If in the last year, Lenovo marked the first time participating in the Laptop Gaming market with 2 Y50 and Y70 Touch, this year the company has upgraded the ideapad entertainment line with a more powerful configuration to target the audience. gamer.
The market for gaming laptops in Vietnam is becoming more active with the participation of many manufacturers. A few years ago, if users wanted to own a powerful, highly configurable laptop to be able to "break the virtual world", they had only a few options from Asus, Dell or MSI. Beginning last year, Acer, HP and Lenovo all marked their first steps into Vietnam's gaming laptops with a range of low to high-end models.
The ideapad 700 is Lenovo's latest gaming laptop model just launched in Vietnam at the end of February 2016. The machine inherited the characteristics of the Lenovo Y Series last year with a slim, light and neat design despite the large screen size.
The specific configuration of the Lenovo ideapad 700 in Vietnam includes:
– CPU: 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ Skylake 4-core 4 (Turbo Boost to 3.5 GHz), 6 MB Cache, TDP 45 W.
– RAM: 1 bar of 8 GB DDR4- 2133 MHz Single Channel (2 slots, supports up to 16 GB dual-channel)
– Graphics card: Intel HD Graphics 530 350MHz – 1.05 GHz (integrated), NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M 4GB GDDR3 supports DirectX 12 (removable)
– Screen: 15.6 inch @ IPS Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resists glare, does not support touch
– Hard drive: HDD Western Digital 1 TB @ 5400 rpm
– Connection ports: 1 HDMI port, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB 2.0 port, 1 Kensington lock, 1 USB 3.0 SD and MMC memory card slot, 1 Ethernet LAN port (RJ-45), 1 3.5 mm headphone / mic jack
– Wireless connection: Wi-Fi 802.11ac (supports 2.4 & 5 GHz band), Bluetooth 4.0
– Operating system: Free DOS
– Other utilities: 720p Webcam, Full Size keyboard with backlight, Num Pad, JBL Stereo Dolby Home Theater speaker
– Size: 384 x 265 x 22.7 mm
– Weight: 2.3 kg
– Battery: 6 cell (built-in for removable)
– Genuine price: VND 23 million, 2-year global warranty, with M600 Gaming Mouse mouse (VND 900,000), external DVD burner.
Lenovo ideapad 700 inherits a slim, compact design from its predecessor with a weight of only 2.3Kg and a minimum thickness of only 22.7mm despite a screen size of up to 15.6 inches. The device proved to be slimmer and significantly lighter than the Dell Inspiron 15 7559 (2.57Kg, 25.3mm) that the new VnReview recently experienced. Thanks to this advantage, the machine can be easily carried with you, fit in medium-sized laptop bags that are not too cumbersome, entangled.
This laptop is still covered with black paint as the main component but instead of using scratched metal materials like on the Y Series, the machine switches to smooth plastic materials to feel good but quite clinging to fingerprints and graves foul. The two diagonal lines that were slightly rough on the Y50 and Y70 Touch last year were also removed, making the ideapad 700 somewhat "gentle", no personality and no pitfalls with the men.
The "meekness" of the 700s also shows through details such as radiator slots, keyboard area, loudspeaker system is no longer picky and red black color stands out as the predecessor generation. Perhaps, Lenovo still wants the Y Series to become laptops for hard core gamers and the 700 ideapad will be suitable for the majority of gamers including "newbie".
It doesn't seem like a gaming laptop's bunker, but the 700 ideapad is still solid and sturdy thanks to the carefully crafted parts of the case, joints. There is no bit of loose, creaking when opening and closing the screen, or when pressing hard on the upper shell. The radiator slots are also arranged logically in the back and bottom edges, which helps the hot air escape better but does not cause discomfort to the user even when placing the machine on the lap.
The number of connection ports on the device is also quite adequate for the common connection needs with 3 USB ports (2 ports on the right must be USB 3.0), HDMI port, LAN, memory card reader, audio combo jacks . However, the space available on the two sides of the device is still pretty much and if Lenovo is "generous" to equip one or two more USB ports or VGA ports, it will be more convenient to connect to peripheral devices. like projectors, keyboards, mice, external hard drives.
Left side ideapad 700 with Kensington lock slot, power, USB 2.0 port, USB 3.0 standard memory card reader, headphone jack, activation button for Lenovo Onekey Recovery system backup / restore
Next to the machine has 2 more USB 3.0 ports, HDMI port, LAN port
The 700 ideapad also comes with a removable DVD burner connected by USB port
Similar to last year's Y50 model, the ideapad 700 also has a 15.6-inch screen with Full HD resolution, bringing a pixel density of about 141 PPI. The point is that the screen on the screen is upgraded to high-class IPS, not the cheap TN on most laptops today. The viewing angles and colors of IPS panels are always superior to the experimental conditions. Thanks to that, the display quality of the 700s is much better.
Most noticeable is the color of the screen is quite fresh, high contrast, good brightness, especially the wide viewing angle. Color, brightness, contrast are only slightly changed when viewed from the top or bottom and the left and right corners. Full HD resolution is no longer too strange for devices such as smartphones or tablets but on this laptop element is still "rare" and helps Ideapad 700 display crisp and detailed.
The viewing angle of the 700 ideapad is very good even at difficult angles like from the top down …
… or from the bottom up
In addition to using a dazzling, anti-glare screen instead of a mirror screen, the Ideapad 700 can display well in a variety of environmental conditions, even when strong light hits the screen. However, the screen of 700 ideapad is quite heavy and some colors such as blue, red, pink have not shown well.
When measuring the screen of the 700 ideapad with software and specialized devices, the results received match the visual experience. The 700 ideapad has a maximum brightness of nearly 300 nit, good contrast, good black visibility. Only color accuracy and color temperature are poor.
Screen measurement results of Ideapad 700 compared to Lenovo Y70 and Y50
The Lenovo ideapad 700 color space table. The squares are standard color spots, while the dot is the actual color. It can be seen that the color space of the machine is much skewed in blue, pink and red.
Similar to the Y Series, the ideapad 700 is also equipped with JBL speakers with 2 satellite speakers arranged in two corners of the computer just below the screen but the subwoofer part at the bottom of the device has been removed. The design of the speakers is also fine-tuned so that the sound is directed at the user's ear when used, while closing the lid, the sound is not blocked too much.
The speaker system is located close to the screen hinge, making sound sound directly into the user's ear
Smart design helps to close the lid when the sound is not blocked too much
The speaker is also equipped with Dolby Home Theater technology to optimize the sound for specific situations such as listening to music, playing games or watching movies, simulating surround sound and allowing fine-tuning of sound through software . The practical experience shows that, when the Dolby Audio feature is turned on, the volume of the 700 ideapad is much greater, the sound is also more vivid and detailed thanks to the surround sound emulation effect, but the high-pitched range will be slightly harsh when turn on the speaker at the maximum volume.
The included Dolby Audio software helps fine tune the sound as you like
The volume of this speaker is not too big but it can completely fill a space like a living room or bedroom with an area of 15 to 20 square meters. Due to the absence of a subwoofer, the bass of the 700 ideapad is no longer as powerful and impressive as on the Y50 and Y70. In return, the middle range has a good thickness and detail.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The keyboard on the 700 ideapad is still Lenovo's typical AccuType with separate keys and a rounded edge underneath to give a better feel to the finger. The wide area keys are integrated with a white backlight with 2 different brightness levels to make the use in low light conditions more convenient. Besides, due to the large size, the ideapad 700 also includes the Numpad number pad to enter numeric data faster. Function key cluster such as volume up and down, screen brightness can be used immediately without holding down the Fn key.
The keyboard of the 700-sized ideapad has a Numpad numeric keypad
The keyboard also has a backlight with 2 light levels, handy for the night
However, because to ensure the thinness of the camera body, the keyboard of the machine has low bounce, the key stroke is quite short, so the feeling is not "already" when typing and playing games. The right Shift key and the arrow key cluster are also shortened, located in the Num Pad section, so it is easy to type if you are familiar with the Desktop keyboard style.
Thanks to the large body, Lenovo has enough space to design the palm rest and touchpad with ample space. Smooth touchpad surface, grip to bring comfort when manipulating. Touchpad of 700 ideapad has high sensitivity, good feedback, supports many convenient multi-point operations for Windows 10 such as: 2-finger scroll, zoom, press 2 fingers on the touchpad to open the right-click menu, press 3 fingers to call Cortana, 4 fingers to activate Action Center, swipe 3 to left / right to quickly switch between windows or swipe 3 fingers up / down to show the Task Swtich interface or return to the Desktop … Overall If you only need to browse the web, edit the text, the touchpad of the 700 ideapad can completely respond without the need for an external mouse.
The touchpad of the ideapad 700 supports many optimized multi-point operations for Windows 10
The touchpad of the 700 is good, but if you play a game, a mouse will be very necessary because the touchpad can not meet the complicated operations when you "deploy", combat or want to headshot the opponent. Perhaps that is why, Lenovo has included the ideapad 700 a dedicated mouse. A special feature is that this is not a common mouse, but a gaming mouse with a very pitiful design and lots of "play" features.
The mouse with the 700 ideapad is called M600 and is also produced by Lenovo itself. Its design is rich in gaming with a lot of strong angles, typical red and black color combination, extremely dangerous "dangerous" LED lights, lots of buttons can be customized and especially there are weights. let you change the weight as you like. Even USB connection cable is the type of cable that is twisted with black and red against anti-tangle. The gold-plated USB connector and the cable also have an anti-interference device.
The accompanying mouse also has a "weight" to change your weight if you want
The feeling of controlling the M600 is "quite". The mouse has a reasonable weight, compacted, medium size suitable for people with not too big hands. The buttons, grooves are arranged scientifically for easy operation, increasing the ability to control the mouse in situations that require quick processing when playing games. The most useful is the quick-adjust DPI sensitivity button and the corresponding LED array to quickly change the hover speed to match the contact surface or game genre. The Back / Forward button and 2 volume up and down buttons on the left side are also convenient when browsing the web, watching videos, listening to music.
Besides, there is a multi-click key next to the right mouse button with the effect that just one click, you can "discharge" all the ammunition or perform combat as fast as the wind. Underneath these keys, Lenovo says it uses Omron's high-end switch that has a lifespan of up to 5 million clicks, ensuring durability. All 9 buttons on the M600 can assign custom functions and macros, including two left and right mouse buttons.
In addition, there is a lot of customization available through Lenovo gaming Mouse software.
The merit of the configuration of the ideapad 700 is the Intel Core i7-6700HQ Skylake 2.5 GHz processor (6M Cache, can Turbo Boost to 3.5 GHz) and 8GB DDR4- 2133 MHz RAM. These two parameters help the machine to handle all tasks well, run many heavy applications such as video editing, image editing smoothly.
However, the discrete graphics of the ideapad 700 are just GeForce GTX 950M 4GB GDDR3, and HDD 5400 rpm with 1TB capacity. These factors contribute to "hindering" the power of the 700s, making the device start up applications not yet fast and only play the latest games today in Full HD resolution with a medium or low setting. If you want to play at a higher graphics setting, you must lower the resolution to below 1600×900.
Assassin's Creed Syndicate All Low 1600×900 resolution, anti-aliasing, Vsync off, frames ranging from 35-40fps
Batman: Arkham Knight 1366×768 resolution Low level, anti-aliasing, Vsync off, frame stable at 30fps
Call of Duty: Black Ops III Full HD resolution, Render 1152×648 level, frames range from 65-75fps
Graphic settings of Call of Duty: Black Ops III on the 700 ideapad
Rally Full HD resolution Rally, most important graphics settings are Medium or Low, frames range from 70-85fps
Set of graphics of DiRT Rally
GTA V Full HD resolution, most settings from Normal to High, Vsync off, frame stable at 60fps
Graphics set of GTA V
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt resolution of 1366×768, most of the setting at Low, the frame ranges from 30-40fps
Graphics set of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The measured performance of the 700 ideapad through familiar system performance evaluation software such as PCMark 8, 3Dmark is not as high as the one Lenovo Y70 Touch and Y50 The previous generation due to GTX 950M GDDR3 graphics card is weaker than GTX 860M GDDR5 on 2 laptops last year. When compared to the car Dell Inspiron 15 7559 (Core i5-6300 HQ, GTX 960M 4 GB GDDR5, 8 GB DDR3), Lenovo ideapad 700 is stronger at CPU processing but weaker in graphics processing capabilities.
Score measuring graphics processing capability of 700 ideapad using 3D Mark software
Measuring point of general processing ability of the whole system with PC Mark software
The hard drive speed of the ideapad 700 when measured by Crystal Disk Mark is also slightly lower than that of the Y50, Y70 and Dell Inspiron 15 7559 due to the fact that it is just a normal HDD, while the other laptops use the still-speed SHDD hard drive 5400 rpm but there is an additional 8GB SSD as a buffer to speed up when needed.
Compared to Lenovo Y50 and Y70 Touch, the cooling system of the 700 ideapad has many similarities but has been tweaked to be more reasonable. The heat sink slots are still placed on the bottom of the machine and the rear edge, but the heat sink slot on the screen hinge has been removed so that no heat is added to the monitor cable. A heat sink on the underside and right side has a cool air intake effect, while the right slot pushes the hot air out. Hot air will also escape under the radiator slot arranged in the back edge so that the heat does not reach the user too much even when placing the laptop on the lap.
700 ideapad works pretty cool, smooth during use. Surfing the web seamlessly, watching YouTube movies or videos in about 3 hours only makes this laptop a little warmer, the fan almost doesn't make a sound. If you switch to heavy gaming, the new device starts to heat up, concentrating the most in the Enter key area, the fan also screams louder but still at an acceptable level, not annoying.
When testing Lenovo Ideapad's operating temperature with AIDA64 software for the entire system from CPU, hard drive, RAM, GPU, operating at a maximum of 100% for almost 1 hour, the average CPU temperature is 92.3 At Celsius, the average temperature of the hard drive is about 39.3 degrees Celsius and the discrete graphics card is 79 degrees Celsius. This result shows that the temperature of the hard drive and graphics card are good, only CPU is a bit high.
With gaming laptops, the battery life is difficult to ensure by high configuration, large screen is too energy consuming. With testing to work in Balanced mode in Windows 10, screen brightness at about 70%, volume 70%, turn off the Wi-Fi connection and continuously play a Full HD movie. The time recorded from the time the device is 100% battery until the alarm goes and 10% battery is 3 hours 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, with testing game FIFA 16, screen brightness is still around 70%, 70% volume, turn off Wifi connection. The time recorded from the time the device is 100% battery until the machine automatically turns off is 1 hour 15 minutes.
In addition, with normal use conditions including browsing with Chrome with about 20 tabs, writing text, watching videos on YouTube, the device is still in Balanced energy mode in Windows 10, screen brightness is about 60%, negative 50% amount. Lenovo Ideapad 700 can last for more than 2 hours, then report 10% battery life. If the Power Saver mode of Windows 10 is turned on, it can be used continuously for about 3 hours.
This is an average battery life, equivalent to the two Lenovo Y50 and Y70 Touch we have tested. The charger comes with the 20V – 6.75A output, which takes about 2 hours to fully charge the battery.
With a price of 23 million dong, Lenovo ideapad 700 will compete with rivals MSI GE60, Dell Inspiron 7447, Asus GL552VX or HP Star Wars Special Edition. The strength of the entertainment laptop from Lenovo is beautiful screen, good sound, high-end processor Intel Core i7 Skylake and DDR4 RAM type for high performance and computing performance, cool running machine, smooth, mouse quality. However, the 700 ideapad still has limitations in the design that are not "gentle" even though it is quite light, yet there is no personality required for gaming and entertainment laptop models. Keyboard easy to stick words, inconvenient to type quickly, play games. The graphics card is a bit weak and doesn't meet the high setting at the Full HD resolution of the screen and doesn't have a licensed Windows operating system installed.