"This laptop is wonderful. The performance is great, the display is great. Games run brilliantly and windows 8 is pretty nice as well. The only cons would be battery life and the trackpad. The trackpad does seem to be somewhat quirky at times, but it takes a little getting used to. Once the controls are figured out the trackpad is wonderful. And if it still bugs you, buy a mouse. These things are DEFINITELY not deal breakers."
"The biggest problem with this product (Y500) is its touchpad, after using iit for 30 mins, it started moving and clicking on its own. This happens so frequently in a way that prevents me from concentrating on my work. I have tried updating the drivers, disabled advanced touchpad features but with no luck to get it to work properly. I do not recommend this product at all.
Moreover, it doesn't have multimedia keys although it is a gaming laptop where you need to increase/decrease the volume while in-game. This is another big diisappointment.
"I wanted a laptop that is versatile, portable, and reliable. The trackpad is sporadic in it's use. Drifts around the screen clicking on things when I'm trying to to get to click on what I want. Also, and this really is upsetting, the battery won't charge. Not sure which component is faulty--charger, connections, or battery. Was really sold on the specs of this machine. I guess you get what you pay for."
"I loved the laptop until I started having unfixable track pad issues. If you check the forums it seems to be an issue with the machine. The mouse has a mind of it's own, travels all over the screen clicking everything even when it's not being touched. Rendering the laptop completely useless around 80% of the time.
I would avoid this laptop until the issue has been addressed by Lenovo."
"After seeing the quality of my friend's essential series Lenovo, I was a bit skeptical but was willing to give the Y500 a shot after seeing the build quality of other manufacturers in this price range. The build quality is quite rigid. I do not notice any flex in the keyboard or while closing the lid from the side. The specs are phenomenal for the price. Even with a 5400RPM HDD I'm getting 25 second boot times. Still waiting for mSata drives to drop in price a little more for increased reliability and speed. The full HD screen has great viewing angles and vibrant colors, definite recommend it over the 1366 x 768 screen. I have not noticed any dead pixels on any test performed. My only real complaint would be the use of a piano gloss black bezel around the screen that arrived pre-scratched in 2 places. Albeit they're hairline and only noticeable in certain lights, I would much prefer a matte plastic that won't scratch so easily. I didn't opt for the extended warranty as Discover extends the factory one by a year anyway. I haven't had a chance to transport the laptop yet, but the weight doesn't seem to be that much of an issue. The red backlit keyboard looks great at night. I can't say I have any real complaints. I'm used to $2500+ Dell XPS laptops and I'm just as satisfied at around 1/3 the price. At a final price of $780 after cash back, I feel like it's an excellent deal."
Pros: Video card, Display performance, Processor, Memory, Keyboard/peripherals
"If you want to play decent games and want to carry it around and use it for running high end softwares, go for this laptop without any doubt. I researched a lot on laptops before purchasing Y500. Please question yourself before buying costly dell xps 15 (1600) and less powerful than y500. Pros:- 1) Great value for money (i7 and 650, 1080p, 8gigs for 819$) 2) Design looks pretty good. Red back lit keyboard chick let is great. wow factor
cons:- 1) should have weighted around 5.2-5.5 lbs 2) prefer 512 GB 7200 rpm rather than 1 TB 5400 RPM hard disk"
Pros: Video card, Build Quality, Input/Output compatibility, Processor, audio, camera
Cons: Included Software
"A good computer for karaoke and gaming. Good speakers with wonderful music performance. Powerful video card. Good cooling system! Playing starcraft 2 with high quality without over-heating. Good camera with clear images."
"So to continue with my previous review I ordered the 2nd GT750 ultrabay card. It didn't Sli right away so I googled it and the firmware needed updated which is available on Lenovo's site. Restarted and NVidia control panel allowed SLi and now this thing just beat my best DESKTOP 3dmark11 benchmark score. Granted it's an old OC'd Q6600 and two GTX 580's in SLi. This is one of the best lappy purchases I have ever made. The ultrabay is a great idea and I hope Lenovo keeps the concept. Ciao!"
"Had my Lenovo for about 6 months now and I pretty much hate it. There have been so many problems ranging from hardware problems (earphones not being detected) to software issues (random freezing/slow-down, random crashing), I am just so disappointed in Lenovo, I really miss my ASUS. Never again."
Cons: Storage, Battery, Screen size, Durability, the bezel around the screen, 5400 rpm hdd, the keyboard are not good for gamers, too many plastic feel
"my specs core i7 3630qm gt750m ddr5 8gb ram 1tb hdd design of this laptop for gamers is very bad trackpad should have 2 click shown not hidden screen should have thinner bezel overheating with single gpu what will happend in sli ?!?!!"
"I got this laptop and I really loved the looks of it. The red backlit keyboard goes great with the dark black body. As for performance, stunning. I'm able to run most games at maximum settings and it runs fine. The fan will kick up a bit and it will get a bit warm but it isn't necessary to have everything maxed out. I had very few problems with it. I had some minor problems such as the mouse pad not working. It starts to go out of control after a bit. I just started using a mouse and disabled the mouse pad. also the always on usb did stop working but later on started working again and has been fine ever since. The battery isn't the best but then again it is a gaming laptop so there's no surprise there. This a great laptop and well worth it."
"I've had my Y500 for a little over 7 months now, and it's amazing. Gaming is awesome on it and I'm considering grabbing the ultrabay upgraded graphics for future games too. It's a little weighty, but since I keep it in a back-pack at school, it's really not that bad. This thing doesn't break a sweat even under pretty intense loads. Battery is pretty good too, it gets me through a couple classes before I need to charge it, but there are almost always power outlets in my classrooms anyway."
"It has been an absolute nightmare using the trackpad on this laptop!!! It is unresponsive, jumps around, and click on things randomly. Did some research online to see if others were facing the same issue and found that it is due to a defective trackpad. Sending it for repair hoping they can fix the issue. Doesn't help that I will be without a laptop for 2 weeks. Switched to Lenovo because of their reliability... how ironic. Hoping this doesn't happen again."