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Lenovo IdeaPad Y480

alaTest has collected and analyzed 11 reviews of Lenovo IdeaPad Y480. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Views about the sound and durability are overall positive. The design and energy efficiency are also mentioned favorably, but many are less positive about the keyboard and battery.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Sarah Silbert (engadget.com)

Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 review

 

More InfoLenovo's 14-inch IdeaPad Y470p launches with Radeon HD 7690M GPULenovo unveils six mainstream consumer laptops (and one desktop

Elegant design ; Strong performance ; Competitively priced

Disappointing resolution for a multimedia machine ; Keyboard is loud and has some flex ; Not the best battery life for a 14-incher

The Y480 offers solid performance for the money, thanks to a new NVIDIA GPU and quad-core Ivy Bridge processor, but its middling resolution doesn't match the graphics power under the hood.

May, 2012

Expert review by : Nate Ralph (theverge.com)

Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 review

 

Lenovo's IdeaPad laptops come in pretty much every shape and size, with svelte ultrabooks sharing brand space with staid productivity machines and the occasional netbook. The Y series represents...

Excellent keyboard, nice trackpad ; Loud, fairly solid audio quality ; Very little bloatware

Meager gaming performance ; Drab design ; Lack of an SSD hampers performance

Oh so ordinary

Jun, 2012

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by : Eric Grevstad (pcmag.com)

Lenovo IdeaPad Y480

 

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 combines quad-core "Ivy Bridge" adrenaline with speedy Nvidia graphics to stir up the 14-inch mainstream laptop segment.

Fast performance. Exemplary screen and keyboard. WiDi

Slightly overweight. Battery life merely so-so

May, 2012

Expert review by : Christopher Null (wired.com)

Review: Lenovo IdeaPad Y480

 

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 looks good and has a solid build, but the performance and battery life aren't up to snuff, even with Intel's new...

Merciful respite from the crapware on last year’s Y-series. Improved clickpad performance over previous IdeaPads. Decent graphics performance. Lots of ports, including dual USB 3.0

General performance and battery life both disappoint. Very heavy at 5.1 pounds. Still not sold on the keyboard

May, 2012

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 review: Lenovo IdeaPad Y480

 

Lenovo IdeaPad Y480

The ; offers desktop-replacement power in a midsize laptop, with a discrete GPU and Intel's new quad-core third-generation Core processors.

All this power is paired with a lower-resolution screen, killing the high-end vibe.

The IdeaPad Y480 gets you Lenovo's excellent construction quality and ergonomic design without having a "business" laptop, but some more configuration flexibility would be appreciated.

May, 2012

Expert review by : Jerry Jackson (NotebookReview.com)

Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 Review: A Solid Mobile Entertainment PC

 

The all new IdeaPad Y480 is a 14-inch multimedia notebook designed to give you a perfect balance between serious performance for work and multimedia power for play. Whether you're editing HD video or playing video games this laptop has you covered.

Good performance ; Appealing design ; Impressive audio from JBL speakers

Weak keyboard surround ; Unimpressive display ; Average battery life ; Students looking for a 14-inch laptop with plenty of performance for school work and games should seriously consider the Lenovo IdeaPad Y480.

Students looking for a 14-inch laptop with plenty of performance for school work and games should seriously consider the Lenovo IdeaPad Y480.

May, 2012

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com.au)

Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 review: Lenovo IdeaPad Y480

 

Lenovo IdeaPad Y480

The ; offers desktop-replacement power in a midsize laptop, with a discrete GPU and Intel's new quad-core third-generation Core processors.

All this power is paired with a lower-resolution screen, killing the high-end vibe.

The IdeaPad Y480 gets you Lenovo's excellent construction quality and ergonomic design without having a "business" laptop, but some more configuration flexibility would be appreciated.

May, 2012

Expert review by : PC Perspective (pcper.com)

Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 Review: Taking The Good With The Bad

 

In the wilds of the laptop market, nestled between the hordes of 15.6” mainstream laptops and the slim ultraportables, there is an odd breed. The 14” multimedia laptop. Even describing them as such is limiting because each model seems to offer its own...

Jul, 2012

BUSINESS READY!

Expert review by : Sarah E. Anderson (computershopper.com)

Lenovo IdeaPad Y480

 

Thin and light" used to mean, well, thin and light. Today, however, the phrase we used to use for 13- or 14-inch laptops over 4 pounds is sounding definitely outdated in a world full of 3-pound ultrabooks. Nevertheless, Lenovo's 14-inch IdeaPad Y480...

Excellent performance ; Superb speakers ; Comfortable keyboard ; Responsive touch pad

Steep list price ; Short battery life ; A bit heavy for a 14-inch laptop

Lenovo delivers a powerful, well-rounded system in the IdeaPad Y480. Those who value performance and features over featherweight mobility will appreciate this laptop.

Jun, 2012

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Lenovo IdeaPad Y480

 

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 is an all-new 14-inch mid-size laptop that features Intel's latest third-generation quad-core CPU and discrete graphics. It also has a solid construction and good overall performance. The display, however, has a lower-resolution...

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Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Home Theater v4 / HD / JBL
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker power:1.5
Speakers manufacturer:JBL

Battery

Battery life (max):4 / 5
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:6

Camera

Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):1

Design

Colour of product:Black / Grey
Form factor:Clamshell
Product colour:Black / Grey
Product Type:Notebook

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display diagonal:35.6
Display number of colours:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Full HD: No
HD type: No
LED Backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen: No

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter: Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2
Discrete graphics adapter model:nVidia GeForce GT 620M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE / NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100 / 1150
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166
On-board graphics adapter memory:1.65
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4000
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Island-style keyboard: Yes
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal Memory:4 / 6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):8
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
4G: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3u
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
WWAN: No

Operational conditions

Non-operating altitude:0 - 4570
Operating altitude:0 - 3050
Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 85
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-15 - 60

Optical Drive

Disc types supported:CD, DVD
LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD-RW / DVD±RW

Other features

Audio system:Dolby Home Theater v4 / HD / JBL
Compatible operating systems:Windows 7
Ethernet interface type:Gigabit
Graphics adapter family:Intel / Intel, NVIDIA
Infrared data port: No
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-x
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-x
Type: / PC
Weight:2.3
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Manual:Y
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port: No
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port:No / Yes
SmartCard slot: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 ports quantity:2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
Power auto-sensing: Yes

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Conflict Free processor: Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):23 / 24 / 25 / 26
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM / DDR3/L/-RS 1333/1600
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM76 Express
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8 / 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:3.1 / 3.2 / 3.3 / 3.4
Processor cache:3 / 6
Processor cache level:L3
Processor cache type:Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge
Processor Cores:2 / 4
Processor family:3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5-3xxx
Processor frequency:2.3 / 2.4 / 2.5 / 2.6
Processor lithography:22
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor Model:I5-3210M / I5-3230M / I7-3610QM / I7-3630QM
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-3200 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3600 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA1023 / PGA988 / Socket G2
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:E1 / L1
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35 / 45
Tjunction:105 / 105 C

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22
Idle States: Yes
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
Intel 64: Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-x
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT): No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI): Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD): Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology): Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT): Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST): No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Intel® Smart Cache: Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:64899 / 65708 / 71459 / 72056 / I7-3610QM
Processor code:SR0N0 / SR0UX / SR0WX
Processor package size:31 / 37.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:N / Yes
Password protection: Yes

Software

Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:FreeDOS / Windows 7 Home Basic / Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 8

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, xD / MMC, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 500 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:SATA
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Storage Media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 500 / 750

Technical Details

Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:23.9
Height :3.28
Height (front):2
Height (rear):3.28
Weight:2.2 / 2.3
Width:34.5 / 35.4