Summary: If performance is the thing you need, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 is quite possibly the system for you. The laptop's specs are beefy enough to run practically anything without a single issue. The system has a very sharp display that really shines with displaying images or video.
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.
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...
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.
Pros: A gaming rig from Lenovo? It’s true, and it works awfully well. Dazzling graphics performance, courtesy of optional dual GPUs. Option for an extra 3/4 terabyte isn’t a bad way to go. Surprisingly affordable.
Cons: Trackpad is a failure. Full-size arrow keys are nice, but awkwardly wedged in below the numeric keypad, Shift, and Enter keys. Heavy versus other 15.6-inch laptops. Loud fans.
Excerpt: What’s not to like about the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 ? Imagine a 2.4GHz Core i7-3630QM CPU notebook armed with two GeForce GT 650Ms, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive with a 16GB caching SSD, all for $1,250!
Pros: Two 650Ms in SLI; great specs; amazing price.
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. Yet there’s no denying the value this laptop provides.
Pros: High build quality, Good keyboard, Beautiful 1080p display, Excellent performance, Unrivaled value
Excerpt: Beneath the $1,249 Lenovo IdeaPad Y500's unassuming shell lies the specs of a rather powerful multimedia notebook. Sporting a powerful Core i7 processor, dual Nvidia GeForce GT 650M GPUs and a stunning 1080p display, the Y500 can switch-hit as a gaming rig and a multimedia creation notebook.
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.
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.