Lenovo's Legion gaming lineup just got a design makeover
Lenovo is updating its Legion gaming PC line with a handful of new systems, including a range of laptops, ATX-sized desktop towers, and small form factor systems. The new PCs are also rocking a more mature and muted design, and you’d be perfectly comfortable using one of the Legion laptops in an office setting.
At E3 this year, the company is introducing the new Y530, Y730, and Y7000 laptops, in addition to the T530 and T730 towers and the cube-shaped C530 and C730.
Another thing to note is that the new Legions appear targeted at the entry- to mid-tier markets. The systems predominantly feature lower-end graphics offerings, so it seems like Lenovo is betting on appealing to the masses and casual gamers rather than enthusiasts.
The new laptops are far more subtle and classier than before, eschewing flashing RGB LEDs and gaudy accents in favor of an all-black design. It could almost be accused of being boring, but the new look is a refreshing departure from the usual attention-grabbing aesthetic of gaming laptops.
The Y530 and Y7000 are essentially the same laptop, but the latter features a more premium aluminum top cover and an illuminated Y logo on its lid. Both start out with an Intel Core i5 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics, with the option to configure them with more memory and storage.
The port layout has also been tweaked, and most of the ports have been shifted to the rear of the laptop, including the Ethernet, HDMI, USB ports, and power connector. There’s now just a single USB Type-A port on either side.
In addition, the dual-fan cooling system has been upgraded with larger fan blades that exhaust out the back of the laptop. According to Lenovo, the larger blades will help reduce fan noise and vibrations.
Here's an overview of the local configuration:
- 15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel IPS display
- Intel Core i7-8750H processor (2.2GHz, 9MB L3 cache)
- 16GB DDR4 RAM
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB
- 256GB M.2 PCIe SSD + 2TB HDD
The above will cost you S$2,099, but there's also a more affordable S$1,799 configuration with 8GB of DDR4 RAM, 16GB of Intel Optane Memory, and a 2TB HDD.
The higher-end Y730 is available in both 15.6- and 17.3-inch variants, both of which are all-aluminum systems with customizable RGB keyboards that can be programmed using Corsair’s iCUE software.
It is also equipped with up to an Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. In addition, you can opt for 16GB of overclocked DDR4 memory from Corsair. The Y730 features a Dolby Atmos speaker system as well, which may help provide more accurate positional audio.
And in keeping with recent design trends, both the Y530 and Y730 laptops feature slim bezel screens, optional 144Hz FHD IPS panels, and brighter displays (up to 300 nits). On top of that, the Y730 offers the option for a G-Sync display for even more fluid gameplay.
Similarly, the T530 and T730 desktops can be equipped with up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, a modest card for a desktop tower. That said, they will still support up to an Intel Core i7 chip, 32GB of RAM, and dual SSDs in RAID 0.
The difference between the two lies mainly in their design, with the T730 boasting a full internal and external RGB system lighting and a clear side window.
Here's a look at the local configuration for the T530:
- Intel Core i7-8700 (3.2GHz, 12MB L3 cache)
- 8GB DDR4 RAM + 16GB Intel Optane Memory
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB
- 1TB HDD
This will cost you S$1,699. However, for S$1,299, you can get it with an Intel Core i5-8400 (2.8GHz, 8MB L3 cache) and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 2GB.
Finally, the cubic C530 and C730 are packaged into compact 19L Iron Gray chassis. They come with integrated carrying handles at the top so you can pick them up and go, in addition to a transparent top panel that shows off their innards.
The C530 can be equipped with up to an Intel Core i7-8700 processor (3.2GHz, 12MB L3 cache), 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB.
As with their larger desktop tower counterparts, the C730 offers optional RGB system lighting, while the C530 is limited to just red LEDs.
Both the Legion Y530 and T530 are available to buy now. The Y730 will be available in September, while the T730 will launch in October.