Lenovo Legion Y520
Hello! Guys, Today, I’m going to take a look at Lenovo Legion Y520 Gaming Laptop review. Now, the Y520 falls under Lenovo’s new Legion brand and aimed as an entry-level mainstream gaming device for those on a budget. Pricing starts at 900 dollars which put it in line with the Acer VX 15, The Dell Inspiron on 7567 and the HP Omen 15. So, is it worth it let’s find out-
The Lenovo Y520 is the cleanest looking one, it’s made out of all plastic like the competition. But instead of being all red or rocking a very aggressive design. It maintains a gamer appearance while looking simple and clean. It weighs 5.3 pounds so it’s slightly heavier than the 4.8, 5 pound HP Omen but lighter than the Acer VX and Dell 7567.
The build quality is good, it’s on-par with competitors in this price range. To get inside, you flip it over, remove some screws and opening it up, we have a good amount of upgradeable components. There’s a 2.5” drive bay, an M2 slot that supports PCIe, the configurations with SSD drives have pretty good speeds. And if you pop off this metal shroud here, you can access the RAM.
Ports & Slots: –
Four ports on the left there’s a Kensington Lock, Power connector, Ethernet jack, a USB 2.0 Port and a headphone jack. On the right, you have a USB type-c 2.0 port, 4 in 1 card reader, 2 USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI port. Unfortunately, there’s no thunderbolt 3 or USB 3.1 port.
The display is one of the better-looking ones in the sub-$ 1000 gaming laptop market. It has a 15.6-inch display with 1080p resolution, the color gamut is kind of mediocre and even after calibration, color accuracy isn’t the best. But it reasonably bright and viewing angles are good because it’s an IPS panel. Bezels aren’t too thick.
The 720p HD camera looks nothing special, a bit noisy and flat but this seems to be the case with most laptops these days.
Down at the Keyboard, we have a couple of different textures. We have a brushed finish here and the rest of the deck is this kind of soft-touch finish. The keyboard has red accents and red backlighting. The number pad on the right is a little different. I don’t think have I’ve seen a layout like before. If you’re a number pad pro or just use number pads often, you’ll probably find it strange. The rest of the layout is good it’s easy to type on. Keys have 1.2mm of travel, keystrokes feel a little soft but it’s comfortable to use. And I think most people will easily get used to this keyboard.
The Trackpad itself kind of feels like glass but I’m pretty sure it’s plastic. It’s just a nice, smooth finish. Synaptics drivers, but good tracking and gesture control. The buttons are not built into the trackpad, they dedicated buttons. But they feel mediocre, the middle areas act like a lever so the closer you get to the middle, the harder it is to click. You can only press it down on the sides and I just don’t love this trackpad.
Performance overall is good, it uses KabyLake CPUs, and a GTX 1050 Ti, even on the base model. I’m running the upgraded i7 configuration but the gaming performance is going to be similar between this and the i5. On the 1050 Ti and the 7700 HQ, something lighter like overwatch will hit 70 FPS on Ultra. On high, we’re looking at almost 120 FPS. Doom on ultra will still float above 60 FPS. Basically, any of the more optimized shooters will play really nicely on this system. Something a bit more demanding like Battlefield 1, you’ll need to drop the graphics to high to get that 60 FPS zone. But in general, any of the current titles will play nicely on the 1050 Ti, it’s the best value GPU for gaming laptops right now.
If you’re editing videos, this is still a great choice, especially because there are two drives in there. But if you the color accurate work, I would totally plug up an external monitor. Surface temperature, even on load, stays comfortable to use. There’s also an extreme cooling mode in software, just to crank the fans up if you really want the best thermal performance. The heat pipe layout isn’t my favorite, it’s an older-style design. The fans often spin on idle but it’s still quiet.
For sound, there are two Herman Kardon speakers and the placement is forward-facing too high just under the display. They sound very clear with nice highs and mid but have very little bass. Now, they don’t get that loud but sound fine if you’re in a quiet room.
The battery’s down here, it’s relatively small, we’re looking at a 45Wh battery. And I’m getting a little less than four hours of regular use with the screen at 250 nits. If you’re playing games, it’s going to be closer to 45 minutes to an hour. So, I really wish they’d put a bigger battery in this thing, but that’s the compromise you gotta make at this price point.
Overall, with the Lenovo Legion Y520, you’re getting a device with a lot of plastic materials but with good build quality. You’re getting a decent IPS screen, bright but weak color gamut. The Keyboard is good, Trackpad is good but the buttons on the trackpad are not so good. Inside, the KabyLake CPU options and the 1050 Ti deliver awesome performance for the dollar. Cooling is done reasonably well.
The RAM and the storage are all easy to access for future upgrades. The battery is a little light, we’re looking at around four hours of average use. So this laptop, there’s not much I dislike about it, for this price point, it’s really good. The one advantages I’d say the Lenovo has over other competitors at this price point is that they often have pretty good sales.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|Lenovo Legion Y520||Rs. 92,490|
|Lenovo Legion Y520||$ 908.14|
|WLAN & Bluetooth- 1 x 1 Wi-Fi 802.11 ac + Bluetooth 4.1 Combo
LAN- 10/100/1000M Gigabit Ethernet
|BODY||Dimensions- 14.96 x 10.43 x 1.01-inches
|DISPLAY||Type & Size- 15.6-inch FHD (1929 x 1080p), 16:9, IPS, Anti-Glare
Graphics- Up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GDDR5
|PROCESSOR||OS- Windows 10 Home
-Up to 7th Generation Intel Core i7 Proocessor ac
|MEMORY||-Up to 16GB DDR4, 2 x SODIMM Slots
Storage- 1 TB/2 TB SATA HDD
|PORTS||– 1 x USB 3.0 (Type-c)
-2 x USB 3.0
-1 x USB 2.0
-1 x HDMI
-Audio jack, Microphone jack, RJ45 LAN
-4 in 1 Card Reader ( AD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC)
|SOUND||-2 x 2W Harman certified speakers with Dolby audio premium|
|POWER||Battery Life- up to 4 hour|