Lenovo Ideapad Y500 15, Good but only if you use it with Windows 8

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I was initially reluctant about spending so much money on a laptop, but i really wanted something that would serve my purposes (digital art, audio recording with a usb powered focusrite external unit and a bit of gaming). I was also unfamiliar with the lenovo brand. My first choice was to buy their less powerful all round core i5 z500 laptop, which was on sale at the time for a very reasonable price (£434). Unfortunately it was the last in stock and was lost/stolen in transit. Amazon customer service was excellent as usual and promptly refunded the money to my account. Due to the lack of replacement stock on the z500 model, i was forced to do more research to find another laptop that would suit my needs. It turned out that there really wasn’t anything around the same price that was up to scratch with what the z500 was delivering and after a lot of research i figured that it was better to invest in a more expensive (and much more powerful) core i7 machine. It came down to the msi g60 and the lenovo y500. The specs and price were identical, but the y500 won out due to the ultrabay which allows you to add a 2nd videocard, hard drive or cooling fan (the uk version comes with a dvd drive).

Medium budget gaming laptop. Good things:if you’re looking for a reasonably priced gaming laptop that can handle most things you throw at it, this is perfecti use it both for producing music and gaming, a little graphic design, it’s great for everythingit is a tiny bit slow, because of the 5400rpm hard drive, but is still faster than mostreally durable, i even somehow managed to spill lemonade all over the keyboard within 2 weeks, and after leaving it to dry for a few days then cleaning it, it worked perfectly fine (lenovo are known to make durable pc’s)looks really nice, adjustable red backlit keyboard looks awesome, really nice chrome/plastic finish on the lid, speakers look awesome, generally the whole thing looks awesomewindows 8 is far, far better than i expected, i even prefer it to win7really nice screen, 1080p looks crystal clearreally good sound, better than most laptopsalways-on usb is great, can charge my things even when the laptop is on stand-byyou should install a few plugins (pokki for instance) that make win8 much betterbad things:many small ridges/holes/crevices that dust/dirt/things can get into, and hard to get out, but most laptops are like thisthe black paint(?)/covering that is on top of the keys comes off quite easily, a little bit of dirt got on the space key so i tried scratching it off (not hard or anything) and the paint came off also :/the lid is prone to scratching, and the whole thing over all gets smudged very easilyas i said already, 5400rpm hdd’s are quite slow, but it is bearable, quicker than my previous pc’s***it is so much more expensive in the uk that it is in the us***seriously, i was quite annoyed to find out that the highest spec option (16gb ram, 64gb ssd, dual 750m) is cheaper in the us than this option, what’s up with that lenovo?. I don’t think they even sell that option in the ukthe touch/trackpad is terrible, most people pointed this out already, it was fine at first, but then it just stops working properly from time to time, instead of scrolling up on the touchpad with 2 fingers i have to use the sidebar and click/scroll up, luckily most of the time i just use a mouse, since they’re easier anyway, but if i found myself somewhere that i could only use the touchpad, it would suck. The above 2 things are the worst things, but i’m still happy with the laptop for the price, and i don’t use the touchpad anyway.

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

I have always hated laptops, and been a desktop fan. I have always hated laptops, and been a desktop fan. This laptop is so in budget and can run very well and the first laptop ive seen that doesnt over heat on me from continous moving. Only problem i would say in my opinion is the keys wear away. Example in gaming i use ‘w a s d’ a lot and the black on the keys has completely rubbed off on them all and they just red lighted keys now. So no more identifying the key.

This laptop is truly a multimedia machine, i got this for my girl as a birthday gift, took a while before it arrived. However, amazon was truly professional in the way they sorter the issue i had with the delivery not arriving. Working in retail myself i understand that sometimes things happens which cannot always be controlled. Only was upset i couldn’t give her her present on her actual birthday date. Very fast i haven’t really been able to use it much however, my girl won’t let it leave her site. Very loud speaker the best you can get, good web cam, excellent, screen for hd movies.

I recently purchased an acer v3-571 from amazon but unfortunately it decided to make some strange clicking noise two months later, so amazon were more than happy to give me a full refund. So after a bit of research i came across this little beauty, and it is fantastic. The full 1080p hd screen looks amazing compared to the acer and the back-lit keyboard is awesome. After reading a lot of reviews about the problems with the trackpad i can report that mine is faultless and works really well, but it’s not as nice as the acer’s. My only concern with this laptop is the description mentions you can insert a second graphics card, but i am yet unable to find anywhere in the uk to purchase the second ultrabay graphics card. Apart from that i love this laptop and the single geforce gt 650m card seems to handle all my games on high settings.

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I have always hated laptops, and been a desktop fan. I have always hated laptops, and been a desktop fan. This laptop is so in budget and can run very well and the first laptop ive seen that doesnt over heat on me from continous moving. Only problem i would say in my opinion is the keys wear away. Example in gaming i use “w a s d” a lot and the black on the keys has completely rubbed off on them all and they just red lighted keys now. So no more identifying the key.
I have always hated laptops, and been a desktop fan. I have always hated laptops, and been a desktop fan. This laptop is so in budget and can run very well and the first laptop ive seen that doesnt over heat on me from continous moving. Only problem i would say in my opinion is the keys wear away. Example in gaming i use “w a s d” a lot and the black on the keys has completely rubbed off on them all and they just red lighted keys now. So no more identifying the key.

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Was great when purchased a year ago, would suggest buying a newer laptop now. . When i purchased this laptop a year ago it was great as far as its capabilities were concerned, among everything else. It has thankfully not degraded over the last year but at this point in time i would suggest buying a newer laptop as this will soon be extremely outdated as most companies’ pc ports will require a lot more powerful hardware due to the capabilities of current consoles and the lack of interest that most developers have in good pc optimization.
Was great when purchased a year ago, would suggest buying a newer laptop now. . When i purchased this laptop a year ago it was great as far as its capabilities were concerned, among everything else. It has thankfully not degraded over the last year but at this point in time i would suggest buying a newer laptop as this will soon be extremely outdated as most companies’ pc ports will require a lot more powerful hardware due to the capabilities of current consoles and the lack of interest that most developers have in good pc optimization.

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Brilliant laptop, had it over a year and does everything effortlessly. My only advice is to get a laptop cooling stand if you’re into long hours of gaming cos it heats up pretty quick.
Brilliant laptop, had it over a year and does everything effortlessly. My only advice is to get a laptop cooling stand if you’re into long hours of gaming cos it heats up pretty quick.
I bought this laptop on the basis i was able to game more frequently and on the go. Due to the ability to remove and upgrade segments of this machine, including the graphics card, this dream was made a reality. It’s a relatively lightweight machine, nothing that will kill you when transporting it place to place. Even with the ability to customise to my own specifications, the machine at it’s core is powerful enough to run 90% of things on high or ultra settings. The price is obviously more expensive than building your own rig, but having the ability to replace parts in the future will save you money and the need to buy another machine. All in all, wonderful machine.
I bought this laptop on the basis i was able to game more frequently and on the go. Due to the ability to remove and upgrade segments of this machine, including the graphics card, this dream was made a reality. It’s a relatively lightweight machine, nothing that will kill you when transporting it place to place. Even with the ability to customise to my own specifications, the machine at it’s core is powerful enough to run 90% of things on high or ultra settings. The price is obviously more expensive than building your own rig, but having the ability to replace parts in the future will save you money and the need to buy another machine. All in all, wonderful machine.

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Very good, nice for gaming and good value. Only problem is a usb mouse is needed as the touch pad is a bit odd.
Very good, nice for gaming and good value. Only problem is a usb mouse is needed as the touch pad is a bit odd.

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My most powerful machine yet. Finally laptops have become as powerful and usable as a regular desktop pc- with it’s fast processor it’ll run multiple apps with ease and plays games pretty well. After performance testing, it came out with with far higher results than my previous desktop pc and laptop put together, so i now just use this machine exclusively for all my computer related work, photo and video editing without any issues. It truly is a powerful machine with a fantastic spec. It can (although not easily) be converted into an even more powerful machine- i upgraded mine to 16gb of ram and added a second ssd by replacing the dvd player with an after-market bay enclosure from holland which works great. Having two hdds can be very tricky to set up and requires contacting lenovo for restore disks and bios tweaks if intending to replace it’s system drive for a ssd. The laptop has so much going for it and simply can not be beaten for perfomance-price ratio for a mid-high end range laptop. The things which let this laptop down:1) the trackpad is horrible. I would have appreciated separate mouse buttons instead of having them incorporated into the pad to make it more usable. 2)it needs bevelled edges for extra comfort- especially where your palm rests near the track pad.

This review is from : Lenovo Ideapad Y500 15.6-inch Laptop (8GB RAM, 1TB HDD)

My most powerful machine yet. Finally laptops have become as powerful and usable as a regular desktop pc- with it’s fast processor it’ll run multiple apps with ease and plays games pretty well. After performance testing, it came out with with far higher results than my previous desktop pc and laptop put together, so i now just use this machine exclusively for all my computer related work, photo and video editing without any issues. It truly is a powerful machine with a fantastic spec. It can (although not easily) be converted into an even more powerful machine- i upgraded mine to 16gb of ram and added a second ssd by replacing the dvd player with an after-market bay enclosure from holland which works great. Having two hdds can be very tricky to set up and requires contacting lenovo for restore disks and bios tweaks if intending to replace it’s system drive for a ssd. The laptop has so much going for it and simply can not be beaten for perfomance-price ratio for a mid-high end range laptop. The things which let this laptop down:1) the trackpad is horrible. I would have appreciated separate mouse buttons instead of having them incorporated into the pad to make it more usable. 2)it needs bevelled edges for extra comfort- especially where your palm rests near the track pad.

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Lenovo ideapad y500 15. 6 inch laptop-black (intel core i7 3630qm, 8gb ram. I am not a computer geek so i was expecting this to do what it says on the tin and that is exactly what it does. It is really a nice piece of kit. The back-light keyboard is a definite plus but the whole thing does pick up fingerprints very easily. This is a well priced laptop and well worth the money.

This review is from : Lenovo Ideapad Y500 15.6-inch Laptop (8GB RAM, 1TB HDD)

Lenovo ideapad y500 15. 6 inch laptop-black (intel core i7 3630qm, 8gb ram. I am not a computer geek so i was expecting this to do what it says on the tin and that is exactly what it does. It is really a nice piece of kit. The back-light keyboard is a definite plus but the whole thing does pick up fingerprints very easily. This is a well priced laptop and well worth the money.
A good product but with a few drawbacks. Nobody can deny that lenovo has a high cost performance. Its advantages have already shown by other buyers and i’d like not to repeat any more. Now i want to talk about the drawbacks which i dislike. First of all, the keyboard is not match the one amazon showed by a picture. In the picture the keyboard is international standard, just like that of mac. However, the real one is british standard, which is less convenient for me. Secondly, win8 system sometimes tends to collapse, although we use copyrighted software. Third, the usb interfaces are too few. One for mouse, one for iphone/ipad, the last for a hard dish. What if i want to connect more equipment?. This really makes me frustrated.

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A good product but with a few drawbacks. Nobody can deny that lenovo has a high cost performance. Its advantages have already shown by other buyers and i’d like not to repeat any more. Now i want to talk about the drawbacks which i dislike. First of all, the keyboard is not match the one amazon showed by a picture. In the picture the keyboard is international standard, just like that of mac. However, the real one is british standard, which is less convenient for me. Secondly, win8 system sometimes tends to collapse, although we use copyrighted software. Third, the usb interfaces are too few. One for mouse, one for iphone/ipad, the last for a hard dish. What if i want to connect more equipment?. This really makes me frustrated.
Good but only if you use it with windows 8. Generally this is a very good laptop, if you want to use it with windows 8 on it, since when installing windows 7 on it, you barely will be able to see the content on the display due to a very high resolution. Lowering the resolution to the next lower level available will make you windows 7 look too boldly and big. As for use with windows 8 i can really recommend this. Although it is to be mentioned that there are no windows 8 installation cd’s supplied. I don’t know if lenovo supply those on request but if they do, i don’t want to think about the process of getting them. Instead you’ll maybe need to get yourself some windows 8 standard iso from the torrents and use that one for a clean install. All in one it’s a good laptop, very crisp hd display and performance here.

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Good but only if you use it with windows 8. Generally this is a very good laptop, if you want to use it with windows 8 on it, since when installing windows 7 on it, you barely will be able to see the content on the display due to a very high resolution. Lowering the resolution to the next lower level available will make you windows 7 look too boldly and big. As for use with windows 8 i can really recommend this. Although it is to be mentioned that there are no windows 8 installation cd’s supplied. I don’t know if lenovo supply those on request but if they do, i don’t want to think about the process of getting them. Instead you’ll maybe need to get yourself some windows 8 standard iso from the torrents and use that one for a clean install. All in one it’s a good laptop, very crisp hd display and performance here.

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Best laptop ive ever ownedpreviously owned an alienware m11x and this thing packs seriously more of a punch. Haven’t had any issues with it whatsoever so far. Delivery was excellent and the product was undamaged. This laptop can run most of my games on ultra settings and is super fast when i need to use it for anything else, especially uni work. Only one minor problem is that the touch pad can drift slightly when clicking, however it is easy enough to just buy a mouse so this does not devalue the product in any way.

This review is from : Lenovo Ideapad Y500 15.6-inch Laptop (8GB RAM, 1TB HDD)

Best laptop ive ever ownedpreviously owned an alienware m11x and this thing packs seriously more of a punch. Haven’t had any issues with it whatsoever so far. Delivery was excellent and the product was undamaged. This laptop can run most of my games on ultra settings and is super fast when i need to use it for anything else, especially uni work. Only one minor problem is that the touch pad can drift slightly when clicking, however it is easy enough to just buy a mouse so this does not devalue the product in any way.

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I chose this laptop as it has the same specs as higher priced laptops, and also because it has been voted #1 affordable gaming laptop of the year in a pc magazine. My previous laptop was a dell inspiron 1525, which made me want to end myself. From what i’ve researched it’s clear that there was a problem with the touchpad in the y500’s, however, as mine was produced after may 2012, i have the new synaptic touchpad which so far is very good. The laptop runs extremely fast, so far i’ve only been able to test its gaming ability on games like diablo 2, which it loads in about 1 second. Internet explorer runs instantaneously, and i haven’t had any trouble in connectivity. The startup time is less than 1 minute, although the initial startup did take longer. You can only slightly hear the fan, and the laptop doesn’t get too hot, you can only really hear the fan when installing new programs/games. One of the things i like about the laptop is that it has small rubber bumps in each corner underneath that raise it from the surface of my desk by about 1cm, which allows it to cool faster. The design is gorgeous, the keys are very striking, and the keyboard is very nice to type on, the screen is a very high quality and hd backgrounds and screensavers look excellent, the on/off button is quite nice, as it is back lit by a white led.
I chose this laptop as it has the same specs as higher priced laptops, and also because it has been voted #1 affordable gaming laptop of the year in a pc magazine. My previous laptop was a dell inspiron 1525, which made me want to end myself. From what i’ve researched it’s clear that there was a problem with the touchpad in the y500’s, however, as mine was produced after may 2012, i have the new synaptic touchpad which so far is very good. The laptop runs extremely fast, so far i’ve only been able to test its gaming ability on games like diablo 2, which it loads in about 1 second. Internet explorer runs instantaneously, and i haven’t had any trouble in connectivity. The startup time is less than 1 minute, although the initial startup did take longer. You can only slightly hear the fan, and the laptop doesn’t get too hot, you can only really hear the fan when installing new programs/games. One of the things i like about the laptop is that it has small rubber bumps in each corner underneath that raise it from the surface of my desk by about 1cm, which allows it to cool faster. The design is gorgeous, the keys are very striking, and the keyboard is very nice to type on, the screen is a very high quality and hd backgrounds and screensavers look excellent, the on/off button is quite nice, as it is back lit by a white led.

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This laptop is the best laptop i have ever bought/ownedit great if you want to watch movies etc. College/university work, the keys feel smooth and very responsive some of my older laptops you had to bang the buttons in before if registered and back lit keyboard is just cool. Its also a brilliant gaming machine i play minecraft and i get 100+ fpsworld of warcraft depending on your area between 60-144 fps ghost recon online 60+ fpsand planetside 2 45-80 fpsall played on ultra setting lower the setting fps will increase but with those frames per second you don’t need to lower it. The boot up time i haven’t timed it but it fast you push the button look away for a second turn back and its booted up, very fast and a vast improvement from my previous laptop which took about 2 minutes to boot upthe screen resolution in 1080p full hdthe speakers are very very good better than my tv speakerswindows 8 64 bit i find windows 8 easy to use and don’t know why some people moan about it its just like a smart phone and after playing around with it for a bit your get used to it. I rate it 9/10 only because nothing is perfect 10/10 but ye if you got £700 odd i absolutely recommend this to you.
This laptop is the best laptop i have ever bought/ownedit great if you want to watch movies etc. College/university work, the keys feel smooth and very responsive some of my older laptops you had to bang the buttons in before if registered and back lit keyboard is just cool. Its also a brilliant gaming machine i play minecraft and i get 100+ fpsworld of warcraft depending on your area between 60-144 fps ghost recon online 60+ fpsand planetside 2 45-80 fpsall played on ultra setting lower the setting fps will increase but with those frames per second you don’t need to lower it. The boot up time i haven’t timed it but it fast you push the button look away for a second turn back and its booted up, very fast and a vast improvement from my previous laptop which took about 2 minutes to boot upthe screen resolution in 1080p full hdthe speakers are very very good better than my tv speakerswindows 8 64 bit i find windows 8 easy to use and don’t know why some people moan about it its just like a smart phone and after playing around with it for a bit your get used to it. I rate it 9/10 only because nothing is perfect 10/10 but ye if you got £700 odd i absolutely recommend this to you.

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Nice work very well windons 7. Yep, touch pad was not working properly, after install windows 7 with the right driver its better. Counter strike source with default config.

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Nice work very well windons 7. Yep, touch pad was not working properly, after install windows 7 with the right driver its better. Counter strike source with default config.
Great laptop, random crap that comes with it not so great, touchpad awful. . Okay so i will update this as i find out more info as ive only just received it. All in all its a good laptop but has a few really stupid issues with it. I opened it up, started it up, setup windows 8 as usual. As soon as you are put into the actual desktop/tutorial your mouse dissapears. It still works and you can still hover over things to find where it is but no actual pointer anywhere. After 10 minutes of reinstalling the drivers i managed to get the cursor back. Issue now is i cannot find any edge scrolling on the synaptics control panel for the touch pad using the drivers provided on lenovos website. Its all gone to the tablet way of doing things that work great for touchscreens and not so much touchpads (pinchzooming). I disabled all the gestures that it likes to shove in your way but i still cant get the right mouse key to fire whilst moving the mouse which is important whilst playing single player games without using a wireless mouse.
Great laptop, random crap that comes with it not so great, touchpad awful. . Okay so i will update this as i find out more info as ive only just received it. All in all its a good laptop but has a few really stupid issues with it. I opened it up, started it up, setup windows 8 as usual. As soon as you are put into the actual desktop/tutorial your mouse dissapears. It still works and you can still hover over things to find where it is but no actual pointer anywhere. After 10 minutes of reinstalling the drivers i managed to get the cursor back. Issue now is i cannot find any edge scrolling on the synaptics control panel for the touch pad using the drivers provided on lenovos website. Its all gone to the tablet way of doing things that work great for touchscreens and not so much touchpads (pinchzooming). I disabled all the gestures that it likes to shove in your way but i still cant get the right mouse key to fire whilst moving the mouse which is important whilst playing single player games without using a wireless mouse.
Lenovo ideapad y500 – an excellent choice. I have just received this wonderful peace of beauty. I am very pleased with my choice. I recommend this laptop to everybody. The features offered are exactly what i was looking for.
Lenovo ideapad y500 – an excellent choice. I have just received this wonderful peace of beauty. I am very pleased with my choice. I recommend this laptop to everybody. The features offered are exactly what i was looking for.
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