Tuesday, January 8th 2019

Taking a Closer Look at Lenovo's Legion Y740 and Y540 Laptops

While we covered some of Lenovo's products at CES already, we took a closer look at the Legion series of laptops which includes the Y740 and Y540 models. The Y740 comes in 17-inch and 15.6-inch flavors and is the offering most likely to intrigue enthusiast gamers as it comes with up to an Intel Core i7-8750H processor which has 6c/12t, 2.2 GHz base clock and 4.1 GHz boost clocks. To go with that is an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q for that should have no problems delivering an exceptional gaming experience considering Lenovo has paired it with a solid 1080p, 300 nits, 144 Hz, G-Sync display. Potential buyers also have the choice of a Dolby Vision HDR 400 500 nit display as well. Memory capacity ranges from 8 GB all the way to 32 GB of 2666 MHz DDR4. The choice for faster 3200 MHz Corsair memory is also available.

When it comes to storage, there are multiple choices including up to a 512 GB PCIe SSD/ 512 GB SATA SSD or 2TB HDD. Powering it all is a 57 Wh 3 cell battery in the 15.6-inch model while the 17-inch gets a 76 Wh 4 cell battery. All told the unit's base configuration starts at 2.2 kg / 4.8 lbs and 2.9 kg / 6.3 lbs for the 15.6-inch and 17-inch respectively. In terms of size the smaller of the two measures 362 x 267 x 19.95 mm (14.2 x 10.5 x 0.78 inches) while the larger offering is 413 x 305 x 21.95 mm (16.25 x 12 x 0.66 inches). Connectivity options are quite plentiful on the Y740 and include 1x USB-C ( Thunderbolt, DisplayPort, USB 3.1), 1x HDMI, 1x LAN, 3x USB 3.1 Gen2 and finally a single mini-DP port. Other features include an anti-ghost Corsair ICUE RGB backlit keyboard, RGB chassis lighting, Killer WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1 and a solid aluminum chassis. The Lenovo Y740 should be available starting in February.
Moving on to the Y540 it is easy to see that it's the more mainstream offering; however, it won't be available until May 2019. While very similar to the Y740 the Y540 offer less pixel pushing power as Lenovo has paired it with the recently announced NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060. The base memory configuration still allows up to 32 GB of DDR4, but the 3200 MHz Corsair memory available on the Y740 is not available on Y540. Maximum storage options are also limited with the PCIe SSD topping out at 256 GB. Surprisingly Lenovo offers a choice in battery with consumers able to select either a 52.5 Wh or 57 Wh battery which will depend on system configuration.

Display options while plentiful are all limited to 1080p. That said, the options include everything from 144 Hz, Dolby Vision HDR at 60 Hz and even IPS options as well. Dimensions are a bit different with the Y540 measuring in at 365 x 260 x 23.9-24.2 mm (14 x 10 x 0.94-0.95 inches) and it starts off slightly heavier at 2.3 kg / 5.0 Lbs. Finally connectivity options include: 3x USB 3.1 p, 1x USB 3.1 (Type-C), 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x mini-DP, and 1x LAN port. Pricing was not available for either system.
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