Lenovo Legion Y740 review

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Lenovo Legion Y740
Lenovo Legion Y740

Lenovo Legion Y740 brilliant quality, 1080p bright of the best gaming laptops, fast performance,

even with graphics games, and also it is elegant and simple.

PROS

  • Strong and modern interior components
  • New NVIDIA discrete graphics
  • 144Hz refresh rate
  • Well designed for all games
  • Elegant shape

CONS

  • The keyboard is funky and exotic
  • Poor battery life with consumption
  • Webcam mode is not very good

Lenovo Legion Y740 Features

  • CPU: 2.20GHz Intel Core i7-8750H (hexa-core, 9MB cache, up to 4.10GHz)
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 with Max-Q Design (8GB GDDR5)
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4 SDRAM
  • Screen: 15.6 “FHD (1920 x 1080), NVIDIA® G-SYNC, (144 Hz refresh rate)
  • Storage: 256GB NVMe SSD, 1TB HDD
  • Ports: USB-C, 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1,
  • HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, RJ45 Ethernet, 3.5mm audio jack,
  • Kensington Wedge Lock Slot, NOVO hole
  • Connectivity: Killer Wireless 802.11 AC (2 x 2), Bluetooth 4.1
  • Camera: HD webcam (1,280 x 720)
  • Weight: 5.1 pounds (2.2kg)
  • Size: 14.2 x 10.5 x 0.88 inches (36.14 x 26.7 x 2.24cm; W x D x H)

Lenovo Legion Y740 Design

This is a well-built machine , it’s price reasonably well it’s actually one of the cheaper devices

you can get out there with this of build quality , it’s got aluminium on the top aluminium on the keyboard deck

and there’s some plastic like the bottom is plastic and the back kind of hinge areas plastic

but you never feel like it’s poorly made it actually is well made all around the ports on the device

are predominantly on the back and you can also have some ports on the left and right.

The lid of the laptop is made of metal and has a matte iron grey color. it’s the same color inside,

and an overall nice and clean design compared to your traditional gaming laptop.

all edges were round, so no sharp spots . overall the build quality felt solid.

The Screen

Screen bezels do look a little chunky compared to other new machines, though still definitely thinner

compared to what everyone was doing in 2018.

 The 17.3 1080p 144Hx IPS screen has a matte finish, good viewing angles .

 we’ve got option of enabling or disabling hybrid mode through the Lenovo vantage software too

the intel graphics outside of gaming, while disabling hybrid mode will give us better performance

and allow the use of G-Sync,but at the expense of worse battery life outside of graphical intensive tasks.

There was only a little screen flex, the metal panel was on the thicker side and having thick hinges out towards the corners with stability.

Absolutely no problems at all opening it up with one finger , it felt quite balanced.

as the screen bezel is on the thicker side , there’s plenty of room to fit the camera up the top,

though the 15 inch version has this below the screen. 

The keyboard

The keyboard has per key RGB lighting which even lights up secondary functions on all keys.

The RGB lighting is controlled with Corsair’s iCUE software, and it can be used to control the keyboard power button,

left and right air vents ,l/o, and the legion logo on the lid .

I found the software to work well, and there were lots of effects and customization options,

though you can turn off different zones .

there was a fair bit of flex while pushing down hard ,let alone an issue while actually using the machine.

The Touchpad

touchpad has precision drivers , was smooth to the touch and worked well enough. 

The touchpad itself doesn’t click down , however there are separate left and right click buttons below it.

fingerprints did show up , but they’re harder to see on the matte grey finish,

and as a smooth surface they were very easy to clean .

Lenovo Legion Y740 Connectivity 

on the left from the back there’s an air exhaust vent ,3.5mm audio combo jack , USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C port

with thunderbolt 3 support, and left speaker near the front.

on the right we’ve got the right speaker towards the front, single USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port,

and air exhaust vent , so minimal cables to get in the way if you’re right hand. 

on the back there are two air exhausts near the corners, then from left to right we’ve got mini display and HDMI outputs ,

The HDMI seems to be 2.0 , the version wasn’t listed but i could run 4k at 60Hz followed by two USB Type-A ports

one is 3.1 Gen1 while ,the other is 3.1 Gen2 , Gigabit Ethernet, power input and lock slot.

they have got the majority of the bulky I/O out the back ,

and when you’re in front of the machine looking towards the back you can see where a particular port is with the lighting.

while powered on the air exhaust vent also has RGB lighting.

The lid is pretty clean , just the legion branding on the side with the RGB logo that can be customize or disable . 

underneath there are some air intake vents towards the back,

and I think the rubber feet could have done a better job of reducing movement

while pushing it considering the weight of the machine.

Performance

 Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Dirt Rally 2.0 or Sekiro Shadows Die Twice is perfect on this laptop,

there’s no hint of screen tearing, lag, frame drops or any other performance issues. 

The Division 2 was tested with the built in benchmark,  the average FPS are a little higher due the better GPU.

battlefield v was tested in campaign mode and not in multiplayer mode.

with RTX off, it played fine even at ultra settings, though 1%low performance was somewhat inconvenient between setting levels.

 in Conclusion Apex Legends was tested with either all settings at maximum, or all settings on the lowest,

and it doesn’t have a predefined setting present. it runs well at ultra settings. 

The Price

Lenovo Legion is a similar configuration of the Gigabyte Aero 15 with an 8th generation Intel Core i7

(2.9GHz-4.8GHz), 16GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 and 512GB SSD is more

or less $400 more expensive at $2,099.

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