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|Wednesday, June 01, 2016|
I've been meaning to create a video comparing the pros and cons of using a Lenovo Y700-14 as a business laptop, having had mine for about a month, but I keep not getting a Round Tuit.
Here's a review, in brief:
This Lenovo Y700-14 is a great budget business laptop, though flawed in several predictable ways. First, a warning: It grossly underperforms without an SSD, but that's any laptop at this point. You have to add an SSD to call this a usable laptop. Otherwise, you might as well throw its i7-6700HQ in the trash.
I'm mostly comparing this to three years' use of my T430, but I bet most of this applies to the T460p I was considering as well.
There you go. Exceptionally fast for a hundreds less than other laptops, but serious convenience drawbacks. No good battery, keyboard, or trackpad. Good, but not great, screen. No dockability, which one USB-C port would've fixed in a flash.
One quick add: There's no screw to hold in your SSD in the m.2 slot, which seemed cheap to me. But then I thought, "Well, if the screws that hold the case on have the same threads and will work here, I'll let it go." It worked. I'm down one screw on the case/bottom, and the screw head doesn't seem quite wide enough to hold the SSD in there (YMMV, I don't encourage doing this, and do so at your own risk!), but it's worked for
Okay, so if that's how the gaming laptop stacks up as a business laptop, how does it do gaming? I've run 3DMark, and need to add it here, but it wasn't great. Seems it was in the bottom 25% for gaming laptops or something similar.
The quick answer is that the Y700 is not a gaming laptop. If you're worried about comparing benchmarks with your buds to see who wins, this ain't the one. If you want to play the latest games in decent detail and framerate, this isn't your box. As most reviews of the Y700-14" point out, the AMD Radeon R9 M375 Lenovo uses here is grossly underpowered, and really hamstrings an otherwise excellent portable gamer.
The Y700 is, however, a pretty good laptop for playing games. If you don't mind turning down resolutions, it's no slouch. That is, having a decent dedicated card means that games are playable. I have the quad-core tower in my office whose multi-core cpubenchmark score is 40%+ faster than the Y700 processor, and it only has integrated video. The Y700 runs rings around it, unsurprisingly. I've been playing a decent amount of Elite: Dangerous on mine, and it handles it all very well. I won't swear the Y700's AMD Radeon R9 M375 2GB is better than the T460p's NVIDIA GeForce 940MX 2GB, but I remember being underwhelmed with the T430's discrete card (which I added to have easy dual video out).
You get much more than you pay for with the Y700, but be warned before you sell out to make it your prime programming laptop.
posted by ruffin at 6/01/2016 09:50:00 AM
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