Originally Posted by N8DOGG
I never really got it to be a full on gaming laptop. Just something I can take on trips that will play games decently. I got this y580 for a few reasons. I love the keyboard feel vs other laptops I've monkeyed with but the layout IMO is fine but I guess I could see how people wouldn't like it because of the number pad. It's not very heavy for a laptop with a gaming card in it. The screen is 1080P led and it's very nice. For whats in the laptop, you'd have to go to around $1300 to get similar features at least. I got mine for a few hundred off the $1099 base price with all the features. I had been doing quite a bit of research but it was an impulse buy because of the good price, as were the titans lol.
Lenovo has the best reliability as far as pc laptops go, I've never had one before and had a hard time picking between this and the Y500 among all the other options. Though the 500 is newer, the battery life is not very good vs the y580 and it's gpu's are 650's (though you can get 2 and sli them but you loose the optical drive) and I wanted my laptop to be able to play actual blu-ray disks as it saves space on my HDD.
I've been using it all day and it really rips. I've played a few games and get decent enough frames at 1080p. I can play most games on high at over 40 fps. Pretty decent for a everything laptop. Aso there is a button to switch between the hd4000 on ivy and the gtx 660 gpu to save power when not using it. Pretty sweet.
Looks like you can swap out the SLI card in the swap slot for a blu ray drive on the 500. Wonder what the price is to get SLI plus the blu ray drive would be.
The 500 looks like a thinner format and also looks much nicer. I don't think I'd ever be playing it long on battery, so that wouldn't be an issue for me.
Really the only other laptop I would consider is an Asus G series, but they are so bulky. I'm just not in love with any laptop out there. There's always something keeping me from buying one. Laptops are finally starting to copy the macbook shapes, so eventually I'll find the perfect features plus the thin format. The lenovo is pretty close.
Edit: y500 has a shiny screen, right out. Again, that for me is a deal breaker. So on the lookout for laptops that can do the right features.