The folks over at Lenovo have been really kind to us as far as sending us all sorts of laptops and even desktop PC’s to review such as their Lenovo Edge 15, Lenovo Yoga 3 Ultrabook, N20P Chromebook, the A740 27-inch all-in-one PC and many others. Their latest product they have sent us is the Lenovo Y70 Touchscreen Gaming laptop and we’re going to break it all down for you today and tell you the good, the bad, the ugly and everything else.
Specs And Features
Lenovo Y70 Design
Lenovo consistently proves that you don’t need a bunch of flashing lights to make a beautiful laptop. The Y70’s black aluminum chassis, complete with subtle crosshatching, is simply fetching. I love the dark gray chrome Lenovo logo in the top right corner of the lid. It lets you know what brand of notebook it is without being too ostentatious.
The majority of the laptop’s interior sports a supple black, soft-touch finish. The very top of the deck is made of black metal and holds a pair of red-accented speakers and buttons for power and One Key Recovery. A red-rimmed keyboard occupies the middle of the deck with metal-lined touchpad centered below the G and H keys.
Lenovo Y70 Keyboard
I know I’m not alone, but Lenovo’s AccuType keyboard is my favorite keyboard on a Windows laptop. On this machine, the backlit red chiclet keys dazzle as much as they provide comfort and quiet, responsive feedback.
You’ll get this quality keyboard in all of the Y series laptops, but only with the Y70 Touch do you get a full-sized setup with numeric keypad. That may sound cool, but I’ve got to say, the implementation of the extra keys is really half-baked. A design hiccup in any piece of tech can be forgiven, but not when ease of use is impacted. In this case, the right Shift key and directional arrows are nearly impossible to feel without looking down. It’s a shame; I otherwise love the way this keyboard looks and feels.
Moving past the keyboard, the matte palm rest makes way for a horizontal slate of metal to house the speakers just beneath the hinge. On its left and right sides, we have the impressive JBL speakers’ shining red accents through black trapezoidal grilles. Identical to the audio setup in the Y50, the slick appearance of the speakers are backed up by a subwoofer planted on the bottom of the machine near some fan vents.
Display And Graphics
The Y70 has succeeded where other laptops in the series had failed by delivering a fairly bright display with solid color reproduction and accuracy. The LED multitouch panel has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
I’ve watched several movies via the Lenovo Y70 thanks to Netflix and that’s mainly because the graphics and the display are absolutely amazing. Colors are very vibrant, deep and rich in every aspect and make it so enjoyable to sit and stare at and use for long periods of time.
I played a few games on the Lenovo Y70 to check out the graphics during intense game play and again, absolutely stunning and the colors were very good there as well with no complaints as far as colors fading or bleeding into each other. I felt like I was really getting a relatively true picture when viewing anything on the Y70.
The Lenovo Y70 also has 10-point touchscreen capabilities. This means that you can have all ten fingers pressing on the screen at one time and it will recognize all of them without issues.
Personally I don’t have much use for the touchscreen portion of a laptop, nor a PC for that matter, but it does work really well with Windows 8.1 and that’s something huge for me to say. I would prefer to have the non-touchscreen version of the Lenovo Y70, especially if it would save me a few bucks off the overall price.
The JBL speakers look good, but sound even better. By themselves, the red-tinged speakers filled my small room with loud and balanced audio. However, once I enabled the Dolby Digital Plus Software, the overall soundscape widened and the low-end got an extra boost. Listening to news clips on CNN via video sounded really good as did watching some of my favorite music videos on YouTube. The sound was clear with no noticeable distortion at all and when turned all the way up was considerably loud. I’ve had laptops that are a bit louder, so the Lenovo Y70 wasn’t at the top of that list, but it was very close in my opinion.
Lenovo Y70 Webcam
For the price you have to pay for the Y70, I was really disappointed to see that the webcam was only 720p. I really expected it to have a full 1080p webcam and with it only being 720p, it certainly makes a noticeable difference. Colors were really washed out and didn’t look anything like they do in person. As far as details are concerned when viewing things via the webcam, you can say there wasn’t a lot of that either. As stated, I was quite disappointed in this aspect of the Lenovo Y70 Touchscreen Gaming Laptop.
The Lenovo Y70 specs state that it has a 4 hour battery life. I know that doesn’t sound like much, but you have to remember that this is a gaming laptop, so it’s not something you’ll be using much of away from a power outlet in the first place. But when you do, you can expect to get about 3 – 3 1/1 hours of battery life on normal usage.
Lenovo Software Bundle
Lenovo bundles the Y70 Touch with a robust suite of utilities and apps that are a little out of place on a gaming notebook, but just right for the multimedia crowd. Company branded software includes Companion, Support, Settings, Photos, Energy Manager, Motion Control and One Key Recovery — just in case you run into an inadvertent blue screen of death.
Some newcomers to the Lenovo suite are PhotoMaster, which enables you to edit photos, employing blemish-removing beautifying effects or Instagram-reminiscent filters. You can also add a voice memo to add an audio component to the still.
Lenovo Reach, the company’s beta cloud service, acts like a virtual desktop. It allows access to documents, music and photos across devices, including PC, Mac, Android and iOS. Reach also enables users to launch apps like Hulu or Netfilx without installing them on their device. Instead, these services stream from a Lenovo server. Third-party apps include Evernote Touch, Kindle, Zinio, eBay, the Weather Channel and McAFee Central.
Lenovo Y70 Models
The configuration of the Lenovo Y70 Touch I reviewed costs $1,499 and has a 2.5-GHz Intel Core i7-4710HQ processor with 16GB of RAM, a 1TB 5,400-rpm hard drive with a 8GB SSHD, an Intel HD Graphics 4600 GPU and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M GPU with 4GB of VRAM.
The $1,399 base model features a 2.5-GHz Intel Core i7-4710HQ CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB 5,400-rpm hard drive with a 8GB SSHD, an Intel HD Graphics 4600 GPU and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M GPU with 2GB of VRAM.
Lenovo also offers a $1,749 version that has a 2.5-GHz Intel Core i7-4710HQ processor with 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, an Intel HD Graphics 4600 GPU and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M GPU with 4GB of VRAM. We highly recommend the SSD config for gamers.
Overall, the Lenovo Y70 touch is a good choice for consumers looking for a 17-inch gaming and multimedia laptop in a design that’s fairly portable. For $1,499, you get a nice-looking laptop with a reasonably bright, accurate display and an impressive sound system and fairly decent performance in most everything you can throw at it.
The only downfall I have with it is with the size comes the weight and it can tend to get a bit heavy when carrying it around for long periods of time if you were to take it with you when you go to something like CES or something similar. I personally would go with a smaller version of a Lenovo laptop. But for the gamers out there, this is by all means something to seriously consider if you’re in the market for a laptop to do all of your gaming on.
Tell us in the comments below what Lenovo products you have and if the Lenovo Y70 is on your radar as a possible upgrade to your current laptop or if this is something you want to add to your wish list for that next Christmas or birthday present. And if you already own one, give us your thoughts on the device.
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