Lenovo has been doing a great job by creating hit PC’s after another and not getting bit by the One Hit Wonder curse. Every Lenovo line of personal computers cater to specific groups of people. Their Y line is for the gamers and I’ve had the chance to review the companies older workhorse, Y50 laptop with a great experience. The latest Y70 Touch features a much larger touchscreen display and finer tuned JBL powered speakers; all while maintaining the same look and feel as the others.
The Y70 Touch model I reviewed features an 17.3-inch FHD LED AntiGlare Multitouch display (1920 x 1080), Intel i7-4710 processor at 2.50GHz, 1TB 5400 RPM+8GB SSHD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX-860m, and at the time Windows 8.1 (updated to Windows 10). The laptop comes in at 16.64″ x 11.44″ x 1.02″ making it a beefy laptop to lug around in a backpack. JBL Stereo speakers are also present on the y70 Touch as well as a 720p HD webcam.
As for i/o, two USB 3.0 ports for faster transfers, one USB 2.0, 4-in-1 card reader (SD, MMC, SDXC, SDHC), HDMI, SPDIF, RJ45, Audio Combo Jack, Ethernet, Lock Port, and Power. Each port is positioned nicely and I really didn’t have any complaints on that end.
When it came to performance, gaming was superb. Games like Titanfall, Battlefield Hardline and Rocket League never noticed significant frame drops when played on High settings. When going for higher settings, the Y70 Touch does great but I noticed during my play time the longer I played for the more random stutters became visible. I had recently installed Windows 10 to this device and felt like the new OS gave it a bit more life. The Touch Display is much more useful with Windows 10 and is fun to use. I even tested the new Xbox One streaming from console to the PC. It handled the mirror well with some minor latency which is due to more connection than the PC, but it was great to see the Y70 Touch handle this new feature regardless. The NVIDIA software allows for some performance enhancements like boosting battery life when gaming off the charger and video capping your PC gameplay directly from the software.
In my battery test, while game and off the charger, the Y70 Touch lasted me about three and half hours and while just browsing the web instead added an extra hour to that time. The battery test is a bit lower than expected since I was able to reach about an extra hour or two with the Y50 laptop last year.
Now besides the good performance from this machine, my gripe is still with the hardware of this line. Lenovo has yet to make major improvements to the keyboard and the god awful track-pad. I have resorted to always using external keyboards and mice when reviewing Lenovo gaming laptops because their stock ones just aren’t that good. The track-pad continues to be irresponsible and super sensitive to swiping. Keyboard could use some new key cap styles and much brighter light option than the dreaded red backlight.
Overall, Lenovo has created yet another well priced gaming laptop, especially in a market with so many options. The Y70 Touch offers a huge touch display, good battery life and great performance for gaming or multimedia use. If you want something a bit smaller with longer battery life, the Y50 is still a great choice. It’s also great to add that my experience with the touch screen was far better and engaging once the upgraded was made to Windows 10.
The Lenovo Y70 Touch starts at just $949 at Lenovo.com
- Large Touch Display
- SSHD Works Great
- JBL Speakers
- Battery Life
- Track-pad and keyboard
- Heavier than other Y laptops