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Lenovo Legion Y540 review (RTX 2060 model, 17-inch screen)

Lenovo Legion Y540 assessment (RTX 2060 mannequin, 17-inch display screen)

This assessment gathers out ideas on one of many better-value gaming laptops of the second, the Lenovo Legion Y540.

Lenovo presents the Y540 in a few totally different variants, with Core i5/i7 CPUs, GTX 1660Ti/2060 graphics chips, a number of display screen choices and in both a 15 or a 17-inch possibility. Our assessment mannequin is the 17-inch Legion Y540-17IRH, configured with a Core i5 processor, SSD storage and a full-power RTX 2060 GPU. Nevertheless, given the truth that the 15 and 17-inch fashions share the identical design and internals, most of this text additionally applies to the 15-inch Legion Y540-15IRH.

That is additionally some of the inexpensive 17-inch RTX 2060 notebooks available on the market, at shut competitors with the AMD/RTX 2060 powered Asus TUF FX705. On the time of this assessment, the Core i5/RTX 2060 Legion Y540 begins at round $1200 within the US (with present reductions) and round 1400 EUR in Europe.

However is it purchase? For probably the most half, it’s, nevertheless it does include quirks you’ll have to simply accept at this worth vary and there’s likelihood you’ll get even higher efficiency in your buck in one of many extra inexpensive GTX 1660Ti configurations on the market. We’ll clarify why within the detailed assessment under.

Specs as reviewed

Lenovo Legion Y540-17IRH
Display 17.Three inch, 1920 x 1080 px, IPS, 60 Hz – 300 nits, non-touch, anti-glare ( BOE NV173FHM-N47 panel)
Processor Intel Espresso Lake-R Core i5-9300H CPU, quad-core, with HyperThreading
Video Intel HD 630 + Nvidia RTX 2060 6GB 80W – GeForce 441.41 drivers
Reminiscence 16 GB DDR4 2666 MHz (2x DIMMs, as much as 64 GB)
Storage 512 GB SSD (Micron MTFDHBA512TCK – M.2 NVMe 80 mm) + empty 2.5″ 7 mm bay
Connectivity Gigabit LAN (Realtek RTL8168/8111), Wi-fi AC (Intel 9560, 2×2), Bluetooth 5.zero
Ports 3x USB Three.1 gen1, 1x USB-C Three.1 gen1, HDMI 2.zero, mini DisplayPort 1.Four, mic/earphone, LAN, Kensington Lock
Battery 57 Wh, 230 W charger
Dimension 400 mm or 15.74” (w) x 290 mm or 11.72” (d) x 26.5 mm or 1.05” (h)
Weight 6.15 lbs (2.79 kg) + 2.05 lbs (.93 kg) charger and cables, EU model
Extras white backlit keyboard, 2x 2W bottom-placed audio system, webcam

Design and building

Very like with the opposite entry-level gaming notebooks of the second, the Legion 540 is averagely sized and fully made out of plastic. Lenovo went with small bezels across the sides and prime of the display screen, but in addition a hefty chin beneath. They positioned the microphone and digital camera down right here, which isn’t supreme.

The laptop computer’s profile additionally reveals an additional bulge behind the display screen, which accommodates elements of the IO and cooling system, and results in its general massive footprint. Regardless of that, the Legion Y540 is just not very heavy for a 17-inch pocket book with this type of specs, at a bit over 6 lbs (2.eight kg) in our configuration, which could be attributed to the all-plastic building.

So far as construct high quality goes, the textured lid does really feel a bit low-cost for my style and bends when pressed more durable. I’m not seeing any influence on the display screen, however I’d nonetheless watch out when carrying this round in my backpack.

The inside, then again, jogs my memory of Lenovo’s ThinkPads, with an analogous sort of easy rubberized floor. It’s fairly sturdy, with not quite a lot of give on the keyboard deck, and feels good to the contact. The Legion Y540 can be one of many stealthiest gaming notebooks available on the market, with its matte black theme, however the palm-rest reveals smudges and fingerprints simply. You’ll wish to peel off these arm-rest stickers to profit from the delicate design.

Talking of aesthetics, there are not any shiny or coloured accents on this gadget, and no RGB lights both. The standing LEDs have been neatly moved on the sting as properly. All these may make the Legion Y540 an excellent possibility for these desirous about a sleeper laptop computer, one thing they will use for college, work and enjoyable. Nevertheless, I nonetheless don’t perceive why Lenovo put an always-on mild within the energy button, it’s proper in the best way and annoying when watching motion pictures in a darkish room. No less than it’s not very vivid.

On to how this laptop computer feels with every day use, it’s best to remember the fact that you’ll want each palms to raise up the display screen, because it’s held in place by stiff hinges. They do enable the display screen to lean again flat to 180 levels, one thing you’re not going to search out on most different gaming notebooks. Grippy rubber ft preserve the Y540 properly anchored on a desk, and the IO is lined totally on the again, with USB-A slots and the headphone jack conveniently positioned on the perimeters, in the direction of the again.

There’s a good number of ports on this laptop computer, with USB A and USB-C slots, HDMI and miniDP for video output, an RJ45 slot for wired web and a Kensington Lock. There’s no card-reader, although, and that USB-C slot doesn’t help charging or Thunderbolt Three.

All in all, the Legion Y540-17IRH partially reveals its finances concentrating on. It’s fully made out of plastic, it’s pretty massive and lacks sure options and IO choices you’ll get with higher-tier notebooks. On the similar time, although, that is pretty properly constructed, sensible and appears a lot cleaner than most different choices in its class.

Keyboard and trackpad

For me, the keyboard on the Legion Y540 proved nicer than the one on Lenovo’s personal higher-tier Y740 15 reviewed some time in the past, because of a extra normal structure and barely crispier suggestions.

The structure will get a complete deck of full-size keys, together with the Capabilities row on the prime, a smaller NumPad part, and huge and well-spaced arrows. Lenovo makes use of this precise structure on each the 15 and the 17-inch variants, therefore the additional house round this bigger variant.

Nevertheless, you’ll discover that you simply don’t get devoted keys for sure Capabilities like Residence/ Finish/ PgUp/ PgDn, no additional Enter key within the NumPad part and no macro-control keys, that’s why professionals may choose the extra normal implementation obtainable on different 17-inch notebooks.

So far as typing goes, the keys are softly coated and really feel good to the contact. The keycaps are additionally barely rounded on the underside, like on Lenovo’s IdeaPads notebooks. The truth is, this keyboard shares some with these, because it’s additionally a fairly shallow and mushy implementation. I’m used to this type of suggestions from my XPS 13 and was capable of sort in a short time on this keyboard, however the mushy feeling did damage my accuracy.

Total, I bought alongside tremendous with it after some time, however I’d reckon the typical consumer may choose springier suggestions on a efficiency/gaming laptop.

I also needs to point out that the keys are backlit. You’re solely getting white LEDs at this degree, with none type of RGB. They get pretty vivid and so they’re even throughout the entire keyboard, however I observed some annoying mild creeping from beneath the Area key on my mannequin, in addition to the truth that the illumination didn’t have a timeout, I needed to manually flip it off every time.

Lastly, the overwhelming majority of the keys are additionally quiet, apart from the squeaky Area key. That’s why the Y540 must be tremendous in most college/work environments, however you will discover quieter alternate options on the market.

For mouse, Lenovo went with a tiny plastic touchpad. It really works tremendous, nevertheless it’s simply too small to comfortably accommodate gestures. It’s additionally not a clickpad, therefore the devoted buttons beneath. Usually, I’m all for bodily click on buttons, however these are stiff and clunky, thus another reason why you’ll wish to hook up an exterior mouse.

As for biometrics, there are none on this laptop.


The Legion Y540 will get a 17-inch matte non-touch show, however Lenovo presents it with three panel choices: FHD 60 Hz 250-nits, FHD 60 Hz 300-nits and FHD 144 Hz 300-nits. Our model got here with the center possibility, which is what you’ll principally discover on the decrease and mid-level configurations of this pocket book.

It’s a good panel for on a regular basis use, with common brightness, distinction and colour accuracy, as you may see under (recorded with our Spyder4 sensor):

  • Panel ID: BOE BOE0838 (NV173FHM-N47);
  • Protection: 87% sRGB, 65% NTSC, 67% AdobeRGB, 70 DCI-P3;
  • Measured gamma: 2.04;
  • Max brightness in the course of the display screen: 291 cd/m2 on energy;
  • Distinction at max brightness: 687:1;
  • White level: 8300 Ok;
  • Black on max brightness: zero.45 cd/m2;
  • PWM: -.

We didn’t have the instruments to check for flickering, however different implementations of this panel use PWM at 1 GHz for every little thing apart max-brightness, which may trouble these flicker-sensitive amongst you.

I’ll additionally point out a glitch I’ve observed on my pattern. Lenovo presents the selection of two modes: Hybrid and Discrete. The laptop computer ships in Discrete, which turns off the iGPU inside the processor. Choosing Hybrid permits the Intel HD 630 to take over in every day use and helps with battery life, however for some cause, I used to be not capable of alter the display screen’s brightness in any means whereas on this mode. That’s almost definitely a difficulty with the Intel drivers, however I had the most recent model instructed by the Lenovo Vantage app put in.

This apart, in comparison with the bottom FHD 60 Hz 250-nits panel, this one is brighter and a bit richer in colours. Nevertheless, should you’re planning to run video games on this pocket book, I’d suggest paying additional for the FHD 144 Hz display screen possibility with the AU Optronics B173HAN04.Four panel. That one is a bit dimmer, however with wider gamut protection, no PWM, and sooner efficiency that’s going to cut back tearing and different artifacts noticeable when taking part in video games at 60 Hz.

, upgrades, and efficiency

Our take a look at mannequin is a base-level configuration of the Lenovo Legion Y540. It comes with the Intel Core i5-9300H processor, 16 GB of DDR4 dual-channel reminiscence, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 80W graphics chip and a single M.2 PCIe SSD. There’s additionally room for a 2.5″ HDD inside, however our mannequin didn’t embrace one.

Our assessment unit is a retail mannequin with mature drivers from Nvidia (Model 441.41) and the BHCN33WW BIOS model, the most recent obtainable as of late-November 2019.

So far as goes, the CPU and GPU are pretty normal. The Core i5-9300H is a quad-core processor with HyperThreading, and Lenovo additionally presents the laptop computer with the favored six-core Core i7-9750H, a roughly $100 improve. The i5 is ok for every day use and video games, however as you’ll see in our exams, it’s additionally considerably slower than the i7 in particular multi-core hundreds.

The GPU is the full-power 80W implementation that you simply’ll discover on many different 15/17-inch gaming notebooks. It’s the mid-level GPU in Nvidia’s present cell provide and the entry-level for Ray Tracing. Lenovo additionally presents the Legion Y540 with a GTX 1660Ti GPU, for roughly $80 much less.

RAM and storage fluctuate between configurations. Our unit got here with 2x eight GB DDR4 sticks and a mid-level Micron QLC SSD, so there are undoubtedly sooner choices on the market. Accessing the elements is easy on this laptop computer, because it will get a devoted entry bay stored in place by solely two screws on the entrance. When you take away that you simply’ll get to the M.2 SSD, 2.5″ storage bay and the 2 ram sticks, additional hidden beneath a metallic defend.

Nevertheless, you’ll must take away the storage drives and unscrew the a number of screws that maintain in place the plastic cage with a purpose to get to the thermal module and the wi-fi module. We haven’t stripped out our pattern, however that is what it appears to be like like when you do. Nonetheless, I discover it odd that Lenovo went with this strategy for the 17-inch Y540, given how the smaller 15-inch variant is so much simpler to pry utterly open.

Earlier than we get to speak about efficiency and the daily-use expertise, I ought to add that Lenovo permits two working modes for this Legion Y540: Discrete and Hybrid. You may swap between them from BIOS or from the Lenovo Vantage app, which additionally does a fantastic job of conserving drivers up-to-date. On Discrete, the Intel HD 630 iGPU is disabled and every little thing runs by the Nvidia GPU, whereas on Hybrid each are enabled and Optimus chooses between them based mostly. This mode favors battery life with every day use and it’s what I’d usually preserve the laptop computer on. Nevertheless, should you’ll always use your unit for demanding hundreds and video games whereas plugged in, you may keep on with Discrete as an alternative.

The next logs present what to anticipate when it comes to efficiency and inner-temperatures with every day duties resembling searching, Youtube, Netflix or text-editing, all on Hybrid.

And that is what to anticipate on Discrete. As anticipated, the system runs much less effectively with video on this case, and we’ll additional cowl this within the Battery part down under.

With that out of the best way, let’s give attention to this unit’s efficiency in demanding hundreds. For that, we switched on to Discrete and the Efficiency Thermal Mode in Lenovo Vantage. Three Thermal modes (Quiet, Balanced, Efficiency) can be found right here and so they have an effect on the CPU’s power-limits and habits in these exams, so we went with the higher-tier settings.

We take a look at the CPU’s efficiency in demanding hundreds by operating Cinebench R15 for 10+ occasions in a loop, with 2-Three sec delay between every run, which simulates a 100% load on all of the cores.

With inventory settings, the CPU repeatedly runs at Three.9-Four.zero GHz even after a number of Cinebench runs and a TDP of 65+ W, which interprets in scores of 800+ factors and excessive temperatures of round 93-96 levels Celsius. The Efficiency profile raises the TDP restrict, and consequently, the CPU runs at excessive clocks and with raised temperatures.

We proceeded to enhance this habits by undervolting the CPU. Our unit proved steady at -125 mV, which maintained the flawless CPU efficiency, however at decrease energy and temperatures. We haven’t run our exams on the Balanced and Silent modes, as these restrict the CPU’s energy. We did take a look at the efficiency on battery, and on this case, the CPU was restricted to 20W and clock speeds of round 2.7-2.eight GHz. Particulars under.

The Y540 doesn’t disappoint and permits for wonderful CPU efficiency in these exams so long as it’s plugged in. Be default, the cores run very popular, that’s what I’d advise undervolting to decrease the power calls for and temperatures (defined on this information).

Subsequent, we transfer on to check the efficiency in mixed CPU and GPU exams. We try this by operating the 3DMark Stress take a look at, in addition to the Luxmark Three.1 take a look at. The laptop computer passes the 3DMark exams with each inventory and undervolted settings. From the logs under you’ll discover that the CPU/GPU temperatures are hardly affected by the CPU’s undervolt, which is a bit uncommon.

The Luxmark stress take a look at reveals that the CPU and GPU can each run easily in longer demanding hundreds. For some cause, the log reveals low-level CPU energy, however the clocks stay at Four.zero GHz throughout all the take a look at. The processor continues to run properly with the laptop computer unplugged, however the GPU drops to round 30W+ on this implementation, which is backed up by the gaming expertise on battery, as you’ll see under.

Corroborated with the Cinebench CPU take a look at, all these recommend that on battery, the Legion Y540 gained’t provide the identical sort of wonderful efficiency you’ll get whereas plugged in.

Subsequent we’ve added a set of benchmarks, for these of you curious about the numbers. Firstly, right here’s what we bought on the inventory Efficiency profile.

  • 3DMark 11: 15960 (Graphics – 19838, Physics – 10151);
  • 3DMark 13 – Hearth Strike: 12911 (Graphics – 14952, Physics – 12081);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 5673 (Graphics – 5893, CPU – 4684);
  • 3DMark 13 – Port Royal: 3312;
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 3481;
  • GeekBench 5.zero.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 1100, Multi-core: 4327;
  • CineBench R15 (greatest run): CPU 844 cb, CPU Single Core 169 cb;
  • CineBench R20 (greatest run): CPU 1941 cb;
  • x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 66.56 s.

Then we reran a few of them on an Undervolted Efficiency profile with a -100 mV undervolted CPU (we dialed again to -100 mV with a purpose to stop any stability points) and inventory GPU settings:

  • 3DMark 11: 16001 (Graphics – 20024, Physics – 10027);
  • 3DMark 13 – Hearth Strike: 12913 (Graphics – 15064, Physics – 11900);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 5693 (Graphics – 5887, CPU – 4800);
  • 3DMark 13 – Port Royal: 3332;
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 3485;
  • PCMark 10: 5547 (Necessities – 9140 , Productiveness – 7052 , Digital Content material Creation – 7186);
  • PassMark: Ranking: 5871, CPU mark: 11094, 3D Graphics Mark: 11659;
  • GeekBench 5.zero.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 1097, Multi-core: 4336;
  • CineBench R15 (greatest run): CPU 841 cb, CPU Single Core 168 cb;
  • CineBench R20 (greatest run): CPU 2032 cb, CPU Single Core 413 cb;
  • x265 HD Benchmark 64-bit: 63.98 s.

Don’t neglect that our configuration solely comes with a quad-core i5 processor, which impacts the CPU benchmark scores throughout the board. Given our findings and our expertise with the Lenovo Legion Y740, I’d anticipate the 45W Core i7-9750H processor to carry out equally inside this chassis as properly, as soon as undervolted. That’s why the i7 is a beneficial improve should you plan to run the sort of demanding chores that may profit from its additional cores and efficiency.

The GPU, then again, works properly and also you’ll almost definitely be capable of squeeze even higher efficiency should you’re keen to experiment with overclocking, because the thermals enable it. We stably overclocked our pattern at +200 MHz Core and +1000 MHz Reminiscence with GPU Tweak II, and that result in a big enhance in GPU associated exams:

  • 3DMark 13 – Hearth Strike: 13612 (Graphics – 16150, Physics – 11875);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 6036 (Graphics – 6335, CPU – 4766);
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 3705;

Lastly, let’s have a look at some gaming outcomes. We ran a few video games consultant for DX11 and DX12 architectures on the display screen’s native FHD decision on FHD UV (-100 mV CPU, inventory GPU) and FHD Tweaked (-100 mV CPU, overclocked GPU) profiles.

FHD UV FHD Tweaked
Battlefield V (DX 12, Extremely Preset, Ray-Tracing OFF) 74-88 fps – fps
Battlefield V (DX 12, Extremely Preset, Ray-Tracing ON, DLSS Off) 27-30 fps – fps
Far Cry 5 (DX 11, Extremely Preset, SMAA) 84 fps 91 fps
Center Earth: Shadow of Mordor (DX 11, Extremely Preset) 114 fps 123 fps
Rise of Tomb Raider (DX 12, Very Excessive Preset, FXAA) 88 fps 100 fps
Shadow of Tomb Raider (DX 12, Highest Preset, TAA) 74 fps 79 fps
The Witcher Three: Wild Hunt (DX 11, Extremely Preset, Hairworks On Four) 62-96 fps 74-104 fps
  • Battlefield V, The Witcher Three – recorded with Fraps/in-game FPS counter in marketing campaign mode;
  • Far Cry 5, Center Earth, Tomb Raider video games – recorded with the included Benchmark utilities.

The HWinfo logs under present the CPU and GPU speeds in Farcry 5 and Witcher Three on the inventory profile, with the followers on Efficiency (they’re pushed to quick speeds rapidly, which interprets in noise ranges of round 46-47 dB at head degree).

Undervolting the CPU helps enhance thermals, however with a minuscule impact on efficiency.

Nonetheless, the underside will get sizzling and that negatively impacts the CPU/GPU temperatures, and you’ll see that lifting the laptop computer from the desk results in a lower in these temperatures.

Even so, with the GPU operating at roughly 70 levels Celsius on this laptop computer, there’s room to additional overclock it. Right here’s what occurs on the Tweaked profile, with the undervolted CPU and overclocked GPU.

Lastly, we ran Witcher Three on battery, which limits the GPU’s energy and efficiency, similar to in our different battery benchmarks.

In conclusion, this specific configuration of the Legion Y540 performs excellently in our benchmarks and gaming exams. Sure, the i5 drags down a number of the outcomes and an i7 can be beneficial in sure duties, besides, this will get near the perfect performing RTX 2060 notebooks on the market. For comparability, the top-tier 15-inch MSI GE65 Raider in a Core i7/ overclocked RTX 2060 90W variant performs inside 7-15% higher, nevertheless it’s additionally a way more costly product, whereas the Acer Predator Helios 300 we’ve reviewed some time in the past is an analogous performer, however runs noisier in video games.

The comparability you’re all anticipating is with the Asus TUF Gaming FX705, which is priced equally to the Legion Y540 and even cheaper in some areas. We don’t have the 17-inch RTX 2060 TUF for a direct comparability, however we’re engaged on the 15-inch mannequin in an AMD Ryzen 7/RTX 2060 configuration and we’ll hyperlink to that assessment as soon as it’s revealed. We’ve additionally reviewed the GTX 1660Ti TUF FX705 and yow will discover how that carried out from this text.

Lastly, there’s additionally the matter of whether or not an RTX 2060 is price getting over a GTX 1660Ti on such a laptop computer. They’re each 80W chips, however the RTX 2060 runs at increased clocks and contains RayTracing, albeit with restricted use at this degree.

This assessment of the i5/GTX 1660Ti Legion Y540-17IRH mentions 83 fps on FarCry 5 and 55 fps on Witcher Three, each on FHD Extremely settings, in addition to a 3DMark TimeSpy Graphics rating of round 5500 factors. That’s inside 5-7% of our RTX 2060 with inventory GPU settings, and 12-15% of what we bought on the overclocked profile. In conclusion, I’d say the RTX 2060 is price getting if it’s inside 70-120 USD/EUR dearer than the GTX 1660Ti variant, however not if you must pay extra for it.

Noise, Warmth, Connectivity, audio system, and others

The Legion Y540 makes use of a reasonably normal thermal module with two followers, three heatpipes, and sufficient heat-plates to cowl the CPU, GPU and VRMs. This 17-inch variant makes use of longer heatpipes on the GPU facet, which helps preserve the temperatures a bit decrease.

As proven above, this cooling implementation does job of conserving the elements at bay, particularly within the undervolted CPU profile. The CPU runs pretty cool in demanding hundreds, peaking within the high-80s Celsius, however the GPU stays cool at round 70 levels in most video games.

The 2 followers relaxation inactive with every day use on each the Quiet and Balanced fan profiles, and solely kick on every so often with heavier multitasking. I haven’t observed any coil whine with every day use both, however I did discover some digital noise whereas operating PCMark10, so that you may run into this challenge with sure duties.

With video games, the followers ramp as much as about 46-47 dB at head-level on each the Balanced or the Efficiency fan profiles. That’s not dangerous for a gaming pocket book with this sort of specs, a bit noisier than the higher-tier choices, however quieter than different inexpensive fashions. You’ll nonetheless want headphones to cowl that up, although.

So far as case temperatures go, the inside stays inside high-30s, low-40s within the areas that you simply’ll get involved with, however the backside goes into high-50s across the again, the place the thermal module is positioned.

*Day by day Use – streaming Netflix on Edge for 30 minutes, followers on Auto (principally off)
*Load Tweaked – taking part in Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes, Tweaked Efficiency profile, followers on Auto (46-47 dB)

For connectivity, there’s Gigabit Lan, WiFi 5 and Bluetooth on this laptop computer. We’ve principally used our pattern on wi-fi, and it labored very properly, even proving sooner than a number of the newer WiFi 6 fashions we’ve examined with our setup.

For audio, there’s a set of audio system firing by small cuts on the entrance lip. Judging by their precise measurement, I used to be anticipating these to be terrible, however they proved OK. We measured most volumes of round 76-78 dB and honest sound high quality, simply tremendously missing within the decrease frequencies.

Lastly, I ought to point out the webcam and the microphones, each positioned in a clumsy place beneath the show. This design places the mics very near the keyboard and interprets in a nose-cam with a mediocre sensor. In different phrases, simply neglect they’re there.

Battery life

There’s solely a 57 Wh battery contained in the 17-inch Legion Y540, similar to on the 15-inch mannequin, which is among the quirks you must settle for in a lower-tier gaming laptop computer.

Nonetheless, you’re going to get first rate battery life so long as you’re utilizing the laptop computer within the Hybrid mode, which allows the Intel iGPU and Optimus. Right here’s what to anticipate, with the display screen set at round 120 nits of brightness (60%).

  • 14 W (~Four h of use) – textual content enhancing in Google Drive, Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 10 W (~5 h 30 min of use) – 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Edge, Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • eight.5 W (~6 h 30 min of use) – Netflix fullscreen in Edge, Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 20 W (~Three- h of use) – searching in Edge, Higher Efficiency Mode, display screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 58 W (~1 h of use) – Gaming – Witcher Three, Max Efficiency Mode, display screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON, no fps restrict.

Only for comparability, the Discrete mode is extra taxing on the battery:

  • 15 W (~Four- h of use) – Netflix fullscreen in Edge, Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 23 W (~2 h 40 min of use) – searching in Edge, Higher Efficiency Mode, display screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;

The laptop computer comes with a chunky 230W energy brick, which appears considerably outsized for an RTX 2060 configuration. It weighs 2+ lbs (.93 kg) within the two-piece European model, together with the cables. That’s one thing to remember as you’ll almost definitely have to hold it round in your backpack, because the Legion Y540 doesn’t cost by way of USB-C.

Value and availability

The Lenovo Legion Y540 has been stocked in shops for just a few months now.

Our test-model is a lower-tier configuration and goes for about $1270 on Lenovo’s web site with the present reductions. That’s with the Core i5 processor, 16 GB of RAM, 512 GB of SSD storage, the RTX 2060 GPU and the 60 Hz FHD 300-nits show.

Nevertheless, you may configure your personal variant and decrease the value to as little as $1100 should you’re OK with a smaller SSD, simply eight GB of RAM and the GTX 1660Ti GPU. That’s what I’d purpose for if procuring on a restricted finances. On the different finish, you may add a Core i7 processor and the 144 Hz FHD show and make this a extra succesful gaming machine, for roughly $1400 at this level.

Pricing and configurations all the time fluctuate between areas, so it’s best to take a look at Lenovo’s web site for extra particulars, in addition to websites like Amazon for potential reductions.

Ultimate ideas

Lenovo did an excellent job with their Legion Y540, and there’s no marvel it’s so common. Not solely does this carry out very properly and leaves room for tweaking and overclocking, nevertheless it’s additionally configurable and extra inexpensive than most different choices with related specs.

Nevertheless, the hole shrinks when you spec it up with a Core i7 processor and the 144 Hz display screen, that’s why the higher worth is inside the lower-tier configurations.

I’d additionally advise you to fastidiously test the opposite choices when procuring in your gaming pocket book. Amongst them, I’d preserve an in depth eye on the Asus TUF Gaming FX505, the Acer Predator Helios 300 or the HP Omen 15 because the extra inexpensive selections, in addition to on the higher-tier Lenovo Legion Y740, Asus ROG Hero/Scar III and MSI GE65 Raider should you can afford to spend extra for an general higher laptop.

And that’s as a result of the Legion Y540 is just not with out some quirks you’ll must make do with. Amongst them, there’s the all-plastic building, the fairly mushy keyboard and awkward touchpad, the tinny audio system and the shortage of sure ports. On prime of that, some may additionally choose an RGB keyboard and simpler software program management, as you do must manually tweak this one with a purpose to get it to carry out at its peak.

All in all, although, should you’re on the lookout for wonderful efficiency in your buck and don’t thoughts tweaking your laptop to get it, the Lenovo Legion Y540 is among the greatest worth gaming notebooks on the market and earns our advice in its class.

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Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief of Ultrabookreview.com. I have been overlaying cell computer systems because the 2000s and you may principally discover evaluations and thorough guides written by me right here on the positioning.

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