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Lenovo IdeaPad Y700-15ISK Gaming Notebook Review

  1. Introduction
  2. External Impressions
  3. Display and Keyboard Impressions
  4. Internal Impressions
  5. Testing Methodology and Benchmarks
  6. Futuremark Benchmarks
  7. Rise of the Tomb Raider Benchmark
  8. Hitman Benchmark
  9. DOOM Benchmark
  10. Storage Testing
  11. Conclusion
  12. Online Purchase Links
  13. View All

Display

On top of the screen, there are two internal microphones with a camera. Lenovo has two camera options- an Intel 3D Realsense camera or a standard 720p camera.

The display is a 15.6” 1920 x 1080 display. The panel does have a fair share of glare and also is prone to be a fingerprint magnet. Maybe the frame of the display can be a protruding design rather than seamless. That’s probably done to make it look frameless. Of course, when you switch on the notebook, you get to see the black frame around the screen. The backlit of the screen isn’t too bad either. While it does look dull at the sides it’s definitely viewable.

The experience with the screen during gaming is good. It feels smooth to a point that I wrongly assumed Nvidia PHYSX and V-SYNC might have been on.

Keyboard, Trackpad and Palm rest Area

The keyboard is a Chiclet-style design with flat keys. As a desktop PC user, tactile feedback from the keyboard is something that I’ve grown comfortable with. Understandably, the tactile feedback on the Y700 is very limited. I do appreciate the simple red LED backlit keyboards with three brightness options (the third one switches it off). There are no lighting effects like ‘pulse’ or ‘breathing’ on the Lenovo Y700. There are some alternate functions for controlling sound, screen brightness, keyboard’s lighting, volume, etc. It would be nice if Lenovo has a function key to disable windows key just typically seen in gaming keyboards for desktops. Apart from personal preference as a desktop user, this is a pretty good keyboard implementation. I’ve typed a couple of reviews published earlier in this and after getting used to it the experience was much better. Also, you can swap between the notebook’s display and the video output as well. Numlock and Capslock have their respective indicators on the button itself. It’s a full-sized keyboard with little travel distance between the keys.

The trackpad is towards the left rather than being at its center or right. When you’re playing first person shooter, you will use WASD keys. Because of that, the palm would be near or over the trackpad. That said, the keyboard has an option to turn off the trackpad. Gamers will typically use a mouse so the trackpad has to be good enough for general day-to-day use. The trackpad is reasonably smooth though I would have preferred an older ThinkPad style left/right click buttons. Again- preference.

On full CPU and GPU load, both sides of the palm rest area do not heat up. I don’t see if there would be a situation where you need to type when the notebook is on full load. The palm rest area also feels rubberish.

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