17-inch Lenovo Legion Y740 laptop computer from the entrance.
17-inch Lenovo Legion Y740 laptop computer from the rear.
15-inch Lenovo Legion Y740 laptop computer from the entrance.
15-inch Lenovo Legion Y740 laptop computer from the rear.
15-inch Lenovo Legion Y740 laptop computer from above.
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A typical theme of gamer-oriented hardware is that it’s ostentatious and sometimes ugly, with vivid lights and logos and LEDs making all of it really feel relatively distasteful. Lenovo’s Legion gaming hardware consciously bucks that pattern by producing machines that supply gaming specs (and all of the colourful lighting that for some purpose goes with these specs) whereas nonetheless trying respectable and grown-up when you flip all the coloured lights off.
Lenovo says that it is a very deliberate determination; after consulting with a variety of players, the corporate discovered that an total extra conservative look was well-liked with players of all ages. Whereas configurable RGB lighting is well-liked, many would-be consumers of gaming techniques need the power to show all that off and have a machine that does not look misplaced within the workplace or classroom. The worth of gaming techniques usually implies that they’re going to be their homeowners’ sole or major system, which makes this sort of adaptability necessary. Methods with an ominous crimson glow, angular designs, and aggressive styling may attraction to some consumers however lack this sort of “acceptable anyplace” versatility.
The Legion laptops all have a “butt” that stands out behind the display hinge, presumably to help in cooling; the rear of the machine comprises all of the ports and enormous air vents. The costlier techniques put RGB lighting in all of the air vents, behind the keyboard, to allow them to be lit up and multicolored if you need, however flip the lights off and the machines develop into unobtrusive, with little to betray their gaming intent.
The upper-end Y740 is available in each 17- and 15-inch variations with similar internals: as much as a 6 core/12 thread Espresso Lake processor with eight, 16, or 32GB RAM. The GPU is a thriller, with Lenovo describing it as an “unannounced Nvidia GeForce GPU.” Presumably this implies one of many new Nvidia 2000-series cellular chips; current-generation techniques use a GeForce 1050 Ti, so we anticipate one thing nearly as good or higher than that.
The usual show is a 144Hz 300 nit 1920×1080 display with G-Sync variable refresh charges, with the choice of a 500 nit HDR panel. Storage choices are as much as a 512GB PCIe SSD and as much as 2TB arduous disk. Sound comes from a Dolby Atmos four-speaker system (with a subwoofer within the 17-inch fashions). The techniques have one Thunderbolt three port and three USB three.1 technology 2 ports, HDMI, Ethernet, and a mini-DisplayPort.
The 15-inch model has a 57Wh battery, begins at 2.2kg/four.8lbs, and is 19.95mm/zero.78 inches thick. That goes as much as a 76Wh battery for the 17-inch gadget, which is 2.9kg/6.3lbs and 21.95mm/zero.86 inches thick.
Costs begin at $1,749.99 for the 15-inch and $1,979.99 for the 17-inch, with gross sales beginning in February.
Lenovo Legion Y540 from the entrance.
Lenovo Legion Y540 from the rear.
Lenovo Legion Y540 from above.
For one thing a bit cheaper however nonetheless with an unannounced discrete Nvidia GPU, look no additional than the 15-inch Y540. The specs are much less full for this method; it will embody an unspecified Intel processor, as much as 32GB RAM, and as much as 256GB PCIe SSD or 2TB arduous disk. Relying on the configuration, you will get a 52.5Wh or 57Wh battery. There are three USB three.1 technology 1 ports, one Sort-C port (however no Thunderbolt three), HDMI 2.zero, a mini-DisplayPort, and Ethernet. The show choices are both a 144Hz 1920×1080 300 nit display or a 60Hz 1920×1080 300 nit display.
Whereas not as highly effective because the Y740 machines, the Y540 is being pitched on the gamers of MOBAs like Dota 2 and League of Legends; it might in all probability be an affordable machine for titles similar to Overwatch or Counter-Strike: International Offensive, too. These video games have substantial aggressive multiplayer scenes, however all of them run on comparatively low-end hardware: they will limp together with an built-in GPU and develop into totally playable with a discrete chip.
As an alternative of fancy coloured lights, the Y540 has only a plain white backlight for its keyboard.
Costs will begin at $929.99, with availability starting in Might.
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