The new Lenovo Y700 is easy to disassemble as last year’s Y50, although you still need to detach the whole bottom part in order to access the internals. However, the best part is that Lenovo finally addressed the issue of the previous version not having M.2 SSD slot. Well, the Y700 now has this expandable storage option.
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1. Removing the bottom cover
It’s pretty easy actually. You just need to remove all the screws that hold the bottom aluminum piece in place but be careful when removing it. At the back of the notebook, the decorative red grills are attached like hooks to the main body.
At first glance, the cooling system seems to be greatly overhauled. The main grills are moved at the back of the machine and the heat pipes appear to be redesigned as well. Our temperature tests show that the right side and the center of the keyboard get a bit hot, but more on that later in our full review.
2. What we found inside
Luckily, you don’t need to perform a full disassembly to gain access to all of the internals. As you can see, the 2.5-inch HDD is Seagate-made with a 500GB capacity, but note that the model we’ve got is a testing sample so the final version might be with another drive. There are also two RAM slots (one is occupied by an 8GB chip) and the battery is rated at 60Wh (4050 mAh) and it’s in-house made.
Right next to the subwoofer, you will see a small empty space with an NGFF slot next to it. This is the long-awaited upgrade that we were waiting from Lenovo – M.2 SSD slot supporting “M key” edge connector, 2280 standard.
You can also check our list of laptops support M.2 SSDs.