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Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 review

Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 - An Affordable AND Powerful Gaming Notebook?

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Launch SRP S$1999

Overall rating 8.5/10
Design:
7.5
Features:
9
Performance:
9
Value:
9.5
Mobility:
7.5
THE GOOD
Adding swappable second GPU module offers GTX 675M level performance
Fantastic value
Good battery life
Decent audio with built-in subwoofer
THE BAD
Trackpad feels cheap
Some backlight bleed
Keyboard a bit mushy
Swapping of GPU module is necessary to balance battery life vs. gaming performance
More Awards:
Best Valued for MoneyMost Innovative Product


Battery Life & Portability Index

Battery Life

The Y500 gets its juice from a 6-cell 72Wh battery. Compared to the rest of our machines, only it and the HP Pavilion DV6 utilize a 15.6-inch screen size. The Y500 is also the only machine in our setup running on Windows 8, which some evidence from our past testing suggests is less power consuming than Windows 7.

While the SLI config doesn't work properly when running on battery, we thought it would be interesting to see if it made any difference to overall battery life.

With the optical drive installed, the Y500 managed to last a very impressive 3 hours and 28 minutes, far surpassing the rest of our machines. Surprisingly, even when not in use, the second GPU module made a huge difference in battery life, knocking 50 minutes off of the Y500's total battery life. 

Power consumption was excellent with the optical drive installed, and still better than most of our 17-inch gaming notebooks even with the SLI configuration.

 

Portability Index

Our Portability Index factors in battery life, weight and volume so you can see which notebook is the most worthwhile to carry around. Predictably, the smaller Y500 was much more portable better than all of our 17-inch gaming notebooks and was generally on par with other 15.6-inch multimedia machines like the HP DV6 or Samsung RF511.