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Lenovo Ideapad Y900-17ISK Gaming Notebook Review (Page 1)

Lenovo Ideapad Y900-17ISK Gaming Notebook Review

Lenovo tries its hand at the gaming laptop market with the Ideapad Y900-17ISK. And, you know what? They did pretty darn well. Come and take a look.

Steven Bassiri | Oct 27, 2016 at 11:15 am CDT - 1 min, 48 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 93%Manufacturer: Lenovo


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Loaded with an overclockable Intel Skylake microprocessor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M mobile graphics card, and some killer aesthetics, the Ideapad Y900 isn't what you typically think of when you think of Lenovo. The Ideapad Y900 is an attempt by one of the most successful notebook vendors to venture into the high-end mobile gaming market, and I have to say, at first glance, they have done a nice job. The Ideapad Y900 doesn't only have very nice specifications, but it also carries many other technologies to compete with competitors with the same specifications.

A Turbo slider-button brings back memories of the old days when you would hit the turbo button on your desktop to gain a few megahertz. G-Sync ensures solid graphics output to the 17" panel, and Killer's DoubtShot Duo allows you to team your wireless and wired connections for extra network bandwidth.

The keyboard also uses mechanical keys, which is unique for a notebook, but something gamers will appreciate. Speaker placement has also been optimized to provide a solid experience without headphones. Venture with me as I take a close look at the Lenovo Ideapad Y900.


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The Ideapad Y900 uses an Intel i7-6820HK quad-core / eight-thread CPU with a base speed of 2.8GHz and a Turbo up to 3.6GHz. Using Lenovo's built-in Turbo button, you can increase that to 4.1GHz. The notebook comes with a 17.3" FHD (1920x1080) IPS Anti-Glare LED panel that supports NVIDIA G-Sync. A NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M 8GB variant powers the panel. The unit I got comes with 16GB of DDR4 at 2133MHz, a 1TB HDD, and a 256GB M.2 SSD.

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The Ideapad Y900 uses a 230W adapter. You get a 6-cell 90Wh battery that should last up to five hours. The notebook uses two JBL speakers and a 3W subwoofer, comes with a 720p HD web camera, and uses a Killer Wireless AC NIC. Dimensions are 425x315x36(WxDxH), and it weighs in around 4.6KG. It's not light nor small, but it packs some very nice gaming hardware.


The Ideapad Y900 comes in different configurations, with the base costing $2500.

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Steven went from a fledgling forum reader in 2003 to one of the internet's brightest tech stars by 2010. Armed with an information systems degree, a deep understanding of circuitry, and a passion for tech, Steven (handle Sin0822) enjoys sharing his deep knowledge with others. Steven details products down to the component level to highlight seldom explained, and often misunderstood architectures. Steven is also a highly decorated overclocker with several world records.

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