Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 review: well-priced with amazing performance
7 days ago
Excerpt: On the surface, Lenovo’s Y500 gaming laptop looks like a standard black notebook computer. When we opened the system up, however, we were surprised by a comfortable, full-size backlit keyboard, a high-quality 15.6-inch screen, and above-average audio. Not bad, even if these are expected in a modern gaming laptop. Digging a little deeper into the Y500′s specifications really raised our eyebrows. A Core i7 3630 processor? Not one, but two GeForce GT graphics parts?
Lenovo Y500 Gaming Notebook Review: The Best Mobile Gaming Value Around?
21 May 2013
Excerpt: While Lenovo hasn’t historically been known for its gaming PCs, it’s poised to make quite a splash with the latest entry in its IdeaPad line. Owing little to the company’s business-oriented roots, the Y500 aims to be all power—moreso than any other laptop from the manufacturer to date—tactfully squeezed into a price tag that would normally be unattainable given the promised performance. But can it succeed?
Conclusion: When not gaming, the system is capable of some serious content creation and multimedia editing, making it a well-rounded performer. Even if you don't envision yourself making much use of the innovative UltraBay, you're sure to love the system's rock-solid chassis and supremely comfortable keyboard.
Pros: Outstanding performance for the price, Stellar build quality, Superb video and audio output, UltraBay gives you options
Cons: Graphics performance dips as resolution and settings increase, Lacks touch support, No Blu-ray option
Conclusion: Lenovo’s Y500 has its flaws. There’s no beauty to it and no standout feature worth getting excited over. Portability, today’s mandatory measure of cool and hip, is a serious shortcoming. And then there’s the backlight bleed.
Pros: High build quality, Good keyboard, Beautiful 1080p display, Excellent performance, Unrivaled value
Summary: The Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 packages some robust specs in a rather unassuming chassis. For $1,249, consumers walk away with a powerful Core i7 processor, two Nvidia GT graphics cards, and a lovely 1080p display. Although the battery life could be better, creative professionals and gamers would be hard pressed to find so much power at such an affordable price.
Pros: Powerful performance and graphics, Alluring 1080p display, Comfortable red backlit keyboard, Interchangeable Ultrabay, Affordable
Cons: Below-average battery life, Plain design, Runs hot while gaming
Conclusion: The Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 is a great all around notebook for those who need multimedia power, capable gaming and a still portable design. The 15.6”, 6 pound laptop is something you could actually carry around on campus easily enough and the SLI NVIDIA graphics cards make it a good choice for CAD work, video editing as well as gaming. Factor in a good backlit keyboard, decent dual band WiFi and you’ve got a machine that’s ready for business too.
Pros: Great specs for the price, a capable gaming and multimedia notebook that's not huge and heavy.
Cons: Display could be brighter to combat gloss reflections, faster HDD options would be nice.
Excerpt: At first glance, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 doesn't look like anything special. This thick, heavy (2.9kg), 15.6-inch laptop is encased in a plain, sturdy chassis with a brushed-aluminum cover. It's sleek-looking, though strangely prone to fingerprints. Lenovo's logo is subtly appliquéd in the upper left corner, and the edges of the corner taper ever so slightly. Beneath this mild-mannered design lies a surprisingly good gaming machine.