Lenovo Y50-70 Review

The Lenovo Y50-70 has managed to make all of the lists of best laptop for gaming in 2015. Though the average consumer might be thrown off by the nearly $1,000 dollar price tag, serious gamers and techies of all stripes know that for specs like this, the price tag is modest. The price to product ratio is extremely high with this purchase though it has not escaped its share of criticism.

Let’s start with the critics. The Lenovo Y50-70, like all of the products in the Y series, is a bulky framed machine, weighing in at 2.4kg (5.3lbs), with a short battery life. It is supposed to last for 5 hours, but with heavy use, it lasts closer to 2. These two factors tend to make mobility a bit of an issue for some. So if you plan on gaming in the park on a Sunday afternoon, this is not the laptop for you. Also, the Y50-70 tends to run hot during play. I would recommend that buyers invest in a cooling stand because the cooling fans are on the bottom so sitting the laptop on your bed or on a blanket will make them ineffective. Some critics have complained that the Y50-70’s screen is a bit dark compared to others in its class. Others reported backlight bleeding in the lower quadrants of the screen. There were also some who expressed disappointment that there is no optical drive included standard. Others had problems with the track-pad and the shallow keyboard.

In defence of the Lenovo Y50-70, it has been ranked as one of the best mid-range gaming machines around. The 15.6-inch display has 1920 X 1080 resolution and Full HD for crisper, sharper graphics during play. The graphics card is an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M. You get 16GB of RAM, a backlit keyboard, and immersive audio. You get the 4th generation Intel core i7 processor keeps pace with the latest games. 512 GB of SSD storage is nothing to sneeze at either. Gamers can stay up to date with the option to buy a Y50-70 with the Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 operating system.

What some reviewers have called drawbacks I call optimization. The black brushed metal of the Y50-70 and red backlit keyboard say, “I dominate”. And honestly, it does. It can keep pace with a lot of the high-end gaming laptops with no problem. With a super fast processor and 16GB of RAM, it is a bit of a battery hog if you are playing high-resolution games. Still, with lightning fast start-up and downloads the trade-off is worth it.

The optical drives are not included standard but can be purchased or added. How much of an issue this is for you will determine whether or not you think it’s worth he investment. For the consumer who still needs the laptop to do work, the Y50-70 switch gears seamlessly. Photoshop, Premier and Flash all run smoothly on this laptop, for those non-game-related moment. When it comes to connectivity and accessorising, the Y50-70 doesn’t miss a trick. It is safe to say this machine can handle as much as you throw at it.

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