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
Use the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500's swappable bay for extra graphics
28 November 2012
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.
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.