Lenovo IdeaPad 700 preview – a high-performance multimedia laptop

The Beijing company Lenovo offers two of the best mobile lines on the market – IdeaPad and ThinkPad. The latter chiefly targets those of you who are after a laptop with very good build quality that can withstand even extreme circumstances.

The IdeaPad line offers many models which are mostly budget or multimedia solutions. Of course, we can’t but mention the gaming Y700 series which is a good machine for virtual reality experience – we confirmed this in several battles between the Lenovo Y700 and other OEM’s models. Today we shall acquaint you with a series which is the dividing line between a multimedia and a gaming laptop – the Lenovo IdeaPad 700.

If you are interested in the purchase of this model, you can check current price and availability here: http://amzn.to/1OAXpDU

Style and lightness

lenovo_ideapad_700-1The new series features beautiful and clean design of its interior and exterior. The color is gray, and the only thing to be found on the lid is Lenovo’s logo – a hallmark of the Beijing company that can be found in their gaming laptops. In the interior you will only notice the “ideapad” text in the lower right corner, as well as the “Lenovo” and “700” inscriptions just below the display. They confirm that you own a model from their latest lineup.

Above the screen you can find the HD camera (720p) and the display itself with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels (Full HD), and an IPS panel?! The laptop’s dimensions are more or less standard for a 15-incher – 384 x 265 x 22.7 mm – and we can’t wait to see how the cooling system will cope in our temperature tests because most models that come with a powerful CPU and a GTX GPU are thicker than 24-5 mm. Also, its weight is not that much – starting at 2.3 kg and goes up according to your configuration.

High performance

Core_i7-insideIdeaPad Y700 sounds quite a lot like 700 and it is definitely the case that in the new series we find some features from the popular Lenovo gaming model. Even though the GPU is not so powerful, performance is high enough so that you may chill out playing games after a long day of work. In terms of CPU, you can choose between Intel Core i5-6300HQ or i7-6700HQ and you can check our juxtaposition of the two chips, in case you are wondering if the i7 CPU is worth it. We must not forget that the main purpose of this laptop is multimedia and not hardcore gaming.

This laptop comes with a GeForce GTX 950M GPU and you can choose between DDR or GDDR5 memory, from 2 to 4 GB, depending on your region. Because there is a latest generation CPU, the RAM is DDR4 and the maximum is 16 GB. One of the good news about this model is that you can install an SSD onto a PCIe port which will further increase the operational speed of your machine.

Sound and security

lenovo_ideapad_700_15-3As we mentioned above, the Lenovo IdeaPad 700 has inherited some features from the Lenovo Y700. We would like to say a few words about the cooling system which was intentionately overlooked above. It is positioned in the rear part of the laptop again, and this adds aggressiveness that is only characteristic of the exterior of the model.

The loudspeakers have been produced by JBL again, and this promises great sound quality – their placement is the same as the one in Y700. Lenovo has included Dolby Home Theater so that you may fully enjoy the audio system of this laptop. This model’s security is ensured by Kensington Lock. You can expect more information about this model in our full review.

If you are interested in the purchase of this model, you can check current price and availability here: http://amzn.to/1OAXpDU

Specs sheet

CPU
  • Intel Core i5-6300HQ (4-core, 2.30 – 3.20 GHz, 6MB cache)
  • Intel Core i7-6700HQ (4-core, 2.60 -3.50 GHz, 6MB cache)
RAM 8GB (1x 8192MB) – DDR4, 2133MHz
GPU NVIDIA GeForce 950M (2GB DDR3)
HDD/SSD 1TB HDD (5400 rpm)
Display 15.6-inch (39.62 cm) – 1920×1080 (Full HD) IPS, matte
Optical drive DVD burner
Connectivity LAN 10/100/1000 Mbps, Wi-Fi 802.11аc, Bluetooth 4.0
Features
  • 1x USB 2.0
  • 2x USB 3.0
  • integrated webcam
  • integrated microphone
  • combo audio jack (headset/microphone)
  • HDMI
  • RJ-45
  • VGA
  • 4 in 1 card reader (MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC)
Thickness 22.7 mm
Weight 2.3 kg

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