The Good The Lenovo Y50 Touch has great style for a gaming laptop, plus a touchscreen, and it balances performance, size, and price to the benefit of mainstream gamers.
The Bad The display suffers from poor viewing angles and the midlevel graphics card means you can't run newer games at the highest detail settings.
The Bottom Line With the Y50 Touch, Lenovo has created a reasonably priced, not-too-big gaming laptop that doesn't look like a throwback. But the most serious PC gamers may want to hold out for a better display and faster GPU.
|Lenovo Y50 Touch||Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (15-inch, 2017)||Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (13-inch, 2016)||Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (13-inch, 2015)||Lenovo ThinkPad X230|
|Price||£1,200 Typical Price||£2,699 Apple||£1,200 Typical Price||£1,200 Typical Price||£1,200 Typical Price|
A midsize gaming system with style
Lenovo, a brand best known for its conservative ThinkPad laptops and flexible Yoga hybrids, also makes some killer gaming laptops, even if few people are aware of them. That's a shame, because they generally look much nicer than the brick-like boxes from, , and other gaming specialists, and they offer decent enough performance for mainstream gamers who just want to play the latest games away from a living-room console.
The newest entry in Lenovo's gaming lineup is the Y50 Touch, a 15.6-inch laptop that combines a slightly geeky style with decent (but not top-of-the-line) gaming components. First profiled at CES 2014, the Y50 is easily one of the computers I've received the most emails, tweets, and inquiries about from CNET readers. That says to me that there's a real hunger out there for a gaming laptop that can work as a full-time midsize home or work computer, balancing gaming and nongaming tasks equally.
Our test unit was the Best Buy configuration, combining an Intel Core i7 4700HQ CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB HDD/8GB SSD storage combo, Nvidia GeForce 860M graphics, and a 1080p touch display, all for $1,149. If you look at the Lenovo website, you'll find several slightly different configurations, most without the touchscreen. The single touch config costs $1,399, while an intriguing option to add a full 4K resolution display starts at $1,299.
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