Lenovo IdeaPad Y650
The Lenovo IdeaPad Y650 can easily replace your home PC, so advanced are its features and designs incorporated into it. A sleek design and an affordable price can give many notebooks a run for their money.
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• Intel Core 2 Duo processor P8700 (2.53GHz, 3MB L2 Cache, 1066MHz FSB)
• 16.0 ” TFT Widescreen display with LED backlighting (1366×768)
• 4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz System Memory
• NVIDIA GeForce G 105M graphics with 256MB discrete memory
• 320GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
• Dual Layer CD/DVD Recordable
• 1.3 megapixel integrated camera
• JBL stereo speakers (Dolby Home Theater)
• Intel Wireless Wi-Fi Link 5100 and Bluetooth Version 2.0 + EDR
• Weight: 5.8 lb. including battery
• Dimensions: 390 X 260 X 26.1 mm
• Warranty: 1 year system and 1 year battery
• 6-cell 2000mAh 42Wh battery
The IdeaPad Y650 has a completely different look and is touted as one of the thinnest and lightest laptops in its class. It is made mostly of thin metal, solid plastics and carbon fiber matte black exterior looks extremely classy. Inside the notebook, there is a glossy white surface surrounding the keyboard and touchpad. The large palmrests provide excellent support with reduced flex.
Build quality is excellent with a very rugged feel for a consumer multimedia notebook. When closed the Y650 feels almost as sturdy as the business-class ThinkPad notebooks with very little flex in the screen cover under strong pressure. On closer inspection of the lid, the matte black surface has a honeycomb pattern for subtle styling and easy gripping thanks to the rubberized paint. The body gives the notebook a great deal of support and the combination of metal and plastics used feel rugged enough to withstand regular day-to-day abuse without showing much wear. The only area that could see some mild improvement is the keyboard which shows some flex under heavy typing pressure.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The keyboard has a unique design it is much smaller keyboard than conventional notebook keyboards to accommodate a large multi-touch touchpad.
Unfortunately, it turns the palmrests into armrests. In spite of that, the keyboard is quite comfortable for typing with acceptable key size and spaces. Some flex is involved on applying heavy typing pressure though.
The Synaptics touchpad is quite large and comfortable for using. It is touch-sensitive, tracks finger movements without much pressure. The multi-touch gestures are easy to handle, but these controls have limited use until more software recognizes them. The touchpad buttons have excellent feedback with a deep throw but they do produce a rather loud “click” when pressed.
The 16-inch screen shows vivid colors with excellent contrast. The LED backlighting, though slightly uneven in the upper right corner, works fine. Horizontal viewing angles are extremely good and the upper vertical ones are moderately good.
A drawback of this screen is the 16:9 ratio which loses some vertical resolution.