With its well-conceived UltraBay and Nvidia Kepler architecture, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 looks like an impressive gaming laptop. The ability to insert an additional graphics card, hard drive or optical drive is surely exciting in the mobile gaming sector. Nvidia’s solid driver support allows games run very fluidly when its two GeForce GT 650M cards are in SLI mode.
It is unfortunate that the laptop is plagued by a few design issues; the plastic surface is susceptible to greasy fingers and will soon look smudgy. Also, the vent is improperly positioned and it blows out excess heat towards users hand when they use a mouse. Lenovo’s AccuType keyboard requires some amount of familiarization, but users should be able to type flawlessly with it after a few hours. The 15” display manages most games fluidly at 1920 x 1080p resolution, though not always in full detail settings.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 reaches 106fps when playing Diablo 3 at ultra details settings. The Intel Core i7 3630QM is an Ivy Bridge processor with the HD Graphics 4000 GPU disabled. The Samsung SpinPoint 1TB hard drive offers good performance rate and the 16GB SSD works as a cache to speed everything up.