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Lenovo IdeaPad Y530

Lenovo IdeaPad Y530
alaScore 88

350 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 350 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the screen and keyboard are generally positive. The design and performance are also mentioned favorably.

value for money, performance, design, keyboard, screen

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Review Lenovo IdeaPad U330p Notebook


Is good necessarily expensive? Our editorial office got the IdeaP

High-quality aluminum case; Large touchpad; Matte display

Very low display brightness; CPU and GPU cannot use their full potential under combined load; Mediocre WLAN performance; Bad speakers; No maintenance cover

Other subnotebooks with low price tags, for example the Asus VivoBook S300CA, the Toshiba Satellite L830 15L and the MSI S30 i3U465.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11 Review


With the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11, we've got the smaller cousin of the IdeaPad 13, this 11-inch display-toting machine working with a size that's not just smaller physically. Inside this device we've got the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor paired with...

Lenovo has created a bit of a bitter winner here. While many devices in this category are pretty awesome from top to bottom save their end product, the IdeaPad Yoga 11 is rough and tough and is something I’d put in my backpack for a trip. If I were...

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Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 Review: A Solid Mobile Entertainment PC


Students looking for a 14-inch laptop with plenty of performance for school work and games should seriously consider the Lenovo IdeaPad Y480.

Good performance ; Appealing design ; Impressive audio from JBL speakers

Weak keyboard surround ; Unimpressive display ; Average battery life

Students (and their parents) who are in the market for a reasonably portable 14-inch laptop with plenty of performance for school work and some gaming should seriously consider the Lenovo IdeaPad Y480. The combination of 3rd generation Intel Core i7...

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Ideapad Y530


The Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 isn't exactly made for kids, but it sure can kick out the tunes. You can tell it was designed to be a sleek all-purpose laptop that knows how to get down to business and play around a little without costing a fortune (our review...

Awesome audio output Good power/performance ratio

Annoyingly Glossy screen Needs better DVD playback software

With the Lenovo IdeaPad Y530, "You get what you pay for" isn't a bad thing. The Y530 is a good laptop built for anyone who needs to work and to sneak in a little play time on the side. And, for under a thousand bucks, it is a solid counterpoint to...

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Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 Laptop Review


Awesome audio output ; Good power/performance ratio

Annoyingly Glossy screen ; Needs better DVD playback software

The Y530 isn't going to break any speed records, but for everyday work and rocking out in the off-hours, it's a solid choice.

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Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 Review


The IdeaPad Y530 has a very low-key design with an all-black shell similar to the ThinkPad notebooks. On closer inspection the black surface has a crosshatch pattern for mild styling and easy gripping. Inside the notebook the black exterior changes to...

Good build quality ; Excellent sounding speaker system ; Comfortable keyboard and touchpad

Weak NVIDIA 9300M graphics card ; Super glossy "frameless" display is very reflective

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 has a durable chassis and great sounding sound system, but could be improved in the graphics department. Limited to the NVIDIA 9300M dedicated graphics card which can be found in some netbooks, the Y530 doesn't perform that well...

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Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 Review


A fairly strong multimedia notebook that won't break the bank.

Excellent speakers and subwoofer, Sleek frameless LCD, Responsive facial recognition software, Good performance for the price

Polarizing design, Screen prone to glare, No Blu-ray option

Above the keyboard you'll find the IdeaPad's multimedia control keys. You can change which buttons appear on the touch panel by pressing the Shuttle key to the right; one setting shows all the standard music controls, while the other lets you tweak the...

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Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 | Review


Think of the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 as a notebook with tablet envy. Its hinges allow the display to fold all the way back. So between laptop and tablet mode, you have two more Yoga poses – stand, which uses the face-down keyboard as base, and tent,...

I say ‘best suited’ only because I got tired of flexing the Yoga 13 from one mode to the next. And then there’s the price to contend with. The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 is a bad ‘tablet’ but a good ‘ultrabook.’ But if you can live within its limits and...


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Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 Notebook


Lenovo's IdeaPad series of notebooks is quite different than the company's popular line up of ThinkPads. Ideapads are currently available in three series of products. The "U" series designates an ultraportable style with 11.1" or 13.3" widescreen...

Hitachi 5,400 RPM Drive ; HDMI Output ; Build Quality ; Excellent Value ; Great Battery Life ; Built-in WebCam ; Tons of Features

Gaming Performance

In Futuremark's PCMark Vantage test suite, the Lenovo Y530 performed quite well in comparison to the more powerful reference systems. In the CPU tests, with its 2.0GHz CPU, the Y530 fell in line just below the slightly faster 2.1GHz processors. The...

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Lenovo IdeaPad Y530


The Lenovo IdeaPad Y530is a capable multimedia laptop with exceptional sound and a nice frameless display. But aside from adding an HDMI port, Lenovo has done little to address the problems that plagued this laptop's predecessor.

Frameless display; excellent sound system; HDMI port; low price for a multimedia laptop

Reflective screen; sluggish gaming performance; oddly placed Function key; poor viewing angles; questionable build quality

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Product Specifications

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 comes with a 15.4" widescreen. Now experience larger-than-life home entertainment ideas. Bring blockbuster entertainment home with a 15.4" frameless widescreen and Dolby Home Theater 4.1 Surround Sound. The Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 also comes with features like Blu-ray and a TV tuner card, in addition to VeriFace face recognition technology.

Audio Input

Type:Stereo microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Run Time (Up To):3.5hour(s)/3hour(s)/4.5hour(s)/4hour(s)/5hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB/2MB/3MB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Diagonal Size:14.1in/15.4in
Diagonal Size (metric):35.8cm/39.1cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 800
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Lenovo IdeaPad Y430/Lenovo IdeaPad Y530

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / Touchpad/Keyboard / Touchpad/Touchpad / Keyboard


Data Bus Speed:1066MHz/667MHz/800MHz




Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Protocols & Specifications:ITU V.90
Type:Fax / modem


Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Bluetooth 2.1 / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/IEEE 802.11n (draft) / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / Fast Ethernet/IEEE 802.11n (draft) / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / Fast Ethernet / Bluetooth 2.1
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n (draft)/802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth 2.1/802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth/802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR/802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth 2.1/802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) / WiMAX/802.11a/g/n (draft)

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Storage


OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium/Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:2.13GHz/2.16GHz/2.26GHz/2.2GHz/2GHz
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:P7350/P7450/P8400/T3200/T3400/T5800/T5900/T6400
Type:Core 2 Duo/Pentium/Pentium Dual Core


Installed Size:2GB/3GB/4GB
Max Supported Size:4GB/4MB

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Microsoft Office Ready:Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess License Kit (MLK) to activate the software.

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA/Serial ATA/IDE

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:160GB/250GB/320GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino/Intel Centrino 2

Video Memory

Installed Size:256MB/512MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 4500M/Intel GMA 4500MHD/NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS/NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GS