Summary: After a year of owning the Lenovo Ideapad Y480, I have to say that its performance has more than exceeded my expectations. However, there are a few issues with this laptop that I'd like to share with everyone who is interested in either buying this product refurbished or second hand. First, the screen. How was Lenovo able to drive down the original price of this laptop while including top of the line specs? Answer: screen size and quality.
Summary: I use this laptop intensively to code, run scientific computation, browse and watch stuff. It is the whole package! The look could have been better but more than makes up for in reliability and performance.
Summary: this computer its amazing for the price! it runs game smoothly and the i7 makes it capable of almost anything, the only drawback is that it uses a 20gb SSD and an HDD, it's like a hybrid drive but no so fast as an SSD! if it were an SSD, it would be blazing fast ! you can't get a better deal! and the i7 is not a low voltage processor like most new laptops, so its a bit faster!
Cheap and well made laptop if you are looking for a light full featured pc
1 May 2013
Summary: I dont write reviews but I resell and love laptop computers since 10 years ago, so I'm ready to share experiences. - Overall design, assembly, size and weight: this is not an ultrabook, is a small full featured laptop, the combination of plastic on the bottom and Metal finish is good and helps to keep it light and thin.
Great NB if you can get it at a good price. Keep in mind the screen size.
27 April 2013
Summary: Pros: It's a LENOVO, Metal finish, great JBL speakers, Lenovo's curved island keyboard, GeForce 640M or 650M graphics (I can play Planetside 2 on medium with around 40 fps), Intel i7 keeps things running smooth and has great future-proofing potential. From the HDD size to the RAM installed, I've got very little I can find bad about this model. Cons: WXGA screen, no HD+ available for this model that I could find.
Summary: I ordered a Y480 with an i7 3610QM (4 core with hyperthreading), 8GB of RAM, and 1TB HDD about 4 months ago and have been using it heavily since. From what I've encountered, it's a computer with a great processor that's plagued by a bunch of crap that Lenovo has done to ruin it. First, the graphics card, a 640m LE from Nvidia, is total crap. Don't kid yourself thinking you're gonna get lucky and receive the 384 core version.
Am buying another for a spare, love it, love it, love it!
15 April 2013
Summary: A fantastic laptop for the price! I wanted Windows 7 and got it, it is hard to find now. The lighted keyboard is a must, love it, the frame is sturdy, battery life is 4 hours, charges very fast and boots up in about 40 seconds from total shut down. This is a very fast computer, no lag time even with multiple windows open, and now after 2 months not one error message! One of the best features is the quality of the speakers and the placement, excellent!
Summary: I purchased the Ideapad in September 2012 and after few days I noticed a portion of the screen cover was sticking out . I had to carefully close and open the lid fearing the entire screen cover might come out. I talked to the tech support guy and he told me that I need to send the laptop for repair and it will be done in 7 business days. This is the biggest mistake I've ever committed.. Believing his words.
Summary: unfortunately I did not get to test this computer at some local store and got an idea about the screen quality. on paper this computer has excellent specs for its size!!!! but the moment I turned the computer on, I noticed that the screen is very dark, and the colors off :( I played with the settings for hours and it did not help. I connected the computer to a monitor to see if it is the screen or the graphics card etc. In a nutshell I concluded that it is the screen.
Summary: My office gave me a MacBook Pro but when I needed a machine at home, I refused to get an apple a. they cost more b. many years back, I got a Powerbook 180 It broke down so many times (screen burnt out twice, hard disk once) I spent more on repairs than I did on the actual apple. At that pre-Jobs times, apple had no new machines, so I had to keep repairing it.