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Lenovo Ideapad Y500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 276 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 really like the keyboard and price. The screen and design also get good feedback. The connectivity and battery get critical opinions. There are mixed opinions on the energy efficiency and usability.

performance, design, screen, price, keyboard

reliability, 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 87/100 = 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 Comments about the design and portability are overall positive. The price and usability also get good feedback. The connectivity and touchpad get less positive comments, and there are some mixed reviews about the reliability.

performance, usability, price, portability, design

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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-Black (Intel Core i7 3630QM, 8Gb RAM, 1Tb HDD, DVDRW, LAN, WLAN, BT, Webcam, Nvidia Graphics, Windows 8).

Oct, 2016

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 and media focused notebook. Keep reading to see if it delivers on the promise of "upgradeable" graphics.

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: 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: Matthew Elliott (

Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 Review and Ratings


Wedge-shaped and well-rounded, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 is an affordable gaming laptop that boasts excellent build quality, a unique and versatile optical drive/second graphics adapter bay, and the ability to pull double duty as a content-creation rig.

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

Battery life is one area where the IdeaPad Y500 was able to top the Origin EON17-SLX. Its six-cell battery ran for just over three hours on our video playback test, which gives you enough juice to watch a movie should you stray from a wall outlet....

Apr, 2013

Expert review by: James Lu (

Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 - An Affordable AND Powerful Gaming Notebook?


Lenovo's IdeaPad Y500 is a 15.6-inch multimedia/desktop replacement notebook with an interchangeable drive bay that lets you switch out your optical drive for a second NVIDIA GTX 650M module for a boost in gaming performance. We find out if it can hold...

Adding swappable second GPU module offers GTX 675M level performance ; Fantastic value ; Good battery life ; Decent audio with built-in subwoofer

Trackpad feels cheap ; Some backlight bleed ; Keyboard a bit mushy ; Swapping of GPU module is necessary to balance battery life vs. gaming performance

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 is the notebook that many people have been waiting a long time for - an affordable multimedia notebook that can transform into a seriously capable gaming machine.

Apr, 2013

Product Specifications


Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):1
Rear camera: No


Display Surface:Gloss
HD type:Full HD / No


Discrete graphics adapter memory:2
Hot-swap second graphics adapter: Yes
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1 / 2
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:2
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)


Island-style keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit: Yes


4G: No

Ports & interfaces

LAN/VGA combo port: No
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port: No
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2


Conflict Free processor: Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM
Processor cache type:Smart Cache, L3 / SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-3200 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3600 Mobile series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35 / 45

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Processor ARK ID:65708 / 71459 / 72056
Processor package size:31 / 37.5


Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Password protection: Yes