W.A.Khan, Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 The Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 offers high-end components, including gamer-level graphics, a swappable accessory bay, and the coolest-looking backlit keyboard I've seen in a long while.
But, If only the Y500 had a touch screen, which is practically required for the Windows 8 UI, it might be one of my favorite laptops of the year.
The bottom line: For those looking for something more than a feature-light ultrabook, the gamer-friendly Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 is close to brilliant, and several configurations are currently available at a deep discount -- but I can't believe it doesn't have a touch screen. Specifications
ProcessorIntel Core i7 i7-3630QM / 2.4 GHz ( 3.4 GHz ) ( Quad-Core )
Memory8 GB / 16 GB (max)
Hard Drive1 TB - Serial ATA-300 - 5400 rpm
Operating SystemWindows 8 64-bit Edition
Display Type15.6 in
Max Resolution1920 x 1080 ( Full HD )
Graphics ProcessorNVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
Optical DriveDVD-Writer Price;$999.99 to $1,099.99 VS Razer Edge Pro Gaming-optimized Windows 8 tablet with onboard Nvidia graphics; offers plenty of ways to play games via extra accessories; relatively easy setup.
But, Gaming performance trails that of comparably priced gaming laptops; lacks 1080p screen; design is thicker and heavier than other Windows 8 tablets; lacks Ethernet and SD slot; battery life runs short when gaming; price skews high when accessories are factored in.
The bottom line: The Razer Edge is one of the most inventive PC gaming devices in years, but you'll pay a premium for portability and proprietary add-ons. Specifications
ProcessorIntel 3rd Gen Core i7i7-3517U / 1.9 GHz ( 3 GHz ) ( Dual-Core )
Hard Drive256 GB - Serial ATA-600
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 8
Display Type10.1 in IPS
Max Resolution1366 x 768 ( HD )
Graphics ProcessorNVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE / Intel HD Graphics 4000 Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0
Video Memory2 GB DDR3 SDRAM Price;$1,449.99