Average of 5 scores (from 4 reviews)
Reviews for the Lenovo Y40-59423035
Entry-level portable gaming. While Lenovo's Y40 clearly isn't the best choice for hardcore gamers, there's no question that the sleek 14-inch system with its current-generation i7 Haswell CPU, dedicated Radeon GPU and 256 GB SSD has plenty to offer for its $850 asking price, even though the display doesn't quite measure up.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Y40 is a shining example of how to provide value. This 14” gaming notebook excels in most areas even without taking into account its price. Its noteworthy highlights include a 1080p anti-glare display, attractive design, solid construction, good keyboard and clickpad, and usable performance for most of today’s games. It has a class leading six-plus hour battery life and even great speakers. We wish the display was more colorful and had better viewing angles, but found little else to criticize.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/11/2014
Rating: Total score: 70%
With understated features aplenty packed into its hood, the Lenovo Y40 impresses with its sleek design and premium build quality for the price. The Y40 might be the crowning victor among multimedia laptops, but Lenovo is pushing this as a gaming laptop, which simply won't do. If you buy this laptop to play the latest games, you will be frustrated and disappointed with its poor performance. The Y40 is too pricey to fully recommend as a budget multimedia machine, and simply isn't punchy enough to be a sufficient mobile gaming rig.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/24/2014
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 80% performance: 50% features: 60% workmanship: 80%
Source: PC World
All told, Lenovo has done an exceptional job with the Y40. It has the Lenovo-ness (simple design, great input ergonomics) that has won the company legions of fans, it’s fast, and it games well enough for the average player. There’s not a lot more you could ask for in a 14-inch laptop in this price range.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/08/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Laptop Mag
Lenovo continues to impress me with its ability to offer gaming laptops at affordable prices. For $949, shoppers get a sleek-looking 14-inch notebook with solid overall performance and long battery life. However, while the AMD Radeon R9 M275 GPU isn't a lightweight, you won't be fragging or questing at the maximum settings. I also wish the notebook featured a better display and keyboard.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/07/2014
Rating: Total score: 60%
Powered by the 4th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, the Lenovo Y40 introduces itself as an portable entry-level gaming laptop. It is part of the Lenovo Y-series (“Premium Multimedia Laptops”) and has a 14 inch screen. The screen features a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, but lacks in brightness.
The dual-core processor is complemented by an AMD Radeon R9 graphics adaptor, a mid-range graphics card. This graphics adaptor makes it capable of running more demanding games at high resolutions.
Weighing at only 2.0 kg, it houses an SD card slot, an HDMI port, a Gigabit Ethernet, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB 2.0 port, an AC adaptor, a headphone jack, a 4-in-1 card reader and a Kensington Lock on its left and right side, leaving front and back of the Y40 mercifully void and empty of ports. The Lenovo Y40 has its usual problem with the keyboard tray flexing when pressed. The sample pictures on its website may look like the keyboard features a backlight, but the keyboard is just painted red. The multi-touch touchpad operates smoothly with features that can be configured to the user's likings.
The battery is able to last for about eight hours on the WLAN test (normal web-surfing usage). However, when high performance is required, especifically while gaming, the battery life falls.
AMD Radeon R9 M275: Upper middle-class GPU, based on the same chip as its Radeon HD 8870M predecessor.
With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.
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.
Haswell-based ULV dual-core processor clocked at 1.8 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 3.0 GHz. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 4400 and a dual-channel DDR3 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Usually subnotebooks, ultrabooks and quite lightweight laptops with 12-16 inch display-diagonal weigh as much.
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 %
69%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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