Lenovo Ideapad Y500 15.6-inch Laptop (8GB RAM, 1TB HDD)
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- JBL-designed speakers supporting Dolby Home Theatre V4 audio certification for good sound
- Backlit dynamic AccuType keyboard with dual layer rounded keys
- UltraBay - an interchangeable bay that can be instantly swapped out for dual graphics capability, increased storage space or an additional fan for cooling
- Intelligent touchpad - optimised for the Windows 8 interface with easy scroll, zoom and rotate functions
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The Lenovo IdeaPad Y500
High Performance Laptop with the Option to Double Graphics Performance
With a brushed metal exterior and metal speaker grilles the IdeaPad Y500 notebook looks as serious about performance as it is. The 3rd generation Intel Core processor, high-performance graphics and premium audio combine to make this a true multimedia powerhouse. You can add even more with the unique UltraBay feature - an interchangeable bay that can be instantly swapped out for dual graphics capability, increased storage space or an additional fan for cooling.
3rd Generation Intel Core Processor Family
The Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 features the 3rd generation Intel Core family of processors, including the intelligent Intel Core i7 processor. When top-of-the-line performance is needed for the most demanding of tasks, the Intel Core i7 processor is the ideal choice. This CPU is 15% faster than the previous generation, with the processor, graphics, and memory controller all sitting on one 22nm die.
High Definition NVIDIA GeForce GT650M Graphics
Accelerate your notebook's performance by up to 4.5x with the cutting-edge NVIDIA GeForce GT650 graphics card with 2 GB of VRAM*. This powerful graphics adapter will allow you to experience the very best of DirectX 11 gaming, as well as getting the most out of the 15.6" HD widescreen display, giving you Full HD 1080p video playback without stuttering.
You can also enjoy your multimedia on the big screen by using the built-in HDMI port to hook your laptop up to a HDTV, monitor or projector.
UltraBay -- Interchangeable Bay
Customising your laptop's performance to suit your needs can be a difficult and expensive process. That's why the IdeaPad Y500 includes Lenovo's innovative UlltraBay technology. UltraBay is an interchangeable bay that can instantly swapped between multiple optional upgrades**, without the need for screwdrivers or accessing the inside of your computer. With UltraBay, you can dial up your performance when necessary, and change back when it's convenient - it's that simple.
Available upgrades include:
- An optical drive
- A second discrete graphics card
- An additional hard drive
- An additional fan
- A space- and weight-saving dummy card
USB 3.0 for Faster Connections
By connecting the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 to a compatible USB 3.0 device, such as an external drive, 3.0 can offer up to 10 times faster transfer rates than standard USB 2.0. This means that files and folders that took hours to transfer now just take minutes and you can move whole albums to and from your laptop in just a few seconds, saving you time and making your media much more portable.
15.6" LED Backlit Full HD Display
Movies, Games and the Internet all come to life on the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500. Featuring a 15.6" LED-backlit display, you'll be able to enjoy your favourite films and web videos in Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080) and in glorious 16:9 widescreen.
JBL Stereo Speakers
The IdeaPad Y500 comes with two built-in JBL stereo speakers featuring improved speaker design, giving you clearer and richer audio, even from small integrated speakers. The improved speaker design generates better frequency response than typical computer speakers. Special rubber vibration isolators remove unwanted vibrations at low-frequencies, greatly enriching sound quality.
This laptop also includes an S/PDIF port to allow you connect your laptop to your home audio devices and experience lossless digital audio at its finest.
Dolby Home Theater v4
Dolby Home Theater v4 fixes all the problems typically associated with PC audio - tinny sound, weak volume, buzzing and rattling. Experience full-impact surround sound anywhere with Dolby Home Theater v4 on your PC. All the power and nuance of the cinema, all the immediacy of live performance - now from a laptop.
Other benefits include:
- Conveniently maintains volume level across applications - no more loud surprises when switching applications
- Experience less audio distortion at higher volumes with the built-in speakers
- Easily connect your PC to your home theatre system
- Enhances music, movies and gaming
Always-on USB 2.0 Charging
The USB 2.0 port is always powered, allowing you to give your phone or MP3 player a much-needed boost even without turning your computer on.
Metal Cool-touch Cover and Palmrest
Designed to perform, the attractive IdeaPad Y500 doesn't just look the part-- you'll find the brushed metal exterior and palmrest are cool to the touch, even when your laptop is being pushed to the limit. Innovative cooling design and materials help make sure this is a notebook which is always comfortable to hold, whilst maintaining a high-performance look and feel.
Backlit AccuType Keyboard
The AccuType keyboard you'll find on the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 is designed with dual layer rounded keys for more comfortable and accurate typing, even in the dark. The finger-friendly curved key shape and ergonomic spacebar will work together to make it easier to type and reduce the number of typos, wherever you find yourself working. Finally, the diamond-cut keypad is the very emphasis of sharp design, giving the whole layout of the IdeaPad Y500 an attractive and pleasing appearance.
The one-piece Intelligent Touchpad makes your entire touchpad experience more intuitive. You'll find the freedom to use multi-finger gestures to perform common tasks - whether it's a two-finger movement to rotate an image or a three-finger swipe to move between multiple pages/images.
* Compared to Intel HD 4000 Integrated Graphics.
** UltraBay options sold separately.
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First impressions were very good. The case looks like black brushed aluminium, it is however plastic, which I guess keeps the weight down, but it still feels solid so it's all good. Fingerprints do show up pretty bad though. The screen is a 1080p 'glare' type panel, rather than a matte one, so using it outside in the sunlight would be difficult at best. The chiclet backlit keyboard is great, looks really good, and works as expected despite all the negative forum posts about it. The touchpad on mine seems fine, every now and again though if you're touching it really lightly you do get a little mouse pointer drift. Nothing excessive though, 95% of the time I use a usb mouse.
To upgrade the memory or hard disk etc you have to undo 10 screws on the bottom of the laptop and then take the bottom panel off, which is all one piece. It does go back on easier than it comes off though. On the motherboard there's an mSATA port so you can plug in an mSATA ssd (mine didn't come with one however), and there's the usual 2 x memory sodimm slots and a slot for a 2.5 inch hard drive (changed mine for a 750gb hybrid drive).
Mine came pre-installed with Win8 x64 (Not Pro), and if I'm honest Microsoft really messed up with that one, so I installed Win7 x64 Home Premium instead. To do that you have to turn off 'Secure Boot' in the BIOS (Press F2 on boot to enter BIOS) and you also have to turn off UEFI and just use legacy mode.Read more ›
I'd decided it was time to move back to the world of Windows after 7 years as a Mac OS user. I won't go into the whys and wherefores of that decision here (very briefly : I love the OS, but the hardware is getting silly in terms of repair / upgrade). I have a 27" iMac and in looking for a machine to move back to Windows with I was looking to either build myself a desktop from scratch or buy a laptop. A laptop seemed like the most logical choice so that I could spend more time in the living room with my family rather than stuck away in my computer den.
I was astonished to find that I couldn't spec up a set of desktop components to meet my requirements for the price Amazon were charging for this laptop. I looked at other laptops from MSI, Acer and Dell and also from various companies who build laptops to order. The Y500 seemed to tick the boxes at a price that couldn’t be beaten.
I wanted a machine that would let me play a few fairly light games : Diablo III, World of Warcraft, a bit of Tomb Raider, but my main applications are Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop so I wanted something which would work pretty well with those.
I had also decided that whether I went for a self-built desktop or a laptop I wanted to have an SSD for booting and programs and then keep the bulk of my data on a traditional HDD.
This Y500 offered a spare mSATA slot so I ordered a Crucial 256GB mSATA SSD at the same time as the laptop. Once I’d performed the initial setup of Windows 8 on the laptop I migrated the operating system over to the SSD and then wiped the supplied 1TB HDD ready to accept my data.Read more ›
I've had my Lenovo for just over a month now, and I could not be more pleased.
In a nutshell, it has all of this;
Intel i7 Quad-Core processor -> Not the most powerful on the market, but still a powerful i7
Nvidia 2Gb Graphics -> Up there at the top end of mobile graphics, very good
8Gb DDR3 RAM
15.6" 1080p HD Screen
N Wireless card
2 USB 2.0 ports and 1 Always-On USB 3.0 port
Headphone out/Microphone inputs
HDMI Output, VGA Output
SD Card Reader
4x JBL Speakers
Lenovo normally make business/enterprise PC's, so this is actually their first attempt at a gaming laptop.
They did a damn fine job.
Its a brilliant all round machine.
Battery life up to about 2 and a half hours with heavy use (gaming on high performance), and up to 6 hours(maybe more) while just writing notes or browsing the web. It can last for days on sleep mode, with very little power trickle.
The graphics and screen make it easy on the eyes, colours are vivid and high-end games un with great performance.
Sound from the JBL speakers is bassy, not tin-like as you'd expect from laptop speaker. Really quite impressive.
The i7 and 8Gb RAM make it wicked fast.
Sleek design, part metal (on the lid).
Backlit keyboard novelty hasn't worn off, it has 3 light level settings!
There is only a couple of complaints I have.Read more ›
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