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.
Lenovo Ideapad Y500 15.6-inch Laptop (8GB RAM, 1TB HDD) :