Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 Gaming Laptop Computer

If you are looking for a gaming PC but without the million-dollar cases of bucks, you might want to look at what Lenovo offers. Though the new IdeaPad model in the name of Y500 does not come with highly prestigious build quality and features such as a built-in woofer and a 3D stereoscopic display, at least what we’ll learn today will still surely give you the solid option with a much significant price difference. Starting at $799 and can end up to $1,649, you’d better check out what Lenovo can offer your thirst for intense gaming or hard-core multimedia building.

First look at the design, I’d say the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 looks very clean but without the fanciness. Indeed said, it is available only in ‘dusky black’ color, and looks like it is from a good-grade aluminum material. The Y500 of Lenovo also maintained that IdeaPad signature look, which means that when this laptop is closed, you can mistake this as a huge-size IdeaPad tablet or a hardcover textbook.  The Y500’s hefty weight of a minimum of 6lbs can hardly be justifiable because of its 15.6” display and the inclusion of an UltraBay, and at a thickness of more or less 1.4 inches, this laptop is hardly one that can sit on your lap the whole day if you don’t like it on your desk.

One thing so particular with this Lenovo IdeaPad Y500’s design is the said UltraBay. What this does is that you can actually switch between another graphics card, an optical drive, an additional HDD, or an additional vent all in one same door without the need for screws (optional items are sold separately, so if you want a collection without being worried of carrying all those as you need them on the way, you may do so). The UltraBay can be advantageous as it adds to the laptop’s versatility and can even enhanced gaming experience, but the hassle and the expenditures can be a lot to talk about.

Another notable thing in this Y500 is that it uses red color for lighting up its keyboard, which is a bit too furious to be appealing yet uncomfortable when viewing under a dark room. The keys are also quite cramped that there’s hardly any cues to know where the main keyboard ends and the numpad starts; the arrow keys are also not really isolated for easy identification, more if this is designed also for games. The touchpad, which is slightly on the left side, has an ample space, but functionality can be a bit harsh and unresponsive. I wish all these could be corrected at once.

Running Windows 8 in full 64-bit experience, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 is a bit shameful not to include a touch-sensitive display to swipe and tap along the Metro interface of the said platform. Moreover, for the said low price, the 15.6-inch display should really suffer on a native resolution of 1366×768, though the next price at least promises full HD 1080p experience. At 220nits of brightness, I cannot say this is a laptop for bringing and viewing outdoors, and with no lovely viewing angles, you might want to enjoy this laptop alone and all by yourself even in movies.

Next on the features list of the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 is its JBL speakers with Dolby enhancement. While I really would ask for a built-in woofer or at least an external one, the Y500’s sound system is nevertheless lovely enough for one person to enjoy and not really for a crowd. Thankfully, the Y500 has a separate audio port for line out wherein you can plug your favorite speaker system for a terrific movie and game experience. Better than this, the Y500 also supports WiDi for wireless viewing on a big screen, and if being wireless is not your trend at home; you can always go for the full-sized HDMI that this Y500 provides. Connecting a projector? Go for the said port since there’s not a VGA port built-in.

Lastly, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 packs a wide range of configuration under the said Windows 8 platform. The configuration rounds along 8-16GB of RAM, 1TB of storage or one with extra 16GB of SSD, 3rd Generation Intel Core i7 processor with four cores, and the said NVIDIA package which you can double via the said UltraBay. Optical drives can also be chosen from a standard DVD writer up to a Blu-ray reader, and all configurations come with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.

Should you be worried about the prices of other high-end gaming laptops out there, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 is one big grocery item you’d love to list along, but that is, if you are willing to enjoy it only on your desk because of its 3-hour battery life and a range of accessories you’d really hate to bring all at once.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 Gaming Laptop Computer Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 50,000.00

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