Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 review: well-priced with amazing performance
8 March 2014
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?
Excerpt: Thin is no longer in. With the IdeaPad Y500 , Lenovo says to hell with the modern laptop diet plan and drops this beast on the table, a 6.4-pound, 37mm-thick slab of plastic and brushed metal. Consider it a curative for users who are finding ultrabooks too small or too anemic. If you’re looking for loaded specs, this guy’s got ‘em. The IdeaPad Y500 features a bright 15.6-inch screen (no touch) at 1920 x 1080 pixels of resolution.
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
Summary: The Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 runs a neck-to-neck battle with the HP ENVY dv6-7206tx in terms of performance. However, both machines have their unique points. The Y500 has a Full HD display, something that the ENVY dv6 does not offer. And also has a more powerful graphics card, considering the Y500 does have ï¿½gaming notebookï¿½ ambitions. But, the tests show that the ENVY dv6 offers better battery life, and has a much better keyboard.
Pros: Very good performance, Full HD display is a big value addition, Honest ambitions of being a gaming laptop, Backlit keyboard, Ultrabay adds an expandability option
Cons: Runs quite warm when under load, Keyboard layout takes some getting used to
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. Yet there’s no denying the value this laptop provides. For $1,250, you can have a system with a great keyboard, powerful processor, and amazing graphics. You even get a 1080p display. That’s not a bad deal. And it gets better.
Pros: High build quality, Good keyboard, Beautiful 1080p display, Excellent performance, Unrivaled value
Use the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500's swappable bay for extra graphics
20 March 2013
Summary: For those looking for something more than a feature-light ultrabook, the gamer-friendly Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 is close to brilliant, and several configurations are currently available at a deep discount -- but I can't believe it doesn't have a touch screen.
Pros: The Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 offers high-end components, including gamer-level graphics, a swappable accessory bay, and the coolest-looking backlit keyboard I've seen in a long while.
Cons: If only the Y500 had a touch screen, which is practically required for the Windows 8 UI, it might be one of my favorite laptops of the year.
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
Summary: Surprise candidate. Lenovo again ventures into the highly competitive gaming sector with the IdeaPad Y500. The UltraBay technology enables the 15-incher to be equipped with an optical drive, a second GPU, an auxiliary fan or another hard disk. A thrilling concept that lets the laptop stand out from the competition. We exhaustively tested the SLI alternative.
Pros: Backlit keyboard, Decent sound, Speedy hardware, UltraBay slot, Decent FHD screen, SSD cache, A lot of metal, The UltraBay feature is well-designed.
Cons: Unfavorable interface and vent positioning, Clattery and unstable touchpad, Reflective screen surface, Quite sensitive casing, Somewhat spongy keyboard, Slim scope of delivery, A matte screen surface and a better touchpad.