PCMark 7: 3469
3DMark 11: P3682, graphics 3615, Physics 7067, Combined 2333
3DMark Vantage: P 13,968, GPU: 12,725, CPU: 19,758
Windows Experience Index:
Graphics (for desktop): 6.4
3D Gaming Graphics: 6.4
We don't expect laptops with full mobile quad core CPUs and dual graphics cards to have great battery life. Traditionally, gaming laptops have abysmal battery life, but the IdeaPad Y500 attempts to bridge the gap between mid-size multimedia laptops and gamer models, and so battery life is a tolerable 3 hours. We don't mean 3 hours of gaming, but rather 3 hours of productivity work like word processing, web, social networking, email, music playback and some video playback. The laptop doesn't support NVIDIA Optimus graphics switching technology due to the SLI architecture, so it will always run on dedicated graphics, even when unplugged. The graphics card will clock down to save power when the laptop is unplugged, but they'll still use much more power than Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics.
The laptop ships with a 6 cell Lithium Ion battery and a fairly large power brick, though not as big as the brick included with the second gen HP Envy 15 or gamer models like the Asus ROG G750JX.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 is a great all around notebook for those who need multimedia power, capable gaming and a still portable design. The 15.6”, 6 pound laptop is something you could actually carry around on campus easily enough and the SLI NVIDIA graphics cards make it a good choice for CAD work, video editing as well as gaming. Factor in a good backlit keyboard, decent dual band WiFi and you’ve got a machine that’s ready for business too. If you prefer the latest and greatest, you can get the Lenovo IdeaPad Y510 with a quad core i7 Haswell CPU for $100 more.
Price: starting at $1,149
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