Lenovo IdeaPad 700 – Review
Lenovo IdeaPad 700
The Lenovo IdeaPad 700 was introduced in CES 2016 at Las Vegas, since there is no review about this device (maybe yes in some korean language, but no detailed) I have decided do it myself.
I have done some test in my favorite game World of Warcraft on ultra setting that is more CPU single core sensitive and has extremly bad shadows optimalisation.
In this test, shadow and liquid quality is set to high settings instead of ultra because it does not do big difference and Anti-aliasing turned of (CMAA makes about 5 FPS difference in few cases).
- 30-85 (BG, Warspear)
- 50-90 (Orgrimar and other mid populated areas)
- 90+ (All other low populated / exping zones)
CPU cores rarely went above 30% (task manager)
Build quality on the Lenovo IdeaPad 700 is really good and also looks and feels durable. Display is made from plastic and it got some metal finish. Keyboard area is metal which looks and feels like metal on my iPad. Bottom is also plastic like the display area, but without the metal finish. Overall look and feel very good. Lenovo did very good job.
Fingerprints on Lenovo IdeaPad 700, are not really visible on metal parts (white edition) but keyboard can get dirty. Just swipe over with cleaning cloth and it´s clean.
Display of Lenovo IdeaPad 700 is jumping a little while typing on legs, but it is not really noticable when you are looking at display and reading something, on train (in Slovakia it is hardcore test) it jumped a lot, but it was acceptable.
Keyboard area is solid, not moving while typing even or hard press.
Keyboard backlight is really good, has 2 levels, does not burn out your eyes. LCD is like on all other lenovos, I cannot really see difference between this and ThinkPad L450. But it´s much much better then what I have seen on Dell inspiron 15 (5000).
I have some hardly noticable backlight bleeding on bottom between middle and right side which is visible only when booting up the OS.
For me, it is more than good. I think it is far away from bad. Speakers are pretty loud without distorsion, but i have noticed some distorsion if audio file quality is not the best. If you want to have louder speaker with better quality then you should buy an external speaker.
Keyboard and touchpad
Keyboard on Lenovo IdeaPad 700 is very great! Since I am developer it´s very important to me. But it´s still not as awesome as on ThinkPads.
Compared to ThinkPad L450 it needs more pressure, sometimes I miss some letters because I don´t press enough hard (I personnaly have no problem with that). Keys have very good feedback (like on thinkpad) I like that I feel that it pushes my finger up with little force. Finally notebook that has numlock and capslock indicator.
Video about keyboard https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbkB-tMQYpo
TouchPad on Lenovo IdeaPad 700 is better then on ThinkPad L450. Not too sensitive(can be configured in windows), not too loud, not too hard to press. It works little diferent from touchpads that I am used before because right click with two fingers is combination of two finger touch and real click anywhere on touchpad (pressing touchpad down with 2 fingers). Touchpad has 3 click areas (bottom left, bottom right and touchpad itself). Reardless of this two finger right click, simple click also works with single tap on touchad without pressing it down.
EDIT: Sorry for miss information about “works little diferent”. It works actually the same, maybe it was some out-of-date software or driver.
Battery life and fast charing technology
Since this notebook has an 45W processor and only 3 cell battery by default the battery life is about 4 hours of browsing, light work. It´s a slim, powerfull and elegant notebook so battery life is acceptable.
But it also has a “Fast Charge technology” that you can access in “Lenovo Settings” application (maybe it works by default when you connect into charger, since i have noticed that full charge was done in about one and half hour).
Tips to 5+ battery life
Open up power options (right click on battery indicator) and change settings of “Power saving” present. Search for processor power management and set limit to “50%” maximum processor state (on battery). In that case when your processor will run on half frequency, when you are on battery and you have “Power saving” mode enabled (Not the power saving mode that is in Action Center). Only on half??? Stop panic! It´s an high-end latest architecture i7 cpu with 4 cores. It´s fast even on half frequency for daily tasks like browsing on the go, watching porn or whatever. You can also play with other options to increase battery life. With this setting, windows reported 4-7 hours (depends what are you doing at the moment) of battey life (on low brightness).
Tempnature and cooling
It´s cool enough while doing nothing. At 23°C ambient, temps are between 32-45°C (idle), 45-55°C (while working, listening music on youtube,..) , 55-92 (while gaming).
“Safe” temp limit for this cpu is 100°C according to intel website.
Note: 45°C idle temps are detected while avast is constatly scanning something on 14% cpu load (propably windows update on background)
I just can recommend. It costed me 1099€ (in Slovakia electronics are more expensive than in US/UK) but I cannot wish better for this price.
If you want to see some benchmarks just google for the cpu and gpu. They are not notebook dependent.
- Version reviewed:
- i7 4 core, 8 thread, skylake
- 126 GB PCI Samsung NVM SSD (900+ read, write 142+)
- 1 TB 5400 RPM HDD (not benchmarked)
- nVidia GeForce GTX 950M 4GB
- Dual fan cooling
- JBL Audio
- 1080p FHD IPS 15.4″
External link to this model http://shop.lenovo.com/gb/en/laptops/ideapad/700-series/700-15-inch/
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