Lenovo IdeaPad Y900
Average of 8 scores (from 13 reviews)
Reviews for the Lenovo IdeaPad Y900
A souped-up Y700. The higher-end Y900 feels unique with more features and better craftsmanship than its immediately Y700 predecessor. Unfortunately, its chiclet mechanical keyboard, loud pulsating fans, and high starting price leave a lot to be desired.
The Lenovo Ideapad Y900 is a formidable gaming machine in a well-constructed, sexy design. It’s only serious flaw might be its price tag. You expect to pay more for a gaming laptop, but $2,500 is steep. For that price it could use a graphics boost to the newer Nvidia Pascal GPU, and better battery life.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/11/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
High-end gaming laptops are about showing off as much as they are about getting the most performance from games. The Y900 is no exception, but it trades a little bit of its power for design decisions that are well worth it. That's not to say it isn't a powerful machine, because it definitely is.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/01/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
If you’re looking for a powerful gaming laptop with a mechanical keyboard, you can’t go wrong with the Lenovo Ideapad Y900 — especially with the current 20% discount.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/11/2016
Rating: Total score: 94% price: 90% performance: 100% display: 100% mobility: 85% workmanship: 95%
The Lenovo ThinkPad P50s is a relatively new class of mobile workstation, focusing on a thin and light design and long battery life over desktop replacement performance. Indeed, the P50s went for almost five and a half hours in our battery run-down, an excellent showing for a 15.6-inch notebook.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/27/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%
So it’s here that you have to ask yourself if you think you can use a laptop that weighs 10 lbs and measures nearly 17 inches across as your daily workhorse. If the answer is yes and you’re okay with the price, then the IdeaPad Y900 is a fairly easy recommendation. If the answer is no, then you may want to consider picking up a more mid-range laptop and doing your more intensive gaming at home.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/16/2016
Source: PC Mag
There's no doubt the Y900 is a powerful, full-featured gaming laptop. It's well made, includes extras like mechanical keys with customizable backlighting, added macro keys, and USB-C, and it boasts components capable of smooth gaming at or near the highest settings. The screen is good quality, too, and there's plenty of storage on board. Performance is strong, but the 980M is an expensive component that's now overshadowed by the new 1070 and 1080 cards.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/03/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Computer Shopper
As a result, we wouldn't recommend this Y900 configuration, as we tested it, without some serious discounting, at least below the $2,000 mark. But that’s not to say we think this laptop isn't worthy of consideration. With its excellent display, unique keyboard, and rubberized wrist rest, it looks to be a monster lying in wait—ready to attack as soon as Lenovo gets around to equipping it with GTX 1070 graphics.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/03/2016
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Gear Open
I wish I had a time machine. At $2,426, the Ideapad Y900 offers a sleek redesigned chassis, complete with customizable backlighting for the keyboard. Speaking of the keyboard, Lenovo has delivered a fantastic mechanical keyboard using proprietary switches that offer a real clicky feel. Throw in an Nvidia G-Sync display and an overclockable processor and you’ve got yourself one hell of a laptop. Too bad the graphics card is anchored in the past.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 09/17/2016
Source: Laptop Mag
The Lenovo Ideapad Y900 has a first-of-its-kind clicky keyboard and eye-catching design, but we'd wait for Nvidia's newer GPU before buying.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/16/2016
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Laptop Media
The Lenovo Y900 should be treated as a premium notebook as it is. It falls into the same price category ($1 999 starting price) as the ASUS ROG G752 and Acer Predator 17 holding a few selling points over them but fails to deliver in some cases. For starters, the build quality and design resemble the new Y700 and that’s a good thing. While most of its competitors are using soft-touch matte plastic and metal base (or fiberglass like the Predator 17), Lenovo has resided to the brushed aluminum casing. It surely adds to the overall weight surpassing its competitors, but it sure hell feels rigid and solid. The interior uses rough rubberized finish making it durable and comfortable. Also, the keyboard is mechanical with really good key ergonomics and placement making it a much more desirable choice compared to other models on the market. Unfortunately, though, the anti-ghosting feature that the G752 has, isn’t present here, but probably only big gaming enthusiasts will notice. As for the touchpad, it just feels too Y700-ish. While it’s good enough for a mid-range gaming notebook, it just doesn’t deliver for the higher-end class – it’s stiff and jumpy at times.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/06/2016
Source: Komputerswiat PL→EN
Positive: Comfortable keyboard; good hardware. Negative: High price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/24/2016
Source: PC Lab.pl PL→EN
Positive: Backlit keyboard; nice performance. Negative: High price; short battery life; poor display.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/23/2016
Source: Laptop.bg BU→EN
Positive: Excellent design and amazing build quality; efficient cooling system; excellent image quality (high contrast, brightness, coverage of the sRGB color gamut and accurate color temperature); good connectivity. Negative: The fans are relatively noisy; heavy.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/31/2016
Model: The Lenovo Ideapad Y900 was created for mobile gamers with performance and portability in mind. It combines the mobility of a laptop with the power of the latest Intel processors and a discrete graphics card to stay immersed in the game. The Ideapad Y900 comes with a black aluminium chassis with subtle cross hatching and the cover has a Y insignia, which the company has begun to use to brand its gaming equipment. This laptop the latest Nvidia high-end mobile GPU, the GeForce 980M, and is powered by an sixth-generation Intel Core i7 processor and supports up to 64 GB of DDR4 RAM. That's not more than other gaming laptops offer, but Lenovo can at least keep up with the competition. Lenovo also includes some software-based overclocking with a CPU and RAM speed boost at the touch of a "turbo" button.
The 17.3 inch anti-glare IPS display features a resolution of either 1920 x 1080 or 3840 x 2160 pixels. Moreover, there are a keyboard with customizable backlight, where the user can assign a rainbow of colors to each key. The customizable lighting extends to the rest of the laptop including track lighting around the circumference of the trackpad, a strip above the speaker bar and the "Y logo" on the laptop's screen lid. The sound system consists of a pair of two watt JBL speakers plus a subwoofer and Lenovo has teamed up with Dolby to produce to produce an enhanced surround sound system. Notable accessories included in this model are 720P camera with digital array microphones, 1 x USB 2.0, 3 x USB 3.0, and 4 in 1 card reader.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M:
Fast high-end graphics card based on the Maxwell GM204 chip from the GeForce GTX 900M series.
Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.
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.
6820HK: Skylake-based quad-core processor for notebooks. Offers an integrated HD Graphics 530 GPU and is manufactured in 14 nm.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
This large display size is used for laptops which are mainly intended for an use on a desk.
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.
This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.
Lenovo: Lenovo ( "Le" as in the English word legend and "novo" (Latin) for new) was founded in 1984 as a Chinese computer trading company. From 2004, the company has been the largest laptop manufacturer in China and got the fourth largest manufacturer worldwide after the acquisition of IBM's PC division in 2005. In addition to desktops and notebooks, the company also produces monitors, projectors, servers, etc.
In 2011, Lenovo acquired the majority of Medion AG, a European computer hardware manufacturer. In 2014, Lenovo took over Motorola Mobility, which gave them a boost in the smartphone market.
From 2014 to 2016 Lenovo's market share in the global notebook market was 20-21%, ranking second behind HP. However, the distance decreased gradually. In the smartphone market, Lenovo did not belong to the Top 5 global manufacturers in 2016.
75.59%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
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