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Lenovo Y50 4K (59425943) Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7 4700HQ (2.40GHz) 16GB Memory 256GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M 2GB 15.6" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

  • Intel Core i7 4700HQ (2.40GHz)
  • 16GB Memory 256GB SSD
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M 2GB
  • 3840 x 2160
  • Windows 8.1 64-Bit
  • External DVD+/-RW
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  • Joshua S.
  • 10/19/2014 8:38:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot worth the money

This review is from: Lenovo Y50 4K (59425943) Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7 4700HQ (2.40GHz) 16GB Memory 256GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M 2GB 15.6" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: Laptop performs very well. For the price, the hardware included is relatively better than most. That's about the only pros.

The audio is amazing. I love it. Without a doubt this laptop has the best audio system I've ever heard on a laptop.

Cons: Let's see:

1. The 'recovery disk' that you have to make (none included) will *not* let you reinstall the OS if the internal hard drive were to fail or you delete the recovery partition. Totally unacceptable for a product like this to not allow the end user to replace the hard drive when (not if) it fails. And for "only" $70. Sorry, but the laptop will go back to Newegg before I play that game. I'm not going to spend money for a laptop that includes the OS and then be nickeled and dimed for something that should have come either in the box, for free on request, or allow you to make yourself.

In essence, don't even consider replacing the hard drive in this laptop. You can't. Ever. Be it because the SSD wears out or because you want something bigger. In my case I bought a much larger SSD and I can't even use that SSD because of Lenovo. Literally the one thing that *should* be upgradeable in the laptop... isn't!

2. The screen is very nice. Unfortunately, many (and I mean many) programs do not take well to the higher resolution. I had to upsize the fonts and such so I could read the text in the OS better. But a bunch of programs don't behave at all. Asking Microsoft about this they say it has to do with the video driver implementation. In particular vSphere client is very broken if you upsize at all. It's unusable.

3. The battery is NOT replaceable in the future. I confirmed this on the phone with support. The battery is apparently glued into the chassis (I tried to remove it just to get a part number in case I need to replace it in a couple of years).

Other Thoughts: I buy a new laptop every 3-4 years. I don't go cheap and I take good care of them. As this is my first Lenovo product, and Lenovo is supposed to be tier 1, their support for their own products is garbage The fact that there is no way to reinstall the OS without paying for recovery disks is disgusting.

If you check out their community forums many people are complaining about this "limitation". The community was pretty friendly and helpful. Unfortunately the end result was "no, you can't do what you want to do" (replace the SSD with a bigger one).

Literally, I've spent about 15 work-hours on this. Literally, the time I spent on this laptop so far, if converted to my hourly wages, exceeds the total cost of the laptop. At this point Lenovo should be ashamed because I could have easily spent $2000 on a laptop that I know for 100% fact comes with recovery DVDs included!

Sadly, I will be returning this laptop unless I can figure out how to get this to do what I want. 256GB is too small and the options for how to install something bigger just aren't there.

I will post an update if there is a "happy ending" to this.

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  • Sarah S.
  • 10/16/2014 6:32:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: Lenovo Y50 4K (59425943) Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7 4700HQ (2.40GHz) 16GB Memory 256GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M 2GB 15.6" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: Insanely fast boot speed (both Windows 8 and Ubuntu). Text on a 4k screen is pleasant to read. Payday 2 runs excellent at 1080p resolution. Soft-touch plastic for the keyboard area. Great overall value. Fairly slim chassis for a gaming machine.

Cons: Yellow appears washed out on the screen; bad enough that I almost returned the laptop for it (I got used to it instead). The mechanical button part of the touchpad is useless; you need to get used to tap-to-click. Only 3 USB ports. Sadly, does not play Payday 2 smoothly at 4k.

Other Thoughts: Works great with Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS fully patched (versions prior to 14.04 won't boot without some tricks, and the latest patches fix a wifi bug). Civilization V on Ubuntu is perty.

Prepare for postage-stamp sized windows wherever scaling isn't supported (I don't consider this a con because this is a software issue and should get better with time.)

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  • Dillon J.
  • 10/3/2014 9:28:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsThe Tech World Just Isn't Ready...

This review is from: Lenovo Y50 4K (59425943) Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7 4700HQ (2.40GHz) 16GB Memory 256GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M 2GB 15.6" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: Extremely good hardware, All SSD storage is nice, the gpu is pretty good for a lapop, the 4k screen is indeed 4k witha very nice display, asthetically pleasing to say the least.

Cons: So even though the resolution is 4k you will be using a lot of your loved programs (photoshop, sony vegas...) in 1080p, which would be fine but instead of taking up your whole screen and being a bit blurry it takes up a quater which is just not going to be productive on a 15.6 in laptop. Games can't really be played because of the high resolution and lower Hz frequency. Initially bough it for schoolwork, graphic design, and video production. But I can only do school work due to the screen problems. Still looking for a fic to resize these programs.

Other Thoughts: The hardware is really good, just not the software. Maybe lenovo is just ahead of its time haha

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  • Mike H.
  • 9/26/2014 12:24:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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5 out of 5 eggsUpgrade Intel and Nvidia Video Drivers!

This review is from: Lenovo Y50 4K (59425943) Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7 4700HQ (2.40GHz) 16GB Memory 256GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M 2GB 15.6" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: Covered the pros and cons in previous review

Cons: Covered pros and cons in previous review

Other Thoughts: Make sure to upgrade the Intel and Nvidia drivers. They are both quite old (version 10.x vs 15.x for the Intel card).

http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/detect/graphics

The laptop doesn't have the software installed to notify you that graphics driver updates are available. Big difference after updating.

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  • Jill B.
  • 9/10/2014 5:47:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsDat Display Though

This review is from: Lenovo Y50 4K (59425943) Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7 4700HQ (2.40GHz) 16GB Memory 256GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M 2GB 15.6" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: -THAT DISPLAY. It's SO crisp. Colors are gorgeous, viewing angles are basically infinite.
-CPU and GPU are pretty strong as well. I don't play a lot of super demanding games, but the ones I mainly play (Counter-Strike: GO and League of Legends) are easily playable at 4K maxed out (save for antialiasing)
-Keyboard is SO good. Layout is perfect, tactile feedback is perfect.
-The speakers are extremely good for a laptop, they fill my room almost completely when maxed out, and don't clip too badly.
-Price. 4k+i7+860m for less than $1,400? pls

Cons: -48hz lock. This is mildly annoying. The screen is locked at 48hz, no matter what resolution you're at, which could really hurt gaming. With that being said, in my ~15 hours of playtime so far, I haven't once thought "This refresh rate sucks, I wish I was on my desktop". I'll trade 12hz for 4 times the pixel count any day of the week.
-Battery could be longer, but I knew that coming in, so I'm not complaining. I can get about 3 hours surfing the web, and 1 hour gaming on dedicated GPU
-Some apps don't scale well with 4k. In some apps the text doesn't scale very well, making it blurry to read. It's not a huge deal, but it is there.

Other Thoughts: I am extremely happy with this purchase, and would've definitely made it again. If you can see past the battery and 48hz, then it's one of the best gaming laptops out there, in my opinion, especially for the price point.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/6/2014 12:13:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt has all the power I could get for $1250

This review is from: Lenovo Y50 4K (59425943) Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7 4700HQ (2.40GHz) 16GB Memory 256GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M 2GB 15.6" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: has great processing power for a laptop, after updating the nvidia drivers my fps for minecraft went up from 30 to 100. weird but it works now. 16 g of ram is awesome and the gtx 860m isn't the best but It can run high on most games. skyrim on 4k is awesome

Cons: dpi scaling is funny. on a window that you can't increase the size your stuck with a 1 in by 2 in window

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  • Yao W.
  • 9/1/2014 5:35:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice

This review is from: Lenovo Y50 4K (59425943) Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7 4700HQ (2.40GHz) 16GB Memory 256GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M 2GB 15.6" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: Got it on labor sales price around $1350 including tax/delivery. Cost is close to same as refurb price selling auction sites for similar spec. Didn't even pay shipping and still got it 3rd day in CA.

Sleek black on red trim keyboard is definitely eye catching. The factor Lite-on SSD drive is slightly faster than PNY aftermarket based on benchmark. The included slim dvd writer matches the red/black design, which is also nice because most of ultrabooks don't include it.

16GB - dump game file into disk ram, game load is near instant. Just didn't like copying/updating image wait time to ram drive during boot/shutdown, small sacrifice. Fan noise and speakers are awesome compared to my previous Asus, quiet when not on game mode.

4K IPS monitor (non touch) spec is insane for this price range, although you're not going to able to read anything from 15" unless you have 40/40 vision. Intel WIDI built in, I use widi adapter in place of apple TV mirror feature, slightly cheaper.

Energy management - I plan to use this as desktop replacement, need long plugged duration which can kill the battery. Lenovo has dedicated APCI function that with 1 click, can charge to 60% to prevent over charging to stretch battery life. That's cool, haven't seen those feature in other brands.

The best part is the main attraction on GTX 860M. Frame rate is 90% range of the more expensive 870, this is one of best value gamer laptop, light weight, for the price range.

Cons: Folks complain about the monitor, off color, etc for TN panels. I saw some youtube illustration, this is why I got 4K IPS version. Then folks complain about most apps are not 4K ready on rendering, blurred issue. I did experience some blur even after switching back to 1080p, for example Chrome intermittently redraw but blur on text here and there. I just switch text size back to normal instead of medium, fix the browsing problem. If you bought this for gaming, which is what's targeted for, most games will scale and render the pixels to whatever fits the monitor / OS configuration, not a real show stopper. If there's any problem by design, it's more software based, those can be fixed by patch or version upgrade in due time. It's not a con, but price of paying for bleeding edge technology on 4K.

Finger print, yes it's annoying. Everytime I open the screen, then I see the dark shadow on spit shine surface, feels like I'm dirty person. As long as I'm not selling the laptop, no one cares, you can clean it monitor cleaner. Not worth time to think about.

Usable disk size. It's kinda suck for the OEM to hog 25GB on apps/driver partition, and few other under optimized allocation where user usable space is mere 195GB, not 256GB as advertised. But never in my history of laptops use more than 70GB on boot drive, most on my data is on 2TB backup drive, again not that important.

Bloat ware - it's not terrible like HPs, junk tangent games, etc. It got few, but prepare to spend 20-30 minutes to uninstall/reboot.

Lack of native docking support like T series. Most don't have dedicated docks nowadays due to demand/cost, just a matter of wishlist than con.

Keyboard heat, some reviewer complained, yes the CPU is right under it, making hot spot on the center during high load. If you rely gaming on keyboard, and uses lot of custom keys around center, you're not going to be comfortable after an hour. I don't know any gamer uses touch pad for gaming, it's not that stretch to get dedicated keyboard to offload the wear/tear. But for daily office/browsing/emails/youtube/neflix, there's really no heat issue, it's quiet and cool enough that your finger won't get fizzled.

Other Thoughts: I think designer / companies need to rethink making 4K resolution on 15" display for mainstream, or maybe just not possible even for 17".

Otherwise, for the current price/comparison, it's the best value on brand new item for hobbyist gamer category.

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  • Jeremiah P.
  • 8/31/2014 9:00:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Laptop

This review is from: Lenovo Y50 4K (59425943) Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7 4700HQ (2.40GHz) 16GB Memory 256GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M 2GB 15.6" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: Let's start. What I do like about this laptop is many things.
Firstly, the look and design of the laptop really appeals to me. I love the red backlit keys, and everyone I know seems to think they are awesome as well.
The screen, despite what people say, looks fine to me. 4K display is pretty awesome.

Cons: Fingerprints are seen easily, but rub them away with a microfiber and you're fine. Or don't; truly it doesn't matter unless you just ate greasy food.
The yellows are a bit mustard-ish. But there are some ICC profiles and people have listed what to do to calibrate it. I did that, and the screen looks great.

Other Thoughts: Windows sucks at rendering the 4K display on apps that aren't coded for it. Origin displays extremely tiny, Steam is slightly blurry, etc. Not a con of the laptop, but a con of Windows at the moment.

People are rating this laptop harshly, and it does not deserve it.
A 48hz locked display? Oh well, this is a gaming laptop. Do you expect extremely high fps? Unless you're running a game with low graphics settings. Turn on v-sync and it'll stay 48hz, and I don't notice a different between 48fps and 60fps.

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  • Muhammad H.
  • 8/30/2014 1:13:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPerfect Laptop

This review is from: Lenovo Y50 4K (59425943) Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7 4700HQ (2.40GHz) 16GB Memory 256GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M 2GB 15.6" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: Awesome Display
Plenty of RAM and Processing power
Fast Wifi (Compared to models on Lenovo website with AC 3160)
Powerful Graphics Card
Responsive touchpad
Runs very cool

Cons: Yellows and greens on the screen are a little off, and need calibration
Screen refresh rate limited to 48 Hz

Other Thoughts: This 4k screen is awesome for normal usage, better than retina display. There is some issue with yellow and green color reproduction. But is does not bother me that much. Also windows 8.1 has issues with 4k scaling but these issues can be calibrated easily. Fan clicking noise, present in FHD models, is not present in this model, at least for my laptop. Apart from this, the laptop is flawless and very powerful. Great performance for this price.

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  • Jimmy Z.
  • 8/29/2014 5:48:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat specs but still not ready

This review is from: Lenovo Y50 4K (59425943) Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7 4700HQ (2.40GHz) 16GB Memory 256GB SSD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M 2GB 15.6" Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: - Came in the mail 1 day after ordering
- Great specs with a 256GB SSD, i7, 16GB of RAM, and GTX 860M
- High resolution screen

Cons: - Trackpad was not installed tightly and wobbled every time I used it
- Off-center trackpad is annoying when you type with the laptop on a slightly raised desk. My palm always swipes it by accident and I end up on a different screen
- Windows 8.1 is not ready for 4k display. Almost everything appeared really blurry.
- Fingerprint magnet!!

Other Thoughts: Plays DotA 2 on max settings at 1080 with 100+ fps which is amazing if you link this up to a 1080 monitor. At 4K resolution I get about 40 fps on max settings. If you really want this laptop, I suggest getting the one with the 1080 screen and SSD.

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