It is time to change laptop since the old Acer Aspire 5750G is getting real slow while photo editing, especially edit those large RAW DNG files from Pentax K-1. My purposes for the laptop are to do photo editing (Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Affinity Photo) and music composition (Cockos Reaper, VST, audio recording). Therefore, specs such as SSD, storage size, nice wide angle view of display, processor and RAM are my concerns.
Initially, wanted to get an Illegear Z7 with GTX960M (RM 5414) since my colleague (Mr. Tim) recommend it. Unfortunately it is out of stock with just GTX 970M which increase the price by another RM800+, it just way out of budget for a non-gamer like me. So, went to Digital Mall and purchased another laptop that recommend by Mr. Tim, the Lenovo Ideapad 700 17-inch.
Cost me RM 4199 for all, laptop price RM 3899, added extra RM 200 8GB Apacr DDR 4 RAM and anti virus McAfee Internet Security RM 100 (3 years). Got a free a laptop bag and Fantech G10 Mouse, power adapter and basic user guide included in the box.
Lenovo Ideapad 700-17ISK-80RV007HMJ
Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ (2.6GHz, 6MB Smart Cache, Max Turbo Frequency 3.5 GHz)
RAM: 16GB DDR4 MEMORY (RM200 for Apacer 8GB added)
SSD: 128GB M.2 SSD
HDD: 1TB SATA HDD 5400RPM
OS: Windows 10 Home
Chipset Intel® Chipset
GPU: NVIDIA® GTX 950M 4 GB
Keyboard: AccuType Keyboard with backlitt
Audio: JBL® Stereo Speakers with Dolby® Home Theater®
Wifi: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (double checked myself)
Bluetooth: Bluetooth® 4.2 LMP version 8.4096 (double checked myself)
Interface: 2 x USB 3.0 (right side), 1 x USB 2.0 (left side), 1 x Audio Combo, 1 x HDMI™-out, 1 x RJ45
Card Reader: 4-in-1 Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC)
Battery: 3 Cell
Physical Security: Kensington Lock Slot
Dimensions: 16.46″ x 11.14″ x 0.98″
Anti virus: McAfee Internet Security (RM 100 for 3 years)
Warranty: 2 Years Lenovo Warranty
Lenovo 700 17ISK is black on front and back cover but silver inside, all plastic except for speaker cover (guess should be aluminium).
The cover is fingerprint magnet, looks a mess after days of use.
Looks thin by its design, but hold it up and you will see the true size. Left side comes with Kensington Security Lock Slot (blocked by hand), power input, USB 2.0, audio jack and NOVO button for Lenovo one key recovery.
Speaker design and ventilation holes, spotted two fans built in it while the staff installing RAM. I can feel no heat on keyboard palm rest area and both side of laptop, fan noise will be very loud when i render Audio file in DAW (Digital audio workstation) software and export files in Adobe Lightroom. Pretty satisfied with it’s heat reduction and ventilation, unlike Acer Aspire that blow heat to left side where i place my hand.
Right side with LAN cable input, HDMI port, 2 x USD 3.0, battery and power-on light indicator.
Appreciate the small touch on chrome design on track pad, it makes Ideapad 700 looks good in overall. Trackpad itself consider moderate, sensitive and multi-touch supported, of course it can’t beat smoothness of MacBook air and MacBook Pro which i can work with it without mouse.
Maximum angle that it can fold. The hanger of the screen lid doesn’t seems strong as it was connected by metal that relatively small, advised by seller to open it from center instead of side. Lid is quite flimsy, it swing when placed on stand table to work.
Big factor that convinced me to buy this laptop, it’s 17.3″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS display, unlike Illegear Z7 and Dell Inspiron 7566, view angle of Lenovo Ideapad 700 is noticeably better than other two. Refer here for detail information about screen display: laptopmedia.com
View from the side is so much better compare to old Acer Aspire washout view, this helps a lots on photo editing.
JBL speakers, loud and crisp but cracked at certain youtube videos, guess it caused by lower quality of compressed audio uploaded for the video. I prefer to set Dolby Audio to “Personlize” neutral EQ and turned off everything: Surround Virtualizer, Dialogue Enhancer and Volume Leveler.
one bad thing, crack sound can be heard you press a little harder at the back center part as image above. No big deal, but it just annoying and worrying when placing it in and out from bag.
Lenovo’s customized function key is on by default, therefore, to use Windows function key, “Fn” will need to be press together with the key. For example, Windows normal function key for full screen is F11, now i’ll need to press Fn + F11 to perform the function. This might create problem for those often use function keys, especially programmers. Tried FN + Esc key that found in forum, but not worrking at all, the only way to work is get into BIOS and disable “HotKey Mode”, refer to https://goo.gl/4j1pXM
Steps: Restart PC -> press Fn + F2 on Lenovo screen -> att Bios page, go to “Configuration” -> Disbable “HotKey” Mode as image above.
Overall, the laptop served me well for these few days after all, performed stable while installing Photo software and especially large amount of Audio VST library files. Photo editing on Affinity Photo is much smoother and displaying big size raw files is few times faster. Audio recording without latency, working in Cockos Reaper with 5 VST, 2 FX each on two audio tracks, 3 FX in FX track and 1 FX on Master output are manageable by Lenovo Ideapad 700.