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
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.
Excerpt: An increasing number of people are looking at enhanced security features in their laptops, apart from just good looks. Keeping this in mind a number of vendors, have started working on embedding new methods of security for their users, utilizing a hardware-software combine to achieve the desired effect. Lenovo has recently introduced its “Y” series of laptops which feature biometric face recognition that aims to enhance data security similar to fingerprint scanners.