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The Lenovo Ideapad Y580. HIGH-PERFORMANCE MULTIMEDIA ENTERTAINMENT ON THE GO. With a widescreen HD display wrapped in a brushed-metal cover, the IdeaPad Y580 notebook lets you enjoy the big-screen experience while on the go. The 3rd generation Intel Core processor and audio-visual enhancements like OneKey Theater II, provide the ultimate high-performance multimedia experience. Plus, the Y580 features a unique backlit AccuType keyboard for added convenience, a 720p HD webcam and HDMI output for connecting to other HD devices. This item does not include Windows installation CDs.
If the specs meet your needs, I think you’ll be happy with your purchase. From my perspective, no regrets. My expectations have been exceeded. ANTONLINE doesn’t offer a fast shipping option, so I had to wait a week but it did arrive when they said it would. Again, not Lenovo’s fault. The machine is Bitchin!
The laptop is very solidly built and the back-lit keyboard is very good looking and easy to type on. Some of the keys are in slightly different places than my Acer, but I attribute that also to the fact that there’s a number pad on this laptop, which I didn’t have before.
Sound quality is pretty impressive, much better than any laptop that I’ve had recently and I was taken aback the first time I heard some positional audio from the speakers. This laptop runs impressively cool even with a heavy load. I never saw the GPU spike above 60C and once I shut the game down, dropped down into the 30′s quickly.
Windows 8. Not my favorite OS, the touchpad gestures can be extremely annoying. If you are typing and you brush up on the right edge of the trackpad, W8 assumes that you’re looking for the charm menu. If you’re using the trackpad and you like to use the edges of the trackpad, W8 may train that behavior right out of you. That has been my only frustration with this laptop, and I can’t blame that on Lenovo.
The laptop boots up super fast! It takes about 10-15 seconds to boot. Once you are booted, you are greeted by the Windows 8 start screen, which has some really nice features. The laptop comes with a bit of bloatware, which isn’t overwhelming, and is easily removed. The speakers are fantastic! Loud and not tinny at all. The only game I’ve tested with this laptop is Guild Wars 2, and I was able to run with medium-high settings at 1080p with 50fps. About what I was expecting, and I am very pleased with that. The screen is gorgeous! Everything is crisp, as you would expect from a 1080p screen, and the glossy screen makes colors pop. The only things I dislike so far are the trackpad and the bit of heat. The trackpad is okay, but you’ll want an external mouse. The heat is really what you would expect from a laptop with these specs and the ventilation is actually very well laid out.
I would recommend this laptop to someone in a heartbeat. I’ll update this review if my opinion changes.
After all my software was installed and updated, I experienced a strange glitch. The laptop would freeze for 2 minutes, then unfreeze for 30 seconds, then freeze for two minutes, then unfreeze for another 30 seconds….etc.
I could not figure out why it was doing that and I couldn’t make it stop. I made sure to clean for any viruses, and the problem did not persist in safe mode. After calling customer support, they had me deactivate all services that were not windows related just to get it to act smoothly. I guess it might be a Windows 8 bug, not so much a laptop bug.
After that hurdle, I was able to work with almost no issues. Aside from manually re-activating adobe services just to get the application to launch successfully.
The other problem I faced is while on battery, all games that I would play would get smooth…then choppy…then smooth…then choppy. Frames per second went up and down like crazy. This would not happen when plugged in however. I also DID make sure to start the software by right clicking on it and choosing "Play with Nvidia Graphics Processor", so I knew that wasn’t the issue. Not a big deal for me though, but it could be annoying if you like to game on the go.
I’ve had it for about a month, and I’m completely used to Windows 8. Time will allow any annoying problems to be fixed, I’m sure, and then this computer will be more reliable.
I would definitely recommend the purchase.
Win 8 system took me some weeks to get familiar with, but it’s ok.
The only minor problem is the high temperature on then keyboard when the system is in high load. Hope they can fix it in the new model.
As mentioned in a previous review, the computer boots pretty fast (between 15 and 25 sec). After removing Mcafee of course.
I’m new to Windows 8 and it’s hard to get used to it… but I guess I will be after a couple of days.
Two big cons thus far:
1- The touchpad is AWEFUL. Lenovo had the VERY BAD IDEA of having the “mouse” click buttons integrated with the touchpad. Usually I always keep my thumb on the left click and move the mouse with my middle finger but here you can’t do it because your thumb rests on a sensible area and messes everything… So you have to leave your thumb away and click by tapping. And it’s fine. Also the Synaptics drivers – both the Lenovo ones or the latest ones – don’t work well. The configuration of the double and triple finger tap doesn’t work… you have to go into the registry to manually modify the keys…
2- In two days, the computer already crashed two times… randomly… I have no idea why. That’s is terrible for a brand new computer.
What I like:
- the display (full HD videos taken with my HX20V are AMAZING)
- the keyboard (nice feeling + numpad)
- the overall quality…
…and the fast 2-day shipping from Amazon. Don’t order from Lenovo.com it will take months!
Also I’m thinking of buying a large mSATA SSD [edited] and to do a clean install… but according to the web it’s a long and painful process so I’ll do that one day if bored.
[EDIT 1.30.2013 - down to 2 stars] I’m having issues with the wifi… Basically, when I’m in front of my computer and I use internet everything is fine. But when I leave the computer alone for a bit (maybe 2hrs), the WIFI disconnects. If I try to reconnect, it cannot. But if I put the “airplane mode” on and off (a.k.a. resetting the adapter), it works fine again.
I’m really annoyed because I typically access my computer from work using TeamViewer and everyday, by the time I get to work, the WIFI is lost. Then when I come back home, I see that the computer is simply not connected. It is not a problem with my internet since my EEE PC keeps the connection without any issues and I can remotely connect to it anytime. I tried various drivers / settings, doesn’t solve anything.
I posted a message on Lenovo forums to try to find a fix… however, I should NOT have to use my technical knowledge and I should NOT have to post on forums to be able to use my BRAND NEW laptop. Maybe it’s problem from Windows 8, maybe it’s from INTEL, but I don’t care, Lenovo should make sure everything works perfectly before selling a laptop.
[EDIT 1.31.2013] I think I solved the problem by removing all the PROSET intel crapware and installing the driver only. Back to 4 stars.