Lenovo Y70 Touch: A fully loaded 17-inch gaming laptop (hands-on)

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Lenovo's cult favorite gaming PC collection is getting a new entry in the form of the 17.3-inch Y70 Touch.

Like the 15-inch Y50 version, which has been one of the PCs most asked-about by readers in 2014, the Y70 version includes laptop features rarely seen together in a single system. Those include a slim 17-inch body, current-gen Nvidia discrete graphics, JBL speakers with a built-in subwoofer for better audio, and a high-resolution touchscreen.

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Like the Y50, this version has a brushed black metal shell embossed in a crosshatch pattern, with a subtle chrome Lenovo logo on the back panel. Red accents include wedge-shaped speaker grilles and a red backlit keyboard.

The specs top out at a current-gen quad-core Core i7 CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M GPU, and up to 1TB of hybrid drive storage, or a 512GB SSD. The display is a full-HD 1,920x1,080 panel, with no plans for a 4K version yet, despite it being an option on the smaller Y50 model.

We loved the Y50 as a portable gaming laptop that could work as a full-featured everyday laptop, too. The larger 17-inch version, which will weigh about 7.5 pounds (3.4kg), is similarly well-suited for both gaming and productivity tasks, but it's a bit disappointing that a 17-inch gaming laptop can't go all the way up to the top-of-the-line GeForce 870 and 880 GPUs.

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The Lenovo Y70 Touch will be available beginning in October, starting at $1,300. Pricing and worldwide availability has not yet been announced, but converted pricing would be about £790, or AU$1,400.

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