Lenovo Y40-80 (80FA002CUS) is an upper mid range notebook of Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM and 1024GB hybrid hard drive. These beefy specs are backed up Radeon R9 graphics and a Full HD screen. Interesting, yes, but do those features really justify the laptop’s high price? Let’s see if we can find an answer for that…
5th generation Intel processors are making their way to laptops. It’s also the Lenovo Y40-80 (80FA002CUS) who can enjoy having such a modern CPU, more precisely the Core i7-5500U. It offers a 2.4GHz clock speed and 3.0GHz turbo frequency on its two cores, and on CPU Passmark tests it reaches a grade of ~4000. In comparison, the new i5 processors get around 3500 points in the same test. That said, the performance is somewhat limited by the laptop friendly, ultra low voltage design: power hungry (yet still mobile) i7s reach well over 8000 Passmark points. But the i7-5500U is still a capable processor, good for running applications like Photoshop, VirtualBox and programming environments. For casual users with lightweight programs it will be a walk in the park.
8GB RAM is installed on the system. As far as I know, the configuration is the usual 2x4GB chips. This means that installing more is possible, these laptops usually support up to 16GB RAM. Of course, you need to take out the installed modules first as there are no free slots in the system.
Lenovo Y40-80 (80FA002CUS) comes with a nice 1024GB+8GB hybrid hard drive. I say nice because it’s faster than a regular hard drive. The 8GB SSD cache speeds up the operations to a degree, although it’s still not as fast as a full-blown solid-state drive. But if you’re a techie, you probably already know that adding a real SSD is possible to this notebook. You just need to remove the hybrid hard drive first.
Graphics and screen
The anti-glare display should be decent. It’s 14 inches large and operates on Full HD resolution. Watching 1080p content is no problem on this display. It’s not a touchscreen so some new features of Windows 8.1 (64-bit) are not available to you. If you ask my opinion it doesn’t matter – the Microsoft’s latest can be commanded fine with conventional input devices as well.
The Core i7-5500U processor has an integrated Intel HD 5500 graphics engine, but there’s also a better option installed in this laptop. Called Radeon R9 M275, the graphics card features 2GB RAM and is at least two times faster than the HD 5500. Indeed, most of the games are playable on this laptop – although many on less than maximum settings. For example, Battlefield 4 should get 25FPS on medium settings and the display’s native resolution. On the other hand, lightweight steam games like Team Fortress 2 or Counter-Strike: Go will run fine with high details and resolutions.
Lenovo Y40-80 (80FA002CUS) contains three USB ports. Two of them are USB 3.0, identified with red connectors on the left side. Next to them is HDMI output, allowing you to plug in an HD television or bigger computer monitor.
Networking options are appropriate for this expensive model: Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45, Intel dual-band AC WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.
DVD drive is not available, so you must get an external drive (however cheap) for discs. You might also find the built-in SD/MMC media card reader useful.
A one megapixel webcam is installed on the unit, so Skyping and video chatting with your friends works.
Some other things to keep in mind?
Lenovo Y40-80 (80FA002CUS) weighs 5.72 pounds, quite much for a 15 incher without optical drive. Life of the 4-cell 48 WHr battery is not specified, I’d expect getting no more than five hours out of it.
There’s no numeric keypad on this model, 14″ models never have one. Also, keys are not illuminated.
Summing it up
Lenovo Y40-80 (80FA002CUS) is a notebook made with power users and professionals in mind. It has a lot of performance thanks to i7 processor, 8GB RAM and a hybrid hard drive. In addition, an excellent thing for gamers is the Radeon R9 graphics engine that clearly beats all the integrated models often seen in laptops. The unit has good connectivity, highlights being two USB 3.0 ports and AC WiFi. So, if you’re looking for a reasonably priced yet powerful notebook, you might’ve found a keeper here.