Flagship features, mainstream price. The Legion Y730 may be the higher-end option to the Legion…
Best Lenovo Legion Y720 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals 2021
Independent journalism is manufactured possible by advertising. We show minimal amount of advertisements whenever you can but we intentionally show more advertisings when an ad-blocker can be used. Please, pull the plug on ad blockers and support us!
A convincing concept. The equation Lenovo uses for describing their new gaming notebook computer does appear to seem sensible: power + portability = perfection. The perfection may not be absolute – but Lenovo does show that they really know what a genuine gaming notebook is centered on.
Nino Ricchizzi, ✓ Tanja Hinum (translated by Bernie Pechlaner), 05/08/2017
For the initial German review, see here.
The brand new Lenovo Legion laptops look nearly the same as the types of the IdealPad gaming-series of old. The Legion Y720 is built to fulfill all of the requirements a potential buyer may have in terms of deciding on a new gaming notebook. And a high-end processor from Intel’s Core i7 series , 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, Lenovo not merely integrates a PCIe SSD, but also a high-capacity HDD. The purchase price for the entire package is approximately 1700 Euro (~$1865). Users who are content with an Intel Core i5-7300HQ can save 100 Euro (~$110) and spend that money on gaming accessories instead.
In comparison to similarly-equipped competitors, the purchase price point of the brand new notebook computer falls right in the center of the number. The Acer Aspire V15 Nitro costs 1350 Euro (~$1480) and is thus a lot more affordable – nonetheless it includes less RAM (8 GB) and less storage (1 TB). Also a contender may be the Gigabyte P55W V7, which sells for 1600 Euro (~$1750). Another less costly choice may be the Asus FX502VM, which starts at 1300 Euro (~$1420) for a version of the notebook with less graphics memory and a TN display. With the GS63VR, MSI offers a better-equipped alternative with UHD display and 32 GB of RAM.
The looks of the Lenovo Legion Y720 already hint at its performance potential. Visually, the Y720 appears closely linked to the notebooks from Lenovo’s former Ideapad Y-series (Ideapad Y700, Ideapad Y900). The trunk of the display lid and underneath contain textured aluminum. Although these factors look stunning, they are however a magnet for fingerprints. The matte keyboard assembly and the touchpad are damaged very much the same, however. It’s quite aggravating whenever a notebook starts looking dirty though it has barely seen any use.
We just like the uniform look of the display itself, although the bezels certainly are a little too wide for our taste. Users who’d prefer to upgrade their gaming notebook or perform maintenance however are forced to eliminate the complete bottom unit, as the Y720 does not have any hatches or panels to swap out memory modules or perform similar tasks. Our scale recorded 3100 g for the notebook alone; with the energy adapter included, the weight increases to 3.7 kg. Put simply: the Legion isn’t particularly well-suited as a daily companion for school and work. All competition weigh less, as the MSI GS63VR specifically manages to remain under 2 kg.
The black & red chiclet keyboard sticks out in part as a result of its large keys, which will make the transition from a normal PC keyboard super easy. Only the numpad and the left shift key are narrower. Particularly when playing racing games, we appreciated the excess free space next to the arrow keys.
One drawback: the page along keys are just accessible via an Fn key combination.
The typing experience is decent overall. The main element travel is a touch too short and too soft, however the actuation points are well-defined and the keyboard is quite quiet overall. Commensurate with the design, Lenovo opt for scarlet backlight for the keyboard. Lenvo offers an RGB backlit keyboard for all those wanting to improve the appearence; during writing, the price because of this option is unknown.
The touchpad measures 10.5 x 7 cm (4.1 x 2.8 inches) and features – once more based on the design philosophy – a red border. The top is incredibly smooth and susceptible to fingerprints, as we mentioned earlier already. The competition seem to be to have similar issues in this regard though.
This adverse visual effect doesn’t negatively affect the procedure though. Inputs are recognized and translated immediately, although the corners don’t always react well or never to a moving finger, that is a common problem.
The mouse buttons are integrated and so not visible. The sound the clicks produce is acceptable at normal ambient noise levels, however in quiet environments, we noticed a brief, high-frequency mechanical sound. The click-travel distance isn’t uniform and decreases towards the corners.