Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 and Y400 Announced - Dual Graphics Capabilities

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  1. Andrew Baxter

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    This piece of news should interest some people. As far as I know the new Y400 and Y500 are not going to replace the Y480 and Y580, but they will certainly be close in specs and potentially more capable in performance as they have an UltraBay (like ThinkPads offer) that allows for either a DVD Burner, Blu-Ray or another graphics card that can be paired with the Nvidia 650M / 655M the Y400 and Y500 will be equipped with. Here's the details from the press release:
    Picture of the Y500:

    Y500_Hero_04.jpg

    Release is set for October, likely to coincide with Windows 8 (as that's the default OS) so still a little ways off. Looks very promising though, I like the red accent for the keyboard / speakers.
     
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    Love that red.
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    Dual Graphics as in.....? Like, SLIing two 650/40M's or something? Or is the 655M the name of the "dual graphics" config, and it's actually two lower cards?
     
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    my issue is there seems to be no 1080p model ... would have been nice if the offered the matte 1080 screen to the one in the y580 as that screen had good contrast and a low black value n lack a subwoofer
     
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    wow, and I thought Asus U500 is all I have to worry about.... but this... this looks awesome!!
    things to consider though, lack of 1080p is will really hurt this D:
    also, the thickness and weight... :/
    well, guess we'll have to wait till reviews...
     
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    Lenovo expands IdeaPad lineup with Y400, Y500, Z400 and Z500: prices start at $549 -- Engadget

    FINALLY !!! It's always a waiting game with lenovo.
    I waited all Summer for the Y480p that will never come.

    14", core i7, kepler gpu, SSD options, ditch the dvd drive for space and weight

    13-14" is portable, 15" is borderline, 17" is not

    My MBP 15 retina is a great step forward for 15", solid aluminum chassis, very thin and a pound lighter than previous MBP (they ditched the dvd drive), core i7, and kepler gpu. Unfortunately GW2 doesn't play on mac, and all the OS ports just don't really work natively.

    I'm not sold on 1080P screens, at 15" maybe it's more important than on 14"? My HP Envy 15 has the 1080P screen for 1920x1080, and it's nice, but for +$150 (15%) more cost, I'm not convinced. I buy a new laptop every 2 yrs, and it's about staying under $1,000 bang for the buck. My old 14" had 1280x800, so 1366x768 (720P) seems lgtm. Maybe I'm missing something.

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    You're probably not but laptop manufacturers sure are, 1680x1050 that's what they're missing. IMO the best resolution ever for a 14-15" screen but no one will make 16x10 ratio displays anymore.
     
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    Any word on pricing?
     
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    Urrgh... red is a poor design choice. It's too eye-catching. I'm surprised by that announcement but I don't think it'll be enough to make me regret the purchase of my Y580.

    Also, dual graphic cards / GT 655M ? ??
     
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