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Lenovo Legion Y740 review: A gaming laptop with ThinkPad DNA

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


This laptop means business

Lenovo Legion Y740

The Lenovo Legion Y740 is best described as competent. It's not the most powerful laptop around, but it definitely is fast enough for most purposes. It also runs cool, and while the design can look a bit dated, it's simple and tasteful enough that it won't offend. Furthermore, it is fit for use in an office so you don't have to be embarrassed about taking it out. Concerned about the flashy lighting? That can be easily toggled off.

There's a growing number of gaming laptops that are adopting a more subtle look, such as the Razer Blade 15 and Gigabyte Aero 15Y v9. The Legion Y740 is not without competition, but I think it is still managing to hold its own, largely thanks to its price. 

At S$3,600, the Legion Y740 offers fairly good bang for your buck. It comes with 32GB of RAM and support for G-Sync, two things that many laptops don't offer at this price point. There's also a Thunderbolt 3 port on board, yet another useful inclusion. Together with the Dolby Atmos speakers, all these things come together to make a pretty decent package.

Is there a better alternative? Yes, but you'd have to pay more in order to secure things like a slimmer and more refined design and better battery life. If these things aren't super high on your list of priorities, I think you'll be pretty happy with the Legion Y740. Otherwise, it probably makes sense to pay a little more for a laptop with better build quality and larger battery.

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  • 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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