After we test to find (and very liked) 710S IdeaPad laptop, we thought for a while we will have a chance to get together with a similar model. However, just a couple of weeks later, a similar version comes to us, with the suffix Plus. How is the 710S Plus different from the “regular” model and what are its main features? We shall find out together through a direct comparison and analysis of the advantages of the new model …
Lenovo 710S Plus
Trends in the thin and light computer domain are clear – they are probably the healthiest segment of the PC industry for this or that reason, and in this respect, probably, only gaming can parry them. But gaming devices and equipment do not buy as many people as opposed to hearted opinions, while Ultrabooks are becoming more and more interesting to a wider circle of customers, which is due to the drop in average prices, which is due to the elimination of what has once been a minor ultrasound.
Lenovo decided to take a somewhat unusual move. Very soon after the introduction of the 710S, it offered another variant, this time with the suffix Plus. Where is the difference? We could put everything together in a few sentences. Plus model has Glos screen (versus matte screen with ordinary) with black instead of silver boxes, no video output whether a USB 3.1 Type-C, brings the fingerprint sensor, and discrete GeForce MX 940 graphics. In all other respects, it is almost identical. True, the configuration we received the test also differs. We recommend that you take another look at the Lenovo 710S ultrabook test, since we are going to get a lot of reference to this test, and compare directly two computers …
The computer itself works fantastic! As soon as you look at it or take it in your hands, you become aware that this is a premium product. It is made of aluminum and magnesium, and comes in a complete metal outfit. It is a ultra-thin 13.3-inch diagonal, which is a great news for many customers at the start because it is almost ideal balance for one computer of high degree of mobility. Metal surfaces are present from all sides, from the outside and from the inside, together with a characteristic metallic gray finish. It’s the only black-colored keyboard, just like the screen frames (unlike the gray ones of the predecessor), which give them a “edge-to-edge” effect, just like the smartphone, raising the impression of elegance to an even higher level.
The interior is clean, clear and simple. The keypad has a specific keyboard typical of Lenovo. On the right side of the palm rest we find another novelty that has been brought in the Plus model – it is a fingerprint scanner, which will bring an even higher level of security, and thus usability in corporate environments 710S Plus. Overall, the design and quality of production are at the highest level!
Everything is located on the sides, and back of the computer. Right LED operation indicator, audio combo port, one USB 3.0 port that supports Always-On Charging technology, power connector, and another novelty – USB 3.1 Type-C port, which enables support for the latest peripherals! However, one needs to know that there is no longer an independent video output, but everything will be done directly through the Type-C port. To the left there are 4-in-1 memory card reader, another USB connector, and OneKey Recovery, which does not come as a button, but as a needle pad.
OWe wrote about the hardware in the previous test, just like the platform, and we will now focus on the differences. Lenovo held proven Intel Core platform sixth generation, and here we find Intel Core i5-6200U processor clocked at 2.3 GHz, and is able to increase its clock speed up to 2.8 GHz when needed. The dual-core processor supports both Hyperthreading and up to four simultaneous threades. It has 4 MB cache. It was made in 14 nanometers. Consumption is declared at 15 W, with Up and Down variants of 25 W or 7.5 W.
The graphics are integrated-Intel HD 520. It runs at 300 MHz base and its clock speed rises to 1 GHz, but here we also have discrete graphics that are activated when needed. It’s the Nvidia GeForce 940 MX model, much faster than integrated solutions, which all those who wants better gpu performance will welcome. This graphics can come in more variants, but this laptop has 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, and 384 unified shaders. GPU and memory clock speeds are dynamically adjusted.
The computer has 8 GB of memory, and the SSD is used for the storage system. We have already met with tremendously fast Samsung NVMe SSDs, but each time we feel the thrill again. Simply, the speeds that are achieved are unreal, and the time required for each operation is reduced to an absolute minimum, even in SSD frameworks. When the computer starts or wakes up, everything literally “takes off”.