Gaming on budget is always a compromise. Because the true high performance laptops cost an arm and leg. But there are also cheaper options available. Just like the Lenovo Y70 (80DU004KUS), a notebook that might satisfy your gaming needs without breaking your bank. But we must not judge this computer too hastily. Rather, a closer look has to be taken…
Lenovo Y70 (80DU004KUS) features Intel Core i5-4210H processor. It’s not a 5th generation CPU, but it’s extremely fast (although power hungry) chip with dual-core setup, 2.9GHz clock speed and 3.5GHz turbo. It reaches around 4700 points on CPU Mark tests, placing it in the high-end category of i5s (in comparison, 5th generation ULV i5s get considerably less, around 3700 points). There’s nothing the i5-4210H couldn’t do for a gamer, and at this price point it’s a logical choice for speeding up a player’s notebook.
The notebook has 8GB RAM installed. There are versions of this laptop that come with 16GB if you want so much. You can also get this cheaper 8GB model now and add another eight gigabytes later if you’re not happy with the performance. Just keep in mind the current distribution is two 4GB chips that occupy both memory slots. So in order to install full 16GB you’d have to replace the both chips.
A 1024GB hard drive with 8GB SSD cache is installed and ready to serve your files quickly. That it shall do, at least bit faster than regular hard drives. It won’t reach the speeds of a true solid-state drive. You can get a model with SSD, or put one in yourself, if you want the ultimate transfer speeds. For raw storage however, this kind of terabyte hard drive is hard to beat.
Display and graphics
Lenovo Y70 (80DU004KUS) has a 17.3 inches touchscreen equipped with Full HD resolution. The panel type is IPS so sharpness and colors should be great. That said, not everybody left good reviews about the screen. I guess for this low price you can’t have everything, especially when talking about cheap gaming notebooks. Anyway, the screen supports touch, so you can use Windows 8.1 the old or new way, whichever you please.
GeForce GTX 860M is what makes this unit a gaming laptop. It’s much, much better than the poor integrated Intel HDs on notebooks not suitable for games. The GTX 860M works fast right out of the box, and you can realistically expect most 2014-2015 games to run on decent FPS with full (or close to full) eye candy and resolution on.
Lenovo Y70 (80DU004KUS) includes three USB ports, of which two are USB 3.0. An HDMI output is also available, so you can hook up an HDTV or monitor and play through that.
Networking is solid, the notebook comes with Gigabit RJ-45 port, 802.11AC WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 enabled.
There’s no built-in optical drive, however an external DVD drive is included. It connects to the laptop’s USB port. Internal SD/MMC card reader is there too, good for uploading photos from cameras for example.
The 720p front-facing webcam allows you to video chats with friends and acquaintances.
Something else to keep in mind?
Lenovo Y70 (80DU004KUS) is a bulky laptop. With the 17.3″ screen and 7.5 pounds weight it’s not easy to carry around. Then again, that’s not unique for this model, all gaming laptops are heavy. The battery will be drained to zero in around 3 hours of web surfing. If you’re playing games, it will be less, around 2 hours.
The keyboard features illuminated keys and a numeric keypad on the right side.
Lenovo Y70 (80DU004KUS) is a cheap gaming laptop (an oxymoron, eh?). It’s able to deal with most games, and even tough ones like GTA V and Battlefield 4 run fine on high details and resolution. Connections are basic yet adequate, the Full HD IPS display should be decent at least. Poor battery life and bulkiness don’t really help on-the-go people, but as a desktop replacement for a gamer this Lenovo should be money well spent.