Lenovo Ideapad Z510 How to Disassemble

Affordable performance. Ideapad Z510 is one of the few ultrabooks with a price tag of less than 30 thousand rubles, but at the same time it is equipped with a full-fledged card from Nvidia, a matte screen and a good sound system from JBL.

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Design and workmanship

The design quite familiar to Lenovo products should be called attractive. The laptop case is soundly assembled, quite scratch resistant. There’s nothing to complain about.

The package bundle is modest: the IdeaPad Z510 itself with an operating system preinstalled on the hard drive, as well as an AC adapter for it. The battery is secured inside the case.

Do-it-yourself Z510 maintenance. it is a whole adventure. Even for such a simple matter as replacing the battery, the laptop will have to be disassembled almost entirely. You should start with the keyboard, after which you will have to remove the optical drive, and then the entire cover that covers the bottom. All this requires great care so as not to break off the plastic legs of the parts or to break some kind of cable. But as a result, the user will have access to the cooling system, the wireless network module, RAM, and the hard disk (7 millimeters high). We were surprised by the fact that can even replace the central processor. It is not soldered to the motherboard, but installed on the appropriate platform.

Lenovo Ideapad Z510 How to Disassemble

Ports and Communications

A set of interfaces is standard. Two USB 3.0. this is still bearable, but the lack of support for a gigabit Ethernet network cannot be called anything other than an anachronism. Why manufacturers put 100-megabit adapters remains a mystery to us. There are two outputs, VGA and HDMI.

Wireless connections are possible via Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi b / g / n.

Input Devices

The keyboard and touchpad are nothing special. The keyboard is not equipped with a backlight, but its performance is pretty good. The touchpad supports multi-touch and is quite suitable as a temporary replacement for the mouse.

Display

The 15.6-inch matrix uses the now popular Full-HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) The brightness of the LED backlight is good (about 300 cd / m2), the contrast could have been greater (327: 1). Color rendering is acceptable, 66% of the colors are displayed from the sRGB test spectrum. Although the colors that are displayed show distortion. All images are characterized by a cold tint.

The matte finish of the screen in combination with sufficient brightness makes it possible to use the Z510 in any light, even under the sun. Viewing angles are adequate for a TN-type matrix.

Performance

The Core i5-4200M has two processing cores and processes data in four streams. It can have a frequency of up to 3 GHz, it varies depending on the current load. The card is the GeForce GT 740M from Nvidia, it is able to digest almost all modern games at settings not lower than average. In those moments when the user does not work with three-dimensional applications, the picture on the screen is displayed not by the main graphics card, but by the HD Graphics chip integrated into the processor. It helps save energy.

Data is stored on a hybrid system of a 500 GB hard drive and an 8 GB solid state drive (SSD). The tandem was not very successful, test utilities report low performance in sequential read and write tasks (50-90 MB per second). On the other hand, the operating system and applications are fast enough.

IdeaPad Z510 is able to cope with almost all tasks, including editing HD-or games in resolutions up to 1080p. It is not very suitable for the role of a gaming laptop or a professional workstation, it is worth remembering about the low cost. But everyday tasks are not a problem. An important role here is played by the support of alternative calculation methods, such as CUDA and OpenCL.