Lenovo Y700 15″ Gaming Laptop Review

A Beast Inside And Out

Gaming is something just about everyone loves to one extent or another and one of the best places to do it is on PC. There are thousands of awesome titles available but to play them all you’ll need one heck of a powerful computer. However what if you want to play while on the go, without sacrificing performance? Easy, you get a gaming laptop like the Lenovo Y700.

Specs (as reviewed)

  • Intel Quad-Core i7 Processor – 6th Generation
  • 1TB 5400RPM HDD
  • 128GB SSD
  • 16GB DDR4 2133MHz RAM
  • NVIDIA GTX 960M Graphics
  • Windows 10 Home
  • FHD IPS display

Hardware

On the outside of the Y700 you’ll find an aluminum chassis which gives the computer an intimidating feel, as it should with its specs. I did notice however that the metal was extremely susceptible to fingerprints and smudges, but they did wipe off without much work.

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While this machine is definitely a tad on the heavy side, it was just fine considering what it is capable of. I wouldn’t consider it your go to portable laptop, but you’re not going to find many other laptops with this much power that are smaller.

Around back you’ll find the fans which do their job well. Even over extended sessions gaming or editing video the machine never got all that hot, but everything behind them did. Underneath the machine you’ll also find a subwoofer for audio as well as rubber feet for grip on a table.

Around the sides you’ll find a selection of ports including 3 USB ports, HDMI out, Ethernet, a combined headphone/mic jack, and the power port.

Overall there’s really nothing to complain about on this machine in terms of hardware. It looks awesome, isn’t too heavy, and works well.

Performance

Where to begin on performance? As a gaming PC, naturally the Y700 is designed to be a beast, and that it is. Booting up the machine takes only seconds and within a minute you can get into your game and start playing. It is ridiculously fast thanks to the included SSD and DDR4 RAM.

But I know what you’re truly curious about is the performance in games. Long story short, it’s solid.

I’m not a huge gamer, but I logged in quite a few hours playing Portal 2 and Rocket League on this PC without a hint of lag in sight. It handled everything wonderfully even with the graphics turned up. While more graphically intense games might put more stress on the machine, it should handle just about anything you can throw at it without much trouble.

I also spent quite a bit of time editing video on this machine. At CES 2016 this January I brought the Y700 as my primary editing machine and it held up editing through several videos and plenty of writing as well.

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Display

The display on the Y700 is a 15”, FHD panel with a touchscreen and anti-glare coating. In terms of viewing angles it’s solid. The brightness levels are also great and also very easy to adjust thanks to the included keyboard shortcuts. The one thing I did notice however was the colors did seem just a bit off. I’m sure this could be fixed through software, but it is worth noting.

Keyboard

The keyboard on the Y700 is great, on the 17” model. On this 15” model I noticed a massive difference in terms of the tactility of the keys and the trackpad as well. They both feel mushy and just not pleasant at all.

Now of course that’s not to say it’s terrible or unusable. Within a few days I was able to get used to it and had no problems playing my games or writing up a couple thousand words on it either.

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Battery Life

As with any PC with this amount of power, battery life is pretty poor. Lenovo rates the machine at about 5 hours and during normal use that’s about what I would get, but when playing games it’s more like 3 hours at best.

Speakers

The Y700 is no joke when it comes to its audio game. The machine packs two front facing JBL speakers above the keyboard backed up by a subwoofer underneath the machine. Listening to music and playing games was great with these speakers and they also get insanely loud.

Final Thoughts

When it comes down to it, there’s not much bad you can say about the Y700 15”. It’s a solid machine and it’s not priced terribly either. It packs a lot of power for its $1,099 price point and I can’t recommend it enough.