Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 15.6″ Gaming Laptop


Lenovo Y700 15_6

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 15.6-inch is generally a powerful laptop but also a mid-range system in the world of beefy gaming notebooks. It doesn’t feature high-end video cards such as the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M or 980M. It utilizes the mid range GTX 960M 4GB which is still a good solution for most gamers. All modern games are playable on the 960M and display’s native 1080p resolution, but you’ll probably need to dial down graphics settings here and there.

The positive thing about not having a powerful video card in a laptop is that there isn’t too much heat, so the notebooks can be made slimmer and lighter. The Lenovo IdeaPad Y700 is quite portable for a gaming-class notebook. It weighs in at 5.7 pounds and is 1″ thick, just like some of the average mainstream laptops. In addition, the laptop sports a quite attractive design. It combines black brushed metal lid with soft-touch palmrest and red accents.

Lenovo Y700 15_6 Lid

The Y700 has what many gaming notebooks don’t – toushcreen display. The Full HD or optionally 4K panel supports 10-point multi-touch input and has IPS technology for ultimately wide viewing angles. A Full HD model we had a chance to see live offered a great picture quality with excellent sharpness brightness, contrast, and viewing angles.

Lenovo Y700 15_6 Display

If you’re a traditional keyboard/trackpad type, it’s worth noting the laptop has a full-size keyboard with red backlight and numeric pad and a spacious trackpad with integrated click buttons instead of physically separated. Although the keyboard keys have a nice tactile feedback when compared to those on majority of other notebooks, it’s still just a standardly shallow laptop keyboard, not a gaming-class one.

Lenovo Y700 15_6 Keyboard

Lenovo Y700 15_6 Keyboard Zoomed

As for the processor, the IdeaPad Y700 offers the latest Intel Skylake technology. Lenovo has chosen the Intel Core i7-6700HQ quad-core chip for this model. Since it is a brand new processor, reviews are not available yet. But it should be generally slightly faster than its i7-5700HQ precursor, while offering a better power efficiency and multimedia-related capabilities. The i7-6700HQ and the i7 quad-core series in general are among the fastest processors for laptops and therefore can serve for intensive operations besides the routine daily tasks and gaming. Besides the i7, Lenovo is also expected to offer the laptop with the mid-range Intel Core i5 processors. The PC maker has included DDR4 system memory in the Y700. You can have up to 16 Gigabytes of RAM. For storage, you can have a 1-Terabyte hard drive optionally paired with up to 512GB of solid state drive storage.

The Y700 has 2 x 2 Watt stereo speakers with large speaker chambers for richer sound and a dedicated 3W subwoofer speaker for improved bass. The JBL-branded speaker system is Dolby Home Theater certified.

Lenovo has omitted a built-in DVD optical drive, but all other necessary features are included. There’s a 720p web camera, 802.11AC Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connections, two USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port, HDMI video out, media card reader, and combo mic/headphone audio jack.

Lenovo Y700 15_6 Right

Lenovo Y700 15_6 Left

Given the laptop has a 15.6″ display, power-hungry components, and a decently-sized 60 WHr battery, one can expect a battery life of around 4-5 hours with light usage.

Specifications of the Lenovo Y700 15.6

Here's the specs sheet of the Lenovo Y700 15.6. For comparison against other devices click on the "Compare Specs" button below.

Brand

Lenovo

Screen Size

15.6-inch

Screen Resolution

1920×1080 pixels (Full HD)
3840×2160 pixels (Ultra HD, 4K)

Touchscreen

Yes

Other Display Specs

IPS display tech (wide viewing angles)

Processor (CPU)

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

Graphics (GPU)

Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5 Dedicated Video Card

System Memory (RAM)

8GB
16GB

Storage

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

DVD Optical Drive

None

Input

Backlit keyboard with numeric pad
Multi-touch trackpad with integrated buttons
Touchscreen

Speakers and Audio

Stereo speakers with subwoofer
Combo microphone and headphones audio jack

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 (SD card reader)

Battery

4-Cell 60 WHr

Weight

5.7 pounds

Height

1.1″

Width

15.2″

Depth

10.9″

Windows Version

Windows 10 Home

Warranty

1-Year

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