Most PC gamers today desire capable computers, with excellent technical specifications and portability, and they want all of this at a good price. Nowadays, laptops can perform almost as well as a desktop rig, but you can also pack them in your suitcase and take them anywhere you want to go. If you wish to go at a friend’s house to play some games, or you just want to take your gaming library with you on vacation, a gaming laptop is usually the best choice.
There are a lot of great gaming laptops available on the market, from traditional manufacturers, such as MSI, Alienware, or Gigabyte, but I still prefer the ones made by Lenovo. They have a lot of power under the hood; they are light, and I simply love their crisp, simple design. I’m not saying that there are no better choices out there, but Lenovo Y70 Touch is by far my favorite. It is a very affordable gaming laptop; that can run most recent games with decent graphics settings. On top of that, it is very light, has a superb 17-inch display and performs splendidly during the 3DMark test.
On the heels of our laptop reviews guide, we decided to take a closer look at Lenovo’s YTouch. Lenovo has released some great rigs and we would like to conduct as many Lenovo Laptop Reviews as possible. We will start with this model. Before we start the review, let us look at the technical specifications of this great Lenovo gaming laptop.
- CPU: Intel Core i7-4710HQ 2.5 GHz Processor
- Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M and an Intel HD Graphics 4600
- Video Memory: 2 GB
- RAM: 16 GB
- HDD Type: SATA 2
- HDD Size: 1 TB
- HDD Speed: 5,400 rotations per minute (rpm)
- Secondary HDD Type: Solid State Drive (SSD)
- Secondary HDD Size: 8 GB
- Display: 17.3′ with a native resolution of 1920×1080
- WiFi Model: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
- Touchpad Size: 4.2 x 2.8 inches
- Ports: Proprietary, HDMI, Ethernet, Combo Headphone/Microphone Jack, Security Lock Slot, S/PDIF
- USB Ports: 3
- Card Slots: 2-1 card reader
- Size: 16.6 x 11.4 x 1.0 inches
- Weight: 7.6 pounds
Lenovo Y70 Touch: Design
Lenovo showed us that you do not require lots of flashy lights to design a rather amazing laptop. The chassis is made from aluminum, colored black, with a very fetching gray crosshatch. The Lenovo logo, also painted in gray, discretely sits on the lid’s top-right corner.
On the interior, the Y70 Touch is made out of black plastic while the top deck is also black but made out of metal, and holding in place the speakers and the power button. Below the keyboard lies the touchpad lined with metal.
The Lenovo Y70 Touch, with a size of 11.4x16.6x1.0 inches weighs 7.6 pounds, making it a very slim laptop. However, the Aorus X7, Maingear Pulse and MSI Gs70 gaming laptops are thiner than the Ytouch. On the plus side, the difference is not that big, not more than 2 pounds.
Lenovo Y70 Touch: Display
Unlike other laptops from the Lenovo series, the Y70 took a step forward. It has a crisp display, with exceptional accuracy and fairly decent color reproduction. The LED multi-touch panel features a maximum 1980 x 1080 pixels resolution Full-HD screen.
I have only recently started playing ‘Middle Earth: Shadows of Mordor’, the new game based on the work of J. R. R. Tolkien, and I loved the manner in which the screen displayed the game’s colors.
As I progressed through the game and left the gray looking mountains behind me, I found myself in a vibrant green pasture. I lost precious gaming minutes just enjoying the environment. I sat there and looked at the level of detail of the blue-colored Athelas plant, with its leafs engulfed in an unusual green sea of grass.
During the Delta-E color accuracy test, the Y70 registered with 2.5, 0 being the best result possible, managing to beat the Pulse 17 (9.4) and the Stealth Pro ( 8.4), but, once again the Aorus X7 came in first, with a score of 1.
The Y70 sailed past 275 nits and managed to score an amazing 277 nits, outclassing the Aorus X7 (264 nits). However, it failed to overtake the MSI GS70 – which scored 281 nits.
During a sRGB Gamut test, the Lenovo Y70 managed to get 100%, meaning that it can render a plethora of shades. The MSI got only 89%, while the X7 hit 102%.
Lenovo Y70 Touch: Audio
The speakers are made by JBL, they are very nice looking, and they also sound fantastic. I found the audio output to be quite loud, but at the same time, it was relatively balanced. If you activate software from “DD+”, then you will notice a widening in the overall sound. ( DD+ = Dolby Digital+)
With Witcher 3 coming out soon, I started replaying the first two entries of the franchise to have my own save game files so the world will be shaped according to my decisions. To be frank, the first time that I’ve played these games, as much as I loved them, I did not notice the beautiful soundtrack always playing in the background.
Or maybe I did notice it but didn’t pay too much attention to it. This time around, the very first time I entered a tavern and heard the medieval-style violin song, I was mesmerized by it. I didn’t even care about the plot, or about the quests and sat there for about half an hour listening to the bard while he was playing his tunes.
The Y70 managed to get 82 decibels, during an Audio Test (just like the Aorus X7), but failed to achieve the dB average of 87. Other laptops, like the Stealth Pro, or the Pulse 17 got 94 dB.
Lenovo Y70 Touch: Touchpad and Keyboard
The Y70’s keyboard looks a bit small, almost like an island lost in a large sea, due to its enormous soft-touch deck. It has a full layout, complete with a number-pad, that still looks great despite its size. The keys light up with a glowing red backlight.
The keyboard managed to give me a pleasant typing experience and during a Ten Thumbs Typing Test, I reached my average WpM of 80. The keys registered 60 grams of actuation and 1.7mm of key travel.
The surface of the Synaptics touchpad felt really good to the touch and I performed with ease finger rotations and 3-finger swipes.
Lenovo Y70 Touch: Gaming and Graphics
The Y70 boasts a last generation video card from Nvidia, called Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M, that has a 4 GB GPU, meaning that it can run almost all of today’s demanding games, although you will get a lower frame rate than on the next-generation Maxwell GPUs.
While questiong in Shadows of Mordor, I had the setting turned up to very high, and I experienced an average of 30 FPS, but the game was very playable. Sometimes during my play-through, I did notice some texture tears through the virtual universe, while a few of the orcs had distorted faces with holes in them due to failed rendering. Also while I was battling with more than three opponents, I experienced a little lag, but nothing that would disrupt my gaming experience.
I also conducted tests on other games to see how the laptop performs and compared it to similar devices. I decided not to compare it with other Lenovo Laptop Reviews, but with the strongest competitors from other companies.
First I tested the laptops on the lowest settings possible. These are the results:
- The Y70: 98 FPS average
- The Aorus X7: 98 FPS average
- The Stealth Pro: 121 FPS average
- The Pulse 17: 121 FPS average
After that, I’ve cranked up the the graphics to high and the best performer was the Stealth Pro, but it did manage not reach the 62 FPS average:
- The Y70: 42 FPS average
- The Aorus X7: 35 FPS average
- The Stealth Pro: 53 FPS average
- The Pulse 17: 52 FPS average
Metro: Last Light
Just like before, I tested the laptops on low settings first (the average mark was 75 FPS). The results are as it follows:
- The Y70: 68 FPS average
- The Aorus X7: 68 FPS average
- Stealth Pro: 70 FPS average
- The Pulse 17: 70 FPS average
When I cracked the graphics to ultra-high, the game became unplayable on all devices, except for the X7 (the average mark was 24 FPS):
- The Y70: 16 FPS average
- The Aorus X7: 22 FPS average
- The Stealth Pro: 17 FPS average
- The Pulse 17: 14 FPS average
Other benchmark tests on the Y70:
- Alien: Isolation on high detail scored 60 FPS average.
- Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition on medium quality scored 71 FPS average
- Batman: Arkham Origins with all of the DX11 features on and PhysX set to normal, scored 65 FPS.
- Far Cry 4 on medium Quality scored on average of 47 FPS.
- Tomb Raider on high quality settings scored 66 FPS.
Lenovo Y70 Touch: Ports
On the right side of the laptop, you will find a 2-in-1 card reader, along with a S/PDIF, a secure lock slot, a microphone and audio jack, and a USB 2.0 port.
On the left side you will find the power port, an Ethernet port, your HDMI and a couple of red-colored USB 3.0 ports.
Lenovo Y70 Touch: Battery
After many hours of web searching, with the Wi-Fi turned on and the brightness set to 100 nits, the laptop’s battery lasted for three and a half hours. The Aorus X7’s battery only lasted for two hours and 41 minutes, while MSI’s Stealth Pro was the top performer, with a little over five hours of battery life.
Lenovo Y70 Touch: Configuration Options
If you are a hardcore gamer, then I recommend you get the more expensive version of the Y70 Touch, that has the same configuration, but with a faster 512 GB Solid-State Drive, that will drastically reduce your game’s loading times. It has the same video card, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M, but with a 4 GB GPU.
The 512 GB SSD Lenovo Y70 Touch is available at Amazon.com, for $1,599.99, with free shipping.
If you are looking for an affordable gaming rig, that can also be used as a multimedia laptop, the the Lenovo Y70 Touch is probably your best choice. It is rather light, with a slick and clean design, and the screen is one of the best and most accurate available out there.
It also has an excellent sound system, with a reasonable performance, but not the best out there. The Y70 delivers a midrange gaming performance.
The Lenovo Y70 Touch is available for purchase at Amazon.com, for $1,029.99, with free shipping. You can find more lenovo laptop reviews on Amazon as well, if you haven’t decided on the model.
- It is very affordable
- Has a colorful full HD 17 inch display
- Has a good sound system
- Good graphics and good performance for its price
- It stay cool
- It is rather quiet
- Low battery life
- Slow mechanical HDD
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