Lenovo IdeaPad Y450 review: Lenovo IdeaPad Y450

Multimedia Multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Lenovo Ideapad Y450
978 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
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Lenovo Ideapad Y450
203 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Lenovo Ideapad Y450
185 

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Lenovo Ideapad Y450
189 

The processor in our test unit was a 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6400, which is a widely used mainstream CPU more than suitable for running most Windows applications that aren't graphics-processor intensive. In our benchmark tests, it performed a little worse than the Y650 (which had a better graphics chip), but similarly to the Gateway TC7804u. In many ways, they are similar products, but overall, we prefer the Y450.

The included six-cell battery ran for 3 hours and 9 minutes in our video playback battery drain test, which is better than the Y650, which ran for just 2 hours and 17 minutes. That's just over our suggested minimum of 3 hours from a mainstream laptop. In our comparison charts it led the pack, including against the similar Gateway TC7804u.

Lenovo offers a standard one-year manufacturer's warranty on the IdeaPad Y450, which can be extended up to three years for an additional $149, or $239 for a protection plan that includes accidental damage coverage. Support is available on the phone or online, where product information databases and drivers are easily located.

System configurations:

Lenovo Ideapad Y450
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6400; 3072MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 250GB Western Digital 5,400rpm

Sony Vaio VGN-CS215J/W
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6400; 4096MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 250GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Gateway TC7804u
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6400; 4096MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel GMA 4500MHD; 320GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Asus X83VB-X2
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (64-bit); 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T6400; 4096MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9300M GS; 250GB Seagate 5,400rpm