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Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 (59359560) Gaming Laptop Intel Core i5 3230M (2.60GHz) 6GB Memory 1TB HDD Dual NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI 2GB 15.6" Windows 8

  • Dual NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI 2GB
  • Intel Core i5 3230M (2.60GHz)
  • 6GB Memory 1TB HDD
  • 15.6" 1920 x 1080
  • Windows 8
  • 15.2" x 10.2" x 1.4" 6.4 lbs
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

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  • Darwin C.
  • 9/5/2014 3:29:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsWorked fine for a year

Pros: Gaming

Cons: Hardware issues after 1 year

Other Thoughts: Just got off the phone with a lenovo tech and he said that it would cost more money than it's worth to fix and just get another computer!

Thanks JC

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  • Shannon L.
  • 5/21/2014 7:04:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Low
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsY500

Pros: Very capable gamer/multimedia laptop. I added a 120GB Intel 525 mSATA and was gonna add in some ADATA XPG Gaming Series 8GB 1.35v 1600MHz RAM AXDS1600GC4G9-2 but never got around to it being I traded it away.

The speakers put out the sound!

The GT 650m's had an ASIC of 84/86%. This is good = faster speeds, lower voltage = cooler and quieter.

Cons: Touchpad had tracking issues sometimes.

Other Thoughts: Note to adding RAM to laptops. Most laptops come with proprietary bios so there are no settings for DRAM, just note if you want to run 1600MHz + speeds be sure to get memory that is tested at stated speeds @ 1.35v. Or the bios will default to 1333MHz.

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  • Philip P.
  • 5/5/2014 7:10:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsVery Surprising

Pros: Fast for a laptop, surprisingly fast. I got this in a trade about 2 months ago and I have not been disappointed with it. Way more of a machine than I would ever need as a laptop but would have been nice to have had when I was traveling all the time. Has excellent picture and stays pretty cool.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: You can either rock the dual video cards in SLI or use a add on DVD/Blu-ray drive. Not a real issue but would have been nice to have had a slim reader installed in the front. I will use my external reader if I ever need to. I have a SSD mSATA Intel 530 128GB as my boot now and a secondary 256GB SSD for storage. Needless to say this is anything but slow. The 1TB drive it came with was much to be desired, needless to say it was not in there long ;)

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  • Lymary C.
  • 4/28/2014 5:47:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: - Plays most games at it at very high settings with little issue (dual cooling bays help it from becoming anywhere near as hot as my old laptop).
- Performs very well as a work laptop, spent most of the time since I bought it programming (since I'm pursuing a computer science degree) and it has performed very well.

Cons: - The biggest con I've found is the speed of the hard drive. It doesn't take too much to max it out (not a huge problem when playing games, but when downloading quickly or compiling c++ the extra time waiting can become noticeable).
- The 'm' key lost one of the plastic pieces that keeps it connected which means it will occasionally fall off (after which I can still snap it back into place). I'm just hoping none of the other keys follow suit.

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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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