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Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK 80SW0031US Notebook Review

Small and affordable. The lowest-end SKU for the Ideapad 710S is actually very fairly priced at $700 USD for anyone in need of a lightweight and portable 13.3-inch notebook with respectable performance and battery life.

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Unlike the Yoga 900, the Ideapad 700 series is Lenovo's mainstream offering without the fancy 360-degree hinges or touchscreen. The Ideapad 710S is a core notebook offering with specification options similar to those on the Spectre 13 or XPS 13, but at a much lower starting price of around $700 USD.

We last checked out the Ideapad 710S last month with its faster Core i7-6500U and 256 GB NVMe SSD. Our less expensive SKU for this second time around uses a Core i5-6200U and 128 GB SSD. We'll check to see if its performance is up to spec and if battery life and surface temperatures are improved due to the slightly slower CPU.

We recommend checking out our previous review on the Ideapad 710S for more pictures and additional information on its chassis, features, and input devices.

Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK 80SW0031US (IdeaPad 710S Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 520, Core: 300 MHz, Memory: 933 MHz, 20.19.15.4454
Memory
7773 MB 
, 1066.7 MHz, 14-17-17-40, Dual-Channel
Display
13.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 166 PPI, Sharp SHP 1447 / LQ133M1JW15, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Skylake-U Premium PCH
Storage
Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2, 128 GB 
Soundcard
Intel Skylake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo, Card Reader: SD/SDHC/SDXC, Brightness Sensor
Networking
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 14 x 307 x 214 ( = 0.55 x 12.09 x 8.43 in)
Battery
46 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 4-cell
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, 2 x 2 W, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Lenovo Settings, Lenovo Companion, McAfee Security, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
1.16 kg ( = 40.92 oz / 2.56 pounds), Power Supply: 170 g ( = 6 oz / 0.37 pounds)
Price
700 USD

 

Case

The 710S is attractive with its thin aluminum and magnesium build. Its very narrow bezel of about 5 mm is a similar approach to what Dell has taken with the XPS 13 and XPS 15 refresh. Thus, its footprint is quite small when compared to most other 13.3-inch notebooks in the market.

Unfortunately for Lenovo, the rigidity of the system is a step down compared to the XPS 13. Our editor of our first 710S SKU claims an "almost perfect build quality", but this is false because the display is more susceptible to edge-to-edge twisting than average and the center of the keyboard can still be depressed when pushing down with a finger. While we wouldn't go so far as to call it flimsy, the lid feels weak due in part to its thinness and lack of any glass for improved rigidity. The bar hinge is otherwise strong up to its maximum 180-degree angle with no other major complaints about the base.

The 13.3-inch notebook is also one of the lightest in its size class at about 1.2 kg or about the same as the Spectre 13 and XPS 13. Even the higher-end Yoga 900 is slightly heavier and the Asus X302 with its dedicated Nvidia graphics is heavier still.

Connectivity

Available ports are fairly standard with a couple of USB ports and a SD reader. Our editor of the first Ideapad 710S SKU also lists a "mini-HDMI" port, but this is incorrect as the system includes a Micro-HDMI port and not a mini-HDMI port.

The system is noticeably missing a USB Type-C port that is becoming increasingly common on newer Ultrabooks and gaming systems. The option would have made the 710S more versatile for connecting newer devices and smartphones without resorting to adapters.

Front: No connectivity
Front: No connectivity
Right: On/Off LED, SD reader, USB 3.0, Micro-HDMI
Right: On/Off LED, SD reader, USB 3.0, Micro-HDMI
Rear: No connectivity
Rear: No connectivity
Left: AC power, USB 3.0, 3.5 mm audio
Left: AC power, USB 3.0, 3.5 mm audio

Communication

This particular SKU includes an Intel 8260 module for both WLAN 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2 as opposed to the Intel 3165 module in our previous 710S unit. We experienced no connectivity issues during our time with the unit. A quick Jperf client test paired with a Gigabit-enabled server through our 802.11ac 5 GHz Linksys EA8500 router resulted in a stable throughput of about 44.9 MB/s.

Accessories

There are no included extras outside of the usual warranty and service cards and AC adapter.

Jperf Client results
Jperf Client results
Jperf Server results
Jperf Server results

Maintenance

Our editor of the first Ideapad 710S SKU did not even attempt to open the bottom panel and only claimed that it was "easy" to remove due to the nine Philips head screws. Unfortunately, our editor has given incorrect information again as there are indeed twelve screws on the bottom with the extra three hidden underneath the rear rubber footing.

Removing the panel unveils the dual system fans, M.2 WLAN card, M.2 2280 SSD, and both batteries. RAM is soldered and cannot be upgraded.

Warranty

The standard one-year limited warranty applies to all new purchases. Lenovo offers extensive options with up to three years warranty and accidental damage protection for an additional $170 USD in the U.S..

Easy access to internals
Easy access to internals

Input Devices

Keyboard

The keys of the backlit Chiclet keyboard (26.6 x 10 cm) are shallower in travel and softer in feedback compared to the AccuType keyboards on newer ThinkPads. They aren't necessarily any quieter either, so expect some clatter when typing especially from the Space bar. The full-size Arrow keys in particular are large and easy to use, but the Enter key could have been larger and firmer when pressed. Note that the Power button is quite close to the Backspace key and is easy to press by accident.

Touchpad

The touchpad is large (10.5 x 7 cm) considering the screen size. The surface is smooth, though fingers tend to stick a bit in our experience. Otherwise, cursor control is smooth without any issues with multi-touch support up to four fingers. The integrated mouse keys take a fair amount of force to press and can be tiring after long periods. Thus, we find double-tapping to be easier on the 710S. Travel is otherwise shallow with a firm and auditory feedback when pressed.

two levels of backlight lighting
two levels of backlight lighting
Shallow travel with acceptable feedback
Shallow travel with acceptable feedback

Display

The matte 1080p display is the same Sharp LQ133M1JW15 panel as found on our previous configuration. Thus, unsurprisingly, our brightness and contrast measurements are nearly identical between the SKUs. Colors and texts are clean with no major graininess issues that can sometimes appear on matte panels. Slightly uneven backlight bleeding is noticeable on the bottom corners of our test unit, but it is not significant enough to be distracting during everyday workloads or during movie playback. Contrast levels are good, but not nearly as good as the flagship alternatives from Dell and HP.

Minor uneven backlight bleeding on bottom corners
Minor uneven backlight bleeding on bottom corners
Subpixel array (166 PPI)
Subpixel array (166 PPI)
348
cd/m²
360.1
cd/m²
353.8
cd/m²
329.3
cd/m²
349
cd/m²
336.2
cd/m²
317.2
cd/m²
332.3
cd/m²
321.7
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 360.1 cd/m² Average: 338.6 cd/m² Minimum: 4.013 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 349 cd/m²
Contrast: 888:1 (Black: 0.393 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6.85 | 0.8-29.43 Ø6.4
ΔE Greyscale 6.43 | 0.64-98 Ø6.6
97.3% sRGB (Argyll) 61.9% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 1.83
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK 80SW0031US
13.3, 1920x1080
Dell XPS 13 2016 9350 (FHD, i7-6560U)
13.3, 1920x1080
HP Spectre 13
13.3, 1920x1080
Asus X302UV-FN016T
13.3, 1366x768
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
13.3, 1920x1080
Response Times
34%
17%
-1%
17%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
56 (22, 34)
42.8 (16, 26.8)
24%
50.8 (20, 30.8)
9%
42 (20, 22)
25%
52.4 (18.4, 34)
6%
Response Time Black / White *
44 (9.2, 34.8)
24.8 (5.2, 19.6)
44%
33.2 (7.2, 26)
25%
23 (6, 17)
48%
23.6 (12, 11.6)
46%
PWM Frequency
219.3 (59)
50 (90)
-77%
220 (50)
0%
Screen
31%
26%
-11%
4%
Brightness middle
349
385
10%
300.5
-14%
218
-38%
344
-1%
Brightness
339
350
3%
305
-10%
210
-38%
326
-4%
Brightness Distribution
88
86
-2%
76
-14%
88
0%
87
-1%
Black Level *
0.393
0.17
57%
0.184
53%
0.5
-27%
0.36
8%
Contrast
888
2265
155%
1633
84%
436
-51%
956
8%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6.85
4.17
39%
2.64
61%
3.89
43%
6.09
11%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
10.27
7.61
26%
5.06
51%
7.11
31%
10
3%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
6.43
5.39
16%
2.8
56%
4.9
24%
5.36
17%
Gamma
1.83 131%
2.12 113%
2.16 111%
2.41 100%
2.01 119%
CCT
7820 83%
7404 88%
6999 93%
7860 83%
7230 90%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
61.9
62.7
1%
60.9
-2%
46
-26%
62.25
1%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
97.3
99.8
3%
94.3
-3%
73
-25%
97.54
0%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
33% / 31%
22% / 25%
-6% / -9%
11% / 7%

* ... smaller is better

Gamut is approximately 97 percent and 62 percent of the sRGB and AdobeRGB standard, respectively. This is similar to both the XPS 13 and Spectre 13 and is indicative of a high-end panel. Less expensive Ultrabooks may employ cheaper panels with 60 to 70 percent sRGB coverage instead. Users who demand high color accuracy for digital graphics work may find the 710S sufficient.

vs. HP Spectre 13
vs. HP Spectre 13
vs. Dell XPS 13
vs. Dell XPS 13
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB

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Additional measurements with an X-Rite spectrophotometer reveal only average colors and grayscale out-of-the-box. The screen benefits greatly from a quick calibration with better RGB Balance and more accurate colors across all tested saturation levels. Interestingly, Red and Orange colors are represented a bit less accurately than others according to our CalMan results.

Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration

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
44 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 9.2 ms rise
↘ 34.8 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 97 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (26.1 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
56 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 22 ms rise
↘ 34 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. » 91 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (41.8 ms).

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 219.3 Hz ≤ 59 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 219.3 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 59 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 219.3 Hz is relatively low, so sensitive users will likely notice flickering and experience eyestrain at the stated brightness setting and below.

In comparison: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 10435 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 588200) Hz was measured.

Outdoor visibility is above average due to the matte panel, relatively bright backlight, and wide 180-degree hinge. Working under shade is preferable as sunlight will still wash out colors and texts to make viewing uncomfortable for long periods.

Viewing angles are excellent as expected from an IPS panel. Colors and contrast do not degrade significantly unless if viewing from extreme angles. Apparent brightness still drops slightly if not looking directly at the screen.

Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Outdoors under sunlight
Wide IPS viewing angles
Wide IPS viewing angles

Performance

Turbo Boost up to 2.8 GHz
Turbo Boost up to 2.8 GHz

Three SKUs are currently available in North America distinguished mainly by their CPU (i5-6200U vs. i7-6560U), RAM (8 GB LPDDR3 vs. 16 GB LPDDR3), and SSD (128 GB vs. 512 GB) options. The 1080p matte display is a fixed option between the configurations. Our test unit includes the ULV Core i5-6200U as commonly found on most other Ultrabooks.

RAM is soldered onto the motherboard, so heavy multi-taskers may want to consider the 16 GB SKU to give the system longer legs. Unfortunately, the 16 GB option is tied to the faster Core i7 CPU and higher capacity SSD in the U.S.. Thus, the jump from the base $700 SKU to the next configuration is a hefty $300 as of this writing.

 

Processor

CineBench R15 ranks the i5-6200U in our SKU about 14 to 18 percent slower than the pricier SKU with the i7-6560U processor option. Performance is also slightly slower than the similarly equipped HP ProBook 430 likely because of the more limited Turbo Boost potential of the Ideapad 710S as detailed in our Stress Test section below. In general, however, raw processor performance from the i5-6200U is not significantly different from the Broadwell i5-5200U or Haswell i5-4200U.

See our dedicated CPU page on the Core i5-6200U for more technical details and benchmark comparisons.

CineBench R10 32-bit
CineBench R10 32-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R15
CineBench R15
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK 80SW0031US
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
107 Points ∼52%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
145 Points ∼70% +36%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
130 Points ∼63% +21%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P4N86EA
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
118 Points ∼57% +10%
Acer TravelMate P648-M-757N
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B256
110 Points ∼53% +3%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z40-59422614
GeForce 820M, 4200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
99 Points ∼48% -7%
Toshiba Tecra A50-C1510W10
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
91 Points ∼44% -15%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK 80SW0031US
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
273 Points ∼9%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
677 Points ∼23% +148%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
318 Points ∼11% +16%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P4N86EA
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
292 Points ∼10% +7%
Acer TravelMate P648-M-757N
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B256
284 Points ∼10% +4%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z40-59422614
GeForce 820M, 4200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
223 Points ∼8% -18%
Toshiba Tecra A50-C1510W10
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
257 Points ∼9% -6%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK 80SW0031US
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
1.1 Points ∼47%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
1.66 Points ∼71% +51%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P4N86EA
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
1.32 Points ∼56% +20%
Acer TravelMate P648-M-757N
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B256
1.26 Points ∼54% +15%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z40-59422614
GeForce 820M, 4200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1.14 Points ∼49% +4%
Toshiba Tecra A50-C1510W10
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
1.03 Points ∼44% -6%
CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK 80SW0031US
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
2.41 Points ∼10%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
7.47 Points ∼31% +210%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P4N86EA
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
3.23 Points ∼14% +34%
Acer TravelMate P648-M-757N
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B256
3.11 Points ∼13% +29%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z40-59422614
GeForce 820M, 4200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
2.49 Points ∼10% +3%
Toshiba Tecra A50-C1510W10
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2.83 Points ∼12% +17%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK 80SW0031US
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
3740 Points ∼35%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
5358 Points ∼49% +43%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P4N86EA
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
4399 Points ∼41% +18%
Acer TravelMate P648-M-757N
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B256
4198 Points ∼39% +12%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z40-59422614
GeForce 820M, 4200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3725 Points ∼34% 0%
Toshiba Tecra A50-C1510W10
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
4168 Points ∼38% +11%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK 80SW0031US
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
7168 Points ∼14%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
19842 Points ∼40% +177%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P4N86EA
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
10020 Points ∼20% +40%
Acer TravelMate P648-M-757N
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Lite-On CV1-8B256
9478 Points ∼19% +32%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z40-59422614
GeForce 820M, 4200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
7580 Points ∼15% +6%
Toshiba Tecra A50-C1510W10
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
6550 Points ∼13% -9%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK 80SW0031US
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
649.553 s * ∼8%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
232.742 s * ∼3% +64%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P4N86EA
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
566.013 s * ∼7% +13%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z40-59422614
GeForce 820M, 4200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
790 s * ∼9% -22%
Toshiba Tecra A50-C1510W10
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
567.765 s * ∼7% +13%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - --- (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK 80SW0031US
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
473.187 Seconds * ∼2%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, SanDisk SD8SN8U1T001122
561.846 Seconds * ∼2% -19%
HP ProBook 430 G3 P4N86EA
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB
712.173 Seconds * ∼3% -51%
Lenovo IdeaPad Z40-59422614
GeForce 820M, 4200U, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
849 Seconds * ∼4% -79%
Toshiba Tecra A50-C1510W10
HD Graphics 5500, 5200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
818.369 Seconds * ∼4% -73%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6949
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
7168
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
3740
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
27.48 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.41 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.1 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
36.66 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
273 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
107 Points
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System Performance

PCMark benchmarks rank the Lenovo notebook in the same ballpark as its nearest 13.3-inch competitors. We experienced no software or hardware issues specific to our test unit.

PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated
PCMark 8 Creative Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK 80SW0031US
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
4339 Points ∼67%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
4680 Points ∼72% +8%
Acer Aspire V3-372-57CW
Iris Graphics 550, 6267U, Kingston RBU-SNS8152S3256GG2
4676 Points ∼72% +8%
HP Spectre 13
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
4498 Points ∼69% +4%
Asus X302UV-FN016T
GeForce 920MX, 6200U, Hynix HFS128G3MND
4464 Points ∼69% +3%
Dell XPS 13 2016 9350 (FHD, i7-6560U)
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
4213 Points ∼65% -3%
Creative Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK 80SW0031US
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
4058 Points ∼43%
Acer Aspire V3-372-57CW
Iris Graphics 550, 6267U, Kingston RBU-SNS8152S3256GG2
4792 Points ∼50% +18%
HP Spectre 13
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
4222 Points ∼44% +4%
Asus X302UV-FN016T
GeForce 920MX, 6200U, Hynix HFS128G3MND
3885 Points ∼41% -4%
Home Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK 80SW0031US
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
3414 Points ∼56%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
3883 Points ∼64% +14%
Acer Aspire V3-372-57CW
Iris Graphics 550, 6267U, Kingston RBU-SNS8152S3256GG2
4079 Points ∼67% +19%
HP Spectre 13
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
3549 Points ∼58% +4%
Asus X302UV-FN016T
GeForce 920MX, 6200U, Hynix HFS128G3MND
3466 Points ∼57% +2%
Dell XPS 13 2016 9350 (FHD, i7-6560U)
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
3479 Points ∼57% +2%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3414 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
4058 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4339 points
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Storage Devices

Single M.2 slot adjacent to fan
Single M.2 slot adjacent to fan

A single internal M.2 slot is available for internal storage. While the Ideapad 710S model supports NVMe SSDs, our specific configuration comes with a 128 GB Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2 M.2 SSD instead of the 256 GB NVMe-capable Samsung PM951 MZVLV256 as found on our pricier SKU.

Performance from the M.2 SSD is nothing special with an average sequential read rate of around 500 MB/s as to be expected from a SATA III drive. Sequential write rate is slow for an SSD at about 150 MB/s, so there are definitely faster SATA III SSDs available. The NVMe SSD in the higher-end Lenovo SKU outperforms this system on essentially all fronts.

See our growing table of SSDs and HDDs for more benchmarks and comparisons.

AS SSD
AS SSD
CDM
CDM
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 8 Storage
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK 80SW0031US
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
Dell XPS 13 2016 9350 (FHD, i7-6560U)
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
HP Spectre 13
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
Asus X302UV-FN016T
GeForce 920MX, 6200U, Hynix HFS128G3MND
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
AS SSD
44%
92%
-22%
94%
Copy Game MB/s
145.11
178.2
23%
239.04
65%
156.68
8%
Copy Program MB/s
131.71
98.1
-26%
262.29
99%
117.09
-11%
Copy ISO MB/s
200.17
222.3
11%
352.84
76%
218.67
9%
Score Total
919
1684
83%
2335
154%
711
-23%
2286
149%
Score Write
241
318
32%
382
59%
239
-1%
429
78%
Score Read
452
935
107%
1325
193%
318
-30%
1257
178%
Access Time Write *
0.041
0.035
15%
0.035
15%
0.075
-83%
0.031
24%
Access Time Read *
0.07
0.088
-26%
0.047
33%
0.135
-93%
0.073
-4%
4K-64 Write
141.92
186.3
31%
248.43
75%
160
13%
282.83
99%
4K-64 Read
369.95
767.4
107%
1153.43
212%
252.4
-32%
1090.76
195%
4K Write
83.99
108.3
29%
103.66
23%
62.16
-26%
117.24
40%
4K Read
33.24
35.4
6%
37.06
11%
18.6
-44%
39.13
18%
Seq Write
150.56
235.3
56%
295.5
96%
170.99
14%
294.01
95%
Seq Read
486.31
1323.4
172%
1346.66
177%
474.36
-2%
1272.74
162%

* ... smaller is better

Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
Sequential Read: 524 MB/s
Sequential Write: 157.5 MB/s
512K Read: 398.9 MB/s
512K Write: 157.7 MB/s
4K Read: 36.57 MB/s
4K Write: 99.42 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 397.5 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 157 MB/s

GPU Performance

The integrated HD Graphics 520 is common on Ultrabooks from the budget end all to way to up to flagship models. 3DMark Fire Strike and Cloud Gate benchmarks place this specific configuration at about the same performance level to the previous generation HD Graphics 5500. Users opting in for the pricier 710S SKU with integrated Iris Graphics 540 will see a 70 percent gain in raw graphics power over the HD Graphics 520 according to Cloud Gate. Users who are still chugging along with HD Graphics 4600 GPUs in older Haswell systems will see an 84 percent increase in performance according to 3DMark 11 Graphics.

See our dedicated GPU page on the HD Graphics 520 for more technical details and benchmark comparisons.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Ice Storm Unlimited
Ice Storm Unlimited
Ice Storm Extreme
Ice Storm Extreme
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Extreme
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK 80SW0031US
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
1261 Points ∼7%
Intel Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK
Iris Pro Graphics 580, 6770HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO m.2 120GB
2784 Points ∼16% +121%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
1796 Points ∼10% +42%
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 12 20DK002EPB
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN256HCHP
1104 Points ∼6% -12%
Fujitsu Lifebook E544
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
698 Points ∼4% -45%
Lenovo B50-70 MCC2GGE
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
629 Points ∼4% -50%
1280x720 Performance GPU (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK 80SW0031US
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
1372 Points ∼3%
Intel Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK
Iris Pro Graphics 580, 6770HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO m.2 120GB
3220 Points ∼6% +135%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
2101 Points ∼4% +53%
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 12 20DK002EPB
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN256HCHP
1023 Points ∼2% -25%
Fujitsu Lifebook E544
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
744 Points ∼1% -46%
Lenovo B50-70 MCC2GGE
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
718 Points ∼1% -48%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK 80SW0031US
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
812 Points ∼2%
Intel Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK
Iris Pro Graphics 580, 6770HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO m.2 120GB
1903 Points ∼5% +134%
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 12 20DK002EPB
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN256HCHP
781 Points ∼2% -4%
Lenovo B50-70 MCC2GGE
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
529 Points ∼1% -35%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK 80SW0031US
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
6813 Points ∼4%
Intel Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK
Iris Pro Graphics 580, 6770HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO m.2 120GB
14594 Points ∼8% +114%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
11531 Points ∼6% +69%
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 12 20DK002EPB
HD Graphics 5500, 5600U, Samsung SSD PM871 MZ7LN256HCHP
6511 Points ∼4% -4%
Fujitsu Lifebook E544
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
4983 Points ∼3% -27%
Lenovo B50-70 MCC2GGE
HD Graphics 4400, 4030U, Seagate Momentus Thin ST500LT012-1DG142
5036 Points ∼3% -26%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics (sort by value)
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK 80SW0031US
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
33589 Points ∼5%
Intel Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK
Iris Pro Graphics 580, 6770HQ, Samsung SSD 850 EVO m.2 120GB
98218 Points ∼13% +192%
3DMark 11 Performance
1501 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
44672 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
5396 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
763 points
3DMark Fire Strike Extreme Score
341 points
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Gaming Performance

The HD Graphics 520 is not built for heavy gaming and is unable to play many demanding 3D titles unless if on the lowest graphical settings. Top-down games like DOTA 2, LoL, or Starcraft II should play decently on Low settings and on the native 1080p resolution.

BioShock Infinite - 1366x768 High Preset
Asus F555LB-XO401H
GeForce 940M, 5200U, SanDisk SDSSDA240G
40.5 fps ∼100% +88%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
35.7 fps ∼88% +66%
Acer Aspire Switch Alpha 12 SA5-271-56HM
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Kingston RBU-SNS8152S3256GG2
24.2 fps ∼60% +13%
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK 80SW0031US
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
21.5 fps ∼53%
Fujitsu Lifebook E544
HD Graphics 4600, 4210M, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
11.9 fps ∼29% -45%
Acer Aspire Switch 12S SW7-272-M3A0
HD Graphics 515, 6Y30, Lite-On CV1-8B128
11.8 fps ∼29% -45%
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 47.325.821.56.3fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 23.519.112.1fps
Overwatch (2016) 35.12514.7fps

Stress Test

We stress the notebook with synthetic benchmarks to identify for any throttling or stability issues. When under Prime95 stress, the i7-6200U is able to maintain a constant clock rate of 2.5 GHz or 300 MHz above its base clock rate. Nonetheless, this is still 200 MHz below its rated Turbo Boost maximum for multi-threaded workloads, so the system is only able to sustain a fraction of its Turbo Boost potential. The CPU unfortunately throttles even further when subjected to Unigine Valley stress in favor of maintaining a higher GPU clock rate of 900 to 950 MHz. Core temperature remains quite cool in the low 60 C range when under load.

Running on battery power will not incur major performance penalties. A 3DMark 11 run on batteries returned Physics and Graphics scores 3742 points and 1360 points, respectively, compared to 3748 points and 1372 points when connected to mains.

Prime95 stress
Prime95 stress
FurMark stress
FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Unigine Valley stress
Unigine Valley stress

CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (C)

Prime95 Stress

2.5 -- 65

FurMark Stress

-- 800 61

Prime95 + FurMark Stress

1.2 700 - 750 61

Unigine Valley Stress

1.5 900 - 950 62

Emissions

System Noise

Quiet fan noise (White: Background, Red: System idle, Blue: Unigine Valley, Green: Prime95+FurMark)
Quiet fan noise (White: Background, Red: System idle, Blue: Unigine Valley, Green: Prime95+FurMark)

The cooling system consists of two asymmetrical fans and a single heat pipe between them. This is actually quite large for a compact 13.3-inch notebook as competing models like the XPS 13 or Asus X302 have just a single fan and a much shorter heat pipe each for steeper surface temperature gradients.

Fan noise is consequently silent when idling or under very low loads and bumps up to just 31 to 32 dB(A) when under moderate loads like heavy browsing and multi-tasking. Gaming or extreme stress with Prime95 and FurMark will produce a constant fan noise of about 34 dB(A), which is still quite low. Note that the higher-end SKU with Iris graphics runs much louder under similar conditions since the same fans must now cool a much more powerful graphics processor.

35 mm fan
35 mm fan
40 mm fan
40 mm fan
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK 80SW0031US
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
Dell XPS 13 2016 9350 (FHD, i7-6560U)
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
HP Spectre 13
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
Asus X302UV-FN016T
GeForce 920MX, 6200U, Hynix HFS128G3MND
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
Noise
-4%
-7%
-7%
-6%
off / environment *
29.5
30
-2%
28.5
3%
31.2
-6%
29
2%
Idle Minimum *
29.5
30
-2%
28.5
3%
32.9
-12%
30.1
-2%
Idle Average *
29.5
30
-2%
30.9
-5%
32.9
-12%
30.1
-2%
Idle Maximum *
29.5
30
-2%
31.6
-7%
33
-12%
30.1
-2%
Load Average *
34.2
36.5
-7%
38.8
-13%
33
4%
39.2
-15%
Load Maximum *
34.4
38.3
-11%
41.4
-20%
34.6
-1%
39.3
-14%

* ... smaller is better

Noise Level

Idle
29.5 / 29.5 / 29.5 dB(A)
Load
34.2 / 34.4 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   BK Precision 732A (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 29.5 dB(A)

Temperature

Surface temperature development is concentrated towards the rear of the unit closer to the heat pipes and processor. The palm rests and keyboard keys remain relatively cool when browsing or word processing. The Function keys will become warm under heavy loads, but they are not used frequently enough to be uncomfortable. The WASD keys and frontal quadrants remain cool when gaming or when using the notebook of the lap. Temperatures are notably cooler on the underside of the system compared to the faster Ideapad 710S SKU with Iris graphics. Systems like the XPS 13 and Spectre 13 run warmer under similar conditions.

Maximum load (Top)
Maximum load (Top)
Maximum load (Bottom)
Maximum load (Bottom)
Max. Load
 30.4 °C43 °C33.8 °C 
 26.4 °C34.8 °C28 °C 
 25.6 °C25.2 °C26.8 °C 
Maximum: 43 °C
Average: 30.4 °C
30.8 °C41.2 °C31.2 °C
30.2 °C30.4 °C28.6 °C
28.2 °C28.2 °C27.2 °C
Maximum: 41.2 °C
Average: 30.7 °C
Power Supply (max.)  43 °C | Room Temperature 22 °C | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer

Speakers

The JBL stereo speakers make up for their lack of bass with good midtones, no static or distortions, and high maximum volume. Lower frequency sounds are indeed better reproduced on the Lenovo compared to the speakers on the thinner Spectre 13. 

Speakers facing towards the bottom of the unit
Speakers facing towards the bottom of the unit
Decent sound quality (Red: System idle, Pink: Pink noise, Gray: White noise)
Decent sound quality (Red: System idle, Pink: Pink noise, Gray: White noise)

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The system draws about the same amount of power as the costlier and faster SKU under low or idling loads. When under more demanding loads like gaming, however, the system demands about 10 W less in comparison. Maximum load with both Prime95 and FurMark active will demand about 38 W of power, which is more than both the XPS 13 and Spectre 13. Throttling can have a large effect on power consumption when under sustained maximum loads.

The small power adapter (6.25 x 6.25 x 2.75 cm) is rated for a maximum of 45 W, so it is sufficient for the system if just barely.

Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK 80SW0031US
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Samsung MZNLN128HCGR-000L2
Dell XPS 13 2016 9350 (FHD, i7-6560U)
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZ-VLV256D
HP Spectre 13
HD Graphics 520, 6500U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
Asus X302UV-FN016T
GeForce 920MX, 6200U, Hynix HFS128G3MND
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
Iris Graphics 540, 6560U, Samsung PM951 NVMe MZVLV256
Power Consumption
-6%
-38%
14%
-5%
Idle Minimum *
4.8
5.8
-21%
8.6
-79%
3.3
31%
3.3
31%
Idle Average *
7.7
7.3
5%
11
-43%
5.1
34%
7.4
4%
Idle Maximum *
7.9
8.5
-8%
11.3
-43%
5.2
34%
8.2
-4%
Load Average *
25.8
30.6
-19%
33.8
-31%
29.5
-14%
36.5
-41%
Load Maximum *
38.1
32.5
15%
36.2
5%
44
-15%
43.7
-15%

* ... smaller is better

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.321 / 0.346 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4.8 / 7.7 / 7.9 Watt
Load midlight 25.8 / 38.1 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Life

Runtimes are not significantly longer on our less powerful configuration compared to the costlier SKU with Iris graphics. We clocked in at about 7 hours of constant WLAN use each between our two configurations under similar conditions. This is comparable to the Dell XPS 13 and its larger battery capacity while being much longer than the recent Spectre 13.

Charging from near empty to full capacity will take about 2 hours.

Maximum runtime (Reader's Test)
Maximum runtime (Reader's Test)
Minimum runtime (Classic Test)
Minimum runtime (Classic Test)
WLAN runtime
WLAN runtime
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK 80SW0031US
46 Wh
Dell XPS 13 2016 9350 (FHD, i7-6560U)
56 Wh
HP Spectre 13
38 Wh
Asus X302UV-FN016T
38 Wh
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK
46 Wh
Battery Runtime
22%
-18%
-9%
-4%
Reader / Idle
903
944
5%
715
-21%
810
-10%
WiFi v1.3
429
436
2%
338
-21%
392
-9%
418
-3%
Load
88
141
60%
78
-11%
89
1%
Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
15h 03min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
7h 9min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 28min

Pros

+ bright display backlight; near complete sRGB coverage
+ small, lightweight, and attractive design
+ aluminum and magnesium build
+ relatively easy serviceability
+ user-upgradeable M.2 SSD
+ quiet system fans
+ good battery life
+ large touchpad

Cons

- keyboard keys with soft feedback
- no glossy or touchscreen options
- limited gaming performance
- non-upgradeable RAM
- no USB Type-C ports
- weak display lid

Verdict

In review: Lenovo Ideapad 710S-13ISK 80SW0031US. Test model provided by Lenovo US
In review: Lenovo Ideapad 710S-13ISK 80SW0031US. Test model provided by Lenovo US

Perhaps the most noticeable advantage of the Ideapad 710S over the Yoga 900, Spectre 13, MacBook Air 13, or XPS 13 is its lower cost. Its base SKU like the one we have here offers a very lightweight and small package due to its narrow bezel for hundreds less. This makes the Lenovo an attractive alternative to users who are drawn by other pricier 13.3-inch notebooks for their size and portability. The display in particular is excellent and not unlike on other flagship notebooks in terms of color accuracy and reproduction.

Battery runtimes are not significantly different from the more expensive 710S SKU with Intel Iris 540 Graphics, but fan noise is definitely louder on the latter when under heavier processing loads. Our biggest gripes with the notebook are its flexible lid and soft feedback from the keyboard keys that can take some getting used to. The lack of a USB Type-C port further separates the mainstream 710S from the aforementioned 13.3-inch notebooks.

The Ideapad 710S excels as a core Ultrabook with its bright 1080p IPS display, respectable battery life, and small size. Its higher-end SKUs are very pricey to the point where higher-end alternatives like the Yoga 900, XPS 13, or Spectre 13 can be considered better choices for the cost.

Lenovo IdeaPad 710S-13ISK 80SW0031US - 07/05/2016 v5.1
Allen Ngo

Chassis
78 /  98 → 80%
Keyboard
78%
Pointing Device
82%
Connectivity
44 / 80 → 54%
Weight
73 / 35-78 → 88%
Battery
89%
Display
87%
Games Performance
56 / 68 → 82%
Application Performance
80 / 87 → 91%
Temperature
96 / 91 → 100%
Noise
94%
Audio
60 / 91 → 66%
Camera
53 / 85 → 62%
Average
75%
84%
Subnotebook - Weighted Average

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Allen Ngo, 2016-07- 5 (Update: 2016-07- 5)
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Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.