The brand new Haswell chips are starting to appear in major PC retailers laptop configs. Two important gaming laptops got ‘em upgraded today. Lenovo went out with the old on their 15.6-inch Lenovo Y500 gaming laptop and its smaller brother 14-inch Y400 gaming laptop — and in with the new Y510p and Y410p to replace the older Sandy Bridge based laptops.
Now equipped with Haswell, you can expect a bit more power from these gaming machines, plus the Y410p was upgraded to have 900p HD+ display on all models (thank goodness 720p is no longer the standard). If you’re itching to buy the latest and greatest, there’s savings available on both of these models.
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This is the standard model of the new Y510p and comes with a GeForce GT 750M plus 8GB of RAM. This gets you a FULL HD display for under $1,000 on a gaming laptop. Additional upgrades includes a Blu-ray drive, mSSD, and even a configuration with two GeForce SLI GPU on the Y510p – making it one of the more powerful gaming laptop on the market (but don’t forget performance won’t come cheap – the SLI config after coupon is $1,149).
Like its bigger brother, the Y410p was updated from the older Y400, and happily Lenovo has decided to include HD+ 900p panels on this gaming laptop. The Y410p comes with a slightly faster GT 755M with8GB of RAM.
Though it doesn’t have the SLI option offered such as the Y510p, given its a 14-inch laptop after all (Update: given previous Y400 had the Ultrabay upgrade option, it should be available soon. Thanks Neil for the correction). This config does NOT include the 24GB mSSD cache, there’s also an optional Blu-ray drive upgrade – though we recommend if you really want maximum performance, you can consider upgrading to a third party SSD after securing your latest gaming rig – it’ll add a strong, noticeable positive performance impact to your daily computing and gaming needs.
Lastly, the cheapest but certainly NOT the worst option, the 59369912 config of the Y410p comes with standard 1366 x 768 resolution panel (not the HD+ 900p), you’ll be saving $80 from the pricier higher resolution models. If you’re absolutely certain you don’t need the higher resolution display and can live with 768p (lets be honest, if you’re going to game seriously you’ll be gaming with a monitor probably) – then this is the best economic Haswell gaming choice on the market currently (did we forgot to mention this also comes with the GeForce GT 750M?).
Front Shot of the Y510P with GT 750M and 4th Gen Intel Core i7 CPUs.
Ultra-bay Dual Graphics SLI setup for Lenovo Y500/Y510p laptops.