There are quite a few gaming laptops out there, and some are quite powerful and somewhat heavy, but few are touch-enabled, especially when they have a big 17” display. The Lenovo Y70 is the first such laptop from Lenovo, and Windows 8 users should appreciate the arrival of the touch option in this line of product from Lenovo.

Inside, you will find a fast CPU and GPU combo, namely (up to) the Intel Core i7 and the NVIDIA GTX-860M with 4GB of GDDR5 video memory – that’s a lot. This should allow gamers to play with the highest resolution textures, which is very nice considering how much detail they bring to games.

The display is a 17” full HD (1080p) display, which is effectively the sweet spot for gaming since extra pixels would hurt the frame-rate, while lower resolutions would cut down on the visible details. This is a delicate balance that most gaming PC vendors understand very well.

Gamers can opt for as much as 16GB of RAM, and have storage options of 256GB of SSD storage, or up to 1TB of hybrid storage, which may be the better option, since Battlefield 3 took something like 20GB on my hard drive.

As most gaming laptops, this one features a backlit keyboard (red light), which is nice. I wish that the color was selectable at purchase time, but I haven’t heard anyone complain, so that’s probably not a big deal.

Lenovo-Y70-Touch_7The industrial design is pretty slick, with angular shapes that could make one think of the F-117 Stealth Fighter — probably a good reference for many gamers. The Speaker setup in the back is particularly visible, along with an impressive cooling system at the bottom of the chassis.

At about 1” thin, this is not a “thin and light” per say, but it’s still thin for a gaming laptop with that kind of horsepower. Remember that not so long ago, something like the Macbook Pro 17 was that thin, so it’s pretty good. At $1299+, what do you think – hot or not?

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