Lenovo Y50 15 : Overall great device but some very annoying problems

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Pros:- awesome hardware specs: great processor, ram and video card- solid build quality: eye-catching metal design, no big issues with fingerprints- matt display: able to see everything on a sunny day, do remember to set brightness to 100%- wifi: works perfectly fine to mecons:- poor compatibility: don’t even try to install latest nvidia drivers, only use those on lenovo website- slow hard drive: constant screen freezing for 1 second, ended up removing many ongoing programs like additional start menu- hd screen: is more of a pain rather than a gain, font sizes do not match with suggested resolutionsoverall a great value for money. However, each time i get another software compatibility problem i wish i never bought this laptop. Though, the frustration only lasts until i spend quite a few hours trying to solve the issue.

Amazing bit of hardware for the price. First off i’ll start with the screen. Picture and colour quality are outstanding and the viewing angles are spot on. Ssd/hhd – as other say, the 8gb ssd could have been expanded to give it that extra bit of oomph, but start up speeds are fine and the 1tb hhd is more than enough for storage. Ram – 16gb is more than enough to games or run multiple programmes. Most machines at this price will only get you 8gb so its a pretty good dealgtx870 4gb dedicated memory – going from my old laptop’s non existent gfx card to this badboy has opened my eyes in terms of visual quality in games. You’re not going to be playing ultra settings on crisis3 but it certainly packs a punch and allows me to play max settings on all the games i play so very very happy. Build quality – keyboard is nice and is comfortable to use, laptop itself is solid and looks beautiful with the brushed metal look on the outside.

Very nice, better then expected. I searched for a great length of time to find the best laptop that fit my needs: portability, gaming, school, and aesthetics. I believe that this laptop i purchased meets all of these requirements exceedingly well. The build quality is solid, and the soft touch material is very comfortable to type on. As for portability, it is pretty lightweight considering it is a gaming laptop with a 15. When you first get this laptop, expect a lot of bloatware to remove. For me, i just went ahead and did a clean re-install of windows 8. 1 and reinstalled the ones i needed. Conveniently for me, all of the drivers are included in another partitioned drive, so that made it easier. Here are the specifications for the Lenovo Y50 15:

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  • Backlit AccuType keyboard with individual rounded keys for comfortable and accurate typing
  • JBL speakers with Dolby Advanced Audio V2
  • External DVDRW drive
  • Up to five hours of use between charges
  • Pre-loaded with Windows 8.1

Good spec – poor build quality. Very good laptop, awesome performance, looks and sounds great. Unfortunately the laptop came bundled with lots of malware and junk software. Also the touchpad stopped working correctly after one month of usage, periodic unresponsive clicking actions for both the left and right click. After reverting the laptop to factory settings the problems persisted. Internet research shows this to be a common problem with this model, definately a hardware issue and not a software/driver one. Im stuck with it now but kf i knew this i would concider an alternate laptop.

Excellent laptop if you get it at a discounted price and change the hard drive for a ssd. Bad bits:i replaced the hard drive with a samsung 850 evo 500 gb 2. 5-inch solid state drive @ £113 and now it is very fast compared to the old one and i would recommend doing this as ssd have come down in price (make dvd recoveries of your hard drive 1st)the built in wi-fi is poor – having metal case?touch pad poor – buy a wireless mouse. 4k screen is at the moment a waste of time, if i had known how small the screen was in 4k mode i would have just brought the 1920 x 1080 version. Good bits:well built, good cpu , good memory 16gb, screen is excellent, good graphic card 4gb ddr5, excellent sound. Excellent laptop if you get it at a discounted price as i did (£752 + £113 for ssd drive) i think it retailed at the time was around £1,199.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Powerful and excellent with graphic intensive tasks
  • Good laptop, only problems to be aware of are
  • This is generally very good quality and runs pretty decently

Edit 09/07/15 – having had this a few months now, i can say without hesitation that with a seperate 20quid wifi card, and a full 1tb ssd this machine is pretty much the dogs b****cks (rough total cost of 250, minus the 10 quid back on ebay for the existing card, and 39 quid back for the ssd). I have not yet had any cause to hate the laptop other than the track pad – my choice to replace the hdd and wifi card had little to do with their performance (i have absolutely no actual need for the extra speed lol, though i have to say the evo 850 operates fantastically fast at all times with zero lag) and more to do with me having the shiny shiny itch. On battery yes it doesnt last long, even with an ssd, but i have not once been tempted to turn down the brightness, turn off the red keyboard glow (which i love) or ‘run on battery performance settings’ – i am an everything on high kinda guy (and by the way it runs games pretty much the same from battery as from the mains as long as you have it setup correctly). Only thing i would recommend you do is a complete wipe of the hdd and re-install the os direct from microsoft, it eliminates any potential bload, and the drivers are dead easy to find on the lenovo website. Right well i read all the bad reviews (and all the good ones) and i have the following usage review after a couple of days of use:the good:- light (ish) compared to my work inspiron at least, and comparable to some lightweight ultra books dell currently sell- screen (contrary to many reviews on here) is pretty darned good – better than my old sony and equal to my current inspiron- fast (oh yeah fast)- not too many bloatware issues – there is less on this than my old acer, asus, inspiron and sony. . Plus most of them are asy to remove,and the majority of the ones remaining are just web links. Delete them if it bothers you. – install times for full packages (for example microsoft office) are amazing- the keyboard glows red, its awesome, it is not as bad as the reviews make out. I type all day every day so i know lol.

Nice screen and performance but polluted with junk software. It’s a nice machine with some real grunt and (if you ignore the ability of windows to deal with the resolution) a superb screen – clear, sharp and vivid. I would agree with other reviewers that the trackpad is sub-par but if you’re buying a gaming laptop you’ll want a mouse anyway and i don’t think the rest of the chassis feels especially cheap. I fitted a samsung 840 ssd straight away, using macrium reflect to clone the machine so can’t comment on the quality of the hdd. The one thing that really annoyed me was the amount of junk pre-installed on this machine, including a couple of things that aren’t so easy to uninstall (the pokki ‘app store’ needed a cleanup tool from the publisher to remove) and the one piece of malware masquerading as legitimate software that i hate the most – superfish visual search engine (read: superfish browser ad injector). When i saw that piece of trash was on the hdd i was almost tempted to return it. 0 ports on this laptop appear to be a little under-powered. When i tried to connect one particular crucial ssd via a usb 3. 0 adapter cable it just wouldn’t work on this machine due to being unable to supply enough power (2 other ssds from different manufacturers i tried including the aforementioned samsung 840 worked just fine).

This is generally very good quality and runs pretty decently. This is generally very good quality and runs pretty decently. One important point: replace the slow hdd with an ssd.
This is generally very good quality and runs pretty decently. This is generally very good quality and runs pretty decently. One important point: replace the slow hdd with an ssd.

This review is from : Lenovo Y50 15.6-inch Full-HD 1080p Laptop (Intel Core i7-4710HQ 3.5 GHz, External 9.5 mm DVD/RW, Voice control, BT, 16 GB DDRIIIL RAM, 4 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, 1 TB + 8 GB SSHD, HDMI, Webcam, Wi-Fi, Windows 8.1) – Black (Previous model)

The computer is powerful and would be great if it had not fell apart. Lenovo medion unable to repair under warranty. Could repair if i paid £67 under warranty?how strange is that?the computer is powerful and would be great if it had not fell apart.
The computer is powerful and would be great if it had not fell apart. Lenovo medion unable to repair under warranty. Could repair if i paid £67 under warranty?how strange is that?the computer is powerful and would be great if it had not fell apart.
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