Intro

Lenovo Ideapad Y700
  • 9/10
    Packaging - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Design - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Connectivity and ports - 9/10
  • 6/10
    Screen - 6/10
  • 8/10
    Trackpad & keyboard - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Performance - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Battery - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Value - 9/10
8.3/10

Summary

Great laptops don’t need to be priced at a ridiculous premium, and the Lenovo Ideapad Y700 proves just that. It’s very durable, has decent specs for a gaming laptop to go alongside with a keyboard that’s fun to type, and fairly good battery life. A well-rounded general purpose laptop with gaming capabilities overall, but its screen color accuracy is definitely the downside here.

I’ve always taken interest in the most balanced laptop ever – the one that has decent gaming specs and doesn’t cost much. This time around, the recently launched Lenovo Ideapad Y700 is a candidate in that niche. Just how well does it perform though? Let’s find out.

The Lenovo Ideapad Y700 that we are reviewing here is the 15.6-inch variant with 8GB of RAM and 128GB M.2 SSD.

The box that I got the Y700 in, is not the prettiest. It’s nice to know that the Lenovo Ideapad Y700 itself has thick foam surrounding it in all directions. That’ll surely keep it out of any damage.

Design

Lenovo Ideapad Y700

The Lenovo Ideapad Y700 has a similar color scheme compared to its predecessor. Still having that black color with red accent, and nothing much has changed since its predecessor, the Ideapad Y50.

General aesthetics on the Lenovo Y700 is derived from its predecessor’s design and build, then modified from thereon.

Lenovo Ideapad Y700

Even the lid has the same angled cuts at both sides and the same cross pattern across the entire lid. The only notable difference here is the Lenovo logo. Yes, they’ve redesigned their logo this year and I think the brand new logo matches the overall design a lot sleeker than before.

One thing I am impressed by this 15.6-inch laptop is the durability. Both the lid and the keyboard area have minimal flex, which means it’s a very durable laptop overall.

Lenovo Ideapad Y700

Underneath the Lenovo Ideapad Y700 is where things get a little different. The subwoofer is now located around the area below the trackpad, and the air intake is now filtered by a red mesh. Looks very good, in my opinion.

Lenovo Ideapad Y700

I’m generally unsure what this is for, but it is found on both sides of the Y700. More on this later.

One design choice that I don’t like is the sharp edge at the front. For me, this sharp edge does dig into my wrist, causing discomfort. A rounded edge might be better here.

Lenovo Ideapad Y700