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Lenovo Legion Y740 review: A gaming laptop with ThinkPad DNA

By Koh Wanzi - 19 Apr 2019
Launch SRP: S$3600

Introduction

Lenovo Legion Y740

A Legion juiced up with RTX goodness

I really like what Lenovo is trying to do with its Legion series of laptops. First unveiled in 2017, Legion is Lenovo's attempt to create a dedicated gaming brand that gamers can get behind. While I'm not sure that the initiative has succeeded in terms of brand loyalty and general excitement around Legion, the brand has since produced some of the most mature-looking gaming laptops around, and I mean this in a good way. 

The Legion Y740 I'm reviewing today doesn't look much like a gaming laptop at all. Its stealthy exterior is uninterrupted by any brightly colored accents, and the lines are clean and simple, thankfully void of any flaring vents and references to sports cars or fighter jets.

However, it wasn't always this way, and the first batch of Legion laptops, like the Y520 and Y720, featured more flashy, and to my eyes less tasteful, designs. But with 2018's Legion Y530 and Y730, Lenovo adopted a new and more understated design language, and that's what you get with the Y740 today. 

Here's an overview of its specifications: 

  • 15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel 144Hz IPS G-Sync display
  • Intel Core i7-8750H processor (2.2GHz, 9MB L3 cache)
  • 32GB DDR4-2666 RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
  • 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD + 2TB SATA HDD
  • 361.42 x 267 x 22.45mm
  • 2.2kg

The above will cost you S$3,600, which is actually pretty reasonable, especially considering that it has 32GB of memory. In comparison, the Razer Blade 15 costs S$3,999 when configured similarly.

Does the lower price mean there are trade-offs in other areas? We take a closer look at the laptop and how it performs over the next few pages.

7.5
  • Design 7.5
  • Features 8.5
  • Performance 8
  • Value 8.5
  • Mobility 4
The Good
Good gaming performance
Excellent cooling system
Not as noisy as other Max-Q laptops
Pretty good value for money
The Bad
Poor battery life
Thicker than most of its competitors
Slightly dated design
Keyboard layout not optimal
Bottom-mounted webcam
Bulky power brick
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