With the Y50 Touch, Lenovo has created a reasonably priced, not-too-big gaming laptop that doesn't look like a throwback. But the most serious PC gamers may want to hold out for a better display and faster GPU.Read the full review →
With the IdeaPad Y50, Lenovo has built a sturdy laptop offering good performance, but that isn't enough to keep serious gamers from passing on it due to a mediocre display.
On the outside, Computer Shopper says the Y50 resembles "its businesslike Lenovo siblings," with only the "a glowing red keyboard backlight and a slick, beveled lid" to tell you it's meant for something a little more fun. PC World finds it "attractively thin" and "incredibly small for a powerful gaming laptop," a perfect size for taking it on the go, though maybe not to competitions -- Wired finds the performance "largely uninspiring," though Laptop Magazine says you'll still "be able to play most titles at smooth frame rates" and Computer Shopper finds it offers "good gaming performance for the price" as well as "great battery life for its class."
… show more The one thing keeping most gamers away is a screen that doesn't won't do their favorite games justice, with PC World calling it an "abysmal display with limited viewing angles" that Wired says "is quite dim" with a touch function "frequently unresponsive to certain gestures." Laptop Magazine was disappointed by how "colors failed to pop and details were weirdly fuzzy" on a trailer they watched, meaning many games are bound to fare worse.
Still, the IdeaPad Y50 has a lot to offer to users who want a light, attractive laptop that will still play their favorite games -- if it were priced just a little bit lower. For gamers who have the dough to spend, it's worth splurging a bit more for something that can deliver stellar performance across the board.
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The Lenovo Y50 Touch is a solid gaming laptop for the novice gamer who feels intimidated by all the customization offered by boutique PC manufacturers.Read the full review →
The Lenovo Y50 is a lean gaming machine, but you'll want to spend just a bit more for the best experience.Read the full review →
It’s a great choice if you’re looking for a portable gaming rig on a budget. Unfortunately, Lenovo compromised several key components—the keyboard, trackpad, and (most importantly) the display—in order to offer the Y50 at a mid-range price.Read the full review →
Lenovo is asking an awful lot from buyers for a system that isn’t going to please hardcore gamers and just doesn’t justify the price tag it requests from more mainstream users.Read the full review →
The successor to Lenovo's Y510p loses some flexibility with the loss of the Ultrabay, but the doubled battery life and good performance for the price more than compensate. We'd like to see a real SSD, though, and the display suffers from narrow viewing angles.Read the full review →
On the one hand you have some slightly less expensive laptops ... On the other hand, you have gaming focused options ... It seems that the Y50 Touch is designed as a middle ground between the two.Read the full review →
The Y50 is said to last up to 4 hours all things considered, though I doubt you'll get that much playing games at 4K resolution... the keyboard needs some work and some sacrifices were made to get under an inch of thinness. Not to mention that many of its key features don't come standard.Read the full preview →
The Y50 is said to last up to 4 hours all things considered, though I doubt you'll get that much playing games at 4K resolution. At any rate, the Lenovo Y50 is a sight for sore eyes – literally.Read the full preview →
Overall, this thing is a beast. It can play almost any game on maxed settings and performs daily functions incredibly fast. You can't get anything better for the price, at least not new, which is why I gave this thing a 10/10 overall.Read the full review →
I love this laptop. For context, I'm coming from a 2009 Sony VAIO VGN-CS290, so consider this a major upgrade for me. DESIGN : The computer just looks awesome. The brushed metal design of the lid is sleek, but not garish if you're taking the computer into public. The soft touch, matte...Read the full review →