Lenovo Y50 Touch Gaming Notebook Review: In Touch With Your Budget
3 October 2014
Excerpt: A little over a year ago, we posted our review of the Lenovo Y500, which was a gaming notebook that leveraged not one, but two discrete video adapters (2 x NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M in SLI, to be exact) to achieve respectable gaming performance at a reasonable price point (around $1,200 at the time of the review).
Excerpt: The Lenovo Y50 Touch aims to take a make a stand in the gaming and desktop replacement market with this 15.6-inch Ultra HD model. It has 16GB of RAM and a 256GB solid state drive that make a speedy combination.
Pros: Great design, Spacious keyboard layout, Fantastic 4K Ultra HD display, Strong performance
Cons: Graphics card isn't strong enough for 4K gaming
Summary: The agony of choice. After our first review of the FHD version of the new Lenovo Y50 Gaming notebook, we are now focusing on a version with UHD display (3840x2160 pixels) and fast Samsung SSD. Full HD and matte or ultra HD and glossy? That's the question. We compare both displays.
Pros: High-end GPU for entry level price, Smart design, Brushed aluminum surface with rubberized wrist rest, Solid hinge, Display with high resolution, Loud and balanced speakers with subwoofer, Supports Nvidia Optimus, Fast SSD with large capacity, Respectable battery life, The fast and high-volume SSD as compared to the SSHD version.
Cons: The plastic display frame seems cheap in comparison to the other notebook parts, Surfaces heat up strongly under load, Reduced performance when running on battery only, Limited turbo boost, Low feedback of the keyboard, No dedicated keys to control volume and brightness, Neither DisplayPort nor mSATA
Lenovo Y50 Touch review: A midsize gaming system with style
15 August 2014
Summary: With the Y50 Touch, Lenovo has created a reasonably priced, not-too-big gaming laptop that doesn't look like a throwback. But the most serious PC gamers may want to hold out for a better display and faster GPU.
Pros: The Lenovo Y50 Touch has great style for a gaming laptop, plus a touchscreen, and it balances performance, size, and price to the benefit of mainstream gamers.
Cons: The display suffers from poor viewing angles and the midlevel graphics card means you can't run newer games at the highest detail settings.
Summary: One of our favorite gaming laptops get a sharp 4K display that will make all kinds of content look better, although it's a bit of a tease, as you can't actually crank most games up to that resolution.
Pros: The Lenovo Y50 Touch 4K packs in features, including a mainstream graphics card, touchscreen, and full 4K resolution.
Cons: The 4K display looks much better than its dull 1080p predecessor, but the mid-level GPU means you won't actually be playing many games at 4K resolution.
Conclusion: Overall, the Y50 Touch is a good option for gamers, as long as you keep an eye on weekly specials and retailer prices and obtain it for a price in our test unit's $1,200 ballpark. It won't net you bragging rights, but it will let you play even the latest games with the details nicely cranked up—while leaving you some cash in your pocket to buy those games with.
Pros: Good gaming performance for the price, Comfortable backlit keyboard, Great battery life for its class, Responsive touch screen
Cons: Mediocre display, Hard drive with solid-state buffer rather than full SSD
Excerpt: “Entry level” and “gaming machine” aren’t phrases that normally go together, and “Lenovo” isn’t typically a manufacturer that goes with either of them. Wisely ditching the ThinkPad brand is about the only decision that makes any sense around this oddball laptop—it’s just the Lenovo Y50 . But all told, it’s an “entry level portable gaming machine” that is likely to appeal to absolutely no one. The Y50 comes with three different display types: touch, non-touch, and 4K.
Pros: Patterned, brushed metal lid is a unique and stylish design.
Cons: Temperamental touchscreen and touchpad. Barely three hours of battery life. Some issues with temporary hanging at boot. Lackluster performance considering the price. Heavy at 5.8 pounds.
Conclusion: The Lenovo Y50 is a monster. The discreet graphics, comfortable keyboard and insanely good speakers make it a gamer’s dream. Even music and video producers will find it nice. The screen disappoints though and the rat’s nest of add-on software make the out-of-box experience a bit rough.
Summary: Entry price, high-end gaming. Lenovo's latest Y Series has the best of both worlds: Sleek, thin looks with exceptional performance for a very fair starting price of $1050. Though the notebook is marketed as an entry-level portable gaming machine, we believe even serious gamers should take a look at what the new Y50 has to offer.
Pros: High-end GPU for an entry-level price, Sleek chassis and design, Brushed metal surfaces and rubberized matte palm rests, Maintenance panel allows access to HDD, half-mini PCIe, 2x SODIMM, CPU, GPU, battery, and system fans, Loud, balanced speakers and subwoofer, Nvidia Optimus support, Respectable battery life, No throttling issues, Solid hinge, Matte 1080p display, Inexpensive, yet attractive gaming notebook with a powerful GTX 860M GPU.
Cons: Plastic display bezel feels cheap relative to rest of the notebook, Budget-grade TN display, Slow 5400 RPM hybrid drive, Surfaces become very warm under high loads, Moderately loud fan noise, Reduced performance on batteries, Reduced maximum brightness on batteries, Limited Turbo Boost benefits, Keyboard keys provide very light feedback, No dedicated volume or brightness keys, No DisplayPort or mSATA, IPS display options or at least an improved TN panel that better re...