hi guys, i’m back 😀
after a long time without post, i’m back with a new post from a new laptop.
yep yu read it right, my good ol’ Asus A43SA just decided won’t boot up for me anymore (T__T) so as sad it may heard, I need a new laptop to work, so.. I started to look around the internet to find suitable laptop for me.
So I’ve got my criteria for a laptop : Must play any games on a43sa on same level or better.
and since I’m pretty disappointed by asus’s endurance in new laptops so asus going to be no for me right now.. also i’m pretty bummed by AMD’s driver that makes my laptop screen goes blank every time i updated their driver to the current. I’m stuck with 12.10 driver without any other option! geeez..
so after researching here and there, and consulting to my manager about laptop brands, i decided to go with lenovo. This brand isn’t very new to me since back in St. regis bali i already use lenovo for work laptops, granted it’s thinkpad series not the lenovo series.
so further research narrowed me down to this three candidates :
Lenovo Y410p, Lenovo Z410, and Thinkpad Edge e440.
those laptop armed with 4th gen Core i5/i7 processor, nVidia discrete graphics processor and plenty of other lenovo software.
after all the consideraton : CPU/GPU selection, upgrade options, heat, thickness, warranty, and the most important: price, in the end, I choose Lenovo Y410p
let’s meet the laptop :
Update : new pros and cons in this post
forgive if the image a bit blur, i take it with my phone.
granted its not as beautiful as alienware or any premium gaming laptop with $2000+ price (obviously) but for $1000 laptop it’s pretty neat though 😀
here are the specs :
- Processor: 4th generation Intel® Core™ i7-4700MQ (2.40GHz 1600MHz 6MB)
- Operating System: Windows 8.1 x64 SL
- Display/Resolution: 14.0″ HD Glossy LED Backlit with integrated camera (1366×768)
- Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GT755M 2GB
- Memory: 8GB DDR3L (user-upgradeable to 16GB) – 1600Mhz(Support Dual Channel)
- Hard Disk Drive: 1 TB HDD drive / no SSD
- Integrated Communications: Intel Centrino Wireless N-2230 – 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, 1 GB LAN
- Connectors: 2x USB 2.0 (one always on), 1x USB 3.0 SuperSpeed, 6-in-1 card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, MS, MS-Pro), Headphone, Microphone, HDMI-out, dan VGA port (15-pin)
- Camera: HD 720P Camera
- Battery: Up to 5 hours
- Weight: 5.5 lbs
- Dimensions: 13.77 x 9.64 x 0.59 – 1.29 inch
pretty good huh?
yeah I mean if you have the money, you would go for seriously expensive gaming brand laptop with nvidia GTX or AMD R-series GPU. but with my budget, getting a GT755M 2GB is very good 😀 considering my last laptop GPU was AMD HD6730M with a feature of non-upgradeable driver (yes AMD I’m pointing and staring at you)
here are more pics of my laptop :
okay next is.. sectional review
this laptop double the price from my old laptop, IDR 12.200.000 or if you prefer usd its around $1000 by the time I got it on Pemmz gadget.
by general this laptop a lot of features, let me show the scores on Game-Debate first
as you can see my scores are 10 for CPU, so that means this laptop just tops the list in game debate. sure there’s plenty of Core i7 processors that trumps my laptop but that in the desktop category
overall Lenovo Y410p performance is at least 50% better than my Asus A43SA, and since my asus is strong enough to play most of the modern games in medium-high settings. I believe this laptop is strong enough on high or maybe even ultra with some settings toned down.
for the battery, the spec sheets say its up to 5 hours on battery. but mos of Y410p owner in the kaskus forum this laptop won’t last longer than 3,5 hours tops. I don’t have time to tested it out yet, because i’m a little busy testing games on my laptop :p I’ll post when i have test it out.
another thing that this laptop comes are :
8GB DDR3L 1600 MHz RAM – notice the L behind DDR3? it means this laptop using the low voltage version, aaand… that kind of RAM is still hard to find in Indonesia
Windows 8.1 x64 SL edition – you really want me to explain this? if I have the money I would downgrade to windows 7 right away.
Ultrabay – the slot where dvd rw drive rests is an ultrabay port, which can be swapped right away with a fan, dummy dvd rw, or even another nVidia GT755M discrete gpu.
nVidia GT755M 2GB discrete graphics with-suprisingly-ultra-annoying-OPTIMUS!
if only, this GPU come alone, without optimus technology i will say it’s better than my old AMD HD6730M. but sadly that technology helps the battery life, but at the cost of only Intel HD are detected in WEI or any benchmark software.
overall this graphic card are one of the better cards I’ve seen on the market, and again I know there are GTX series on the market, it just my budget not on the price range.
and this card just devour any games I thrown at it 😀
oh also if you want to look at the difference between GT755M and HD6730M you can click here
Default – this laptop by default came with realtek HD audio, one of the shittiest audio card on the market without the help of any DAC/AMP this card just plain “ok my laptop can produce sounds” but even with shitty card, this laptop also came with JBL speakers. and by the time I tested it, I just…WOW… one of the loudest and best speakers in the laptop. even my asus’s altec lansing with X-Fi Soundblaster and Razer Surround can’t get anywhere near Y410p’s speakers. Razer surround installed – before I already tell you that even with standard configuration my laptop sound just amazing, thanks to JBL speakers. because of IDK why, windows 8 can’t support Dolby home theater 4 so I installed razer surround to help make my speaker sound a bit surround. I know most of the audiophile will say that razer surround is a purely gimmick, well my ears say differently buddy, so i’ll stick to it 😀 and that make my laptop sound even better 😀
Update guys, it turns out the sound for this laptop is not limited to realtek drivers. as I mentioned in my next post, I uninstalled realtek driver and razer surround because my laptop can use Dolby Home Theater v4 driver.
to make thing short you should read about it in my next post for detail, I’ll summarize it, my laptop sound, using JBL speaker and realtek is really good. using Dolby home theater? it just awesome (for a laptop)
okay, if some of you actually want an benchmark test on my Y410p, here it is :
Pros and Cons
+ 4th Generation Intel Core i7 processor
+ nVidia GT755M 2GB 128 bit GPU
+ 8 GB 1600 MHz RAM
+ JBL audio
+ Keyboard (AccuType + Red Backlit)
– Windows 8.1 w/o downgrade to Windows 7 option
– only 3 USB slot
– Lacking in Indicator (HDD, Caps, Num)
– Quickly gained heat, if used to gaming with heavy specs.
– not 9 cell battery
– not HD+ (1600 x 900) display by default
– weighs at 2,5 kilos with battery in place
+/- nVidia optimus
+/- Ultrabay slot
So for a laptop that come with a bit expensive price tag, but not as expensive as razer or alienware lineups, this laptop proven to be a contender in a gaming laptop series.
this laptop may not be suitable to play an all-ultra settings on modern games, but at least high is very good to me.
I would not say this laptop is a bang for the buck, maybe more like that price is worth paid with all the features inside.
so? what you guys think of? tell it in the comments section below
ga bisa bahasa inggris? komen pake bahasa juga gapapa gan 😀