Lenovo’s IdeaPad laptops come in pretty much every shape and size, with svelte ultrabooks sharing brand space with staid productivity machines and the occasional netbook. The Y series represents Lenovo’s paean to gamers, music lovers, and film buffs: entertainment machines sporting quad-core processors, lots of storage space, and capable GPUs.

The IdeaPad Y480 is one the latest to join Lenovo’s fold, packing a quad-core Core i7 Ivy Bridge processor, 8GB of RAM, and a GeForce GT 640M LE GPU. At $999 it represents a moderately priced gateway into Intel’s latest chips, but is the package compelling enough to warrant a purchase? Read on.