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I7, GTX 860M
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|CPU||I5-4200H (2.8GHZ – 3.5GHZ)|
|HDD||1TB 5400RPM SSHD|
|Weight||5.29 lbs (~2.4 kg)|
[/wptab] [wptab name=’Reviews’]
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).
- Gaming laptops around the $1000 price mark