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Lenovo IdeaPad Y50


Lenovo IdeaPad Y50
Lenovo IdeaPad Y50 (IdeaPad Y50 Series)
Intel Core i7-4700HQ 4 x 2.4 - 3.4 GHz (Intel Core i7)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M - 4 GB VRAM, Core: 1019 MHz, Memory: 5010 MHz, 332.50, Optimus
16 GB 
, Dual-Channel 800 MHz 11-11-11-28
15.60 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel, Chi Mei CMN15C4 (N156HGE-EAB), TN LED, glossy: no
Intel HM86 (Lynx Point)
Western Digital WD10S21X SSHD 1TB + 8GB SSD-Cache, 1000 GB 
, 5400 rpm
Intel Lynx Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
1 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo, Card Reader: 4-in-1 (SD/MMC/SDXC/SDHC)
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit/s), Intel Wireless-AC 3160 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 4.0
height x width x depth (in mm): 23.9 x 387 x 263.4 ( = 0.94 x 15.24 x 10.37 in)
54 Wh Lithium-Ion, 4 Cell
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit
Webcam: 720p
Additional features
Speakers: JBL with Dolby Advanced Audio, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Safety, Warranty, and Setup Guide, Zinio Online Newsstand, Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium 30-day trial, Lenovo Cloud Storage, McAfee Internet Security 30-day trial, Lenovo VeriFace Pro, Lenovo Companion
2.4 kg ( = 84.66 oz / 5.29 pounds), Power Supply: 567 g ( = 20 oz / 1.25 pounds)
1050 Euro



Average Score: 77% - good
Average of 5 scores (from 6 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.
Lenovo Y50 (4K display) review – gaming flagman with super-detailed screen
Source: Laptop Media English version
We’ve already said that the most impressive feature of Y50 is its looks, which, besides representing aggressive design, contributes to the low weight ( for a gaming computer), combined with a slim body. Although the latter does not seem in favor of high frequencies for computing load, the video card holds up well and was able to work at maximum speed for a very long period of time. The screen, with its 282 pixels per inch and 4K resolution, is a big plus if you play light games, but not particularly great if you love the latest titles with heavy graphics. In the latter case, of course, you can simply reduce the resolution, but your heart will hardly allow this, given that you stand before an Ultra HD display.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/10/2015
70% Lenovo's latest gaming laptop: lightweight in more ways than one
Source: Techradar English version
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 version
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 version
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 version
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 version
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.

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

» 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-inch display variants are the standard and are used for more than half of all laptops.

The reason for the popularity of mid-sized displays is that this size is reasonably easy on the eyes, often allows high resolutions and thus offers rich details on the screen, yet does not consume too much power and the devices can still be reasonably compact - simply the standard compromise.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

Lenovo: Lenovo ("Le" from English legend, novo (Latin) for new) was founded in 1984 as a Chinese computer trading company. As of 2004, the company was the largest laptop manufacturer in China and, after acquiring IBM's PC division in 2005, the fourth largest in the world. In addition to desktops and notebooks, the company manufactures monitors, projectors, servers, etc, and specializes in developing, manufacturing and marketing consumer electronics, personal computers, software, enterprise solutions and related services.

In 2016, the company ranked first in the world in computer sales. It still held it in 2023 with about 23% global market share. Important product lines are Thinkpad, Legion and Ideapad.

In 2011, it acquired a majority stake in Medion AG, a European computer hardware manufacturer. In 2014, Motorola Mobility was purchased, which gave Lenovo a boost in the smartphone market.

77%: This rating is not earth-shattering. This rating must actually be seen as average, since there are about as many devices with worse ratings as better ones. A purchase recommendation can only be seen with a lot of goodwill, unless it is about websites that generally rate strictly.

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


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