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Lenovo IdeaPad Y910 - Monster gaming laptop fully reviewed

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Published on Sep 8, 2016

We were among the first YouTube channels to get our hands on the new Lenovo IdeaPad Y910 that boasts an i7-6820HK, GTX 1070, 64GB RAM and 2x 500GB SSD in RAID 0!

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We were one of the first press outlets to get our hands on a review sample of the Lenovo Y910 gaming laptop. But is it any good? Stick around and find out.

We can't really comment on the unboxing experience because our model did not come in a box. But still - when first opening the Lenovo Y910 up the first word that comes to mind is wow. And that wow is mostly directed at the weight and the sheer size of the unit. But I digress because if you're watching this video then the size and weight aren't a problem to you.

Onto the things that really matter - the internals. The two main features of the device are the Intel Core i7 6820HK and the Nvidia GTX1070 that are inside, but I personally think that they are not the show stopping features that everyone should be impressed about. I think that award should go to the 64 GB of DDR4 RAM taht clocks at 2400 MHz. That award should also go to the drive configuration in the Y910, as it features a 1 TB SSD and a 1TB HDD for storage. The image is displayed on a full HD monitor, notably there is no 1440p panel or a 4K panel in this laptop as is so often the case - but then again it features a 75Hz refresh rate that is notable improvement to 60, but still a long way away from the 120, 144 and 180 nowadays that can be found in external monitors.

The lighting itself is fully programmable, full RGB with 16.8 million colors and has really nice effects to it and a anice glow that does not look faded on some keys and better on others - it just looks good. If you go for the Lenovo Y910 you are sure to impress your teammates and your gaming friends even before you tell them about the specs and performance of the best.

Speaking of the latter the Lenovo Y910 is an amazing laptop when it comes to ingame performance and of course also creative work. We got over 250 average FPS in CS:GO on high in full HD, we got 110 average FPS in Battlefield 1 Beta and an average of 104 in Overwatch. But okay, these FPS numbers are really high, but also unnecessary on the other hand because the panel in the monitor supports G-Sync and the latter automatically caps the frame rate to 75Hz as is the refresh rate of the monitor.

For productivity the connectivity options are important and we can say that the Y910 has that covered. On the left side we find the charging port, a full sized Display Port, HDMI 2.0, gigabit network cad, USB Type C (3.1 with Thunderbolt support) and two USB 3.0 ports. On the other side we find an SD card reader, audio passthrough, and two more USB 3.0 ports as well as a Kensington lock. On the bottom of the unit we find a JBL powered speaker system that has 7 speakers and 2 sub woofers that delivers an incredible audio performance. It has to be said that it can't match a dedicated home cinema setup, but they are the best speakers I've ever had the pleasure of using in a laptop.

Tying the whole product together is the Lenovo Nerve Centre. It is a software kit that has improved immensely from the previous revision found on the Y900. In it we can control the Turbo boost settings, the Extreme Cooling feature that ramps up the - you guessed it - fans. The latter also brings with it a higher amount of noise. It has to be said that the Y910 is not a quiet laptop by any stretch of the imagination, it is quite loud when compared to their business or mainstream lineups, but then again they don't pack an i7, a GTX 1070, 64 GB of RAM or RAID configured hard drives inside. And when hardcore gaming you probably have headphones on and you don't even notice the difference.

Lenovo Y910 is an immensely powerful gaming laptop that never disappointing us as far as performance goes. Quite on the contrary, it kept crushing every game and every benchmark we threw at it. The only thing we would have liked to see is a better keyboard layout and a 120 or 144Hz monitor that I believe will be coming in the next revision as that is the market trend right now.

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