Lenovo IdeaPad Y460 is a nice looking multimedia laptop. It runs on the robust Intel Core i5 processor and assisted by 1GB ATI Radeon graphics. It has 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, adequate port configuration, excellent touchpad and keyboard. The performance of the laptop is very good and it supports most of the mainstream games. It lacks Wi-Fi. It has impressive touch-control strip. The battery life is unimpressive. Priced at $1049, it posses stiff competition from 14-inch HP Envy 14, 13-inch MacBook Pro or others.
Lenovo Y460 is a really a nice looking laptop with good color and patterns with “basic” black design. The “matte” black lid has geometric pattern on the top. The copper accent strip surrounds thee edges of the laptop. Touchsensitive buttons are key features of the laptop. A small LED backlit Lenovo logo is at the lower right of the wrist rest.
Those backlit touch-sensitive control buttons are the most unique feature of the Lenovo Y460; unfortunately, they’re also annoying frustrating to use. Basic volume, battery, and Wi-Fi buttons work fine; they’re very responsively, actually, but the lighted control strip is something else entirely. The touchsensitive buttons are serves different functionalities like zooming and media controlling.
The touchpad and keyboard are excellent. Lenovo has gone for the traditional ThinkPad keyboard rather than flat-topped island-style keyboards what we found on the IdeaPad laptops.
The Y460 is sported with 14-inch display of 1366×768 pixel resolution, which is as standard in this category. It will be a treat to watch 720p HD videos, but it can’t display 1080p videos on full screen. The image is sufficiently bright and crisp, with excellent color & contrast performance. The built-in speakers are quite audible and adequate for watching movies and listening songs.
Port and network options are pretty orthodox. It comes with four USB v2.0 ports including eSATA/USB combo, a SD card reader, VGA out, HDMI out, Wireless n Wi-Fi support, Bluetooth and few audio outs. It lacks Expansion port and Broadband. Its bit disappointment that there is no Blu-Ray option, especially for the laptop which costs near $1000. You have to get satisfied with DVD burner.
The Lenovo Y460 is powered by 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 M520 processor. The processor very robust and it can handle all sorts of multitasking quite comfortably. The performance of the processor in this laptop is in line with the other Core i5 powered laptops. There is no lag whatsoever even it made to run games and multiple programs. In our tests, the older Intel Core 2 Duo processor powered 13-inch Apple laptop is slightly faster in multitasks, but Lenovo Laptop beats it in the single apps. The processor is assisted by impressive 1GB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 graphics card. It supports all the mainstream games. The thermal performance of the Y460 is pretty decent.
Lenovo Y460 managed to give battery life of just 2 hour 12 minutes on continuous video playback despite it had been powered by six cell battery. The battery life is not really impressive, while the Apple MacBook Pro ran for over fours on same test. Battery life is unimpressive for 14” laptop.
Lenovo backs the Y460 with an industry standard one year warranty on all parts and labour. It includes toll-free 24×7 toll free phone assistance and email support. The support website provides driver downloads online knowledge database, and FAQ books. Lenovo extends the warranty up to 3 years, but you have to shell out $107.