• Operating System: Windows 10 Home
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-7700HQ
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 1060
  • Memory: 16GB DDR4
  • Storage: 1TB HDD
  • Input/Output: 1x Gigabit LAN, 1x HDMI, 1x mini Displayport, 1x audio/mic combo jack, 3x USB 3.0,
  • 1x USB 3.1 Type-C (Thunderbolt 3)
  • Dimensions: 380 x 277 x 29 mm
  • Weight: 3.2kg
  • Pros:
  • Cooling efficiency
  • Audio quality
  • Price
  • Cons:
  • Huge bezels
  • Fingerprint magnet
  • Benchmark Results
  • PCMark Home: 2,977 points
  • PCMark Creative: 3,051 points
  • PCMark Work: 3,075 points
  • 3DMark Time Spy: 3,591 points
  • 3DMark Fire Strike: 9,504 points
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme: 5,093 points
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra: 2,656 points

Best In Class

Lenovo’s rebranding didn’t change the Y series of laptop much. However, the Lenovo Legion Y720 does look decidedly geared towards gamers now.
Similar to last year’s IdeaPad Y700, the Legion Y720 has a black aluminium outer body and slightly edgy design. Its textured lid has the new Legion logo emblazoned in the centre, but is unfortunately a major fingerprint magnet.

On the inside is a rubberised surface, a well-sized trackpad here and a backlit keyboard, as well as JBL speakers housed near the hinge. Going to the sides, we found a substantial variety in ports. There’s three USB ports, HDMI, mini-DP, a combo audio jack, and even a Thunderbolt capable Type-C port, which should allow you to connect it to an external GPU if you need more graphical processing power. Finally, there are fan grills at the bottom to vent out the heat from the notebook.

There’s plenty to like about the Legion Y720 from its design alone. First, the large trackpad has a decent click and good palm rejection, while the keyboard is spaced out well and comes with a numpad. However, the latter does sacrifice some navigational ones, turning them into FN combination keys to achieve that kind of spacing. The build quality also impressed us, showing no flex to its body or the display.

The audio and video quality of this notebook is equally impressive. Although we could do without the fat bezels, the IPS display has good colour accuracy, brightness and contrast. In addition, its JBL speakers comes with Dolby surround EQ, delivering crisp audio even at max volume.

Lenovo made sure that the computing performance kept up too. With its CPU and GPU combination, this gaming notebook is capable of playing even titles like Rise of the Tomb Raider or The Witcher 3 at 1080p, with mid to high settings. It’s cooling system does an excellent job of preventing hot laps and sweaty palms, plus the speeds can be ramped up to cool down even faster – as long as you don’t mind the extra noise.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Not the most powerful gaming notebook, but it performs in gaming and multimedia more than well enough, has lots of features, and is a lot more affordable.

(previously published in issue July 2017)

Lenovo Legion Y720