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The Lenovo Y700 is a well-built notebook to serve many people. As it happens, it provides entry-level gaming. It is not necessarily a bad thing as it caters those who don’t wish for a high-end gaming notebook, but an all-around notebook which can play mainstream PC games. The sound is pretty decent for a notebook.
While 4K resolution on a 15.6″ may provide a good experience, gaming on it using the GTX 960M with that resolution is not an option as the framerates would run in single digits. If you want some sort of portable gaming when buying the Y700, 1080p panel with GTX 960M is the way to go. I would like to see notebook manufacturers start adopting 1440p as a new resolution standard for mainstream-to-high-end gaming notebooks. Apart from very high/ultra in-game settings, I didn’t feel any throttling with game performance. The display did not have any noticeable backlight bleeding. The keyboard is pretty nice once you get used to it. The white-coloured indicator for the Caps Lock and Num Lock makes it easier to notice them when the whole keyboard is lit with red (or off).
While its Skylake offering is future-ready, connectivity is limited as it does not have a USB Type-C. Battery life is decent, but I would have preferred a removable option for ease of replacement. Also, the ability to upgrade RAMs and storage drives without the non-user-friendly approach of prying the base open. At least provide the cut-out for the drive and the memory rather than having the user remove the entire base shell. A part of the crowd that buys such notebooks are more into DIY PCs and occasional upgrade no matter what it is. Unlike certain portable gadgets, notebooks inherit some of the ability to make minor upgrades from desktops. So it’s a good idea to maintain that versatility. Upgrading memory and storage does not damage the notebook. So from my perspective, it’s a bit strange to hear that from Lenovo India.
There are three USB ports. Not sure why would have just three. For me, it would be limited. I know you can’t shower laptops with the same amount of connectivity as you will find in a desktop motherboard. But four should be the minimum standard. Unlike certain portable gadgets, notebooks inherit some of the ability to make minor upgrades from desktops. So it’s a good idea to maintain that versatility. Upgrading memory and storage does not damage the notebook. So from my perspective, it’s a bit strange to hear that from Lenovo India.
- Decent Entry-level gaming
- Good all-arounder
- 80mm M.2 port
- Sturdy build
- Good Keyboard
- Limited USB ports
- Absence of USB Type-C
- No option to turn off Windows key
- Upgrading should be more user-friendly
— Hardware BBQ (@HardwareBBQ) August 22, 2016