Lenovo Legion Y520 now available
PC manufacturing giant Lenovo is better known for its ThinkPad line of high-end productivity computers than for its gaming machines, but Lenovo has produced a gaming-orientated series of laptops (the Y series) for years now. Y Series machines tend to be more conservatively designed than some of its more flashy competitors while also not being as slick as the smooth, spacecraft-esque lines of recent Alienware machines or Razer’s skinny Blade series. Lenovo announced the Legion Y520 at CES this year, and the machine has recently became available to buy.
The Y520 is positioned as a more affordable gaming machine, with prices ranging from $920 to $1250. CPU choices range from a Core i5-7300HQ at the base, to a Core i7-7700HQ at the high end. All configurations of the Y520 come with an Nvidia Geforce GTX 1050 Ti GPU with up to 16 GB of GDDR5 RAM. While by no means the fastest GPU on the market, the GTX 1050 Ti should be more than able to get respectable framerates out of current games on the Y520’s 1080p display. Buyers can also choose between 128 or 256 GB PCIe SSD or a 1 TB HDD. According to Lenovo’s own spec-sheet, the Y520 offers a paltry 4 hours of battery life.
The Y520’s specs and design are largely unremarkable, but Lenovo has a well-deserved reputation for solid build quality. When discounts inevitably show up, gamers may find the Y520 to be an affordable and well-made portable gaming machine.