Lenovo IdeaPad 700 15.6″ Basic Gaming Laptop (FHD, Intel i5 / i7, Nvidia GTX 950M)


The Lenovo IdeaPad 700 is an entry-level 15.6-inch gaming notebook. It’s also advertised as a “multimedia powerhouse”. If you view it as a standard mainstream laptop, it’s quite powerful and well equipped. Instead of the common dual-core Intel Core i-series processors, the IdeaPad 700 features noticeably faster quad-core Core i chips. Also, Lenovo has managed to squeeze in a dedicated video card in this thin laptop, instead of just the basic Intel HD integrated graphics.

The 0.8″ thin machine with a weight of 5.1 pounds sports crispy FHD (Full HD) resolution on its wide viewing angle IPS screen. The display doesn’t support touch input, so interacting with Windows 10 and programs relies on the keyboard and trackpad. Select configurations feature backlight beneath the keys, while the touchpad features a seamless tracking surface with “mouse” buttons integrated in it.

Under the hood, the Lenovo IdeaPad 700 packs either the Intel Core i5-6300HQ or i7-6700HQ quad-core processor, the Nvidia Geforce GTX 950M video card, up to 16GB of system memory, and hard drive or solid state drive storage or both combined. The i5 and i7 are both powerful quad-core processors, which are sufficient for all computing tasks of the average user. Furthermore, they can be a great tool for crunching some hardware-intensive tasks like editing and conversion of video and audio files, or working on professional-grade photographs. Speed-wise, difference between these i5 and i7 chips won’t be noticeable in the real world use, except in some very CPU-intensive situations. For gaming performance, the video card is the most important factor. The Geforce GTX 950M card with 4GB of dedicated video memory is a mid-range discrete GPU. It isn’t as powerful as full-blown GTX 970M / 980M series, but still it can easily handle most of the popular game titles. Also, it’s undoubtedly a better graphics processor than all integrated graphics solutions on the market, such as the Intel HD 520. The machine ships with either 8GB, 12GB or 16GB of RAM memory. Even the least capacious choice will satisfy multitasking needs of vast majority of users. As for storing data, there are multiple choices, too. As the basic option, you can have a 1-Terabyte hard disk drive. If you’re not satisfied with sluggish performance of the traditional HDDs, you can purchase the IdeaPad with a snappy additional solid state drive with 128GB or 256GB capacity. Also, you can choose an SSD-only configuration with 256GB capacity.

Sound is delivered through a pair of speakers. A subwoofer speaker is not present on this model. For video conferencing, you can use the built-in 720p HD web camera. All the necessary ports, slots, and network interfaces. The Lenovo IdeaPad 700 has two USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, HDMI output, a combo audio jack, and a media car reader, as well as an Ethernet LAN port, 802.11AC Wi-Fi wireless connection, and Bluetooth.

The laptop includes a 45 WHr battery. It’s a decent capacity by the everyday notebooks’ standards, but since the IdeaPad 700 features power-hungry CPUs and GPU 45 WHr appears to be a bare minimum. Lenovo estimates the battery can last “up to 4 hours” on a single charge, which is a quite common battery life among 15.6″ notebooks.

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Brand

Lenovo

Screen Size

15.6-Inch

Screen Resolution

1920×1080

Touchscreen

No

Other Display Specs

IPS display tech (wide viewing angles)

Processor

Intel Core i5-6300HQ 6th Gen Skylake Quad-Core 2.3-3.2GHz 6MB Cache, Intel Core i7-6700HQ 6th Gen Skylake quad-core 2.6-3.5GHz 6MB cache (~8,000 PassMark CPU benchmark points)

Graphics

Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M 4GB Dedicated Video Card

RAM

8GB, 12GB, 16GB

Storage

256GB SSD, 1000GB (1TB) HDD + 512GB SSD, 1000GB (1TB) HDD + 256GB SSD, 1000GB (1TB) HDD + 128GB SSD, 1000GB (1TB) HDD

Optical Drive

None

Input

Backlit Keyboard with Numeric Pad, Multi-Touch Trackpad with Integrated Buttons, Non-Backlit Keyboard with Numeric Pad

Speakers and Audio

Combo Mic and Headphones Audio Jack, Stereo Speakers

Cameras

Front

Wi-Fi

802.11AC

Ethernet LAN

Yes

3G - 4G Mobile Broadband

No

Bluetooth

Yes

USB

2 x USB 3.0 + 1 x USB 2.0

Video Ports

1 x HDMI

Media Card Reader

Yes

Battery

“Up to 4 hours” of battery life, 3-cell 45 WHr

Weight

5.1 pounds

Height

0.9″

Width

15.2″

Depth

10.4″

Windows Version

Windows 10 Home

Warranty

1-Year

Reviews, ratings, and Q&A on “Lenovo IdeaPad 700 15.6″ Basic Gaming Laptop (FHD, Intel i5 / i7, Nvidia GTX 950M)”

  1. Rob – May 27, 2017:

    Hello,

    Good overall review.

    I saw two (2) fans inside. I imagine these are not silent and must make some noise. How much noise do they make?

    I have an Acer Alpha Switch 12. While it’s in a different class of laptops altogether, its main selling point is, according to Acer: “Fan-less Acer LiquidLoop™ cooling keeps CPU performance up and won’t generate whining fan noise.”

    It really is silent. I know the Lenovo isn’t silent, but how much fan noise does it make?

    Thank you for your reply.

    R. J.


    • Danijel Z – May 30, 2017:

      Hi, I haven’t tested the IdeaPad 700, but generally laptops with a dedicated video card and quad-core Intel processors are noisier than the mainstream dual-core / integrated graphics laptops. Gaming laptops like the IdeaPad 700 usually have dual fans to cool down powerful components as opposed to a single fan in ordinary notebooks. And of course they are noisier than liquid-cooled and fanless notebooks.


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