Lenovo Legion Y740 15-inch evaluation (Y740-15ICH mannequin – i7-8750H, RTX 2070 Max-Q, 144 Hz)
The Legion collection is Lenovo’s lineup of gaming notebooks, and the Y740 is their highest-tier supply as of the primary a part of 2019.
Not like different producers, Lenovo doesn’t give attention to making one of the best gaming ultraportable in the marketplace, however quite at making one of the best worth gaming machine in a fairly-portable envelope.
That’s why the Legion Y740 is just not as small or as mild as a number of the different choices, and doesn’t get all the newest options and quirks. It does, nevertheless, bundle a neatly crafted chassis, fashionable , a thermal implementation that may squeeze wonderful efficiency out of that , a very good set of ports and a high-refresh charge IPS display screen, all these in a package deal that outprices the overwhelming majority of the competitors. Then again, it does come quick within the keyboard and battery-life departments.
We’ve spent the final week with a retail model of the 15-inch Lenovo Legion Y741-15ICH, in the preferred configuration, with the Core i7 processor and RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics, and gathered all our impressions within the evaluation beneath, with the robust factors and the few annoying quirks that may truly damage this for a few of you.
Be certain that to undergo all our findings earlier than vouching for this Legion together with your pockets.
Specs as reviewed
|Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICH
|Display||15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 px, IPS, non-touch, anti-glare|
|Processor||Intel Kaby Lake Core i7-8750H CPU|
|Video||Intel HD 630 + Nvidia RTX 2070 Max-Q 8GB (80W) – GeForce 430.39 drivers|
|Reminiscence||16 GB DDR4 2666 MHz (2x DIMMs, as much as 64 GB)|
|Storage||256 GB SSD (Sk Hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG – M.2 NVMe 80 mm) + 2 TB 5400 HDD (Seagate ST2000LM007 – 2.5″ 7 mm bay)|
|Connectivity||Gigabit LAN (Realtek RTL8168/8111), Wi-fi AC (Killer 1550i, 2×2), Bluetooth 5.zero|
|Ports||2x USB Three.1 gen 1, 1x USB Three.1 gen 2, 1x USB-C Three.1 with Thunderbolt Three, HDMI 2.zero, mini DisplayPort 1.Four, mic/earphone, LAN, Lock|
|Battery||57 Wh, 230 W charger|
|Measurement||362 mm or 14.2” (w) x 267 mm or 10.5” (d) x 22.5 mm or zero.88” (h)|
|Weight||Four.96 lbs (2.25 kg) + 1.98 lbs (.9 kg) charger and cables, US model|
|Extras||RGB backlit keyboard, 2x 2W backside positioned audio system, webcam|
Design and building
Aesthetically, the Legion Y740 is without doubt one of the easiest and most hid gaming laptops in the marketplace. Lenovo went with a easy dark-gray/black theme, with some delicate black branding components and little or no bling, and that makes this laptop computer an possibility that may be accepted in strict work and workplace environments, the place many different efficiency gadgets with flashier designs may now.
This does get RGB lighting, with a small mild built-in throughout the LEGION branding on the lid-cover and a few mild bars within the cooling components, on the edges and on the again. Nevertheless, all of those RGB components may be independently managed (and deactivated if that’s the case desired) within the included Corsair iCUE software program, which additionally controls the keyboard’s backlighting and the LED throughout the power-button. This implementation provides the Y740 the form of flexibility only a few different gaming laptops profit from, permitting it to fulfill each players customers.
The Legion Y740 can be a well-built laptop. Steel is used for the display screen’s body, the inside and many of the edges and underbelly, complemented by a chunk of high-quality easy black plastic across the thermal answer. That’s truly very good, as plastic usually heats-up slower than aluminum. Again to the steel items, Lenovo didn’t skimp on their high quality and went with strong items of aluminum, and because of this, there’s little flex in each the main-deck and within the display screen.
The hinges, then again, these are quite weak. They permit to simply elevate up the display screen and regulate its angle with a single hand, however they’ll’t truly maintain it in place when shifting the laptop computer round, so some firmer ones would have been appreciated. As a facet notice, these hinges do permit the display screen to flip again flat to 180 levels, one thing only a few different gaming laptops supply nowadays. That received’t matter a lot when utilizing the pc on a desk, however certain makes the gadget extra versatile when having it on the lap or leaned on the thighs.
Practicality is in any other case fairly good. The grey coating does a very good job at hiding smudges, massive rubber toes maintain this nicely anchored on a flat floor, the ports are lined on the edges and on the again, conserving potential cables out of the way in which, the audio system hearth although grills on the edges, and ample consideration has been given to the air consumption and output grills, with a big mesh on the stomach, on the high of the elements and followers, and further grills on the edges and again.
As a facet notice, I like how a part of the perforated grill on the stomach is roofed with some type of materials that forestalls mud from getting inside, whereas solely the components on high of the followers are open, to permit correct airflow.
The nitpicker in me can’t go previous that quite sharp entrance lip and pointy corners, which might dig into your wrists in sure situations, in addition to the sharp joints between the edges and the underside panel, which you’ll really feel when grabbing the laptop computer in palms. In all equity, although, the entrance lip is just not as a lot of a priority as on different designs, as it’s barely blunted and the arm-rest is spacious sufficient so the wrists received’t usually are available in contact with the lip whereas having the pocket book on a desk.
This laptop loses some factors within the portability division, because it’s bigger, thicker and heavier than most different thin-and-light laptops on the market. It will get small bezels across the display screen, but in addition a reasonably appreciable chin on the backside and an additional hump behind the display screen, which accommodates a part of the cooling and many of the IO. This nonetheless weighs underneath 5 lbs and will get a 360 x 270 mm footprint, however for comparability, different gadgets weigh near Four lbs and are each shorter (round 230-250 mm) and some mm thinner.
We must also add that Lenovo pairs the RTX 2070 model of the Legion Y740 with a large energy brick that weighs an additional 2 lbs, which provides as much as the laptop computer’s weight when lugging it round.
The Y740 additionally will get wonderful IO, with 3x USB-A slots, HDMI and miniDP for video output, LAN and a USB-C port with PCIe x4 Thunderbolt Three assist. It’s a pity there’s no SD-card reader, although, as that may have been helpful on such a laptop computer that ought to attraction to skilled customers greater than different gadgets with related traits and specs.
All in all, The Legion Y740 is without doubt one of the better-balanced efficiency laptops on the market. It’s not as compact or as mild because the MSI GS65 Stealth or the Razer Blade 15, and doesn’t really feel as premium because the Blade or the Asus ROG Zephyrus fashions, however it considerably compensates with good ergonomics, sturdy construct high quality, a flexible design, and a considerably decrease price-tag, as you’ll see as soon as we get to that part.
Keyboard and trackpad
The keyboard is by far my most necessary nit with the Legion Y740, and for 2 predominant causes.
Primary, the structure is uncommon. By together with a set of Macro keys on the left facet of the principle set of keys, I needed to fully change my typing habits in an effort to get used to it.
That meant I needed to fully shift my palms to the best by just a little bit, and make a psychological notice that Ctrl, Shift, and Escape usually are not the place I’d anticipate them to be, however truly one column to the best. I’d reckon you’d get used to this structure over time, however I continually launched the Lenovo Vantage app when searching for Esc or messed with the keyboard’s lighting whereas searching for Shift and Ctrl throughout my time with this Legion, and that’s actually annoying for a contact typist.
The remainder of the structure is nice, although, with correct sized and spaced keys, in addition to the arrow-keys being moved away from the principle block and simple to seek out with out wanting. You’re not getting a NumPad part with this laptop computer, and a few of you may miss it, however that’s not one thing that bothers me.
My second nit is with the typing expertise. It is a low-travel keyboard with very delicate and mushy keys. Usually, I like quick keyboards, however I actually struggled with this one. It’s quiet and really quick, however my accuracy was dreadful, at solely 80-84% throughout my assessments, down from my common 95+, and it didn’t enhance after typing a number of phrases on it. Usually I kind in these critiques on every laptop computer, however I gave up right here half-way, as I simply couldn’t get used to this suggestions.
I observed different individuals are complaining concerning the typing expertise as nicely, so I might advise you to additional look into this matter and maybe give the laptop computer a strive in a bodily retailer if potential, or on the very least purchase from a spot that permits returns, in case you find yourself not liking this keyboard. In all equity, it is best to understand that I kind for a dwelling, so my calls for and expectations are larger than the common consumer’s.
Too dangerous concerning the suggestions, as a result of this keyboard is in any other case very quick and quieter than most different implementations, and contains the most effective and most customizable illumination programs in the marketplace.
Per-key RGB management is obtainable right here, with vibrant LEDs beneath every key, a Caps-Lock indicator, three ranges of brightness depth and no mild creep from beneath the keycaps. The included Corsair iCUE software program permits to customise these LEDs, with varied results and in-depth management over your complete keyboard deck or over particular person keys, in addition to customise the RGB LEDs within the power-button, Legion brand on the lid-cover, and the sunshine bars throughout the cooling system.
Shifting one to the clickpad, it’s a plastic floor with Elan and Precision drivers.
It really works alright and offers a constant expertise, however it’s not as easy as glass surfaces and it’s additionally quite small, particularly since this isn’t a click-pad and a major half is occupied by the devoted click-buttons. Don’t get me mistaken, I like these easy and quiet buttons, however Lenovo ought to have both made your complete factor greater, as there’s loads of area round for an even bigger implementation, or maybe ought to have used a clickpad as an alternative, which might have ensured a bigger monitoring floor.
I’ll additionally add that the Legion Y740 lacks any type of biometrics, so no finger sensor or IR cameras.
The Legion Y740 will get a 15.6-inch IPS display screen with FHD decision and a non-glare coating. Lenovo went with the LG Philips LP156WFG-SPB2 panel, one of many 144 Hz choices obtainable in the marketplace, additionally utilized in mid-tier gaming laptops just like the Aorus 15 or the Legion Y530, and assist for GSync is included.
Not like the AU Optronics 144Hz FHD panel options, this one from LG will get the next black stage and thus decrease distinction of round 600:1. That apart, this can be a good panel: at 300+ nits, it’s vibrant sufficient for comfy use in a gaming laptop computer that may spend most of its time indoors, gives good viewing angles and colour copy, with 75% protection of AdobeRGB.
Right here’s what we obtained on our unit, measured with a Spyder4 sensor:
- Panel HardwareID: LG Philips LGD05CF (LP156WFG-SPB2);
- Protection: 97% sRGB, 70% NTSC, 75% AdobeRGB;
- Measured gamma: 2.zero;
- Max brightness in the midst of the display screen: 310 cd/m2 on energy;
- Distinction at max brightness: 620:1;
- White level: 6800 Ok;
- Black on max brightness: zero.50 cd/m2;
- Common DeltaE: 1.25 uncalibrated, zero.99 calibrated;
- PWM: No;
- Response time: ~13 ms BTW.
The panel is pretty nicely calibrated out of the field, however you may additional right the gamma and gray-level imbalances with this calibrated profile.
Our pattern additionally obtained a reasonably uniform panel, with out main colour and illumination variations, and with out mild bleeding. You may not be as fortunate, so make certain to examine for mild bleeding in your unit.
I may even add that the Legion Y740 will get a quite reflective anti-glare coating. In consequence, utilizing this in very vibrant environments is just not as nice as with customary matte screens, however on the similar time, the picture is smoother, with out the graininess one may anticipate from common matte finishes (like on the XPS or Thinkpads).
All these apart, I additionally observed that the panel will get a really abrupt brightness curve, which suggests it’s dim underneath 50% brightness, solely will get to round 120 nits at 60+% brightness, after which ramps up exponentially from there, as much as 300+ nits at max. Meaning you’ll in all probability must maintain this panel at 50-80% brightness more often than not, which is larger than with different laptops. It’s not going to have any affect in your on a regular basis expertise, the display screen’s lifetime or battery life, although.
, efficiency and improve choices
Out check variations is the next specced configuration of the Lenovo Legion Y740 15ICH, with the Core i7-8750H Espresso Lake processor, 16 GB of dual-channel 2666 MHz RAM, twin graphics and dual-storage.
It contains an SK Hynix 256 GB SSD M.2 PCIe SSD, a strong performer relating to read-speeds, however not as quick as different choices when writing info, in addition to a Seagate 2.5″ HDD for mass-storage.
Within the graphics division, each the Intel HD 630 built-in GPU and an Nvidia RTX 2070 Max-Q (80 W) devoted chip are lively right here.
Nevertheless, the Intel GPU is disabled by default, in an effort to permit for GSync, so you’ll have to boot in BIOS and go for the Switchable Graphics mode to truly activate it. On this case, GSync is changed by Optimus, permitting the Intel GPU to take over with fundamental duties and save-up battery, and also you’ll wish to go for this mode when utilizing the laptop computer unplugged, because the small battery inside received’t in any other case supply greater than 2 hours of use.
The CPU and GPU are soldered onto the motherboard, however the RAM, storage and the WiFi module are accessible. To get to them you’ll must take away the again panel, maintain in place by a handful of Philips screws. The reminiscence DIMMs are additional hidden behind an aluminum defend, which must be eliminated as nicely to entry the 2 slots. The storage is well accessible when you eliminated the again panel, however our pattern truly obtained a guaranty sticker on the SSD’s screw, which may counsel that changing the SSD would void the guarantee. I’d anticipate you received’t get the identical sticker in all areas, however variations obtainable right here in Europe might need it on.
Inside you’ll additionally be capable of peak on the dual-fan thermal answer, the pretty small 57 Wh battery, and the audio system.
Earlier than we proceed to speak about its habits and efficiency, it is best to know that our evaluation unit is a retail mannequin with mature drivers from Nvidia (model 430.39), so it is best to anticipate a just about related expertise with the models yow will discover in shops.
Whereas meant for efficiency hundreds, the Legion Y740 laptop computer may also deal with on a regular basis duties simply, whereas operating cool and quiet, even when the followers by no means swap off and also you’ll hear them in a quiet room.
I might advise switching to the Optimus-enabled mode in BIOS when utilizing it on battery, as defined above. The logs beneath present particulars on temperatures, efficiency and battery drain figures with shopping, Netflix, Youtube, and text-editing.
On to extra demanding duties, we’ll begin by testing the CPU’s efficiency in 100% hundreds, and we do this by operating Cinebench R15 for 10+ occasions in a loop, with 2-Three seconds delay between every run, with the laptop computer on the Most Efficiency Energy profile in Home windows and out-of-the-box settings.
Most implementations of the i7-8750H CPU return high-scores for the primary Cinebench runs, after which settle just a little decrease because the CPU heats-up and may now not keep its most Turbo speeds for various seconds.
This one carried out as anticipated and settled for speeds of three.5 – Three.6 GHz, a TDP of 60 W and temperatures of round 94-95 levels Celsius, in addition to scores of round 1150 factors. Particulars beneath.
The CPU runs at excessive clocks for fairly some time, and solely dials again in direction of the second a part of every loop, when Thermal Throttling happens. General, this implementation performs higher than most different ultraportables within the area of interest, because of the excessive 60 W TDP restrict and the high-temperature threshold. The CPU does, nevertheless, attain uncomfortably excessive temperatures.
Subsequent, we glance into enhancing this habits by undervolting the CPU, with both Intel XTU or Throttlestop (defined right here). Our pattern ended up being secure at -180 mV in actual use, however not in some benchmarks, so we finally dialed again to -150 mV for the reminding of our assessments.
On this case, the CPU settled for scores of 1200+ factors, fixed Turbo Increase speeds of three.9 GHz, a TDP of 60 W and temperatures of 88-90 levels Celsius. Particulars beneath.
In different phrases, the Legion Y740 delivers just about the utmost efficiency the i7-8750H is able to, as soon as undervolted, and the CPU runs cooler than with the inventory settings.
Because of the restricted time with this pattern, we didn’t run the Cinebench loop-test on battery, so we will’t touch upon this matter.
Subsequent, we’ve included a set of benchmarks, for these of you interested by numbers. We ran a few of them on the Commonplace profile first, with out-of-the-box settings and Most Efficiency mode in Home windows. Right here’s what we obtained.
- 3DMark 11: 17338 (Graphics – 20761, Physics – 11633);
- 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 13865 (Graphics – 15355, Physics – 14819);
- 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 6390 (Graphics – 6443, CPU – 6106);
- GeekBench Four.1.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 5053, Multi-core: 22190;
- CineBench R15 (greatest run): OpenGL 103.66 fps, CPU 1179 cb, CPU Single Core 165 cb;
- x264 HD Benchmark Four.zero 32-bit: Go 1 – 202.23 fps, Go 2 – 71.87 fps.
We additionally ran just a few extra assessments on the -150 mV undervolted CPU profile.
- 3DMark 11: 17628 (Graphics – 20793, Physics – 12459);
- 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 14167 (Graphics – 15506, Physics – 16674);
- 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 6378 (Graphics – 6304, CPU – 6835);
- 3DMark 13 – Port Royal (RTX) Graphics: 3406;
- Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 3771;
- PCMark 10: 5820;
- GeekBench Three.Four.2 32-bit: Single-Core: 4057 Multi-core: 21856;
- GeekBench Four 64-bit: Single-Core: 5061, Multi-core: 22578;
- CineBench R15 (greatest run): OpenGL 101.23 fps, CPU 1243 cb, CPU Single Core 168 cb;
- x264 HD Benchmark Four.zero 32-bit: Go 1 – 206.23 fps, Go 2 – 77.34 fps.
We didn’t cease right here, although, so we seemed into squeezing additional efficiency out of the GPU, in what we’ll additional name the Tweaked profile. On this case, the CPU stays at -150 mV, however we have been in a position to stably overclock the GPU (with Asus GPU TWeak or MSI Afterburner) at +200 MHz Core and +400 MHz Reminiscence.
Remember the fact that not all models are going to run stably at these settings, and there’s a good chance you might need to dial again on the Core overclock in some titles, of you run into crashes, BSODs or different errors. Our pattern ran secure at +200 MHz Core in all assessments and video games, although, and right here’s what we obtained:
- 3DMark 11: 18304 (Graphics – 22603, Physics – 11857);
- 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 15629 (Graphics – 17496, Physics – 16302);
- 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 6882 (Graphics – 6960, CPU – 6475);
- 3DMark 13 – Port Royal (RTX) Graphics: 3764;
- Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 4165;
- PCMark 10: 5406;
General, the Tweaked profile results in some CPU efficiency features within the extra demanding assessments that may usually trigger the CPU to clock down on the default profile, in addition to vital features in GPU assessments, because of the +200 MHz Clock enhance, which is a major 20+% enhance on a chip designed to run at 885 MHz by default. After all, the features are solely inside 7 to 12%, because the GPU runs at Turbo Clock speeds in all assessments and video games, and the overclocking’s affect is smaller. We’ll get to that in a second.
It’s additionally necessary so as to add the overclocking the GPU results in larger CPU temperatures, because of the shared thermal design, which ends up in decrease CPU scores than on the CPU undervolted profile.
Let’s have a look at some gaming outcomes first. We ran a few video games consultant for DX11, DX12 and Vulkan architectures, each on the Commonplace and the Tweaked profiles. Right here’s what we obtained:
|FHD Commonplace||FHD Tweaked|
|Battlefield V (DX 12, Extremely Preset, Ray-Tracing OFF)||88-94 fps||94-106 fps|
|Battlefield V (DX 12, Extremely Preset, Ray-Tracing ON, DLSS OFF)||52-62 fps||68-76 fps|
|Far Cry 5 (DX 11, Extremely Preset, SMAA)||84 fps||96 fps|
|Center Earth: Shadow of Mordor (DX 11, Extremely Preset)||114 fps||126 fps|
|Rise of Tomb Raider (DX 12, Very Excessive Preset, FXAA)||58 fps||64 fps|
|Shadow of Tomb Raider (DX 12, Highest Preset, TAA)||73 fps||83 fps|
|The Witcher Three: Wild Hunt (DX 11, Extremely Preset, Hairworks On Four)||78-90 fps||86-100 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 in-game benchmarking instruments.
The HWinfo logs beneath present the CPU and GPU speeds in Farcry 5 and Witcher Three on the Commonplace profile, with the followers on Auto (they’re pushed to most speeds rapidly, which interprets in noise ranges of round 46-47 dB at head stage).
And right here’s how undervolting the CPU impacts the efficiency/temperatures in Witcher Three.
And right here’s what occurs when unplugging the laptop computer: the GPU nonetheless runs nicely, however the CPU throttles at 800 GHz, which bottlenecks the efficiency in most video games.
Lastly, this image reveals what occurs on the Tweaked profile, with the undervolted CPU, overclocked GPU, and the followers nonetheless on Auto.
When you don’t wish to dig by way of the logs, that is what we obtained in Witcher Three:
- Commonplace profile (default CPU/ GPU settings): CPU: ~Three.76 GHz, 92 C; GPU: ~1.32 GHz, 75 C;
- Commonplace profile (-150 mV undervolted CPU, default GPU): CPU: ~Three.9 GHz, 81 C; GPU: ~1.Three GHz, 72 C;
- Tweaked profile (-150 mV undervolted CPU, +200 MHz Clock GPU / +400 MHz Reminiscence GPU): CPU: ~Three.eight GHz, 92 C; GPU: ~1.46 GHz, 74 C.
General, tweaking this laptop computer permits for 2 issues:
- undervolting the CPU results in a lower in CPU and GPU temperatures, in addition to features in CPU associated duties.
- additional overclocking the GPU pushes temperatures again as much as 90+ C on the CPU facet, however interprets in an additional 7-12% efficiency features in GPU associated hundreds and video games.
Backside level, when overclocked, the 80W RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU inside this laptop computer comes near the full-power 115W RTX 2070 applied in different 15-inch laptops (just like the MSI GE63 Raider or Asus SCAR GL504/G531), and inside 10-20% of the 80W RTX 2080 Max-Q implementations. After all, the efficiency of those chips varies between totally different models.
In the long run, the RTX 2070 Max-Q variant of the Legion Y740 is a superb performer, as soon as tweaked. The CPU inside does run hotter than on most different gaming laptops, which might elevate considerations over reliability throughout the laptop computer’s lifetime.
Noise, Warmth, Connectivity, audio system, and others
The Legion Y740 will get a surprisingly competent thermal implementation, sudden when its easy design, with two followers and solely three heatpipes that cowl each the CPU and GPU.
These are helped by a big intake-mesh on the backside, additional intakes on the edges, and appropriately sized exhausts on the again, in addition to by the selection in supplies, Lenovo choosing plastic for the case components across the again.
In consequence, the cooling answer does a very good job at conserving the outside cool, even when the CPU averages excessive temperatures, as defined within the earlier part. The keyboard deck solely reaches temperatures within the low-40s with gaming, whereas the underside hits mid-40s, and the followers are solely reasonably noisy, peaking at round 46-47 dB at head-level at their most speeds.
Fan management might be higher although, as there aren’t any methods to create a customized fan-curve or management their pace from the Lenovo Vantage app, so the one choices are to maintain them on Auto (which does a very good job) or on Max (by hitting (Fn+Q).
The followers maintain spinning with customary every day use (motion pictures, shopping, textual content modifying), however have a impartial pitch and are just about inaudible in a traditional atmosphere. You’ll hear them in a quiet place, although, in addition to with extra intense multitasking, whereas having the laptop computer plugged in and on the Efficiency energy modes.
It’s price including that coil whine has been reported on Legion laptops previously, and that’s a random potential quirk. We haven’t observed any on our evaluation unit, however that’s not a assure you received’t get some with yours, so make certain to search for it when you obtain the laptop computer.
*Day by day Use – streaming Netflix on EDGE for 30 minutes
*Load – enjoying Far Cry 5 for 30 minutes
For connectivity, there’s a Killer 1550i implementation of the Intel 9560 wi-fi module inside this laptop computer, with Bluetooth 5.zero, in addition to Gigabit Lan by way of a Realtek RTL8168/8111 module. Whereas Killer chips have had drivers points previously, this one carried out nicely with our setup, each close to the router and at 30 toes with obstacles in between. Different Intel 9560 implementations have been in a position to attain larger speeds in our check situations, although, because the Y740 got here quick by about 100 Mbps.
So far as the audio system go, there’s a set of them firing by way of cuts on the lateral sides of the underbelly, and so they’re alright. Out of the field, we measured most volumes of about 75-77 dB at head-level, with none distortions. That’s with the Dolby Settings activated within the Lenovo Vantage app, and on the Music profile. Switching Dolby Off truly permits the audio system to peak louder, at 80-82 dB at head-level, however makes the sound harsher, that’s why I opted to maintain it on Dolby ON, Music, on a regular basis.
The sound comes out fairly good on these settings, with correct mids and highs, however the lows lack a good bit, with bass solely being noticeable from round 105 Hz.
The Legion Y740 solely will get a 720p nose-cam, positioned beneath the display screen and flanked by microphones. In consequence, the picture clips your head from a traditional display screen angle, and the mics decide up typing noise fairly simply. Corroborate these with the quite mediocre picture high quality, and you find yourself with one thing you’ll in all probability by no means use, except you actually must.
There’s solely a 57 Wh battery contained in the 15-inch legion Y740, which is smaller than on any of the opponents.
Paired with the 144 Hz display screen and highly effective , that interprets in brief battery life, even when choosing the Switchable Graphics mode in BIOS, which disables GSync and permits the Intel HD 630 chip to take over with on a regular basis actions.
Right here’s what we obtained on our evaluation unit, with the display screen’s brightness set at round 120 nits (~60 brightness).
- 13.2 W (~Four h 15 min of use) – textual content modifying in Google Drive, Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 14 W (~Four+ h of use) – 1080p fullscreen video on Youtube in Edge, Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 12.5 W (~Four h 30 min of use) – Netflix fullscreen in Edge, Higher Battery Mode, display screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 21 W (~Three h of use) – shopping in Edge, Higher Efficiency Mode, display screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
- 55 W (~1 h min of use) – Gaming – Shadow of Mordor, Max Efficiency Mode, display screen at 60%, Wi-Fi ON, fps restrict of 40.
Count on these to be reduce in half for those who maintain GSync ON whereas operating on battery.
Lenovo bundles the Y740 with a 230W power-brick, adequately sized for the inside. It expenses the battery rapidly, in lower than 90 minutes, however it’s additionally considerably greater and heavier than the 230W bricks you’ll discover with different thin-and-light ultraportables, and that’s one thing it’s important to contemplate for those who plan to lug across the laptop computer to high school or work day by day.
On high of that, whereas the laptop computer does get a Thunderbolt Three port, it can’t cost by way of USB-C so far as I do know, so that you don’t have the choice to depart the hefty included charger at residence and use a smaller USB-C charger whereas on the go.
Worth and availability
The Lenovo Legion Y740 is stocked in shops all all over the world on the time of this publish. Actually, it’s been obtainable for some time, so by now, you’ll discover the assorted configurations discounted in most areas.
The 15-inch RTX 2070 Max-Q variants promote for as little as $1600 within the US, within the precise configuration reviewed right here, which is lower than most different OEMs ask for RTX 2060 fashions, if we glance apart from the obtainable Clevo/Sager barebones you will get from varied shops.
A 17-inch Legion Y740-17ICH mannequin can be obtainable, bigger and heavier, however with a 76 Wh battery and choices for as much as an RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU, at underneath $2000.
General, whilst you’ll must pay extra for this laptop computer in different areas, the aggressive pricing stays one of many main promoting factors for your complete Legion lineup in most markets.
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The Legion Y740 checks a whole lot of the best bins, however on the similar time, it misses on two of the necessary ones by fairly a margin.
Let’s begin with these two: the typing expertise and battery life. The keyboard’s quirky structure and unforgiving suggestions make it a tough promote for individuals who want a dependable typer, whereas the implementation of a 57 Wh battery solely permits about Three-Four hours of real-life every day use on a cost, at greatest.
On high of those, the Legion Y740 was by no means supposed to be as moveable as a number of the different thin-and-light efficiency notebooks on the market, because it’s a tad bigger, thicker and heavier, particularly when contemplating that chunky energy brick it’s important to convey alongside, that’s why I can see the way it can attraction to those that principally plan to maintain their laptop computer on a desk.
Then again, Lenovo made certain this laptop computer is nicely constructed and neatly designed, so it might attraction to each players customers on the similar time, threw in many of the proper ports, a reasonably good 144 Hz IPS display screen with GSync assist, highly effective and a thermal implementation to match. This enables the laptop computer to run cooly and quietly with every day use, after which does a very good job and squeezing wonderful efficiency out of the CPU and GPU, whereas operating pretty quiet and conserving the outer shell cool.
After all, the quite easy cooling has its limitations, and the principle one is the truth that the CPU runs at excessive temperatures in demanding hundreds and in video games, one thing you’ll simply have to simply accept right here, regardless of the potential long-term considerations. Undervolting helps, as proven above.
After which there’s the value. To place it merely, there’s no different laptop computer that may supply the , options, and construct high quality of this Legion that yow will discover for much less, in fact, apart from occasional reductions. The HP Omen 15 and Asus ROG Scar GL504 collection are the closest opponents in most areas, with their very own robust factors and their quirks, in addition to the Acer Triton 500, as one of many extra inexpensive thin-and-lights in the marketplace.
We’re not even going to say ultraportables just like the Razer Blade, Asus ROG Zephyrus, MSI GS65 Stealth or the Gigabyte Aero strains right here, as these are considerably dearer, however I’d additionally add that they’re total better-balanced gadgets, when accounting for all of the necessary traits of recent efficiency ultraportables.
That wraps up this evaluation of the Lenovo Legion Y740, however I’d love to listen to what you concentrate on it, so make certain to get in contact when you’ve got something so as to add or any questions that I would be capable of reply to.