Low-key player: Lenovo Ideapad Y700-17 / Notebooks and PCs

# Introduction

 

The Lenovo novelty was demonstrated at CES 2016 and went on sale in the US and Europe in the middle of March this year. It is an updated version of one of the first “premium multimedia notebooks” of the Y-Y70 series, released in 2014.

Also in the company this series of laptops is referred to as “high-performance gaming models with wide multimedia capabilities”, but, as before, you will not find configurations with top-end GPUs in it. In general, the average graphics cards are used. As of 2016, the family is represented by 14-, 15.6- and 17.3-inch models. The last came to us.

# Package and delivery set

The package is quite simple. It includes an external power supply, a power cable, a warranty card, a sheet with phone numbers of service centers and a safety, warranty and installation manual.

# External appearance

Design Lenovo Ideapad Y700-17, in general, came in 2016 straight from 2014, almost without changes from the predecessor, the Y70. All the same aggressive appearance, which can be judged on the gaming orientation of the model. The black-and-red color scheme is a familiar trend of such solutions.

Still, the hero of the review is very different from competitors. There is no gloss like MSI, or excessive restraint in the materials used, like ASUS. Lenovo has a little bit of everything. On the top cover there are two barely noticeable bends and a metal with a pattern in the form of intersecting diagonal strips. Looks good! By the way, almost the same is made and the bottom cover.

To hold the screen in one position, two powerful metal hinges are used, allowing the display to be expanded by 130 degrees. A bit, but standard for most gaming models. Since the loops are tight, and the device does not weigh 5-6 kg, then to open the cover it is necessary to hold the body with one hand.

There are four indicators on the front face: power, battery status, touchpad operation and drive activity. The power button is metal, with built-in backlight.

On the bottom of the laptop is one long leg and two small square – due to them the laptop does not slip on the table. Immediately you can see two glossy plastic inserts with holes that ensure the flow of cold air to the components of the system. We suspect, however, that their main function is the decoration of the hull. The main assistant of the cooling system is a large metal grill with an integrated filter to reduce the amount of dust. It is through it that cold air gets to the CPU and GPU.

On engraving on the bottom of the laptop it becomes known the exact name of the modification of the hero of the review (Y700-17ISK) and the production date (December 21, 2015). The place of production is the same – China.

On the case of the device, despite its large dimensions, there are not so many ports: two USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, a combined 3.5mm headphone / acoustics or microphone jack, one HDMI 1.4 and a connector for wire network (RJ-45).

The network port recently has not been seen so often, especially in pretty thin devices, like our Y700, but in a gaming laptop it just has to be. Next to him is the Kensington Castle.

Build quality is good: the painting and clearances at the joints are uniform. The body does not produce stray sounds – the rigidity of the structure is felt. However, this does not exclude the fact that the upper and lower covers, as well as the keyboard, are slightly pressed through when pressed. The materials used are not very practical. Basically, this applies to black metal surfaces: the pattern used on them slightly hides the marks from the fingers. Slightly better resists them rubberized plastic working surface, but its ideal can not be called.

# Input Devices

The review hero is equipped with an island-type keyboard with keys of matte black plastic with a red edging, white engraving of symbols and again a red illumination. The brightness of the latter can be set in two positions or completely disabled. The keys themselves are not quite standard in form – squares and rectangles with rounded bottom edges, but for Lenovo notebooks it’s a classic.

Due to the size of the case on the keyboard, it’s easy to find space for a digital unit. The layout is pretty standard, but the block of arrows is tightly pressed to the rest of the keys. Unfortunately, the keyboard bends noticeably in the central area. On the edges – a little less.

The distance between the buttons is almost 4 mm, their thickness is 1.5 mm (working stroke is about 1.2-1.3 mm). The size of the main keys is 15 × 15 mm, the upper control keys are 13 × 8 mm.

All control keys work by default when the modifier is pressed – the Fn button. Pressures are clear, with a moderate force returning force and a deaf sound. The Lenovo Ideapad Y700 can be printed for a long time, which is not always typical for a gaming laptop.

The touchpad of the Y700 is quite large – 105 × 70 mm. It is biased to the left, differs by rounded corners and the use of a matte glass surface of black color. The buttons are hidden, the left “click” works almost on the entire surface, and the right one – only in the lower right corner. Pressing muffled, but well-felt, the course of the surface is minimal. Synaptics ClickPad V1.2 is used. We do not have special claims for the adequacy of gesture recognition, although, of course, it could be better.

As a webcam, the review hero uses a standard 1.3 megapixel module of medium quality, and on both sides of it there are two digital microphones for better sound recording and noise suppression. The camera itself is quite noisy, but for Skype conferences with good light it will be enough.

# The internal structure

To disassemble the Lenovo Ideapad Y700-17 you will need a conventional cross-head screwdriver. It is necessary to unscrew the 13 screws, then gently lift the lid, while releasing all the latches, and there are a lot of them. Including they are on the back edge, near the location of the cooling radiator. And this complicates the process of dismantling the laptop and requires caution and simultaneously application of certain efforts.

With a guarantee this action does not remove the laptop, so you can safely buy a model with a small amount of RAM and SSD: you will need – you will change.

In addition, you can put another 2.5-inch HDD with a standard SATA interface, install another wireless module, replace the battery (which may take 3-5 years of continuous use), and clean the cooling system.

The battery on the general background looks very small. The screen hinges are large and powerful – that’s why they are hard. At the bottom cover in the area of ​​the hard disk drive are glued noise-absorbing materials. For better cooling, the RAM modules and hard disk are covered with a special metal film.

# Background and specifications

[1945907]The Lenovo Ideapad Y700-17 The processor Intel Core i7-6700HQ, Skylake (Quad-Core), 2.6 | 3.5 GHz Chipset Intel Sunrise Point HM170 The graphic adapter The graphic adapterNVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 4 GB GDDR5 + Intel HD Graphics 530 Displaying the display There are currently no product reviews.IPS, 17.3 inches, 1920 × 1080 pixels (Full HD), 60 Hz, Semi-matched (LG Philips LP173WF4-SPF1) Operative memory 16 GB DDR4-2133 (1066 MHz), dual-channel mode The data storage system 1 × SSD, Samsung PM871 (MZNLN128HCGR-000L2), 128 GB, M.2 2280 SATA3;
1 × HDD WDC WD10SPCX-24HWST1, 1 TB, SATA3, 5400 rpm; The optical drive None The connector of flash cards SD | MMC (4in1) The interfaces 2 × USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1;
1 × USB 2.0;
1 × HDMI 1.4;
1 × LAN (RJ-45);
1 × Audio-In / Out Combo 3.5 mm; Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac (Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377) Bluetooth 4.1 LE + HS The network adapter Here you can confirm the accuracy of the information specified in the description.Realtek PCIe Gigabit Ethernet The sound of the Realtek ALC235 + 2x 2W JBL + 3W subwoofer Additionally 1.3 megapixel (720p) webcam Power Supply The battery is non-removable, lithium-polymer 6-cell 60 Wh / h (4050 mAh, 14.8 V)External power adapter 135 W (20V, 6.75A) The size, mm The size,423 × 305 × 28 mm Weight, kg 3,59 kg + power supply unit with 0.55 kg cable Operating system Windows 10 Home x64 Warranty of the manufacturer 12 monthsApproximate priceApproximate price90 000+ rubles

The Y700 is mainly represented by 15.6- and 17.3-inch models. The first can be equipped with processors not only Intel, but also AMD, which is found in the class of expensive multimedia notebooks seldom. A larger version works only with Intel’s quad-core processors of the 6th generation.

We did not find many configurations available. Each of them uses a Full HD IPS display, a discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M GPU with 4GB of onboard memory, configurations from a single HDD and various SSDs from 128 to 512 GB. The price for the most senior is about $ 1,200, or 100,000 rubles in Russian retail. A serious blow to competitors!

The Lenovo Ideapad Y700-17 modification that came to us, as it should, is equipped with the latest Intel 6th generation processor Core i7-6700HQ, which is 14 nm standard. The nominal processor frequency is 2.6 GHz. Supported by Hyper-Threading and TurboBoost: the frequency can automatically rise to 3.5 GHz with the load on one core and up to 3.1 GHz with the load on all four. The volume of the cache memory of the third level is impressive 6 MB. The processor belongs to solutions with a standard voltage – its thermal package is 45 W.

The integrated Intel HD Graphics 530 GPU and the discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M with its own dedicated GDDR5 memory of 4 GB are responsible for the graphics. This is a medium-sized gaming GPU, allowing you to play more or less any games, although not at high graphics settings.

The southern bridge is a set of system logic Intel Sunrise Point HM170. The amount of RAM in our case is 16 GB. It operates in two-channel mode, two SO-DIMM-modules are used DDR4-2133 (1066 MHz) produced by Samsung [8,490,881] each 8 GB each.

The laptop is equipped with a 17.3-inch IPS panel manufactured by LG Display company with a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels (Full HD standard), a 16: 9 aspect ratio and a conventional W-LED backlight. The screen is likely glossy, but covered with glass with a semi-matte protective surface. It effectively fights against glare, but the picture is not “crystal clear”, as on high-grade glossy screens. Finger control is not supported.

In the version of the laptop that has come to us, the manufacturer uses two drives: solid-state and classic HDD. The first one is the familiar Samsung PM871, but with a capacity of 128 GB, which directly affected the recording speeds. The drive, made in the M.2 2280 format, is connected via a standard SATA3 interface. The system works quickly, but not that it flies. On the other hand, if you have not worked for a PC or laptop with an SSD, the impressions will be most positive.

To store information, a hard disk with a rotation speed of 5400 rpm is used – Western Digital WD10SPCX-24HWST1, also running on SATA3. It’s quiet, it’s almost invisible, and its storage speed is 100%.

Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac wireless connections and Bluetooth 4.1 provide Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377. For a wired connection, the Gigabit Realtek controller answers. The sound is managed by the Realtek ALC235 HDA codec in conjunction with a built-in 2.1 speaker system, created in conjunction with JBL. CD / DVD-drive in the laptop is not used.

The review’s hero is equipped with a built-in lithium-polymer battery with a claimed capacity of 60 Wh * h. But the information tools in this regard have their own opinion – just over 63 Wh, which, you must agree, also make a small difference, but it’s nice. On the other hand, if we compare with the performance of other 17.3-inch notebooks, we can say that Lenovo is definitely greedy with its capacity, and the size of the battery itself proves it.

An external power adapter with a power of 135 watts is used to charge the device. Charges the laptop for a long time – just over 2.5 hours with the lid closed in the off state. With a small load, boldly add another hour.

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