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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" 4K Windows 8.1 64-Bit

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M 2GB
  • Intel Core i7 4700HQ (2.40GHz)
  • 16GB Memory 256GB SSD
  • 15.6" 4K 3840 x 2160
  • Windows 8.1 64-Bit
  • 15.24" x 10.37" x 0.94" 5.29 lbs.
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Cherise F.
  • 4/25/2015 7:08:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsUpdate your Nvidia drivers and set resolution to 1080p

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" 4K Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: Very capable and snappy laptop once you get all the settings sorted out. Beautiful screen. Keyboard is pleasant to type on and keys have good weight/bounce. Numpad does not get in the way. Intuitive placement of pgup/dn/home/end keys. I like the red illumination. Great sound for a laptop. Plays most modern games at reasonable quality/framerates. Slick-looking.

Cons: Nonfunctional NVidia drivers out of the box. There is a CPU bottleneck that causes everyday applications that do not use hardware rendering--for example, any Internet browser, even Chrome--to lag and clip terribly when scrolling. The screen is relatively small for a 4K display and as such many buttons are tiny in applications and web pages that don't scale them. Solution: set the default resolution to 1080p and leave it. Use 4K for gaming only, where the GPU will be doing all the work. The screen displays 1080p perfectly well with no fuzziness or pixelation, all buttons and text, scaled or not, are a usable size, and you won't miss the extra space. Save the high-res for games.

Other Thoughts: Be aware that you absolutely will have to update your video drivers, or the discrete video will not be engaged for games or anything else. Once you have updated the drivers, be sure to go into the NVidia control panel and under Management, set the global settings to always use high-performance. This will NOT cause the system to use the NVidia care exclusively, but it will enable it for games and anything else that calls for 3D rendering (Integrated graphics will still do all the lightweight stuff). Once you have the video drivers updated, the global video settings configured and, your default resolution set to 1080p, you should be golden.

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  • Daniel M.
  • 4/8/2015 6:22:49 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNice screen and Hardware. Sub-par chassis.

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" 4K Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: Very capable hardware. The extra ram gives peace of mind. The processor and video card work great. Third party software has caught up to the 4k screen over time.

Cons: After 9-months the hinge/plastic screen bezel is having problems. I first notices a bit of light-bleed, which I pinned down to the plastic bezel/etc. flexing away from the hinge. It's as if the hinge is too tight for for however the screen is attached to the hinge. Now the plastic bezel catches against the body when opening and I have to use an old plastic gift card to shimmy the screen open. Not acceptable.

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  • Monte H.
  • 4/1/2015 10:27:05 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood laptop, some problems

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" 4K Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: The laptop is leap years ahead of the homebrew desktop rig I had, which was running on 5-6 year old parts. It could run Team Fortress 2 alright, but on medium or low graphics. With this particular model of Y50 I could run it on ultra, after some annoying tweaking.

I'm able to play XCOM: Enemy Within, Civilization 5, and Saints Row 4 at full settings, but again I had to do some tweaking to make the framerate not be a choppy mess. (See Other Thoughts for how to fix this)

I haven't been able to take the laptop to a LAN party, but I would imagine it is a lot better than the 8 year old laptop I was using before. The Y50 is very light in comparison.

Cons: The Y50 comes with some settings that can be annoying. Fortunately, there are some fixes (see Other Thoughts).

The most notable is the inability to prioritize the pricey NVIDIA card I paid for. The Y50 would automatically use the Intel integrated graphics instead of the NVIDIA, causing a drastic loss in framerate and resulting in frustration.

There is also a somewhat related problem with the display having such a high resolution that you need a magnifying glass to see icons. To change the Windows Scaling Level causes some games to not function (for example, Starcraft 2's mouse cursor disappears above Medium).

I wish the hard drive was twice as large, but I suppose that's what external hard drives are for.

A more minor problem is that the Y50 sometimes takes 5 minutes to shut off completely, but it's a simple fix.

Other Thoughts: I like my Y50, but it does need some tender care and stern clicking around some settings to make it completely workable.

1. To fix the graphics problem, you'll need to do some legwork.

Open up Control Panel, switch to Large Icons, and look for NVIDIA Control Panel. Open that up. Under 3D Settings, click on Manage 3D Settings. Under Global Settings, find Preferred Graphics Processor. Click on that and select the High-Performance NVIDIA Processor. Apply settings and press OK.

The second part to the graphics problem is to go to the NVIDIA website and download the latest drivers, as I do not believe Lenovo automatically updates them. Easiest way is to use the auto-detect, let them find your card, and install.

Boot up your favorite performance-demanding game, crank up them settings, and see if that works for you.

2. The easiest way I've found to deal with the display-related problems is to just get an external monitor. I have a 27in or so one I use, and use the Y50 for internet browsers. I haven't had the need to play only on the Y50 screen, so I'm not sure if the fix in #1 carries over to one's display woes.

3. If your Y50 takes a very long time to shutdown, check to see if Turn on Fast Startup is on. Right-click your Battery icon, click Power Options, look at the blue text on the left and click on Choose what the power buttons do, and scroll to the bottom. Uncheck Turn on Fast Startup. Apply changes, and test shutting down. If this doesn't do it, I don't know what will.

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  • Antoine N.
  • 3/29/2015 5:24:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsFast Speed but not able to switch video card.

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" 4K Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: Fast, speedy, SSD, light weight.

Cons: I had to downgrade to Windows 7 64bit as some older games did not run on Win8. Enable switchable video card in bios. Can not install original Nvidia driver but new Nvidia driver will install. However, not able to switch to Nvidia video card in Nvidia control panel. Gives the option to switch but still does not work.

Other Thoughts: Great laptop but just cannot get it to switch it to Nvidia video card, which was the main reason I bought the laptop. Currently using intel integrated graphic..not so good for gaming tho.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/29/2015 9:58:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsTerrible warranty

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" 4K Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: Good performance, nice for gaming.

Cons: See my other thoughts below. The warranty service on this machine is poor.

Other Thoughts: I wanted to love this computer. I bought it for my son for Christmas. I have always had good luck with Lenovo laptops in the corporate world. This one has been a huge problem. After about a month, the internal hinge on the lid popped the case and broke the plastic. The entire lid fell apart. It was clear that the internal hinge was too tight and leveraged the lid apart.

I contacted Lenovo and they said because it was damage to the case that it is automatically the customers fault and I had to pay for the repair. The computer was six weeks old! I argued to no avail and sent the computer into Texas for repair. A week later I got another call saying the computer wouldn't be repaired unless I paid another $120 because it was user induced damage. What! My son opened the lid and it broke.

Warning. If you are going to buy this computer, but it with some kind of extra warranty since Lenovo doesn't stand behind their products.

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  • daniel m.
  • 1/13/2015 11:32:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsResolution too high for Adobe programs

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" 4K Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: I like everything about this computer except for its "gamer" design.

Cons: The 4k resolution, just like the high-res of the toshiba kirabook, makes the computer uselss for anyone using Adobe Creative Cloud / Suite programs. No amount of trickery with monitor resolution, text sizes, and ui font sizes would make for a good accross the machine viewing experience. The text is so tiny in photoshop that I had to be about 10" away from the screen.

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  • ANDREW B.
  • 1/6/2015 8:55:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSolid machine with a few minor buts...

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" 4K Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: 4k, ssd, solid video card, 16gig mem. Basically the specs for the price - about 1k

Cons: Yellows are iffy and a tremendous amount of bloatware. Frankly, I've never seen so much junk preinstalled.

Other Thoughts: I've only had it for a couple of days and have been busy cleaning out the unnecessary software. Unlike one of the reviewers earlier, who wiped the sys and did a clean load, I am not really willing to go that route just looking to free up some of the prime SSD real estate and cut down on sys resource usage.
Once I get it in full operational mode I will update the review with the newer findings

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  • Mark B.
  • 1/2/2015 12:31:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwsome

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" 4K Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: This is an overall awesome laptop. We purchased it for our son whom is off to college next fall. He is a heavy gamer and he has been able to play all his online games without any issues at all.

Cons: None so far.

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  • David B.
  • 1/1/2015 5:02:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsGood value for 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" 4K Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: Solid Build with an Apple Computer kind of feel. Metal bottom and Top with a sculpted finish was a real shock when I took it out of the box.
Extremely Fast in every category.
Dual Video Cards...(Intel for HD4600 For low power and nVidia for high power)

Cons: MUSTARD YELLOWS everyone has said it and it is true!!! This screen has a tough time reproducing colors. It does not look bad but it could be better.

Other Thoughts: The only issue I have with this laptop is the color reproduction of the screen.

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  • Michael H.
  • 12/23/2014 12:29:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsI like this thing

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" 4K Windows 8.1 64-Bit

Pros: -great hardware for the price
-great build and feel
-looks cool
-fairly light and mobile
-runs games wonderfully(for a laptop)

Cons: -mustard yellows
-screen locked at 48hz
-scaling issues(which can be taken care of, fortunately)

Other Thoughts: I love his laptop. I am a PC gamer, but this laptop does the job for me when I can't be at my desktop. The few issues I have with this product can be overlooked due to price of what you get.

The yellow color issue is not too big of a deal for me. The refresh rate is locked at 48hz, unfortunately. However, mirroring the screen to a television or separate monitor will remedy this.

If you are buying this for the 4k resolution and you'd like to play games, you will be disappointed. However, if you are doing media editing, this should satisfy you(except for the yellows)

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