Welcome to the world of high-end laptops! The famous Chinese computer giant has recently released a set of new gaming laptops. Lenovo Y50 59441402 is one of those, boasting a Core i7 processor and dedicated GeForce GTX 860M graphics. Those are some excellent components indeed, but are they worth the notebook’s hefty price tag? Let’s see if we can find the answer here…
Intel Core i7-4720HQ is extraordinaly powerful processor. I say that, because it’s currently one of the fastest CPUs available for laptops. The quad-core i7-4720HQ clocks at 2.6GHz, but there’s turbo feature that will up the frequency to 3.6GHz. Moreover, the processor gets a high ~8200 grade in CPU Passmark tests, while the much-touted 5th generation Core i7 units only receive half of that. That’s because the new 5th gen CPUs are ultra-low voltage types while the 4720HQ is not. It’s a power hungry processor, but the good side is ridiculously high performance suitable for any software one can think of.
The memory of Lenovo Y50 59441402 is no worse. There’s 16GB RAM in it, surely enough for very demanding use. It looks like 16GB is the maximum (comes on two 8GB chips) so more can’t be added. I don’t think it is an issue, virtually nobody would benefit from having beyond 16 gigabytes RAM.
You’re offered a hybrid hard drive with 1024GB space + 8GB cache. Some say this brings the best of both HDD and SSD world. To be honest, it’s more like a traditional hard drive with only a bit of SSD speed. If you want a real solid-state drive, you must install one yourself. That is possible after taking the current hard drive out.
Screen and graphics
Lenovo Y50 59441402 has a quality 15.6″ screen. Or what do you think about 1920×1080 resolution and matte IPS panel? The colors should be accurate, viewing angles should be great. No touch support is enabled, but I don’t think many people care. Windows 8.1 can be customized to look and function like Windows 7 if you’re doubtful.
GeForce GTX 860M is the graphics engine of this laptop. It’s a dedicated graphics card, around four times faster than the cookie cutter Intel HD 4000 which is planted in many inexpensive notebooks. The GTX 860M can play most games with high resolution and settings. Even Battlefield 4 should get ~30FPS on ultra settings and Full HD.
Hooking up your peripherals is not an issue. You can use the three USB ports for that. Two are USB 3.0, use them first. Also, HDTV or external PC monitor can be plugged to the HDMI port.
Lenovo Y50 59441402 has everything you need for networking: Gigabit RJ-45 port for cable, 802.11ac dual-band WiFi for wireless and Bluetooth 4.0 for mobile devices.
DVD writer is built-in, so is a 4-in-1 media card reader. The laptop has 720p webcam and microphone for video chats.
What other things you should keep in mind?
Lenovo Y50 59441402 is not the lightest 15.6″ laptop. It weighs 5.89 pounds while most are in the ~5lbs range. The 4-cell battery isn’t enough to keep the laptop running for a long time – the fast processor and dedicated graphics card make sure of that. You can expect around 3 hours on web browsing. So don’t take this laptop on your travels.
The keys are illuminated with a red light on this model. Numpad is available as well.
Simply put, Lenovo Y50 59441402 is a decent budget gaming laptop. It will run all games from 2015 and before, and dealing with demanding software is not a problem for the machine, either. However, if you’re not a gamer you wouldn’t benefit from the GTX 860M graphics card, which would unnecessarily increase the price in that case. To sum it up, I would recommend this Lenovo to a budget-minded gamer for sure.