Lenovo's new Ideapad Y900 is a serious laptop for serious gamers

Gaming PCs continue to hit the headlines and Lenovo's new Ideapad Y900 announced at CES 2016 is making a big play to grab your attention. It's a new, 17-inch gaming notebook that might not be the most portable machine you'll find but it's got plenty to like where it matters most.

It of course runs Windows 10, but one of the most awesome features on the new Y900 is the "one touch turbo button." With a single press you're promised more performance from the processor, the RAM and the graphics card. Sounds pretty good. The 17.3-inch IPS display has anti glare and comes in at 1920x1080 Full HD resolution. Perfect for crisp, clear gaming sessions.

The processor itself is Intel's latest 6th-generation quad-core Skylake Core i7-K series and Nvidia is providing the graphics horsepower with a 4GB GTX980M. Perhaps more intriguing is that Lenovo says the Y900 has a "backlit mechanical keyboard" with a variety of color options to choose from. Previous attempts at shoehorning a mechanical keyboard into a gaming notebook have resulted in some pretty massive devices, so we're keen to learn more about Lenovo's latest.

Other things of note include RAM options up to 64GB DDR4, 512GB PCIe SSD or 1TB HDD storage, a 90Wh battery for around 5-hours away from the charger and a comprehensive selection of ports. These include 3 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0 w/always on charging, 1 x USB-C Thunderbolt 3, Audio Jack, Mic Jack, HDMI 2.0, 4-in-1 card reader and DisplayPort.

As you can imagine this much power and size come with some drawbacks, namely the weight. This is no slim ultrabook, and it comes in at a hefty 10.1lbs and 1.41-inches thick. But then gaming laptops traditionally aren't exactly portable. They're just more portable than a desktop rig.

Pricing starts at $1999 and it'll begin shipping in June 2016.

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  • I want one of these!!!
  • That should be part of the razer partnership with lenovo
  • Razer already makes laptops though, so it's perhaps not something they'd want to do. Potentially cannibalize their current products.
  • Well, I think they have different audiences. Razer makes the blade which is sold as the thinnest, lightest and smallest gaming laptop. Lenovo, as alienware/dell, makes this kind of laptops as a not-that-portable gaming laptop.
  • Sounds great, but... That hinge. I just can't.
  • 2016 these things look archaic
  • I'd like to know more about the keyboard.
  • How is this any better than what other OEMs offer? They're late to the party. And that keyboard... No. Msi has a fully mechanical one. That Lenovo does not have one. And only one gpu? Really? Enthusiast rig?
  • can you say for sure that it isn't mechanical? Maybe it is. Actually, I'd like to know more about the keyboard.
  • It's a chick let - no matter what the marketing spiel, it's not cherry mx or the razor copy. That's simple.
  • This is most definitely a powerful gaming laptop. 4GB gfx ram will play any game.
  • I like that keyboard.
  • Does this have a DVD Drive?