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Lenovo V510-15IKB (7200U, Full-HD) Laptop Review

Sascha Mölck (translated by Martina Osztovits), 04/21/2017

Without stamina. With the V510-15IKB, Lenovo offers a quiet 15.6-inch device for work. It is well equipped: Among others, it comes with a Kaby Lake processor, an SSD, Windows 10 Pro, and an IPS display. However, the battery runtimes are disappointing.

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With the Lenovo V510-15IKB, we have received a 15.6-inch office notebook. Lenovo rates it among business notebooks. However, it has to be classified below the classic business series (ThinkPad). The device is powered by a Kaby Lake processor. Competition is not lacking. Here are a few examples: the Fujitsu Lifebook A557, the Acer Extensa 2520, the HP 250 G5, and the Dell Vostro 15-5568.

Lenovo V510-15IKB 80WQ0002GE (V510 Series)
Processor
Graphics adapter
Intel HD Graphics 620, Core: 300-1000 MHz, dual-channel, 21.20.16.4627
Memory
8192 MB 
, DDR4-2400, dual-channel, one RAM slot (used), 4 GB soldered
Display
15.6 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel 141 PPI, LG Philips LP156WF6-SPK3, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U Premium PCH
Storage
Samsung CM871a MZNTY256HDHP, 256 GB 
, M.2-2280-SSD, free SATA bay, 180 GB free
Soundcard
Realtek ALC236 @ Intel Sunrise Point-LP PCH - High Definition Audiocontroller
Connections
2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 VGA, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: audio combo, Card Reader: SD/​SDHC/​SDXC/​MMC, 1 Fingerprint Reader, TPM 2.0
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1
Optical drive
Slimtype DVD A DA8AESH
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 22.9 x 380 x 262 ( = 0.9 x 14.96 x 10.31 in)
Battery
32 Wh Lithium-Ion, 4 cells, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 6 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: no, Cyberlink Power2Go 8, Cyberlink PowerDVD 14, MS Office 365 (trial version), 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2 kg ( = 70.55 oz / 4.41 pounds), Power Supply: 302 g ( = 10.65 oz / 0.67 pounds)
Price
700 Euro

 

Case & Connectivity

Lenovo used a black plastic case in the V510-15IKB. The lid is rubberized. The computer lacks a maintenance hatch. Hence, the case has to be opened in order to get to the innards. The battery is fixed. Lenovo ensured a flawless build quality. However, the stability of the case could be higher. For example, the base unit can be twisted on both sides of the keyboard and in front of the touchpad without applying much force. In addition, it should be stiffer.

The connectivity does not bring surprises. Lenovo incorporated Lenovo four Type A USB ports (2x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1). On top of that, there are two video outs. We did not like the interface layout. The ports are on a level with the wrist rest. If additional ports are required, you can connect a OneLink+ docking station from Lenovo to the computer. The compatible port sits on the left side.

The card reader of the V510-15IKB works slowly. It achieves a transfer rate of 27.6 MB/s when copying big data blocks. Moving 250 jpg files (about 5 MB each) is done at 21.4 MB/s. We test memory card readers with a reference card (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II).

The incorporated Wi-Fi module uses a chip (QCA9377) from Qualcomm. Apart from the Wi-Fi standards 802.11a/b/g/n, it also supports the fast ac standard. The transfer rates we have recorded under ideal conditions (no other Wi-Fi devices close, low distance between notebook and server PC) are good.

Size Comparison

Interfaces

left: lock slot, docking port, VGA out, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type A)
left: lock slot, docking port, VGA out, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type A)
right: audio combo, 2x USB 2.0 (Type A), DVD burner, power-in
right: audio combo, 2x USB 2.0 (Type A), DVD burner, power-in
front: SD card reader
front: SD card reader
SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Fujitsu Lifebook A557
121 MB/s ∼100% +465%
Lenovo E51-80 80QB0008GE
68 MB/s ∼56% +218%
HP 15-ba077ng
27.2 MB/s ∼22% +27%
Dell Vostro 15-5568
25.2 MB/s ∼21% +18%
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
23.7 MB/s ∼20% +11%
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
22.7 MB/s ∼19% +6%
HP 15-ay116ng
22.2 MB/s ∼18% +4%
Lenovo V510-15IKB 80WQ0002GE
21.4 MB/s ∼18%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Fujitsu Lifebook A557
180.5 MB/s ∼100% +554%
HP 15-ba077ng
38.3 MB/s ∼21% +39%
Lenovo V510-15IKB 80WQ0002GE
27.6 MB/s ∼15%
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
27.5 MB/s ∼15% 0%
HP 15-ay116ng
27.3 MB/s ∼15% -1%
Dell Vostro 15-5568
25.5 MB/s ∼14% -8%
Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Fujitsu Lifebook A557
Intel Wireless-AC 7265
675 MBit/s ∼100% +95%
Lenovo V510-15IKB 80WQ0002GE
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
347 MBit/s ∼51%
Dell Vostro 15-5568
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
205 MBit/s ∼30% -41%
HP 15-ba077ng
Realtek RTL8723BE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC
43 MBit/s ∼6% -88%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Fujitsu Lifebook A557
Intel Wireless-AC 7265
558 MBit/s ∼100% +63%
Lenovo V510-15IKB 80WQ0002GE
Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 Wireless Network Adapter
343 MBit/s ∼61%
Dell Vostro 15-5568
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165
268 MBit/s ∼48% -22%
HP 15-ba077ng
Realtek RTL8723BE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC
54 MBit/s ∼10% -84%

Input Devices

Lenovo equipped the V510 with an unlit Chiclet-style keyboard. The flat keys feature a short travel and a crisp pressure point. The keyboard yields slightly when typing on it - more in its right half than its left. However, this did not prove to be disturbing. The keyboard layout has the cursor up key in the position where the right shift key usually is. Hence, you might often accidentally press it instead of the shift key. In addition, the right shift key is very small. Overall, Lenovo delivers a very decent keyboard, which is suitable for frequent typing. However, it cannot keep up with those of the ThinkPad series.

The laptop's multi-touchpad has a surface area of about 10 x 5.1 cm (~3.9 x 2 in). It is big enough for gesture control. You can individually enable and disable the gestures via the configuration menu of the pad. Fingers glide easily on the pad's smooth surface. It is also responsive in the corners. The two dedicated mouse buttons have a short drop and a defined pressure point.

Input devices
Input devices

Display

Pixel grid
Pixel grid

The matte 15.6-inch display of the V510-15IKB works with a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. The contrast (853:1) of the display is fine. The brightness (251.9 cd/m2) should be higher. The display shows PWM flickering at a frequency of 20,000 Hz at 90% brightness level and below. The high frequency should not cause headaches and/or eye problems in sensitive persons.

239
cd/m²
258
cd/m²
240
cd/m²
236
cd/m²
256
cd/m²
251
cd/m²
259
cd/m²
271
cd/m²
257
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 271 cd/m² Average: 251.9 cd/m² Minimum: 5 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 87 %
Center on Battery: 262 cd/m²
Contrast: 853:1 (Black: 0.3 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.4 | - Ø
ΔE Greyscale 5.37 | - Ø
58% sRGB (Argyll) 37% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll)
Gamma: 2.58
Lenovo V510-15IKB 80WQ0002GE
IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Fujitsu Lifebook A557
a-Si TFT-LCD , LCM, 1920x1080, 15.6
Dell Vostro 15-5568
TN LED, 1920x1080, 15.6
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
TN LED, 1366x768, 15.6
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
TN, 1920x1080, 15.6
Response Times
-52%
-7%
-44%
12%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
39 (20, 19)
55 (24, 31)
-41%
47.6 (24.4, 23.2)
-22%
52 (28, 24)
-33%
40 (20, 20)
-3%
Response Time Black / White *
30 (19, 11)
35 (19, 16)
-17%
27.2 (10, 17.2)
9%
31 (14, 17)
-3%
22 (6, 16)
27%
PWM Frequency
20000 (90)
200 (90)
-99%
1000
-95%
Screen
21%
-44%
-40%
-48%
Brightness
252
260
3%
222
-12%
200
-21%
222
-12%
Brightness Distribution
87
83
-5%
82
-6%
83
-5%
85
-2%
Black Level *
0.3
0.22
27%
0.56
-87%
0.43
-43%
0.39
-30%
Contrast
853
1305
53%
409
-52%
491
-42%
562
-34%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.4
4.21
22%
10.36
-92%
10.53
-95%
12.67
-135%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.37
2.68
50%
10.9
-103%
11.85
-121%
13.82
-157%
Gamma
2.58 93%
2.5 96%
2.21 109%
2.25 107%
2.63 91%
CCT
6795 96%
6066 107%
10084 64%
13758 47%
15633 42%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
37
40
8%
37.69
2%
39
5%
35
-5%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
58
63
9%
57.92
0%
61
5%
55
-5%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-16% / 1%
-26% / -36%
-42% / -41%
-18% / -36%

* ... 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 20000 Hz90 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 20000 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 90 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 20000 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 58 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 5069 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

The colors are decent out-of-the-box. The DeltaE-2000 shift is 5.4 (target range: DeltaE less than 3). The display does not exhibit a bluish tint.

CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Color saturation
CalMAN - Color 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
30 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19 ms rise
↘ 11 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. » 71 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (26.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
39 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 20 ms rise
↘ 19 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. » 38 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (43.4 ms).

Lenovo equipped the V510-15IKB with a viewing-angle stable IPS panel. Hence, the screen can be read from every position. You can only use the notebook outdoors when the sun is not shining too brightly.

Outdoor use (on an overcast day)
Outdoor use (on an overcast day)

Performance

The Lenovo V510-15IKB is a 15.6-inch office notebook, which primarily targets professional users. The computer features TPM 2.0, a fingerprint reader and a docking port. Our test model costs about 650 Euros (~$697). Other variants are available. Prices start from about 480 Euros (~$515).

Processor

The Lenovo notebook comes with a Core i5-7200U (Kaby Lake) dual-core processor. This ULV all-round model (TDP: 15 watts) performs well in all fields of application. The processor works at a base clock of 2.5 GHz. With Turbo, the clock rate can increase to up to 3.1 GHz (both cores). The Turbo is used in mains operation and on battery.

We check whether the CPU can permanently use the Turbo by running the Cinebench R15 benchmarks in a loop for about 30 minutes. The performance falls slightly from the first to the second run, but remains on this level from then on. 

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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
5010
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
11363
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
8710
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
130 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
326 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
43.19 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.7 %
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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo E51-80 80QB0008GE
Intel Core i7-6500U
131 Points ∼67% +1%
Lenovo V510-15IKB 80WQ0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
130 Points ∼67%
Dell Vostro 15-5568
Intel Core i5-7200U
129 Points ∼66% -1%
Fujitsu Lifebook A557
Intel Core i5-7200U
129 Points ∼66% -1%
HP 15-ay116ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
122 Points ∼63% -6%
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
Intel Core i5-6200U
116 Points ∼59% -11%
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
Intel Core i5-6200U
87 Points ∼45% -33%
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD A12-9700P
80 Points ∼41% -38%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Fujitsu Lifebook A557
Intel Core i5-7200U
332 Points ∼15% +2%
Lenovo V510-15IKB 80WQ0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
326 Points ∼15%
HP 15-ay116ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
325 Points ∼15% 0%
Dell Vostro 15-5568
Intel Core i5-7200U
319 Points ∼15% -2%
Lenovo E51-80 80QB0008GE
Intel Core i7-6500U
312 Points ∼15% -4%
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
Intel Core i5-6200U
288 Points ∼13% -12%
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
Intel Core i5-6200U
261 Points ∼12% -20%
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD A12-9700P
222 Points ∼10% -32%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Fujitsu Lifebook A557
Intel Core i5-7200U
5011 Points ∼56% 0%
Lenovo V510-15IKB 80WQ0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
5010 Points ∼56%
HP 15-ay116ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
4991 Points ∼56% 0%
Lenovo E51-80 80QB0008GE
Intel Core i7-6500U
4841 Points ∼55% -3%
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
Intel Core i5-6200U
3505 Points ∼40% -30%
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD A12-9700P
2596 Points ∼29% -48%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Lenovo V510-15IKB 80WQ0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
11363 Points ∼23%
HP 15-ay116ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
11342 Points ∼23% 0%
Fujitsu Lifebook A557
Intel Core i5-7200U
11009 Points ∼22% -3%
Lenovo E51-80 80QB0008GE
Intel Core i7-6500U
10908 Points ∼22% -4%
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
Intel Core i5-6200U
9080 Points ∼18% -20%
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD A12-9700P
7188 Points ∼14% -37%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score
Lenovo V510-15IKB 80WQ0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
6887 Points ∼22%
HP 15-ay116ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
6488 Points ∼21% -6%
Lenovo E51-80 80QB0008GE
Intel Core i7-6500U
6179 Points ∼20% -10%
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD A12-9700P
5371 Points ∼17% -22%
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
Intel Core i5-6200U
5144 Points ∼17% -25%
32 Bit Single-Core Score
Lenovo V510-15IKB 80WQ0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
3185 Points ∼68%
HP 15-ay116ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
2907 Points ∼62% -9%
Lenovo E51-80 80QB0008GE
Intel Core i7-6500U
2823 Points ∼61% -11%
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
Intel Core i5-6200U
2228 Points ∼48% -30%
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD A12-9700P
2062 Points ∼44% -35%
Geekbench 4.0
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Lenovo V510-15IKB 80WQ0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
7433 Points ∼27%
HP 15-ay116ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
6825 Points ∼25% -8%
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD A12-9700P
4899 Points ∼18% -34%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Lenovo V510-15IKB 80WQ0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
3827 Points ∼68%
HP 15-ay116ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
3672 Points ∼65% -4%
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD A12-9700P
2158 Points ∼38% -44%
Geekbench 4.1
64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Lenovo V510-15IKB 80WQ0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
7767 Points ∼51%
64 Bit Single-Core Score
Lenovo V510-15IKB 80WQ0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
3922 Points ∼82%
JetStream 1.1 - 1.1 Total Score
HP 15-ay116ng
Intel Core i5-7200U
221.46 Points ∼66% +1%
Lenovo V510-15IKB 80WQ0002GE
Intel Core i5-7200U
218.26 Points ∼65%
Dell Vostro 15-5568
Intel Core i5-7200U
218 Points ∼65% 0%
Fujitsu Lifebook A557
Intel Core i5-7200U
203.94 Points ∼61% -7%
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
Intel Core i5-6200U
160.64 Points ∼48% -26%
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
Intel Core i5-6200U
151.94 Points ∼46% -30%
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD A12-9700P
134 Points ∼40% -39%
Lenovo E51-80 80QB0008GE
Intel Core i7-6500U
127.82 Points ∼38% -41%

System Performance

The system works fast and smoothly without any problems. The good result in the PC Mark 8 benchmark attests that the computer has a high system performance. It is more than sufficient for all office and Internet applications. It is not possible to improve the system performance. Lenovo has already maxed out the possibilities.

PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
3692 points
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PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo V510-15IKB 80WQ0002GE
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung CM871a MZNTY256HDHP
3692 Points ∼62%
Fujitsu Lifebook A557
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung MZ7TN512HDHP-00000
3556 Points ∼60% -4%
Lenovo E51-80 80QB0008GE
Radeon R5 M330, 6500U, Samsung PM871 MZYLN256HCHP
3509 Points ∼59% -5%
Dell Vostro 15-5568
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, SanDisk X400 256GB, SATA (SD8SB8U-256G)
3331 Points ∼56% -10%
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-256G
3317 Points ∼56% -10%
HP 15-ay116ng
HD Graphics 620, 7200U, Samsung CM871a MZNTY256HDHP
3315 Points ∼55% -10%
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
HD Graphics 520, 6200U, Toshiba MQ01ABF050
2834 Points ∼47% -23%
HP 15-ba077ng
Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), A12-9700P, SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-256G
2777 Points ∼46% -25%

Storage Devices

An SSD from Samsung is used as the system drive. It is an M.2-2280 model with a total capacity of 256 GB. About 170 GB are free on the system drive (C:) in delivery state. Further 22 GB (of about 25 GB) are available on the Lenovo Partition (D:). Drivers and installation files of the pre-installed software are stored on the latter. The rest of the capacity is used by the Windows installation and the recovery partition. The transfer rates of the SSD are good.

In addition, the computer features a free SATA slot, to which a 2.5-inch hard drive can be connected. The necessary mounting frame is also included. Hence, it is possible to add an SSD or an HDD.

An SSD is available.
An SSD is available.
It is possible to add a 2.5-inch hard drive.
It is possible to add a 2.5-inch hard drive.
Samsung CM871a MZNTY256HDHP
Sequential Read: 531.5 MB/s
Sequential Write: 511.1 MB/s
512K Read: 414.8 MB/s
512K Write: 307.7 MB/s
4K Read: 39.51 MB/s
4K Write: 108.1 MB/s
4K QD32 Read: 361.6 MB/s
4K QD32 Write: 253 MB/s
Lenovo V510-15IKB 80WQ0002GE
Samsung CM871a MZNTY256HDHP
Fujitsu Lifebook A557
Samsung MZ7TN512HDHP-00000
Dell Vostro 15-5568
SanDisk X400 256GB, SATA (SD8SB8U-256G)
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
Toshiba MQ01ABF050
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
SanDisk Z400s SD8SNAT-256G
HP 15-ay116ng
Samsung CM871a MZNTY256HDHP
CrystalDiskMark 3.0
-3%
-14%
-92%
-26%
-5%
Write 4k QD32
253
250.6
-1%
229.4
-9%
0.769
-100%
228.5
-10%
243.6
-4%
Read 4k QD32
361.6
277.6
-23%
296
-18%
0.675
-100%
141.3
-61%
370.9
3%
Write 4k
108.1
92.07
-15%
55.97
-48%
0.782
-99%
88.01
-19%
95.68
-11%
Read 4k
39.51
36.98
-6%
29.02
-27%
0.375
-99%
20.99
-47%
34.91
-12%
Write 512
307.7
413.6
34%
368.5
20%
38.3
-88%
289.4
-6%
294.9
-4%
Read 512
414.8
393.6
-5%
363.4
-12%
33
-92%
321.2
-23%
413.8
0%
Write Seq
511.1
503.3
-2%
466.8
-9%
95.72
-81%
322.1
-37%
483.9
-5%
Read Seq
531.5
503.6
-5%
497.8
-6%
104.7
-80%
508.9
-4%
500.8
-6%

Graphics Card

Intel's HD Graphics 620 graphics core is responsible for video output. It supports DirectX 12 and works at up to 1000 MHz. The results of the 3D Mark benchmarks are normal for this GPU. The dual-channel RAM has a positive impact here; it ensures that the graphics core is used more efficiently and therefore it can deliver higher performance.

3DMark 11 Performance
1653 points
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3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance GPU
HP 15-ba077ng
AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), AMD A12-9700P
1856 Points ∼4% +24%
Lenovo E51-80 80QB0008GE
AMD Radeon R5 M330, Intel Core i7-6500U
1756 Points ∼3% +17%
Lenovo V510-15IKB 80WQ0002GE
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1500 Points ∼3%
Fujitsu Lifebook A557
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1433 Points ∼3% -4%
HP 15-ay116ng
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1394 Points ∼3% -7%
Dell Vostro 15-5568
Intel HD Graphics 620, Intel Core i5-7200U
1384 Points ∼3% -8%
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
1257 Points ∼2% -16%
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
Intel HD Graphics 520, Intel Core i5-6200U
1162 Points ∼2% -23%

Gaming Performance

The CPU GPU combination of the V510-15IKB can run many games smoothly with low resolutions and low quality settings. This is primarily true for games without high hardware requirements. Performance-hungry titles such as Mass Effect Andromeda are unplayable. Users of the computer also profit from the dual-channel RAM in this regard. The frame rates are higher than comparable devices' with single-channel RAM.

low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 47.627.7237.8fps
Ghost Recon Wildlands (2017) 13.26.1fps

Emissions & Energy

System Noise

The V510-15IKB does not produce much noise. While idling, the fan often stands still and the computer falls silent. The fan hardly gets louder under load. The noise level only reaches 33.9 dB(A) during the stress test.

Noise Level

Idle
30.2 / 30.2 / 32 dB(A)
DVD
38.3 / dB(A)
Load
34.7 / 33.9 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: 30.2 dB(A)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.23634.936.735.22533.933.234.633.733.93132.931.930.831.132.94031.732.129.431.131.75033.132.92929.933.1633434.53232.1348029.732.827.829.829.710028.929.528.529.428.912527.527.425.425.227.516026.92725.925.226.920026.42724.924.926.42502424.223.323.22431525.126.422.222.525.140025.823.421.121.225.850022.923.52020.722.963022.822.419.919.622.880023.222.219.319.223.2100023.722.718.118.423.7125024.12317.817.924.116002625.317.417.626200023.721.917.116.923.7250021.22017.116.921.2315020.919.817.117.120.9400019.919.417.116.919.9500019.51917.116.719.5630019.218.817.316.819.2800020.22018.516.620.21000019.719.31816.619.71250019.318.617.216.419.31600020.119.117.816.420.1SPL34.733.930.430.234.7N2.22.11.41.42.2median 23.2Lenovo V510-15IKB 80WQ0002GEmedian 22.4median 18.1median 17.9median 23.2Delta2.83.22.73.22.8hearing rangehide median Fan Noise

Temperature

the V510 during the stress test
the V510 during the stress test

The 15.6-inch device behaves the same way in our stress test (Prime95 and FurMark run for at least one hour) in mains operation and on battery. The processor works at 2.5 GHz for the first minute. Afterwards, the clock rate is reduced to 1.4 GHz and remains there. The graphics core works at 750 to 850 MHz. The computer does not get particularly hot. The temperature remains far below 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in all measurement segments during the stress test.

The low CPU speed is not a cause of concern: During normal use, the processor does not use its Turbo to capacity. Our stress test is an extreme scenario, which does not occur this way in practice.

Max. Load
 31.8 °C26 °C21.2 °C 
 34.2 °C27.6 °C21 °C 
 31.8 °C30.7 °C21.5 °C 
Maximum: 34.2 °C
Average: 27.3 °C
21.1 °C23 °C32.4 °C
21.2 °C22.5 °C33.2 °C
20.8 °C26 °C28.5 °C
Maximum: 33.2 °C
Average: 25.4 °C
Power Supply (max.)  45 °C | Room Temperature 26.6 °C | FIRT 550-Pocket
Temperature development upper side (load)
Temperature development upper side (load)
Temperature development underside (load)
Temperature development underside (load)
Temperature development upper side (idle)
Temperature development upper side (idle)
Temperature development underside (idle)
Temperature development underside (idle)

Speakers

The stereo speakers of the V510-15IKB are located on the underside of the case. They produce a slightly tinny sound, which you will not enjoy listening to for very long. Using headphones or external speakers is recommended for a better sound experience.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2040.236.740.22539.133.739.13137.531.137.54039.631.139.65041.929.941.96344.832.144.88042.929.842.910042.229.442.212543.925.243.91604725.24720050.924.950.925054.123.254.131564.222.564.240063.621.263.650062.220.762.263062.219.662.280061.119.261.110006518.465125063.917.963.9160060.917.660.9200063.416.963.4250071.616.971.6315071.817.171.840006116.961500060.516.760.563006016.860800059.916.659.91000061.416.661.41250063.116.463.11600055.716.455.7SPL7830.278N40.21.440.2median 61.1Lenovo V510-15IKB 80WQ0002GEmedian 17.9median 61.1Delta3.63.23.635.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHzmedian 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Lenovo V510-15IKB 80WQ0002GE audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (71 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (8.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 1.8% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.5% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (7.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (11.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 0% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 21%, worst was 48%
Compared to all devices tested
» 6% of all tested devices were better, 2% similar, 92% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, 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
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 9%, average was 18%, worst was 41%
Compared to all devices tested
» 1% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 22%, worst was 53%

Frequenzdiagramm im Vergleich (Checkboxen oben an-/abwählbar!)

Power Consumption

We measured a maximum idle power consumption of 9.7 watts - an average value. The rate climbed to about 38.4 watts in the stress test for one minute. Afterwards, the value falls to 28.9 watts, since the CPU throttles. The included power adapter is rated at 45 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.65 / 0.81 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 4 / 9.6 / 9.7 Watt
Load midlight 27.7 / 38.4 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy

Battery Life

Our practical Wi-Fi test simulates the load needed to open websites via a script. The "Balanced" profile is enabled, the laptop's energy-savings functions are disabled, and the screen's brightness is set to approximately 150 cd/m². The V510-15IKB achieves a runtime of 3:45 h - a poor rate. We expect at least 5 to 6 hours from a 15.6-inch notebook. The poor battery life is caused by the low battery capacity of only 32 Wh.

Lenovo says on the website of the V510-15IKB that you could add a second battery to the computer instead of the optical drive. This is also mentioned in the maintenance guide. However, it is not possible in our test model. The port for the second battery is missing and cannot be retrofitted.

Lenovo refers to a dual battery function.
Lenovo refers to a dual battery function.
According to the maintenance guide, there should be port for a second battery left of the optical drive. Our test model does not have this port and it can also not be added after purchase.
According to the maintenance guide, there should be port for a second battery left of the optical drive. Our test model does not have this port and it can also not be added after purchase.
Battery Runtime
WiFi Surfing v1.3 (Edge 40)
3h 45min
Battery Runtime - WiFi Websurfing 1.3
Fujitsu Lifebook A557
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 49 Wh
525 min ∼44% +133%
HP 15-ay116ng
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 41 Wh
412 min ∼34% +83%
Dell Vostro 15-5568
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 42 Wh
357 min ∼30% +59%
HP 250 G5 SP X0N33EA
6200U, HD Graphics 520, 41 Wh
347 min ∼29% +54%
Acer Extensa 2520-59CD
6200U, HD Graphics 520, 37 Wh
315 min ∼26% +40%
HP 15-ba077ng
A12-9700P, Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge), 41 Wh
296 min ∼25% +32%
Lenovo E51-80 80QB0008GE
6500U, Radeon R5 M330, 31 Wh
279 min ∼23% +24%
Lenovo V510-15IKB 80WQ0002GE
7200U, HD Graphics 620, 32 Wh
225 min ∼19%

Pros

+ matte IPS display
+ Full-HD resolution
+ fast M.2-SSD
+ free SATA slot
+ works quietly
+ does hardly get warmer

Cons

- poor battery runtimes
- only one year warranty

Verdict

In review: the Lenovo V510-15IKB 80WQ0002GE. Test model provided by notebooksbilliger.de
In review: the Lenovo V510-15IKB 80WQ0002GE. Test model provided by notebooksbilliger.de

With the V510-15IKB, Lenovo offers a simple 15.6-inch business notebook. The price range is below the ThinkPad E series. Its Kaby Lake Core i5 processor delivers enough performance for all usual fields of application. The computer hardly gets warm and usually works quietly or even silently.

The Solid State Disk ensures a fast system. It is possible to replace the SSD after opening the case. The computer does not have a maintenance hatch. Lenovo incorporated a Full HD IPS display with wide viewing angles, decent contrast, and matte surface. The brightness should be higher. The keyboard appeared very good and is suitable for prolific writers.

The battery runtimes are the biggest weakness of the computer.

The Wi-Fi battery runtime measured by us is poor. The low capacity of the battery (32 Wh) is apparent here. Therewith, the notebook is not suitable for mobile work. It is primarily suitable for use at the desk. Furthermore, the short warranty period of only one year can be criticized. We expect a two-year warranty.

The computer does not offer a Type-C USB port. Notebooks from 2017 should offer one such port at least. Users who require additional ports can connect Lenovo's OneLink+ docking station to the computer. A compatible port is available.

The preinstalled Windows 10 Pro operating system increases the price of the computer. The 80WQ005CGE model might be an interesting alternative for frugal users. This model is basically the same configuration as our test model, except for a 1 TB HDD instead of an SSD. In addition, it does not include a Windows operating system. It is priced at 480 Euros (~$515). If you add the price of a 256 GB SSD and a used Windows 7 Pro license, the total costs are still below 600 Euros (~$644). Furthermore, the free upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 is still available.

Lenovo V510-15IKB 80WQ0002GE - 04/19/2017 v6
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
75 / 98 → 77%
Keyboard
74%
Pointing Device
87%
Connectivity
48 / 80 → 60%
Weight
63 / 67 → 91%
Battery
74%
Display
84%
Games Performance
56 / 68 → 82%
Application Performance
87 / 92 → 95%
Temperature
95%
Noise
93%
Audio
50%
Camera
38 / 85 → 44%
Average
71%
81%
Office - Weighted Average

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> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Lenovo V510-15IKB (7200U, Full-HD) Laptop Review
Sascha Mölck, 2017-04-21 (Update: 2017-04-23)