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Lenovo Ideapad Y500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 287 reviews of Lenovo Ideapad Y500. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the keyboard and price. The screen and design also get good opinions, whereas there are some mixed opinions about the usability. Some have doubts about the connectivity and battery.

performance, design, screen, price, keyboard

reliability, touchpad, battery, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Lenovo Ideapad Y500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Lenovo Ideapad Y500

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 75 user reviews of Lenovo Ideapad Y500 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk. Reviews about the design and portability are generally positive. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed comments about the reliability, and many are less positive about the connectivity and touchpad.

performance, usability, price, portability, design

touchpad, connectivity

91% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Lenovo Ideapad Y500 15.6 inch Laptop-Black (Intel Core i7 3630QM, 8Gb RAM, 1Tb HDD, DVDRW, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Nvidia Graphics, Windows 8).Lenovo Ideapad Y500 15.6 inch Laptop-Black (Intel Core i7 3630QM, 8Gb RAM, 1Tb HDD, DVDRW, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Nvidia Graphics, Windows 8).

Mar, 2019

Expert review by : George Jones (techradar.com)

Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 review

 

Smart component choices by Lenovo result in amazing performance for the price

Excellent keyboard ; Surprisingly low price ; Remarkable performance ; Swappable Ultra Bay ; Above-average sound quality

Heavy ; No Windows 7 option ; Subpar touchscreen controls ; Plain looking

The more we play games on the Y500, the more impressed we are with Lenovo's minimalist design aesthetic. We can only hope that other system manufacturers learn from Lenovo here, thereby ending the string of over-priced, kitchen-sink gaming laptops we...

Mar, 2013

Expert review by : Wired (wired.com)

The Cure for the Common Ultrabook

 

Thin is no longer in. With the IdeaPad Y500 , Lenovo says to hell with the modern laptop diet plan and drops this beast on the table, a 6.4-pound, 37mm-thick slab of plastic and brushed metal. Consider it a curative for users who are finding ultrabooks...

May, 2013

Expert review by : Brian Westover (pcmag.com)

Lenovo IdeaPad Y500

 

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 is a solid choice for a gaming laptop, offering decent gaming performance and portability, and a modular upgrade system.

Dual-GPU system offers solid gaming performance. Modular UltraBay system lets you reconfigure your system as needed. Lenovo's AccuType keyboard is as good as ever, now with glowing red accents.

Overall performance is good, but not great. Short battery life is short.

There's a lot to love about the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500, from the sleek design and aggressive looks, to the easy customization offered by the UltraBay modular upgrade system. While it does falter in a couple spots—most notably in battery life and general...

Apr, 2013

Expert review by : Sarah Jacobsson Purewal (pcworld.com)

Review: Lenovo’s IdeaPad Y500 offers excellent gaming specs for the price

 

Two graphics cards ; Great price for specs ; Good audio

Very thick chassis ; All-red keyboard is a little hard to navigate ; Display is not a touchscreen

Lenovo's made a solid-performing gaming laptop in a smaller, lighter, cheaper package.

Apr, 2013

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 review: A unique gaming laptop at a great price

 

The current version of the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 is a laptop that's hard not to like. A chunky, 15-inch Windows 8 machine with some real gaming muscle, sharp design, and a funky red-on-black backlit keyboard, it perfectly embodies the aesthetic Lenovo...

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 offers high-end components, including gamer-level graphics, a swappable accessory bay, and the coolest-looking backlit keyboard I've seen in a long while.

If only the Y500 had a touch screen, which is practically required for the Windows 8 UI, it might be one of my favorite laptops of the year.

For those looking for something more than a feature-light ultrabook, the gamer-friendly Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 is close to brilliant, and several configurations are currently available at a deep discount -- but I can't believe it doesn't have a touch screen.

Mar, 2013

Expert review by : Michael Wall (NotebookReview.com)

Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 Review

 

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 is an affordable gaming and media focused notebook. Keep reading to see if it delivers on the promise of "upgradeable" graphics.

Responsive high-quality keyboard ; Portable design for a 15-inch gaming notebook ; Versatility via the ultrabay

Mid-tier GPU ; No SSD ; The Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 is an affordable gaming notebook that offers all around utility and performance.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 is an affordable gaming notebook that offers all around utility and performance.

May, 2013

Expert review by (notebookcheck.net)

Review Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 Notebook

 

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...

Backlit keyboard, Decent sound, Speedy hardware, UltraBay slot, Decent FHD screen, SSD cache, A lot of metal, The UltraBay feature is well-designed

Unfavorable interface and vent positioning, Clattery and unstable touchpad, Reflective screen surface, Quite sensitive casing, Somewhat spongy keyboard, Slim scope of delivery, A matte screen surface and a better touchpad

Jan, 2013

Expert review by : Jayesh Mansukhani (tech.firstpost.com)

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Jan, 2007

Expert review by (tech.firstpost.com)

Lenovo 3000 Y500 Laptop Tech2 Mobile

 

An increasing number of people are looking at enhanced security features in their laptops, apart from just good looks. Keeping this in mind a number of ve

Expert review by : Digit Laptops (digit.in)

Lenovo Ideapad Y500

 

The Lenovo Y500 is a powerful gaming laptop packed with exciting features. It runs on the latest Windows 8 OS and has integrated powerful Intel Core i7 (3rd generation) 2.2 GHz processors that can handle most tasks with ease. This Powerful Lenovo...

Jul, 2013

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Home Theater v4 / Dolby Home Theatre 4 / Dolby Home Theatre v4 / HD / HDA
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker power:1.5 / 2 / 3
Speakers manufacturer:JBL

Battery

Battery Capacity:7200
Battery capacity (Watt hours):72
Battery life (max):3
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:10.8 / 20
Number of battery cells:6

Camera

Auto Focus: Yes
Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):1
Rear camera: No

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold
RoHS compliance: Yes

Design

Colour of product:Black
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Polycarbonate
Market positioning:Business / Gaming
Product colour:Black
Product Type:Notebook / Ultrabook

Display

3D: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Contrast ratio (typical):5000:1 / 500:1
Display brightness:220
Display diagonal:39.6
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1920 x 1080
Display Surface:Gloss
Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD / No
LED Backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:No / Yes

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter: Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2 / 4
Discrete graphics adapter model:NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M / NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Hot-swap second graphics adapter: Yes
Number of discrete graphics adapters:2
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1 / 2
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:2
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 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
Keyboard backlit: Yes
Keyboard layout:QWERTY
Numeric keypad: Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal Memory:12 / 16 / 4 / 6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):16
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4 + 1 x 8 / 1 x 8 / 2 x 4 / 2 x 8
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

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

Operational conditions

Operating altitude:0 - 2438
Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 85
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):5 - 43

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:Blu-Ray DVD Combo / Blu-ray RW / DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-RW / DVD±RW / No

Other features

64-bit computing: Yes
Audio system:Dolby Home Theater v4 / Dolby Home Theatre 4 / Dolby Home Theatre v4 / HD / HDA
Compatible operating systems:Windows 8
Graphics adapter family:Intel / Intel, NVIDIA
Infrared data port: No
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-x
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-x

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control:N
Manual:Y
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control: No
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 / Yes
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
LAN/VGA combo port: No
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in:No / Yes
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port: No
S/PDIF out port:No / Yes
SmartCard slot: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1 / 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
AC adapter power:120 / 170

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Conflict Free processor: Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):22 / 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
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM76 Express / Intel HM77 Express
Number of Processors Supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:3.1 / 3.2 / 3.4
Processor cache:3 / 6
Processor cache level:L3
Processor cache type:Smart Cache, L3 / SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge
Processor Cores:2 / 4
Processor family:3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i7-3xxx
Processor frequency:2.2 / 2.4 / 2.5 / 2.6
Processor lithography:22
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor Model:I5-3210M / I5-3230M / I7-3630QM / I7-3632QM
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-3200 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3600 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA1023 / PGA988 / Socket 1224
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:E1 / L1
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35 / 45
Tjunction:105

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 / Yes
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
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-x
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / 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 / Yes
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
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:65708 / 71458 / 71459 / 72056 / I5-3210M / I5-3230M / I7-3630QM
Processor code:SR0N0 / SR0UX / SR0WX
Processor package size:31 / 37.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:N / No / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint Reader: No
Password protection: Yes
Password protection type:BIOS, HDD, Power on, Supervisor / HDD, Power on, Supervisor / Yes

Software

Bundled software:McAfee\nOnekey Recovery 8.0\nEnergy Management 8.0\nPowerDVD metro\nMS Office 2010
Drivers included: Yes
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:FreeDOS / Windows 8
Pre-installed software:Microsoft Office 2010
Trial software:McAfee Internet Security / McAfee Internet Security, Nitro Pro

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, SDXC, xD / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, SDXC, xD / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, xD / Memory Stick (MS), MMC, SD, xD / SDXC
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 500 / 750
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA II
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:16
Solid-state drive interface:mSATA
Solid-state drive interfaces:mSATA
Storage Media:HDD / HDD+SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1016 / 500 / 750

Technical Details

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

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:25.9
Depth (imperial):25.9
Height :3.6
Height (front):1.55
Height (front) (imperial):1.52
Height (rear):3.6
Height (rear) (imperial):3.56
Weight:2.7 / 2.72
Width:38.7
Width (imperial):38.6