Lenovo IdeaPad 310 80SM0074US is a non-touch 15.6” laptop which comes with solid hardware specs. The laptop incorporates a dual core i7-6500u 6th generation Intel core processor, 12GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB 5400rpm hard drive. This laptop doesn’t come with Solid state Drive though, which could have further boosted performance of the machine. With SSD, you get fast booting and file uploading as there are no moving parts involved. This feature is important if you are going to use the laptop for HD video editing, AutoCAD, Revit, music creation and other multimedia jobs. You can also consider Lenovo Ideapad 310 80SM00JSUS which comes with similar i7-6500u processor, 8GB DDR3 RAM and 256GB Solid State Drive. The price of the laptop is little higher compared to Lenovo 80SM0074US. Even if you buy an internal 256GB Solid State Drive, it will cost you around $70-120$, depending upon the manufacturer and its features. None of the laptops, however, come with backlit keyboard. Both the laptops come with standard resolution display and optical drive which serves as CD/DVD burner. When it comes to gaming, the laptop supports almost all latest gaming including Battlefield 1, Need for Speed 2016, XCOM 2 and Fifa 17 but not all games are playable at highest resolution and settings. However Minecraft and league of legends will run smoothly on this machine.
If you are looking for an inexpensive gaming laptop that not only supports latest games but also delivers good performance for video editing and supports 3D rendering, then you can take a look at Lenovo IdeaPad 510 (80SV0058US). It is powered by 7th generation Intel core i7-7500u processor, NVIDIA Geforce 940MX graphics with 4GB Video memory and 12GB DDR4 system RAM. This laptop also offers 256GB Solid State Drive and the 15.6” anti-glare display offers full HD resolution ( 1920 X 1080). It features IPS display as well, which offers wide viewing angle and more accurate colors. Lenovo ideaPad 310, on the other hand, comes with 1366 X 768 resolution which is not so great if you are concerned about wide viewing angle. Again, the ideapad 510 comes with backlit keyboard which is missing in ideapad 310 80SM0074US. The ideapad 310 comes with standard non-backlit keyboard. Basically, Lenovo Ideapad 510 is a premium laptop from Lenovo.
When it comes to performance, the 7th generation (Kaby Lake processor) i7-7500u processor is faster than i7-6500u processor. i7-7500u operates with base frequency of 2.7GHz and can Turbo-boost up to 3.5GHz while 6th generation i7-6500u processor operates with base frequency of 2.5GHz and the speed can reach up to 3.1 GHz. Both are dual core processors with 4MB of cache. So Lenovo IdeaPad 510 (80SV0058US) is more powerful compared to Lenovo IdeaPad 310 80SM0074US. Read Lenovo IdeaPad 310 80SM0074 review further to know more about the laptop.
Lenovo 80SM0074US has 12GB DDR4 RAM and the memory is not expandable further. 1TB hard drive comes preloaded with Windows 10 home 64 bit operating system. It doesn’t come with full version of MS office.
The 15.6” display supports max resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels which means it supports 720p playback but not 1080p. However, with the help of HDMI you can watch full HD content on external display and monitor. But you will need HDMI cable for this purpose.
Ports and connectivity features in the laptop include – 1 USB 3.0; 2 USB 2.0; 1 HDMI; 1 Ethernet and 1 VGA. It also has SD card reader and webcam. Network connectivity is supported by Fast Ethernet, Wi-fi ac and Bluetooth. It offers up to 5 hours of battery life, depending upon usage.