Date Joined: 09/04/13
Pros: Extremely comfortable form
Easy to use buttons (all of them)
Cons: Quite long cable
Scroll wheel broke
Overall Review: After a short few months (around 5 or 6) the scroll wheel gave out. While using the wheel, it suddenly became very easy to roll and I quickly realized I was not switching weapons anymore.
Other than the scroll wheel breaking (which is why I give this a 3 egg rating) nothing is wrong with this mouse and I love it. I guess that the wheel breaking is only because it is a fairly inexpensive mouse.
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.
Overall Review: I got this PC as a graduation/birthday present, and let me tell you, this is a great product. I ordered it from newegg.com. 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.
Pros: So far, these have been great. I have listened to music from instrumental piano to rap/hip-hop to dubstep to rock, and they handled all very nicely. The highs are crisp and the bass is not as much as my previous set of Scosches, but I'm still happy with it. I got these on neweggflash.com for 15 bucks, so it was a great buy, in my opinion.
Cons: None that I can think of.