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Review Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 Notebook
« am: Januar 23, 2013, 06:59:48 »
Surprise candidate. Lenovo again ventures into the highly competitive gaming sector with the IdeaPad Y500. The UltraBay technology enables the 15 incher to be equipped with an optical drive, a second GPU, an auxiliary fan or another hard disk. A thrilling concept that lets the laptop stick out from the competition. We exhaustively tested the SLI alternative.

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Lenovo-IdeaPad-Y500-Notebook.87585.0.html

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Re: Review Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 Notebook
« Antwort #1 am: Januar 23, 2013, 10:04:16 »
finally! a y500 review! it's like having a gtx 670mx notebook for $1200. *drool

PaulAnthony

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Re: Review Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 Notebook
« Antwort #2 am: Januar 23, 2013, 16:54:07 »
Heya, I would like notebookcheck to review the Lenovo Ideapad Y400 with the 2 GT 650s and see whether a config like that would benefit a 14.1' display at 1366 by 768 like the way the Asus G46 did with the GTX 660. That laptop I guess would be the main rival to Lenovo's Y400/500.

Overall, I like the idea of using that Optical Bay caddy for another GPU. Really, nobody uses a Disk Drive anymore and you can always buy one USB powered one for cheap anyway.

cobalt9

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Re: Review Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 Notebook
« Antwort #3 am: Januar 23, 2013, 22:52:54 »
There is a known serious problem with the touchpad (beyond just being annoying).  Just go on to the Lenovo forums and read up.  I had to return mine.  Maybe the next batch will be better.  Overall the laptop is very good considering the price.   But the touchpad is killing it.

Daz

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Re: Review Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 Notebook
« Antwort #4 am: Januar 23, 2013, 23:18:59 »
Anyone know where you can buy it with this config in the uk?

Artwork

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Re: Review Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 Notebook
« Antwort #5 am: Januar 24, 2013, 00:46:38 »
Good piece of hardware. Forget the touchpad issues, they're history. And the keyboard is perfectly fine. Critics.

Jesper

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Re: Review Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 Notebook
« Antwort #6 am: Januar 24, 2013, 20:03:01 »
Y500 impressions

My Specs:
i5 2,5 GHz model with 8 Gb of RAM.
DVD module in ultrabay.
500 Gb HD (without the small 16 Gb SSD
swapdrive)
Synaptics touchpad (!)

Pros:
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* Good screen - Bright and nice colours,
not sure how close to RGB, but as an
enthusiast photographer I have no
complaints. Contrast 500:1 according to
Lenovo. Not very glary.
* Power adapter - has what seems like a
non-flimsy and solid, thick connecter. I
think it'll stand the distance.
* Red keyboard backlighting - 2 values,
shortcut key on hardware level (works
even when booting)
* Powerful CPU and graphics.
* Ultrabay can be fitted with optional
extra GPU (SLI mode), fan, HD or
BluRay.
* Very low noise levels - although when
on battery and "power saver preset" it
sometimes spins up and down erratically.
For comparison the MacBook Retina is
considerably louder under load.
* Heat levels seems reasonably
controlled. Using Speedfan I measured
temps of CPU+GPU cores of no higher
levels than 75 degrees celsius during high
load. No excess heat around handrest
areas.
* Connectivity just works. USB ports,
HDMI, audio jacks (metal)
* Windows 8 (WITH the Classic Start
Menu addon) is a breeze working with.
So far the best Windows experience ever
for me. So fast and responsive.

Neither good or bad:
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* Speakers are fine enough, although they
don't handle a lot of deep frequencies.

Cons:
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* Update: Keyboard has started acting up
(when I wrote this sentence, it just wrote
"acwegwegkwæe" and then stopped
responding for 2-3 seconds)
* Tried updating to newest Nvidia drivers
- and lost the ability to adjust brightness
with Fn+up/down keys. Come on, this
shouldn't be nessecary.
* Intel 4000 Graphics hidden or not
working. I don't see why, it should be on
the chipset. WiDi also does not seem to
be working. EDIT: Best guess, is that this
is due to the SLI possibility in the laptop.
* Touchpad (mine is Synaptics) - flimsy
buttons, seems like it's a bit loose, very
plasticky feeling. Two-finger scroll works
fine enough. NOTE: I have the Synaptics,
but the Y500 model is also shipped with
Elan touchpads that are prone to failure!
Make sure to get Synaptics.
* Screen has a lot of flex at the top, you
can twist it from side to side around 1 cm
in depth, although it's hard to say
whether it will last or not.
* Preinstalled Windows 8 Recovery
partitions. I don't like it, frankly. Please
give me a USB media with everything on
it, so I can partition my goddamn
harddrive as I wish. If you resize a
partition, you risk losing an OS installer
that you paid for.
* Ultrabay DVD-drive seems VERY flimsy.
I wouldn't want to change it around too
often.
* Chassis of laptop prone to smudges
and finger marks. Easily cleaned off
though.

VERDICT:
There's a lot to like (screen, GFX, CPU,
noise levels, heat levels etc.), but in all
honesty, I don't really trust this laptop.
As recently added, the keyboard has
started acting up. What will be next?

Ayesha

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Re: Review Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 Notebook
« Antwort #7 am: Januar 26, 2013, 19:48:32 »
Very Deep review thanks!! What I did not like, only seen manual and U tube stuff yet !! is the fact that for a multimedia machine there are no dedicated multimedia keys- soft-like z560-one key theatre,or fullkeys AT ALL. No dedicated MUTE key ! one has to use the fn and volume down key to lower volume. Very strange, did they forget or what ????

Lance

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Re: Review Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 Notebook
« Antwort #8 am: Februar 16, 2013, 21:18:25 »
Come on notebookcheck review the y400 SLI.

paulx

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Re: Review Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 Notebook
« Antwort #9 am: März 05, 2013, 17:22:14 »
i have bought the i5 version.
really like to see some sli benchmarks on that.
i'm really happy that it can go sli.
but i have to wait till end of this month when it goes on sale in stores or at lenovo itself.

paulx

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Re: Review Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 Notebook
« Antwort #10 am: März 05, 2013, 17:27:14 »
what i also like to know ( before i open it ) can i put in a ssd without removing the hdd?
so i can have a ssd in it for speed and a hdd in it for storage.

systemBuilder

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Re: Review Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 Notebook
« Antwort #11 am: März 16, 2013, 16:53:26 »
i have bought the i5 version.  I'd really like to see some sli benchmarks on that.

In a recent desktop benchmark on YouTube (sorry, forgot the name), a 2-cpu gaming rig and a 4-cpu gaming rig were compared, all with state-of-the-art equipment (best NVidia card, best CPUs, etc.)  Also, 1-cpu mode was tested, too.  There was no discernable difference between 2x and 4x.  In fact, in blind tests, the player generally thought the 2-cpu rig was faster.  Most games can take advantage of 2 cpus, but few of them can take good advantage of 4 cpus.  So if your 2-cpu Y500 has the same L2 cache first, and similar Mhz - which is only of secondary importance, 2-cpus and 4-cpus should not matter, except for very unusual and rare applications, like mpeg encoding.  It should not matter for gaming.

xudis

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Re: Review Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 Notebook
« Antwort #12 am: März 23, 2013, 17:55:09 »
why is the graphics and gaming graphics score for windows experience index 6.5. Even without SLI GT650M GDDR5 gives more than 7.0 for other laptops like inspiron 17R

Denis

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Re: Review Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 Notebook
« Antwort #13 am: April 05, 2013, 03:20:02 »
I had the laptop for 1 month now and it's pretty good: fast but still light, has great looks and red keyboard light, does not get hot even if you have it on the lap, battery holds up to 3,5-4,5 hours depending on what are you doing, I even start to like windows 8 and its integration. BUUUT the touchpad is killing me. WHAT THE HELL??? how can you screw up the touchpad. usualy i work with mouse, but today I forgot it at home and its just impossible to work wihtout it!! had compaq cq60 before and never encountered such a difficulty  using touchpad!!

Rasmus

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Re: Review Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 Notebook
« Antwort #14 am: April 08, 2013, 20:59:08 »
I've had it for 2 months now. All I can say is, that it outperforms the charts given in this review by at least 10% (up to 20% in a few select). The touchpad is crap, and the way they designed it, causes dust and dirt to accumulate along the edges of the touchpad, however, I don't use the touchpad, so I couldn't care less. The screen bezel has a very plastic feel and could have been made better, but hardly something you notice unless you grab a hold of it and gently twist it. Overall, this is by far the strongest, most sleek, quality desktop replacement that you can get for your money (value-wise). I will readily recommend this laptop to anyone who might consider buying it - you will not regret. Also, the sound from those speakers... oh god... the sound. I have never seen a laptop play music this well!

 

 
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