Even though the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 clearly has a gaming focus, the device feels more like an all-around notebook.
The dual NVidia GT 650M GPUs can offer solid performance if the game is compatible, but games like Far Cry 3 which aren’t currently compatible with SLI won’t offer the performance you might expect from dual graphics cards. For $1,250 the Lenovo is still able to tackle an impressive amount of games, but users looking for raw performance will likely be better served by the MSI GX60.
While the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 may not be the best budget-gaming notebook, it’s still a great notebook. The utlrabay allows users to customize the device to meet their needs, while the comfortable keyboard and sleek metallic design ensure that the device is a pleasure to use. With 1 TB of memory and a beautiful glossy 15.6″ display the notebook is great for watching media.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 is best suited for users who want all around productivity with the ability to play games on the side.
- Responsive high-quality keyboard
- Portable design for a 15-inch gaming notebook
- Versatility via the ultrabay
- Mid-tier GPU
- No SSD