Lenovo's ThinkPad line is synonymous with business class, but the company's newer IdeaPad series tries to fly coach. In fact, Lenovo's sub-$1000 IdeaPad Y510 laptop lands on our best laptops list largely on the strength of its design smarts.
The Y510 has a firm, responsive keyboard and a well-designed case with thick hinges that let you position the display at the best viewing angle. It feels durable like its bigger brother, the ThinkPad.
The Y510 also posted an average mark for battery life, surviving for 3 hours, 42 minutes on a single charge. Interestingly, this Lenovo matches the Acer Aspire 5920-6954 almost step-for-step, despite costing about $100 less.
The Y510's 1200-by-800-pixel resolution display is marred by a screen that's more mirror than monitor. Even after I cranked the display's brightness setting to its maximum, my reflection remained visible because of the glare.
Despite the display dilemma, this model represents a solid effort by Lenovo to court a more consumer-centric audience. The Y510 delivers a nice array of multimedia features for a good price.