Summary: Putting all of the above in balance, Lenovo’s new IdeaPad Y480 is an impressive laptop. It loses points where dimensions, weight and resolution are concerned, but at the end of the day you will enjoy it a lot. If you don’t mind its shortcomings.
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.
Excerpt: 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...
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
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.
Pros: Well-rounded and powerful, Excellent keyboard, Great audio, Reasonably priced
Cons: Sub-par display, Vague touchpad, Spotty build quality, Small battery
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...
Pros: Merciful respite from the crapware on last year’s Y-series. Improved clickpad performance over previous IdeaPads. Decent graphics performance. Lots of ports, including dual USB 3.0.
Cons: General performance and battery life both disappoint. Very heavy at 5.1 pounds. Still not sold on the keyboard.
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.
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