22 of 30(73%)customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for IdeaPad Y480
Review 1 for IdeaPad Y480
Like it but Returning it
Date:June 7, 2012
"I finally received it today after three weeks of waiting but sadly have already put in a return request. Despite that I'm a very thorough person and hope this review is helpful for those that are looking into getting this, which I will go ahead recommend it and at the end of the review.
Let's start with the physical attributes. The designing and style is quite nice. The build quality is quite sturdy and well done what's expected of Lenovo but don't think of it to the point of a ThinkPad. There is a slight flex when you lift it from either side with the lid open. The keyboard is quite sturdy and the backlit is a cool plus with no noticeable flex.
The speakers are really nice and one of the best I've heard from coming from a laptop, although some reviewers have already bashed it to be weak I disagree.
The screen is also quite nice and again some reviewers have based it but it seems really good to me. The downside is that it's not 1080 but it's still good despite that.
Now the internals and the non-noticeable pre-packed software a.k.a bloatware. The new 3rd Gen i7 in this baby is awesomely fast. It boots up super fast as well (15 seconds), I don't know how much of a difference it would be if it were to be one without the SSD in it though. The 8GBs of ram is plenty unless you are just really trying to push it which I have yet done.
Now, for the reason why I'm returning it is that it is advertised to have NVIDIA GeForce GT640M but instead it is the weaker NVIDIA GeForce GT640M LE but there is an upside and that's is it has GDDR5 ram in it and combined with the i7 processing power it'll do well. Still I paid for a NVIDIA GeForce GT640M not the LE. Even though all the early reviews have said it was the LE and I was hoping it was just the review laptops and not the final product.
At the end I really wish I could keep this since I am a college student that needs a new laptop for the summer but I am sadly returning this nicely built machine just because of one misleading detail. I have already placed an order for the Y580 and have to yet again wait but this time shall not be disappointed. *KNOCK ON WOOD* In the end it is a very good laptop especially for college students looking to game and work on it but the graphics card is not a NVIDIA GeForce GT640M instead a LE. I recommend buying this laptop if you just don't care to have a weaker version of the NVIDIA GeForce GT640M. Lenovo has been making good laptops in the past and they're trying to get out of the professional setting and move into a desirable gaming setting it seems and this Y480 is no slouch especially for the price."
"After spending the last 3 months looking for the right laptop, I came across this beauty ( quite surprisingly too!). I looked at other laptops that had amazing features: blu-ray player, 1080p screen, Nvidia graphics card. It turns out, I had actually no use for a blu-ray player so why should I spend the extra $200? I was also looking for a laptop that packed the new Ivy Bridge since I didn't want to be stuck with something that was already outdated! After looking all over a close by retail store, I came across this! It handles games VERY EASILY ( basically anything you can throw at it!). Another feature that I found quite useful was the backlit keyboard! All in all, this IS the best laptop for anyone who is looking for something that can handle games, but also use as an everyday notebook!"
"Overall this a good laptop but i am rating it lower because they are providing misleading information regarding the video card. The product description says there is a Nvidia GT640m 2GB card but they are actually putting the GT640m LE card in these. The 640m LE is a less powerful version with a slower clock speed, less cores, and does not have the new Nvidia chip architecture (Kepler)."
"Bought this Laptop without actually seeing it in person... was very excited to find that it exceeded my expectations. Am using it as a portable laptop for school and for gaming/music entertainment on the side. Touchpad and keyboard is amazing, and the screen is actually pretty nice, in spite of not being a matte finish. definitely recommend this laptop."
"Purchased 20 months ago. "My Computer" folder opens on every start-up, caused by the Adobe Acrobat program, which runs OK in all my other computers. Lenovo techs said they have no fix and told me to "live with it".
DO NOT run the "Error Checking" utility under the "Tools" tab in hard drive Properties, because it causes a catastrophic crash every time, requiring One Key Recovery to wipe the drive clean. Lenovo replaced the computer, but the replacement did exactly the same. Lenovo found no fix and finally told me "do not run the Error Checking utility".
The computer is otherwise OK, but Lenovo's tech support was very disappointing."
"I admit I'm not an IT expert, but I'm not totally computer illiterate either. I love this laptop, but it seems to have reoccurring conflicts with software. I've had to refresh this laptop twice in the past 14 months that I've owned it, and had to totally wipe it clean and start from scratch once. All from conflicts with Internet Explorer and Windows 8. I actually ended up purchasing the software support agreement due to reoccurring software issues. So......it could just be me, and maybe I do unusual things with my laptop (NOT), but it has been frustrating since the first month I owned it."