Lenovo IdeaPad Y480, Cheapest Laptop for Game in the Mid of 2012

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Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 Review

Very thin and light is the exact expression for Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 laptop when someone first saw it. Laptop that is sold at affordable prices since its release in early June is equipped with the latest Intel processors third generation, Ivy Bridge, quad-core Core i7-3610QM and the new NVidia GeForce GT 640M-LE graphics card, 1.600MHz 8GB DDR3 of memory, and 750GB 5,400 rpm hard drive. All supports this middle class gaming laptop.

If you are looking for style, you will not find it on Lenovo IdeaPad Y480. This laptop is so minimal, no more value in design. On the lid and keyboard deck all black and soft, it looks pretty clean. If you see this directly you will give appreciate for its shiny chrome accents around the multi-finger touch pad and the four round buttons above the keyboard (for power, OneKey Theater, OneKey Recovery, and mute). Visible part of the lid is made of aluminum that is strong enough.

One important requirement for gaming laptop is must have powerful GPU. Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 did not leave that section. However, good quality of IdeaPad Y480 for light and heavy games, this laptop is not as high-end gaming laptops such as Dell Alienware M11X and MSI GT70. With the screen resolution is only 1366 × 768, the quality of playing game on the IdeaPad Y480 is not as good as Dell Alienware M11X and MSI GT70. If Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 is built with a resolution of 1600 × 900, it will be better quality. But for the price of just $849.00, Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 is really a cheap gaming laptop.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 price

But, despite its simple look and seem ancient, Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 is included in affordable laptop for games. It costs less than $1000. When multiple vendors were competing to produce gaming laptop with an average price above $ 1200, it has been a month Lenovo introducing gaming laptop at competitive prices. IdeaPad Y480 may not be suitable for users who are less careful in his hand because this laptop has a wide and very sensitive touch pad. If not careful, and one move can disrupt gaming activity.

Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 specifications:

Processor / Chipset

  • Processor 3rd Gen Core i7,
  • Intel i7-3610QM / 2.3 GHz
  • Max Turbo Speed 3.3 GHz
  • Multi-Core Technology Quad-Core
  • Cache 6 MB
  • 64-bit Computing Yes
  • Chipset Mobile Intel HM76 Express
  • Features Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0,
  • Integrated memory controller


  • RAM 8 GB ( 2 x 4 GB )
  • Max RAM Supported 8 GB
  • Technology DDR3 SDRAM
  • Speed 1600 MHz / PC3-12800
  • Form Factor SO DIMM 204-pin
  • Slots Qty 2
  • Empty Slots 0


  • Type 14 in
  • LCD Backlight Technology LED backlight
  • Max Resolution 1366 x 768 ( HD )
  • Widescreen Yes
  • Image Aspect Ratio 16:9
  • Features Glossy,
  • VibrantView

Audio & Video

  • Graphics Processor NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE / Intel HD Graphics 4000 – 2 GB GDDR5 SDRAM
  • Video System Features NVIDIA Optimus
  • Camera Yes
  • Resolution 1 Megapixel
  • Capture Resolutions 1280 x 720
  • Sound Stereo microphone
  • Codec Realtek ALC269
  • Compliant Standards High Definition Audio,
  • Dolby Home Theater v4
  • Audio Features JBL


  • Hard Drive 750 GB HDD / 5400 rpm
  • Interface Serial ATA-300
  • Optical Drive DVD-Writer – Tray


  • Type Backlit keyboard,
  • Touchpad
  • Features Multi-touch touchpad


  • Wireless 802.11n,
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Wireless Controller Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2200
  • Network Interface Gigabit Ethernet


  • Technology 6-cell Lithium ion
  • Installed Qty 1
  • Capacity 48 Wh
  • Run Time 4 hour(s)
  • AC Adapter
  • Voltage Required AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
  • Output 120 Watt

Connections & Expansion

  • Interfaces 3 x USB 3.0,
  • USB 2.0,
  • VGA,
  • HDMI,
  • LAN,
  • Microphone input,
  • Headphone/SPDIF combo jack
  • Memory Card Reader 6 in 1 card reader ( xD-Picture Card ),
  • ( SDHC Memory Card ),
  • ( SD Memory Card ),
  • ( Memory Stick PRO ),
  • ( Memory Stick ),
  • ( MultiMediaCard )

Dimensions & Weight

  • Width 13.6 in
  • Depth 9.4 in
  • Height 1.3 in
  • Weight 4.9 lbs

Lenovo IdeaPad Y480

Lenovo IdeaPad Y480

Lenovo IdeaPad Y480
Lenovo IdeaPad Y480
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