Lenovo Y50 15.6″ gaming laptop, I5-4200H, GTX 860M, 8GB DDR3, 1080p display, 1TB SSHD, Intel 7260 WiFi card for $900-$1000

Lenovo Y50

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Lenovo Y50 main specifications
CPU I5-4200H (2.8GHZ – 3.5GHZ)
GPU GTX 860M
RAM 2x4GB DDR3
HDD 1TB 5400RPM SSHD
Screen 1080p
WiFi Intel 7260
Keyboard Backlit
Weight 5.29 lbs (~2.4 kg)

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Lenovo Y50 Reviews

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Lenovo Y50 I5-4200HNow for $900!

There I7 version is now selling for $950 at B&N gold discount program (link) – free to sign

The new Lenovo Y50 15.6″ gaming laptop is Lenovo’s new top gaming laptop. This version is the I5 version and comes with an I5-4200H CPU which is fairly speedy for an I5 with 2.8-3.5GHZ clocks.

The I5-4200H is faster than the previous widely used I5-4200M level CPUs, with 2.8GHZ-3.5GHZ clock speeds. However, it’s also a 45W part – like the I7-4700MQ -instead of the 37W I5-4200M/4210M CPUs. It *might* mean that the Y50 will be considerably hotter with this CPU compared to an I5-4200M, but it’s not clear yet. Anyway, it allows for higher performance with an I5 then possible before.

This specific model also sports a higher quality Intel 7260 WiFi card, which is much better than the lower end options available from Lenovo site. Speakers are good, more or less like in the Lenovo Y510p model. For those who get one of the versions with the 3160, I would advise to get the 7260.

Reviews show that the 1080p display is of rather low quality, but can be replaced quite easily and a good 1080p IPS display will cost you around $80-$90 tops currently, making it around $1000.

Thermals handling (and throttling) with the I5 version is relatively good as you get a rather quiet (but not silent) machine with high I5 clocks.

Touchpad, unlike the Y510p’s touchpad, is good and broad. Keyboard was so-so in my opinion, but amny other people don’t think so (see), so I guess for many it is good enough or my specific instance was faulty somehow. One redditor said he could hit 88wpm.

Finally, the $900-$950 gives a good package of added value with good WiFi card, good performance, good speakers, lower weight (only around 2.4kg is relatively low for such a laptop) and good looks. Price is good and you can’t really go wrong with it and I would strongly suggest replacing the display as mentioned above. However, the price usually dances around $950-$1000, which comes too close to the I7 versions (link).

 

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Gage
Gage
5 years ago

Junky,

What is your opinion on this machine compared to current competition.

I want something in this range $850-1100 possibly and I am torn between the Y50 and the new V15 Nitro.

Needing to replace the screen in Y50 is a big let down and I will probably not do that as I would like to keep the price lower.

Should I wait for Black Friday or Christmas deals or jump on this deal or a V15 Nitro at $1100 on Newegg.

I am US based and appreciate any input.

Junky
5 years ago
Reply to  Gage

I would wait if you in no real hurry – BF or something around that. The V15 was just selling for $1100 with 120GB SSD, so the one from newegg is not that of a good deal

But what are you looking for? Some Clevos’ are still good

Gage
Gage
5 years ago
Reply to  Junky

What clevos? I guess i saw the one 13.3 inch clevo that was cheaper. I want an 860 m that is portabable and cheapest I guess. Y50 and v15 nitro seemed to fit that build

Junky
5 years ago
Reply to  Gage

Do you need OS pre-installed? Can you replace a screen? The Y50 comes with a lousy screen really
Also, could you post it over the forums instead?

Steve
Steve
6 years ago

So…Amazon jacked up the price $50 dollars again! But, Newegg has lowered their model down to $900! Win-win?

INC
INC
6 years ago

Hi Junky!
I’m REALLY thinking of going for this one! Hits most of my sweet spots pretty good.. 15+”, can play games on higher graphics settings, good looking… So before I do go ahead and propose to this beauty and ask for the blessing of newegg or amazon, I must ask. Do you think there will be any better deals in the sub $900 range by the end of August (“Back to School” season)?

Junky
6 years ago
Reply to  INC

Hi!!

I won’t be surprised to see it for $800-$850 at some point before the end of the year. Another option would be the I7 version, currently not cheap, but you can get it refurbished for like $1000
I would wait a month or two to see if there are new models – maybe they’ll fix the annoying keyboard!

INC
INC
6 years ago
Reply to  Junky

So you’re saying even if there are better deals, it would be from the same model? Honeslty, I’d be mad to say I prefer the i5, but I’m tight in budget, which is why I’m even waiting for a cheaper deal xD
The thing is I’m going off to college, and the laptop I’m using is too old for anything (can’t even play minecraft anymore), so I need one pretty soon. I can wait a bit more though. But a month may be pulling it tight.

Junky
6 years ago
Reply to  INC

you can also go for the refurbished I7 one – I think it comes with 1yr warranty from Lenovo

I think there might be deals for the I7 model too, if that’s what you’ve asked

The MSI GE60 apache pro is a good option too, but a costly one. The Acer V3-772G is a good cheap option if you are ok with a 17.3″ laptop

INC
INC
6 years ago
Reply to  Junky

Sorry for the confusion. I was asking about the i5 model. Gave up on the i7 due to price.

I had no idea about the Acer V3. And now I’m in a real dilemma.

Wait for a cheaper i5 Y50 or go for the Acer?

I read your post comparing the 850m and the 860m. I think I could live with either really. Of course the 860m is more tempting,

Junky
6 years ago
Reply to  INC

the v3-772g comes with a 850M GDDR5 – it’s really very close to the 860M. Some other laptops come with 850M DDR3 which is considerably slower

INC
INC
6 years ago
Reply to  Junky

So which would you recommend?

Junky
6 years ago
Reply to  INC

if you prefer a 17.3″ laptop, definitely the V3-772G. Also, if you want to save some money and have a space for an mSata.

However, if you plan to replace the display, the Y50 uses an eDP display which can be replaced to a good IPS one

INC
INC
6 years ago
Reply to  Junky

So if I replace the y50’s display, it would be better.
I know it’s a bad question, but which would you go for?

Junky
6 years ago
Reply to  INC

without the screen size in mind? The only problem with the Y50 in my opinion, besides the display, is the keyboard.
I’d wait to see if new models are better, but between those two, I really don’t know.. I’d probably want to save the extra $100, if I really can’t wait..

i’m sorry I can’t help more – you have to decide what’s more important to you. You might want to wait and see what happens with prices / models

INC
INC
6 years ago
Reply to  Junky

No need to be sorry! You’ve done plenty. More than plenty.

I’ve heard the shipping isn’t always reliable with date changes from Lenovo though. Do you know anything about that?

I think I’m leaning towards the Acer at this point. Does it have anything that would be considered a problem?

Junky
6 years ago
Reply to  INC

if you order directly from Lenovo it might take really long..

there are three points preventing me from recommeding the Acer for you just like that:
1. Screen is [probably] cannot be easily replaced because it is not an eDP one. Though the default one is ok
2. size – but it might not matter to you
3. speakers are good, but not as the Y50. That’s only a small concern

INC
INC
6 years ago
Reply to  Junky

But even if I order on amazon wouldn’t it take the same amount of time if they get it from Lenovo?

So the Y50’s replacement screen is better than the acer’s right?

Junky
6 years ago
Reply to  INC

Amazon should be quick, but you should check their estimated delivery times

I think that yes – you can get a better replacement display for the Y50. But the default V3-772G display is not bad like the default of the Y50

Junky
6 years ago
Reply to  INC

don’t think so, it’s probably a 850M DDR3

INC
INC
6 years ago
Reply to  Junky

You don’t think that the v3 can perform better?

Junky
6 years ago
Reply to  INC

I’m pretty sure the HP Envy 15 uses a 850M *DDR3* and not GDDR5, making it considerably slower for gaming

INC
INC
6 years ago
Reply to  Junky

Gotcha.

Junky
6 years ago
Reply to  RegisteredMeh

I don’t think it’s worth the extra money. You can get the I7 version for $950 from Lenovo and add RAM later

RegisteredMeh
RegisteredMeh
6 years ago
Reply to  Junky

Oh wow, thought this had an ssd with it sorry haha

Nelson Reyes
Nelson Reyes
6 years ago

On newegg there will be a sale on the i7 version. Today 7-1-14

Junky
6 years ago
Reply to  Nelson Reyes

thanks!! I’m so busy and no one wants to help me 🙁

Nelson Reyes
Nelson Reyes
6 years ago
Reply to  Junky

http://www.newegg.com/ it will be up in 4 hours aprox. Still don’t know how low it will get but good to keep and eye luckily it will be close to the 1000(hoping too much)..

Your Welcome. Well I put a little grain of sand here at least. Keep up the good work, great site.

Junky
6 years ago
Reply to  Nelson Reyes

I see there was some nice deal for the GE70 (though still not as cost as effective as the Acer V3-772G)
Is it the Newegg FLASH?

Actually the Y50 with its current display is not a huge buy. It is a good laptop (I have the I5 version in my hands now), but not good enough to forget about the display

Nelson Reyes
Nelson Reyes
6 years ago
Reply to  Junky

Well never had a laptop with a display higher than 1366 x 768. Hoping for a in dept benchmark, test review of the y50(like the look of it) and even the y40 that barely no one talks about, is it that bad? Hopefully by October i’ll finally buy a higher end gaming laptop right now rolling with the Acer v5 552g 882 if i recall right.

Junky
6 years ago
Reply to  Nelson Reyes

1366×768 is good for many screen sizes, but the quality is not (they are doing it in purpose)
The screen of the Y50 is not good. Brightness is low (think late evening and max brightness = not enough)
Contrast is low and colors are not good. Viewing angles are not good either, but they are not the main problem

Junky
6 years ago
Reply to  Nelson Reyes

What’s your source?