Lenovo is rolling out a massive overhaul to its Legion and IdeaPad gaming laptops, outfitting the machines with the latest in GPU and CPU technology. The company says it aims to “supercharge” its laptops to the point that “using a desktop PC for amped-performance is just a player’s choice – not a requirement.”
Leading the pack is the Legion Y740. Available as a 15 or 17-inch laptop, the Y740 ships with a ninth-get Intel Core processor (up to i7), Nvidia chip (up to RTX 2080 Max-Q), and as much as 32GB of DDR4 RAM. At 144Hz, the 1080p display rivals even the best specs afford by leading desktop monitors, including brightness up to 500 nits, G-Sync, and support for Dolby Vision HDR. And of course, extraordinary visuals mean nothing without top-notch audio to boot. Whether you’re listing via headphones or the Y740’s built-in speakers, Dolby’s Sound Radar technology ensures crystal clear, hi-fi audio. Lenovo is expected to start selling the Y740 for $1610 (15-inch) and $1670 (17-inch) in May.
Starting around $1200, the 15-inch Y7000p and Y540 both seem like respectable alternatives to the Y740. Boasting comparable display and CPU tech, the main drawback of the Y7000p and Y540 is the GPU tech. The company says Nvidia’s mid-range RTX 2060 is the best graphics processor for both machines. The Y540 is available as a 17-inch model for $1270.
Lastly, if you’re in the market for an everyday laptop that also happens to run the latest games without an issue, check out the company’s IdeaPad L340. Featuring a ninth-gen Core i7 and an Nvidia GTX 1650, the L340 is designed as a budget-friendly alternative to the Legion series. The L340 is available as an $870 15-inch model or a $920 16-inch model and is also set for a May release.