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.The Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 is a great choice as a gaming laptop that’s lighter and cheaper than your typical desktop-replacement monstrosity. It’s got a full HD resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels, and high-motion content looks excellent in playback. Despite a few minor drawbacks, overall it’s a great machine that offers excellent performance and specs for the price.
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 Dell XPS 15 The Dell XPS 15 has a better-than-HD display, decent casual-gaming chops, and a slim, lightweight 15-inch body.The XPS 15 houses an Intel Core i7-4702HQ processor, an Nvidia GeForce GT 750M GPU with its own 2GB GDDR5 frame buffer, and 16GB of DDR3/1600 memory in a pretty, well-constructed chassis of smooth brushed aluminum with a carbon-fiber base that stays cool to the touch.Dell's XPS 15 is an impressive machine, offering good build quality, class-leading connectivity, decent video and audio, and plenty of power for the average user. It's fully upgradeable too, including such luxuries as a digital TV tuner and the unique (for a consumer laptop at this price point) option of a Full HD, RGB-LED backlit screen, which makes this an intriguing choice for colour-critical work.
But, Painfully expensive for a boring design and midlevel graphics, and going SSD-only drives the price up even more. Battery life falls short for an ultrabook-style system.
The bottom line: The Dell XPS 15 takes on Apple's MacBook Pro with Retina Display in almost every category, even beating it in a few. But for such a hefty investment, a design overhaul is in order. Specifications
ProcessorIntel 4th gen Core i7 4702HQ
RAM installed size16 GB
Hard Drive1 TB - 5400 rpm
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 8.1
Display Type15.6 in
Max Resolution3200 x 1800
Graphics ProcessornVidia GeForce GT 750M 2GB GDDR5 Price $1,899.99