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Lenovo's IdeaPad Y500 offers excellent gaming specs for the price

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal | April 19, 2013
Lenovo's made a solid-performing gaming laptop in a smaller, lighter, cheaper package.

Great-looking display, but no touch?

The Y500's screen is one of its biggest assets, even though when you tap it--and you will, this is Windows 8, after all--you'll discover that it's not a touchscreen. The screen itself looks great: It's big, bright, and crisp, colors look accurate, and off-axis viewing angles are pretty good. It's got a full HD resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels, and high-motion content looks excellent in playback. But it's still...not a touchscreen. Of course, this isn't quite as big of a deal because it's a gaming machine--touchscreens aren't really the gamer's instrument of choice. But since it does have Windows 8, it's a bit frustrating to realize that you can't take advantage of all the awesome swipe gestures that Windows 8 has to offer. That said, it's important to remember that even the uber-pricey Origin EON17-SLX doesn't have a touchscreen either.

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 is a great choice as a gaming laptop that's lighter and cheaper than your typical desktop-replacement monstrosity. Despite a few minor drawbacks, overall it's a great machine that offers excellent performance and specs for the price.


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