Lenovo has been putting a lot of their time and efforts into establishing themselves as a reliable gaming company. Their Y series of laptops and now desktops are gradually improving almost every 8-10 months. Their latest y700 Gaming laptop is an improved model of their Y50 laptop released a while back which I also reviewed.
- Intel i7-6700HQ
- 15.6″ (1920 x 1080)
- (inches) : 15.23″ x 10.90″ x 1.02″
- Starting at 5.7 lbs (2.6 kg)
- Windows 10 Home
- NVIDIA Geforce GTX 960M
- 128GB (SATA SSD),1 TB (7200 RPM)
- 16 DDR4 GB
- 2 x 2W JBL® speakers with Chamber + 3W Subwoofer and Dolby® Home Theater™
The Y700 doesn’t look to far off from the Y50 design which is a bummer. I would’ve liked to have seen Lenovo go a bit different in terms of design of the laptop. It’s still a mixture of soft rubber and aluminum on the body. the main lid has an aluminum finish with an almost brushed like texture to it when looked it with enough light. The softer parts of this laptop are my least favorite with oily or greasy fingers smudging all over the place. I wish Lenovo can figure out a better material to fix this as this is something I encounter on mostly all of their laptops.
The display is usually my favorite part of this laptop. A bright and vivid display with touch capabilities makes this the perfect machine to work on. Windows 10 is at its best when accompanied by a touch display. It is also anti-reflective so using this laptop in many places becomes a plus, from outdoor use to office.
On the left side you will find Lenovos DC power adapter, a USB 2.0 port, 4-in-1 card reader, and headphone/mic combo jack. On the right lies your Secure Locking Slot, Gigabit Ethernet port, an HDMI port, and two USB 3.0 ports. The layout of all the ports worked fine for the setup I was using with an external keyboard and mouse attached to it.
Speaking of keyboard, the Y700 still houses their familiar Ideapad keys and we do get a full keyboard with number pad. Each key has the similar soft rubber texture making them feel a bit weird to me at first and as mentioned these aren’t friendly to oily fingers. Typing and gaming on the keys are fairly comfortable for the most part. The Y700 also features back lighting with the oh so traditional red lighting on the back. Please Lenovo, give us a different color option than Red, it’s getting a bit played out and makes the keyboard look dull and boring in my eyes. Something i did enjoy though were the attention to the WASD keys as the keys were a bit more clear around the edges to give off more red lighting than the others. These are the keys most gamers will be focusing on for majority of game titles, kudos to you Lenovo.
The touch pad found on the Y700 is large and improved from the previous models. I have always stated my grief with their track pads and while i still would rather connect a mouse, this large pad is fairly responsive to clicks and gesture swipes.
Lastly, the Speakers are powered by JBL and they sound fantastic. So much kick comes out of the two speaker grills and with the help of the subwoofer these could possibly be the best pair of internal laptop speakers I’ve ever heard. Music, Games, and even movies just come alive with these speakers and man are they loud.
When it came to overall gaming performance of the Y700 it definitely surpasses the Y50 when it came to game settings and battery life of the laptop. While most graphic heavy games won’t run in Ultra settings at high frame rates, you will be able to run most of them on from Low to High in 1080p with ease and still enjoy the gameplay without falling under 30fps. This is definitely something that would target PC gaming enthusiasts just looking to get into the gaming world.
Battery life was about 4 hours on just browsing the web and light video streaming off Hulu and Netflix which is good but was a bit less when gaming for a long period or even running apps like Adobe Premiere cut the battery life by about 45 minutes or so. I usually tend to do it all on these machines so not only was it great for my light gaming habits and browsing the web, but it handled video editing very well. Rendering and even file dumping was fast. The 5400 RPM HDD handled most of the work while Windows and games loaded off the SSD. Though I wish the SSD was just a bit larger as i started to download more games I was running out of space fairly quickly.
The Lenovo Y700 is the best priced gaming laptop the company has created yet. With major improvements from its older versions, the Y700 is a no brainer. Though for just a few bucks, there other laptops available with longer battery life and slightly upgraded graphics cards. You do win with the touch display and speakers but to many that might be the selling point to go with a different brand and model. If you’re using this laptop for pretty much everything, than I highly recommend giving it a shot.
Configurations for the non touch display model begin at $949 and the touch begin at $1,049.
- Improved performance
- Graphics cards are bit outdated
- Soft material hard to maintain
- Better battery life but still can be improved