Lenovo Y580 Coming Soon, Nvidia 660M Graphics to be an Option

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 has popped up on the Lenovo.com product pages now and is listed as “coming soon”, in addition to that the full specs for the release model are now known.  While Lenovo first revealed this model back in January, it was still up in the air as to what they’d actually jam inside this gaming machine when it hit the shelves.  It appears the standard graphics card will be the Nvidia 650M with an optional upgrade to the more powerful GTX 660M.  The Nvidia 650M graphics are the same as that found in the HP dv6t-7000 Quad Edition we recently reviewed, that graphics card will easily outperform the Nvidia 550M previously available in the IdeaPad Y570. 

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The screen options are still listed to included a 1920 x 1080 resolution upgrade, but a 1366 x 768 screen will be standard.  Unfortunately, there’s no indication the upgraded screen will have a matte finish that we would have liked to have seen.  In terms of processor, the 3rd generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7 will be available.   The weight on the Y580 is a little hefty, according to the specs sheet it will be 6.17lbs, not exactly back friendly for lugging miles but not bad if you’re just moving it around a home or office.   The ports selection will include two USB 2.0, two USB 3.0, 6-in-1 media card reader, HDMI, headphone jack, microphone jack and an Ethernet RJ-45 port.

Intel will officially release the 3rd generation Core i5 processors on June 3rd so it could be Lenovo is holding off until that date to make the Y580 available to purchase, that’s our bet at least, we’ll post again when it gets an official sticker price and can be ordered and plan to review this model next month.

Source: Lenovo Y580 Product Page

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Lenovo IdeaPad Y480 and Y580 Specs Announced

The popular Lenovo IdeaPad Y470 and Y570 laptops have replacements coming in the form of the Y480 and Y580.  The Y480 update will have a 14-inch screen with up to Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge family processor, Nvidia GeForce 650M dedicated graphics.  Here are the full specs for the Lenovo Y480:

Lenovo Y480

  • Processor: Up to Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge
  • Screen: 14-inch HD (1366 x 768)
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 650M
  • Memory: up to 8GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • Storage: up to 1TB HD, mSATA SSD options
  • Weight: 4.85 pounds
  • Webcam: 1 Megapixel
  • Wireless: 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiDi, Bluetooth
  • Dimensions: 13.58 inches  x 9.41 inches x 1.29 inches
  • Ports: 2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, Ethernet, HDMI, headphone, microphone
  • Battery Life: up to 5 hours
  • Speakers: JBL branded
  • Keyboard: Chiclet style
  • Price: $899
  • Availability: April 2012

There is no specific word on whether there will be a higher resolution screen available such as a 1600 x 900 screen, many owners of the Y470 wanted a higher resolution screen but alas, it was never offered.   We have a review of the IdeaPad Y470 that details how to install and use an mSATA SSD.  The Lenovo Y480 will offer this same mSATA SSD option in which you can easily put in a mini SSD that can hold the OS for fast bootup while placing the rest of your larger files such as music and video onto the larger capacity hard drive.

The Y480 will look similar in design to the earlier Y470, the major difference will of course be in terms of performance.  The Y480 will have the latest Intel Ivy Bridge processor platform, up to the Core i7.  The Nvidia 650M is an unbenchmarked card at the moment, but we can only assume it’s an update to the Nvidia 550M that’s in the current Y470.  This will mean the Y480 will be a gaming capable 14-inch laptop and can be had at a reasonable starting price of $899 (before coupons), so the popularity will likely carry over.

The Y580 specs are very similar to the Y480, the main difference being the larger screen and more powerful graphics:

Lenovo Y580

  • Processor: Up to Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge
  • Screen: 15-inch HD (1920 x 1080)
  • Graphics:  Nvidia GeForce GTX 660M
  • Memory: up to 8GB DDR3 SDRAM
  • Storage: up to 1TB HD, mSATA SSD options
  • Weight: 5.95 pounds
  • Webcam: 1 Megapixel
  • Wireless: 802.11 a/b/g/n, WiDi, Bluetooth
  • Dimensions: 15.16 inches x 10.04 inches x 1.41 inches
  • Ports: 2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, Ethernet, HDMI, headphone, microphone
  • Battery Life: up to 5 hours
  • Speakers: JBL branded
  • Keyboard: Chiclet style
  • Price: $899
  • Availability: April 2012

The Y580 will have a more powerful graphics card and thankfully (finally) a higher resolution 1080p screen.  With the Nvidia GTX 660m, Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge and 8GB of RAM the Y580 should be a formidable gaming machine.  The release is slated for April 2012 and pricing will start at around $899.

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