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Pros: All the other reviews here cover this part quite well. Fast, quiet, good for moderate to high end gaming but not ultra ofcourse, screen is beautiful, etc. etc. etc. This thing is a pretty stellar machine for the price.
If you google "y500 overclock" the first result is a nice thread on overclocking your gpu's to get the most of your machine. Its worth reading if you want to go that route.
Cons: Glossy screen glares like everyone else said. This thing picks up fingerprints and oils like nobody's business! You'd think lenovo would've noticed that in the design phase or at least quality assurance.
Battery life is short, but thats to be expected from a high performance laptop such as this.
HDD holds back its potential.
Overall Review: A lot of people mention that the touch pad is worthless where I would say its not. Its not as awesome as one on a macbook pro, but its responsive and it works just fine for me.
Lets just say it took me forever, about 7 hours of trial and error, to figure out how to install windows 8 fresh on my ssd that I had taken out of my old lappy that is dying. So here is what you need to do if you want to install an ssd drive:
1. Since there is no optical drive you need to make a bootable windows install drive from a windows 8 x64 iso to a usb stick.
2. Take out your old hard drive and install your ssd drive. Don't boot your computer yet.
3. Plug in the windows 8 usb install stick into the usb 2.0 port that is located right next to the headphone/microphone jack. (I read somewhere that it might not read properly from the usb 3.0 slots) Still DO NOT power on your laptop.
3. There is a little button just to the left of the power adapter port that lets you access your bios. You press this with the computer off to turn on and start to the bios menu. Press this button.
4. This bios menu will appear. Go into bios setup. Once in the Bios Main, go to the boot tab, then change your boot process from EFI to Legacy. A new boot option will appear in the boot window, and change it to say legacy first. (also make sure that you can see that it recognizes your windows stick in that menu)
5. Save changes and exit. Here it should restart your computer and go to the usb stick, but mine didn't. I had to shut down and restart with the bios button(one key is the official term by lenovo). Then select boot selection screen, then select the USB stick.
Now you should be installing windows 8! Just remember to go back into your bios when you're done and change your boot settings back.
You do NOT need a windows 8 key to install on this computer, it is bound to the bios and it will never ask you for a product key because it just pulls it automatically from your bios upon install. So don't waste your time trying to find yours with a key finder program or looking on the bottom of your computer or in all the 3 tiny manuals that came with your laptop, you won't find it.
Also don't reformat the drive that came in your computer until you get your OS installed on your new drive. Just safe practice incase something goes wrong. (I had to swap hard drives at least 8 times, and read probably 10 different sources to figure this out!)
Hope this helps! And Yes, it SCREAMS with an SSD! ;)
Pros: - Fast core i7 and hyper threaded.
- Nvidia SLI is very powerful.
- Large hard drive.
- Back-lit keyboard.
- Great resolution and bright display.
Cons: - 5400 RPM HD
- Windows 8
- Bloatware (eww)
Overall Review: I was searching for a decent gaming laptop for on-the-go. Tired of lugging a desktop everywhere when I wanted to do some LAN gaming with buddies.
Very quick. Runs most modern games at high comfortably (30-40 FPS in open, semi-intensive environments). Load times are sub-par due to the slow speed of the HD, though it's not unbearable. Back lit keyboard looks great.
The touch pad is pretty poor, however since I'm gaming a lot on the system, the touchpad isn't much of a concern. The only real problem I have with this system is Windows 8. Will be installing Windows 7 soon so I can gain the use of a taskbar back.
Lenovo... What's with the bloatware? around 15 GB worth of it, too!
This is a great buy. Did you read the title yet? Bang for your buck is written all over this laptop.
Pros: SLI Cards with ability to change which does what
Cons: Cards clock way down when not plugged in
Graphics driver crashes a little too often when idle
Only 3 USB ports
Needs more ventilation
Overall Review: Overall this is very good for gaming and anything else you would need, the graphic crashes are nothing more than the screen flickering a few times followed by a notification.
I was very, VERY skeptical of the Windows 8 OS but after 5 minutes of use I had gotten very used to it and LOVE IT, I have zero issues with it on anything, I can even play games from early 2000s without any troubles.
Pros: Fast, superb resolution and color, plays most of today's demanding games on ultra settings, great sound, pictures and video look great, nice design (I especially like the back-lit keyboard), i7, trackpad works well with Windows 8, stays cool due to great ventilation, very quiet
Cons: Power supply is a brick; but, keep in mind that this computer is a gaming beast. Also, I had to do a lot of personalizing Windows 8 for me to enjoy it (all the changes I made, by the way, were done through the operating system).
Overall Review: This is a great laptop for handling home, office, and gaming tasks. Being a fan of Skyrim, I was pleased when this computer played the game on ultra settings without missing a beat.
Pros: Is as powerful as you might expect, extremely. To snag a laptop this powerful at this price is an amazing deal. The two GT 650M are powerful when together on most games. It almost seems you could use this laptop for just about anything, such as taking over the world.
Cons: Only real downside is it heats up very easily, which leads to programs slowing down and loud fan noise. Oh yeah, windows 8 too!
Pros: Looks Great - Simply put the laptop is beautiful looking. It is prone to fingerprints though, but honestly it's not difficult to wipe them off.
Powerhouse - The dual GT650's are amazing. I crank Skyrim, Borderlands, Civilization 5 all on high. I suggest a cooling pad due to the heat, but I've experienced no crashing or skipping after hours of play. Anyone who has played through a full game of Civ knows how resource intensive it is when managing hundreds of units and dozens of cities.
Backlit Keyboard - I've seen other Lenovos with a light on the top of the case, near where the webcam is. This one has the backlit red keyboard with two brightness settings.
Speakers - The JBL speakers are great. I couldn't ask for more with a built in speaker system.
Ultrabay - Being able to swap the extra card out for a DVD/Bluray burner is an amazing feature.
Cons: Windows 8 - It's not that bad, I just find most of the new features unnecessary. Though it does seem to have a fschk built into the OS now. I've not investigated that much further though.
Battery Life - Wish this was a little longer, but running the dual cards can't expect much.
Overall Review: I've had this laptop for a month, and I personally wouldn't base your purchase off 'Dude1022's' review.
First off, I've had minimal problems with the GT 650M drivers; it crashed Civ5 the first two times I loaded the game, but had had no issues since or with any other game. I can play Skyrim, Borderlands, Civilization 5, GTA4, all on high. No blue screening issues.
The hard drive is listed as 5400rpm. Don't have SSD expectations for the drive. Personally I will eventually swap it out for an SSD, or you can get an SSD ultrabay drive.
The wireless card works as it should. I've gotten 2.5MB/s download speeds off a wireless DSL using a basic WRT-54G Linksys router. I'm not sure what he is basing his Intel driver update from.
Good luck buying an HP, Toshiba, etc... that doesn't come with some bloatware. The Lenovo wasn't bad, easy to remove the e.B.a.y. shortcuts and remove the bloatware applications.
He gets this one right on the head. Fingerprints will cover your pretty laptop after a while. But if you own a paper towel and some Windex, you can solve this issue in about 15 seconds.
I've no touchpad issues, but I normally use a mouse plugged into the USB 3.0 port.
Pros: - GT650M SLI chews most things thrown at it - I can run most games on all high with no issues at all. Some of the more recent games like Planetside 2 require me to tone it down a bit (still gets 40+ fps on high, but I reduce . There are slight micro-stutter issues.
- Strong i7 processor.
- I like the keyboard. Without any 'pits' there is no chance dust and other ungodly materials could enter under the keys. Nice warm backlit (red).
- The laptop feels robust.
Cons: - The 15.6" tag is deceptive. In terms of dimensions of the laptop as a whole, I feel there it can actually carry a 17" screen. There's a thick border all around it. But this is nothing new in the industry. Macbooks and HP laptops have had such borders. So there's a wastage of space on the screen.
- Horrendous trackpad. I guess I am lucky to get the 'Synaptics' trackpad. But it still has issues. Nowhere near as bad as the 'Elan' trackpads. It frequently locks up. The physical button will work, but the trackpad will not. Also, the physical buttons are poorly placed.
- Although the build feels solid, the thing gets fingerprints ALL over. From the front cover of the laptop, to the palm rests to the border around the screen. If you care about how your laptop looks in a crowded room or to others - then be careful and get a lint-free cloth.
- Comes with bloatware. Get CCleaner and get rid of them.
- Slow 5400RPM drive.
Overall Review: It's a great laptop. All of the negatives together still doesn't warrant a reduction from 5/5.
I'd advise anyone to buy this laptop and later on wait for SSD prices to drop. The 5400RPM drive isn't painfully slow, but it's noticeable.
Pros: Nice case. Runs Great. Perfect screen.
Cons: Trackpad. Weird graphics driver issues.
Overall Review: I ordered this laptop for the hardware not knowing what to0 expect from the case. So far I'm very happy with the design. I can actually tell what the material is. I looks and feels sometimes like stressed aluminum....other times like plastic. It attracts dust and fingerprints somewhat but not too bad. The keyboard back-light is very cool. It can be turned on and off , which is a convenient feature for power-saving.
As far as the trackpad goes I understand what people are saying about it. The thing is quirky and doesn't respond smoothly. Its not too big a deal because I mostly use a mouse.
As far as the hardware goes, the thing runs great. The hard drive is a bit slow for what is on the market today, but the computer still boots up reasonably fast. Load times in games are fast as well, at least for what I am used to. Earlier I had a problem with the pre-installed graphics drivers. The graphics driver would randomly reset itself. I installed the latest driver from nVidia and I haven't had a problem since. Otherwise the game runs Skyrim on ultra with a decent framerate....which is more than I can ask for.
Some other notes:
There's no optical drive in this unit. In the side where the drive would be is a removable module that has a fan and a heatsink in it. Im assuming it also contains the second video card. The module bay could fit an optical drive or a hard drive. So if you wanted a dvd-rom or a second hdd you would have to sacrifice the SLI video cards.