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Lenovo Y500 experience

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Hi people

I'm looking forward to buy this laptop. Can't beat that deal for around 1200 CHF. However, reading some reviews and stuff, I've heard some complaints build quality, even though it's Lenovo. How're you forum users' experience with it? Is it that much of a concern? I don't care so much about the trackpad btw, I'm gonna use a mouse most of the time to game, but it'll have to hold up to casual use.
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What types of games do you plan on playing on it? And do you plan on getting the single 750M or the dual SLI version? I currently have the single 750M version, but I mostly play small indie games, LoL, and some MMOs. I've only had it for 2 days time so far, and there will be downsides such as the trackpad, but I too use a mouse.
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Going to get the SLI version with dual 650s (I think 750s are rebranded 650s). I'll play most anything on it, lots of current gen but also last gen stuff.
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Oh, and will by removing the UltraBay 650 enable switching to integrated graphics? 3 hours of battery life are kind of pitiful
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The 750m is a refreshed 650m and is clocked significantly higher than the 650m netting quite a bit more performance
    
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I have the Lenovo Y500 with the single 650m and 1080p screen. The Laptop is great, the screen is the best non ips screen I have ever seen, and the keyboard feels spacious. I personally have never had any problems with the track pad, though the clickers are sometimes annoying to use. I bought the extra 650m plus the 170w ac adapter a while back, and though the benchmarks loved them, I did not. The microstutter was atrocious. In some games it looked like I was getting 15 fps even though it was somewhere in the 50's. I'm sure it's just unoptimized drivers (considering that this laptop and the Y400 are the only ones with an available 650m sli). And I'm sure nvidia is working on it. Just be warned. Honestly a single 650m handles everything I need it to anyways. Skyrim, Crysis 2, Guild Wars 2 all run on high at 1080p and never dip below 30fps (usually stay around 45-50).

Everything else about the laptop is fantastic, though you may want to invest in an mSata SSD as your boot drive, cause the hard drive it comes with is pretty slow.

And to answer your earlier question, it unfortunately does not have nVidia Optimus. It doesn't switch to integrated graphics while on battery, instead it throttles the 650m to where any current gen game is unplayable, not matter what settings. At all the lowest settings, at the lowest resolution it would accept, with subsampling turned on, I would get maybe 15 fps in Guild Wars 2. Though it will play last gen games pretty handily on battery.

And the battery does kind of suck. 3-4 hours websurfing, 5-6 with resource unintensive document editing.

All in all, I do love this laptop. I give it an 8/10. But if battery life or gaming on battery is super important to you, then I highly recommend you look elsewhere.
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CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core i7-3630QM NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 8gb DDR3 1600Mhz Plextor 128GB MSATA SSD 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
1TB 5400rpm DVD+RW Multi Combo Disc Drive Windows 8 64bit 15.6" 1920x1080p 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Red LED Backlit 120w AC Adapter Brushed Aluminum Razer Orochi 2013 Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Gam... 
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JBL Stereo Speakers 
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post #7 of 7
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Alright, thanks for your answers! Battery gaming wasn't an issue to me, but I guess I'll just manually overclock the GPU, come worst. Thanks and +rep
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