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12-06-2012, 01:03 AM
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Laptop Advice: Lenovo IdeaPad Y500

I'm looking to get a new laptop and this one looks pretty awesome.
http://www.lenovo.com/products/us/la...y-series/y500/

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Description IdeaPad Y500 Laptop CPU/Chipset
  • 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i7-3632QM
  • 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i7-3630QM
Operating System
  • Windows 8 64
Memory
  • 8GB, 16GB (DDR3)
Graphics
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GT650M 2GB
Dimensions
  • 387 x 259 x 15.5 - 36 mm (15.2 x 10.2 x 0.6 - 1.4")
Camera
  • High-Sense 720p HD webcam
Display
  • 15.6" HD (1366x768) or FHD (1920x1080) display (16:9 widescreen) (220 NIT)
Weight
  • 5.95 lbs. (2.7 kg) with 6-cell battery
ODD
  • Optional SLI Bay Graphics
  • DVD reader/writer
  • Blu-ray Disc™ drive
I/O Ports
  • 2 USB 3.0 ports
  • 1 USB 2.0 port
  • 6-in-1 card reader (SD, SD-Pro, MMC, MS, MS-Pro, XD)
  • Headphone jack
  • Mic jack
  • VGA
  • HDMI
  • RJ-45
Storage
  • 1TB (5,400 rpm)
  • SSD: 16GB
Wireless Connectivity
  • Integrated 802.11 bg/bgn WiFi
  • 10/100/1000M Ethernet
  • Bluetooth® 4.0
Keyboard
  • Backlit AccuType keyboard
  • AccuType keyboard
Battery Life
  • 3 hours (6-cell battery)
Security Features
  • OneKey® Recovery
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SLI sounds pretty cool, as does having an (albeit small) solid-state drive.

I don't play games enough to warrant buying an expensive gaming laptop.
That said, I'd like to be able to play old-school GameCube games on Dolphin (which is actually pretty hard for a laptop, it seems). And also other games.

I'll also be using the laptop for school stuff, including:
- easy word processing stuff
- coding
- mech simulations
- MATLAB stuff



Any opinions?

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When I was laptop shopping a few years ago I ordered a lenovo, but they messed up and I decided to cancel the order and go with a macbookpro.

Even though my experience was not a good one, my next laptop will most likely be a lenovo. They seem like quality machines, albiet a bit expensive.

The one you're ordering looks pretty sweet.

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Lenovo's Y series is very good and feature rich. SLI is probably overkill for you.

I have a Lenovo G series with a GT 630M and I've been impressed with it's graphics performance. I can play Skyrim on high with no lag whatsoever. The GT 650M in yours is supposed to be much better too.

Checkout Lenovo's outlet store if you wanna save a little money.

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Lenovo's Y series is very good and feature rich. SLI is probably overkill for you.

I have a Lenovo G series with a GT 630M and I've been impressed with it's graphics performance. I can play Skyrim on high with no lag whatsoever. The GT 650M in yours is supposed to be much better too.

Checkout Lenovo's outlet store if you wanna save a little money.
Thanks for the input. I figured I probably wouldn't need SLI, but I thought the idea seemed cool enough.





BTW (@Dave), I haven't actually ordered it yet. I'm still looking.

I'm mostly wondering if anyone thinks there's something better out there for the money. The reviews for this one seem pretty good, at least, and I've seen it recommended in a few discussions from just Googling.

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Yea I have a Y570 , and it's an amazing laptop , no problems so far ( 8 months in ) .

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I use a lenovo for coding and it done just fine with slower processor.
Onekey recovery is great as I had a problem with an antivirus corrupting my computer... Push the button on the side and it was reset to how I got it the first day. Really impressed with Lenovo and would definitely buy again.

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I was considering this computer. It was between this and Dell Inspiron 15r SE. I choose the latter because it had pretty much identical specs but was $300 cheaper. Looks like a solid laptop though.

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I'm mostly wondering if anyone thinks there's something better out there for the money. The reviews for this one seem pretty good, at least, and I've seen it recommended in a few discussions from just Googling.
I just looked at this one for another thread the other day. It was a really well priced/featured laptop for the money IMO. Assuming there isn't another one on sale somewhere it's a pretty good buy.

Agreed about the 650 GT too, that's plenty of graphics power for most people. Especially at the low resolution displays laptops mostly come with these days.

EDIT: This was the one I was looking at.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834310661

It actually has the GT 660. I assume you could probably save a bit on that price getting one with a 650, which should be enough for you.

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Is the SSD option worth getting?

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Is the SSD option worth getting?
The bigger the better, but yes they are quite nice. Ideally you'd want at the bare minimum 32gb so you can install an OS on it. 16gb is a tad small for OS so they are used as "caching" ssd's. Basically they act like a second layer of RAM and help to load programs faster.

If the only option is the 16gb ssd and no bigger, then you might skip the small SSD and save the money toward a full sized SSD that you can switch the main hard drive out with. 128gb ssds are pretty affordable these days.

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The bigger the better, but yes they are quite nice. Ideally you'd want at the bare minimum 32gb so you can install an OS on it. 16gb is a tad small for OS so they are used as "caching" ssd's. Basically they act like a second layer of RAM and help to load programs faster.

If the only option is the 16gb ssd and no bigger, then you might skip the small SSD and save the money toward a full sized SSD that you can switch the main hard drive out with. 128gb ssds are pretty affordable these days.
Makes a ton of sense. Thanks a bunch for all the help

Given what you've said, I'm looking at ordering the 2nd option on this list:

http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/c...A012D9B20ED2FB

[The $850 one. Hopefully you all see the same thing on this page as I do.]

I'll take a look elsewhere before committing, of course, but this seems pretty damn good.

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