Review: Lenovo Ideapad Y500


Seeing as my better half and I will be moving overseas early next year I recently decided to do away with my main desktop PC in favour of a reasonably powerful laptop.  Being a geek I wanted the most amazing machine in the world, but I’m also on a budget, so I settled for something with a pretty reasonable spec and a design that screams “gamer”: the Ideapad Y500 from Lenovo.



Lenovo were clearly looking toward the likes of Alienware when it came to designing the Y500.  The sharp lines and contours work well with subtle details around speaker mounts, etc. to create a Lamborghini-esque look.


There’s a perfect combination of high grade plastic and brushed aluminium panels which works well and feels very well made.  The top casing (at the back of the screen) is a beautifully machined piece of brushed aluminium, as is the area around the keyboard and trackpad.  The bottom part of the casing looks more or less the same from a distance, but is actually plastic rather than metal.  It’s a strange combination, but it works well.  The plastic shell should be quite hard wearing, and it doesn’t detract from the overall look.


The design and detailing of the keyboard and surrounding area are as impressive as I’ve seen on any performance laptop.  The keys themselves are backlit with red LEDs, and the space between keys is finished with high-gloss black plastic which really helps the Y500 look the part.  The same high-gloss detailing can be found around the twin JBL speakers, which adds to the look.


To the left hand side you’ll find the main air vent, the power jack, twin USB3 ports, a VGA port, HDMI port, network port and Lenovo’s one touch recovery button.  On the right hand side you’ll find the optical drive, microphone and headphone jacks, a Kensington lock slot and an “always on” USB port for charging.


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