The Advent Sienna 510 is a low-cost but full-size laptop, and despite some valiant attempts at design, it does feel rather cheap compared to some of its competitors.
The specification of the Advent Sienna 510 however looks pretty good. A 2.26GHz Core i5-430M processor and 320GB hard drive are a match for some considerably more expensive competitors, such as Lenovo’s IdeaPad Z560.
Sadly you do get only 3GB of RAM rather than the standard 4GB supplied with all but the ultra-low cost Toshiba Satellite C660D-10W. You’ll also have to make do with the CPU’s integrated graphics rather than the more powerful graphics chips provided by Lenovo, MSI and Medion.
Don’t think that because the Advent Sienna 510 comes with a Core i5 CPU that it’s necessarily going to be quicker than the Core i3 laptops.
The Core i5-430M used here is virtually identical to the Intel Core i3-350M favoured by Lenovo, save for the fact that it incorporates Intel’s Turbo Boost function which can bump up the clock speed of one of the two cores from 2.26GHz up to 2.53GHz when under load.
In our WorldBench 6 benchmark test the Advent Sienna 510 scored 101 points which is a single point higher than the Lenovo, but also a point slower than the Core i3-370M-equipped Acer Aspire 5742.
So, for its price, the Advent Sienna 510 performs pretty well. What’s not so impressive however is the battery life which runs out at just over two-and-a-quarter hours. That’s not far from being three-hours fewer hours' use than you’d get from the Acer laptop.
This really comes as no surprise as Advent has selected a weedy 32.5Wh battery for the Advent Sienna 510 where others have gone for at least 48Wh.
A Scrabble-tile style keyboard sits atop textured multi-gesture trackpad with a single silver button supplying both left and right clicks.
Dedicated multimedia and internet buttons are also included on the Advent Sienna 510. Three USB 2.0 ports are provided and accessible from both sides of the casing, while an HDMI port is provided at the rear.
If you want to add a personal touch, you can customise your laptop lid with any design or photograph you like for an extra £29.99.
The Advent Sienna 510 is a decent low-cost laptop, but the Acer Aspire 5742 is considerably better if you can find an extra £70.