Lenovo Legion Y540 Hands-On
Lenovo sent us another gaming laptop from their Legion line, the Y540, to review. This particular variant sacrifices the high refresh rate display and 8GB of RAM to achieve a lower price point. Before we take a deep dive into its performance and nuisance, let’s take a tour of the device first.
The Legion Y540 has an embossed, diagonal finish which makes the device feel a little bit premium. Unlike the Legion Y545, the base of the Legion Y540 is larger, and the display is held up by two hinges.
The top lid is void of any design, except for the Legion logo.with an illuminated Y on the O.
At the rear, there are two exhaust grills and most of the ports. There’s a USB Type-C, MiniDisplay Port, USB 3.1, HDMI, Ethernet port, security keyhole, and power port.
On the left, you can find a USB 3.1 port and a 3.5mm headphone/mic combo port.
On the right, there’s a USB 3.1 port, and LED indicators for power and charging status.
Below, there’s a massive heat vent that spans almost half of the entire laptop and two large rubber feet.
On the front end located are two angled downward-firing speakers.
Opening the laptop will reveal the 15.6-inch anti-glare IPS display running at 60hz and up to 250 nits. Unfortunately, the 250 nits model only has a 45% gamut rating.
Situated on the chin are the HD webcam and dual-array microphones.
The keyboard on the Legion Y540 is identical to the keyboard on the Legion Y545. It’s almost a full-sized keyboard, with the nav keys sharing the arrow keys. The chiclet-style keyboard has excellent per-key stability, consistency, and tactile feedback. White backlighting is also available is toggled by pressing the Fn key + space bar.
The touchpad on the Legion Y540 has a physical left and right mouse, unlike the Legion Y545, whose buttons are underneath the touchpad itself.
Our model came with an Intel i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660ti, 8GB of 2667MHz RAM, 1TB of SSD storage, and is priced at PHP 89,995. Stay tuned for our in-depth review to see whether or not 8GB of RAM is enough for today’s games, as well as how well the machine performs overall.
Lenovo Legion Y540 specs:
15.6-inch FHD IPS Display 45% color gamut
Intel Core i7-9750H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660ti
8GB 2667MHz DDR4 RAM
1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
WiFi 802.11 ac 2 x 2
1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Always On)
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
1 x USB 3.1 Type-C (w/ over DisplayPort function)
1 x HDMI 2.0
Mini DisplayPort 1.4
3.5mm headphone/microphone combo jack
AC power adapter jack
360mm x 267mm x 24.2mm – 25.9mm