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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 148 reviews

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Gaming Laptop!

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    Amazing laptop. It runs all tasks well. Especially day to day tasks. It is very well built. Sturdy and not flimsy like a lot of laptops. I mainly use it for gaming. It will run pretty much all current games on max settings. I am currently running TESO all out and it performs beautifully at 50-80 fps. It runs WoW even better. I really enjoy this laptop. I suggest buying a cooling mat as it can get a little hot. With the mat it is perfectly cool running games. Many users complain about the screen being washed out a little but a simple fix with the nvidia contrast settings makes it beautiful. No need to spend another 100 bucks on and new screen. Overall I would rate this 10/10. There is really nothing that I do not like about this laptop as a gamer.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding budget minded gaming laptop

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    High end gaming laptops run around 2,500 and up. The cost of the Lenovo is quite good with the secondary Nvidia 860 capability. Games i'm playing: Minecraft, World of Warcraft. Minecraft plays outstandingly well with the 128b texture packs installed, no stuttering or lag issues. No video rendering issues. World of Warcraft plays outstandingly well also with video settings set to ultra for questing and high for raiding LFR and heroic modes. Some settings will be lower because it just improves framerates in raids. I typically receive 50 to 60 fps average doing LFR or heroic mode raiding with settings some settings on high, some medium and some low. I was pleasantly surprised to find that with the vibrance of the screen and the Nvidia 860M running, the graphics were very crisp and found that there was not much difference between Ultra and Medium graphic settings in WoW. A few things to understand about this laptop before you buy. Backlit keyboard is wonderful, very nice in dark lit environments. Touchpad is very responsive, but make sure to press (Fn-F6) before you start gaming because you are going to constantly be misaligning your cursor onscreen with your left thumb if you don't. (Fn-F6) disables the touchpad. The NVidia 860M video card is suppose to activate when graphics intensive programs are running, however I found that it needed a kick in the rear sometimes to do so. When you install the newest Nvidia drivers, you will also be installing, "Nvidia GeForce Experience". Once you get everything installed, log into your game and don't bother withg raphics settings. Exit your game and then run the Nvidia GeForce Experience. Within the NVidia settings you will see a tab to check for supported games. The software should find the game folder where your game is being stored and it should show an option to optimize the game for you. This setting will allow you to decide whether you wish for better performance or better image quality. I selected just a tad into performance over quality. Then click on Optimize! DONE! There is an option to set the graphics processor you wish to use with which program. Set your program to run with Nvidia high performance and click, "save" . I mention these steps because im sure most average users will not understand that there is an option specify and customize your graphics preferences in this way. My only complaints: Hybrid drive or a 5400rpm harddrive with a small solid state drive running in tow. Startup times are insanely fast. Literally 5 to 10 seconds from full power off to login screen. But it's still a 5400 rpm drive. You can clearly see and feel the drive inadequacy when loading a game. Once your game is loaded it runs quite well though. Second is the bloatware, Bloatware is the software that companies include that usually takes up hard drive space and slows a computer down to a crawl because all these programs start with he computer and just run constantly while doing nothing that the Windows operating system itself doesn't already do in many cases. Lenovo has quite a few programs installed on this laptop that are just not needed. A google search will tell you what you can or cannot uninstall safely. I will say though that once I uninstalled the bloatware, this laptop became outstanding. Pro's-Vibrant screen with outstanding colors, Audio is robust for a thin laptop, rubberized feel of the palmrests, ease of access to memory, harddrive and other hardware (entire back comes off in one piece) Fine screen inlay that catches dust etc on the air inlets makes for easy cleaning. One key system recovery with stamped bios makes for fast OS recovery. Con's-5400rpm hybrid drive. bloatware, lid hinges. (The biggest complaint I have found on this laptop is the hinges, allegedly they are plastic and can break In some cases. I have had no issue with the lid hinges as of yet but read many, many complaints about the issue so thought I would at least inform future consumers. In summary I am using this budget minded gaming laptop for minecraft and World of Warcraft with zero issues and it plays quite well. The memory can be upgraded to 16Gb Low voltage ddr3 ram. The harddrive can be upgraded easily to a good solid state drive. Keep in mind though that if you upgrade the harddrive you must download windows 8.1 from Microsoft to reinstall the OS.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Better than I Expected

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    Just picked up this laptop last week. It has been great. The first thing you have to do is update the antivirus software and let it delete the SUPERFISH malware off the computer. Don't let that scare you it will do it and you are done. I picked this up to game when I am away and it is perfect. I play Battlefield 4 on ultra with no problems. Elite Dangerous, and Eve all run perfect. This is the perfect gaming laptop at a great price.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Premium professional gear

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    I upgraded with 16GB of RAM and added and external 1TB drive and 23" Toshiba monitor so I can work on the laptop screen while viewing creative product on the added monitor. I can't begin to list all the ways this machine met or exceeded my expectations, but a few include: the hybrid drive works as an instant-access scratch pad for Creative Cloud apps and--combined with the processing power in this machine--actually (first time ever for me) keeps up with me. It's the speed and capacity needed for massive complex files and fast work, something I didn't think a laptop could do. This machine marks my first foray into tracking pad instead of mouse, and added touch-screen to enhance the keyboard and cursor rather than replace them. Again, the speed and choices for how I work are what this machine offers. The backlit keyboard and it's fast soft feel were unexpected bonuses. I intended to buy another brand, thinking Lenovo was out of my reach, but the package I put together at Best Buy fit my budget but offered a lot more.Two people I distance-work with have just upgraded to the same Lenovo model with expanded RAM.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great but really adware...

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    I have really liked the laptop. I know people complain about the picture, but just needs a little calibration and looks fine. It's definitely fast and can handle graphics well. I just didn't like the fact that when I was browsing a site, I got an error and it was from superfish. Pretty lame that it was installed by Lenovo at factory.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    A good powerful machine, with a few flaws

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    I bought this laptop off the shelf when my direct custom order from Toshiba failed to meet expectations. In general this is a powerful laptop, and it serves as my primary machine. I am not crazy about the keyboard, and the over sized touchpad gets "touched" while typing too often, leading to some frustrating interruptions as the cursor jumps or the Windows dashboard opens up. I may be able to locate some settings to correct this, but haven't explored those options. For extensive typing I purchased a separate full sized keyboard and a larger screen which is set up to extend the workspace. I don't use the touch screen much, but it is fairly responsive. Runs quiet, Battery performs fairly close to as advertised, but it has a shorter than average lifetime. Whoever thought the tiles interface from 8.1 would be a good idea on a computer should have been fired. Overall I am satisfied, and it seems as if the machine will serve for a few years, barring any hardware failure.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great laptop for the price

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    The specs for this laptop at this price point are really good. Here are some things I like. The memory at 8 GB is pretty good and there is an option to expand to 16 GB. The I7 CPU is fast and allows you to multitask. The lighted keyboard is really nice and you have the option to turn it off or change it to two different brightness levels. The design is something I liked too. Things I don't like. I don't like the tracking pad. It's not a big deal for me because I've always used a wireless mouse with my laptops. The hybrid hard drive is great for booting but the 5400 rpm drive should be replaced and I intend on doing that down the road. The screen is not as bright as I would like but by going into the settings I was able to get it to look pretty good. Overall I've been really happy with this purchase and recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great For What I Wanted

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    I wanted something that is slightly more gaming laptop than light weight or tablet, but I didn't want to sacrifice power. This computer seemed to be the best balance of lightness, portability, and power. In 2015, they started using the i7 4720HQ, instead of the previous year 4710HQ, which is (0.1) Ghz higher clock. I wanted a little more graphics power and expandability, but I sacrificed it for lightness and the touchscreen. By limitations, I am primarily referring to only one hard drive bay and a max of 16GB RAM (2 slots). I was worried a 5400 RPM hybrid drive would suffer, but it's not much of an issue. I am actually pleased as far as my needs go. If the above limitations are not an issue, then I would recommend it. I use it for Internet, Photoshop, Web Dev, gaming.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Great upgrade from what I had BUT BEWARE!!!

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    I needed a new laptop since my old one's hardrive was failing, so my mom bought me this new laptop for my birthday, the sales person at best buy was very nice and kind to my mother and I, the people there are very willing to help. When I got home I found it does come with an external CD/DVD RW drive, the laptop looks very nice, although I did receive it with a scratch on the lid, but other than that there seemed to be no damage. (My mom had bought an open box version for like $50 less, hadn't even been started up yet ) When I started it up though I noticed a faint ticking noise, which at first I had a mini heart attack and prayed it wasn't the dreaded hardrive click of death (it wasn't), but as I've done my research I've found it to be a common problem in Y50-70 versions of the lenovo laptop where the one of the fans during idling or light workloads would turn on and off repeatedly and this sound got annoying so eventually after about an hour of searching I seemed to have found a solution that has worked so far, a BIOS update (google it) so that was the end of that problem, it wasn't anything serious just a weird fan control glitch I guess. But then I discovered the preinstalled adware that had come with the lenovo laptop! I was frankly disappointed to see that lenovo had let something like that slip on to their computers! (So I recommend fresh installing the windows 8 os and get rid of all the programs they put on) Since I had never bought a lenovo computer and had been recommended the lenovo brand at the store, I was disappointed that I was not made aware of this kind of problem prior to buying the laptop, and from what I've heard the adware Superfish has been preinstalled into many models and varieties of lenovo laptops so I highly recommend getting some sort of anti virus software to remove it as quickly as possible, and check in your list of uninstallable programs if Superfish is there uninstall it, and also check your computer's registry (if you have a lenovo google "Superfish test" to check if Superfish is currently running on your PC) There also seems to be some sort of coloring problem with the display and does not completely accurately display colors (bright yellow especially comes out as a darker mustard like color) at first I didn't even notice this until I compared the color with my external monitor ( I mean just choose the yellow color in the paint program and drag it over to an external display and you'll see the difference) so I guess I would categorize it as some colors not displaying correctly and one other problem I have heard a lot about in the Y50 series is the speakers occasionally going muffled and making a crackling noise I guess. Though I have not yet encountered this problem myself, I'd like to make potential buyers out there aware of this problem. also for any digital art folks out there who might plan on using a wacom tablet with this laptop and paint tool SAI, I've found sai can have some weird compatibility issues with windows 8 and multiple monitors (sai ignores the mulitple monitor mapping setting or the brush and the mouse pointer do not line up), I seem to have fixed it by running the program in compatibility mode for windows 7 (photoshop works perfectly fine though) Over all the performance of this laptop is outstanding and is a great refreshment after having a terrible laptop for the last few years. BUT! If you are not very tech savvy and don't know how to troubleshoot your laptop I'm not so sure what to tell you. Frankly I shouldn't really have to be troubleshooting this thing at all, but I do really like this laptop despite all the weird hitches I've had to go through. Pros: Works really fast Looks nice Gaming is really comfortable and good quality graphics Good memory size and RAM Comfortable keyboard Good for work and play seems to handle 3D graphics software, video editing software, and photo editing software really well high resolution, hd screen good for the price good weight for its size Cons: Pre-installed adware!!!!! (fixable) weird fan noise (fixable) inaccurate display colors (though to me almost not noticeable) (probably not fixable) I had some weird resolution problems in the beginning... (adjustable) Potential speaker problem maybe? Sometimes I accidentally summon the search menu from the mouse pad while typing, kind of annoying but probably my own fault It helps to be an experienced computer user to avoid having to send out your laptop for someone else to troubleshoot in 3 weeks in what you could probably do in 20 min... (ALWAYS GOOGLE IT FIRST!!!) laptop is easily a fingerprint and skin oil magnet, best to try and keep your hands clean

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Revisiting the PC after switching to a Mac

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    My review of this unit is more a critique on Windows 10 ... The hardware on this machine is nice enough. Some years ago I switched from working a decade or so on PC's to a Mac, perhaps it was 2008 or so. After Vista, I soon lost touch with the Microsoft OS's and it seemed like they produced flop after flop, but improving the software, yet trying to get people to switch up. Seems like they do this too often and honestly I fell for it because my son wanted a PC badly. He loves black and red and wanted so badly to play minecraft on a gaming PC. There happened to be an open box deal which dropped the price significantly and so I got him this machine. It's a beautiful dark finish with a subtle texture that appeals to both my son who's 9 and me a grown up. The red is a little racy and I probably wouldn't mind owning this machine myself. Honestly I notice too many macs as they are everywhere and it would be nice if there was a good alternative. I can put aside Apple's high quality fit & finish, in order to consider the experience of using a PC, and this is a very nice looking PC mind you. Right out of the box, the setup of a PC is painful, exhaustive and takes way too long. Maybe once you're in the PC world, you're ok with this process, but coming from the other side, it took me 10X longer and I was imagining to be up and running in a few minutes like on a mac. The other part of windows 10 which I was hoping would be fixed would be the speed at which things would happen. Take for instance restarting.. I guess you could boil water in the time it takes to restart a PC. I might be exaggerating, but I would never want to hold my breath and bet on winning. With a 2012 macbook air, it might take about 15 seconds.. The windows 10 interface is confusing and it hurts that there's kinf of 2 looks to the operating system so you feel uneasy that you're just being given a simple mask to look at while it's still running over a version of windows 7 or something. Maybe I should just cut to the chase and say it's really hard to switch back. Once you switch to a Mac it's hard to go back.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Does the job of midrange-gaming well

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    Overall it's a great, simple enough, nice looking machine. It's been able to handle pretty much anything I throw at it reasonably. The speakers are definitely loud and proud, and a decent quality. I'd have to say my only gripe is the trackpad not having any definitive buttons. It's very easy to slip up and right-click by accident. But hey, I'm supposed to be using a mouse for a GAMING laptop anyway, right? 8/10

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    great for gaming!

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    Went through 3 laptops for my husband. This one has held up to the standards and runs all his games flawlessly.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Laptop

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    I use the Laptop for Video and Photo editing. It has great performance and does a great job for my purpose. It has a good quality sound system which is important for videos. The edges of the screens bezel could be smoother, which is noticeable when moving the the screen into position.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Its good but room for improvement.

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    I didn't buy this for gaming, I have a PS4 for that. I bought it because other laptops I bought had issues connecting with my Motorola router. This works great. I have some issues now and then of the screen flashing. Apparently this is a known issue with these touch screens. For a gaming laptop you'd figure it would come with more then 8mb of ram. I may add the 16 to make it faster, not sure it would make a difference for the almost $200 it costs.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    My first laptop but the best laptop ever!

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    I had always used other people's laptops when I needed to, but when I picked up this laptop for the amazing graphic abilities, I was in awe. This is by far the best laptop I have ever used. Super easy to use and navigate through, crystal clear screen quality and camera, and very fast. Love it and highly recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Laptop

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    I really don't understand people with these pros and cons. I completed my BS in computer science. I know about computers. Trust me. This is a great laptop. Some people have the tendency to break down a product, for which I really don't understand. Hey man, all products comes with the good & bad, but in my opinion, this is a great laptop. It has awesome specs, a beautiful screen, has a touch screen, and a portable cd rom. How cool is that? It is easy to use. I just have issue with Windows 8.1 I can't stand the preinstalled apps. They're all trial versions. Uninstall them and you're set. O yea, the keyboard lights up red and the laptop is super thin, weights nothing practically.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Computer, powerful and fast

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    I am very impressed with the processor speed and amount of bang for the buck! I own a much more powerful desktop computer and I actually found that this laptop could do things just as fast if not faster. For what I paid for it I had enough money left to upgrade the memory and add some cool peripherals. I ended up using this as a second computer hooked to the same monitor as my desktop. I am very happy with my purchase! Highly recommended!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Laptop!!!

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    I got this laptop for running Revit & ACAD & photoshop...it can run all of this at once!!! I did change out the 8GB memory to 16 and a hybrid-drive to a solid state. But its a great computer straight out of the box too!!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great choice

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    This laptop was a smart purchase. Even included a separate CD drive. Startup is pretty fast thanks to the hybrid drive. Great for gaming too as far as speed, however the battery life seems to drop by at least 60% [gaming can be pretty demanding on the system.] In a nutshell, this was a good purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    The laptop computer does what I want it to.

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    The lenovo laptop computer is a very good computer. I am very happy with it. It is very fast and dependable. I am still learning windows 8. I haven't figured everything out yet. It is touchscreen but I don't use that feature. I don't want to clean the screen all of the time. I watch a lot of movies and videos on it. The load speed is very fast. I have no problem watching hd movies. Over all it fits me.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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