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This review is from: Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 15.6-Inch Laptop (Metal - Dusk Black) (Personal Computers)
I jumped on this laptop after spending about 3 weeks trying to decide what I wanted. In the end the Y500 SLI sold me on a performance/dollar metric with styling thrown in for good measure. This is not the Lenovo or IBMs of yore. The styling on this laptop is actually quite nice and modern. The speakers and keyboard are highlighted by red accents (on the keyboard especially with the backlight on) and the finishes on the laptop are nice given the price point. Other reviews on the web will talk all about the performance numbers for this thing. I mainly liked the idea that I was getting near GTX 675 performance for less money as well as less weight (I didn't want a behemoth 17" laptop). Anyway some bullet points, because everyone reads those:
+Very nice screen at 1920x1080 resolution (no dead pixels on mine, that's for sure)
+Fast CPU and graphics given the price point
+Nice styling but still subdued compared to many other "gaming" laptops
-Huge brick of a charger (probably ~6"x4"x1", for comparison my Asus UL30VT's is ~4"x1.5"x1"), although its not so heavy
-1 TB drive is not fast if you've experienced an SSD (I replaced it immediately with a Vertex 4, FYI the drive was a Samsung ST1000LM024 from the factory)
=Play with the touchpad app to get it to work for you and live with it for a little while before complaining.
=Touchpad picks up fingerprint oils fast, such is life.
=Opening the bottom to replace components was fairly straight forward but I always hate having to pull on plastic to pry it out of its clips. That being said none broke and it went back together and was as sturdy as from the factory.
=Installing Windows 8 on the new SSD was pretty trivial since I own a DVD copy of it. The BIOS has the Windows key so it just got it and said it was good to go.
Sometimes you buy something from Amazon and they put it in the biggest box that can logically fit it. Other times they don't put it in a box and leave it on your doorstep with all the descriptions of the item facing the prying eye of the public. In this case it was the later. Nobody took the laptop from my apartment complex but I was a little shocked when my wife told me they just left it on our doorstep with giant "Lenovo Ideapad" written all over it. Maybe this was an opportunity to try an Amazon locker.
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Initial post: Feb 19, 2013 3:48:26 AM PST
Amazon should really ship these in an additional brown box. Was your Lenovo box dented? Was your laptop scratched or dented? Mine was. Dealing with refund/exchange now. Lenovo and Amazon both need to be more careful. UPS as well.
In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2013 6:19:57 PM PDT
Brian Buresh says:
Olsen, seems to be standard practice for Amazon and Newegg.
Was replacing the drive difficult? I'd like to do the same, replace with a SSD.
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