19 of 21(90%)customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for IdeaPad Y470p
Review 1 for IdeaPad Y470p
Owned Product:1-6 months
Operating System:Windows 7 Home
Processor:Intel Core i7
Memory:4 GB or more
Date:September 6, 2012
Pros: Processor, Memory
Cons: headphones, random lag spikes
"This laptop was an excellent purchase, even accounting for its shortcomings. It has been able to run any game I've installed on it at maximum settings (Borderlands, Alice Madness Returns, The Witcher 1, Team Fortress 2) but I have not tried it with more demanding games.
The processor and memory are great for the price. My main use for the computer is to run very computer-intensive simulations and it has performed very well (I am a grad student and needed a relatively powerful computer for a rather low price). Heat management is great too. Even when using 100% of both memory and processing power for several hours non-stop, processors' temperature has not been above 75°C.
Display may not be the best, but I find it perfect for my needs. Battery life is average. Keyboard setup took a while to get used to, but nothing to be worried about; typing on the other hand is quite comfortable (important when you need to write lots of code). Touchpad is responsive and I have no complaints with it.
I have two big concerns with the computer though. One, as many people have mentioned, the awful static noise from the headphones. Even using fancy noise-cancelling Beats the noise is still there, which tends to be extremely annoying. The other problem are random lag spikes for which I have not been able to identify a cause. These may occur at any time regardless of what I'm doing and can be annoying, but nothing else."
"I've owned a Y470 for 9-ish months now and, although I'm satisfied with the many features of this system (e.g. the memory, chipset, screen resolution, bluetooth, etc.), I'm dissatisfied with the housing (e.g. the plastic shell/casing), the glossy screen, and the battery.
Yes, you can pack a great deal of memory/speed into this system for a relatively low cost, but in my opinion the laptop's power cord and housing are poorly designed. For starters, the power cord is clunky, could be longer, and connects akwardly. In particular, the piece that plugs into the computer is detrimental to the system should your computer fall. When my laptop slid off a two foot tall, slope edged coffee table onto a heavy pile carpet (e.g. it didn't fall far or hard), it cracked the housing, and popped the speaker panel partially out of whack BECAUSE it hit the attached power connector. I was able to snap the speaker panel back into place, but the casing is permanently cracked/damaged and a sharp piece of plastic is projecting from the side which cannot be removed without further causing further damage to the laptop.
Also, the screen is SO glossy that it's a challenge to see it when lights and/or brightness is present. Example(s): The reflection of lights and/or light colors diminishes my ability to make out what's on the screen. It's almost impossible to use this outside even when the screen is facing dark surfaces...etc, etc... Essentially, if there is other light around you (e.g. it's daylight or your in a lit space), it will compete with your ability to view the images on your screen.
Lastly, the battery life is great, but the battery EASILY pops out of the back of the laptop. If you pick up your laptop from the right side while you are using it, as many of us "righties" do, it's relatively easy to unknowingly unlock the battery (which then easily falls out) and lose valuable work and/or data.
The bottom line is that this is an overall great system internally, especially given that the available hardware configurations are primarily oriented toward performance, but there are some major external flaws/issues that warrant considering other laptop configurations and/or manufacturers. Had I known about these flaws in advance, I would have definitely purchased another system (likely from another manufacturer)."
"I bought this laptop to essentially assuage my gaming needs through college without having to buy an expensive desktop. It's performed surprisingly well playing most modern games at max or near max levels. (Who needs an incredibly expensive GPU when most games are console ports anyways?) However, There are a number of frustrating problems... The touch-pad makes an annoying squeaking noise whenever I click and there seems to be RF feedback coming through the headphone jack when I'm using cheap earbuds... The most disappointing thing of all was the hard drive failure I experienced only 2 weeks after receiving the laptop. It's been fine ever since it went through repairs though, but it's kind of worrisome that it could possibly stop working at any minute...
HOWEVER-- I love this laptop to death. I've never felt like I've received so much value for the price in my life. If you are unwilling to put down thousands on a gaming laptop but still want to play games competently then stop reading this and buy the laptop now."
"My only complaint would be that the graphics card has poor driver support. The Radeon HD 7690m is actually just a renamed slightly faster clocked 6750m. But the problem is that AMD doesn't support the 7690m, and you can't use the 6750m drivers because of the switchable graphics. This is a problem because most games rely on the user to keep their graphics drivers up to date. These drivers are from June of 2011, that is a year old. But like I said, the poor driver support is really my only complaint, everything else about this laptop is excellent."
"This is a great buy. I purchased this primarily for Diablo 3, but it plays most newer games on fast or ultra settings with no problems. Be warned though: you will need a cooling pad, but that's the case with most laptops. My only problem is that the screen does not show black colors very well. If you can run it through an HDTV I would recommend it. There was a small scratch on my laptop, but it's not a big deal. Overall this is excellent. This is my first Lenovo, but I am not disappointed."
"Was not sure about the how this laptop would perform under gaming stress, but I just got done playing Arkham City on High Settings for 2 hours with the fan set to Efficient thermal dissipation and no part of the laptop is showing significant heat. Very very impressed. Game ran flawlessly, I performed the same test with Crysis on maxed out graphics and had just as good, if not better, results. Happy with my purchase!"