Lenovo Y50-70 - Laptop Review


Lenovo Y50-70

Lenovo Y50-70 - Laptop Review

The Lenovo Y50-70 gaming laptop is one of the best ones on the market today, even after so many years. It was first manufactured back in 2011 -the 15th of March to be exact. But I got it back in 2014 which was the initial release date for this laptop and it has been running with me for around 6 years now.

I'm going to go through the specifics of everything and how the laptop performed back then and now to give you an idea of what to expect if you decide to buy it. So, let's get right to it then!

Specs

These are the specs of the laptop; it's actually quite impressive, even though there are much better models out today. But if you want a laptop that can deliver and is affordable with today's standards, then this is your next best choice. Let's read on and learn more about what kind of laptop this is:

- Intel Core i7-4720HQ 2.6GHz

- Hybrid SSHD with 1TB 5400 RPM+8GB

- 15.6" Full HD LED (1920x1080 ) with Anti-Glare

- 16GB of RAM DDR3 SDRAM, 1600 MHz, 2 Slot

- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 4GB VMRAM, GDDR5 128 bit Maxwell

- Windows 8.1 SL, 64-bit Operating System, x64-based processor

- Weighs around 4.55 KG

- 4 cell battery, 5-hour battery life.

 

Design

The design is pretty impressive compared to its predecessor and I really love the black aluminum back and top design. This model has two fans and this is great for all you gamers out there. The keyboard has a nice neon red light that you can configure to three different settings or you could turn it off if you don't like it.

It has 3 USB ports, a 4 in 1 card reader, AC charger port, HDMI port, RJ45 (LAN) port, a mic in and a headphone port with mic combo jack. To help with its thin design and weight, the CD/DVD optical disk drive is external and you can plug it in with one of the ports.

Overall, I think the design looks great, I love how it feels and how it's thinner or slimmer than most gaming laptops. The external drive was a bit new for me, but I didn't mind that since I rarely use it anyways. Games these days don't necessarily need a CD drive anymore, but it's there whenever I'm in the mood to play one of my old-school games.

The laptop has a decent built-in webcam, but you need proper lighting around you because it's quite dark compared to an external webcam.  The subwoofer and exhaust ports for the fans look great and the cooling system isn't bad. Given all of this, this laptop has a wonderful design for its model type. 


Display

The display isn't bad and the size of the screen is more than enough for your needs. The Anti-glare display is very impressive and the resolution is great and still holds on to this day. The colors and texts look very sharp and you would notice from the previous models how the Lenovo Y50-70 makes everything look crisp and clear.

The view angles when you move your laptop left or right look amazing and it's as if you hadn’t moved it. The screen can be tilted way back and it's still quite clear but the screen gets a little darker of course. The graphics card is impressive and you can expect to play most of today's high-end games with full HD settings, but keep in mind that some games might look good but the performance in-game might be a little hindered.

Software

The laptop comes with numerous software programs that can be of use to anyone, but what I really liked is the NVIDIA GeForce corporation program that can automatically scale the settings based on your laptop's capabilities and the game you're playing. This allows you to play at the maximum and best level you could possibly want.

But keep in mind that sometimes you'll need to lower those settings depending on the game you're playing. It also comes with a nice motion control software to help you gesture what you want with your hand using your camera, whether you're reading, browsing, or checking different files. But it doesn't work so well with gaming.

Also, it has a nice face-verification software that you can set up to only have specific programs or the laptop itself to function with your face only. The rest of the software is pretty basic and common, but I thought these three distinctive software programs were interesting and made the laptop stand out.

Performance        

When it comes to the performance of this laptop, I found that it was great for any multi-media needs, and for gaming it was superb. The battery life felt like it was over 5 hours, but when I play games without the charger it only took like an hour or so until the battery needed charging again.

The games were smooth and looked great, but sometimes I had to lower my visual settings a bit to achieve better performance. Everything on high was great, but it really made the laptop heat up dramatically at some point. This is quite common with some of the high-end games that are available today. I did get some overheating issues when I played everything on ultra-high settings and this made the games run slow.

However, after 6 years of working and playing games with this laptop, the performance has decreased over time. Battery life isn't as strong anymore and it barely stays for half an hour until I need to charge it again, but it's not a surprise because batteries don't last long anyway.

I've played the same games for 6 years and I can notice that the laptop has degraded and become worn down. But again, this is expected after 6 years and I've experienced an epic 3 to 4 years of amazing performance without any issues. So, I'm sure that based on any laptops and statistics that 4 or 5 years of solid gameplay is good enough.

Does the laptop perform as it did when I first got it? Absolutely not, but so far it can work wonderfully with the games I play. Not going to lie though, it does have some performance issues now.

Final Verdict

I have to say that when it comes to gaming on the move and playing some high-end games, this laptop did deliver and it didn't give me too many problems. It wasn't perfect and it did have some performance issues depending on the game I played, but this is common with most laptops and the ultra settings.

So, even after 6 years, I would give this laptop an 8/10 rating and it's worth buying if you need something affordable today. It's not the best gaming laptop ever created, but it's good enough for your needs and your budget.


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