81 of 92(88%)customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for IdeaPad Y580
Review 1 for IdeaPad Y580
Owned Product:Less than a month
Operating System:Windows 7 Home
Processor:Intel Core i7
Memory:4 GB or more
Excellent performance, Okay price and Design
Date:August 2, 2012
Pros: Warranty, Software compatibility, Video card, Wireless card, Screen size, Display performance, Display resolution, Processor, Included software, Memory, Keyboard/peripherals, Storage
Cons: Weight, Durability, Battery, Security Features
"First of all, the performance on this computer is great, you get 8 gigs of ram for running several programs in the background and a game along with that.
The lenovo energy management tool allows for quick and easy changes in your performance/battery settings.
Only problems i saw was the trackpad design. It was a bit uncomfortable to move your finger along on it, it is quite large so you can't type on the keyboard without interfering with the trackpad with part of your thumb
Another thing is that the numpad included in the keyboard might shrink some of the buttons like the enter and shift key on the right side.
This computer has a brush finish so there will be fingerprints on your laptop; you cant avoid it. Also large and a bit heavy being over 5 pounds and with 15.6" screen.
The battery is very small as well, it's a 6 cell battery but is very light and small. This won't last you more than 4-5 hours on power saving running basic programs.
Since it's a gaming laptop too, note that the laptop will heat up quite quickly when running intensive games or programs. But there is a way to clear dust from the computer fan in the lenovo energy management program. I found this very useful because my old laptop used to gather alot of dust in it's fan and this hindered the fan's ability to run smoothly. Doing this every couple of days or so will ensure your laptop's fan won't get clogged up or anything.
The build quality is fine, just delete the McAfee antivirus as it'll greatly reduce the speed of your computer in most cases. Replace that with MSE + MBAM and you'll be good.
The model seems durable, a bit flimsy in some areas, but overall strong and i think it'll last.
Overall i like this laptop, it fitted my needs for a gaming computer that i could move around if needed. Personally for me, a desktop would be too restrictive, as i cant move it around to play in different locations, but this computer allows me to do that.
Just the trackpad, the brush finish, and the heat problem a gaming laptop might have should be your main concerns if buying this laptop."
Pros: Weight, Video card, Build Quality, Display resolution, Battery, Processor
"I was looking for a new games machine that was seriously more portable than the 18” monster that I’ve been lugging around for three years. Three months looking in every computer shop I could find and I decided on a Lenovo over an Alienware as the marginal difference in spec’ (IMHO) didn’t justify almost double the price. When I went to the shop the guy showed me his latest, just-out special – the Y580.
It’s got it all. 3rd gen QuadCore & 8 Gig makes it mad fast, it’s light, has good battery life, the beautiful screen driven by a GTX 660M is marvellous.
Can you tell I’m a fan of this machine?
I play HoI III a lot even though it burned-out the PCI-Express graphics card in my tower and my old laptop needs external cooling fans! This thing doesn’t even get warm and it runs on full speed at 1 to 2 sec/day.
If there’s anything to criticise about this machine I’ve got two things.
One. The @ & the “ are swapped & I can’t figure-out how to fix the keyboard mapping.
Two. The One-T drive (although awesome in a portable as I don’t need to carry externals anymore) does slow down overall performance. Not that you’d really notice though as it’s still insanely fast.
Three. Not a fan of the touch-pad. But then again, I'm a gamer so I always use a mouse anyway."
"Almost Everything about this laptop is amazing, a must buy for any multimedia enthusiast or gamer. The screen is crisp, colorful, vibrant, and surprisingly has little glare for a glossy screen. The keyboard is solid and easy to use, the back-light works well and is a nice bonus, boot times are lightning fast with the mSATA configuration, the software that comes installed is surprisingly useful, the JBL speakers are the best I've heard from a laptop, with deep bass and rich sound quality. Battery life is surprisingly good for a laptop of this class, 3-5 doing everyday task. Performance is great thanks to the great specs. You should be able to play games fluidly for the next few years to come. It can handle any game you throw at it with ease from Crysis to Skyrim, though make sure you keep it plugged in while gaming. For it's specs, it's not to heavy, and portable enough to take it on the go. The brushed metal lid design gives it a high class look, and rightfully so. It's certainly an eye catcher. The cooling solution is excellent, even when gaming the fan never gets to loud and the laptop remains cool and stable. The connections provided should be more than enough for any user. My only complaints are that the palm rest is a fingerprint magnet and will need to regularly. Also, the track pad can be annoying at times, and a tad bit unresponsive. The network card is slow, making you wait about a minute to connect to the internet after boot up. However, the pros outweigh the cons by far and this is a must have for anyone looking for a gaming capable laptop on a reasonable budget like myself. In fact, it's cheaper and more well made than any competitors equivalent. Buy now and you won't regret it!"
"Being a cautious one when it comes to buying electronics, I was a little skeptical for the Y580 with no reviews. So I decided to take a leap of faith, considering the Y480 was so popular.
Hardware: I noticed some people were complaining about the graphics card being a lesser version then they listed. I would like to say that It really doesn't matter. The first game I installed on this girl was Diablo 3. Yes, it does begin to put out the heat when I run it. But you will find that with any laptop. Just take certain precautions when you play ANY game. The system runs pretty much anything out there right now. I installed Starcraft 2 and can easily run it on the highest graphics. But one thing I'd really like to point out is something that either they do not list, or I just didn't see it. But, this does have a backlit keyboard. I was pleasantly surprised when I used the Fn button and spacebar and saw my keyboard light up!
Software: Unfortunately, it does come with Macaffey preinstalled. I recomend anyone that buys any computer to uninstall that pronto and replace it with something that actually works. I personally use Avira, but that's up to you.
As far as the startup goes, what they say is almost true. I get about a 30 second boot with the SSD. But, that's still more than satisfactory for me.
Those were the pros. Now for the con. For some reason, "My Computer" opens in windows explorer every time I start it. I don't know why, and have yet to find a solution. It's just a little annoying.
Summary: This is a great product. Lenovo customer service is great. I would tell anyone looking for a college/gaming laptop to come here for this one."
Avoid the models that include the 1366x768 display
Date:June 9, 2012
"This is a general word of advice to those who are looking to buy this laptop, and it is intended to be just as helpful if not more helpful than a customer review. It is based on my experience having helped over 3500 individuals with laptop purchase related decisions on various computer forums.
There are multiple pre-configured models available for the Lenovo IdeaPad Y580. When making the decision on which model to buy, you should pay full attention to the specification listed for the display. Some of the models come with 1366x768-resolution displays, and some of the models come with 1920x1080-resolution displays. In most cases, you should only buy a model that comes with the 1920x1080 display, not a model that comes with the 1366x768 display.
15.6" 1366x768 displays, such as the one offered in some models of the Lenovo IdeaPad Y580, make things onscreen large and tend to have very poor image quality. This is because 15.6" displays that have 1366x768 resolution are usually cheaply manufactured displays that have low contrast ratios. If you have a budget that allows you to get a laptop that has a better display and still suits your needs, and if you don't require larger text for eyesight-related reasons, then buying a 15.6" laptop that has a 1366x768-resolution display generally isn't a particularly good idea.
The differences between various displays will tend to affect you more than the differences between various options available for most other components. Having a higher resolution will allow you to multitask better because it will allow you to fit more onscreen, so the display affects essentially everything you do. The same cannot be said for other components such as the GPU which will only affect you while gaming or while running other GPU-intensive applications, and moreso cannot be said for the processor which affects the gamer little and the general user none.
Finding a decent dedicated GPU is important for game performance, but a GPU downgrade that saves you an amount of money that is equivalent to that of a display downgrade from 15.6" 1920x1080 to 15.6" 1366x768 will tend to be less significant than the display downgrade would be.
Some will argue that you should go for a lower resolution display in order to improve framerates during gameplay, but this is a weak statement and is one of the more common misconceptions in the science of computer purchasing. Gaming should not be a reason to choose a 15.6" 1366x768 display instead of a 15.6" 1920x1080 display. For one thing, you can always make up for drops in performance associated with higher resolutions by lowering to a non-native resolution, but you cannot as easily make up for the limits imposed on multitasking by a lower resolution. In addition, despite the fact that running in a non-native resolution causes blur, games will still tend to look better running in a non-native resolution on a 15.6" 1920x1080 display than they would look running in native resolution on a 15.6" 1366x768 display, because of the sheer difference in image quality that typically exists between these types of displays.
I am giving this notebook a five star rating, but I am applying that rating more specifically to the models that come with the 1920x1080 display, rather than to the Y580 line as a whole. It looks to be an excellent laptop, and it is one of the models I will be recommending to users on computer forums who are looking to buy a decent gaming-capable laptop, but in the majority of cases I will only be recommending the specific models that come with the 1920x1080 display, and will be telling buyers to avoid the models that come with 1366x768 unless they require the larger text for eyesight-related reasons."
It shuts down by itself when playing online game..
Date:January 20, 2013
"So we got this laptop for last Christmas, yesterday we tried to play this game called "Atlantica Online" and when we launch the game, the laptop shuts down. With no warning or notice, nothing just shuts off like that. We have never really use it since we've bought it. Now we got a game that we want to play but no we can't play it. I don't know what is the problem but I have never ever experience this with any laptop I had.
I used to have Lenovo desktop 5-6 years ago and it was great. Now it belongs to my dad so I need new one. So i thought Lenovo brand would be a great choice but now I know the choice I has was wrong. I would like to ask for a return!!!"
Pros: Weight, Memory, Video card, Screen size, Display performance
Cons: Battery, Build Quality, Durability
"I have owned this laptop for well over a year and it has been a very good purchase. The video card is plenty to run games like Skyrim or Saints row the third. The laptop does have a few PROBLEMS, so I will quickly list them off. -Durability - This thing is falling appart, would not recommend using it 12 hours a day for a year, it will break at some places. -Battery - While they claim the battery lasts a while, for me it never lasted more than 2h even if i was just reading or listening to something. If you buy this, make sure not to expect it to last very long, but as it is it's still one of the best laptops I have ever owned."
"This laptop is the best thing I have ever bought- it is reliable, powerful, and user-friendly. The amount of features that Lenovo packs into this is huge (such as face recognition software), so much so that I am still exploring, even a year after I bought it. Rest assured though, while this is a gaming laptop, you will be much fitter after buying this laptop. Lifting it around is a pain in the back (literally), and it is not very mobile. Small price to pay, though, for such an amazing deal, and all around great gaming PC!!"
Pros: Weight, Processor, Included software, Durability, Memory, Bluetooth, Video card, Wireless card, Keyboard/peripherals, Screen size, Build Quality, Storage, Display resolution
Cons: Wireless card
"When I purchased the computer a new processor and graphics generation was just around the corner. Naturally, I was a little skeptical about if I should get the computer or go for newer model. I bought the Y580 and I am very well pleased.
I've had the computer for about a month and a half now and it is doing well. I've encountered 2 problems though.The first problem is when I would put my computer into stand-by, the wireless card would stop functioning properly. My other problem was parts of my screen turned yellow (the more intensely white parts of the screen were in a light yellow color).
Overall, I am very satisfied with this computer, and I believe I will enjoy my future use of it.
P.S. The keyboard on this computer is great, and I really enjoyed typing this review with it."
"I bought the laptop about a year ago, and its been going steady since, its withstood a little bit of a beating too, being stepped on by a dog being dropped a foot or two aswell. The keyboards lost a few keys, but that's just cosmetic really.
I notice people saying they don't like the 1366x768 resolution, but it depends what you come from I guess, since my previous computer had a similar resolution it dosn't bother me. I use the trackpad alot and its been good, i guess it takes a little getting used to since theres no mouse buttons, it dosnt jump around strangley or anything like that.
the battery has been all good too its got a battery protection mode feature which just charges it to 60'/. if you don't unplug much..
All in all glad I bought the computer, great value and would reccomend"
Cons: Video card, Battery, Included Software, Display performance
"Well I bought this laptop for school, and as a desktop replacement as my PC fried a few months back. It was advertised as a hardcore gaming laptop, which isn't all that accurate. It won't really run a graphically intense game (at all really) but you can still play older games on it.
everything else about the laptop I love... blue ray player, display, keyboard, design, speakers. Everything feels top notch!"
"I needed a desktop replacement laptop. I wanted to play a handful of games, but I'm not a dedicated gamer or anything. I found a good deal over the 2012 black friday week and that made this laptop the number one pick. I opted for the HD screen. It looks amazing. The gloss finish doesn't bother me, but I could see how some don't like it. The keyboard is my favorite among the laptop brands. The keypad is a tad on the small side if you are used to a full size, but it's manageable. The shortened shift key on the right side will definitely get you if you are a proficient typist. The battery performs at about what all the professional reviews indicate 3-5 hours depending on what you're doing. I think this laptop will hold it's own for several years."
Cons: Battery, Included Software, Build Quality, Durability
"Used the laptop for 3 months, (for FHD model 1000$). I'm a power user and gamer. Excellent overall value and performance! I'm very happy with this Y580 system. Good for gaming, the video card (660m) is good, but needs some tweaks down at FHD resolution. Downside is casing and overall cheap plastic. Parts of case and keyboard have airbumps (press plastic and bends in and out). One more downside, Windows 8 bundle (the swipe movements on touchpad are often mistaken for Windows swipes and switch to tile screen instead of just moving the cursor), I quickly erased and Installed Windows 7. Lenovo could improve touchpad software to prevent that.
Last, I added a mSATA card in the empty slot and accelerated windows 7 with it. Wow, works great AND fast. Sleep and wake up within 1 second."
"The website doesn't let you configure the hardware to have a higher resolution screen. All this tech in the machine is USELESS if you're stuck on a 1366x768 resolution. HORRIBLE. Windows 8 is also terrible without a touch screen. Contact me for more details. I returned mine after finding out it has worse resolution than most ipads/tablets/economy laptops."