Intel has just released two separate 10th generation CPU announcements – Comet Lake and Ice Lake – and laptops based on these new chips will most likely hit stores in India at the same time. This should happen in a few months and will be a lot of confusion for buyers. While both new models are designed for thin and light laptops, we can still count on the 9th and 8th generation brands to run a little longer on more powerful machines.
The ninth generation of gaming and high-performance laptops announced in April this year is still the latest, and new laptops based on these CPUs are currently being launched. We saw these CPUs in action in the last laptops we tested, including the Asus ROG Zephyrus M GU502GU (test) and the MSI GT76 DT-9SG Titan (test).
Lenovo has added several new models to its Legion line of gaming laptops in India. Today we test the new Legion Y740 laptop, which has a G-Sync display, a keyboard with RGB backlighting per key, and the latest CPU and GPU tech from Intel and Nvidia. Should it be at the top of your shopping list? Let's find out.
Lenovo Legion Y740 design
The Lenovo Legion Y740 has a reserved design for a gaming laptop that we really like. We have seen some brands start moving from eye-catching, aggressive “gaming” designs to more subtle looks, which we think is a step in the right direction. This new model of the Legion Y740 looks identical to the models already available in India, which were originally presented at the CES this year.
The aluminum housing feels very durable and robust. The lid in particular offers excellent protection for the display, and we could not see any pixel deformation even after printing on the display. There are some plastic parts for the ventilation slots on the floor, but everything feels good together and of high quality.
Lenovo is trying to establish Legion as a gaming brand, like Acer did at Predator and Asus at ROG. Therefore, only a small Lenovo logo can be seen on the palm rest, while the rest of the laptop has a distinctive Legion branding. The lid has a vertically aligned logo with an RGB LED in the tristar symbol in the letter "O". We have more RGB LEDs in the outlet openings on the sides and on the back as well as for the on / off switch and the keyboard. That sounds like a lot, but the LEDs are placed so that you only see a subtle glow from them and they're not really on your face.
Just like the Legion Y530 that we tested last year, the hinge for the lid is about an inch from the back of the case and has room for some backlit logos for the connectors on the back. The double hinges have good torsion and can easily support the lid at a variety of angles, including 180 degrees to the rear. Most of the ports are on the back, including a mini DisplayPort, an HDMI video output, Ethernet, two USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A ports, a charging port and a Kensington lock slot.
The right side has a USB 3.1 Gen2 connector, while the left side has a Type C Thunderbolt 3 connector and a headphone / microphone combo connector. There's no SD card slot, not even a microSD card, which is a little disappointing.
The Legion Y740's 15.6-inch display has narrow frames on three of its four sides, making games and content a little more haunting. It also has a matte surface so reflections are not a problem. It is an IPS panel with a Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080), a refresh rate of 144 Hz and a brightness of 500 nits. The display also supports Nvidia's G-Sync for games and is Dolby Vision certified.
To view HDR content, the laptop must be connected to a power source and you need a compatible web browser (such as Microsoft Edge) or other software. The system automatically increases the brightness by up to 100 percent when playing HDR or Dolby Vision content.
Due to the narrow bezels, Lenovo had to place the webcam under the display, which leads to a very uncomfortable perspective during video chat.
The keyboard area is spacious, and since Lenovo didn't try to insert a number pad, the space between the keys is good. The keyboard was moved a little to the right due to an additional column with keyboard shortcuts, but we got used to it. The keys are flat, but thanks to good travel they are pleasant to type and very quiet. The additional buttons on the left contain a direct link to the Lenovo Vantage app. one to start screen capture from Xbox Game Bar; two customizable macro buttons; and two dedicated keys to adjust the keyboard backlight. The trackpad also works well and offers smooth tracking. There are even individual physical trackpad buttons.
The back half of the bottom of this laptop has a huge mesh for air intake. The base is held together by a series of screws along the periphery. The lack of a quick access door means that the entire bottom area must be removed if you want to access RAM and SSD. The Legion Y740 also has two speakers on either side that face down and a subwoofer. The speakers support Dolby Atmos and you can select different sound profiles using the app provided.
Overall, the Legion Y740 is a good-looking and well-built gaming notebook. The design is not too striking, and yet it is not boring either. The weight is 2.2 kg, and in addition to the massive 230 W power module, this is a fairly heavy overall package for daily commuting.
Lenovo Legion Y740 specifications and software
The Legion Y740 ships with an Intel Core i7-9750H CPU that has six cores with HyperThreading and a clock frequency range from 2.6 GHz to 4.5 GHz. A total of 16 GB DDR4-RAM (2666 MHz) are executed in two-channel mode thanks to two 8 GB modules. The Legion Y740 has a 1 TB PCIe NVMe Samsung SSD and no additional mechanical drive. The graphics are processed by an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU with 6 GB of GDDR6 memory. There are also Killer Networks dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.1.
The laptop comes with Windows 10 Home and some other pre-installed programs, e.g. For example, a trial version of McAfee Livesafe and a full version of Office Home and Student 2019. The management app developed by Lenovo is called Vantage. This gives you real-time snapshots of the CPU, GPU, RAM, and memory usage along with other tools. You can use it to keep all drivers up to date. Program the macro buttons. and change battery profiles etc.
The keyboard backlight is controlled by Corsair's iCUE software, which includes a number of presets for different lighting patterns. You can manually illuminate a selected number of buttons, associate a lighting pattern with a specific program or game, and more.
Lenovo Legion Y740 performance and battery life
On the Legion Y740, Windows and pretty much every program we played on it ran like a champion. The PCIe SSD offers very good read and write speeds and makes booting into Windows or loading programs very fast. The refresh rate of 144 Hz ensures a fluid experience and makes everything you do snappy. In contrast to some other laptops like the Asus ROG Strix Scar II (test), in which the refresh rate drops to 60 Hz when the battery is not connected, the display continues to run at 144 Hz in battery mode.
The brightness of the display is very good, the colors are vivid and powerful with good viewing angles, and the HDR content looks good. When viewing letterbox videos, there was a slight backlight in two places at the bottom of the display. It's not too distracting, but it's something that catches the eye. The stereo speakers also get quite loud, although we noticed a slight distortion at full volume.
The Legion Y740 also runs quite warm on battery power. The buttons and palm rest stay relatively cool, but the bottom gets pretty warm all the time. The laptop uses Lenovo's Coldfront cooling system, which has two fans with 70 blades each and is said to run quieter than before. This seems to do its job as long as you don't load the CPU or GPU, but start a game and the fans become audible. Fortunately, the noise doesn't reach a howling pitch.
The new 9th generation Intel Core CPU performs well in benchmarks. In the synthetic POVRay test, the rendering of a raytrace scene was completed in 1 minute and 46 seconds. The Cinebench R20 delivered good single-threaded and multi-threaded CPU values of 446 and 2,611, respectively. We achieved 5,667 points in PCMark 10 and 12,498 points in 3DMark FireStrike.
Practical tests also showed good prospects. Compressing a 3.2 GB folder with various files took 2 minutes and 23 seconds, while encoding a video to H.265 MKV with Handbrake took about 1 minute and 6 seconds. The SSD also delivered very good read and write speeds. The sequential read and write bandwidth was well over 1.6 Gbps, while the random read and write bandwidth was still over 1 Gbps.
Playing is the main purpose of this laptop and it doesn't disappoint. The GeForce RTX 2060 GPU is very well suited for 1080p games, even if ray tracing functions are activated in games that support this. With G-Sync, you can prevent screen tearing in games that don't deliver constant 60 + fps. In Far Cry 5 we managed to achieve an average of solid 79 fps with the ultra graphics default and the integrated benchmark. The actual gameplay was also smooth, with no noticeable jerking.
In Shadow of The Tomb Raider, we determined an average of 66 frames per second with TAA antialiasing and DX12 at the highest graphics specification. Enabling Raytrace shadows in the Ultra setting provided more realism, but lowered the frame rate to about 44 fps. However, Nvidia's DLSS function is helpful here as it increases the frame rate to around 69 fps. Deus Ex: Mankind split is still a difficult game, and with all settings, the Legion Y740 could only achieve an average of 17 fps in the game benchmark. If we set the graphics default from "Ultra" to "High", we get a more playable frame rate of around 20 fps.
In The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, we achieved a good average frame rate of 58 fps with maximum graphics. We also tested Battlefield V, another game that supports DLSS and Ray Tracing. With these two activated functions and the "High" graphics default, we determined an average of 68 frames per second in the single player campaign "Under no flag".
Battery life is not an issue for most people, especially when using high quality components. The Legion Y740 only ran 55 minutes in our Battery Eater Pro benchmark, which is pretty bad. In normal use, where we worked in a web browser with a screen brightness of around 40 percent, we managed to work 2 hours and 15 minutes before the battery level dropped to 10 percent.
You can save a little more time by switching to Lenovo with the Lenovo Vantage software. This requires a restart, which essentially deactivates Nvidia's G-Sync function and uses the GPU integrated in the CPU as the primary connection to the display. This way the GeForce RTX 2060 can be switched off when it is not needed. In this mode we had a runtime of approx. 3 hours and 20 minutes with a backlit keyboard with medium brightness and music streaming via the speakers.
The Lenovo Legion Y740 offers a well-crafted package, especially the configuration we have for Rs in retail. 1,39,990 in the Lenovo India online shop. It is well designed and built; the appearance is not too striking; it has a very comfortable keyboard; the internals are powerful; and we like the HDR-enabled display.
This laptop is not too thick, but it is harder to carry, especially if you include the Power Brick. Although the fans do not get that loud, this laptop still runs warm even when you are not playing or not using a battery. An SD card slot is also missing. As expected, the battery life is low. And the webcam is not something you want to use due to the uncomfortable placement. We also wished it would be easier to update RAM and memory.
Overall, the Lenovo Legion Y740 (81UH006YIN) offers a lot of bells and whistles, aside from good gaming performance, which makes it one of the better options on the market and worth considering.