The IdeaPad Y500 15.6" Core i5-3230M Notebook Computer from Lenovo sets itself apart from other laptops in an increasingly crowded field by including dual nVIDIA GT650M graphics cards with 2GB of RAM on each card via the laptop's UltraBay interchangeable slot.
Two separate cards means double the graphics capabilities, which also means you'll need serious processing power under the hood. The Y500 provides that with a 2.6 GHz Intel Core i5-3230M dual core processor (which can be overclocked to 3.2GHz) and 6GB of PC3-12800 1600 MHZ RAM. That adds muscle to an already amped machine that's perfect for hardcore gaming or graphics-intensive applications. It also includes a 1TB hard drive.
With such powerful graphics, the display has to stand out. The 15.6" Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution backlit LED display features a 16:9 aspect ratio, which is perfect for watching movies or playing games. The display is a VibrantView (glossy) TFT with a brightness of 220 nits for increased sharpness and contrast.
Other amenities include networking via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or Gigabit Ethernet connections, USB 3.0 and HDMI connectivity and integrated JBL 3W stereo speakers (1.5 watt x 2) that are Dolby Home Theater v4 certified. Although there is no optical drive, it does include a 6-in-1 card reader with MultiMedia Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, SD, SDXC and xD-Picture Card support.
Even the keyboard is geared toward a high-end user, featuring a full-size LED-backlit 6-row layout and a numeric keypad. There's also a touchpad with 4-point multitouch support. If gaming is your passion, this notebook, with its unique dual-card feature, is one to consider.
• Always-on USB port - lets you recharge a mobile device even when the notebook is powered off and unplugged
• JBL designed speakers supporting Dolby Home Theatre V4 audio certification for immersive sound
• UltraBay - interchangeable bay that can be instantly swapped out for dual graphics
capability, increased storage space, or an additional fan for cooling
• These systems are Microsoft Office 2010 Product Key Ready
Preloaded applications (only some listed)
• Lenovo OneKey Recovery
• Lenovo OneKey Theater
• Lenovo Cloud Storage by SugarSync
• McAfee Internet Security (30-Day Trial)
• Nitro Pro (90-Day Trial)
• CyberLink YouCam
• Intelligent Touchpad
• Microsoft Office 2010 preloaded; purchase product key to activate
• Exent Games Portal
• Lenovo Energy Management Software
• Intel AppUp