Lenovo Ideapad 700 15.6-Inch laptop review

Today we are taking a look a the Lenovo Ideapad 700 15,6-inch laptop, specifically model number 80RU00FEUS with a dedicated GTX950M graphics card and plenty of RAM for the most hard core of multitaskers. After doing a quick once over I was quite impressed with what it has to offer and decided it needs a full review. So let’s see what this Lenovo can offer.

The Exterior

When it comes to exterior design and Lenovo you usually know what to expect. The Lenovo Ideapad 700 15,6-inch laptop is no exception. It is in keeping with the companies design language coming in a very sober matte black finish with just some minor design queues here and there. Even without the discrete logos you could have easily told this was a Lenovo product.

Lenovo Ideapad 700 top cover closed angled viewThe entire body of the Ideapad 700, even the palmrest gets a matte black finish. They went as far with the matte as to make the gorgeous 15,6-inch FullHD (1920 by 1080 pixel) IPS screen also with a matte finish. While this finish looks grate when new, once some skin oils get into it, I expect it to start slowly becoming a fingerprint magnet. I’m sort of getting ahead of myself here, so let’s take this step by step again.

Other than a chrome Lenovo logo on the top left corner, the top cover doesn’t have any mentionable design queues. The entire screen assembly has cutouts on either side to make room for the two large speakers. Many buyers have said the Lenovo Ideapad 700 has very good speakers. I for one am not surprised as most other laptops have their speakers underneath the body and that muffles the sound badly.

Lenovo Ideapad 700 front right angled view openThe matte 15,6-inch FullHD screen gets, you guessed it, a black matte plastic bezel with just a dark grey lenovo logo on the bottom left side of the screen. There is also a small model inscription with the same dark grey colour on the other side of the bezel. The built in 720p Webcam is located in typical fashion in the middle of the top border. A small rubber strip around the edge of the display helps keep it away from the keyboard. This is a very small detail that is usually present on much more expensive laptops.

The palmrest continues with the same sober design with lenovo’s signature full size keyboard with numerical pad in a black on black color combination. The touchpad and a few function keys add bit of color with some minor orange details. As a final detail there is a rather large dark grey power button on the upper right side of the palm rest, just above the keyboard.

The Connectivity

The connectivity of the Lenovo Ideapad 700 is exactly what you would expect from a laptop powered by a 6th generation Intel processor. For the 80RU00FEUS model number in particular you get the following:

Lenovo Ideapad 700 80RU00FEUS 15,6-inch laptop connectivity

  • On the left side of the body it gets the Kensington-Lock-Port, Lenovo’s proprietary power connector, one USB 2.0 Port, the Card Reader and the audio combo jack. Also on the left side of the body is a small hole for the built in microphone.
  • The other side of the body features the remaining Ethernet Port, HDMI-Out, two USB 3.0 Ports and the status LEDs.
  • On the inside if features the newest Wireless WiFi 802.11 AC with speeds of up to 433 Mbps. It also features Bluetooth 4.0.

The Performance

The main reason I decided to review the Lenovo Ideapad 700 15,6-inch laptop is that in this specification (80RU00FEUS) it is a powerhouse of a computer. It is very well suited as a work computer for people doing a lot of CAD and engineering work and of course for the gamer who wants raw processing power. Let’s see what we get in this package.

The main feature of the Lenovo Ideapad 700 80RU00FEUS is the 12GB of DDR4 RAM in combination with a 6th generation high power variant Intel Core i5-6300HQ processor running at 2.30GHz. This is no low power U or Y variant design for low energy consumption. Add to this the very fast PCIe 256GB SSD and you already are talking about a very powerful and responsive laptop. The final cherry on top of this amazing cake is the nVidia GeForce GTX950M graphics card with 4GB of VRAM. I know the GTX950M is only the first graphics card with an X on the end, but let’s not forget, this card in no slouch:

The only thing that pulls the entire package down is the very small 3-cell battery. With just 45Watt Hour the up to 4 hours battery life claimed by Lenovo seems somewhat plausible if not a bit optimistic. I would expect, based on the high powered CPU and the gaming GPU around 2 to 3 hours even with just browsing. Thankfully you have the 12GB of RAM to satisfy Chromes voracious appetite and still be able to do something else.

So overall from the performance side I think this is the perfect work computer for power users and heavy multitaskers. I know I am one. (Right at this moment I have 2 browsers with multiple tabs open, music playing in the background, a photo editing program to cut the photos for this post, various open explorers to find the individual files, a Skype window, an email client open and god knows whatever Windows is doing in the background. That’s a whole bunch of RAM being used right this instant!)

I would also have to add that because this isn’t a laptop specifically built for gaming it might run into overheating issues under full load. I know this thing has two fans, but I’m not quite sure the way it’s setup it’s up to the task. I might be wrong here. On the plus side, Lenovo was kind enough to give us access to all the important components.

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Who is it for? discussing who would benefit most from this laptop...

  • Power User
    From the first moment of seeing the basic configuration of the Lenovo Ideapad 700 (80RU00FEUS) 15,6-inch laptop I was thinking about a power user. You get 12 GB of DDR4 RAM a fast, high power 6th gen. Intel Core i5 and a SSD. What more could you want. This package also includes a high resolution IPS screen and a decent graphics card.
    The battery life is a bit poor and lenovo's usual sober design isn't for everyone, but those that appreciate it, don't want anything else.
    By the way, there's also an i7-6700HQ powered version of this laptop if the i5 is too slow for you. I for one think the i5 is enough.


  • Gaming
    While the Lenovo Ideapad 700 (80RU00FEUS) 15,6-inch isn't a gaming laptop per se, it does have all the necessary hardware to qualify as one. It has a high power version Intel Core i5, a dedicated GeForce GTX950M graphics card, plenty of RAM and a high resolution IPS screen. It also gets a fast SSD, but I think it's a bit small for most gamers and you will need to install something bigger.
    Also, this needs repeating, cooling is usually an issue with laptops not specifically designed for gaming.


  • Student
    I'm not quite sure if the Lenovo Ideapad 700 15,6-inch in the (80RU00FEUS) specification is suitable for students. It has the trappings of a great engineering student laptop but the poor battery life negates all the benefits. If you know that you can live with 2 to 3 hours of battery life than please give it a go. The performance alone makes this a bargain of a laptop.

PROs Vs. CONs

At first glance, because of the price, I thought this was another "new" laptop with old technology. It seems I was wrong and the Lenovo Ideapad 700 15,6-inch laptop in the (80RU00FEUS) specification does have the latest in hardware technologies. It gets a 6th gen. Intel Core i5, WiFi 802.11 AC, a fast PCIe SSD and an nVidia GeForce GTX 950M.
The big selling point for this laptop is I think the 12GB of RAM in combination with a fast SSD and a good CPU.

While I am one who does truly love lenovo's very sober and basic matte black design, most people don't. That's why I am placing the design as a con of the Ideapad 700.
The major con with this laptop remains the poor battery life. A 3-cell battery is a trend that is thankfully slowly dyeing out and manufacturers have started installing larger units again.



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Summary

I consider myself a power user and when I notice laptops with bucketloads of RAM at affordable price points I have to have a look at them. Most of them usually leave me disappointed. This isn't the case with the Lenovo Ideapad 700 15,6-inch laptop in the (80RU00FEUS) specification. It features the latest and greatest in technologies. It has the newest wireless connectivity. It gets a full fat 6th gen. Intel Core i5 with all its benefits like DDR4 and improved performance. The complete package has everything it needs to cash the checks of most power users. There are some more powerful configurations out there if that is what you really need but overall this is one bargain of a laptop.
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Technical Details

Processor 6th Gen. Intel® Core™ i5-6300HQ 2,3 Ghz
Video Card nVidia GeForce GTX 950M with 4GB of VRAM
RAM Memory 12GB DDR4 2133 MHz
Audio Two Built-in Stereo Speakers with Dolby® Home Theater®
Operating System Windows 10
Display 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080px
Storage Drive 256 GB SSD -rpm
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac
USB 2.0 Ports 1
USB 3.0 Ports 2
Built-in Camera Yes
Built-in Microphone Yes
Optical Drive none
Memory Card Reader Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Headphone-out Yes
VGA-out -
HDMI-out Yes
LAN-out Yes
Color Black
Width 15,1 in.
Depth 10,4 in.
Height 0,9 in.
Weight 5,1 lbs.
Battery Life up to 4 hours
Warranty 1 Year Limited Warranty

Updated on April 2nd, 2017

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