Pros Solid gaming performance for its price
Great looking and solidly build case
Really quick start-up with the SSD option
Not terribly bulky
Dedicated graphics card
Cons Bloatware, yes there is a lot of it but most of it is pretty easy to get rid of if you don't want it
It only has a 720p resolution screen (which isn't too much of an issue for me
Smaller backspace and right-shift buttons take a little getting used to
Summary Despite a few minor annoyances, it really is a great laptop. I got the most expensive model with a 2.0GHz quad-core i7, 8GB of RAM, and a 64GB SSD on top of a 750GB hard drive. The total cost was $1249, which is significantly cheaper than many other similarly spec'd laptops go for. I would definitely recommend it to anyone.
Pros 1. Nice looking laptop, does not look like a low cost device.
2. Performance, better than the Alienware M11x R2 I had and no overheating.
3. Cost, I bought this on sale for what I paid to get the M11x, I have to say that this is a way better machine
Cons Only two cons, there may be some static noise that surfaces depending on the type of headphones you use. I have noise cancelling ones which experience the static and regular ones that do not.
The other is the resolution, some may not like the standrad
Summary Buy it, love it, and enjoy! Direct X 11 support, great gaming performance for the money, nicer screen size, solid build, etc, etc.Hopefully everything I typed in my review made it over, it seems some of it may have been cut off. Sorry for any grammatical errors as well as misspellings.
Updated on Oct 5, 2011
Just to add to the review, this device has an awesome heat sink that helps with the heat dissipation and different ways to control the fan for the type of use as well.
Pros Super Fast (boots in under 30 seconds)
Excellent build quality (mostly aluminum)
Great graphics card 555m Nvidia 1gb gddr5
Good battery life
Good value especially for gaming capabilities
Cons Screen is not 1080 (but can easily output 1080+ to hdtv or monitor via HDMI
Gets a little hot
Summary I got this as a replacement system from Lenovo customer relations when my y550 had some repetitive issues, and all I can say is WOW (like YEAH, not like the lame game) My system has the I7 2.2 quad core Sandy Bridge processor, 8 GB DDR3 RAM, 1 GB GDDR5 Nvidia 555M, 500 GB hard drive... Pretty much everything possible except the Blu-Ray and solid state HD. I compared benchmarks with my friend's brand new $1600.00 ASUS gaming laptop w/ 12 GB Ram and a 560M w/ 3 GB dedicated memory and they were so close its ridiculous. This thing plays games like a champ in ultra high settings. Sure it doesn't have a 1080 resollution screen, but for the size of the screen, the 768 looks pretty sharp, and you can easily output 1080+ via HDMI to your HDTV or monitor. The mostly aluminum build quality is great as well (much better than my all plastic y550) I cannot say enough about Lenovo Customer Relations and this system.
Pros * Cheap (not just value, but actually not expensive)
* Slim and light weight for the amount of performance it packs
* You can spec it to have everything you need in a laptop (i7, 1GB discrete graphics, Blu-ray)
* A lot cooler than my previous Dell Inspiro
Cons * I have an audio issue currently - frequent stutters I haven't resolved with udpated drivers yet
* Trackpad is so-so, but will work for most
* One-click button can feel a little cheap at times
Summary I got the 14" Y470 with an i7 processor and a Blu-ray drive for a pretty nice deal of around $800 bucks.
It is reasonably light weight, looks nice, feels well built, packs a BOATLOAD of performance and did I mention 800 bucks?
Overall I feel it is better value and like it better than my older Dell Inspiron. Use of plastic rather than metal or the most part makes the build a little cheaper than Macbooks, Sony Vaios and other more expensive laptops. If you want value, don't think twice!!!
Pros 1. Switchable graphics. I actually like the ability to turn off the additional 1GB graphic card when I don't need it. I think it doubles my battery life when I turn it off. With the Core i5 chip, I rarely need to turn it actually. I regularly plug the lap
Cons 1. It can get hot at times. I am actually waiting for the price of solid state drives to come down, so I can upgrade and reduce the heat output.
2. I hope I am not paying extra for the custom Lenovo software. I'd actually rather save more money than have
Summary I actually bought the 14" version for $700 ($770 with tax), but the hardware specs are the same. And the color is the same as well.