The basic-black design is a matter of taste -- some people would not be caught dead with a goth-looking black laptop.

But black gadgets, white gadgets, chrome gadgets, and so forth all seem to have their day in the sun and then go back out of style.

It's not as staid as the much more traditional Think Pad line, but instead takes basic black plastic and brushed metal and adds a sophisticated edge.

The Y500 is represented here by an impressive high-end SLI configuration, which Lenovo says runs $1,299, but this dual-GPU configuration is only available from retailers such as New Egg.

However, Lenovo is offering deep discounts on some single-GPU configurations on its website as of this writing, with a couple under $900.

Despite the attractive prices and components, there are still issues.

It's a bit in-your-face, but I have to admit I thought it looked pretty sharp -- although the fact that it's just so different from other backlit keyboards may have put a bit of a thumb on the scale for me.

The keyboard itself is similar to what we've seen on other recent Idea Pad laptops, and even some Think Pad models.

All that makes the Y500 powerful, flexible, and stylish.

It's also well-made, looks sharp, and is quite reasonably priced (and a positive bargain, if the current sale prices hold).

Design and features It's easy to tell at first glance that this is no ultrabook.

Unlike the majority of laptops we've reviewed over the past year or so, the Y500 is not trying to be a slim Mac Book Air clone.

The current version of the Lenovo Idea Pad Y500 is a laptop that's hard not to like.