This Lenovo Y50 has a Core i7 2.4 GHz processor, 16GB of RAM, GTX 860M W/ 2GB of RAM, 256GB SSD Drive, and a 4K iPS Display. It targets gamers with its great hardware, an awesome keyboard, and sleek design. The sides of the laptop has a headphone and mic ports, a SD Card Reader, USB 2.0, Kensington Lock, a powerjack (in a different location other than from the back or corner), Ethernet port, HDMI, and USB 3.0. Unfortunately, the way that Lenovo has the hard drive partitions setup is poorly executed and there were also a lot of extra programs that was not needed that Lenovo added.
     It is generally large laptop, but is quite lightweight for its size with a great feel for the keyboard. Lenovo’s keyboard is beautiful with its nice red backlight and a great touch for typing. When put to the test in gaming the keyboard stays cool while playing games on high, sounds great, with no overheating. On the other hand, the touchpad is just ok as the multi-touch doesn’t work as well, the touchpad is inconsistent, and you hit the touchpad as you type, which was annoying. On a positive note, the screen looks AMAZING! The 4K iPS display is stunning and perfect with sharp text display, but then again, there is some bleeding of display backlight with some discoloration (which of course can be calibrated). Lenovo says that the display is 60GHz but when you go into the setting the display it is only 48GHz refresh rate compared to the 60GHz.
     Then there is the scaling problem. The Intel and nVIDIA drivers have a big problem working with the display scaling. When gaming it has problems with scaling and puts a tiny display in the middle of the screen with a HUGE black frame around it. In addition the GPU power throttling when on battery power causes HUGE fluctuations in the frame rate. The hardware is great, but the Intel and nVIDIA drivers don’t take advantage of the powerful gaming notebook. There needs to be a driver fix for the scaling problem because it seems that Lenovo and Nvidia have done something to prevent the end-user from updating to the latest Nvidia drivers. There is, however a temporary work around solution you could do by editing some ini or turning off driver signing. All in all it is a good gaming laptop for the casual gamer and other than its defects, this is the perfect laptop for around $1200.



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