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Best value for a gaming laptop.
on November 2, 2013
I have not found a better gaming laptop for this price. (I got mine for $999.99)
Besides the obvious facts that this laptop has great specs, this is why I like and dislike:
- The keyboard can turn a bit hot when gaming. However, I use it with a external keyboard and mouse so it is not a big deal for me.
- The touchpad is a bit oversensitive.
- It is larger than previous Ideapad Series Y 15" laptops. (It barely fits in a laptop case I used for my Y580)
- 5400 RPM hard drive and no mSata connector. (Come on Lenovo, who wants a 5400 RPM hard drive for a gaming laptop? At least include 7200 RPM and/or an mSata connector)
- It is a bit complicated to remove the bottom cover if you want to upgrade memory or hard drive.
- It has a heavy 170w power adapter. So the regular ac adapters that you can get at your local PC shop will not work if you want to game)
- The Intel HD graphics drivers do not come installed.
- The screen is very nice. However, the bezel is very glossy.
- Ultrabay - Apparently Lenovo will start selling DVD, Blu-Ray, Fan cooler, and hard drive adapter for this port.
- Best specs for the money. (The dual Nvidia 750M in SLI perform similar to a single 770M)
- The speakers sound great
- The back light for the keyboard can be adjusted (Low/High) depending on how dark is the room where you are using it.
- The Intel HD Graphics can be enabled in order to extend battery life.
1) If you are using Windows 8.1 and the second 750M is not showing as SLI capable then you have to update the BIOS.
2) If you want to improve battery life by enabling the Intel HD 4600 graphics (Nvidia Optimus):
2.1 - Turn off the laptop
2.2 - Follow the instructions to remove the second graphics card (fairly easy)
2.3 - Turn on you laptop and install the Intel VGA drivers found in your Lenovo partition (Drive D for mine)
2.4 - Now you will see the Intel logo in your task bar. (Optimus will not work if the second graphics card is inserted in the Ultrabay port)
3) Upgrade to a SSD of at least 250GB (More GBs is better but costly)
4) Use a cooling pad when gaming
5) I have used 90 watt ac adapters when I'm not gaming or doing anything graphics intensive without signs of overheat. I would suggest to remove the second graphics card if you want to run games but you don't have the 170W brick handy.