It’s a mixed (but mostly good) bag.
1) If it isn’t plugged in, it won’t use the Geforce card at all, so gaming on the go is really questionable. Granted, it’s battery life isn’t terrific, so that wouldn’t be have been a sure bet anyhow, but I can think of times I would have wanted to be able to play even for an hour (eg: on a plane).
It’s also very noticeable if you are playing a game when you unplug it. Graphics will suddenly start stuttering, sometimes things feel frozen for a second or so, and it reverts about as quickly if you plug it back in.
2) The track pad is AWFUL. Barely usable, and the drivers (on Win8, if that matters) don’t even always initialize properly. Sometimes it’s got left and right click, some times it’s got tap to click, sometimes it’s got multitouch/gestures, and sometimes you can use the mouse and keyboard at the same time… but sometimes, you can’t do any of those.
Granted, since I grabbed this for gaming, I usually use an external mouse. It’s just that I also use this computer for work, and I don’t always have my mouse with me.
3) The default install of Win8 includes some crapware (expected) and some default applications that run the camera and sound. I think one of those two apps pulls focus to desktop periodically, which has been a problem in some games which don’t handle alt-tabbing gracefully or at all. It was intermittent, but now that I’ve stopped those apps from starting up, things seem okay again.
1) The screen is nice and crisp but it’s just a touch washed out. This is noticeable next to my phone and my older MacBook Pro which the Y500 basically replaced, but not usually noticeable during game play. Something to keep in mind if you are a photoshop person, perhaps. I’m also impressed at how well it handle fingerprints despite being a plastic glossy screen. That is, they show up but it’s easier to clean than I remember this kind of screen being.
2) Keyboard is a little odd due to need to include the function key and the fact that it has a number pad and full size arrow keys. This has caused me to miss the right shift key on occasion because it is a little small (I have big hands). Numlock and Capslock indicator lights are on the front of the machine, which you won’t easily see during normal use. Also can’t tell which light is what in anything less than good lighting because they are labeled as black indentations on a black plastic shell
1) Except for the color issue noted above, the screen is quite nice in display. Still just standard resolutions (1920x1080 default), but it’s appropriately crisp.
2) Gaming performance has been excellent. Runs everything at medium-high or better, and most things are in the range of high or better. It’s sometimes necessary to tweak some settings to get best performance, of course, but I’m usually able to take advantage of tessellation, anti-aliasing, and so on without issue, and texture settings are usually whatever the highest setting is with no problem. For a sample of the kinds of games I’ve played with high graphics: Civ5, Shogun2, Guild Wars 2, FarCry3, Skyrim (+mods for additional graphics), and GRID.
3) The keyboard is a chiclet affair, but it’s actually pretty nice to type on. Everything has good spring action and none of the sponginess I’ve felt on some other keyboards. Lenovo has a reputation for keyboards on their ThinkPads, it’s nice to see that they don’t slack off on their other computers.
4) Heat management. This is coming from a former MacBook Pro user, but this computer doesn’t get that hot thanks to vents on either side. You need space free on the left side of the computer, which seems to be the main exhaust, but other than that it’s great.
In Summary: Shitty trackpad, minor issues with crapware, and needs to be plugged in to get what you bought, but what you bought is a very capable gaming machine that is great to use if you’ve plugged in your own mouse. Not recommended for graphic designers or other art types due to odd color saturation of the screen, but the monitor is good for all other purposes.