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Lenovo Ideapad Y500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 278 reviews of Lenovo Ideapad Y500. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the keyboard and price. The design and screen also get good reviews, whereas there are some mixed views about the reliability and usability. The connectivity and battery get critical comments.

performance, screen, design, price, keyboard

touchpad, battery, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Lenovo Ideapad Y500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 75 user reviews of Lenovo Ideapad Y500 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Reviewers are impressed by the design and portability. The price and usability also get good comments. The connectivity and touchpad get critical comments. There are some mixed opinions about the reliability.

performance, usability, price, portability, design

touchpad, connectivity

91% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Lenovo Ideapad Y500 15.6 inch Laptop-Black (Intel Core i7 3630QM, 8Gb RAM, 1Tb HDD, DVDRW, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Nvidia Graphics, Windows 8).Lenovo Ideapad Y500 15.6-inch Laptop (8GB RAM, 1TB HDD)Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 15.6-inch Laptop (Dusk Black) - (Intel Core i7 3630QM 2.4GHz Processor, 16GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 16GB SSD, Blu-ray, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webca

Oct, 2015

Expert review by: (

Review Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 Notebook


Surprise candidate. Lenovo again ventures into the highly competitive gaming sector with the IdeaPad Y500. The UltraBay technology enables the 15-incher to be equipped with an optical drive, a second GPU, an auxiliary fan or another hard disk. A...

Backlit keyboard, Decent sound, Speedy hardware, UltraBay slot, Decent FHD screen, SSD cache, A lot of metal, The UltraBay feature is well-designed

Unfavorable interface and vent positioning, Clattery and unstable touchpad, Reflective screen surface, Quite sensitive casing, Somewhat spongy keyboard, Slim scope of delivery, A matte screen surface and a better touchpad

Jan, 2013

Expert review by: Michael Wall (

Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 Review


The Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 is an affordable gaming notebook that offers all around utility and performance.

Responsive high-quality keyboard ; Portable design for a 15-inch gaming notebook ; Versatility via the ultrabay

Mid-tier GPU ; No SSD

Even though the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 clearly has a gaming focus, the device feels more like an all-around notebook.

May, 2013

Expert review by: Wired (

The Cure for the Common Ultrabook


Thin is no longer in. With the IdeaPad Y500 , Lenovo says to hell with the modern laptop diet plan and drops this beast on the table, a 6.4-pound, 37mm-thick slab of plastic and brushed metal. Consider it a curative for users who are finding ultrabooks...

May, 2013

Expert review by: Brian Westover (

Lenovo IdeaPad Y500


The Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 is a solid choice for a gaming laptop, offering decent gaming performance and portability, with a modular upgrade system that lets you add and swap extras easily.

Dual-GPU system offers solid gaming performance. Modular UltraBay system lets you reconfigure your system as needed. Lenovo's AccuType keyboard is as good as ever, now with glowing red accents

Overall performance is good, but not great. Short battery life is short

Lenovo may not be a name that perks up the ears of gamers the way that MSI or Alienware might, but it has a well-deserved reputation for quality, and the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 is bringing that same reputation to gaming. Don't be put off by Lenovo's...

Apr, 2013

Expert review by: Sarah Jacobsson Purewal (

Review: Lenovo’s IdeaPad Y500 offers excellent gaming specs for the price


Two graphics cards ; Great price for specs ; Good audio

Very thick chassis ; All-red keyboard is a little hard to navigate ; Display is not a touchscreen

Lenovo's made a solid-performing gaming laptop in a smaller, lighter, cheaper package.

Apr, 2013

Expert review by: Matt Smith (

Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 Review


Beyond the popularity of portable technology, clouded by the hype of Ultrabooks, desktop replacements remain. These stalwart systems with large displays and chunky bodies have long been out of fashion, yet they still sell – and sell well. It seems many...

High build quality ; Good keyboard ; Beautiful 1080p display ; Excellent performance ; Unrivaled value

Dreary exterior ; Severe backlight bleed ; Poor battery life ; Runs warm ; Ultrabay graphics card replaces optical drive

We recommend the Y500 to users who want maximum the bang for their buck and don’t mind sacrificing portability to get it.

Mar, 2013

Expert review by: Dan Ackerman (

Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 review: A unique gaming laptop at a great price


The current version of the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 is a laptop that's hard not to like. A chunky, 15-inch Windows 8 machine with some real gaming muscle, sharp design, and a funky red-on-black backlit keyboard, it perfectly embodies the aesthetic Lenovo...

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 offers high-end components, including gamer-level graphics, a swappable accessory bay, and the coolest-looking backlit keyboard I've seen in a long while.

If only the Y500 had a touch screen, which is practically required for the Windows 8 UI, it might be one of my favorite laptops of the year.

For those looking for something more than a feature-light ultrabook, the gamer-friendly Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 is close to brilliant, and several configurations are currently available at a deep discount -- but I can't believe it doesn't have a touch screen.

Mar, 2013

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Sherri L. Smith (

Lenovo IdeaPad Y500


The Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 packages dual graphics cards with a full HD display, above-average audio, and a cool red-backlit keyboard.

Powerful performance and graphics; Alluring 1080p display; Comfortable red backlit keyboard; Interchangeable Ultrabay; Affordable

Below-average battery life; Plain design; Runs hot while gaming

Click to EnlargeThe Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 packages some robust specs in a rather unassuming chassis. For $1,249, consumers walk away with a powerful Core i7 processor, two Nvidia GT graphics cards, and a lovely 1080p display. Although the battery life...

Mar, 2013

Expert review by: Steve Schardein (

Lenovo Y500 Gaming Notebook Review: The Best Mobile Gaming Value Around?


While Lenovo hasn't historically been known for its gaming PCs, it's poised to make quite a splash with the latest entry in its IdeaPad line. Owing little to the company's business-oriented roots, the Y500 aims to be all power—moreso than any other...

May, 2013

Expert review by: ComputerShopper (

Expert Review


Outstanding performance for the price, Stellar build quality, Superb video and audio output, UltraBay gives you options

Graphics performance dips as resolution and settings increase, Lacks touch support, No Blu-ray option

When not gaming, the system is capable of some serious content creation and multimedia editing, making it a well-rounded performer. Even if you don't envision yourself making much use of the innovative UltraBay, you're sure to love the system's...

Apr, 2013

Product Specifications


Convertible: No
DVD Writer:Blu-ray Combo / DVD-Writer / No
Embedded 3G/4G: No
Fingerprint Reader: No
Hard Drive Type:Hard Disk Drive / Hybrid Hard Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: Yes


Bluetooth:No / Yes
Card Reader:3 in 1 Card Reader / 6 in 1 Card Reader / Multi Card Reader
Firewire: No
TV Output: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:9
LED Backlight:Edge LED / No
LED Technology:Edge LED
Touchscreen: No
True Resolution:Full HD / WXGA

General Features

Convertible: No
Intel ® Centrino Technology: No
Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System Version:DOS / Windows 8


Brand of Graphic Chip:nVidia
GPU Model (Graphic Card):GeForce GT 650M / GeForce GT 750M / GEFORCE GT650M


Chipset Brand:Intel® / Unknown
Chipset Type:HM76 / HM77 / Unknown
Processor:Core™ i5 / Core™ i7
Processor Brand:Intel ® / Intel®
Processor Number:I5-3210M / I5-3230M / I7-3630QM / I7-3632QM