Inside Lenovo Y700 (15″) – disassembly, internal photos and upgrade options

The new Lenovo Y700 is easy to disassemble as last year’s Y50, although you still need to detach the whole bottom part in order to access the internals. However, the best part is that Lenovo finally addressed the issue of the previous version not having M.2 SSD slot. Well, the Y700 now has this expandable storage option.

If you are interested in purchasing the Lenovo Y700, you can go check out the available configurations here: http://amzn.to/1QN8fuk

1. Removing the bottom cover

It’s pretty easy actually. You just need to remove all the screws that hold the bottom aluminum piece in place but be careful when removing it. At the back of the notebook, the decorative red grills are attached like hooks to the main body.


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At first glance, the cooling system seems to be greatly overhauled. The main grills are moved at the back of the machine and the heat pipes appear to be redesigned as well. Our temperature tests show that the right side and the center of the keyboard get a bit hot, but more on that later in our full review.


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2. What we found inside

Luckily, you don’t need to perform a full disassembly to gain access to all of the internals. As you can see, the 2.5-inch HDD is Seagate-made with a 500GB capacity, but note that the model we’ve got is a testing sample so the final version might be with another drive. There are also two RAM slots (one is occupied by an 8GB chip) and the battery is rated at 60Wh (4050 mAh) and it’s in-house made.


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Right next to the subwoofer, you will see a small empty space with an NGFF slot next to it. This is the long-awaited upgrade that we were waiting from Lenovo – M.2 SSD slot supporting “M key” edge connector, 2280 standard.

You can also check our list of laptops support M.2 SSDs.

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Inceptus
Inceptus
6 years ago

Are the CPU and GPU soldered onto the motherboard, as in previous units?

R3c0nf1gur3d
6 years ago

What do the dimensions allow for manual installation of an SSD?

Brian Søgaard Jespersen

Thanks for this! Good to see the internals, and the m.2 slot addition is awesome. I had planned to buy a y50 with ips panel, to get a budget gamer, but the m.2 slot convinced me to get a y700. Now I just have to decide if I want a 15 or 17 inch, since the 17 inch is cheaper for some reason…?

Will
Will
6 years ago

Is the Y700 17 inch version’s bottom panel as easy to remove?

James Warrick
James Warrick
6 years ago

This was very helpful but mine is the 14″ Y700. Eventually I found the 14″ model disassembly guide here: http://www.jdhodges.com/blog/lenovo-ideapad-y700-14-disassembly/

Thanks for posting the photos and info, I love these Lenovo gaming laptops as they are some of the least expensive yet they have good specs and components.

alex
alex
6 years ago

is the ngff slot usable at all? i can see that it is covered with radiator of cpu/gpu so the ssd cannot be installed correctly.

kninez
kninez
6 years ago
Reply to  alex

lol. The ngff slot is actually faced the other way, If you look closely and if you look at the other y700’s with ssd’s installed, you’ll see that the ngff ssd sits in that empty black space in between the 2.5″ drive and the battery. I hope that answered your question. take care.

Tibor Makai
Tibor Makai
6 years ago

The NGFF is SATA or NVME?

Ender
Ender
6 years ago
Reply to  Tibor Makai

Because is an M.2 slot Type M key , this slot supports only PCIE 3.0 4X lanes. So is NVME

procc
procc
6 years ago
Reply to  Tibor Makai

People who has this laptop says that it is only sata and nvme ssd’s don’t work for them.

Snoo
Snoo
6 years ago
Reply to  procc

Actually the intel version supports nvme. The AMD version of the laptop does not

Evsei Hunter
6 years ago

Thanks for this disassembly. For someone that is possibly looking at a laptop cooling sad what would you suggest for something like this that’s within the 30 to $45 budget range?

Evsei Hunter
6 years ago
Reply to  Evsei Hunter

US dollar*

Bob Jaena
Bob Jaena
3 years ago

Is it possible to change the gpu?

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