Lenovo Ideapad Y700 15-Inch: Review
Lenovo is one of the most underrated gaming laptops in the industry today. People tend to not take this device seriously when it comes to gaming for an out of the world experience. But with Lenovo Ideapad Y700, the mindset of the die-hard gamers across the world is going to get a mindset transplant.
After making it to the list of the top 25 gaming laptops of 2016, Lenovo Ideapad Y700 is swaying the hearts of people with its best value at the best price attitude. It is the Tom Cruise of all the gaming laptops with a Spartan like performance and glow that does not leave your eyes even when you are not playing. This six-pack Spartan runs on 16 GB RAM, Nvidia’s 960 M GPU, and the i7-6700 Intel Core processor 2.6 GHZ.
This machine, however, trips on a few important things that determine the decision of a buyer. Its short battery is the main spoiler. The keyboard turns hot more than just required.
Look and design
I was in awe of its design when I first had a chance to eye feast the Tom Cruise. Like most of Lenovo’s other laptops irrespective of those designed for gaming or not, it too somewhat looked like quite elegantly fashionable to me. The looks are classic and do not offend you in any way. There is a stiff competition these days among all top-notch gaming laptop brands when it comes to catching attention with their looks. Most of them go overboard in the process and don a look somewhere between ugly and quirky.
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 has not tried too much to change itself from the last year’s Y50 version. They are almost the same. The logo of the company sits at the extreme left bottom of the black aluminum lid with a cross hatch pattern. One of the best parts is its rear with two vents red in color.
The speakers sit on the hinges of the deck either side. Its keyboard has red colored backlighting, which is a bit autonomous. I wanted to see something different. They are like red all the time like those red gory eyes of Zombies in Resident Evil series.
After being panned down heavily for its past few laptops by critics, Lenovo Ideapad Y700 has taken serious note of this time and has tried to deliver without making a fuss about it. Lenovo Ideapad Y700 is without a doubt a next generation device as compared to those it dished out in the past. Its brightness is the talk of the town for its accuracy, vibrancy, and detailing.
I tested its display quality and got overwhelmed with its out-of-the-world experience. It scored 263 nits on my test that is way higher than the average 244 nits. Bingo! I know it does not stand a chance with stalwarts like Alienware that cross whopping 300 nits on the same display test. But as far as Lenovo’s old versions are concerned, this is the best a die-hard gamer could have asked for.
I was pretty much impressed with its sound. And what else can you seriously expect from its JBL speakers? Lenovo collaborated with JBL a long time ago and the relationship has paid off eventually. Lenovo Ideapad Y700 version is studded with a Dolby software application that allows you to adjust the sound in five key settings: Gaming, Voice, Music, Movie, and Dynamic.
To test the sound of the device, I played Lil Wayne’s Money on Mind and it pumped it out like really good. The sound was crystal clear even on the highest volume level. People standing outside my too could hear the song. Let’s talk about gaming now. The gaming sound is a notch above. Every minute detail was audible. While I was playing the Max Payne, the sound of cocking the gun was so beautiful that I can’t just describe.
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 is powered by Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 960 GPU with 4 GB VRAM. This composition ensures that you play all the contemporary heavy games on the machine without facing any trouble. However, you should not play any game on high settings. The game may slow down, leaving you disappointed.
In fact, Lenovo Ideapad Y7’s gaming experience is better than those top-notch gaming brands such Alienware at medium settings.
With 16 GB RAM and i7-6700 Intel Core Processor 2.6 GHZ, this machine is incredibly fast. I watched an episode of How I met your mother? on the internet with six other tabs opened. There was no single moment of stopping and slowing down of my laptop. The laptop scored more than 13,000 on my test, which is way higher than the average of 8,000. You can gauge the performance from the numbers itself.
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 is one of the coolest devices around literally. Even after playing Max Payne for 15 minutes, the deck was pretty cool. The keyboard and touchpad had no signs of heat whatsoever. The temperature was around 92 degrees, below the normal. It is not short-tempered.
The keyboard does not boast any difference from its previous versions. It is sleek and full sized with those smiley-like keys. Backlighting is done in red, which is not so new. For me a little boring, though. I scored 60 words per minutes on a typing test, which is not that bad but not so good either. I am not a huge fan of Lenovo’s keyboards.
On my test, the battery of Lenovo Ideapad Y700 lasted 4 hours and a few more minutes, which is not so good compared to other mean machines like Alienware and Dell.
Dell’s Inspiron version lasts up to 6 hours or more while Alienware can go on for 5 hours and more without any interruption whatsoever.
Now the judgment time! Well, there is no doubt Lenovo Ideapad Y700 is one of the best rigs served by Lenovo so far. It is not just high on the performance but also the best in value. Though the battery life isn’t good compared to other stalwarts in the industry, but it is still a notch better than its previous versions.
With its i7 Processor 2.6 GHZ, 16 GB RAM, Nvidia’s 960 M GPU, and the i7-6700 Intel Core processor, the gaming experience on this machine is simply incredible. One of the best investments you can ever think of.