Alright, so I got a new laptop a week ago and have had enough time to play with it where I feel comfortable posting my thoughts about it. Since I’m a gamer, I wanted the gaming capabilities to be able to play newer games with ease without having to play them on low level settings because the hardware couldn’t handle it and because I now have a blog and may eventually start vlogging or doing YouTube, I wanted a portable computer; so gaming laptop it was. These are my thoughts about my new Lenovo ideapad Y700 Touch-15ISK laptop.
Specs and Performance
Processor: 6th Gen Intel i7 Quad-core 2.6GHz
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT960M with 4GB DDR5 dedicated RAM, overclocked
Memory: 8GB DDR4 RAM
Hard Drive Space: 1TB
Display: Lenovo 15.5″ Touch screen, Frameless Full HD 1920 x 1080p resolution
Audio: 2 x 2W JBL Speakers with Chamber + 3.0 W Subwoofer and Dolby® Home Theater™
OS: Windows 10 Home 64-bit
I’ll just start off by saying that the performance of this laptop isn’t standard. It’s SO much better than that. Now, it may be that I haven’t bought or used a computer that is “new” or “current” since I got out of college in 2009, but the speed of the hardware in this thing is great. It takes less than 30 seconds for the computer to boot up, load the Windows login screen, and log me into my desktop, all while updating me on the current time, date, weather forecast, and showing me gorgeous pictures of landscape from all over the world.
Once logged in, I can bring up Google Chrome in less than 2 seconds after clicking the icon and I’m ready to go. I can log into Steam in less than 10 seconds and start up Squad, Killing Floor, or DayZ and be in-game, battling people online in less than 60 seconds, depending on the game.
Not only is it fast, but the low-profile, red-backlit keyboard makes it extremely easy for fast-typers and hunt-and-peckers (heh, I said pecker) alike to type with ease. All of the hotkey shortcuts allow for easy configuration of the machine and changing of settings for all situations. Useful hotkey functions include an airplane mode, display backlight on/off, trackpad on/off (my most important one since I use a mouse when gaming), quick settings, search, and audio up/down hotkeys.
Display, Audio, and Gaming Experience
So we’ve established that this is a beast of a machine for performance as far as a laptop is concerned, but how does it measure up when it comes to gaming? I can explain this in one word: excellent. I have not played a game yet that I could not run on High/Very High settings, or even Ultra settings for some games. The blacks are actually black, instead of a dark purple color in which you can still see things moving, although discolored. The edges of shapes and objects are crisp and clear with no noticeable blurring of the edges as an object moves on the screen. It is, by far, the best looking display that I’ve ever gotten to personally use.
Now the audio. When the specs say that it has digital surround sound, they mean it. I played The Long Dark to test just how good these speakers are since The Long Dark has such amazing sound (it’s set in the northern Canadian wilderness where you are stranded and must survive the arctic temperatures and wildlife. I dropped into the wilderness and felt like I was actually in my character’s shoes; feeling the cold, dry arctic air blowing against my face and hearing its howl through the trees ahead; hearing the sound of birds chirping, wolves howling, and tree branches cracking and snapping from the weight of the fresh snow. My footsteps pounded against the pavement of a road that I stumbled upon and crunched through the snow as I trudged through the Canadian wilderness, searching for shelter and supplies. Every footstep, every exhale, every zip and unzip of my backpack, rattled the subwoofer on the bottom of the laptop, making each action that much more real. I should really watch The Dark Knight or something so I can test and see how the audio REALLY sounds.
I had been planning on building my own gaming PC for a long time, but after starting this blog and having plans for vlogs/YouTube in the future, the portability became a large factor in this, so I decided on a laptop. I honestly didn’t think that I would be able to find a laptop that was built for gaming that wasn’t A) a million dollars, or B) worth a damn. Then I found the Lenovo ideapad Y700. This machine not only plays my games like a custom-built PC, but it also plays music with the clarity of a Bose system and performs normal browsing and drafting tasks with ease. If you’re looking for a laptop that can handle it all, look no further.