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

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3.9 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
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  • Intel Core i7-3630QM Processor (2.4 GHz)
  • 16 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 1 TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive, 16 GB Solid-State Drive
  • 15.6-Inch Screen, NVIDIA Dual SLI GT650M
  • Windows 8, 3-hour battery life
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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.

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Screen Size 15.6 inches
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080
Max Screen Resolution 1920x1080
Processor 2.4 GHz Core i7-3630QM
Memory Speed 1600 MHz
Hard Drive 1 TB flash_memory_solid_state
Graphics Coprocessor NVIDIA Dual SLI GT650M
Graphics Card Ram Size 2000 MB
Wireless Type 802.11bgn
Number of USB 2.0 Ports 2
Number of USB 3.0 Ports 2
Average Battery Life (in hours) 3 hours
Brand Name Lenovo
Series IdeaPad
Item model number 59359559
Hardware Platform PC
Operating System Windows 8
Item Weight 6.4 pounds
Product Dimensions 15.2 x 10.2 x 1.4 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 15.2 x 10.2 x 1.4 inches
Color Metal - Dusk Black
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Count 1
Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM
Flash Memory Size 16
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed 5400 RPM
Optical Drive Type No
Audio-out Ports (#) 1
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Voltage 110 volts
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)

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3.9 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #28,990 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
#6,055 in Computers & Accessories > Laptops
Shipping Weight 9.7 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available February 3, 2013

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I will come back and update this review [done, several updates have been added below] as I have more experience with this laptop, but since there are few reviews, I thought I'd get something up quickly to help others out as they do their comparisons. More details later, for now, let's talk about gaming performance, as I suspect that's what most people will be wondering about.

Simply put, the gaming performance is excellent and beats any comparably priced machine I am aware of currently (March 2013). The dual Nvidia 650M SLI GFX cards will outperform a 670m and usually be snapping on the heels of a 675M (even beating it on occasion, though very rarely). The 675m is usually about 10-12% faster, but in some games like Skyrim, the 650M SLI combo actually wins (by a hair). Let's just say that nearly all games will run in their high/ultra settings with a few tweaks, and even the tough games will run on mid to high settings at full HD resolution. Turn down a few settings or lower the rez and almost anything will run smoothly at high frame rates. As Nvidia improves their drivers (this is still a very new config) performance should only get better.

So, in short, you get exceptional gaming performance at this price point, especially considering the 1920x1080 HD resolution (most comparably priced rigs will have lower rez displays). This is a TN display, not IPS, but it is a good TN display with excellent color, good viewing angles, and good contrast ratios. It is also bright, though the glossy screen does show reflections, the glossy finish does help with color saturation and contrast. Indoors, it will usually not be a problem. And here's a good place to say that this is a *portable* notebook, but one that will usually be tethered to A/C power for gaming.
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I wanted so so much to love this computer. Its specs are unbelievable for the price, and the ultrabay and backlit keyboard are major bonuses. It has a great array of ports (side note: the product description says it's got 2xUSB2.0 and 2xUSB3.0 - this is incorrect. It has only one USB2.0 port on the right side), and the screen is simply beautiful.

I knew ahead of time that the trackpad and the keyboard might leave something to be desired, but I was not prepared for the degree to which this affected my ability to use the computer. The trackpad is just...straight up aggravating. There is a clear lack of spit and polish with the user friendliness of the keyboard/trackpad.

Let's take the trackpad -
*Nice texture
*Synaptics, so at least theoretically a good piece of hardware
*Two finger scroll
*This is a circular problem. There is no physical button - you have to push down the trackpad; if you want to *click* the trackpad, you have to put just a few more pounds of pressure down on it than seems reasonable, and the computer seems to agree, as doing this appears to actually depress the entire pad into the body of the laptop by a few mm and sometimes make a disconcerting creaky noise; since you don't want to have to try to click the pad, you want to tap it, and here is where software fights you right and left for control of the computer. Granted I have my mouse sensitivity set very high, but it has been really frustrating to tap or double tap on things and find that for whatever reason the mouse has moved in some direction during that action.
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I purchased this laptop for work purposes (Video Editing, etc.) and so far it has exceeded my expectations in many ways!

The graphics capability is phenomenal, the speakers sound great and the laptop itself feels well-made and solid, but just light enough to make it easy to carry around for in-the-field editing. The screen is bright and looks great! The keyboard is comfortable and feels nice when doing a fair amount of typing.

The only problem I've had is the mouse pad. It's a little hyper-sensitive at first and it's hard to find a good setting that makes it easy to use. However, this is easily fixed with a wireless mouse and the multi-touch functions are very useful!

I don't know what everybody's issue with Windows 8 is, it just takes a little bit to get used to it. If you don't like it, just install Win 7, it's not that hard to come by.

And well, it just looks cool. Some people may life the flashy stuff, but this laptop just looks classy.

If you're doing anything that requires intensive video processing, buy this laptop! You won't regret it!
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First off, for the price, this laptop is great. SLI, backlit keyboard, 16gb of ram, and 1tb of hd space are all the great features in this laptop. The screen is beautiful at 1920x1080 and pc gaming is amazing with the screen and gpu. Other complaints on here state the lack of optical drive or a crappy touchpad, the touchpad does sound rather cheap but works fine. I use a mouse so I don't use the touchpad very often. The lack of optical drive is understandable because its replaced with an extra gpu. The ultrabay allows you to switch between an extra gpu, a fan, another hdd, or an optical drive. Windows 8 gets some getting used to. After a week it feels natural and with the installment of software like pokki or startisback, this gives you a start button and the option to boot straight into desktop mode, bypassing the metro UI completely. I thought the 32gb ssd was for the operating system for fast boot times, but its just for cache. Not that this laptop needs an ssd for a faster boot, I still get 8 second start ups everytime. If you are looking for a computer similar to this but with a bluray drive and 3d, check out the toshiba qosmio, similar price but bulkier. Gaming on this is a breeze, and with a 3d monitor, games and movies look amazing. Every game so far has had optimal settings for ultra high, crysis 3, metro:last light, and tomb raider are some examples of games that play without stutter. The JBL speakers are some of the best laptop speakers I have ever heard, sound is clear and crisp. I feel as if this computer is lacking some ports, I thought I would have had more than 3 usb ports. I ordered the toshiba dynadock to compensate that though, it gives me 6 usb 3.0 ports 2 video cards for extra displays, 5.1 surround sound, and extra usb 2.0 ports for the hell of it.Read more ›
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