Lenovo Legion Y740 (15-inch) Hands-On, First Impressions
Back in April, Lenovo launched its newest gaming laptop iterations under the Legion series and among them is the Legion Y740. Now, this lovely laptop has an overall appealing design which was seen in its previous generation. Let’s take a look at how this gaming beast initially fared below. Let’s begin!
The Legion Y740 has a premium and stealthy look thanks to its gunmetal aluminum finish. Just like its predecessor, it has a “Legion” logo at the right side with a visible “Y” shape inside the letter O that lights up. I like this type of design because not only it looks stylish and cold but also, I can bring this device anywhere without people having to worry if I am carrying a gaming laptop or not.
What I like about this device is that you can flip the screen up to 180-degrees, an aspect that isn’t familiar with gaming laptops.
Opening the lid can be done with one hand, which is great as it indicates sturdy hinges. There is very little screen flex, meaning that the device is well-built — props to Lenovo for this. The unit that we have is the 15.6-inch variant, and I’m happy to know that the Y740 comes with a 144Hz refresh rate and it also supports NVIDIA G-Sync. The top and side bezels are pretty slim, which is excellent; however, the bottom is thick due to the chin camera located here, as well as, the Lenovo logo placed just above it. It’s a bit weird to see your face chin-first when opening the laptop’s webcam but given that users usually play, it’s okay, so I’ll let it slide.
Moving to the right, you’ll see a USB 3.1 Gen 2 port and an exhaust vent that has its RGB lighting. At the leftmost side, you’ll see the side-mounted loudspeaker. It never ceases to amaze me that Lenovo came up with the idea of putting RGB lights even in the vents, making it very aesthetically pleasing.
On the left are the 3.5mm audio port, Thunderbolt 3 Type-C port, another exhaust vent with RGB lighting, and another loudspeaker. It’s nice to see that both sides have two vents that will help dissipate the heat without any hindrance.
At the back are two more exhaust vents with RGB which are always good to see. Other ports include the Mini Display Port, HDMI, RJ-45, two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, AC adapter, and the Kensington lock. So far, I love how Lenovo made the design of the Y740 in favor of putting more exhaust vents because it will help lower the temperature of the laptop when gaming.
The body of the Lenovo Y740 is made up of a matte metallic finish. There is a little keyboard flex when I press them between the keys; it’s a good indication that it has a sturdy chassis. Looking closely, the chiclet RGB backlit keyboard doesn’t have any numpad, a detail that’s slightly a bummer given that it’s sized at 15.6-inches. One important thing is that on the left side, there are six additional keys, including two macros and backlit keyboard lighting adjustments. You can adjust the lighting effects via Corsair’s iCue software, but we’ll talk about that in the full review so stay tuned. The buttons feel nice when pressed; however, it feels slightly mushy for me.
For the trackpad, it feels smooth when I ran my fingers across it; however, I do think that it is too small to my liking. It also has physical buttons for the left and right mouse buttons, which I think is a weird sight given the laptop designs in 2019.
Overall, the Legion Y740 feels solid and premium, and is relatively light for a gaming laptop. It’s also comfortable to hold with only one hand as it is slim and thin.
Powering the Lenovo Legion Y740 is an 8th-Gen Intel Core i7 processor, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics that goes up to RTX 2080 with Max-Q design, up to 32GB of RAM, up to 1TB PCIe NVMe storage, and up to 2TB HDD. So far, this device is very promising not just in design, but also in the features and specs. The power of ray tracing is in the laptop, so I’ll take it for a full spin considering this so stay tuned for our review on this gaming beast in the coming days!
Lenovo Legion Y740 (15-inch) specs:
- 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS (144 Hz / 72% Color Gamut / 300 nits / NVIDIA G-Sync)
- 8th-Gen Intel Core i7-8750H processor
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 with Max-Q Design
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
- Up to 32 GB DDR4 RAM; 2666 MHz
- 128GB/ 256 GB/ 512GB/ 1TB PCIe NVMe
- 1 TB/2 TB HDD
- Windows 10 Home
- Corsair iCUE RGB Backlit Keyboard
- Dolby Atmos Speaker System
- Killer Wireless 2 x 2 802.11 AC
- Bluetooth 4.1
- 1x 720p HD Camera
- 1x USB Type-C Port
- 1x Mini DisplayPort 1.4
- 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
- 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2
- 1 x USB Thunderbolt 3 Type-C
- 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
- 1x HDMI 2.0
- 1x RJ-45 port
- 1x AC Adapter Port
- 1x Kensington Lock Slot
- 1x 3.5 mm Audio Jack
- 57 WHr, 3 Cells
- Iron Grey