Lenovo IdeaPad Y480, Y580 Deliver Ivy Bridge + Nvidia Kepler GPUs for $899

Lenovo IdeaPad Y480Lenovo isn’t exactly known for its multimedia chops, but the IdeaPad Y480 and Y580 could very well change your mind. These 14- and 15-inch laptops combine Intel’s latest third-generation Core processors with high-octane Nvidia 600 series/Kepler graphics and JBL speakers for serious entertaiment oomph. Starting at $899, the new Y series has a premium look and feel, too.

Check out our hands-on video and read on for more impressions.

The new Y 80 and Y580 look anything like a buttoned-down ThinkPad, thanks to the brushed metal covers and palm rests. The 5-pound Y480 houses a standard 1366 x 768 display, but the 6-pound 15.6-inch model can go up to 1920 x 1080 for full HD gaming.

On the graphics front, the Y580 is the beast of the two models, offering an GeForce GTX660M graphics card with 2GB of dedicated video memory. The Y480 opts for GeForce GT 650 graphics with 1GB of video memory.

Both laptops sport a DVD drive (Blu-ray optional) along with up to 1TB of storage, with 32GB and 64GB SSDs being optional. A 720p webcam comes standard. Other features include Lenovo RapidBoot technology for starting your PC in a hurry and two USB 3.0 ports. Lenovo promises up to 5 hours of usage on a charge.

The AccuType keyboard felt comfortable during our quick hands-on, and we like the optional LED backlit keys, which makes it easier to play (or work) in a dimly lit room. We could also hear the crackling of gunfire from a game in a fairly large–and loud–ballroom.

With the new IdeaPad Y480 and Y580, Lenovo has proven it can make a sexy multimedia machine. Now the performance has to back it up. Stay tuned for a full review. 


AUTHOR BIO
Mark Spoonauer
Mark Spoonauer
Responsible for the editorial vision for Laptopmag.com, Mark Spoonauer has been Editor in Chief of LAPTOP since 2003 and has covered technology for nearly 15 years. Mark speaks at key tech industry events and makes regular media appearances on CNBC, Fox and CNN. Mark was previously reviews editor at Mobile Computing, and his work has appeared in Wired, Popular Science and Inc.
Mark Spoonauer on
Twitter Google+
LEAVE A REPLY
Name*
Email* (will not be published)
Website
*Indicates required field
Comments*
Submit Comments

  1. Jason Says:

    Pure awesomeness!
    Best bang for its buck and same size as msi ge60!
    only 1.5 inches thick for a nvidia gtx660 for 1000!

FIND A REVIEW
Laptops
All Product Types Accessories Cars Digital Camcorders Digital Cameras eReaders GPS Laptops MP3 & Video Players Projectors Smartphones Software Storage Tablets / MIDs VoIP Wi-Fi
All Subcategories
All Subcategories All-Purpose Budget Business Desktop Replacement Gaming Multimedia Netbook Nettop Rugged Student Tablet PCs Ultraportable
Brand
Acer Alienware Apple Archos ASUS Averatec BenQ CTL Corp. Dell Digital Storm eMachines Emtec Everex Fujitsu GammaTech Gateway General Dynamics Getac Gigabyte Hercules HP HTC iBuyPower Intel Lenovo MSI Nokia Nvidia OCZ OLPC OQO Origin Panasonic Sager Samsung Sony Sylvania Systemax TabletKiosk Toshiba Verizon Viewsonic Viliv VooDoo Workhorse PC ZT Systems
Minimum Rating
Any Rating Editor's Choice 4.5 Stars 4.0 Stars 3.5 Stars 3.0 Stars
Screen Size
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 4 5 6 7 8 9
Resolution
1024x576 1024x600 1024x768 1200X800 1280 x 720 1280x1024 1280x768 1280x800 1366x678 1366x768 1440x1050 1440x900 1600x768 1600x900 1680x1050 1680x945 1920x1080 1920x1200 800x400 800x480
Weight Range
10.1 - 12.0 pounds 12.1 - 14.0 pounds 14.1 - 16.0 pounds 2 lbs 2 pounds and under 2+ lbs 2.1 - 4.0 pounds 4.1 - 6.0 pounds 6.1 - 8.0 pounds 8.1 - 10.0 pounds Over 16 pounds Under 2 pounds
more options
SUBSCRIBE