Since Lenovo’s purchase of IBM’s laptop division, the company has become one of the world’s largest PC manufacturers. The Chinese manufacturer’s laptops now compete very well with the offerings from HP and Dell.
The Y700 is a new laptop design from Lenovo that has just reached the Malaysian market. At first look, the laptop’s all black metal design and sharply angled edges remind one of the SR-71 Blackbird spy plane or the F117 fighter.
The rear of the top cover has a matte black finish with a beautiful crisscross pattern. The side speakers and exhaust vents have sharp angles, providing the laptop’s distinctive ‘stealth fighter’ look.
The Y700 has two USB 3.0, one USB 2.0 ports, a 2-in-1 Audio Combo Jack, a single HDMI and one 4-in-1 Media Card Reader. There is also a LAN port and a Kensington lock.
Lenovo’s marketing makes a huge fuss about the wide angle display. We agree that the commotion is warranted. The 15-inch Full HD screen is extremely bright and displays a wide gamut of colours. The Y700 is also available with a higher resolution 4K screen.
We do have one small gripe about the large bezels on either side of the screen. Compared to some laptops from other manufacturers like Dell, it does feel like wasted space.
As expected, with almost no competition these days from AMD, the laptop comes with the latest Intel Skylake CPU. The 2.6GHz CPU is complemented by 8GB DDR4 RAM and a dedicated Nvidia GeForce 960M GPU. Storage comes in the form of a 1TB hard drive and a 128GB SSD for the core Windows 10 operating system.
Lenovo claims the Y700 is for both work and play. As a nod to gamers, the Lenovo portable has a red LED backlit keyboard which gives it a similar appearance to the MSI laptops.
One hardware feature that is worth mentioning is the laptop’s excellent JBL speakers. The twin front speakers are joined by a decent subwoofer at the base of the unit. Together, they produce some of the best audio that we have heard from a laptop. Whether you are playing music or a game, you will not complain about the audio quality from the Y700.
We cannot agree completely with Lenovo’s claim that the Y700 is for both work and play. Compared to other gaming laptops from manufacturers such as MSI, this Lenovo laptop is not well suited to run the latest PC games with all features turned on. Even though there is a dedicated GPU, the best playable resolution would be 720P if you plan to turn on all the visual effects.
Even so, the Lenovo Y700 is a beauty with a lot of beast inside.