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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

Base shell Installation

Lenovo mentions that opening the notebook voids the unit’s warranty. With that said, at some point after the warranty expires some people may want to upgrade certain components.

Removing the base’s shell had its moments. You’ll need to remove some screws and you’ll need to gently pry out the corners to remove the shell. Normally, it would be preferred if the shell just comes out easily after removing the screws. What’s even better is to have removable sections for the storage and memory for easy expansion. The screw threads are brass or metal based for sturdy installation.

Cooling and Hinge Assembly

The first part you’ll notice are the dual-heatpipes and dual fan with all black finish. It’s made in a way that the heat from the CPU and chipset is drawn by the copper heatpipes and blown out at the rear by the fans which pulls air from the base. It’s a blower style cooling like how reference/founders edition desktop graphic card uses, but with copper heatpipes.

From the inside, the hinges look solid as they are metal and secured properly on the main section of the notebook.

Sub-Components Overview

Between the active cooling unit, there are two SO-DIMM mounts hidden under the silver sticker. The unit I received used 2x 8GB Samsung M471A1G43DB0-CPB 2133MHz DDR4 kits.

There are two two storage devices. The primary drive is a 128GB LITEON CV1-8B128 M.2 SSD module and the secondary is the WD 1TB WD10SPCX Slim drive that I’ve tested a long time ago. This drive is a 7mm z-axis thick drive. So if you plan on replacing it with a 2.5″ SSD drive, you will not need a spacer.

It’s good to see an M.2 drive in a notebook along with a 1TB for secondary internal storage. 128GB is too less for today’s usage. The M.2 mounting allows up to 80mm long SSDs to be installed. Removing the 2.5” drive is a little tricky so it’s best to eject the M.2 drive first and then remove the secondary drive. But 1TB secondary storage should be adequate. I would have preferred an externally removable/upgradable battery.

Lenovo uses a 4050mAh L14M4P23 Li-ion battery with a non-operational temperature limit between 0 degrees Celsius to 60 degrees Celsius. Its wireless networking and Bluetooth 4.0, the Lenovo Y700 uses Intel dual-band Intel AC 3165 and a Realtek GBE Ethernet.

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