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Review notebook Lenovo IdeaPad Y700-15ISK

Review notebook Lenovo IdeaPad Y700-15ISK

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Review notebook Lenovo IdeaPad Y700-15ISK

Hi all. Today I will tell you about the gaming laptop Lenovo IdeaPad Y700-15. Just want to note that this is not a test model, which I used for two weeks. This is my personal laptop which is in use already a month and a half. That is why this material is not a dry list of characteristics, and my personal opinion on a particular issue. So let’s get started.

The contents

  1. Appearance and connectors
  2. Display
  3. Keyboard and touchpad
  4. Sound
  5. Platform and performance
  6. Autonomy
  7. Insights

Appearance and connectors

Laptop Lenovo Y700-15ISK looks pretty awkward, like gaming device, although the company is positioning this model exactly. But anyway, my purchase was influenced by the appearance. Why? I needed a productive laptop for video editing. And unfortunately, most of the models with the top performance had the “aggressive” design, with different inserts of bright colors, and the like.

As for this laptop when it is closed, you can hardly think it is a quite productive device that is a considerable sum of money. But this is only until, until you look at the back panel. It has red accents and is quite unusual for a “simple” laptop, the grate from which hot air is blown.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y700But is the laptop to reveal, as soon as it becomes clear that it is something unusual. At the top the corners are speakers from JBL, covered with red inserts, unusual for all fastening of the display to the main unit, the use of glossy inserts between the speakers — all suggests that you have in your hands is a worthwhile device.

As laptop no external optical drive, engineers were able to work well and to make a relatively slim body. Its thickness is 28 mm (at the thickest point). But since the edges of the top lid is beveled, it creates a feeling of even thinner devices.

What I really like is the use of metal as in the top and bottom. This will meet not often. But there are also disadvantages in appearance. As the upper cover, and a soft-touch coating under the keyboard unit, collect your fingerprints just at the speed of sound. This is one of my personal claims to this laptop.

Внешний вид ноутбука Lenovo Y700-15ISKAll connectors are located at the sides of the laptop. On the right is: two USB 3.0 ports, full HDMI, Ethernet, and the Kensington lock.

pravaya-granOn the left are: charging connector, a USB 2.0 port (why, why?! Why not 3.0?), card reader, combo headphone/microphone Jack and maaalenkaya button where it is better not to press. Or press in an extreme case, as it is branded “reset” button from Lenovo.

levaya-granFrom all this I have a claim to the Ethernet socket. It just so happens that my office router is connected to the laptop cable. Yes, not enough money for the router after purchasing the laptop. Joke, just once to the store to call. And here to insert a wire into the Ethernet socket on the first try, it took me three days of training. As for the other ports, here everything is OK. They are pretty tight and never falls out.

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Задняя панель ноутбука Lenovo Y700On the bottom cover Lenovo IdeaPad Y700-15 has a fairly large grille for air intake. It should be noted that it is covered by a filter from the dust. What prevents to do so to other manufacturers, is a mystery to me. A little below there is a block with service information, and under it — the highlight of this device is a miniature subwoofer. But about the sound later. For the best coupling with a surface at the bottom corners have rubber feet, and above – already a “rubber sausage”. Yes, that’s what I thought when we first met and thought. But seriously, the entire length of the grid cooling system placed solid rubber insert. Maybe it’s for the best, is on the table the laptop is really confident and don’t even think “ride”.

Display

My modifications to the laptop set IPS-display with a diagonal of 15.6 inches and a Full HD resolution (1920×1080). Since it’s still a IPS-matrix viewing angles are wide, to work for him is a pleasure. In addition, there is anti-reflective coating that significantly increases the comfort of work.

Дисплей ноутбукаIn terms of brightness, the minimum value of 2 CD/m2, as for me, quite low. But the maximum brightness is a bit lacking. No, even when working on the street, all more or less visible and you can work, but I can’t shake the feeling that even though “a bit” and it would be perfect. If we talk about contrast, here it is at the level of other top models – 615:1.

Top lid opens to the position of 140 degrees, it is quite comfortable to work even if the laptop is on your lap. Despite the unusual attachment of the display to the main unit, it holds up well and do not falter. Interestingly, the entire display is protected by a special protective glass.

Полностью открытая крышка Lenovo Y700-15On personal impressions, the display I am fully satisfied. Eyes are not tired even after 6-8 hours of continuous work (Yes, I know it’s still bad). The viewing angles are great, brightness is sufficient, the quality of the matrix on top, well, what else is needed for happiness?

Keyboard and touchpad

All internal panel of the notebook Lenovo IdeaPad Y700-15 is made of plastic that has a soft-touch coating. That is all instantly collects fingerprints, I said, will not be repeated. Keyboard unit includes a full-size, for the convenience of mathematicians and accountants, there is an additional digital block.

The touchpad is below the keyboard (weird, huh?), so you do about touches between the touch pad and keyboard about 4 cm of blank space. The dimensions of the touchpad are 105×70 mm, to heighten the comfort panel supports various combinations of swipes and taps. Both physical buttons are a continuation of the touchpad, because this is the first time I was able to make an accurate click. And then nothing, prilovchilis.

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Полноценный клавиатурный блокAs for the features, the buttons “WASD” keys highlighted in red piping — it’s a gaming laptop. Button “CapsLock” and “NumLock” have additional lights. And most importantly, in this model of laptop has a two-tier red color backlight switchable on or off with keyboard shortcuts “Fn+Spacebar”.

To work for this machine is a pleasure. And since I’m a journalist, or a blogger (call it what you want), believe me, I am typing very often and a lot. This review, incidentally, is also gaining on this laptop. So the keyboard you will be satisfied.

Sound

The section about the sound in the review of this laptop, you need to definitely make in a separate paragraph. As I said above, for playback of your favorite music answer two speakers at 2 watts, which are located in the upper corners of the housing. In addition, on the lower cover there is a small subwoofer, whose power is 3 watts.

Динамики ноутбука Lenovo Y700 от JBLThe entire audio system was designed with world-renowned JBL company. And you know, the collaboration was just excellent. The sound is loud, clear, with enough bass. If it was a small company, then even without additional acoustics can safely turn the music on or view the video from your vacation. Yes, lacks a bit of low frequencies, but everything else was on a solid five.

Specifications Lenovo IdeaPad Y700-15

ProcessorIntel Core i7-6700HQ (in maximum configuration)
Discrete graphics cardNVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M with 4 GB (maximum configuration)
RAMUp to 16GB DDR4
Data storageHDD up to 1 TB/SSD to 512 GB/HDD 1TB + 8GB SSHD
Audio system2 speakers of 2 watts + subwoofer 3 watts (JBL)
Battery4-cell 60 W×h
KeyboardLed backlight red color (duplex)
Display

IPS, with a resolution of 1920×1080

with2.6 kg

Platform and performance

Because this is a game model, the manufacturer decided to make a whole bunch of modifications, which will be satisfied with everything. Need a laptop processor from Intel? Please have two versions, which use either Core i5-6300HQ or Core i7-6700HQ. Want something special? There are even versions with AMD Quad Core A10-8700P. This also applies to RAM: there are modifications that have from 4 to 16 GB of RAM. Required HDD+SSD? There is. Maybe SSHD? This, too, is. In General, there are plenty to choose, and everyone will be satisfied.

My choice fell on a model that has a processor Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 8 GB RAM and as graphics card used NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M with 4 GB of memory. For storing my files meets a bunch of 1TB HDD+8GB SSHD. Now, let’s all in order.

CPU-ZCore i7-6700HQ is a 4 – core processor, which belongs to the family of Skylake. This processor is manufactured on the 14 nm process technology. Why not take the slightly cheaper model with a Core i5-6300HQ? The thing is that only the Core i7 supports much needed technology like Hyper-Threading. Because of this, it turns out that the Core i7-6700HQ has 4 cores and 8 threads. While the Core i5-6300HQ can boast such a number of threads, it has 4 cores and 4 threads. In real life, it gives the increase in speed of compute-intensive tasks up to 30%. Whether then such savings? As for me, no.

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Now go to the chart. As I wrote above, laptop Lenovo IdeaPad Y700-15ISK use a discrete card, the GeForce GTX 960M which has 4 GB of video memory standard GDDR5. Given the relatively productive chip, the 4GB will come in handy. If you take, for example, with 2 GB VRAM (it too is on sale), then the lack of memory of the graphics card will access the main memory. What to choose — to solve only to you. But I decided again to take, already.

GeForce GTX 960MWell, as expected, there is integrated graphics Intel HD Graphics 530. It is worth noting that over software laptop also worked fine. So, these laptops implemented a technology called Optimus, due to which the laptop itself switches between the GPUs to perform those or other tasks.

In commercially available models that have 4/8/16 GB of RAM. I decided to take the middle — 8 GB. As the bar of RAM you can always buy more later. Besides, there are two SO-DIMM slots. So the increase in RAM is not a problem. Out of the box used here is the “memory” of standard DDR4, which operates at a clock frequency of 2133 MHz.

If we talk about the performance of ligament Core i7-6700HQ+GeForce GTX 960M+8 GB of RAM, then she is “game”. When you use GeForce Experience (which selects for the optimal gaming settings) for the same GTA V, it selects the “very high” and, in some cases, the “high” setting. At the same time, in the game the fps is not sags below 50 FPS.

GTA V на Lenovo Y700-15ISKWhen working in programs such as Adobe Photoshop CC or Premiere Pro, all goes smoothly. Often I have both open 5-10 tabs in Google Chrome and is working in Photoshop. And even under these conditions, there is not the slightest hint of “brakes”.

Autonomy

Laptop Lenovo IdeaPad Y700-15ISK installed 4-cell removable battery whose capacity is 60 W×h. This battery I have enough for 4-5 hours of work on the Internet (instant messengers, text processing, a little Photoshop).

If you want to play, here already all individually. It depends on the game, graphics settings and so on. I am fully satisfied with this laptop. Anyway, it’s still a laptop. To demand from him something beyond very unwise, since such hardware consumes a lot of energy.

Summary

Laptop Lenovo IdeaPad Y700-15ISK is the perfect solution for those who need not only a balanced characteristics, but also a pretty stylish device. The advantages include full metal body, backlit keyboard and of course the audio system from JBL. On the downside, for me, they are minimal and can say that they did not.

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