Lenovo Legion Y740: First look and impressions

Is this the ideal choice for mid-range gaming?

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Lenovo’s Legion Y740 is its advanced gaming laptop that addresses a lot that gamers want from a machine like it. In the box, you get the laptop, a Type-A to Type-C USB cable as well as the laptop’s proprietary charger.

Build and I/O

Starting at 2.2kg, the laptop is quite a sturdy device in its grey finish. It is by no means thin however the way Lenovo has designed it does give off a sleek look. There is Legion branding on the left size, on the lid of the laptop with a hint of RGB on the ‘O’ lettering. The majority of the side and rear of the laptop features venting while the hinge is not exactly at the rear edge like most other laptops.

The selection of ports on the rear of the Y740

Lenovo has left a bit of space there, where on the rear, you find a range port options labelled with illuminating lights. There is a mini-DP, HDMI and Ethernet port alongside 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, the AC adaptor and the Kensington lock. There is also some side port connectivity with a USB 3.1 Gen 2, a combo audio/mic jack and a Thunderbolt 3 Type-C port. At the bottom, you find a sizeable area for the speakers. And alongside this, there is a large rubber grip both on the front and rear of the laptop to prevent it from sliding around on a smooth surface.

Display and keyboard

Opening up the lid, you find a 15.6-inch IPS FHD display. It comes enabled with Dolby Vision, Nvidia’s G-Sync and with a 144Hz refresh rate. Its brightness can go up to 500 nits and to accommodate gaming, the bottom firing speaker system is Dolby Atmos enabled. On the overall, the display has a pretty thin bezel with a huge bottom bezel, that accommodates some Legion branding and a web-camera.

The keyboard does not have a dedicated number-pad

As for the keyboard, it has a typical Lenovo feel to it. The keys feel quite satisfying to press however it takes time to get used to the layout. For some reason, Lenovo has shifted both the track-pad and keyboard a bit to the right, to accommodate an extra column of keys. There is not just the learning curve, but also the fact that the keyboard does not have a dedicated number-pad, which is a bit disappointing. For gamers, the keyboard’s redeeming factor may be the arrow keys, which feel solid and well spaced. But also the keyboard’s RGB back-lighting. It comes with three levels and is powered by Corsair’s iCUE software, which comes pre-installed on the laptop.

Specifications

The Lenovo Legion Y740 comes in a lot of different variants. However the one we have comes with Intel’s i7-8750H processor clocked at 2.2GHz and 32GB of RAM. In terms of storage, you find a 512GB SSD drive alongside a 1TB HDD which is a good combination to maintain a responsive operating system and store ample data.

We will have to test out the performance of the laptop over the coming days

With the laptop’s Nvidia RTX 2060 GPU on-board, gaming enthusiasts should see good performance. Interestingly, the combination also becomes a great one for video editing. There is a three cell 57Wh battery on the device with Lenovo claiming it will last up to five hours.

Round-up

Having had just over a day with the laptop so far, it gives off a decent first impression. The main features to test are the laptop’s battery life and performance under strenuous loads, which we will get around to with the full review. Not just that, it will also be interesting to see if Lenovo’s shifted keyboard and track-pad lives up to expectations.