Hands-on first impressions of the 17-inch Lenovo Y70 Touch gaming laptop

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Hands-on first impressions of the 17-inch Lenovo Y70 Touch gaming laptop

It’s massive, it’s full of power, and it’s heavy — this is the Lenovo Y70 Touch gaming laptop that puts most desktop PCs to shame with crazy specs. This beast of a device landed on our doorstep not too long ago and let’s take a quick look at it and see what its about.

Starting with specs, this monster device comes powered by an Intel Core i7 4710HQ (2.50Ghz) processor, with Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M GDDR5 4GB as the graphics power horse. The display is massive too — a 17.3-inch 1080p display with LED AntiGlare multi-touch. The device features a 1TB 5400RPM HD and 8GB SSD, 16GB of DDR3 PC3-12800 RAM, Dolby Advanced Audio v2, integrated 720p camera, and more.

There are two USB 3.0 ports located on the device, as well as a USB 2.0 port, 4-in-1 card reader, HDMI, SPDIF, RJ45, and a audio combo jack. The device also weighs seven pounds, although it feels like it weights a lot more. Seriously, it is quite heavy. If you have never picked up a gaming laptop before, you will be amazed at how heavy a device like this can be.

Hands-on first impressions of the 17-inch Lenovo Y70 Touch gaming laptop

Hands-on first impressions of the 17-inch Lenovo Y70 Touch gaming laptop

First Impressions

This device is massive and it is heavy. You can’t carry it in one hand without the risk of dropping it. The keyboard is quite nice and is backlit, as you can see in the images above. The 17-inch screen is massive and my biggest complaint was the “AntiGlare” display, which to me was not accurate. I could see myself in the display like I was looking into a mirror, even when I had a game running. Perhaps I need to dig around for a setting or a tweak to make this better, but I shouldn’t have to worry about this right out of the box. In fact, this is a deal breaker to me. More on this in my upcoming in-depth review of the device.

The Lenovo Y70 Touch is quite powerful in terms of specs and navigating around Windows 8.1 was a breeze. Launching applications and playing games were also quick and snappy. However, playing Dying Light on the Y70 Touch wasn’t as smooth as I expected. I experienced lag and poor frame rates while playing the game on medium setting. Again, I will go in-depth on the performance of the Y70 Touch in my upcoming review. For now, Dying Light wasn’t all that great on the device. I will give Far Cry 4 a shot, as well as a few other games.

Overall, the device is nice, comes packed with powerful specs, and is quite heavy to lug around for purposes other than gaming. If you plan to game on a laptop, you may be considering a gaming laptop. Hold off on your purchase of the Lenovo Y70 Touch until we complete our review, to give you a better idea of how it actually performs. I plan to test out a few games on various settings, and run a few benchmarks to see how well this beast actually performs.

Any requests or questions you want me to address in my review? Sound off in the comments below. The device retails for $1499.99 and you can check it out on Lenovo’s website here.

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