Lenovo Y900 Overview
Lenovo has really taken things to the next level when it comes to style with the Ideapad Y900. The top lid of the laptop has a cross-hatched aluminum design that has glossy accents coming up from the center. There is a Lenovo logo on the top left of the lid and Lenovo’s “Y” gaming logo in the center, which will light up when you have the system turned on.
Flipping over to the back we can see that Lenovo continues that hatched aluminum design. There are ventilation spots which are red that will help keep all of your components inside nice and cool. There are rubber feet in the appropriate spots to lift the laptop off your desk and of course keep it from moving around during those intense gaming sessions.
Taking a look at the sides of the Ideapad Y900 starting on the left you have your power connection, DisplayPort, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, USB Type-C port, and two USB 3.0 ports. On the opposite side you have a lock port, two USB 2.0 ports, headphone and microphone jacks, and a 6-in-1 card reader.
The rear of the unit has more ventilation and you can see the red accents, which look pretty good. The display has a single hinge, which makes opening the laptop pretty easy.
When you open the Ideapad Y900 up you are greeted by a nice large 17.3-inch anti-glare 1920 x 1080 display. The display is quite vivid being able to reproduce 107 percent of the sRGB color gamut. This panel is also an NVIDIA G-SYNC panel. This means that the Y900 will match up the frame rate of your game with the display rate of the monitor. This makes for much smoother gameplay and eliminates any tearing.
There is quite a lot of real estate to work with when you open the Y900 up. So you actually have a very large full keyboard and touchpad. Above the keyboard is where you will find your speakers. These JBL speakers are pretty powerful and if you don’t plan on using a headset they will definitely fill your room with sound.
Since this is a real gaming laptop Lenovo has outfitted it with mechanical keyboard. This is a full keyboard meaning you have a full compliment of keys as well as a full number pad. Now obviously these switches are different from what you would find in a typical desktop keyboard, but they do have a nice feel and response. They make an audible click much like Cherry MX Blue switches, but Lenovo uses their own proprietary mechanical switches. This keyboard is RGB backlit, but we will get to that later in the review.
While we have a full keyboard there are a few extra keys. You have the Y1 – Y4 keys which are fully programmable keys. These are great to have especially if you play a lot of MOBA and MMO games. There is also the turbo button. This instantly overclocks your system if you need it. The system will also automatically enable turbo mode when it sees you are doing something CPU or GPU intensive.
Surrounding the touchpad is a large black rubberized palm rest. The touchpad is made by Synaptics and measures 4.1 x 2.7-inch making it one of the larger ones we’ve seen. It is surrounded by an illuminated section, again which we will take a closer look at in a little bit.