Updated for 09/10, full Lenovo IdeaPad Y650 Review and Videos
With a current starting price of $1,049.00, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y650 may be pricier than than the 'average' 16" screen notebook, but its oozes quality and sex appeal. And what it lacks in frugality, it makes up for in ability.
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Plenty of power and storage out of the box
There’s a dual-core processor, ample memory, an optional high-end graphics card, and plenty of storage space; it’s even strong enough to replace the family desktop, which is certainly uncommon in a notebook in this class.
The absolute basic configuration of the Lenovo IdeaPad Y650 is equipped with an Intel Core 2 Duo P8600(2.0GHz) processor with 3GB of RAM and buyers can outfit the Y650 with up to 8GB of RAM with an Intel Core 2 Duo P8700(2.55GHz) processor.
Either way, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y650 is fully capable of handling anything you can throw at it, whether it’s graphic intense multimedia or simultaneous operation of memory-intensive software. There’s even a standard 320GB hard drive, so there’s more than enough room for all of your software, critical data and favorite media.
Watch and Play
The Lenovo IdeaPad Y650 has a 16-inch display with a native resolution of 1366x768 so watching movies on the machine is a pleasure. When equipped with the optional NVIDIA Ge-Force graphics card, the machine is also capable of playing the latest 3D video games with little to no video lag and it handles data-rich movies with only the slightest exertion. For face-to-face communications, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y650 – like all of its Y-series siblings – has an integrated 1.3 megapixel webcam above the display.
Have a look at the feature videos below to check out the IdeaPad Y650 gaming performance, and how one happy Y650 owner is using his notebook as a HD player connected to his HDTV.
The most noticeable feature when you open the Lenovo IdeaPad Y650 is the presence of a large TouchPad; flush with the surrounding palm rests, the slightly oversized TouchPad and its two accompanying buttons respond very well to touch and provide a very simple and efficient mouse-free navigation experience. For typing, the white keys give an immensely refreshing click and have enough motion that you know you’re working with a real machine and not just some toy disguised as a computer. Alongside the keyboard is the power button, multimedia controls and two small, but powerful JBL speakers.
You have a couple of connectivity options when you want to go online with the Lenovo IdeaPad Y650. Just like the rest of the Y-series products the Y650 is equipped with an Intel WiFi Link 5100 wireless card, which will make the most of even intermittent signals. There’s also the Gigabit Ethernet card for landline connections. For the truly connection-hungry, there’s an ExpressCard/34 slot in case you want to add a 3G Mobile Broadband card.
In a slight departure from fellow Y-series machines, the IdeaPad Y650 only has two USB ports – one of which is replaced with an HDMI output. There is also a VGA output, a 6-in-1 card reader, and even a CIR infrared port for syncing your favorite PDAs and mobile devices. For mobile storage and multimedia playing, there’s also an integrated DVD-RW optical drive.
Power on the go
The six-cell Lithium Ion battery in the Lenovo IdeaPad Y650 is powerful enough to provide for up to four-and-a-half hours of moderate use, but you can probably squeeze a little more life out it by turning off any unnecessary processes and by lowering the brightness of the screen.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Y650 has the same hexagon-shaped inlay on the glossy black paint as the Y550 and incorporates the same orange stripe along the display’s edge. The Y650 harkens also to the Y450 with the white matte keyboard. Overall, the Y650 is very pleasing to the eye. Beneath the beauty, though, lies true strength in the form of the durable aluminum alloy frame that supports the machine and provides increased durability and protection from extensive traveling.
IdeaPad Y650 Specifications
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8600(2.4GHz) to Core 2 Duo P8700 (2.5GHz)
Memory: 3/4GB RAM (8GB Max)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (32-bit or 64-bit)
Hard Drive: 250GB; 320GB; 500GB
Optical Drive(s): DVD-RW
Display: 16” (1366x768) TFT color, VibrantView
Graphics: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD; NVIDIA Ge-Force G105M
Ports: 2 USB; Ethernet; Headphone Output; Microphone Input; VGA; HDMI; 6-in-1 Card Reader; Lock Slot; 3 MiniPCI Express slots; ExpressCard/34
Size: 15.4” x 10.2” x 1.0”
Weight: 5.62 LBS
Lenovo IdeaPad Y650 Gaming Performance Video Demonstration
Using the Lenovo IdeaPad Y650 connected to your HDTV
Conclusion- We like the Lenovo IdeaPad Y650!
Somewhere comfortably nestled between midrange powerhouse and entry-level high-end machine is the Lenovo IdeaPad Y650. With all of the processing power it contains and the exquisite design, the Y650 is definitely an option for just about anybody looking for a versatile machine capable of doing many varied tasks separately or at the same time. Few machines on the market today can offer the same ability and the head turning looks at the price of the IdeaPad Y650.