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Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 15.6-Inch Laptop (Metal - Dusk Black)

by Lenovo
31 customer reviews

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  • Intel Core i5-3230M Processor (2.6 GHz)
  • 6 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 1 TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • 15.6-Inch Screen, NVIDIA Dual SLI GT650M
  • Windows 8, 3-hour battery life
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Product Description

Product Description

The Lenovo Ideapad Y500. Introducing the High-Performance Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 with Ultrabay - A Swappable Drive Bay to Double Graphics Performance. The power-packed Y500 notebook is equipped with Ultrabay, a swappable drive bay that helps you add a second graphics card or Hard Disk Drive to further enhance performance. Add to this the 3rd generation Intel Core processor and you have a powerhouse.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y500


If you're looking for a feature-rich laptop that's good for high-performance multimedia, extreme gaming, and other graphics, audio and processor intensive applications, look no further than the IdeaPad® Y500.


Lenovo® IdeaPad® Y500


  • 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i5-3230M processor
  • Windows 8
  • 15.6” Full HD display (1920 x 1080), 16:9 widescreen
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GT650M 2GB discrete graphics
  • 6GB DDR3 memory, 1TB HDD storage
  • Integrated Bluetooth® & high-speed 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • USB 2.0, USB 3.0 connectors & 6-in-1 card reader
  • Integrated DVD reader/writer drive
  • Integrated 720p HD webcam
  • Dolby® Home Theatre v4 audio enhancement & JBL® designed speakers
  • HD graphics support & HDMI output
  • Backlit keyboard


The IdeaPad® Y500 is built for speed: fast boot times, scintillating graphics, and swift data transfer with USB 3.0. Plus, with 1TB of HDD storage, there's plenty of room to stash away your movies, music, photos, and other files.

But that's not all — it also comes with the flexibility of an Ultrabay, which really puts you in the driver's seat. Maximize your gaming experience with the dual discrete graphics (included) capability via the UltraBay or watch movies on the optical drive (optional - available separately) or insert an extra hard drive (optional - available separately) for added storage.


OneKey® Theater turns your IdeaPad® Y500 notebook into a laptop cinema. Powerful dual NVIDIA® GeForce® graphics make images more vivid, while Dolby® Home Theater® and premium JBL® speakers produce stunning, immersive sound.


We've addressed every detail to make sure your experience using the Y500 is unsurpassed. From the always-on USB port that lets you charge devices when your PC is powered off to OneKey® Recovery, which makes recovering from technical difficulties a snap, we've got you covered. Plus, a backlit keyboard for convenient use in low-light environments.


Windows 8 has been reimagined to be all about you. Put what matters most right on your Start screen, and get instant access to your people, apps, and stuff, so you can spend less time searching and more time Doing.


  • Share files across all of your devices
  • Automatic syncing feature
    automatically downloads all files from the
    cloud onto every PC
  • Supports most mobile devices


The Lenovo® IdeaPad® Y580 comes preloaded with a package of multimedia and productivity applications that provide a great interactive user experience. You also get many security and support applications that are responsive to your needs, with online help and up-to-date advice.

  • AccuWeather – customized weather reports for the cities you choose
  • Amazon Kindle – buy, download and read books
  • eBay – browse, bid and sell with ease
  • Skype – video and text chat with friends
  • Evernote – take photos, draw and make notes on any PC or mobile device
  • Nitro PDF – create and edit PDF files
  • RaRa – stream music with this subscription service
  • Lenovo Energy Management – easily control your notebook's energy usage
  • Lenovo Cloud Storage by SugarSync – share files across all of your devices
  • OneKey Recovery – quickly backup and restore your system


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Product Information

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Screen Size15.6 inches
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Max Screen Resolution1920x1080
Processor2.6 GHz Core i5 3230M
Memory Speed 1600 MHz
Hard Drive1 TB mechanical_hard_drive
Graphics CoprocessorNVIDIA Dual SLI GT650M
Graphics Card Ram Size2000 MB
Wireless Type802.11bgn
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
Average Battery Life (in hours) 3 hours
Brand NameLenovo
Item model number59359560
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows 8;
Item Weight6.4 pounds
Item Dimensions L x W x H15.20 x 10.20 x 1.40 inches
Color Metal - Dusk Black
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count1
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Flash Memory Size16
Hard Drive InterfaceSerial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed5400 RPM
Optical Drive TypeNo
Audio-out Ports (#)1
Battery TypeLithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Batteries:1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #24,113 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight9.6 pounds
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First AvailableFebruary 3, 2013
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Corey on March 5, 2013
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First of all let me say that I've only had this laptop for a few days of heavy use, so I'm sure my opinion of it will change over time. I will update this review if it does change.

First impressions:This laptop is very impressive, especially for the price.

Look and feel: this laptop is big and sexy. The brushed metal case, the red backlit keyboard, and the sleek angular profile of the back of the display and the speakers all contribute to a good looking piece of equipment. The brushed metal surface, however, is really a fingerprint magnet. No matter how many times you wash your hands, this laptop will still pick up fingerprints if you even touch the outer case. If you're one of those people who is obsessed with keeping your technology spotless, don't buy this laptop. Personally, the fingerprints don't really bother me, and the brushed metal looks great from a distance, fingerprints or not. The keyboard is very solid, and does not give, even if you're a hard typer like me. The keyboard feels very nice, with good tactility and key spacing. The backlight isn't blindingly bright, but provides plenty of light to type with no ambient light and with the screen brightness all the way down. It has 3 settings: off, low, and high, which can be changed using the function key and the space bar. It doesn't have an ambient light sensor, so you'll have to manually adjust the backlight. personally, I don't mind this at all.

Weight: this laptop is heavy, clocking in around 6.5 pounds. for a 15" form factor, this is significant, and if you're looking for ultra-portability, this laptop isn't the right choice for you. The fact that you're looking at a laptop with two graphics cards means mobility isn't your highest priority.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By George Voduc on May 2, 2013
Solidly built and hefty. Bought it as an occasional gaming laptop (WoW, BF3, SCII), and it plays the part well. i won't rehash what's already been covered, but will mention the trackpad issue. It was fixed in y500 built December 2012 onward (don't remember the date). i just received mine, and it was built late February 2013. The trackpad's fine. No random wandering or anything. that's it. enjoy.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By DW on March 18, 2013
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I have had the Y500 for just over a week and overall I am very happy with my purchase. I opted for this i5 version since the i7 doesn't really add any value for gaming and I’d rather spend the money on other upgrades own the road when I need it. This model has the SLI dual graphics, and at the current price, this is a steal!

The laptop arrived safely no thanks to Amazon. I order a ton of stuff through Prime and even cheap kids toys have at least some bubble wrapping and are placed in a standard shipping box. This was shipped in the original (and small) laptop box from Lenovo and with no additional packaging materials. Why???

Now onto the hardware….
All of the built-in hardware seems great with the exception of the slow but ample 5400 RPM 1TB hard drive. It’s by far the biggest bottleneck of the system, but it’s not a deal breaker. Most people will appreciate the huge capacity for storing large game libraries. Apparently you can toss in a compatible mSATA SSD and boot from this or set it up as a cache. I would set it as boot drive and keep the 1TB drive for data if given the option.

The screen is VERY nice and clear. Colors look great and overall I can’t find any flaws with the screen. This is true HD running at 1080p. Most other gaming notebooks in this price range only provide 720p (do not want). I updated the Nvidia drivers from Lenovo’s site and they do seem to perform better than what was included. SLI is awesome to have in a notebook and I’m super impressed with how all of my games are performing so far. Steam Big Picture mode works well on this when connected via HDMI to my Panasonic plasma TV.

The case is very basic and to be honest, does have a somewhat cheap feel to it. However, I have no concerns of it breaking or coming loose.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mango Ngazi on June 18, 2013
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First thing's first. After over a month with this laptop and doing what I assume everyone else has been doing to try to deal with the touchpad by lowering the sensitivity, I've finally discovered that the fix for the touchpad is to move the sensitivity all the way to the left. Sounds backwards to increase the sensitivity when it's jumpier than a cat using a jackhammer, but apparently the touchpad is not sensitive enough and loses track which causes it to jump. It's way better at the highest sensitivity (left side). In fact it only works at the highest sensitivity.

UPDATE: Right now I'm not using the highest sensitivity anymore. I lowered it a bit slowly, about 5 small ticks from the left. Just need to find what's right for you. You'll also have a better experience with the touchpad if your palm isn't right next to it throwing off its readings.

Oh by the way I'm talking about the "touch sensitivity" slider in the touchpad driver. Not your windows mouse sensitivity in the regular control panel. Now since this is supposed to be a review of a laptop.

Obviously the killer feature in this laptop is the SLI. It makes this laptop a better value than anything that has been on the market. Ever. Yeah the cooling, the specs, the build, the screen, the speakers, the camera, the mic, all great. You can read about them on the spec sheet and other reviews talk about them in detail. I bought this laptop because short of $2000, there is no better laptop. And I don't have $2000. Seriously. I don't even know why I spent all my money on a laptop.

But I'm not giving it 5 stars because Lenovo dropped the ball on the keyboard and touchpad. Yes I tried all the keyboards and touchpads in store and everyone has the same rubber keyboard and hinge touchpad.
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