IN STORE ONLY [w/ EDU discount, YMMV]: Microsoft Store - Lenovo Y50 Ultra High Definition Haswell i7 Touchscreen Gaming Notebook - Nvidia 860M, 16Gb RAM, 256Gb SSD - $1259.10 + TAX
Deal DetailsLast Edited by mlacey3 July 29, 2014 at 09:58 AM
This is lower (pre-tax) than the New Egg version of this that DOES NOT HAVE A TOUCHSCREEN:
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Here are the specs of this POWERHOUSE computer. Right now it's a Microsoft Store EXCLUSIVE, and it's not even sold on Lenovo's website:
Lenovo Y50-70 4K Touchscreen Laptop - Intel Core i7
15.6-inch Ultra HD touchscreen
Intel Core i7-4700HQ
16GB memory/256GB SSD (mine is a LiteON drive)
Up to 5 hours battery life
Display: 15.6 in Ultra HD LED (3840 x 2160), 10-finger multi-touch support
Processor: Intel Core i7-4700HQ 2.40 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.40 GHz
Memory: 16GB DDR3L 1600 MHz
Hard drive size: 256GB SSD
Operating system: Windows 8.1, 64-bit
PC type: Laptop
Optical drive: None
Media drive: 4-in-1 card reader (SD/MMC/SDXC/SDHC)
Audio: JBL speakers with Dolby Advanced Audio v2
Video: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M with 2GB graphics memory, Intel HD Graphics 4600
Ports: 2 USB 3.0 • 1 USB 2.0 • HDMI • S/PDIF • Headphone output/Microphone input combo • LAN (10/100/1000)
Battery: 4-cell lithium-ion (up to 5 hours)*
Camera: 720p HD webcam
Wireless: 802.11ac/a/b/g/n (Miracast enabled)
Dimensions: 15.24 x 13.11 x 0.94 in (387.09 x 332.99 x 23.87 mm)
Weight: 5.54 lbs (2.51 kg)
Other: Model number: Y50-70 Touch • Keyboard travel: 1.3 mm • Touchpad dimensions: 107 x 72 mm • Backlit keyboard • Security lock slot
Now that we've described the computer, let's revisit the $1259.10 + TAX price that I got the computer for.
Microsoft advertises this number on a webpage by using the Back To School $100 off offer and then applying the standard 10% off student/faculty/staff education discount.
So, the price is supposed to go from $1499.00 to $1399.00 (less the $100 advertised at the bottom of the product page) and then to $1259.10 (less the 10% of $1399.00).
UNFORTUNATELY, when you try to add the item to the cart online, the prices stays at $1349.00. Apparently the $100 discount isn't being applied.
I called MS Store via phone, and I was transferred to someone in India who said he couldn't override the price and said both discounts wouldn't stack. Called again yesterday morning and got an American who said he also couldn't stack the discounts. I pointed out that the website noted that the prices "started at $1259.10, reflecting 10% off the 'current price of $1399'" but he wouldn't budge. However, he did say that I could go into a local store and that the managers there had more flexibility to adjust prices if I brought printouts from the website.
To log into the education store, you go to www.microsoftst
Next, once you select your school/etc (you can just select something even if you don't have an ID, BUT the MS Store may ask to see your student/faculty/staff ID), you then type Y50 in the top right corner of the screen in the search box and then hit [ENTER] (see figure 2).
The next page will show the Y50. Note that at the bottom, it will state that the price starts from $1259.10 with and "original price" of $1399.00. YOU WANT TO PRINT OUT THIS PAGE (or use the photo that I provided ; see figure 3).
Now, click on the Y50, and it will bring you to the next page which will now show a price of $1349.00 (instead of $1259.10 like the prior page advertised). HOWEVER, note that below this will be a banner stating that this PC is $100 off with the back to school special. Make sure you select the "PC only" instead of the "PC with Office" to get the $100 off. If you select the "PC with Office" you get charged for the price of Office but save $150.00 (see figure 4).
PRINT THIS PAGE OUT ALSO. THIS SHOWS THAT THERE IS A $100.00 OFF OFFER ON THIS AS PART OF THE BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIALS (but that for some reason the site isn't processing both the $100 and the 10% discounts when you click to add to cart); here's where you go back to the previous page that you printed and show that they're advertising a price of $1259.10, discounted from $1399.00, implying that the $100 was supposed to be taken off the $1499.00 original price.
NOW, assuming you can easily explain the above and/or have good explanatory skills/persuasion skills, go to a local Microsoft Store and ask for the "advertised price." Actually, it wasn't too hard for me to get a price match to the website, since I said that MS was "ADVERTISING" on their website a price of $1259.10 and that there was just a website "error".
I also opted for the MS Complete 3 year accidental protection plan (Lenovo charges $215.10 + TAX for their on site in home protection plan (3YR In-Home + Accidental Damage Protection Plan - Part number: 78Y1541) if you order it using the IBM Shareholder Discount from Lenovo (www.lenovo.com/spp). I figured that "buying" a $300 plan (which I got a refund on today - you have 30 days for a full refund on the plan) would help "seal the deal."
So, below is my original receipt (with identifying info of course whited out/deleted).
Hope this helps! Slick deal, since this is cheaper than the Y50 Ultra HD (without touch) which is currently starting at $1249.00 at Lenovo's SPP website. It only has a Hybrid 1TB 5400 RPM+8GB SSHD and 8 Gb of RAM.
In contrast, the Y50 Touch (NOT UHD - it is FHD) starts at $1349.00 at Lenovo's SPP website starts at $1319.12 with the same hybrid drive and 8Gb of RAM.
Both have the crappier Intel 3160 wireless card and shipping time for the Y50 UHD is quoted at 3-4 wks while the shipping time for the Y50 Touch is 1-3 days.
BestBuy.com does have a better version of the Y50 Touch (FHD) in the sense that it has an included DVD burner and retails for $1149.00 on their website. The price can be discounted using the ubiquitous USPS Mover's coupon to $1034.10 before tax.
All in all, this Y50 UHD Touch is not currently available anywhere else that I know of. It has maxed out RAM (16 Gigs) + the SSD. So, at this price point, I think it's very competitive. If you were to buy a non-UHD Y50 Touch, I'd go for the Best Buy model; however, for only effectively ~ $200 more, you get double the ram (the Best Buy model has 2x 4 Gb RAM sticks, so you'd have to buy 2x 8 Gb sticks and sell or give away the 2x 4 Gb RAM sticks), UHD, and a fast SSD drive.
Now, there are some issues w/ the Y50 UHD, including a software lock on the frequency of the screen (48 Hz) as well as some "tinting of the yellow" which can be "fixed somewhat" by adjusting the color profiles. The screen, however, is viewable from many angles, and many people on the Notebook Forum Y50 board agree that it's definitely better than the FHD screen, the above caveats aside. I'm not going to go into a detailed discussion of the pros and cons of each of the Y50 variants, as that's beyond the scope of this post. You can read more here:
There are NO Youtube reviews that I know of as of yet for the UHD Y50 Touch. However, you can view a review of the regular Y50 (non touch) here:
The panel is a PLS Samsung panel. Yes, there is a green tint. However, this can be corrected by using the profile at the bottom of the first post at the following link: