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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

Productivity & gaming performance

Test setup and performance

Here's a full list of the notebooks we're looking at:

  • Lenovo Legion Y740
  • Acer Predator Triton 500
  • Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA
  • Gigabyte Aorus 15 XA

I've chosen a mix of GeForce RTX 2070 and 2070 Max-Q laptops to compare against the Legion Y740 so you get an idea of how it stacks up against the competition. 

Test notebooks compared
  Lenovo Legion Y740 (9th Gen) Acer Predator Triton 500 Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA Gigabyte Aorus 15 XA
  Lenovo Legion Y740 (9th Gen) Acer Predator Triton 500 Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA Gigabyte Aorus 15 XA
Launch SRP
  • From S$3599
  • From S$3198
  • From S$3799
  • From S$2999
Processor and Chipset
  • Intel Core i7-9750H (2.60GHz, 12MB L3 cache)
  • Intel Core i7-9750H (2.6GHz, 12MB L3 cache)
  • Intel Core i7-9750H (2.6GHz, 12MB L3 cache)
  • Intel Core i7-9750H (2.6GHz, 12MB L3 cache)
Operating System
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 10
System Memory
  • 32GB DDR4-2666 dual-channel RAM
  • 16GB DDR4-2666 dual-channel RAM
  • 16GB DDR4-2666 dual-channel RAM
  • 16GB DDR4-2666 dual-channel RAM
Video & Display
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  • 15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel 144Hz IPS G-Sync display
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  • 15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel 144Hz IPS display
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  • 15.6-inch 3,840 x 2,160-pixel AMOLED display
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070
  • 15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel 240Hz IGZO display
Storage
  • Western Digital PC SN720 NVMe 512GB M.2 SSD
  • Seagate Barracuda Pro 1TB HDD
  • 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Intel 760p 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Intel 760p 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Seagate Barracuda 1TB HDD
Optical Drive
  • None
  • None
  • None
  • None
Connectivity
  • Killer Wireless-AC 1550i Wireless Network Adapter (9560NGW)
  • Realtek PCIe GbE Family Controller
  • Killer E3000 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet Controller
  • Killer Wireless-AC 1550i Wireless Network Adapter
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Killer Ethernet E2600
  • Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 Wireless Network Adapter
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Killer Wireless-AC 1550i
  • Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Audio
  • Built-in Dolby Atmos speakers
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • Built-in stereo speakers
I/O Ports
  • 1x USB 3.1 (Gen 2) Type-A
  • 2x USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-A
  • 1x Thunderbolt 3
  • 1x Mini DisplayPort 1.4
  • 1x HDMI 2.0
  • 1x RJ-45
  • 1x 3.5mm mic/headphone combo jack
  • 3x USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-A
  • 1x Thunderbolt 3
  • 1x HDMI 2.0
  • 1x Mini DisplayPort 1.4
  • 3x USB 3.1 (Gen1) Type-A
  • 1x Thunderbolt 3
  • 1x HDMI 2.0
  • 1x DP 1.4 & USB3.1 (USB Type-C)
  • 1x 3.5mm Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack
  • 1x UHS-II SD Card Reader
  • 1x DC-in Jack
  • 1x RJ-45
  • 3x USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-A
  • 1x USB 3.1 (Gen 2) Type-C
  • 1x HDMI 2.0
  • 1x Mini DisplayPort 1.3
  • 1x RJ-45
  • 1x microSD
Battery Type
  • 57Wh
  • 84Wh
  • 94.24Wh
  • 62Wh
Dimensions
  • 361.42 x 267 x 22.45mm
  • 358.5 x 255 x 17.9mm
  • 356 x 250 x 20mm
  • 361 x 246 x 24.4mm
Weight
  • 2.2 kg
  • 2kg
  • 2kg
  • 2.4kg

I ran the notebooks through the following benchmarks:

  • PCMark 10
  • AS SSD
  • 3DMark
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
  • Far Cry 5
  • Metro Exodus
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider
  • Tom Clancy's The Division 2

 

How good is it for work?

PCMark 10 Extended evaluates systems based on workloads that can be categorized into four distinct groups, comprising Essentials, Productivity, Digital Content Creation, and Gaming. This includes tests such as app start-up times, web browsing, word processing and spreadsheets, photo and video editing, and rendering and visualization tasks. Finally, gaming performance is evaluated using the Fire Strike benchmark. 

Unsurprisingly, all the GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q laptops performed very similarly, although the Legion Y740 did inch ahead by a small margin. That said, I doubt you'll notice much difference in regular productivity applications with these notebooks. 

 

What's the storage performance like?

The Legion Y740 comes equipped with a Western Digital PC SN720 NVMe 512GB M.2 SSD and a Seagate Barracuda Pro 1TB HDD. The WD drive held its own across all the benchmarks, but it did particularly well in the higher queue depth workload. 

 

How fast is it in games?

The Legion Y740 does pretty well overall in our gaming benchmarks. It trails slightly at times, but it also manages to snag the lead in other instances. It performed well in line with expectations though, which is to say that it'll comfortably run just about any AAA title at 1080p. 

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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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