Core m3-6Y30
91 Points ∼46% -17%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel Core m3-6Y30
90 Points ∼45% -17%
Lenovo E31-70 80KX015RGE
Intel Core i3-5005U
83 Points ∼42% -24%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Acer Aspire V3-372-57CW
Intel Core i5-6267U
339 Points ∼16% +17%
Asus Zenbook UX303UA-R4051T
Intel Core i7-6500U
307 Points ∼14% +6%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
Intel Core i7-5650U
296 Points ∼14% +2%
Asus X302UV-FN016T
Intel Core i5-6200U
290 Points ∼14% 0%
Lenovo Ideapad 510S-13ISK
Intel Core i5-6200U
290 Points ∼14%
Asus Zenbook UX303UA-FN121T
Intel Core i5-6200U
286 Points ∼13% -1%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
Intel Core i5-6200U
285 Points ∼13% -2%
Lenovo IdeaPad 500S-13ISK
Intel Core i5-6200U
271 Points ∼13% -7%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel Core m3-6Y30
218 Points ∼10% -25%
Lenovo E31-70 80KX015RGE
Intel Core i3-5005U
209 Points ∼10% -28%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
Acer Aspire V3-372-57CW
Intel Core i5-6267U
209.34 Points ∼0% +9%
Asus X302UV-FN016T
Intel Core i5-6200U
197.48 Points ∼0% +3%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
Intel Core i5-6200U
194.6 Points ∼0% +1%
Lenovo Ideapad 510S-13ISK
Intel Core i5-6200U
192.2 Points ∼0%
Asus Zenbook UX303UA-FN121T
Intel Core i5-6200U
189.2 Points ∼0% -2%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel Core m3-6Y30
143 Points ∼0% -26%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel Core m3-6Y30
130.7 Points ∼0% -32%
Lenovo E31-70 80KX015RGE
Intel Core i3-5005U
106.94 Points ∼0% -44%

System Performance

The system runs smoothly and fluidly. We did not encounter any issues. The results of the PC Mark benchmarks were very good, but the system performance can be further raised. To achieve this, we recommend users swap out the HDD for an SSD. This would allow the system to reduce loading times and make the system significantly faster. Sadly, it is not possible to add a second RAM module and enable Dual-Channel mode, as the notebook has only one RAM slot.

RAM is hidden under a flap.
RAM is hidden under a flap.
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Acer Aspire V3-372-57CW
Iris Graphics 550, 6267U, Kingston RBU-SNS8152S3256GG2
4676 Points ∼72% +29%
Asus X302UV-FN016T
GeForce 920MX, 6200U, Hynix HFS128G3MND
4464 Points ∼69% +23%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
HD Graphics 6000, 5650U, Apple SSD SD0256F
4367 Points ∼67% +20%
Asus Zenbook UX303UA-R4051T
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, SK hynix SSD Canvas SC300 HFS256G32MND
4256 Points ∼65% +17%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZRPC256HADR-000SO
4113 Points ∼63% +13%
Asus Zenbook UX303UA-FN121T
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
4086 Points ∼63% +13%
Lenovo IdeaPad 500S-13ISK
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
4047 Points ∼62% +12%
Lenovo Ideapad 510S-13ISK
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-24HWST1
3629 Points ∼56%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Apple SSD AP0256
3550 Points ∼54% -2%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Acer Aspire V3-372-57CW
Iris Graphics 550, 6267U, Kingston RBU-SNS8152S3256GG2
4079 Points ∼68% +33%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
HD Graphics 6000, 5650U, Apple SSD SD0256F
3579 Points ∼60% +16%
Asus X302UV-FN016T
GeForce 920MX, 6200U, Hynix HFS128G3MND
3466 Points ∼58% +13%
Asus Zenbook UX303UA-R4051T
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, SK hynix SSD Canvas SC300 HFS256G32MND
3454 Points ∼58% +12%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZRPC256HADR-000SO
3246 Points ∼54% +5%
Asus Zenbook UX303UA-FN121T
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
3209 Points ∼54% +4%
Lenovo Ideapad 510S-13ISK
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, WDC Slim WD10SPCX-24HWST1
3077 Points ∼51%
Lenovo IdeaPad 500S-13ISK
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2802 Points ∼47% -9%
Lenovo E31-70 80KX015RGE
HD Graphics 5500, 5005U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2782 Points ∼47% -10%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Apple SSD AP0256
2550 Points ∼43% -17%
PCMark 7 Score
2846 points
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3077 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
3560 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
3629 points
Help

Storage device

The system drive is a traditional 2.5-inch drive from Western Digital. It operates at 5400 rotations per minute (rpm) and offers a storage capacity of 1 TB. The transfer rates of the HDD are good and match the performance of other 5400 rpm HDDs.

Removable HDD.
Removable HDD.
WDC Slim WD10SPCX-24HWST1
Transfer Rate Minimum: 45.5 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 113.5 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 85.1 MB/s
Access Time: 18.5 ms
Burst Rate: 203.3 MB/s
CPU Usage: 8.9 %
Lenovo Ideapad 510S-13ISK
WDC Slim WD10SPCX-24HWST1
Lenovo IdeaPad 500S-13ISK
Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
Asus X302UV-FN016T
Hynix HFS128G3MND
Acer Aspire V3-372-57CW
Kingston RBU-SNS8152S3256GG2
Lenovo E31-70 80KX015RGE
Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
HP Envy 13-d020ng
Samsung MZRPC256HADR-000SO
Asus Zenbook UX303UA-FN121T
Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E680
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
23%
5638%
8604%
35%
8595%
-20%
Write 4k QD32
1.212
0.673
-44%
174
14256%
309.4
25428%
0.652
-46%
259.7
21327%
0.871
-28%
Read 4k QD32
1.139
1.026
-10%
253
22112%
319.9
27986%
0.967
-15%
369.4
32332%
0.792
-30%
Write 4k
1.19
3.439
189%
71.15
5879%
74.22
6137%
4.156
249%
78.66
6510%
0.862
-28%
Read 4k
0.395
0.48
22%
6.559
1561%
28.88
7211%
0.507
28%
26.88
6705%
0.379
-4%
Write 512
53.29
61.15
15%
179.1
236%
338.6
535%
73.07
37%
268.8
404%
35.06
-34%
Read 512
35.24
37.68
7%
282.6
702%
368.1
945%
37.01
5%
386.6
997%
31.27
-11%
Write Seq
109
113
4%
178.6
64%
338
210%
120.7
11%
268.5
146%
94.47
-13%
Read Seq
108.3
108.1
0%
428.2
295%
515.1
376%
116.4
7%
478.7
342%
97.7
-10%

Graphics card

The Intel HD Graphics 520 graphics chip supports DirectX 12 and can run at up to 950 MHz. Compared to other chips that use DDR3 RAM, the test model has slightly higher results in the 3D Mark benchmarks as it uses a faster DDR4 RAM. The graphics performance could have been increased with Dual Channel mode, but this is not a realistic option, as the laptop has a single RAM slot.

An integrated decoder of the graphics chip can reduce the workload for the CPU when processing videos. The usual formats are supported, which includes the popular H.264 format and its successor, the H.265. The latter provides smaller file sizes with the same video quality. During the playback of test videos (4k, 60 fps, H.265), the CPU load stayed around 10%.

3DMark 06 Standard
5463 points
3DMark 11 Performance
1488 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
49866 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
5341 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
749 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
Acer Aspire V3-372-57CW
Intel Iris Graphics 550, Intel Core i5-6267U
2524 Points ∼5% +86%
Asus X302UV-FN016T
NVIDIA GeForce 920MX, Intel Core i5-6200U
1747 Points ∼3% +29%
Asus Zenbook UX303UA-R4051T
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i7-6500U
1408 Points ∼3% +4%
Lenovo Ideapad 510S-13ISK
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
1354 Points ∼3%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
Intel HD Graphics 6000, Intel Core i7-5650U
1333 Points ∼3% -2%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
1326 Points ∼3% -2%
Asus Zenbook UX303UA-FN121T
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
1261 Points ∼2% -7%
Lenovo IdeaPad 500S-13ISK
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
1197 Points ∼2% -12%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel HD Graphics 515, Intel Core m3-6Y30
1186 Points ∼2% -12%
Lenovo E31-70 80KX015RGE
Intel HD Graphics 5500, Intel Core i3-5005U
887 Points ∼2% -34%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Acer Aspire V3-372-57CW
Intel Iris Graphics 550, Intel Core i5-6267U
1520 Points ∼4% +90%
Asus X302UV-FN016T
NVIDIA GeForce 920MX, Intel Core i5-6200U
1282 Points ∼3% +60%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
Intel HD Graphics 6000, Intel Core i7-5650U
951 Points ∼2% +19%
Asus Zenbook UX303UA-R4051T
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i7-6500U
926 Points ∼2% +16%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
848 Points ∼2% +6%
Asus Zenbook UX303UA-FN121T
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
803 Points ∼2% 0%
Lenovo Ideapad 510S-13ISK
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
800 Points ∼2%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel HD Graphics 515, Intel Core m3-6Y30
735 Points ∼2% -8%
Lenovo IdeaPad 500S-13ISK
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
665 Points ∼2% -17%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Acer Aspire V3-372-57CW
Intel Iris Graphics 550, Intel Core i5-6267U
12812 Points ∼7% +92%
Asus Zenbook UX303UA-R4051T
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i7-6500U
8312 Points ∼5% +25%
Asus X302UV-FN016T
NVIDIA GeForce 920MX, Intel Core i5-6200U
7733 Points ∼4% +16%
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
Intel HD Graphics 6000, Intel Core i7-5650U
7495 Points ∼4% +13%
HP Envy 13-d020ng
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
7031 Points ∼4% +6%
Lenovo Ideapad 510S-13ISK
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
6661 Points ∼4%
Asus Zenbook UX303UA-FN121T
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
6577 Points ∼4% -1%
Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Intel HD Graphics 515, Intel Core m3-6Y30
6078 Points ∼3% -9%
Lenovo IdeaPad 500S-13ISK
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
6038 Points ∼3% -9%

Gaming Performance

The CPU-GPU combination of the test model can run games smoothly. This applies to games that are not too taxing on the hardware. The user might need to lower the resolution and quality settings to run a game at a reliable frame rate. For more gaming performance, the user should consider a dedicated graphics card. The 13.3-inch category does not have many such models, but the GeForce 940M model of the Asus ZenBook UX303 might be an option.

low med. high ultra
Tomb Raider (2013) 68.334.620.39.5fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 42.224.720.56fps
Battlefield 4 (2013) 3225.316.85.4fps

Emissions

System Noise

While idle, the fan of the IdeaPad is usually off. The hard disk makes a slight rasping noise. An SSD swap would eliminate this emission. Even under load, the noise emissions stay within reasonable limits. During our stress test, the laptop hit 40.3 dB(A), which is acceptable, considering that the CPU and GPU are working at high speeds. 

Fan
Fan
Loudness of fan
Loudness of fan

Noise Level

Idle
32.1 / 32.1 / 32.1 dB(A)
HDD
32.1 dB(A)
Load
40 / 40.9 dB(A)
 
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 31.2 dB(A)
Lenovo Ideapad 510S-13ISK
6200U, HD Graphics 520
Lenovo IdeaPad 500S-13ISK
6200U, HD Graphics 520
Asus X302UV-FN016T
6200U, GeForce 920MX
Acer Aspire V3-372-57CW
6267U, Iris Graphics 550
HP Envy 13-d020ng
6200U, HD Graphics 520
Asus Zenbook UX303UA-R4051T
6500U, HD Graphics 520
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
5650U, HD Graphics 6000
Noise
3%
4%
3%
4%
7%
3%
off / environment *
31.2
31.3
-0%
31.2
-0%
29.1
7%
31.3
-0%
Idle Minimum *
32.1
31.3
2%
32.9
-2%
29.1
9%
32.5
-1%
31.3
2%
29.2
9%
Idle Average *
32.1
31.7
1%
32.9
-2%
29.1
9%
32.5
-1%
31.3
2%
29.2
9%
Idle Maximum *
32.1
31.8
1%
33
-3%
29.1
9%
32.4
-1%
31.5
2%
29.2
9%
Load Average *
40
36.7
8%
33
17%
41.1
-3%
36
10%
33.2
17%
40.2
-1%
Load Maximum *
40.9
39.4
4%
34.6
15%
46.4
-13%
36.5
11%
34.1
17%
46.3
-13%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Stress test
Stress test

In our stress test, Prime95 and FurMark run for at least an hour on the test model. The laptop ran the test the same way, whether it was plugged in or on battery: in the first 40 minutes, the processor runs at 2.2 GHz. There are regular fluctuations in the speed. On the other hand, the graphics chip jumps between 750 and 950 MHz. As the test goes on, the processor drops to 2.3 GHz and the graphics chip is throttled to 300 MHz. The laptop does not get too hot; as none of our measurement points crossed the 40 degrees Celsius (~104 degrees Fahrenheit) mark.

Max. Load
 31.1 °C38 °C34.1 °C 
 28.5 °C37.9 °C32 °C 
 26.2 °C26.7 °C29.6 °C 
Maximum: 38 °C
Average: 31.6 °C
29.7 °C39.1 °C32.4 °C
31.8 °C36.1 °C28.6 °C
30.5 °C30 °C26.6 °C
Maximum: 39.1 °C
Average: 31.6 °C
Power Supply (max.)  39 °C | Room Temperature 22.6 °C | FIRT 550-Pocket
Heatmap top (load)
Heatmap top (load)
Heatmap bottom (load)
Heatmap bottom (load)
Heatmap top (idle)
Heatmap top (idle)
Heatmap bottom (idle)
Heatmap bottom (idle)
Lenovo Ideapad 510S-13ISK
6200U, HD Graphics 520
Lenovo IdeaPad 500S-13ISK
6200U, HD Graphics 520
Asus X302UV-FN016T
6200U, GeForce 920MX
Acer Aspire V3-372-57CW
6267U, Iris Graphics 550
HP Envy 13-d020ng
6200U, HD Graphics 520
Asus Zenbook UX303UA-R4051T
6500U, HD Graphics 520
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
5650U, HD Graphics 6000
Heat
5%
13%
-6%
-3%
8%
-2%
Maximum Upper Side *
38
35.9
6%
29.6
22%
37.1
2%
51
-34%
38.1
-0%
43.8
-15%
Maximum Bottom *
39.1
39.1
-0%
41
-5%
43.2
-10%
46
-18%
40.3
-3%
42.1
-8%
Idle Upper Side *
30.7
27.8
9%
24.8
19%
32.1
-5%
25.5
17%
25.8
16%
28.5
7%
Idle Bottom *
31.1
29.1
6%
26.6
14%
34.4
-11%
24.4
22%
25.5
18%
28.9
7%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

The stereo speakers of the laptop are placed on the bottom. They produce decent sound, but lack decent bass. We recommend the use of headphones or external speakers for a better experience.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2038.129.538.12540.833.640.83140.134.340.14033.430.633.45033.432.433.46330.828.930.88030.528.430.510031.226.431.212529.226.529.216036.924.536.920038.624.438.625043.823.143.831553.222.653.240058.621.258.650060.420.460.463058.719.658.780063.219.463.2100058.51958.512506018.56016005918.259200060.218.660.2250057.918.557.9315058.118.658.1400056.418.856.4500057.818.857.8630054.518.854.5800058.918.958.91000062.218.862.2125006518.765160006318.663SPL71.431.271.4N29.11.629.1median 58.5Lenovo Ideapad 510S-13ISKmedian 18.9median 58.5Delta61.4635.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHzmedian 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Lenovo Ideapad 510S-13ISK audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (64 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 19.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 1.3% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1.7% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (16.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 42% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 53% worse
» The best had a delta of 9%, average was 19%, worst was 47%
Compared to all devices tested
» 24% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 69% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 9%, average was 19%, worst was 47%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency diagram for comparison (Checkboxes can be selected!)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The test model has reasonable power consumption levels. While idle, the maximum power consumption lies at 8.7 W and during the stress test, the laptop hits a peak of 33 W. Typically, under load, the laptop consumes around 30 W, due to the fluctuating speeds of the CPU and GPU. The power adapter covers the needs of the laptop comfortably, as it provides up to 45 W.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.28 / 0.5 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 5 / 7.2 / 8.7 Watt
Load midlight 32 / 33 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Lenovo Ideapad 510S-13ISK
6200U, HD Graphics 520
Lenovo IdeaPad 500S-13ISK
6200U, HD Graphics 520
Asus X302UV-FN016T
6200U, GeForce 920MX
Acer Aspire V3-372-57CW
6267U, Iris Graphics 550
HP Envy 13-d020ng
6200U, HD Graphics 520
Asus Zenbook UX303UA-R4051T
6500U, HD Graphics 520
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
5650U, HD Graphics 6000
Power Consumption
10%
16%
-5%
-2%
14%
18%
Idle Minimum *
5
5.2
-4%
3.3
34%
3.4
32%
4.2
16%
3.5
30%
2.7
46%
Idle Average *
7.2
6.9
4%
5.1
29%
6.5
10%
7.4
-3%
7.3
-1%
5.7
21%
Idle Maximum *
8.7
7.2
17%
5.2
40%
7
20%
10.1
-16%
7.9
9%
6
31%
Load Average *
32
26.7
17%
29.5
8%
44.5
-39%
33.4
-4%
26.6
17%
32.1
-0%
Load Maximum *
33
28.2
15%
44
-33%
49.5
-50%
34.7
-5%
28
15%
36.2
-10%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The Lenovo laptop ran for 5:51 hours in our realistic WLAN test. We simulated the hardware load caused by visiting different websites. The power profile is set to "Balanced" and power saver functions are turned off. The display brightness is set to around 150 cd/m². For the video test, the laptop delivers a similar run time of 5:25 hours. In this test, we ran the short film Big Buck Bunny (H.264, 1920x1080 pixels) in a loop. The wireless modules and power saver functions are turned off with the brightness set to around 150 cd/m².

Overall, the laptop delivers good battery life. A 13.3-inch notebook should provide more than 6 hours in both the WLAN and video tests. However, due to the 35 Wh battery of the Lenovo model, this is not possible. The competitor, the Acer Aspire V3-372-57CW, can run for much longer thanks to its larger 51 Wh battery.

35 Wh battery.
35 Wh battery.
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
9h 15min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Edge 38.14393.0.0)
5h 51min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
5h 25min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 34min
Lenovo Ideapad 510S-13ISK
35 Wh
Lenovo IdeaPad 500S-13ISK
35 Wh
Asus X302UV-FN016T
38 Wh
Acer Aspire V3-372-57CW
51 Wh
HP Envy 13-d020ng
45 Wh
Asus Zenbook UX303UA-R4051T
50 Wh
Apple MacBook Air 13 inch 2015-03
54 Wh
Battery Runtime
-5%
12%
74%
9%
16%
88%
Reader / Idle
555
615
11%
1035
86%
1572
183%
H.264
325
311
-4%
WiFi v1.3
351
301
-14%
392
12%
412
17%
381
9%
407
16%
620
77%
Load
94
81
-14%
206
119%
97
3%

Pros

+ matte IPS panel
+ FHD resolution
+ works quietly
+ lots of storage space
+ good backlit keyboard

Cons

- average battery life

Verdict

In review: Lenovo IdeaPad 510S-13ISK (80SJ001AGE). Test model provided by Lenovo Deutschland.
In review: Lenovo IdeaPad 510S-13ISK (80SJ001AGE). Test model provided by Lenovo Deutschland.

The 13.3-inch Lenovo IdeaPad 510S-13ISK offers sufficient performance for everyday use. The laptop does not get too hot or produce too much noise. Thanks to the traditional HDD, the user has 1 TB of storage space. It is also possible to swap out the HDD for a faster SSD. The user must remove the bottom of the laptop for this procedure, but this should not be too difficult. The keyboard is good for typists as it provides backlit keys. The battery life is relatively long, but, as the other 13.3-inch models show, it is possible to offer more. The Full HD IPS screen may not be exceptional, but it does its job well.

The IdeaPad is an ideal notebook for students. However, its battery life should be longer.

If you can live with an average battery life, then the 80SJ0019GE model is a good choice. For 599 Euros (~$669), the user gets a Core i3-6100U CPU, a 128 GB SSD and an FHD screen. The IdeaPad 500S-13ISK is available for 550 Euros (~$614) without an SSD, but with a HDD.

Lenovo Ideapad 510S-13ISK - 12/05/2016 v6
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
81 /  98 → 82%
Keyboard
82%
Pointing Device
82%
Connectivity
49 / 80 → 61%
Weight
68 / 78 → 77%
Battery
85%
Display
86%
Games Performance
54 / 68 → 80%
Application Performance
72 / 87 → 83%
Temperature
93 / 91 → 100%
Noise
86%
Audio
56 / 91 → 62%
Camera
40 / 85 → 47%
Average
72%
82%
Subnotebook - Weighted Average

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Sascha Mölck, 2016-09-18 (Update: 2016-10- 5)