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Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 hands-onThe IdeaPad Y480 gets you Lenovo's excellent construction quality and ergonomic design without having a "business" laptop, but some more configuration flexibility would be appreciated.
I'm Dan Ackerman and we are here taking a look at the Lenovo IdeaPad Y480. Now, this is one of the very first handful of laptops we've seen with Intel's new third generation Core i series processors and you may have heard some of that Ivy bridge. Well, that's what that is. In addition to that, it also got one of the new Nvidia discreet Ge view, it's the GeForce640M. So when you put all that together, it's kinda like you got a big semi-engine desktop replacement or the power but crammed into I'm afraid modestly sized 14-inch mid-sized laptop. Now, that's both good and bad. One, you got a lot more power than you'd expect from the 14-inch laptop but of course you're not gonna get the same battery life. This is to mention you got battery life for a new Ivy Bridge Quad-core Core i7 laptop but for a 14-inch laptop, it didn't do that fantastic. The other big problem we have was with the Nvidia GPU and the Quad-core core i7 processor. You wanna play games out of this thing but the screen has only a 1366 by 768 resolution and that's fine for less expensive mid-sized laptop but this thing is a little bit more than $1,000. We actually expect a better screen resolution at that price and if you can't crank the games up asset, having all these high-end hardware is not gonna do anything for you. Now that said, the IdeaPads in general are a great way to get kind of that Window vogue quality design and build and the excellent keyboard they have with little keys that kinda curve out a little bit at the bottom and all that other great Lenovo stuff and something that doesn't look like a Think Pad like the business laptop and I like that they move to the bigger click pad-style touchpad here where the buttons are integrated right in. If you're looking for something like a mid-sized gaming laptop, you'd want something with a higher screen resolution and if you just like the idea of this IdeaPad Y series, I'd go for some more configuration options and maybe the ability to knock down the hardware a little bit to get longer battery life and a lower price. I'm Dan Ackerman and that is the Lenovo IdeaPad Y480.