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The new Lenovo Y40 14.0″ gaming laptop is now available for $630 with 500GB SSHD. The price is not great, but if you are looking for a 14.0″ gaming laptop, this is a good option.
The two main disadvantages of this model are the (currently) relatively low 3D performance and the display quality.
The 3D performance is hampered not only by the ULV CPU throttling but probably also by some driver problems, it seems to me. The Radeon M275X performance is even lower than the slower Radeon 8850M in the Dell 3540 I’ve tested. Future drivers might fix it, but currently, even the Acer V7 is at least as fast and offers more interesting feature set for the price.
The display quality is average at best. However, unlike the Y410p display, it can be easily replaced. Build quality is good except the screen cover which is not that firm (the average in laptops). The non-backlit keyboard is good for typing is relatively comfortable.
The speakers are relatively good compared to the average but not great and not too powerful. Battery performance is good with around 5-7 hours of battery under light use. Heat and noise are not a problem – only under full load the upper-left parts of the laptop will get warm but it but palm rests mostly kept under reasonable temperatures.
Finally, for $630, keeping in mind the current options under $650 are not much better, the Y40 can be a good option for some (ask!).