The Y50-70 extends Lenovo’s touchscreen emphasis to the mobile gaming crowd. But a entertainment-oriented notebook still has to game. We run this one through its paces to determine if the compact form factor is still packed with ample performance.
Lenovo's push into the touch-oriented market goes back at least to its CES 2013 launch of the world’s largest production tablet PC. Today, we see the focus across several models of traditional notebooks, too. Rather than question the value of a touchscreen in the enthusiast gaming market, or any other place where you really need a mouse still, we’re going to look at how this slim gaming notebook stacks up in the areas of slimness, gaming and being a notebook. To most of us, a touchscreen on a non-convertible notebook is an added feature rather than a necessity.
For around £1000, Lenovo adds an aluminum-wrapped chassis filled with Core i7-4700HQ processor, GeForce GTX 860M and 1TB hybrid drive to that 1920x1080 ten-point touch display.
But wait a second. Didn’t that last link (above) show that the -70 version packs a 4K display into the Y50’s diminutive dimensions? Who’s right?
Everyone is, actually. You really need to look at the part number to figure out what you have, as dozens of these indicate anything from a slight production deviation to a full-fledged overhaul. That’s why I’m forced to pepper this article with product number 59420895, even though a search for that string on Lenovo’s own website produces no results. You can find it on Amazon.
|Lenovo Y50-70 Touch 59420895 Component List|
|Platform||Intel FCBGA1364, HM86 Express, BGA Discrete Graphics|
|CPU||Intel Core i7-4700HQ (Haswell, 2.4-3.4GHz, 47W Max TDP)|
|RAM||Hynix HMT41GS6AFR8A 8G (1x8GB) DDR3-1600 SO-DIMM, CL11|
|Graphics||Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M: 1020MHz, 2GB GDDR5-5012|
|Display||15.6" FHD 16:9 LED Backlight 10-Point Multitouch LCD,1920X1080|
|Webcam||Lenovo Easy Cam|
|Audio||Realtek ALC892 with Creative Sound Blaster Cinema|
|Security||Kensington Security Slot|
|Hard Drive||WDC WD10S21X-24R1BT0-SSHD-8GB: 1TB / 8GB SATA 6Gb/s Hybrid|
|Media Drive||RTS5249 SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC flash media interface|
|Wireless LAN||Intel Dual-Band (2x2) Wireless-AC 3160 802.11a/b/g/ac 433Mb/s Wi-Fi / Bluetooth Combo|
|Wireless PAN||Integrated Bluetooth 4.0 Transceiver on Wireless Combo Card|
|Gigabit Network||RTL8111 10/100/1000Mb/s Ethernet|
|USB||1x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0|
|Expansion Card||Not Available|
|Audio||Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack, Digital Out|
|Power & Weight|
|AC Adapter||135W Power Brick, 100-240V AC to 20V DC|
|Battery||7.4V 7400mAh (54Wh) Internal|
|Weight||Notebook 5.9 lbs, AC Adapter 1.1 lbs, Total 7.0 pounds|
|Operating System||Microsoft Windows 8.1, OEM|
|Warranty||One-year labor, One-year parts|
Lenovo ditches the optical drive in favor of thinness, which makes some sense since most games are now downloadable. It was only able to squish the Y50-70 down to 1.1”, since that discrete GPU requires additional cooling.
Lenovo similarly rid the design of a battery bay, opting instead for a power source that can be replaced only after removing the bottom of the Y50-70’s chassis. The battery itself is also smaller than what you'll find on many gaming notebooks at 54Wh, and both the CPU and GPU favor slimness by not having a socket or slot. Both are BGA.
The company even slims its warranty down to one year, compared to the two to three years of some competitors, along with the boxed extras, including only the required 6.1” x2.5” x1.2” power brick. Now that we’ve covered the specs, let’s take a look at what else the Y50-70 Touch 59420895 gives its buyers.