Updated 2010 Lenovo Ideapad Y730 Review and Video
An 09/10 update of the Y710, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y730 has been reinvigorated with a number of improvements which serve to keep the series at the top of the consumer market. With improved, more powerful processors, DDR3 memory capability, and optional high-end graphics cards, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y730 is a computing powerhouse.
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Its capable of handling even the most advanced 3D computer games and graphic/animation software.
Whether you’re looking for a mobile machine able to keep up with your needs or if you want to replace that old desktop the Y730 is a great choice.Even the base model of the Lenovo IdeaPad Y730 is equipped with a powerful Intel Pentium T3200(2GHz) dual-core processor and 2GB of RAM.
At the top end, the Y730 features an Intel Core 2 Duo T9400(2.5GHz) processor with 4GB of RAM. That means that no matter your configuration, the IdeaPad Y730 will be capable of handling a wide variety of tasks, from the mundane to the most complex and memory-intensive, especially when users opt for the ATI Mobility Radeon HD3650. For the secure storage of your favorite media and important data, the Y730 is equipped with a 320GB hard drive.
The 17-inch widescreen display on the Lenovo IdeaPad Y730 is a beautiful addition to a powerful machine. Users can choose the standard resolution WXGA+ monitor – 1440x900 – or may opt for the higher resolution WUXGA monitor – 1920x1200. Either way, both displays are incredibly crisp and display colors accurately and accentuate even the smallest color shifts. There is also the standard 1.3-megapixel integrated webcam that has become a Lenovo mainstay.
The worlds best Keyboards?
Widely regarded as one of the best keyboard manufacturers in the business, the IdeaPad Y730 full-size keyboard lives up to expectations with smooth motion and a good click. One incredible feature on this machine is the option for the right-side region of the keyboard. Normal users can choose a numeric keypad while gamers can select an arrow keys block with a set of customizable buttons for the ultimate gaming experience. The GameZone controls on gaming models of IdeaPad Y730 include user-definable keys, a secondary display and a turbo button for processor over-clocking. There’s also a large TouchPad with large, easily clickable buttons for mouse-free navigation.
There are plenty of ports on the Lenovo IdeaPad Y730 from which to choose. There are four USB ports, VGA and HDMI outputs, Ethernet input, microphone/headphone jacks, FireWire, a 6-in-1 card reader, an ExpressCard/34 or ExpressCard/54 port, Bluetooth 2.1, and more.
There’s also an integrated dual-layer DVD-R optical drive. For connecting to the rest of the world. Secure landline connections can be had through the use of the integrated Broadcom Ethernet card while wireless connections can be use to their fullest with the Intel WiFi Link 5100 card. With the additional ExpressCard port, users may also opt for a plug-n-play 3G Mobile Broadband Card.
The six-cell Lithium Ion battery has plenty of juice, but since the computer has a lot of processing capability, the maximum life of the battery with moderate use is about four hours. You can squeeze some extra life out of the battery by lowering the screen brightness and by shutting down any unnecessary processes.
Very stable and beautifully designed, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y730 is constructed of very rigid composite material and the hinge that connects the display and the keyboard is very strong. You can choose either a glossy navy blue for the Desktop replacement version or the gaming Y730 comes in a Valencia orange color scheme.
IdeaPad Y730 Specifications
Processor: Pentium Dual-Core T3200(2.00GHz) to Intel Core 2 Duo T9400(2.5GHz)
Memory: 2GB (4GB Max)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7
Hard Drive: 320GB
Optical Drive(s): DVD-R (Dual-Layer)
Display: 17.0” 1440x900 WXGA+; 17.0” 1920x1200 WUXGA
Graphics: Intel GMA 4500MHD; ATI Mobility Radeon HD3650
Ports: 4 USB; Ethernet; Headphone Output; Microphone Input; VGA; SD Card Reader; Lock Slot; ExpressCard/34 or ExpressCard/54 Slot; Bluetooth 2.1
Battery: 6-Cell Lithium Ion
Size: 15.5" x 11.2" x 1.22-1.53";
Weight: 7.9 LBS
IdeaPad Y730, the Cadillac of IdeaPad's.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Y730 has a starting price right now of about $1099, which means you're getting you're money’s worth when you purchase the Y730. Large, well designed and extremely powerful, the Y730 can handle almost anything and is - to use a cliché – the Cadillac of the company’s consumer line. The IdeaPad Y730 is full of innovation for the entertainment and gaming buff, an easily hot-swappable second drive bay, a switch for graphics card over clocking, a performance-oriented secondary display and function buttons, and arrow keys specifically designed to be customizable for high performance gaming.
In either guise, as a desktop replacement with an entertainment bent, or a superbly capable and customizable gaming rig, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y730 excels