Price / Where to Buy:
US – US$940 – [easyazon_link identifier=”B014MIBWP2″ locale=”US” tag=”back2gaming-20″]Lenovo Y700[/easyazon_link] (8GB, 1TB, 15″)
PH – Approx. Php69,995 (varies by configuration)
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With the performance difference between desktops and laptops getting smaller and smaller with every release, many people are now opting to go for notebooks as their primary options for gaming considering the portability as well as convenience of having a mobile computing device. That said, there now plenty of brands who have capitalized in the billion-dollar gaming industry and with the growing eSports market, there is a lot at stake in carving a niche in gaming. Lenovo is one of the most well-known brands in regards to systems but the company has mostly been known for their mainstream consumer and workstation products dedicated for the average user and worker.
For today’s review we have the Lenovo ideaPad Y700 gaming notebook. We’ve taken a look at the Y-series previously with the Lenovo Y510P gaming notebook and noted how Lenovo innovated with the dual-GPU concept for notebooks to offer excellent gaming performance in its slim form factor. Now Lenovo is back with the Y700 series offering both a 15″ and 17″ model dedicated for gaming. The Lenovo Y series boasts a more professional look than its more mainstream competitor and its build quality, subtle aggressiveness and price being its top points. The Lenovo ideaPad Y700 aims to carry on the Lenovo Y-series tradition and we’re putting it under the scope for today’s review. Read on![signoff icon=”info-circled”]
The Lenovo Y700 is powered by Intel, more info: http://shopap.lenovo.com/ph/en/promotion/warcraft-gaming/[/signoff]
Up to 6th Generation Intel® Quad-Core i7 Processor
Windows 10 Home
NVIDIA® GTX 960M 4 GB GDDR5
Up to 16 GB DDR4
HD 720p, 2 x Internal Digital Array Microphone, or Intel 3D RealSense Camera (Optional)
Up to 1 TB HDD / Up to 512 GB SSD / Up to 1 TB + 8 GB SSHD
2 x 2W JBL Speakers with Chamber + 3.0 W Subwoofer and Dolby® Home Theater™
Up to 4 Cell 60 WHr
Red LED Backlit with 2 Level Brightness Control
Frameless Full HD (1920 x 1080) or Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) 16:9 IPS Anti-Glare
Starting at 5.7 lbs (2.6 kg)
Optional External USB 2.0 DVD/BD Tray-In
LAN 1000 M, Up to WiFi 2 x 2 a/c + Bluetooth® 4.0
2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0 + Always-on, DC-in, 2-in-1 Audio Combo Jack, 1 x HDMI, 1 x 4-in-1 Media Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC)
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The Lenovo Y700 sample we have is a 15″ model but the look is uniform throughout. It features a metal body with black brushed metal texture on the top with a slight angular bevel accentuating the top with Lenovo’s new logo on a low-key black coating itself emblazoned in one of the corners.
Similar to the top shell, the underbelly of the Lenovo Y700 is a brushed metal finish, the large vent grill is for the exhaust intake and the circular red grill is the sub-woofer. A Windows sticker is also at the bottom and 3 large rubber feet keep the Y700 stable on your desk.
The Lenovo Y700 is around 1.2″ thick but has a slight taper at the edges so it looks slim from some angles. The sides houses the I/O options of the Lenovo Y700 including the power port which is proprietary reversible plug which is very convenient, a USB2.0 port, card reader and unified audio port on the left while at the right we have two USB3.0 ports, an HDMI port, an ethernet port and a Kensington lock notch.
The rear end of the Lenovo Y700 is quite futuristic looking with its red trim and grilled exhaust. The vent also serves as a grip of sorts for the Y700 when carried on your sides giving it a good solid feel.
Opening up the Y700 you’re greeted with the glossy anti-glare IPS screen. Lenovo uses a single central hinge for the display.
The Lenovo Y700 uses a widely spaced keyboard with red trims on the keys, this adds to the illumination when the LED is enable and features two levels of intensity for the key backlighting.
The keyboard’s backlighting serves well during dim lighting or darkness and isn’t too bright nor gaudy.
One of the neat features of the Lenovo Y700 is the Intel RealSense 3D camera which allows the Y700 to use motion tracking, gesture tracking and a lot of other advanced interactive controls. Intel has a website dedicated to it you can check it out here: https://appshowcase.intel.com/en-us/realsense?cam=all-cam
Lenovo includes an external USB DVD writer with the Y700. A really good choice considering the decline of the format yet some people still prefer to have them around just in case the need arises like when a new physical game copy needs to be installed.
The Lenovo Y700 doesn’t have a removable battery nor a easy access panels to the components. What it does have is a completely removable bottom shell which gives access to the internals of the Y700. The device is not recommended to be serviced by the user and you can approach the nearest Lenovo service center to get an upgrade should you feel like it. In our case, our sample has an 8GB DDR4 RAM and a 1TB WD Blue Slim HDD. The M.2 slot is still available as well as another DIMM slot so there should be some room here for an upgrade.[section label=”Performance Testing 1080P”]
For a full-hardware workout, visit http://www.futuremark.com for our benchmarks of choice.
Games have been tested in High in-game presets at 1080p while plugged-in. NVIDIA BatteryBoost limits games to 30FPS by default to conserve battery while on power. This test assumes the device is running in the optimal, peak conditions. Here is a sample video gameplay of Overwatch in the Lenovo Y700:
Gameplay Video – Overwatch
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TEMPERATURE & BATTERY LIFE
To measure both power consumption and heat, we stress the graphics card, in this case the GTX 960M and record the peak values for heat. We stress test them using a Kombustor 3’s Lake of Titans X64 test at 1080p fullscreen while CPU is tested with Intel Extreme Tuning utility.
Battery is really good with the Lenovo Y700. While some machines billed for gaming will struggle for a game-life, the Lenovo Y700 under gaming load goes for almost 3 hours but take note that this is under conditions that you alt+tab out of your game for breaks. A straight gaming run on the Lenovo Y700 on DOTA2 for example would drain the machine in 2 hours. Regardless, an MSI GS60 or ASUS G752 lasts barely an hour under the same conditions. Standby time is quite decent with almost 2 days of battery life and with continuous productivity work involving Photoshop, video editing, some word processing and presentation work and we get around 4 hours of battery life.
The Lenovo Y700 hovers at cool 68*C internally. While we can’t measure the chassis temps, it does get really toasty under long loading but we seriously don’t think you’d be gaming on your lap. Average usage like browsing only sees minor peaks at the temps so the Lenovo Y700 does a good job in terms of cooling.
Let’s break down the verdict:
Performance. The Lenovo ideaPad Y700 at its most basic features an Intel 6700HQ which is full quad-core part with HyperThreading as well as GTX 960M. This is complimented by 8GB of DDR4-2133 and a 1TB WD Blue Slim hard disk drive. By this configuration alone, the Lenovo Y700 is a mainstream machine that can compete easily best a desktop APU setup. If you opt for the 16GB + 256GB SSD model, things will be a bit more responsive making the Y700 a faster option that its base form. As it is, the device is bottlenecked by its storage and we feel that the WD Slim 1TB would’ve been complimented by at least a 32GB SSD IRST Cache in basic configuration. All in all thought, CPU and gaming performance is adequate and those not picky about their detail settings should appreciate the visual experience that the Y700 offers. Not to mention that the audio performance of the JBL-powered speakers of the Y700 are also complete beasts by themselves. Its a total entertainment package.
Build Quality. We’ll be bold enough to say that if you drop the Lenovo Y700 on a stack of MacBook Airs, at least 2 of them would split in half. Kidding aside, the Lenovo Y700 is a metal-clad machine with subtle lines and curves that really exude premium any angle you look at it. While its not as flashy as ROG or MSI Gaming models, it indeed has this subtle appeal to it that draws you to the design. Still, this build does sacrifice weight and the metal body puts the Lenovo Y700 at a hefty 2.6KGs.
Functionality. There’s practically little that the Lenovo Y700 can’t do but it does miss out some of the features that the Skylake platform introduces like USB3.1. While these are mostly nitpicks its still still a nice addition to have some more connectivity as 3 USB ports are simply not enough.
Bundle. Lenovo bundles Intel RealSense software as well as a DVD burner with the Y700. The DVD burner is a really good addition specially for gamers who prefer physical discs instead of digital downloads while the software bundle included adds a good set of paid applications. Some may see them as bloatware but we felt that Stagelight and Shareit are of particularly good use.
Value. The Lenovo Y700 basic configuration of 8GB RAM and 1TB HDD retails for Php,69,995. Street prices see the same at around Php64,995 and at this price bracket it competes heavily with MSI’s GE62 and the ROG GL552 both of which are of same weight and specifications albeit the GL552 missing the GTX 960M brandishing a more budget-friendly GTX 950M. In terms of quality alone, the Lenovo Y700 and MSI GE62 are neck-to-neck along with performance but for sheer entertainment factor, the sound and display quality of the Lenovo Y700 steals the show. With an extended warranty promo that brings 2-years peace of mind covering accidental damage likes drops and spills, Lenovo beats out the competition in after-sales service.
The Y-series from Lenovo are dubbed the value kings in the western hemisphere but given the price difference here in the Philippines, the situation is a bit more neck-to-neck for the mainstream gaming notebook market. While MSI and ASUS heavily market with their gaming partners, Lenovo stands like the adult brand for gamers with its professional approach heavily relying on its branding and premium quality. All in all, this works in favor of Lenovo and people who don’t want to be attributed to the eSports crowd would certainly appreciate the appeal that Lenovo gaming notebooks exude.
With a competitive spec sheet and a build quality that screams premium, the Lenovo ideaPad Y700 gaming notebook is a great choice for gamers looking for a more mature option for their mobile gaming needs. It sticks to the essentials and doesn’t go with tacky RGB keyboards or macro features and focuses on the core features and quality that most people look for.
The Lenovo Y700 is backed by a 1-year warranty. We give it our B2G Editor’s Choice Award!
Price / Where to Buy:
US – US$940 – [easyazon_link identifier=”B014MIBWP2″ locale=”US” tag=”back2gaming-20″]Lenovo Y700[/easyazon_link]
PH – Approx. Php69,990
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