Introduction, Design, Features
Lenovo got a Legion collection of gaming systems off to a clever start with a Legion Y520, a laptop that delivers an IPS shade corroborated by Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics for something underneath or over $1,000, depending on either we wish a Core i5 or Core i7 quad-core CPU. It’s turn a unchanging in a Cheap Gaming Laptops roundup and accessible in several configurations—one of a contributors snagged one during Costco for $999 with a Core i7, 16GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive, and a 2GB tough drive, and Lenovo has recently offering GTX 1060 models as well.
Anyway, with a Y520 good determined as an entry-level gaming rig, Lenovo has changed a stage adult a ladder with a Legion Y720 seen here. If you’re informed with laptop fixing conventions we competence consider that a numbers 5 and 7 prove 15.6- and 17.3-inch screens respectively, yet that’s not so—both are 15.6-inch machines. (The 17.3-inch Legion is a Y920. Go figure.)
What’s a Y720 got that a Y520 hasn’t? First, a Core i7-7700HQ processor and 1,920×1,080 shade are a same yet a GeForce GTX 1060 is standard, giving not usually faster gaming opening than a 1050 Ti yet putting a VR-ready stamp on a laptop’s flank. Second, a new Legion boasts several niceties such as a Thunderbolt 3 instead of merely a USB-C port, opening adult an array of desktop docking, storage, and graphics solutions; Dolby Atmos record that promises higher sound for headphone listening; and Xbox One wireless controller support, so gamers who cite console-style control can get it yet regulating adult a USB port.
What’s it cost? Our exam unit, with 16GB of memory, a 128GB PCI Express SSD, and a 1TB tough drive, wasn’t listed on Lenovo.com when we looked, yet we ran it by a online configurator and came adult with $1,375, afterwards found it during a integrate of e-tailers for $1,299. (The online sellers also listed a chronicle with a 4K display, entrance after in Aug 2017; that’s too most fortitude for top-quality gaming with a GTX 1060, yet should make other apps demeanour good when owners aren’t switching behind to 1080p to play games.)
The word that comes to mind during a peek is “garish,” initial given of a black aluminum lid, that facilities an etched Lenovo trademark in one dilemma and a Legion series’ red Y escutcheon in a center. Those logos aren’t garish, yet a crooked plaid crosshatch covering a lid is. So are a erratic cuts flanking a core shade hinge when we open a lid, that make a bottom of a LCD row and a red-tinged speakers (seen on both a back corner of a keyboard and a outdoor base) demeanour trippy and spaceshippy.
We consider a understated Y520 is handsomer, with one exception: The cosmetic trapezoidal framing that surrounds that model’s red-rimmed hold pad is absent from a Y720, that has a plain buttonless hold pad. The keyboard and numeric keypad are a same on both systems. Build peculiarity is decent, with some shake if we grasp a shade corners yet no flex or give in a center of a keyboard.
Except for an SD label slot, a Lenovo has all a ports we could pretty wish for. On a laptop’s left corner are a close slot, a connector for a conventionally brick-like AC adapter, an Ethernet port, a USB 3.0 port, and an audio jack.
On a right side, you’ll find HDMI and mini DisplayPort video outputs, dual some-more USB 3.0 ports, and a Thunderbolt 3/USB-C port. Dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth hoop wireless communications.
The Y720 is a provide to hear, with front- and upward-firing speakers that get as shrill during 50 percent volume as some laptops do during 100. Listening to a JBL speakers and subwoofer, and even some-more so when listening by a Skullcandy headphones, we listened not usually sepulchral bass, pushing instrumentals, and frail vocals yet subsidy marks we’d frequency listened before. The granted Dolby Atmos program offers presets for games, movies, and voice chats as good as music, yet we found a default song environment suitable for roughly everything.
The keyboard has a same inverted-T cursor arrows and smallish, somewhat quirky series pad—it doesn’t have a possess Enter key—as a Legion Y520. We missed dedicated Home, End, Page Up, and Page Down keys (they’re Fn-key combinations with a cursor arrows), yet enjoyed a multi-zone, multicolor backlighting compared to a Y520’s plain red. A video recording pivotal subsequent to, and mostly strike by mistake instead of, a right Ctrl pivotal captures your gaming triumphs.
Typing feel is good, with adequate transport and poignant response; we won’t mistake it for a automatic gaming keyboard yet it’s not tear-jerking or plasticky. The rectilinear hold pad glides and taps smoothly, with stretch response to left- and right-clicks, and handles gestures well.
We could wish for one or dual some-more clicks on a shade liughtness setting—it’s excellent during a tip integrate of settings, yet gets gray fast as we dial down a backlight in hopes of saving battery power. On a certain side, a 1080p arrangement offers far-reaching observation angles and appealing if not ultra-vivid colors. We could make out enemies in shadowed areas in games and clearly heed hues in Excel and PowerPoint charts.
The Webcam above a shade does an above-average pursuit of capturing well-lit or scrupulously unprotected images with good fact and small or no grain. Lenovo backs a Legion with a one-year guaranty and doesn’t go overboard on a bloatware, yet Microsoft does (since when has Candy Crush Soda Saga been assimilated by Bubble Witch 3 Saga?).