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. 😥

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® Core™ i7-6700HQ CPU @ 2.60GHz
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Up to 5 hours’ battery life with standard battery
  • 16 GB DDR4 memory
  • 15.6” frameless Full HD (1920 x 1080) 16:9 IPS, anti-glare display
  • 1 TB HDD with integrated 8 GB
  • WiFi 2*2 AC + Bluetooth® 4.0, LAN 1000M
  • NVIDIA® GeForce GTX 960M graphics
  • Starting at 2.6 kg (5.7 lb) / 25.95 mm (1.02”)
  • 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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