Lenovo Y50 Gaming Laptop (59442856) Review

July 13, 2015
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Lenovo Y50 is a series of powerful notebooks, also being dubbed as “gaming laptops” by some vendors. The series includes different models with variation in processor, RAM, hard drive and graphics unit configuration. This model, the Lenovo Y50 (59442856), includes components such as i7 processor, eight gigabytes system memory and GTX960M gaming card, so many players might like this rig. But as the price is high, it’s uncertain whether the value is good or if you’re just getting ripped off. But don’t worry, we will answer that question below.


Like some other laptops in the series, also this Lenovo Y50 (59442856) sports a Core i7-4720HQ processor. It’s a heavy-duty CPU perfect for gaming and demanding use as you can see from its specs: four cores, 2.6GHz clock speed and whopping 3.6GHz turbo. Suitability for heavy use is further reinforced by the fact that this chip gets over 8000 CPU Mark points – something only the fastest processors are able to do. Your average Core i3 laptop receives only 2500 points or so. There are not many things the i7-4720HQ can’t take, and for a gaming laptop it’s a very logical CPU choice indeed.

The laptop comes with 8GB DDR3L 1600MHz memory which might just be enough for players. If it’s not, feel free to add more, the maximum this rig supports is 16GB on two memory slots. However, I can’t say for sure if the current RAM comes on one 8GB stick or two 4GB ones.

It’s a hybrid hard drive responsible for the storage of Lenovo Y50 (59442856). So you’ll get a 1TB 5400RPM hard drive with a quick 8GB SSD-like cache. You can’t decide what programs are installed on the SSD part, but the computer will put Windows files there to speed up the system. However, nothing is stopping you from replacing this hybrid with a real solid-state drive, it just costs you some money.

Display and graphics

Lenovo Y50 (59442856) has a 15.6″ screen a.k.a. the most common display size. Unsurprisingly, resolution is 1920×1080 which is also a realistic choice for games given the higher-end graphics engine. Touchscreen it is not, but this would not be a priority for gamers anyway.

So, GeForce GTX 960M (2GB GDDR5) is the heart of this computer, as far as gaming is concerned. It is a capable card with enough “vroom” for any published and unpublished game until 2016 or even 2017. For example, the current heavyweight games such as GTA 5 will get nice 50+ FPS played on maximum settings and Full HD. The Witcher 3 will also be playable on higher details, and if you’re into older titles your gaming sessions will be a walk in the park.


Lenovo Y50 (59442856) accepts many kinds of peripherals, for example three simultaneous USB devices to its USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports. HD televisions or other similar monitors can also be plugged in, the notebook contains an HDMI output for that. The SD card slot can be used to upload images, music and other files from portable players and cameras.

Networking interfaces are a premium 802.11ac WiFi + Bluetooth 4.0 card and Gigabit RJ-45 for those who prefer cable.

There’s no internal DVD drive in this laptop. But as far as I know it ships with an external DVD burner. The drive connects to USB on the laptop, after that you’re good to read from and write to discs.

The notebook features a fixed 720p webcam ready for video chats on Skype and similar programs.

Miscellaneous things

Lenovo Y50 (59442856) is bit more heavy than a typical 15-incher (5.9 vs ~5 pounds). It doesn’t stop you from carrying this notebook around, it’s not that heavy, but the battery life might be a little problematic. There’s a 4-cell 54Wh battery installed and I doubt it gives more than hour or two gaming time. Web surfing and other less taxing use should be OK for 3-4 hours.

The keys light up and also a numpad is available on the keyboard.


Getting a Lenovo Y50 makes sense if the following two things are true: A) you can spend a thousand and some more bucks on a notebook, B) you want a laptop not only for daily use but also gaming. See, these computers include a dedicated graphics card which costs money, and if you wouldn’t be using it, it makes no sense to pay for this package. But if you have a knack for gaming, Lenovo Y50 (59442856) should offer you a lot: You can run any program on it and most games would work on maxed out settings. There’s not much to complain but the price is indeed high, so making the final decision carefully might be in your best interest!

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