Lenovo Y50-70 (59440649) Review

July 20, 2015
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Lenovo Y50 computers are many, there are several different versions available. They are generally used for heavier applications and also gaming is possible with them thanks to dedicated graphics card. In this review, we’ll take a look at the Lenovo Y50-70 (59440649) version and see if its components and features would justify its rather high price.


Lenovo Y50-70 (59440649) can do most, dare I say all, things a computer is supposed to do. It features top of the line i7-4720HQ processor, offering you a high 2.6GHz clock speed and 3.6GHz turbo frequency on its four logical cores. Also benchmarks confirm the high-end nature of this unit, CPU Mark giving over 8100 points for this i7. It’s an excellent score, in contrast general use i3s for laptops only get points in the range of 2500-3000. In another words, you can do pretty much everything on this computer, be it demanding software or gaming.

The notebook contains solid 16GB DDR3L (1600MHz) memory. It is the maximum you can get, going above that is not possible here. That kind of RAM is sufficient for power users, however storage could be better: you’ll get a SATA hybrid drive consisting of 1TB 5400RPM HDD part and a 8GB SSD cache. It’s not a real solid-state drive, you can’t install files on the SSD part yourself – the system decides which things go there. For this price, a real SSD would have been appreciated.

Screen and graphics

Lenovo Y50-70 (59440649) has a nice 15.6″ glossy UHD display. UHD means Ultra High Definition, the 3840×2160 resolution. So as long as your source (streaming service, game etc.) outputs that high content you can utilize the screen’s top resolution. It’s not a touch display which might be bad news for those wanting to try out the new features in Windows 8.1, but I bet most gaming folks wouldn’t still care.

One thing that makes this laptop so expensive is the graphics card. It is the GeForce GTX 960M (4GB edition), totally in a different league than an average laptop with integrated graphics. With this rig, you can realistically keep Full HD and top settings on most, if not all, games. For example, GTA played on high/very high details and 1920×1080 easily gives you over 35 frames per second. The Witcher 3 on mostly high and Full HD would average around 30FPS.


Lenovo Y50-70 (59440649) has no DVD drive, to work with discs an external optical drive must be used. Good thing is, they are cheap, costing only around 25 dollars.

The notebook accepts three USB devices at the same time, there are one USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0s for that. Full-sized HDMI is available as well, one can use the laptop with an external monitor or HD television. Uploading photos, videos and other files from cameras and portable devices is possible with the built-in card reader.

Networking options should be everything you need: a Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45) adapter and 2×2 WiFi AC + Bluetooth 4.0 card.

The 1MP front-facing camera works well for Skype video.

Miscellaneous things

In terms of portability, Lenovo Y50-70 (59440649) is a typical 15.6-inch laptop. It weighs 5.29 pounds and has a thickness of 0.9 inches. The computer comes with a 4-cell 54Wh battery which will last on these power-draining components only around 3 hours non-gaming. If you’re playing, you will end up with an hour or so.

The keyboard has a red backlight and a numpad on the right.


Lenovo Y50-70 (59440649) is an appropriate laptop for people with a knack for complex software and gaming. The computer highlights include extremely fast i7 processor, whopping 16GB RAM, UHD display and a decent GTX 960M card ready to run your games on high settings and Full HD (or even above). If I was to complain about something, it would be the hybrid hard drive – it’s certainly better than a regular hard drive, but in this price category a real solid-state drive might make more sense. So if the hybrid drive doesn’t bother you – or you can swap it for something else – choosing this Lenovo should put smile on a power user’s face.

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