The 17-inch Lenovo IdeaPad Y700-17 ($1,164.99 as tested) is a powerful entry-level gaming laptop that can run demanding games smoothly at moderate to high settings, thanks to its Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M graphics card and Intel Core i7 processor.
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 Review! (17 Inch)
The hardware is fast, performing well in our benchmark tests, and it includes plenty of storage in the form of both a traditional spinning hard drive and a solid-state drive (SSD). It also has a wide range of port options, and the sound system, which includes a subwoofer, is impressive.
The much more affordable 15-inch Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series (7559)($799.99 at Dell) remains our Editors' Choice given its excellent performance for the price. Still, the IdeaPad Y700-17 is a strong performer that won't disappoint if you have more room in your budget and want a larger screen.
Design and Features
The IdeaPad Y700-17($799.00 at Lenovo) is large and unwieldy, due to its width, though, it is surprisingly thin.
Its slim form factor is noteworthy, given its heavy-hitting components, but as a gaming machine, you're probably not going to do as much traveling with the IdeaPad as you would with a smaller laptop.
It measures 1.1 by 16.66 by 12 inches (HWD) and weighs 7.9 pounds, which isn't overly heavy, but it's so big and flat that it's cumbersome to carry around. Its dimensions compare favorably with other 17-inch systems like the Asus ROG G752VT-DH72