"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."
Pros: Processor, Memory, Video card, Storage, Display performance
Cons: Battery, appearance
"Best gaming/media laptop under $1000 w/ best specs. The Ultra Bay makes the difference. SLI/extra HD. Almost all competitors max out at GT630 and limit memory to 8gb. Not the Y500. I get top of line processor, 16gb memory, sli video, swap in a ssd. Yes the finish picks up the finger prints. I've heard about keyboard and track, personally I don't plan to wear and tear my pc with using the keyboard during gaming especially and I hate the track I always use a usb mouse. Most reports suggest this issue was fixed in later models, seems most disappeared when I installed Classic Shell as I dislike Windows 8 interface. Battery at 3hrs is subpar. I rate a solid A-."
"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."
Pros: Keyboard/peripherals, Display resolution, design looks sick son
Cons: Build Quality, next time no cheap plastics ok
"While I love the way this machine looks and performs, I do not love the fact that I had to go through 4 of these before I finally got one that arrived undamaged/unused looking. QC is obviously lacking at Lenovo but the flipside would be the sweet price point these are at. You will easily spend over a grand for a similar Dell, Hp, Asus, custom build, etc and they wont even look as nice. I love the option to swap out ultrabay components, now if those accessories were only priced reasonably...Lovin this machine so far. Also, these newer 750m versions may have less glare. Perhaps an anti gloss coating on the screen? I remember the reflections on the 650m models were oppressive and disturbing. I am not noticing much glare on this new model though."
"Many defects. I am computer engineer with many years of experience and I know what I am talking about. WEBCAM stopped working after plugging in a USB mouse. It also killed my mouse. Serious USB voltage issues. Camera is dead. Windows won't recognize it anymore. BIOS is locked. The only way to unlock it is to flash it which WILL VOID YOUR WARRANTY.
TouchPad is bad. Using the right click is impossible. It will move the cursor. Trust me I have had laptops for a good 15 years and and I have never seen such a bad pad. It is useless.
Compatibility issues. Windows update killed my Bluetooth. I reverted the updates and it worked again. You can't update your windows. LOL. Do NOT BUY this. You will regret it."
"people tell me to get a macbook retina but i want to be unique
so i decide to give a try for windows 8
y500 was fantastic and fast with win 8 people haDg problem with win 8 because they dont want to LEARN it use win 8 for 2 days and it is very fast like apple they use apps and stuff but faster
an extra graphic card removable which boost up the graphic
for a pro gamer this is a good deal so get it before you regret
the original warranty is 3 years (not 1) NOTE: warranty can only be purchase when the original warranty expire
DOWNSIDE :(((((( 1. no bluraydrive-but i see bluray disc in the commercial) 2. the removable fan accessory was end 3. LENOVO NEED TO IMPROVE THEIR INFORMATION ACCURATELY AND LAPTOP BOX NEED TO BE COVER IN A SECOND BOX (MY HAD A HOLE)"
Pros: will play upcoming games, key presses feel natural and precise, quality laptop speaker, performs as it should, no overheating issues, sturdy rubber legs, sleek and sturdy, bang for buck
Cons: external device outlet positioning, poor trackpad, arrow keys and numpad 0 key in awkward location, rough wrist rest, no lid latch, no multimedia buttons
"I'm satisfied with my purchase. I'm black and white when it comes to a laptop suiting my needs, and this one's a winner. This is no "IdealPad", but it works great for what’s advertised. The third party components that Lenovo put in here have great value.
This model contains some features some people may love or hate: Glossy can mean more vivid, but it can also mean more glare. The red back-lit keyboard can be unwanted if a user wishes to change the colors of the desktop, but may fit a person who is dedicated to the black/red scheme. And the lack of media buttons can be unfortunate, but a hotkey lover like me won't mind.
The design is very compact, sleek, simple, and sturdy and the raw power and stability of the product will keep this as your primary computing device for years to come."
"First off, the laptop looks amazing. The red keyboard is gorgeous and has 3 settings. (on/off/dim)
Essentially any game you would want to play will run pretty smoothly depending on what it is. Runs Diablo 3/Leage of Legends/Warframe/and Call of duty series just fine, majority of them at max settings with max fps. Very large fan and very quiet.
Only thing I would change would be the touch/mouse pad. Little hard to use in my opinion but I've got a usb mouse so not really an issue.
It is also a fingerprint magnet. Inside and out. The bushed metal looks nice, but not with a bunch of fingerprints on it. Grab a microfiber cloth.
"This laptop really has excellent performance. Especially the performance of the graphics cards. I have the one with 650M in SLI and I can play most games with high settings and get decent fps. As many others have mentioned one of the few cons is that the body of the laptop picks up a lot of fingerprints etc. and the trackpad could be better. But overall the performance of this laptop more than compensates for these slight problems"
Cons: Keyboard/peripherals, ventilation out placement
"I've been using this laptop for more than 2 months and I am almost satisfied with every little thing: it is fast, very good screen, good looking, not too heavy and runs almost 4 hours on battery only. There are products on the market that are as fast but better looking and lighter but the price is at least double for these(compared to cheapest retina mac or asus UX51Vz). The only thing that irritates me is a touch pad and ventilation out placement."
Pros: Battery, Video card, Screen size, Display resolution, Display performance
Cons: no optimus gpu switching
"This laptop is all around amazing, it seriously cant be beat on price, and rivals the performance of machines twice its cost. It's red backlit keyboard is comfortable (also turns heads) , and the trackpad works as intended. As a plus, its a gaming laptop without looking like a ridiculous spaceship! so you can use it without feeling embarrassed. The 1080p panel used is gorgeous with excellent color vibrancy. Glare can be an issue, and the high DPI introduces small text. Demanding games perform well, and that's just with one GPU. Battery life is acceptable, with 4.5-5 hours with web browsing. If optimus worked on this laptop, the battery life would be insane. All around, well designed and built computer for desktop capable performance."