The Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 is the notebook that many people have been waiting a long time for - an affordable multimedia notebook that can transform into a seriously capable gaming machine.
Up until now, multimedia notebooks have only been able to handle light gaming, and if you wanted to run anything at full HD resolution and high settings, your only options were expensive 17-inch, heavyweight monsters. Lenovo's idea to put a swappable second GPU into an affordable multimedia notebook is so good, we wonder why no-one thought of it sooner. Of course, anything is possible without a price cap, but at the price point of the Y500, we can only say kudos to Lenovo for making a gaming notebook that everyone can afford become a reality.
While it has a few faults (bad trackpad, somewhat mushy keyboard, some backlight bleeding from the screen), we're willing to overlook them in favor of the big picture. Essentially, you're getting a machine with the potential performance level of Dell's Alienware M17X R4 (which weighs a hefty 5.3kg and will set you back S$4400), with better battery life and more portability than Razer's Blade (which sells itself on its portable gaming capabilities), all at a price unheard of for a gaming machine. For what it does at its price range of S$1999, the Lenovo Y500 isn't just the king of bang-for-your-buck, it's an absolute steal!
Just take note that if you intend to work at length without tethered to the wall socket, be sure to remove the secondary GPU module to preserve battery life. This is probably the only inconvenience you'll have to take note to manage your needs for gaming performance as opposed to extended battery life for productivity.
After all's said and done, for all its mentioned attributes, we're bestowing the Lenovo Y500 our Best Value and Innovation award.