The jet black aluminium casing with red highlights

 

The question is; what are the qualities of a
good gaming laptop? It would really depend on what are important to you,
choosing from: durability, affordability, speed, storage capacity, video
quality and resolution, support for peripherals, portability, battery life,
noise, warranty and upgrades, appearance and possibly other features such as
rapid charging, special add-ons, options availability, support coverage. The Lenovo Ideapad Y700 is a good place to start on
the path of portable PC gaming, with strong battery life and performance and it
won’t break the bank either.

With the 15-inch Y700, Lenovo has put forward
a best value for gamers. This laptop offers a handsome chassis, a bright
display and in-your-face audio without skimping on performance. The
configuration packs a 2.6-GHz Intel Core i7-6700 CPU, 16GB of RAM and an Nvidia
GeForce GTX 960 GPU. The Y700 has an Intel Core
i7-6700HQ Processor, putting it in front of the Inspiron and on par with the
Pavilion. The 16GB of RAM also puts it in the lead compared to the other
machines, and the Nvidia GeForce 960M with 4GB VRAM is the same as found inside
the Inspiron.

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 In the
world of gaming, Lenovo Ideapad Y700 offers the following
features:

Design

The
Y700 looks ready for battle. It has all the hallmarks of a modern gaming
laptop: angular exhaust ports reminiscent of a stealth fighter, jet black
aluminium casing with red highlights and an aggressive outline. Designed with
comfort in mind, the chiclet-style, backlit keyboard and the wrist rests are
covered in a hard rubber that’s soft and isn’t cold when you first put your
hands on it to begin typing.

Above
the keyboard is a fancy red and black honeycomb accents to again go with the
fighter-jet/supercar look modern gaming laptops mostly adhere to. The bezel
around the screen is substantial, but it probably has to do with the fact it’s
a touchscreen. At least the black frame is seamless with the rest of the screen,
so it doesn’t look chunky or out of place.

The
anti-glare touch display looks nice and holds up well in most lighting
scenarios. Even in direct sunlight, the screen is still viewable.

The
chiclet-style keyboard is well-spaced, fully backlit and has comfortable keys.
The keys have just the right amount of travel to feel satisfying and sturdy. It
feels like it will live up to some use. The trackpad also feels nice, and has
multi-touch functionality to trigger Windows 10’s gesture commands.

What I found
most disappointing was the trackpad buttons, which need to really be mashed to
register a click. Double clicks need forceful, deliberate finger movement. It’s
almost as though Lenovo wants you to give up and use the touchscreen or tap the
pad itself.

Running on empty space

There’s plenty of storage in the Y700 by way of its
1TB 5400 RPM hard drive. It also has a 128GB SSD to quickly load games, but
unfortunately it’s too anemic to be of much use. The operating system takes up
the bulk of the precious gigabytes, leaving little space for games to also live
on the same drive and reap the performance boost perks. The 5400 RPM hard drive
slows loading times, something the HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop also
suffers with. With modern games taking up so much space, there’s no choice but
to install them to the slower hard drive.

Affordability:

If you are under a tight budget, the
Lenovo Y700 will not disappoint you, if you are willing to compromise on its
moderate battery life. Serious gamers can give this one a skip and consider the
MSI GE62VR 6RF that is comparatively expensive, but features a pascal based
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU.

 

Ports &
Connectivity

 

With large
build, comes no compromise on ports. Lenovo Y700 bundles in 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x
USB 2.0, 1 full sized HDMI, 1 x Gigabit Ethernet, Kensington security lock,
2-in-1 combo audio jack, full sized SD card reader, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and
Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. Coming from Lenovo, the Y700 features its
proprietary reversible charging port and the One-Key Recovery. 

With USB
Type-C ports becoming more common these days, we would have welcomed the
inclusion of one along with the option for another video output.  

It also features; a high quality sound as a result of the built-in JBL stereo speakers and subwoofer for
your games, music, and videos. And an optimized thermal cooling system
which reduces the device’s operating temperature and limits heat exposure to
the hardware and makes the device itself more comfortable to use.