Start Playing Around On A Lenovo Ideapad Y900!

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I’ve always enjoyed playing video games. I remember the first time I booted up my old Atari system. I graduated onto each and every console up until computers really started to catch on, and after that, I was hooked. It didn’t matter that the games I played, like Gemstone III, were text based MUDs with absolutely NO graphics whatsoever.  Many people today don’t see the appeal of text rolling across the screen, but I swear, it’s hard to beat the power of one’s own imagination.  Add the fact that I was able to play with other people in real time, and it was phenomenal.  It wasn’t something I was about to give up when I joined the military.

The military presented its own challenges.  I had two computers.  One was a laptop, and one was a desktop.  My desktop was a beast and it was capable of anything I needed it to be… for a time.  Handling games like Dark Age of Camelot, and World of Warcraft, was no problem.  It was extremely bulky, and it didn’t help me when I got deployed.  That’s where the laptop came in, but the laptop couldn’t handle the games.  I took it, and continued playing the text based time sinks, but it wasn’t the same.  I learned early that keeping up with technology was going to become expensive.  It seemed like every game that hit the market completely invalidated whatever I had at my house, and I was forced to fall behind the gaming curve, or upgrade.  I had to make a choice.  I could either continue upgrading my desktop system, or I could try to find laptops that could handle the workload.  Each time I left home, the decision to move to laptops became easier until I finally gave up on the desktop system all together.


I’ve been out of the military now for 10+ years, and I haven’t gone back to desktop systems.  I know the pros, and the cons, of owning each.  Having five children also means it’s tough to come up with the money to keep up with the technology of today.  Instead of hunting down the latest and greatest processor I could find, I was looking for games that would work on my system.  My best friend, Snuffy (I don’t think his mother actually named him that) would often remark on how limited we were in the selection.  We wanted to play together, but it was rough, playing the same things day in and day out. He would make a suggestion, and I’d go out and purchase the game.  To my dismay, I would find that the game would move at a snail’s pace, and the lag would get me killed.  The games would be unplayable, and the hunt would continue.  Then I got my hands on the Lenovo Ideapad Y900, and it was as if the world changed.


Many doors opened with the Lenovo Ideapad Y900.  I mean that in the literal sense, because I could play all the games that had been giving me grief.  Mortal Online, Tiger Knight: Empire War, and even The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt all ran seamlessly.  The 16GB of DDR4 memory and the Intel Core I7 processor handled them like a champ.  There wasn’t a moment of frame delay to be seen, and the sound was amazing.  The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M is an older chip, for sure, but I’m not disappointed in the slightest.  All the images, both in game and out, were crisp and clean.  Having everything on a 17.3″ leaves me feeling like I’m watching it on a television screen.

So it obviously holds up under the hood, but how is it for functionality?  Below the keyboard is a rubberized mat.  It makes for a good grip to help keep your fingers in place, but the keys have a nice little feature.  There are little bumps on the ‘f’ and ‘j’ keys, like every other keyboard, however, there is also one on the ‘w’ key.  Since the ‘w,’ ‘a,’ ‘s,’ and ‘d’ tend to be movement keys, it’s nice to have a way to find them without taking your eyes off the screen.  For those who WOULD look down at their fingers, the Lenovo Ideapad Y900 has some other nifty little features.  For example, it comes with red key tabs to go over those movement keys, and you can also set up different light profiles for the key themselves.  Yes, you heard me.

You can split up your keyboard into seven different sections, each with a different light color.  That would come in handy if you needed to devote different types of actions to different colors.  There are also several different macro key options,and a turbo toggle switch should the need arise.


Now should you prefer an actual mouse over the touch pad, there are plenty of ports available.  There are two USB 2.0’s, one USB  3.0, one USB 3.1, and it also has a USB-C connector!  There’s also an HDMI output connector, and a DisplayPort Connector in case you’d like to use something other than the 17.3″ screen.  The Ethernet connector allows connection to the outside world, but I’ve always been a fan of Wireless.  The Killer Network Adapter kept me moving without hiccups, and the Bluetooth 4.1 rounds out the options.  The Lenovo Ideapad Y900 doesn’t leave you hanging.


I’ve used a lot of laptops that lacked several of the ports this puppy has, and I figured heat would be an issue.  The Lenovo Ideapad Y900 solves that with an intricate intake system underneath, and exhausts through the rear.  It’s a brilliant design!  With so much going on, and its size, it makes sense that it’s heavy and hard to pack up, but that’s easily solved as well.  Every laptop I’ve ever bought, I’ve purchased a bag that was perfect for it.  So if you’re going to travel, you can shoulder the load with a little bit of planning, and that definitely makes it worth it.


The Lenovo Ideapad Y900 is solid, all around.  It has a metallic finish, and it LOOKS GOOD.  In fact, when I took it out of the package, my wife called it “sexy.”  It’s what gamers want.  It can handle the load, has plenty of options, it’s portable, and it looks great doing it.  The search is over… I found the ‘one.’



Full Lenovo Ideapad Y900 specifications:

  • Intel Core i7-6820HK @2.7GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M 8GB
  • 16GB DDR4 2133MHz  RAM
  • 1TB 5400RPM HDD, 256GB NVMe SSD
  • 17.3″ LED IPS AntiGlare 1920×1080 display
  • Front-facing camera
  • Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter, Ethernet
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • 6 Cell 90 Watt Hour Li-Polymer
  • Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • USB disc drive
  • HDMI and DisplayPort output
  • Multi-color backlit Razer mechanical keyboard


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*The Quirky Mom Next Door received the above item(s) in exchange for our honest review. All opinions and experiences are our own only.

32 thoughts on “Start Playing Around On A Lenovo Ideapad Y900!

  1. I have not been bit by the gaming bug. When I was in the Air Force a computer filled a room and worked with keypunch cards.

  2. It’s a good review of this quality product. It looks like it would be exceptional for gaming. Family would all want to be here to use this.

  3. I didn’t realize how much the Lenovo could do. I like how you can split up sections of the keypads in different colors.

  4. It looks pretty nice. I’ve only ever had Dell or MSI computers, but I’ve heard good things about Lenovo’s machines.

  5. So many great features to make game playing more exciting. I personally do not play games a lot, but I can imagine how much those gamers would love to own one.

  6. This is really neat! I love all the features! It is crazy how fast technology keeps advancing. I don’t really play video games on the computer but my husband does!

  7. This Lenovo ideapad looks very cool. My son would love that it makes playing games so much easier.

  8. My older children love playing games on their computers. This would be a great laptop for them.

  9. I love that it is so fast. I think this would be a great gift for my daughter when she graduates. She loves playing games on the computer.

  10. Very nice Lenovo Ideapad, but it costs $1,800 dollars. I can not afford it, but if I could I sure would love to own this laptop. It looks so cool!

    1. The way we look at it, we were buying a lot of cheaper computers more frequently so this will hold up longer and be worth the money in the end. You know what I mean?

  11. I am amazed at all of the specifications. We would have so much fun with this one and I love the size of it.

  12. My grandkids love to play games on their computers at their house and tell me my computer is too old to get their games on. Thanks for your review on the Lenovo Ideapad Y900. It looks like just what I need.

  13. Well, I am not a fan of video games to be honest, but I do like the looks of the keyboard and laptop. Computers have come a long way as well as the speed of the internet.

  14. I currently own a Lenovo laptop and love it.I did a lot of research on different laptops and for the price it shined over others. It is really easy to use as well.

  15. Lenovo is long known for their quality and substance. As an administrative assistant I can attest to their durability.

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