Review: Lenovo’s Legion gaming mega-laptop
Gaming, gaming and more gaming. It’s pretty much the only activity left for us to do in our pandemic-riddled world right now, and PC manufacturers have taken notice.
Many have overhauled their gaming rigs quick sharp, and Lenovo’s Legion is no different.
The Legion lineup is many – but this right here is Lenovo’s Y740 gaming laptop which promises gamers for whom portability is important everything you need to play top-tier games out the box.
Lenovo Legion Review: what’s under the hood
Let’s get the specs over quickly. This guy comes with the latest Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, a mixture of solid state and hard drives as well as Nvidia’s TRX 2070 with Max-Q technology under the hood.
Now what does all that mean in practice? It means it’s pretty damn speedy, and die-hard gamers won’t be left in the dust by their friends with more expensive machines. Lenovo has made a great tradeoff here between performance and price, and it really shows.
You can expect consistently high frames per second while playing the likes of Apex Legends and Battlefield V, and the 15.6 inch screen is equally as speedy – with a refresh rate up to 144fps. That means games look more fluid, but sharper at the same time.
Lenovo Legion Review: how does it look?
Look, it’s a bulky thing and the charging brick is chunky too. Now, this is a gaming laptop so we do need to give it some slack. One nice addition is that Lenovo put all the ports on the back of the laptop, which does well to keep your tabletop nice and tidy no matter the number of peripherals you want to add.
Oh, and it really wouldn’t be a gaming laptop without the slights. Yes, the Legion has many, many RGB lights that pulsate with wild abandon unless you use the dedicated key to turn them off. Similarly, the lights shine through the air vents as well as on the Legion logo up front.
Lenovo Legion Review: anything else?
Lenovo has pre-installed its Vantage program on its Legion devices; that’s its power management software. It lets you change graphics and power modes to squeeze absolutely everything you can get out of the laptop, but in truth I mainly used it as an easy way to check and install graphics driver updates.
And finally let’s talk battery life. I know, I know, this is a gaming laptop and it’s supposed to be plugged in most of the time – but I still had to check. The results were very mixed; games will sap the entire power reserve in under an hour, but you can double that with simple web browsing and YouTube.
Lenovo Legion Review: the verdict
All in all, Lenovo’s Legion is a very solid laptop. Although, it has one caveat as of now. Lenovo has JUST announced its 2020 range of Legion laptops, including the predecessor of this model.
So if you want the very best, it’s best to wait a few months for that. But otherwise, keep an eye on this 740 model – there are sure to be deals aplenty.
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