Lenovo IdeaPad Y50


Lenovo IdeaPad Y50Notebook: Lenovo IdeaPad Y50 (IdeaPad Y50 Series)
Processor: Intel Core i7 4700HQ
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M 4096 MB
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:9, 1920x1080 pixels, glossy: no
Weight: 2.4kg
Price: 1050 euro
Average Score: 77% - good
Average of 5 scores (from 5 reviews)
price: 80%, performance: 92%, features: 60%, display: 78% mobility: 76%, workmanship: 87%, ergonomy: 83%, emissions: 80%

Reviews for the Lenovo IdeaPad Y50

80% Lenovo IdeaPad Y50 Notebook Review | Notebookcheck
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.
70% Lenovo's latest gaming laptop: lightweight in more ways than one
Source: Techradar English
Save for the screen and somewhat limited computing horsepower, the Lenovo Y50 is a very good package for its $1,519 or £999 (about AU$1,631) price tag. In a field of laptops that focus on filling out an internal spec sheet and stuffing it into a flimsy plastic chassis, the Lenovo Y50 is a breath of fresh air in good design. However, self-ascribed "hardcore" gamers that want a bit more oomph from their total desktop replacement should consider the $1,999 Gigabyte P35W v2. The GTX 870M-backed machine will simply run games better regardless, and it packs better battery battery life too boot.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 08/26/2014
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 80%
70% Lenovo Y50
Source: Laptop Mag English
The Lenovo Y50 delivers a lot of gaming oomph for a relatively inexpensive $1,249. You'll be able to play most titles at smooth frame rates in a handsome and portable 5.4-pound chassis. I also like that this rig delivers more battery life than other gaming notebooks in its class, It's just too bad that the screen on our configuration didn't wow as much as the other specs.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/16/2014
Rating: Total score: 70%
80% Lenovo Y50 Touch
Source: Comp Reviews English
Lenovo's Y50 Touch is a well balanced system that is equally at home when used as a gaming system or as a general purpose performance system. The styling is agressive but not over the top like some gaming laptops on the market. The size and weight are quite good given the level of performance that it has. One downside for some is that it no longer features a DVD drive like past Y series laptops.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/11/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%

Foreign Reviews

85% Lenovo IdeaPad Y50 teszt
Source: Laptopkalauz HU→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/29/2014
Rating: Total score: 85% performance: 100% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 100% emissions: 90%
Ревю на Lenovo Y50 – наследникът на една геймърска легенда
Source: BU→EN
Positive: Impressive size; high performance; beautiful design with aluminum case; JBL stereo speakers; comfortable keyboard. Negative: Not good display colors.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/14/2014



The Lenovo IdeaPad Y50 has a nice brushed metal design that makes it look really nice and professional. Interior wise, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y50 is equipped with an Intel i7 processor with a clocking speed of 3.2GHz. This is more than enough for most users. The secondary graphic card is very impressive as well. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M is one the best graphic cards you can get today. Gamers will be happy with it as even modern games can be played with maximum settings.

The 15.6 inch display is large so that the font and such will not seem too small. It has a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels which is just moderate. There are better screens out there, but the Lenovo IdeaPad Y50’s display is sufficient. The laptop weighs 2.4 kg, making it heavy by today’s standards. However, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y50 is not aimed at mobility.

All in all, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y50 is an excellent entry level laptop for gamers who don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for a high end gaming laptop. It is also apt for casual users provided they are able to accept the lack of mobility.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M: Upper mid-range graphics card from the GeForce GTX 800M series.

These graphics cards are able to play the latest and most demanding games in high resolutions and full detail settings with enabled Anti-Aliasing.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  

4700HQ: Haswell-based quad-core processor clocked at 2.4 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 3.4 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4600 GPU and a dual channel DDR3 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

15.6": 15 inch display-variants are the standard and are used for more than the half of all notebooks. 15.4 inch display with 16:10 are the standard for notebook displays. However nowadays, more and more 16:9 displays with 15.6 inch appear. The reason why so many people like displays with medium size is, that this size is not exhausting for the eyes, does not need too much energy and the laptops can be kept quite compact.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

2.4 kg: This notebook is lighter than the average of all notebooks. It is too heavy for sub-notebooks. 14 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

Lenovo: Lenovo Group Limited is China's largest and the world's fourth largest personal computer manufacturer. Lenovo produces desktops, laptops, servers, handheld computers, imaging equipment, and mobile phone handsets. Lenovo also provides information technology integration and support services, and its QDI unit offers contract manufacturing. Its executive headquarters are located in China and USA. It is incorporated in Hong Kong. Lenovo was formed in 1984 as a spin-off of the Chinese Academy of Sciences new technology unit. The company initially began as a reseller, distributor and later CM for foreign brands, including IBM, entering the Chinese market. In 1990, Lenovo started to manufacture its own PCs and by 1997 became the market leader in China. In 2004, Lenovo bought IBM’s PC business for $1.25billion. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %

Lenovo reviews

77%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2014-05-14 (Update: 2014-05-14)