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Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 (59359560) Notebook Intel Core i5 3230M (2.60GHz) 6GB Memory 1TB HDD Dual NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI 15.6" Windows 8

  • Intel Core i5 3230M (2.60GHz)
  • 6GB Memory 1TB HDD
  • Dual NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI
  • 1920 x 1080
  • Windows 8
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Y500 (59359560)


Dusk Black
Operating System
Windows 8
CPU Type
Intel Core i5-3230M 2.6GHz
Memory Size
Hard Disk
Graphics Card
Dual NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI
Video Memory
Gigabit LAN and WLAN
15.2" x 10.2" x 1.4"
6.4 lbs


CPU Type
Intel Core i5
CPU Speed
3230M (2.60GHz)
CPU Support
3MB L3 Cache
Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 up to 3.2 GHz


Intel HM76


Screen Size
Wide Screen Support
1920 x 1080
LCD Features
LED backlight, 220 nit, 16:9 aspect ratio

Operating Systems

Operating System
Windows 8


Dual NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI
Video Memory
Dedicated 2GB
Graphic Type
Dedicated Card

Hard Drive



Memory Speed
DDR3 1600
Memory Spec
4GB x 1+2GB x 1
Max Memory Supported


802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN
Bluetooth 4.0


2 x USB 3.0
1 x USB 2.0
Video Port
1 x VGA
1 x HDMI
Audio Ports
1 x Microphone Jack, 1 x Headphone Jack


2 x internal digital array microphones
2 x 1.5W JBL Brand Speakers with Chamber

Input Device

Multi-touch touchpad
Backlit Keyboard
AccuType Keyboard with numeric keypad
Backlit Keyboard

Supplemental Drive

Card Reader
6 in 1 reader (SD/SD Pro/MMC/MS/MS Pro/XD)


Gaming & Entertainment


6-cell, Li-Cylinder battery
Battery Life
Up to 3 hours

Physical Specifications

15.2" x 10.2" x 1.4"
6.4 lbs

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

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  • Dylan E.
  • 3/18/2014 1:11:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Gaming PC for Under $1000

Pros: Processing power, dual graphics cards, high resolution screen, sleek design, quiet, backlit keyboard.

Cons: Weight, Windows 8 and problems accompanying it, "always-on" USB port is not always on.

Other Thoughts: I got this PC as a graduation/birthday present, and let me tell you, this is a great product. I ordered it from This laptop is very sleek and attractive, what with its red keys (red undertone even with the red backlight off). I also enjoy the black brushed metal look to the casing of it. It looks and feels very high quality, and that’s because it is. I have been running everything from League of Legends on everything very high with a constant 60+ fps, sometimes is goes up past 200, and even the new Thief with everything at least high with above 40 fps consistently.
The 1920x1080 resolution is very nice, allowing everything to be much crisper than my previous 1366x768. Games, movies, photographs, and even Word documents look much better! The keys are all very responsive and have shown minimal signs of wear even after the better half of a year of serious gaming and use.
It is a little on the heavy side, weighing in at a hefty 6 pounds. But if you don’t mind a little more weight for impressive power, it is hardly a downside. I carry it to and from class in my backpack and it is nothing worth complaining about. As for the battery life, if you’re not gaming intensely, it is actually not bad. However, I do carry my power cable around just in case.
A downside that I have found is that the USB 3.0 port that is supposedly “always on” is not always on. Also, if you decide to get the extra graphics card in the ultrabay and want Windows 8.1, the OS will disable the graphics card, therefore disabling any SLI or other performance things that are needing that card.
In comparison to building your own gaming PC, the Lenovo Y500 is around the $450-$550 range. While it may be less expensive to create a desktop PC, the laptop makes up for the price difference in mobility. Due to gaming laptops being relatively new, they’re still very expensive on the market.
I’m saddened that Lenovo has stopped making this model, because it’s a great machine. I’ve been more than satisfied with it for the past many months. The performance is only slightly slower based on how much junk I have on the hard disk, but the computing power is still astounding. If you find one of these for sale and want a good, solid gaming laptop, purchase it.

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  • Curt H.
  • 3/16/2014 7:29:15 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSteer Clear

Pros: Price for hardware

Cons: One year and 1 day the ultra bay stopper working. The keyboard finish is very delicate and will rub off with general use. Case feels cheaply made and the top of the case picks up fingerprints and smudges constantly.

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  • Mary K.
  • 3/9/2014 5:14:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsMore Hassle Than It's Worth

Pros: Great specs
Great speakers
Great keyboard
Built in mic

Cons: I spend more time fixing drivers than I do actually playing games. This thing is a mess. You can pretty much assume that every update is going to stop your SLI from working properly. You can't get SLI working with windows 8.1. Only a few SLI drivers actually work with this laptop at all, and have fun spending 10 hours finding out which those are.

The heart of the problem is really windows 8, but you can't downgrade, because SLI will stop working (BIG SURPRISE!)

I hate this thing. If I have to perform one more system restore to undo an update that stopped SLI from working I'm throwing this thing out the window. League of Legends crashes every time, and Starcraft II runs choppy because the game requires the latest drivers and updates for pretty much everything, and you can't run the latest update and have SLI working. SLI is what makes this system acceptable as a gaming setup, and it doesn't work more than half the time because of software issues.

It's fragile. Don't expect to bring this thing around with you, which defeats the point of owning a laptop. Just buy a desktop computer and save yourself hours of frustration.

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  • thomas h.
  • 11/12/2013 10:22:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwsome laptop.

Pros: This laptop was a great bargain for the price i paid. I wanted to be able to play games, but not be confined to my desktop pc. It's got a great design, and runs all the games i want to play w/o issue. Display looks nice on it. Boots up Windows 8 pretty quick, even w/o a flash drive.

Cons: Fingerprint magnet - very noticeable on the metal finish. Other than that I have not found anything to ding them on for this.

Other Thoughts: Pushes alot of heat when gaming, but that's to be expected. As long as you have it on a flat surface (book, a board game, table) its fine. Came with some bloatware, but it all uninstalled w/o breaking anything.

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  • Aaron O.
  • 11/11/2013 7:03:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsNever again Lenovo

Pros: Nice design, doesn't overheat, fast startup

Cons: Had my Lenovo for about 6 months now and I pretty much hate it. There have been so many problems ranging from hardware problems (earphones not being detected) to software issues (random freezing/slow-down, random crashing), I am just so disappointed in Lenovo, I really miss my ASUS. Never again.

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  • Stanley H.
  • 11/1/2013 11:38:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsModerate

Pros: -nice backlit keyboard
-very sleek and smooth design
-handles most games with little or no problems
-nice and cool, doesnt overheat

Cons: -nvidia geforce 650gt cards are wayyyyy outdated, if u do buy get much newer cards
-screen flashes randomly and can last for long periods of time when updateing
-default drivers are utter garbage, be ready for several hours of system updates upon purchase

Other Thoughts: Was dissapointed in the SLI but for the price it is im happy, may want to consider spending a but more if your looking for serios gameing

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  • Daniel J.
  • 10/30/2013 3:35:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSLI Issues

Pros: -Great Display
-Very nice design

Cons: -SLI Graphics

Other Thoughts: This laptop has a great design all around and I really wish I could have kept it. The reason I had to return it is there is a massive SLI issue when playing games. If you're planning on playing games that use SLI I would do research before you purchase as I never found compatible drivers that worked with the 3 different games I had installed.
-World of Tanks

I also tried installing Windows 7 32bit, Windows 7 64bit, and Windows 8.1 along with Windows 8 the computer came with.

I mostly had massive screen tearing issues that were unfixable. Even the drivers the computer comes with are broken. I guess this is due to the fact that the cards aren't TRUE SLI.

I highly recommend you do research before you purchase. I am not saying don't buy it but if your planning on using the SLI then you need to learn how these cards operate and why there are issues.

I hope this review helped and besides the SLI problem this laptop was great.

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  • Ben H.
  • 10/29/2013 12:28:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Laptop

Pros: Fast processor, SLI, runs CS GO with maxed settings at 160+ fps, the 1080p looks amazing, this is a great laptop, and even greater because I got it during the $800 sale. Pick this laptop up if it goes on sale again, you won't regret it, don't mind people downgrading this laptop because it came DOA, they haven't even gotten to experience it yet so how could they rate it at all.

Cons: No i7 and no 7200rpm drive :(

Other Thoughts: BUY IT

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  • Matt S.
  • 10/22/2013 10:50:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFaulty Hardware, no cigar

Pros: Cheap, SLI graphics, 1080p screen, nifty backlit keyboard.

Cons: Processor is lacking. Sure there's the Y510P to accomodate that, but it's ~$300 more expensive.

Cheap price comes with cheap build.

Other Thoughts: This laptop died literally the day after the 30 day return window. I'm not a happy customer. I should have followed my instincts and returned the laptop at the first sight of trouble, now I'm out $800 and still need a laptop.

At first the HDD wasn't being acknowledged by the mobo, I just figured I'd have to wiggle it to make it happy. That worked for a week. Then it got to the point where it would in the middle of simple web browsing, so I thought it was the HDD itself. I got a SSD because why not, it was on sale. Booted up nice and fast, everyone's happy. Then another week later it makes these gutwrenching beeps and then goes back to normal, which is a step up from completely freezing.

I would advise against buying this laptop. Maybe it's just newegg, who knows, but I can assure you this could happen to you with this purchase. $800 is nothing to sneeze at, and all I have an an angry rant from it.

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  • Cooper M.
  • 10/12/2013 3:07:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsYou can't find a better laptop for this price

Pros: pros:
-Very cost effective for $800
-i5 is very fast
-Dual 650ms SLI will run almost any game on high/maxed out with no fps problems
-1920x1080 is a perfect resolution for this monitor size
-Sturdy build and sleek design with good weight
-Red LEDs on the black body look really cool
-Very good quality speakers for a laptop

Cons: cons:
-would be nicer with an i7 but honestly it isnt a huge problem
-SLI can be finicky in some games
-no media controls
-no dvd drive built in because of SLI but I have no need for one
-battery life is relatively short (3-4+ hours) but im never too far from a charging spot. just dont play games when its not plugged in
-honestly its hard to come up with real complaints for this laptop. i could not be happier with the performance i got in a laptop for only $800

Other Thoughts: other thoughts:
The Lenovo Y500 is absolutely amazing and I could not ask for anything better at $800. This will definitely last me for years. The performance, design, and build are just perfect for me. I wanted a laptop for college that could also play any games I threw at it and the Y500 is perfect. I could not recommend this laptop enough!

let me address some of the other complaints people have stated in their reviews
-trackpad: the trackpad is perfectly fine and i have no problem using it. it does not jump around the place for me nor does it get in the way. its full customizable with the built in drivers and has good gestures for scrolling and zooming. while i obviously use a mouse when at my desk or while playing any games, the trackpad works perfectly fine when on the go or in bed.
-weight: i have no idea why people are complaining about the weight. i carry it around in a backpack with my books and notebooks at college everyday and it doesnt bother me at all. sure, there are lighter laptops, but for one such as this, the weight is perfect
-windows 8: windows 8 is literally windows 7 but better in every single way except for the start menu. just download classic shell and you will have an OS that looks like windows 7 but performs much better
-hard drive speed: I haven't noticed any slowness so far
-lots of heat: i dont know what this is about, yeah it gets warm but i dont know what you expect
-resolution is too high for the screen size: 1080 on this screen size seems perfect to me. i can understand why some people may not be able to read it well, but i have absolutely no issue with it.

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