When it comes to business-friendly features and comfortable keyboards, Lenovo is king. And while the PC maker is no stranger to powerful systems (here’s looking at you, ThinkPad X220), it’s not necessarily the first brand that comes to mind when you’re in the market for HD video streaming and a little gaming. But those are just the sorts of things Lenovo hopes you’ll do with the IdeaPad Y480, which ups the multimedia ante with a new Kepler GPU from NVIDIA, along with a quad-core Ivy Bridge processor.
The notebook complements that power under the hood with an elegant, understated design and flourishes such as JBL speakers — all for a reasonable starting price of $ 849. At 5.1 pounds, it may not be the lightest 14-incher around, but it packs some of the most robust internals in its class. Less forgivable, though, is the notebook’s middling 1366 x 768 display; when you have that graphics oomph, you want the high-res visuals to match. Can its amped-up insides and bang for the buck make up for that less-than-premium screen? Join us after the break as we make that determination.
Gallery: Lenovo IdeaPad Y480
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