Lenovo is one of the most popular laptop manufacturers in the world. Renowned for their reliable yet affordable laptops, their recent releases branch out into gaming. Their Y580 features a GTX 660M video card, playing games at relatively smooth frame rates at an affordable price.
Now, they’ve released a new laptop with SLI (Scalable Link Interface), meaning it has two NVIDIA video cards running together for impressive gaming performance – the Y500.
The Y500 is a midrange laptop, so the look of the laptop is simplistic. Featuring a brushed aluminum wrist rest and flat cover, it looks nice. However, the bottom is made out of plastic, slightly inconsistent with the overall image. That’s okay though, since you won’t be looking at the bottom of the laptop anyway.
Thankfully, the laptop isn’t bulky like other gaming laptops. It has an inconspicuous look and design. It weighs 6.39 pounds. The laptop measures 1.5 inches thick, 15.2 inches wide and 10.1 inches long. Overall, it’s a fairly portable laptop.
The screen is 15.6 inches, giving you lots of room for everything you do. Not only that, you also get a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. However, the screen’s coating is glossy, so there’s a tendency for a lot of glare.
Viewing angles are great though. Side to side, the screen retains the quality. Tilting it backward, some color is diminished. Tilt it too forward though and you lose quite a bit of color.
Overall, the colors and brightness produced by the screen are good because it’s made by LG Philips.
Now, we come to the best part of the laptop, the hardware inside.
The processor is a quad – core Intel Ivy Bridge i7 – 3630QM. It’s a powerful processor, not only capable of giving you amazing frame rates, but also general work. You’ll find that i7 processors are mostly used by professionals that need to create a lot of content, such as video rendering. This makes the Y500 a powerful all – around machine.
For the video cards, you get two NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M cards. One GT 650M is powerful enough to provide a good gaming experience, but having two of them makes things even more fun.
You’ll be happy to know that a lot of graphics – heavy games can be run at maximum settings with 1080p resolution. For example, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 runs at 55 FPS. Borderlands 2 runs at 60 FPS. Max Payne 3 runs at 26.1 FPS. Lastly, Battlefield 3 runs at 26 FPS. Of course, all of these games have anti-aliasing turned to max. If you tone them down a little, you can get even better frame rates.
Memory is aplenty here. Typically laptops within the 1,000 dollar range only have 8 GB. This laptop gives you 16 GB of DDR3 memory with a clock speed of 1600 MHz, instead of the usual 1333. This proves that the Y500 is more than just a gaming laptop.
For storage, you get a 1 terabyte hard drive by Samsung plus a 16 GB SSD for caching purposes. This’ll help essential programs load faster.
For connectivity, you get the usual. There’s USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports. There’s also Wi – Fi, VGA, HDMI and Bluetooth 4.0. There’s also a card reader and a Kensington Lock slot.
For a price of 1,400 dollars, you get a laptop with one of the best keyboards in the world. Lenovo keyboards are always known for their accuracy. They’re also known for their durability.
This laptop is a viable option for gamers who don’t want anything flashy or thick, like most gaming laptops out there.