It is almost unavoidable if you are deciding in between performance and style, also it is a tricking step during the otherwise exciting time of buying a laptop. The tighter the budget, the more difficult the struggle is in order to buy a laptop. And as when the question comes on the luxury of finding a machine that performs actually well and has some style and it is ready to get offered at a decent price which is not at all too common. The all new Lenovo Y40 is the smallest and one of the most affordable options in Lenovo’s high-performance Y series of gaming laptops. Yes, point to be noted, gaming laptops. To be very honest, this rig really aims to sit pretty well in the sweet spot for those who are deciding to get a fairly capable and a machine which is well-built and which comes at a fairly good entry price.

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The Lenovo Y40 boasts several brag-worthy features that are inherited from the 15.6 inch Lenovo Y50 and 17 inch Y70 that also comes in the Y series. Exclusively entering in the market with a very sharp design, a smart and fantastic battery life and JBL audio that absolutely kills it, it’s clear that the Y40 is a chip off the block, well at least in some regards.

Design: The Lenovo Y40 echoes the style of the Y50 throughout with its slick, yet modest clamshell design. The matte plastic lid that comes with crosshatch texture and underside are a noticeable downgrade from the Y50’s metal accents, but it’s nothing to knock the Y40 for. The crosshatch design looks deluxe and also did a good job deflecting my fingerprints, too. Flush with its lid is an embossed Lenovo logo. The logo’s adhesive might sometimes begin to peel, which will cause it to stick out a bit. Hopefully, this is not a widespread issue. But for a machine with otherwise great build quality, it was a disappointing flaw nonetheless.

It you lift the lid, it will be a breeze. It can easily be done with one finger while the laptop itself rests on a desk or on your lap. The top edge of the lid has a small lip that jets out, spanning its entire width. It hangs over ever so slightly, just enough for you to confidently lift. The wide lip is functional on a stylistic level, but lifting from anywhere but the center of the lid will cause the whole unit to lift. Opening the laptop reveals a brushed metal palm rest. A little different than the rubber-glazed palm rest found in the Y50, it’s definitely not a step down. If anything, the material is a subtle addition that might win a lot of people over on this machine. Not limited to its function as a palm rest, the keyboard deck earns big style points as a uniform sheet of metal that hugs each key of the amazing AccuType keyboard and it’s bold, red-wrapped keys. The metal ends just shy of the hinge in the back, giving way to two tiny, yet mighty speakers.