Lenovo Legion Y720 – 15.6″ Gaming Laptop
Lenovo Legion Y720 – 15.6″ Gaming Laptop This is one ugly notebook, in a sort of mid-2000s goth kind of way. It maintains the stereotypical black and red coloring of gaming notebooks, but with some touches that make you question who designed it. The aluminum lid features Lenovo’s logo in the top left-hand corner and its red, Y-series logo in the center. If that were it, the design would be mediocre and boring, but fine. No one I showed this design to had anything positive to say about it.
The Legion Y720’s 15.6-inch, 1080p display is dim and bland. The first thing I did when I got this notebook was try to crank the brightness up further — but nope, it only goes so high. When I watched the trailer for Thor: Ragnarok, the Asgardian’s bright red cape appeared a darker shade of crimson than it should have, but the Hulk appeared the right shade of jade. I could even make out some stubble on the Hulk’s gamma-irradiated chin.
The screen just isn’t very bright, measuring an average of 210 nits on our light meter. It’s below the average (271 nits) as well as the showings by the Predator (226) and Origin (276 nits). Only the Prestige was dimmer, at 192 nits.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The Legion’s keyboard is nothing to write home about, but it’ll get the job done. It has a modest 1.5 millimeters of travel (1.5 to 2mm is typical), which is just what we like, but it felt just a tiny bit stiff, with a required 75 grams of actuation to press the keys down. On the 10fastfingers.com typing test, I blazed along at 111 words per minute, falling in the middle of my usual 107- to 115-wpm range, but with a 3 percent error rate, just above my standard 2 percent. There was no give in the keyboard, but the spacebar made a quiet squeaky sound.
I love the RGB backlighting, which I think all gaming laptops should have at this point. You set up the customizations via Lenovo’s easy-to-use Nerve Sense gaming app. In lieu of the right Windows key, Lenovo placed a video-recording button to capture your best gaming moments.
The shoulder and bottom-facing speakers roared across our midsized conference room when I listened to Imagine Dragons’ “Believer,” filling the air with everything from loud vocals and electric guitars to pounding drums and soft, lower-volume acoustic guitars.
Gaming, Graphics and VR
The Legion’s Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 has enough might to play games on High settings and in VR. When I booted up Mass Effect Andromeda, I jumped into a battle on 1080p at Ultra settings, but the output fluctuated wildly between 46 and 70 fps as I used Ryder’s jump jets to traverse a battlefield, and there was some screen tearing. When I moved down to High settings, the Legion ran at a more stable range of 66 to 70 fps with no tearing at all.
On the Hitman benchmark at 1080p and Very High settings, the Legion rendered the game at 62 fps, just behind results from the Predator (64 fps, GTX 1060) but ahead of the mainstream average (55 fps) and showings by the Prestige (39 fps, GTX 1050) and Origin (50 fps, GTX 1050 Ti).
But the Legion underperformed on the Rise of the Tomb Raider benchmark (1080p, Very High), running at 35 fps, just below the average (36 fps) and far behind the Predator (67 fps). The Origin (24 fps) and Prestige (18 fps) were below our 30-fps playability threshold.
The Legion earned a score of 6.7 on the SteamVR Performance Test, making it ready for VR. The average is 5.7, and the Predator, with the same graphics card, notched a 7.1.
Getting set up to play was really easy, thanks to the Legion’s built-in Xbox wireless adapter. I could take an Xbox One controller without Bluetooth and connect it easily and without plugging it in. While newer Xbox One controllers have Bluetooth, older ones don’t. That didn’t stop me from going into the Windows devices menu and selecting Other (as opposed to Wi-Fi or Bluetooth) and pairing an early Xbox One controller just like any other device.
This keyboard is very nice. Probably one of the best keyboards I have ever used on a laptop. It has more of a chiclet style feel which I personally love. The keyboard is a bit odd. What I mean by that is the placement of the arrow keys and num pad.
Touchpad works really well and is a very nice place. When I type I am not hitting it like I do with a lot of laptops. It does show alot of fingerprints though.
Screen is the perfect amount of HD and looks fine while gaming. Considering returning for the 4k model though after watching some of the E3 games that will be coming soon.
The size is not too bad, it is no ultrabook but for what is inside the size is reasonable. Fans are really quiet, even under load.
Speakers are the best I have ever heard.
Top notch SSD, uses nvme samsung pro ssd.
RGB Keyboard that you can change colors. Has four quadrants and sever settings you can change.
Lenovo Legion Y720 – 15.6″ Gaming Laptop
- The Legion Y720 was built for gaming with 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processors, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics and hybrid storage.
- The Legion Y720 is the world’s first Dolby Atmos PC, delivering next generation audio that flows around you.
- With integrated Xbox One Wireless Controller Support and an optional multi-color backlight programmable keyboard you can choose to play your way.
- The Legion Y720 is Oculus Certified, meaning you can enter a gaming world in virtual reality.
|Sales Package||Laptop, Battery, Power Adaptor, User Guide, Warranty Documents|
|Battery Backup||Upto 5 hours|
|Processor and Memory Features|
|Dedicated Graphic Memory Type||GDDR5|
|Dedicated Graphic Memory Capacity||6 GB|
|Processor Name||Core i7|
|Processor Generation||7th Gen|
|Graphic Processor||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060|
|SSD Capacity||256 GB|
|HDD Capacity||2 TB|
|Clock Speed||2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost Upto 3.8 GHz|
|Memory Slots||2 Slots|
|RAM Frequency||2400 MHz|
|OS Architecture||64 bit|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home|
|System Architecture||64 bit|
|Port and Slot Features|
|USB Port||3 x USB 3.0|
|HDMI Port||1 x HDMI Port|
|Display and Audio Features|
|Screen Size||15.6 inch|
|Screen Resolution||1920 x 1080 pixel|
|Screen Type||Full HD LED Backlit Anti-glare IPS Slim Display|
|Speakers||Built-in Dual Speakers|
|Internal Mic||Built-in Microphone|
|Sound Properties||2 x 2 W JBL Speakers with Chamber|
|Wireless LAN||WIFI 2x2 AC|
|Dimensions||380 x 277 x 29 mm|
|Disk Drive||Not Available|
|Web Camera||HD Webcam|
|Included Software||One Key Recovery, Lenovo Companion, Lenovo App Explorer, Lenovo Nerve Sense, Microsoft Office 2016|
|Additional Features||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 for desktop level performance, i7 7th Gen with upto 3.8 GHz Turbo Boost, 16 GB DDR4 VRAM for lag-free performance, 256 GB SSD for reduced boot up time and in-game loading, Full HD LED Backlit Anti-glare IPS Slim Display, 1 Year Brand Onsite Warranty|
|Warranty Summary||1 Year Onsite Warranty|
|Warranty Service Type||Onsite|
|Covered in Warranty||Manufacturing Defects|
|Not Covered in Warranty||Physical Damage|
|Domestic Warranty||1 Year|