In the age of convertible laptops and hybrids, traditional laptops still unsurprisingly continue to rule. With around 90 percent of the market still belonging to the traditional laptop space, it’s clear that buyers still look for laptops that focus purely on productivity. But with more buyers using their laptops on the move, the need for portability is particularly highlighted.
Lenovo’s Ideapad range is one of its most popular, with devices available across various ranges and form factors. Apart from traditional full-size laptops, the Ideapad range also includes thin-and-light laptops, such as the Ideapad 710S that we’re reviewing today. With a slim profile, light weight and comfortable dimensions, the Ideapad 710S comes with plenty of power and top-end specifications, all in a conveniently portable package. We’ve reviewed the Rs 82,725 Lenovo Ideapad 710S, read on to find out all you need to know about the laptop.
Lenovo Ideapad 710S Design
There isn’t much to talk about the look of the Lenovo Ideapad 710S, but that’s a good thing. What you get with the laptop is simple sophistication in a design that is focused on minimalism and keeping the shape and feel of the device as light and portable as possible. As a part of the slim and light range from Lenovo, that is of course the purpose of the laptop, and it achieves this marvelously thanks to its 13.3-inch full-HD screen and 1.17kg weight. While it isn’t that slim that it looks out-of-the-ordinary, the simple sophistication is enough to give it a practical edge over most laptops without having to invest much into the visual aspects of the laptop.
As is expected from a thin-and-light laptop that follows the philosophy of the ‘ultrabooks’ of a few years ago, the Lenovo Ideapad 710S is focused on keeping the weight and thickness as low as possible. This means that you don’t get an optical disc drive, and just a handful of ports. On the 710S you get an SD card reader, two USB ports, a mini-HDMI port, a 3.5mm socket and a socket for the AC charger. Unfortunately, the laptop doesn’t come with USB type-C charging, as is the case with some newer devices. You do however get a backlit keyboard, which is a bit of a given considering the price of the Lenovo Ideapad 710S.
The Lenovo Ideapad 710S has a 13.3-inch full-HD IPS screen, which is among the best that you can find on a laptop in this price range. It’s excellent for watching videos and media content, and will be fairly useful when it comes to image and video editing as well, if you intend to use the laptop for those functions. The charger that is bundled with the laptop has a chunky plug unit, but does away with the external power brick, making it a bit easier to carry around and contributing to the convenient portability of the laptop.
Lenovo Ideapad 710S Specifications
While certain things on the specification sheet are impressive, others are somewhat disappointing when you consider the price of the Lenovo Ideapad 710S. The laptop is powered by an Intel Core i5 (7th Gen) processor, along with 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM and a 256GB solid state drive for storage. There’s no HDD and the solid state storage might be a bit low for a laptop that costs upwards of Rs 80,000, but the technology behind SSD makes up for this to some extent. You also get Windows 10 Home edition and Intel HD 620 graphics, both of which help in keeping things chugging along smoothly. ALSO READ: Lenovo IFA 2017 keynote scheduled for August 31; here’s what to expect
Lenovo Ideapad 710S Performance
Thanks to the capable specifications, the Lenovo Ideapad 710S is good for basic productivity, thanks to being generally spiffy when it comes to everyday computing. It’s got enough in it for photo editing and even basic video editing, although the DDR3 specification of the RAM might be a bit inadequate a couple of years down the line. Intense graphic tasks such as heavy animation, video editing and gaming struggle a bit, since the device uses on-board graphics from Intel instead of a dedicated graphics card. While the Ideapad 710S will work for some older games, new games won’t run too well on it despite the 8GB of RAM and 7th Gen Core i5 processor. This shouldn’t be a problem since the laptop isn’t really meant for gaming and gamers will opt for a more suitable machine.
The touchpad and keyboard of the Ideapad are responsive and easy to use, although the right-shift key is a bit too small and oddly positioned, making it particularly hard to type quickly until you get used to it. The laptop runs extremely silently, and I didn’t come upon any heat issues during my time with it.
Thanks to Windows 10 Home and the SSD storage option, boot time is incredibly quick, with the laptop powering up completely in less than 10 seconds. The Core i5 SoC is good for most tasks, and is particularly zippy when it comes to ordinary day-to-day use such as web browsing, using basic apps such as the Microsoft Office Suite or even cloud-based services. The laptop also has JBL-tuned speakers which are above average for a laptop.
Battery life is a bit disappointing for a productivity-centric and power-efficient laptop. While you do get about six hours of battery on a full charge, it’s significantly lower than the 8-9 hours that you can get from similarly positioned laptops. Charging is fairly quick, but the lack of stamina in the battery might be a hindrance to users who often need to use the laptop away from a power outlet.
The Lenovo Ideapad 710S has a lot going for it, from its design centered on simple sophistication to its reliable performance with everyday productivity tasks, along with its excellent screen. However, there are a few issues big and small, such as the lack of graphical prowess for heavy graphical use, as well as the somewhat poor battery life, oddly-positioned right shift key, and AC charging unit instead of the newer USB type-C format.
Above all, it’s perhaps a bit too expensive. It’s possibly to get laptops with the Core i7 processor at around this price, so for a device with a Core i5 processor and DDR3-spec RAM to be priced at Rs 82,725 comes across as a bit high. However, this is a 7th Gen processor, and the portability and ease of use cannot be ignored for buyers who are looking for a good productivity machine. While it might make sense to wait a bit for the 2017 laptop range to launch, the Lenovo Ideapad 710S is nonetheless a good purchase right now if you don’t mind paying a bit more for the benefit of simple sophistication.