As a player, although I'm not a teenager, I tend to get away from laptops that are too flashy. I want a stealthy beast, one that is powerful enough for my needs, but not so flashy that I want to tear my eyes out every time I see all that RGB. That's where the Lenovo Legion Y740 comes into play.
When it comes to gaming laptops, it is discreetly positive and, in fact, quite elegant and refined in its design.
The exterior is all black, but unlike the Y530 we checked last year, it doesn't seem cheap. RGB lighting is also done with good taste and is not very loud. The design is a bit unusual since the hinge is placed a little ahead of the back. Additional real estate admits additional refrigeration.
The specifications are excellent for the price. You get an Intel Core i7-9760H, Nvidia RTX 2060 GPU, 16 GB of RAM, 1 TB of SSD storage and a 15.6-inch FHD screen that can reach 144 Hz. For a machine designed to play 1080p, this is ideal.
I like the fact that most of the ports are in the back. Ethernet and HDMI are not ports that we need to access often, and since they are on the back, they do not interfere with the placement of the hands when playing.
The only USB 3.1 Gen 2 port on the side is enough for a mouse, and the headphone jack is also conveniently located. There is even Thunderbolt 3, if you need it.
But enough about the specs, what is it like to play?
In a word: great
I spent a few weeks with the device and spent dozens of hours playing everything from subway exodus to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare – the new – and Borderlands 3 In the unit I also recorded most of the game (hoping to become a famous YouTuber of games at some point, but that's a story for another time).
The laptop handled everything except Subway in the maximum configuration, and do not stutter once while playing. subway exodus It is a very heavy game that puts players like 2080 on their knees, so don't hold it against the Legin.
The heat, which is generated in large quantities, was expelled from the rear, leaving my hands relatively fresh and free to play comfortably. The lack of stuttering is indicative of the fact that the laptop can handle the thermal load.
The most interesting is the inclusion of dedicated macro keys. These come in the form of an additional column of keys to the left of the keyboard, which can be programmed to perform any function or set of functions. He rarely touched them while playing, but mapping the keys to Photoshop / Nvidia Highlights made things a bit more convenient.
The performance when editing video or using Photoshop was a bit confusing. When plugged in, the laptop goes through editions. When you disconnect, the performance is reduced by half, so I really do not recommend that you try to work on this machine while traveling.
The only factor that worries me is the screen. While it is fast, 144 Hz, and supports G-Sync, so there is no visual tear, black levels are not as good. Dark scenes in games and movies, like pica. Clean house mission in Modern warthey are barely visible This ruins the immersion. In fact, I felt so frustrated that I connected an external monitor to be able to complete certain missions with a certain degree of skill.
On the other hand, when you play competitively, that 144 Hz update frequency and G-Sync will transform your game and is a feature that I miss a lot.
There is a lot that I like about the Legion Y740. The design is nice and mature, and everything feels good. It is also solidly built, with nothing of that creak and squeak that you get from smaller laptops. The screen might work with a minor update, but other than that, I think you'll be happy to take the laptop with me wherever I go.
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