The Lenovo Y7000 gaming laptop has some nice specs on offer, and looks quite similar to the popular Y540. In this detailed review I’ll show you the good and bad sides of the Y7000 and help you decide if it’s a laptop worth considering.
My Y7000 has an Intel i7-9750H CPU, Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti graphics, 16gb of memory in dual channel, a 15.6” 1080p 60Hz screen, and a 512gb NVMe M.2 SSD. For network connectivity it’s got gigabit ethernet, WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5.
The Y7000 is also available with different specs, you can find examples and updated prices linked in the description. The black plastic lid has a circular grooved pattern, so it’s not smooth to the touch, and it’s got a black and red colour scheme.
The interior is all matte black, but similar to the Y540 it’s got some sort of rubberised finish. There were no sharp corners or edges, and overall the build quality felt good for a plastic laptop. The weight is listed as starting at 2.
3kg, however mine was closer to 2.2kg. With the large 230 watt power brick and cables for charging, the total weight rises up to 3.1kg, however the GTX 1650 model comes with a 170 watt brick which may be lighter.
The dimensions are similar to other 15 inch laptops, it’s not exactly thin, but I wouldn’t say it’s thick either, just an all round fairly average size. This allows it to have 9mm thin bezels on the sides of the screen.
The 15.6” 1080p 60Hz IPS screen has a matte finish, viewing angles looked fine, and there’s no G-Sync. The spec sheet doesn’t seem to list a 144Hz option, which I think is a shame as that’s generally a good option to pair with the GTX 1660 Ti.
The Y7000 is available with two different screen options, a 250 or 300 nit option, and the brighter panel also has higher colour gamut. I’ve tested the screen with the Spyder 5, and got 97% of sRGB, 68% of NTSC, and 74% of AdobeRGB.
At 100% brightness I measured the panel at 277 nits in the center with an 880:1 contrast ratio. Based on the results, I’m guessing I’ve got the 300 nit option, granted it does appear to be dimmer than expected.
Backlight bleed wasn’t too bad, just some subtle IPS glow which I never noticed when viewing darker content, but this will vary by laptop and panel. We’ve got the option of enabling or disabling hybrid mode through the Lenovo Vantage software, which is the control panel for the laptop.
Hybrid mode is basically Optimus, so the Intel graphics will be in use outside of gaming, giving better battery life. Disabling hybrid mode requires a reboot, and will disable the Intel GPU, so battery life will be worse as we’ll only be using the Nvidia graphics, but this will give us a boost in gaming performance.
The screen had some flex when intentionally trying to move it as it’s all plastic, however it did feel sturdy with the hinges being out towards the far corners, and you can move it all the way right back to 180 degrees.
It was possible to open it up with one finger, demonstrating an even weight distribution, no problems using it on my lap. As a result of the thinner bezels, the 720p camera is found underneath the display in the center.
The audio is pretty decent, but as it’s a nose cam I’ve got to put the screen pretty much right back if I want to be in the frame. The keys have red accenting which is viewable even with the lighting off.
There’s red backlighting for the whole keyboard and that’s it, no effects. The red backlighting can be adjusted between two levels of brightness or turned off by holding the function key and pressing the spacebar.
The keyboard was similar to others from Lenovo, and I liked typing with the keyboard, here’s how it sounds to give you an idea of what to expect. It’s still got a numpad, but it’s a little smaller so that they could fit full sized arrow keys, which seems like a fair compromise given it’s a gaming laptop.
There was some keyboard flex when pushing down hard due to the plastic body, but I never had any problems with this during normal use. The precision touchpad doesn’t actually click down when pressed as it’s instead got physical left and right click buttons which have fairly audible presses.
It worked alright, but I thought the size was a little smaller than what I’m used to. Fingerprints and dirt show up on the matte black interior, and despite the textured finish it was still easy enough to clean.
On the left from the back there’s an air exhaust vent, USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A port, and 3.5mm audio combo jack. On the right there’s another USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A port, and another air exhaust vent. The back has air exhaust vents towards the corners, then for I/O from left to right there’s a USB 3.
1 Gen1 Type-C port, no Thunderbolt here, mini DisplayPort, third USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A port, HDMI 2.0 output, gigabit ethernet, the power input, and lock slot. Both the DisplayPort and HDMI outputs are wired directly to the Nvidia graphics.
The back area kind of sticks out a bit, and there are printed icons on the plastic so you can easily see where a cable needs to plug in when you’re standing in front of the machine without the need to turn it around.
The Legion logo on the lid lights up red, and you’ve got the option of turning it on or off by pressing the function and L keys. Underneath there are some air intake vents towards the back, however there are only actual cutouts directly above the fans.
To get inside 11 Phillips head screws need to be removed, the middle screws and ones towards the back are longer than the rest, and the two closest to the middle at the back don’t come out of the panel.
Once inside we’ve got the single 2.5” drive bay on the left front corner, single M.2 storage slot next to that, two memory slots in the middle, L shaped battery on the right front corner, and WiFi card just above that on the right side.
The two 2 watt speakers are located on the front left and right sides. They sounded above average, were clear, with perhaps just a tiny hint of bass. They seemed loud enough at maximum volume, and the latencymon results didn’t look good.
The Y7000 with GTX 1660 Ti is powered by a 3 cell 57wh battery, however the 1650 model has a smaller 52.5wh battery. I’ve tested it with the screen brightness at 50%, background apps disabled, and keyboard lighting off.
I’ve also tested it with and without hybrid mode enabled. With hybrid mode enabled, the battery life was great when just watching YouTube videos, lasting for 6 hours and 16 minutes. With hybrid mode disabled, so when using the Nvidia graphics only instead of the lower powered Intel GPU, it lasted for 3 hours 59 minutes.
While playing the Witcher 3 with medium settings and Nvidia’s battery boost set to 30 FPS the battery lasted for 49 minutes, it was only running at 26 FPS due to battery limitations, and with 25% charge left frame rate dipped to 4 FPS and was unusable, so not a great option if you want to game on battery power.
Now let’s find out how hot the Y7000 gets, if you want in depth information on thermals check the detailed video linked in the top right, I’ll just summarise the results here. The Lenovo vantage software lets us pick between three different performance modes, ranging from quiet, balanced, and performance.
These modes control power limits, as defined here, but didn’t do any overclocking or undervolting. Fan speed is also apparently controlled, we’ve got two fans inside, and a heatpipe shared between the CPU and GPU.
Thermals were tested with a 21 degree Celsius ambient room temperature. Idle results down the bottom were cool. Worst case stress tests were done with Aida64 and the Heaven benchmark, and gaming was tested with Watch Dogs 2.
Temperatures were lowest in quiet mode due to the lower 25 watt CPU power limit, then they raise up significantly in balanced mode as this boosts the power limit to 45 watts, and more power equals more heat.
Performance mode saw thermal throttling on the CPU, however we could lower the temperatures a fair bit with a combination of undervolting and using a cooling pad. These are the clock speeds for the same tests, as expected lowest performance in quiet mode due to the low power limit.
This raises up a fair bit in balanced mode, and performance mode doesn’t go much higher as thermals become the next constraint. The undervolt allowed us to get the full 4GHz all core turbo boost speed of the i7-9750H CPU though, even in this worst case stress test.
When looking at the power limits we can see the 1660 Ti had no issues running at its 80 watt limit, and we can see the CPU power stepping up through the different modes. It’s worth noting that a lot of other gaming laptops cap the i7 at 45 watts when under combined CPU and GPU workloads like this or gaming, so although we were running hotter in performance mode, we should be getting higher levels of performance as a result, it’s a trade off.
In CPU only workloads like Cinebench, the 9750H would briefly thermal throttle until PL2 ends, then it would sit on the 70 watt PL1 for the remainder of the test, so higher power limits are allowed when the GPU is idle.
This results in performance mode doing fairly well due to the higher power limit, and when undervolted it could pass 3000 points, a nice result. Here’s how it looks in the areas where you’ll actually touch, at idle it was in the low to mid 30s, pretty normal.
With the stress tests going the center is warm to the touch in the low 40s, and it gets perhaps a little warmer as the CPU power limit increases, which as we saw raises the internal temps. Let’s have a listen to how loud the fans get.
The fans were silent at idle, then when actually under heavy load there was minimal difference between the different modes. The Vantage software makes it sound like each higher tier will raise the fan speed, but under these workloads at least I wouldn’t say there was a practical difference.
In any case, it’s a little quieter when compared to most other gaming laptops I’ve tested. I’ve tested Far Cry 5 to see how the different modes actually affect game performance, and quiet mode isn’t really all that much lower than the others.
We expect lower performance from the lower CPU power limit, but it’s not that far behind others, granted as we just heard, we’re not really getting a much quieter system, just cooler internals. Next let’s find out just how well the Y7000 actually performs in games.
I’ve tested with performance mode enabled and hybrid mode disabled for best results. Red Dead Redemption 2 was tested using the game’s built in benchmark tool. High settings was still giving fair results, considering this is a somewhat resource heavy title, while medium and below was needed to average above 60 FPS.
Battlefield 5 was tested in campaign mode, and the game was running quite well even maxed out with the ultra setting preset, where even the 1% lows were above the refresh rate of the panel. Control was performing well enough with the high setting preset, however medium settings was better overall, where the Y7000 was able to average above 60 FPS, in fact it wasn’t far off this even for the 1% low performance.
Apex Legends was tested with either all settings at maximum, or all settings on the lowest possible values, as it doesn’t have predefined setting presets. It was still playing very well even with all settings at max, easily over 100 FPS, while minimum settings sat on the 144 FPS frame cap.
Call of Duty Modern Warfare was tested in campaign mode, and I’ve also tested it with the settings either maxed out or at minimum. It was running well even with all settings at maximum, still averaging above 60 FPS without any problem.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider was tested with the built in benchmark, and the results were pretty decent for a 1660 Ti laptop, but we’ll see how the Y7000 compares against other laptops in this game and more soon.
Fortnite was tested with the replay feature, and as a less demanding game epic settings was almost able to average 100 FPS, with 1% low performance above the refresh rate of the 1080p display, and much higher results were possible with lower settings.
If you’re after more gaming benchmarks check the card in the top right corner where I’ve tested 20 games in total on the Y7000. Let’s also take a look at how this config of the Lenovo Y7000 compares with other laptops, use these results as a rough guide only as they were tested at different times with different drivers.
In Battlefield 5 I’ve got the Y7000 highlighted in red near similarly specced machines. In this case it’s performing closely to many of the other GTX 1660 Ti laptops that I’ve tested, like the Acer Helios 300, although the 1% low performance isn’t quite as good, probably as the Helios has an undervolt by default.
Interestingly, despite having the same specs, the Y7000 was better in average FPS compared to the Y540 just below it. These are the results from Far Cry 5 with ultra settings in the built in benchmark.
This time the average FPS was basically the same as the Y540, however the Helios 300 was noticeably ahead here. As this seems to be more of a CPU bound test, this isn’t surprising, again as the Helios is undervolted by default.
These are the results from Shadow of the Tomb raider with the built in benchmark at highest settings. Like Battlefield 5, the Y7000 is around 5 FPS ahead of the Y540 with same specs, and only just one to two FPS behind the other 1660 Ti machines I’ve looked at, so performance is about what I’d expect with this hardware.
Overall the Y7000 is performing well, and is capable of playing pretty much any modern game with good settings no problem. The option of disabling Optimus to further increase gaming performance is icing on the cake, however without a 144Hz screen option it’s a flavour of cake I don’t like.
In the few games we looked at here, it seemed to perform a little better than the Y540 with same specs that I’ve previously reviewed. I’ve used Adobe Premiere to export one of my laptop review videos at 4K, and this was with hybrid mode enabled to take advantage of quick sync with the Intel GPU, and the results were pretty good, a few seconds ahead of the Helios 300 with same specs and not too far behind the RTX 2060 in the MSI GL75.
Now for the benchmarking tools, I’ve tested Heaven, Valley, and Superposition from Unigine, as well as Firestrike and Timespy from 3DMark, just pause the video if you want a detailed look at these results.
I’ve used Crystal Disk Mark to test the storage, and the 512GB NVMe M.2 SSD was performing well for both reads and writes, but results will vary based on your selected storage option when ordering. For updated pricing check the links in the description, as prices will change over time.
At the time of recording, I haven’t been able to find this current version of the Y7000 for sale in the US, it doesn’t seem to be available in all markets. Here in Australia though, we’re looking at $2000 AUD which is about $1250 USD without our taxes for the entry level model with i5 CPU and GTX 1650 graphics, or $2200 AUD for the i7 and 1660 Ti.
So it’s 10% more money for the i7 and 1660 Ti, which I think is definitely worth it, given the 1660 Ti is around 50% faster in games than the 1650. That said though, that price is not competitive even against Lenovo’s own lineup.
The Y540 with i7-9750H and GTX 1660 Ti is currently on sale for just over $1600 AUD, which is about $1000 USD, so quite a good deal for the specs. Even when it’s not on sale, it’s still $300 AUD lower than the Y7000 with same specs.
The features on offer are essentially the same too, you can find more information in my Y540 review, but basically you’d be better off saving money on the Y540. Like the Y540 though, the Y7000 is a decent gaming laptop.
Unlike most, it’s got the option of disabling optimus with a reboot which will boost gaming performance, a nice option to have. It does run on the hotter side, but to be fair the fan noise doesn’t get as loud as many others, and the CPU power limit is boosted above average in performance mode, allowing it to also perform better as a result.
The battery life was pretty decent outside of gaming, but not great for gaming on battery, and the position of the nose cam wasn’t ideal. Otherwise, like the Y540 there’s a lot here to like in terms of how well it actually performs, but that’s also kind of the problem.
The key differences are that the Y7000 covered here has the black and red design, which includes the red keyboard and red light on the back, so as far as that’s concerned, it will come down to personal preference.
Honestly, I can’t really see any other major differences apart from the design, granted even with the same specs my Y7000 did slightly outperform my Y540, but maybe that would change if I retest the Y540 with latest updates, let me know if you’d be interested in a full comparison.
In my country the Y540 is generally cheaper for the same specs, so unless you’re really set on the look of the Y7000 there doesn’t really seem to be much to justify the extra cost over the Y540, unless perhaps in your region the Y7000 does end up being cheaper.
So to summarise, the new Y7000 basically seems to be a more expensive Y540 but with more of a gamer aesthetic. Let me know what you thought about the Lenovo Y7000 gaming laptop down in the comments, and if you’re new to the channel consider getting subscribed for future laptop reviews and tech videos like this one.