06-07-2016 04:00 PM
Just as the title states. When the y400/500 were first announced and then released, I was so excited. Using the concept of removeable slots,, as found in business machines, to augment a gaming machine seemed like a brilliant idea. And it was, they sold like hotcakes. The y410/510p made some incremental improvements, like activating the iGPU with Optimus and increasing the resolution on the 14" model. As expected, they were popular as well.
Then came the y40/50 and now the y700 series. Lenovo completely designed their gaming lineup, removing the ultrabay and cutting fuctionality. Why? I can have 2 full sized HDD/SSDs and a 42mm M.2 installed in my 14" y410p, but the 15" y50/700 only has 1 full sized bay. Just what. Then instead of 850/860M SLI we get a single 860M in the y50, which was updated to a 960M in the y700. Yes the 860M is a decent card, and beats the 755M handily, but it's practically on par with 755M SLI.
I just find it strange that such a great concept on such popular machines was cut. I'm sure there were issues, but removing the ultrabay just makes Lenovo's newer laptops just another crop of mid ranged machines. They lost a lot of what made them special, and what I feel made the brand take off after the y580 generation.
06-08-2016 08:40 AM
06-09-2016 11:43 AM
I can readily attest to that, I have the 755m SLI and its pretty much playing the latest games at high settings. It has a heat problem but if you know you can easily combat that.
To keep the cost low, I guess that's where Lenovo makes the cuts. Putting in a 960m is probably the biggest disadvantage.
They have been taking feedback but really a gaming laptop needs to have a high end GPU with good price. At the moment, you can find $1k laptops that have the 970m.
I am not a fan of SLI much since several games need special drivers or compatibilty to make use of that. Also, anything below 30 fps on SLI results in Stuttering, which does not happen on a single GPU. I am all in for a strong single GPU such as the 970 or 980m.
I think a good configuration should have 980m and Lenovo needs to keep the price competitive. Frankly for a gaming laptop, you need a good CPU, great GPU and min 8GB RAM + superior cooling + Open BIOS. All that while keeping the price low can certainly make Lenovo get ahead.