One of the more powerful notebooks of Summer 2016 is Lenovo Ideapad 700 (80RU00FEUS). This 15-inches laptop comes with a quad-core Intel processor, ample RAM and a real solid-state drive. In addition to these puppies, dedicated graphics are included. All this sounds very good, but is there anything bad in this computer at all…?
The processor is Intel Core i5-6300HQ, not an i7 as it might’ve been advertised. The CPU in question is still a very fast chip for laptop, offering you four cores, 2.3Ghz clock speed and 3.2Ghz turbo boost (with the CPU Mark score being a nice ~5800). You will also enjoy the 12GB RAM which, together with the i5 processor, means that lightweight and heavier programs run equally fine on this rig.
The storage solution also earns extra points for Lenovo Ideapad 700 (80RU00FEUS). It’s a 256GB PCI-e solid-state drive which contributes to smooth operations, for example fast (some seconds) boot-up times. As far as I know, there’s also an empty slot for a normal SATA hard drive so you can get more storage by installing HDD.
Is it good for gaming?
This Lenovo is not primarily a gamer’s notebook but it surely plays many things you throw at it. GeForce GTX 950M (4GB) does a nice job for casual gamers, for example with GTA 5 you’ll get ~35FPS played on high settings and 720p resolution. Naturally, easier types like sports games or Minecraft will be a piece of cake.
Ports and connections
Lenovo Ideapad 700 (80RU00FEUS) includes a typical set of connections. Three USB ports are there (two USB 3.0, one USB 2.0) and HDMI-output for an external monitor. A LAN port (RJ-45) is likewise there and Intel’s dual-band AC WiFi card with Bluetooth 4.0 support for wireless networking.
This model doesn’t have a DVD burner so you’d need an external one to work with discs. Media card reader is available for SD, SDHC, SDXC and MMC formats.
Important features and benefits
Full HD display, that is a plus. The 15.6″ matte screen gives you a plenty of screen estate. Touch is not supported but who cares with Windows 10. Also IPS is the panel type, that should add to image quality and viewing angle wideness. The webcam on top supports 720p video resolution.
I’m afraid the 3-cell 45Whr battery won’t last very long; 3-4 hours is your best bet when web surfing.
The keyboard features backlight.
Lenovo Ideapad 700 (80RU00FEUS) is not an expensive laptop when you take a look at what is included. The core components allow power users to run their demanding programs lag-free; and on top of that enough graphics performance is present to keep many games running smooth on medium settings. There’s nothing inherently bad about the laptop and because the price is good as well, I can recommend it for people who want a really fast notebook!