The Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 is a popular choice for a laptop to call your own or give it to a loved one as it is not very expensive. Lenovo asserts that the Y530 is a very good product and will not put a hole through your wallet. We shall see as we will be discussing the Y530 features and capabilities.
We will also determine the Lenovo IdeaPad Y530’s advantages and disadvantages. Plus, we will be giving our opinions on why the IdeaPad Y530 is a popular purchase.
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo processor P7350 (2GHz, 3MB L2 Cache, 1066MHz FSB)
Mempry: 2GB DDR2 System Memory (2 x 1GB, supports up to 4GB)
Hard Drive: 250GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
Display: 15.4″ WXGA Glossy Widescreen Display (1280 x 800)
Optical Drive: Slot-loading dual-layer DVD±RW drive
Videp Card: NVIDIA GeForce 9300M with 256MB VRAM
Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
With this package, you can get a multi-media laptop with several features: surround speakers with subwoofer, a frameless display, and touch-sensitive media controls.
The Y50 has an all-black shell. As one closely views the surface, it has a pattern that is visually appealing as well as providing a better grip. Consistency is apparent in its overall design.
Other people might be bothered by the orange-colored media buttons that contrast with the black surface. But we think that the orange buttons break the monotony of the all-black look. The Y530 is a bit thicker than other laptops being sold, but surprisingly, it is not heavy.
We now glance at the Y530’s underside. Its bottom is accessible whenever you want to upgrade some components. Inside, one can see the processor, wireless card, the hard drive and RAM. Yet, it seems like there were no security stickers.
While the IdeaPad boasts of a frameless screen, its display area does have some problems. Image distortion is a common problem with the Y530. The colors are accurate at a fixed angle. Move it around, your screen gets distorted. Even the screen “fades out” during certain times.
Another irritating display problem is glare. Even with a low amount of light, one can see his or her own reflection. This is very distracting especially if you are trying to watch a movie with a very dark scene. You can see yourself. Aside from the inferior viewing angle and glare problems, the Y530 also has a problem with DVD playback. The 1280 x 800 resolution lacks the 16:9 aspect ratio for one to enjoy his favorite DVD movie or television episode.
The Y530 trails behind other notebooks in terms of graphics cards. The Y530’s integrated graphics card enables one to sufficiently browse the Internet or work on some documents. The integrated graphics card, however, is not at all ideal for gaming.
The IdeaPad Y530’s documentation makes the laptop sufficiently user friendly. However, the software bundle is not substantial. All one gets is the Windows operating system and the CyberLink software.
Lenovo, though, is proud of the Dolby Home Theater audio system built into the Y530. This assures the listener of quality surround sound. It boasts of four speakers, so music lovers would want to have a first crack at this gadget.
To finish this review, it seems like some features were sacrificed to lower the price of the Y530. However, if this gadget will just be used for the average computer work like documents or children’s homework, then the Lenovo IdeaPad is an excellent choice.