Lenovo's Legion Y540 and Y740 laptops combine NVIDIA's RTX GPUs with modern, tasteful designs (Updated)
Lenovo's Legion Y540 and Y740 laptops combine NVIDIA's RTX GPUs with modern, tasteful designs
Updated on 11 March 2019: Added details on local price and availability for the Legion Y740.
Originally published on 8 January 2019:
Lenovo has announced brand new additions to its line-up of Legion gaming laptops. While Lenovo's existing Legion Y530 was a mid-range laptop that was modestly equipped with a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, the new Legion Y540 and Y740 are going after enthusiasts with NVIDIA's latest GeForce RTX 20-series GPUs.
All the new notebooks come equipped with the latest Intel Core i7-8750H processor and will support up to 32GB of DDR4-2666 memory.
We haven't seen a really powerful gaming laptop from Lenovo in a while, so these new Legion notebooks are a welcome change. Still, they retain the minimalist aesthetic of the earlier laptops, which means they'll fit in quite nicely in a business setting as well.
The 15.6-inch Legion Y540 is the more affordable of the new notebooks. It comes equipped with up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 and dispenses with an RGB backlit keyboard in favor of a simple white backlight. The keyboard also reportedly offers a less-than 1ms response time, something that FPS players will definitely appreciate.
In addition, the Harman Kardon speakers support Dolby Atmos for a more immersive and realistic audio experience.
You can also opt for a 1,920 x 1,080-pixel 144Hz IPS display with a peak brightness of 300 nits, so your games should feel super smooth and fluid.
The laptop measures 25.9mm thick at its thickest point, so it's not the slimmest notebook around. Still, it makes up for that with a rich selection of ports, including one USB-C, three USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-A, one Mini DisplayPort 1.4, one HDMI 2.0, and one RJ-45 jack. Most of the ports are actually located at the back, which may help with cable management.
On the other hand, the Legion Y740 will be available in both 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch variants. The smaller model will take up to a GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, while the larger configuration will support up to a GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q for some serious graphics horsepower.
The RGB backlit keyboard can also be customized using Corsair's iCUE software. The Dolby Atmos speakers work with Dolby Sound Radar as well, which supposedly help provide more accurate positional audio in first-person shooters.
Finally, the 1,920 x 1,080-pixel display is equipped with a speedy 144Hz refresh rate for a more fluid gaming experience. There's an option for NVIDIA G-Sync as well to eliminate stuttering and tearing. Lenovo is doubling down on HDR as well, and the Legion Y740 will also offer a brighter screen with a peak brightness of up to 500 nits and Dolby Vision support on the 15.6-inch model.
The 17.3-inch version is actually pretty slim for a notebook of its size, measuring 24.05mm thick. It's still pretty heavy though, weighing in at 2.9kg.
The Legion Y740 has more ports and connectors compared to the Y540, and you'll find a Thunderbolt 3 port on the left, in addition to an extra USB 3.1 (Gen 2) port at the back.
Lenovo says it also upgraded the battery on both laptops, so you should see improved battery life with a 57Wh and 76Wh pack on the Y540 and Y740 respectively.
The Legion Y540 starts at US$929 and is expected to hit retail stores sometime in May. The Legion Y740 is already available to buy now on Lenovo's online store starting at S$2,880 for the 15.6-inch model.
On the desktop front, the Lenovo Legion T730 and T530 tower desktops and C730 and C530 cube PCs are being upgraded with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPUs as well. Pricing and availability for these PCs will be announced at a later date.