Lenovo ideapad Y700 Review pt 1

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I’ve had the pleasure of using the ideapad Y700 for the past couple of weeks, and even brought it with me on my trip to Japan.
I’m not sure about you, but when I heard “Lenovo”, I instantly associated it with “office notebook”, and all the images of a blocky black version immediately came to mind. I was pleasantly surprised to unwrap this beauty, which had red accents, and a backlit keyboard, together with some rather sexy curves and a rubberized surface.


The entire bundle of goodies that I received – the ideapad Y700, Lenovo Headset, Mousepad, Mouse, and Samsonite backpack.

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Stock photo taken from Lenovo Singapore website

I do my work on a 13″ Macbook Pro, but I have found it impossible to play games on. I tried firing up DOTA 2, but my program dock refused to go away, and I didn’t want to change my settings because it’s a pain to change them back when I play on my desktop. Also… 13″… I might as well just play Vainglory on my tablet to scratch my MOBA itch.
I previously lugged around an 18″ dual graphic card Alienware laptop, but, let me tell you this, because I don’t think you’ll have the pleasure of doing so yourself, that carrying a 7kg laptop plus it’s 1kg adaptor around through customs, IS NOT FUN.
It’s kept my arms toned and my collarbones chiseled, but it’s also given me lots of literal headaches.
And there’s also the time when I stuck my very expensive headset in with it into the bag for a short while, and the laptop¬†promptly fell over and broke one ear cup. ūüė•

SO.
I had more or less given up on travelling with a gaming laptop, and decided to just play fallout shelter for the rest of my life on my MIpad when I was offered a shot at the ideapad Y700.

Here are 3 reasons why the ideapad Y700 is my new go-to for gaming on the go.

1. Depending on the specs you choose, its weight starts at 2.6kg. While this might sound like quite a lot, it’s actually very manageable if carried in a backpack. And I’m not saying this just because I’m used to struggling with 7kg!
It leaves you with a sufficient amount of energy to carry a keyboard, mouse, mousepad and headset along with it in your backpack.
I normally opt to just bring a mouse and mousepad with the laptop though, because of the excellent sound system (reason no. 2) which negates the need for a headset;
and the tactile, backlit keys with numpad
Here’s a comparison pic with my Macbook Pro. [The comparison is purely just for size, I know there’s no real comparing a Y700 with a mbp in terms of specs simply because their purposes are so different. However, the mbp is considered a portable laptop, so putting the Y700 next to it will give you a better idea of what to expect.]

2.¬†It’s very sleek and compact, but the screen is surprisingly expansive for a 15″ laptop. Coupled with the amazing JBL speakers, this makes your entertainment super immersive. I’ve been using the sound at 34, and I’ve been worried about disturbing my neighbours, until I realised that because of the way it’s built, you get the max experience from sitting in front of the computer, and quite little noise pollution from the sides and back.

Here are a few pictures which show you the locations of the speakers on the laptop:

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The Subwoofer on the bottom of the laptop, which makes a HUGE difference to your media and entertainment!

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The JBL logo on the dashboard

The view from the back of the laptop, you can see the honeycomb grilles extend all the way round to the back

3. Since it calls itself a GAMING laptop, the specs have to live up to the claim.
Admittedly, I haven’t managed to play much on it at this point in time other than music and DOTA 2, which arguably aren’t very intensive. Even so, It’s been a terrific experience. I will be adding more information into further reviews, after I’ve had more time with it.

Here is the spec sheet of the model that I’m using (there are 3 different sets of specs that you can choose for the ideapad Y700)

  • Intel¬ģ Core‚ĄĘ i7-6700HQ CPU @ 2.60GHz
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Up to 5 hours‚Äô battery life with standard battery
  • 16 GB DDR4 memory
  • 15.6‚ÄĚ frameless Full HD (1920 x 1080) 16:9 IPS, anti-glare display
  • 1 TB HDD with integrated 8 GB
  • WiFi 2*2 AC + Bluetooth¬ģ 4.0, LAN 1000M
  • NVIDIA¬ģ GeForce GTX 960M graphics
  • Starting at 2.6 kg (5.7 lb) / 25.95 mm (1.02‚ÄĚ)
  • 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0 with always-on charging , 4-in-1 card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC), 2-in-1 audio combo jack, HDMI

There are 3 ideapad Y700 that you can choose from, the main difference being the RAM and the HDD.
The most expensive model has just been added TODAY! So mine is the SGD$1899 one, right in the middle.
Here is a screen grab straight from their site for your reference

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The Lenovo Y Gaming Headset

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Garena Carnival Ticket Giveaway! Daily for 10 days!

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It’s been a while since I ran a giveaway, and I’d like to thank Garena for providing my followers with an opportunity to attend the annual Garena Carnival.
Featuring international cosplayers, as well as mini games and freebies at their game booths for League of Legends, Blackshot, Core Masters, Mstar, Fifa Online 3, Path of Exile or Point Black, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
The Asterisk* girls will be dropping by as well! And not just the League of Legends team, but those from our DOTA 2 team and CS:GO team as well!

Check out the schedule here, there are 3 competitions happening, one each for League of Legends, FIFA Online and Blackshot! http://carnival.garena.com/about.html#floor-plan

SO ON TO THE GIVEAWAY…

I’ll be giving away 1 Garena Carnival ticket a day, for the next 10 days!
It’s valid for day 1, 13th June 2015, and each ticket is worth SGD$10.

*I’ll be picking winners daily at 12midnight +8GMT.
*I will pick from people who share this poster (at this link https://www.facebook.com/pmsfurryfish/photos/a.117917218250116.7284.116843381690833/904298926278604/?type=1&theater ), please set your profiles to public so that I can see who shared it.
*No new post will be created, so even if you don’t win on the first few days, I might still pick you on the subsequent days!
*I will use a random number generator to pick, so as to be FAIR
*if the same person is picked twice, I will generate the number again
*Winners will be contacted via facebook private message. Failure to reply by 5pm the following day means you forfeit the prize and I will pick a new winner
*Only winners who will come to Singapore for the event will be eligible.
*Transport and accommodation are not included. Only the ticket is.

 

More information on the Garena Carnival :
Official Carnival Microsite – carnival.garena.com
Click “Going” of the FB events page for daily updates & giveaways –https://goo.gl/ueWL7V
Get your tickets here – http://www.sistic.com.sg/events/garena0615

Garena Carnival is having an early bird special special: Get tickets before 1st June and receive 320 GS (Worth SGD 10) free for each ticket purchased.

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List of Winners

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[FB10K] SteelSeries Siberia v2 Heat Orange Limited Ed Giveaway Results!

SteelSeries Siberia v2 Heat Orange

Thank you everyone for your responses! I’ve let SteelSeries take a look, and they’ve chosen the winner.
I’m pretty sure they had fun reading all your replies. ^.-

However, there can only be one winner…

and the chosen one is….

FROM MARCUS SIM! (I’ll be contacting you!)

Which feature do I love about this beast?

I would say the whole headset! Every feature created for this headset was designed with the needs of the gamer in mind.

Retractable noise-canceling microphone would mean that my teammates would hear reduced background noises of my mum yelling at me to pause the game. But if things do get out of hand, there is always the volume control with mute function while I negotiate peace with her!

Love bassy sound? This beast boast clarity with the use of 50mm sound drivers! what does that mean you ask? Bigger diameter means it is capable producing low frequency giving you that deep low BOOMZZZ. Before I forget, the funky illumination on the outer headset gives a mesmerizing pulse with each beat of sound produced.

Did I forget to mention USB jack? Say goodbye to the hassle of two 3.5mm jacks for your audio and input! It is now combined to be compact into one USB plug with a SteelSeries sound card in it! How much more can you ask for audio quality! This means that even if you’re not gaming, this headset can be used for casual music and be prepared to bask in it’s crystal clear audio glory!

 

Keep an eye out, I’ll be running the ROCKI giveaway next!
Get a headstart and like them up here https://www.facebook.com/MyRocki?fref=ts

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[FB10K GIVEAWAY!!] SteelSeries Siberia v2 Heat Orange Limited Edition

Thank you everyone who has liked my facebook page! For those of you who haven’t, it’s not too late!! Just pop by and hit one button =) https://www.facebook.com/pmsfurryfish

Anyhow, the first giveaway/event is sponsored by SteelSeries, and it’s the limited edition Heat Orange Siberia v2.

It’s worth over SGD$200!!

ANYWAY, on to the part which you all are undoubtedly most interested in : HOW DO I WIN THIS??

1. Like my page https://www.facebook.com/pmsfurryfish
2. Like SteelSeries Singapore’s page https://www.facebook.com/SteelSeriesSG?fref=ts
3. Comment on this post and tell me WHICH FEATURE OF THIS HEADSET YOU LIKE THE BEST AND WHY. (Click on the picture of the headset to find out more about it!)

Closing Date : 15th November 2359 +8GMT
How the winner will be chosen : A SteelSeries representative will be invited to pick the comment he likes the best! So, be creative (BUT STICK TO THE FACTS)!!

GL EVERYONE!

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