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Lenovo Legion Y740 (9th Gen) review: A gaming laptop that looks all business

By Koh Wanzi - 16 Sep 2019
Launch SRP: S$3599

Conclusion

A no-nonsense laptop

My conclusion in my previous review of the Legion Y740 (8th Gen) still stands. This laptop does its job well enough, even though it's not the most exciting thing around and honestly kind of boring. Still, its simple and plain design remains its strongest point, and it's definitely one of the more unique offering in a sea of notebooks with more aggressive designs and flashing lights. 

There are a couple of other points in its favour as well. At S$3,599, the Legion Y740 comes with a generous 32GB serving of RAM and support for G-Sync. It also features a Thunderbolt 3 port, a feature that is still not as common as I'd like. 

Yes, there are of course better alternatives to be had, but you'll also have to pay more. The biggest problems I have with the Legion Y740 are its middling build quality and subpar battery life (not to mention that ridiculously large power adapter). I don't think the Legion Y740 is a bad laptop, but it kind of feels like I'd just be settling for less if I bought it. 

After all, Lenovo already has the IdeaPad L340 and Legion Y7000 if you want an affordable, nondescript gaming laptop. I'd get one of those if I were on a budget, and if I wasn't, I'd be willing to pay a few hundred dollars more for a laptop that feels better in hand and lasts longer. While the Legion Y740 may be cheaper than the competition, it's hardly chump change, and it's still competing against a range of notebooks with far better build quality and battery life. At this price point, it probably makes more sense to shell out a bit more for a more well-rounded option like the Razer Blade 15

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7.0
  • Design 7.5
  • Features 8.5
  • Performance 8
  • Value 7.5
  • Mobility 4
The Good
Good gaming performance
Decent cooling
Not as noisy as other Max-Q laptops
Rich selection of ports, including Thunderbolt 3
The Bad
Poor battery life
Thicker than most of its competitors
Build quality not the best
Bottom-mounted webcam
Bulky power brick
Extraneous row of keys on keyboard
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