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Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 Gaming Laptop Reviewed

Published on November 17th, 2015 | by Peter Paul

Lenovo‘s latest gaming laptop is the new IdeaPad Y700 Series. It is powered with the latest 6th generation Intel Core Skylake processor paired with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics processor or AMD Radeon R9 for the 14″ model. It’s not that powerful and jaw-dropping compared to other gaming laptops like the new Asus G752 gaming laptop, but it offers decent set of features and specs for a reasonable price point. The Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 Series has a 14″ model, a 15″ touch and non-touch (1080p/4K UDH) variant, as well as a 17″ model. Please continue reading below for the rest of the features, specifications and respective prices. There are also IdeaPad Y700 review videos below for your reference.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 Series Gaming Laptop

Note: November marks the start of season of sale and the Lenovo IdeaPad Y700, despite being a new product, is not exempted from Lenovo’s deals and discounts. One model of the IdeaPad Y700 gaming laptop gets a huge discount this Thanksgiving season. It’s more of a pre-Black Friday deal, so be sure to check the deal below.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 Gaming Laptop Features

First, let’s check the common features of the Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 Series gaming laptop. For starters, aesthetically speaking they share a similar design and layout. Obviously, all four models differ in size and in weight as well. The 14″ model has a carbon-fiber-like top lid design compared to the 15″ and 17″ models that has a plain black aluminum-brushed surface.

Lenovo Y700 14-inch Gaming Laptop Lenovo Y700 17 inch Gaming Latop

In terms of display, all of the Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 Series gaming laptop comes with a 1080p Full HD 16:9 IPS Anti-Glare display option. However, for the Y700 15″ model, you have a touch variant and a non-touch variant; as well as an Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) 16:9 IPS option. The Y700 17” model only has a 1080p display and no 4K option.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 Gaming Laptop Review

For the IdeaPad 14″ model, you get a 6-row 10-keyless keyboard layout (meaning no numeric keypad) with Red back lit. For the Y1700 15″ and 17″ models you can enjoy a full keyboard layout with numeric keypad and Red back lights. Other features and the rest of the specifications are listed on the table below for better comparison.

Lenovo Y700 14-inch Keyboard Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 Keyboard

Under the hood, all IdeaPad Y700 gaming laptops are powered with the latest 6th generation Intel Skylake Core processors and are paired with a discrete graphics processor either AMD (14″ model) or NVIDIA (15″-17″ model). You also get an internal memory of up to 8GB DDR3 for the Y700 14″ model and up to 16 GB DDR4 for the 15″ and 17″ models. In terms of storage capacity, the Y700 14″ can hold up to 500GB of hard drive, while the Y700 15″ and 17″ models can hold up to 1TB HDD with integrated 128GB SSD.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 Gaming Laptop Specifications

Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 Laptop Specifications

SpecificationsY700 14"Y700 15" Non and TouchY700 17"
ProcessorUp to 6th Generation Intel Quad Core i7 Skylake Processor
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Discrete GPUAMD R9 M375 2GBNVIDIA® GTX 960M 4 GB GDDR5
Memory8GB DDR3Up to 16 GB DDR4
WebcamHD 720p 2x Internal Digital Array Microphone
Storage500GB HDDUp to 1 TB HDD + 128 GB SSD
Audio2 x 2W JBL Speakers with Chamber + 3.0 W Subwoofer and Dolby Home Theater
BatteryUp to 4 Cell 60 WHr
KeyboardRed LED Backlit with 2 Level Brightness Control
DisplayFrameless Full HD (1920 x 1080) 16:9 IPS Anti-GlareFrameless Full HD (1920 x 1080) or Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) 16:9 IPS Anti-GlareFrameless Full HD (1920 x 1080) 16:9 IPS Anti-Glare
Dimensions423mm x 305mm x 27.95mm387mm x 277mm x 25.95mm423mm x 305mm x 27.95mm
WeightStarting at 4.8 lbs (2.2 kg)Starting at 5.7 lbs (2.6 kg)Starting at 7.7 lbs (3.5 kg)
ODDOptional External USB 2.0 DVD/BD Tray-In
SecurityKensington Lock
WLANLAN 1000 M, Up to WiFi 2 x 2 a/c + Bluetooth 4.0
Ports2x USB 3.0
1x USB 2.0 + Always-on
DC-in
2-in-1 Audio Combo Jack
1x HDMI
1x 4-in-1 Media Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC)
Preloaded SoftwareMcAfee LiveSafe (30 day trial), Microsoft Office 2013 (30 day trial), Lenovo Photo Master 2.0, Lenovo SHAREit, Lenovo Solution Centre, Lenovo Companion, Lenovo Settings, Lenovo ID

Note: Some of you might be asking, is the GTX 960M enough to power a 4K display on the 15” model? For normal desktop operation, watching movie, browsing internet and etc, the answer is yes. However, when it comes to gaming it’s another story. The GTX 960M is not powerful enough to handle games at 4K UHD resolution, specially modern day games. You may be able simple games or you will have to change the resolution down to 1080p when gaming to get decent frame rates. In my opinion, if you are buying the Y700 15” model just for gaming, go for the 1080p option. However, if you specifically need the 4K UHD for a special use, then by all means go ahead.

Lenovo Y700 Gaming Laptop Review

Price and Where to Buy

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 Series gaming laptops are now available. The Y700 14″ model starts at $889 up to $1,049; the Y700 15″ non-touch variant starts at $979.80 up to $1,349.00; the Y700 15″ touch variant starts at $1,163.81 up to $1,299.00; and finally the Y700 17″ model starts at $1,099.00 up to $1,349.00. The Y700 gaming laptops are configurable and you can add the accessories you want with it. By default, you get 1 year warranty, but you can extend the warranty up to 3 years and customize the coverage of your warranty. I suggest get an extended warranty if you plan to use the laptop for more than a year.

Choose and start configuring your Lenovo Y700 Gaming Laptop here

Also, check out the latest available Lenovo coupon codes, deals and discounts here and get (huge) savings and free shipping from various Lenovo products.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 Coupon Code

Save $600 off a Lenovo Y700 17.3″ Lightning Fast & Powerful Gaming Laptop model 80Q00003US using the eCoupon below with free shipping! Sale ends on November 23.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 Reviews

Below are Lenovo Y700 reviews videos that you might want to watch for additional reference. This will further help you decide whether this gaming laptop is for you. Go ahead and watch them.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 15″ Gaming Laptop Review below is courtesy of Andrew Tran. It’s a detailed review of the Y500 15″ version inside out and including gaming tests as well as temperature:

Here’s another Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 with GTX 960M review by FatedCb:

You can also read some of the customer’s review of the Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 Series Gaming laptop from their respective pages here.

This article was first seen on ThePCenthusiast here: Lenovo Y700 Gaming Laptop Features, Specs and Price


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One Response to Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 Gaming Laptop Reviewed

  1. danwat1234 says:

    Why only ‘up to 1TB’? That is retarded. Lenovo’s site says the same thing. The Samsung M9T 2TB 5400RPM 9.5mm thickness laptop drive has been out for ~2 years and is less than $100 online. Why doesn’t Lenovo have this as an option? Or at least 1TB 7200RPM instead of 1TB 5400RPM.
    Other manufactures do the same thing. They pretend the Samsung M9T doesn’t exist for some reason

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