Summary: Lenovo’s IdeaPad laptops come in pretty much every shape and size, with svelte ultrabooks sharing brand space with staid productivity machines and the occasional netbook. The Y series represents Lenovo’s paean to gamers, music lovers, and film buffs: entertainment machines sporting quad-core processors, lots of storage space, and capable GPUs.
Pros: Excellent keyboard, nice trackpad, Loud, fairly solid audio quality, Very little bloatware
Cons: Meager gaming performance, Drab design, Lack of an SSD hampers performance
Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 Review: Taking The Good With The Bad
6 July 2012
Excerpt: In the wilds of the laptop market, nestled between the hordes of 15.6” mainstream laptops and the slim ultraportables, there is an odd breed. The 14” multimedia laptop. Even describing them as such is limiting because each model seems to offer its own take on the concept. Some are nearly as thin and light as laptops with much smaller displays while others are bulky powerhouses hidden behind a façade of portability.
Conclusion: The battery life isn't great, and the list price is a bit steep, but you can shave off some of that bottom line by keeping an eye out for a deal on the Lenovo site or elsewhere online. All told, if this is what mainstream Ivy Bridge laptops are going to be like, we say, "Bring it on.
Pros: Excellent performance, Superb speakers, Comfortable keyboard, Responsive touch pad
Cons: Steep list price, Short battery life, A bit heavy for a 14-inch laptop
Conclusion: The Lenovo Y480 comes equipped with powerful hardware at a reasonable price, it offers decent audio quality and is equipped with a great keyboard. This is an all-rounder that does almost everything well. But two issues that hold it back. One is the terrible display. Though adequately bright, it otherwise fails in all areas – view angles are poor, colors are dull and blacks are merely gray. Second is the touchpad, which is small, vague and generally a pain to use.
Pros: Well-rounded and powerful, Excellent keyboard, Great audio, Reasonably priced
Cons: Sub-par display, Vague touchpad, Spotty build quality, Small battery
Excerpt: When it comes to business-friendly features and comfortable keyboards, Lenovo is king. And while the PC maker is no stranger to powerful systems (here's looking at you, ThinkPad X220 ), it's not necessarily the first brand that comes to mind when you're in the market for HD video streaming and a little gaming.
Excerpt: We’re finally receiving laptops featuring the third-generation “Ivy Bridge” processor. This CPU, still named under the Intel Core series conventions, isn’t just shrunken down using a new 22nm process , it’s also a 3-D chip that has stacked components, the first time this technology has been used in a mass-produced CPU.
Conclusion: The IdeaPad Y480 is a worthy successor to the acclaimed Y70 and Y470p. For the most part Lenovo has stuck to the winning formula of the Y470 – that being producing a mobile 14” laptop that has all the performance of larger 15 – 17” laptops while keeping the price under $1,000. The new Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge processor is a nice improvement, offering around a 20% performance boost of similar previous generation Intel processors.
Pros: Powerful performance for a 14” laptop, add an SSD and you’re off to the races, Easy to upgrade internal components or battery, Great audio from speakers, Backlit keyboard!, Stays cool and minimal fan noise
Cons: Odd position for Home, End, PgUp and PgDn keys, Glossy bezel around screen picks up fingerprints, Max resolution for screen is 1366 x 768