Gaming laptops have undergone a transformation since the advent of Nvidia's Pascal architecture. Since the GTX 10 series graphics appeared on the market, we have been able to enjoy laptops that have little or nothing to envy desktop computers. Together with the latest generation processors, Intel and Nvidia made the notebooks capable of matching desktop computers in graphics and processing power. So the vast majority of manufacturers began to fill their catalog of gaming devices. Among them Lenovo, with its Legion series has taken an important leap in terms of design and usability. And precisely today we bring you the analysis of one of the most impressive models that we can find in this range, the Lenovo Legion Y740 .
As is often the case, Lenovo's Y740 is available in multiple configurations. But the model that Lenovo has provided me for analysis is one of the most powerful. And not only from the manufacturer's Legion range, it is also one of the most powerful gaming laptops that you can find on the market. Some of its features are a 9th generation Intel Core i7 processor, 32 GB of RAM, a 144 Hz screen and a spectacular RTX 2080 graphics from Nvidia. Only by looking at its characteristics we can already get an idea of the team we have in hand. If you want to know all the details of this beast, do not miss the analysis of the Lenovo Legion Y740 .
|Lenovo Legion Y740|
|screen||17.3-inch anti-reflective panel with 1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution. Color gamut at 72%. Dolby Vision enabled. 144 Hz frequency. Up to 500 nits of brightness. Nvidia G-Sync Technology.|
|Processor and RAM||Intel Core i7-9750H, 32GB of 2666MHz DDR4 RAM|
|Storage||512 GB SSD M.2 NVMe + 1 TB HDD 7,200 rpm|
|Graph||RTX 2080 with 8GB GDDR5|
|Sound||Stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos|
|Battery||76 Wh, 230 W adapter|
|Connections||USB 3.1 Gen 2|
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
Mini DisplayPort 1.4
Proprietary AC adapter
USB Type C Thunderbolt 3
3.5mm headphone / mic combo jack
WiFi 802.11ac 2 × 2
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home|
|Design||Metallic finish, Steel gray|
|Dimensions and weight||412.6 x 304.9 x 23mm, 2.8kg|
|Featured Features||Backlit keyboard with Corsair iCUE RGB lighting|
Elegant and refined on the outside
When we think of a gaming laptop many times we imagine laptops with an excessively striking design, which can even be garish. However, manufacturers seem to be changing that trend, as the latest gaming equipment to hit the market, in general, sport a slightly more refined design.
And this is precisely what Lenovo has done with the Legion Y740. We are facing an elegant and refined laptop, but that maintains its gaming essence thanks to small details. For example, the Legion logo and name located in one of the corners of the housing and that lights up when the equipment is turned on.
But the first thing that strikes the Lenovo Legion Y740 out of the box is its size and weight. This is a very large laptop , both for its screen and its design. It measures more than 40 centimeters long and 30 wide, in addition to having a weight that is dangerously close to 3 kg . That is, despite having a laptop format, it is not a highly recommended computer to go with it from here to there.
For the rest, this is a computer with a rather curious design. It is made of aluminum and has a hinge that is located at the top, behind which we see a space that separates the keyboard connections and the rest of the equipment . That is, we could say that the bottom of the computer is somewhat larger than the top (the screen).
And, since we are talking about connections, it is worth noting that the vast majority of ports on the Lenovo Legion Y740 are located at the rear , something unusual. Specifically, the equipment includes in this area a proprietary charging port, an HDMI output, two USB Type-A, a miniDisplayPort and an Ethernet port. By the way, the logo of all these ports is illuminated, so we can easily find them even in the dark.
The set of connections is completed by a USB Type-C port and a 3.5 mm jack, located on one side, and a USB 3.1 port on the opposite side.
When opening the laptop we will see a full keyboard and a touchpad, which I will talk about later. The power button is located in the upper center. We do not have a fingerprint reader , but we do have a small camera placed in the upper frame of the screen.
And I don't want to finish the design section without talking about the ventilation system. The Lenovo Legion Y740 has a large ventilation slit that occupies part of the bottom area and part of the sides . It is also very striking, since it lights up when the computer is on.
A large screen with G-Sync technology and 144 Hz
The screen is one of the key features of any gaming laptop. There is no use having the best graphics inside if then we are not going to be able to enjoy the game in its maximum splendor.
The Lenovo Legion Y740 is equipped with a 17.3-inch anti-glare IPS panel with FHD resolution (1,920 x 1,080 pixels). It is a screen capable of displaying a 72% color gamut, which has Dolby Vision technology (in the highest models) and a maximum brightness of 500 nits .
But the most interesting thing for gamers is that we are facing a panel that offers a refresh rate of 144 Hz and that is equipped with Nvidia's G-Sync technology .
The truth is that the screen of the Lenovo Legion Y740 looks really good . It offers good contrast and very good color reproduction. With G-Sync, tearing is completely eliminated and games run very smooth.
Yes, I must admit that, at times, a little more resolution is needed . This is due, in part, to the fact that we are looking at a 17.3-inch monitor. Perhaps a QHD resolution would have been more accurate, but it would have affected the performance in games. Still, this is a really good screen, with wide viewing angles, good response and a magnificent image rendering.
Unbridled power inside
The discreet exterior appearance of the Lenovo Legion Y740 does not suggest that a whole beast hides inside. The manufacturer has not cut back an iota and has provided the Y740 with hardware that is sure to satisfy the most demanding users.
Our test model has an Intel Core i7-9750H processor , a chip with six cores and 12 threads that operates at a frequency of 2.6 GHz (up to 4.50 GHz when required). It is accompanied by no less than 32 GB of DDR4 RAM and a storage system composed of a 512 GB M.2 NVMe SSD and a 1 TB HDD for storage.
But if these features are impressive, no less so is its graphics. Inside the Lenovo Legion Y740 we find an Nvidia RTX 2080 with 8 GB of GDDR6 memory . That is, we have one of the most powerful graphics of Nvidia.
Here we leave you the result of the main performance tests . Furthermore, we have also compared them to the ASUS ROG Zephyrus S, one of the latest gaming laptops we have tested. The ASUS team had an Intel Core i7-9750H processor. 16 GB of RAM and Nvidia RTX 2070 graphics.
|Lenovo Legion Y740||ASUS ROG Zephyrus S|
|3D Mark (Time Spy)||7,280 points||7,215 points|
|Cinebench||2,562 points||2,795 points|
|PCMark 10||5,739 points||4,996 points|
|CristalDiskMark (SSD)||3,315 Reading|
Now we will see the performance in games, but it is worth noting that such a powerful technical team does not only serve us to play. During the days that I have had it, I have used it to work in my day to day life and the performance has been spectacular. I have been able to edit video with 4K resolution without any problem and perform any other task smoothly.
But where the Lenovo Legion Y740 brings out its full potential is when it comes to gaming. I have tried some very demanding titles and has "eaten" them without any problem. It is without a doubt one of the best gaming laptops that I have tried .
I put here a table with the results obtained in some games. All have been tested on Ultra and on the computer screen resolution (FHD) . In addition, in some of them I put the results obtained by the ASUS team so that you can compare them.
|Lenovo Legion Y740||ASUS ROG Zephyrus S|
|Forza Horizon 4||120 fps||70 fps|
|Gears 5||95 fps||85 fps|
|Far cry 5||90 fps||-|
|Metro Exodus (High RT)||70 fps||70 fps|
|Rise of the Tomb Raider||115 fps||90 fps|
|Battlefield 1||140 fps||-|
As for the temperature when playing, it is high, but nothing out of the ordinary. The Lenovo Legion Y740 has a good ventilation system consisting of four outlets, two on the side and two on the rear. The problem is that the Intel processor is a chip that tends to get quite hot, approaching 100 degrees with practically any game . The graph, yes, remains at a value below 80 degrees.
The result of having a CPU that gets so hot is hellish fan noise when gaming . The important thing is that, although we have to play with headphones, the chassis does not get excessively hot, so it does not bother to play with your hands placed on the keyboard.
Good sound, somewhat small keyboard and touchpad
And it's a shame that the ventilation system makes so much noise, because the speakers included in the Lenovo Legion Y740 are not bad at all. Despite being placed in the lower part, something that I do not understand having so much space in the upper part, they offer a good sound .
The equipment includes two speakers on the lower sides that project the sound against the support surface and a subwoofer placed on the bottom , between the two fans. This provides a bit more punch to the audio, boosting the bass.
The truth is that the speakers sound quite good up to a level of about 80% . If we raise them more we will get some distortion. But I can assure you that 80-85% is quite a high value, since the speakers have power.
Finally, I want to talk briefly about the keyboard and the touchpad. The Lenovo Legion Y740 has a full keyboard, which is somewhat small for my taste . Not because of the size of the keyboard itself, but if we compare it with the large space that the equipment has free.
Leaving this aside, the touch is pleasant and you can write very well with it . It also has Corsair lighting , so we can synchronize it with the peripherals of this brand.
As for the touchpad , the same thing happened to me as with the keyboard. I see it too small for all the space we have on the inside of the team. Of course, the operation is correct . It responds quickly, does not give phantom keystrokes and is capable of detecting that we are writing while blocking it so as not to bother.
In a laptop like this, autonomy is not to shoot rockets
I told you at the beginning that the Lenovo Legion Y740 is not a team to take with us everywhere. Unless we use it to do back exercises. One reason is size, the other weight and the third reason is autonomy.
The equipment has a 76 Wh battery , a capacity that will provide us with an autonomy of about 2 hours if we do not play too much. Also, the power supply that comes with the Legion Y740 is huge and heavy. Of course, it has a power of 230W, which will allow us to charge the laptop to 100% in just over an hour .
Conclusions and price
The Lenovo Legion Y740 is a true beast to play with . It is a very powerful computer, equipped with one of the best graphics that we can find in the market. A computer with which you can work with the most demanding programs and then play some games with the highest quality.
It has a very well calibrated screen, has a design that does not clash in a more formal environment, is made with premium components and offers very elegant lighting. It is also well equipped at the connectivity level.
The problem is that, although it is in the form of a laptop, it is not an easily portable device . It weighs almost 3 kg, has a very large design and the magazine is gigantic. And speaking of the charger, the bad thing is that we will not be able to leave it at home, since the battery lasts very little time. So it is best to consider this device as a computer that we can move around the house and take with us in an emergency.
That said, the Lenovo Legion Y740 is one of the best gaming laptops that you can find on the market. Its price is 2,600 euros with the configuration that we have tested.