Consider yourself an aspiring gamer, but quite not sure if its wise to spend a huge amount on gaming laptops? Don’t worry for that Lenovo has just revamped its Legion line-up- which is entirely meant for entry-level gamers.
Maybe its just that the E3 is getting so much coverage, that Lenovo didn’t want to be left out. Therefore, they didn’t just release a single laptop, but three. The 15-inch Legion Y530 would be available this month for an affordable price tag of $929.99. If you can wait till August, then you can get the Lenovo Y7000 at just $30 more for $959.99. For the 15-inch and 17-inch Lenovo Y730 priced $1,179,99 and $1,249 respectively for their base models, you shall have to wait till September.
To make it possible for the laptops to cater to both work and play situations, it isn’t surprising that these laptops, have a rather low-key design.
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As mentioned above, a subdued design is what makes the transition between work and play smooth. Thus, you wouldn’t expect the chassis to be anything other than black or gray. Yet it doesn’t make the Y730 anything less than a premium laptop, with its beautiful all-aluminum chassis. On the contrary, the Y530 isn’t made of aluminum at all, but rather uses an inexpensive all plastic chassis. In between the two is the Y7000 which has an aluminum lid, which houses the rest of the laptop made out of a magnesium alloy.
Even while employing plastic for the Y530, you wouldn’t really that the Y530 or the Y730 are any different unless you look in real close. Furthermore, both of these laptops use a hinge-forward design too. Perhaps, the most eye-catching thing about the two is the redesigned Lenovo Logo, present on the left side of the lid. For the gamers, perhaps there is more attractive to them by the Y7000 which has some angular looks- to an extent. Still, not that aggressive like a proper gaming laptop features.
There is the usual number of ports present on these laptops. There is USB 2.0 port, Ethernet, HDMI, USB Type-C, a mini DisplayPort, a secure lock slot and a charging port, at the back of the laptop. You would find the traditional headphone jack, a pair of USB 3.0 ports and Thunderbolt 3 ports on the sides.
To be honest, we really don’t think any major manufacturers would be even thinking about thicker bezels in the future. Thankfully, these laptops employ much thinner bezels, than their ancestors. The bezels are just 0.26 inches thick, or rather thin we must say. This allows for some more screen size while maintaining a smaller frame. Though it does have a trade-off: The webcam isn’t in its usual position but instead is at the bottom part of the frame, which might not suit many, especially gamers.
The laptops feature nothing less than a 1920 x 1080 display. This is good for laptops in this price range. The base models shall have a 60 Hz refresh rate, which can be upgraded to a 144 Hz screen if you are willing to spend extra. Speaking strictly about brightness levels, expect the Y7000 and Y730 to reach brightness levels of 300 nits while the Y530 to have 250 nits of brightness.
Keyboard also suffers from a subdued design, a tradeoff as mentioned before. Thus, there isn’t any customizable lighting on the Legion Y7000 and Y530. Though, it doesn’t mean that the keyboards are back-lit: They do emit bright white light. In case you are creative and want to play around with colors, you should go for the Y730 which features a Corsair iCue RGB backlit keyboard. We expect the keyboard to provide a smooth typing experience, but only time shall time that.
All three of the Legion laptops from Lenovo shall start with an 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8300U processor at least. Since the Core i5 is now quadcore with the recent generation, we expect the laptops coupled with up to 32 GB of RAM to offer solid performance. The laptops can be upgraded, till as far as a Core i7-8750H CPU. The maximum storage space though is limited to a 512GB NVMe PCIe SSD or a 2TB hard drive. The GPU, on the other hand, would be a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU or 1050 Ti, which is good enough for entry-level gamers.