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Lenovo built a ludicrously heavy, 17-inch, touchscreen gaming laptop

Lenovo built a ludicrously heavy, 17-inch, touchscreen gaming laptop


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Gaming laptops have always been huge boat anchors with questionable design decisions and plenty of power underneath the hood. In recent years, however, companies like Alienware and Razer have attempted to put the gaming laptop on a bit of a diet, slimming things down and muting the design language a bit.

Lenovo, on the other hand, is taking things in a different direction. The company's new Y70 Touch gaming laptop (the "Y" might as well stand for YOLO) weighs in at a whopping 7.5 pounds, and Lenovo claims that makes it "thinner and lighter" than most laptops in its class. That indeed might be the case, because the Y70 Touch eschews the piddly 13- and 14-inch screens found on Alienware and Razer's latest laptops. Instead, it packs a 17-inch display, which used to be table stakes in gaming laptops until people realized that it was more beneficial to actually be able to transport their computers.

However, the Y70 Touch does have a nice trick — as you might have guessed, that screen is fully touch-compatible. While most games won't take advantage of this feature, it does add a nice layer of utility to the machine. Lenovo didn't publish baseline specs, but you can max the machine out with a Core i7 processor, Nvidia GTX graphics, up to 16GB of RAM, and either a 1TB hard drive or 256GB of solid-state storage. Battery life is expectedly average: up to five hours, but we're guessing that isn't under a heavy gaming load.

As for its style, well... that's always a matter of taste. However, we've definitely seen more ostentatious-looking machines in our time. The Y70 Touch will be available in October starting at $1,299 — but we don't know exactly what you'll get for that price.