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Lenovo Legion Y530 vs. Legion Y730 vs. Legion Y7000: Battle of brothers

Lenovo Legion Y730 vs. Legion Y530 vs. Legion Y7000: Battle of brothers
Lenovo Legion Y730 vs. Legion Y530 vs. Legion Y7000: Battle of brothers
Lenovo's latest lineup of Legion laptops aims directly for budget-conscious gamers with its fairly low starting prices. All models share very similar internals between them despite their distinct appearances. We compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of each.

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Lenovo unveiled the budget Legion Y530, mainstream Legion Y730, and mainstream Legion Y7000 early last year all at the same time. The Y530 and Y730 supplant the Y520 and Y720, respectively, while the Y7000 is a special offshoot of the Y530 designed for large retailers. Their motherboards are all nearly identical as shown by our comparison shots below for very similar serviceability and port placement.

Let's start with the budget Y530. This particular model is mostly plastic with no per-key RGB lighting or Thunderbolt 3, but it includes a NumPad and up to the GTX 1060 GPU. It's currently one of the least expensive laptops with the GTX 1060 money can buy.

Moving up one step is the mainstream Y730. This model comes in 15-inch (15ICH) and 17-inch (17ICH) sizes, but we'll focus on the 15-inch option for a more direct comparison to the 15-inch Y530 and 15-inch Y7000. The 15-inch Y730 improves upon the Y530 with aluminum surfaces, a thinner profile, Thunderbolt 3 port, and per-key RGB lighting. The NumPad on the right edge is omitted in favor of a column of Macro keys on the left edge to cater more towards gamers.

The crux of the Y730 is that it ships with only the GTX 1050 Ti GPU at the time of writing whereas both the Y530 and Y7000 can go up to the GTX 1060. We're unsure why Lenovo would limit the Y730 to the slower GPU when it is supposed to be the higher-end alternative to the Y530. The manufacturer did eventually announce a Y740 at CES 2019 with RTX graphics, but its planned Q2/Q3 launch window is still a long ways off.

Finally, the Y7000 takes the guts of the Y530 and replaces the chassis with a new "gamer" aesthetic. The result is a slightly thicker chassis with select features from both the Y530 and Y730. For example, its connectivity options and keyboard are identical to the Y530 while its larger battery capacity and IPS panel are identical to the Y730.

Our measurements and benchmarks below compare the Y530, Y730, and Y7000 in more detail. A single model isn't necessarily better than the rest since there are both unique and overlapping features. Core gamers who crave performance should avoid the Y730 because it carries the weaker GPU, but this same laptop would be the most balanced option for an office worker who also plays games on occasion.

We recommend checking out our individual reviews below for more information on each model.

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Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1118 (1106.5-1218.62)
Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060 GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø1097 (1069.15-1211.83)
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8300H, Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAL + HGST ST1000LM049 1 TB HDD; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø823 (815.58-828.24)
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 8300H, Toshiba KBG30ZMT128G; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø817 (804.93-829.48)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
Intel Core i7-8750H
175 Points ∼80%
Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060
Intel Core i7-8750H
172 Points ∼79%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
Intel Core i5-8300H
171 Points ∼78%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H
166 Points ∼76%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060
Intel Core i7-8750H
1196 Points ∼27%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
Intel Core i7-8750H
1192 Points ∼27%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
Intel Core i5-8300H
818 Points ∼19%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H
818 Points ∼19%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Physics
Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060
Intel Core i7-8750H
16762 Points ∼62%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
Intel Core i7-8750H
16722 Points ∼62%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H
11673 Points ∼43%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
Intel Core i5-8300H
11407 Points ∼42%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
Intel Core i7-8750H
11640 Points ∼29%
Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060
Intel Core i7-8750H
11622 Points ∼29%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H
8004 Points ∼20%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
Intel Core i5-8300H
7740 Points ∼19%
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
Intel Core i7-8750H
4440 Points ∼73%
Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060
Intel Core i7-8750H
4403 Points ∼72%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
Intel Core i5-8300H
4129 Points ∼68%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H
3931 Points ∼65%
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060
Intel Core i7-8750H
6013 Points ∼60%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
Intel Core i7-8750H
5983 Points ∼60%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
Intel Core i5-8300H
4959 Points ∼50%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H
4665 Points ∼47%
Productivity
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
Intel Core i5-8300H
7246 Points ∼75%
Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060
Intel Core i7-8750H
7179 Points ∼74%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
Intel Core i7-8750H
7019 Points ∼72%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H
6385 Points ∼66%
Essentials
Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060
Intel Core i7-8750H
9101 Points ∼85%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
Intel Core i7-8750H
8702 Points ∼82%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H
8457 Points ∼79%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
Intel Core i5-8300H
8418 Points ∼79%
Score
Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060
Intel Core i7-8750H
5250 Points ∼68%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
Intel Core i7-8750H
5125 Points ∼66%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
Intel Core i5-8300H
4812 Points ∼62%
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
Intel Core i5-8300H
4527 Points ∼58%
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
LG Display LP156WFG-SPB2, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060
BOE NV156FHM-N61, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
BOE NV156FHM-N61, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
B156HAN02.1, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
15 (8, 7)
42.8 (22.4, 20.4)
43.2 (25.2, 18)
43.6 (19.2, 24.4)
Response Time Black / White *
11 (7, 4)
36 (19.6, 16.4)
40 (21.2, 18.8)
32.4 (18, 14.4)
PWM Frequency
21740 (99)
21740 (99)
Screen
Brightness middle
305
312.9
286.5
282.8
Brightness
284
296
269
264
Brightness Distribution
83
88
84
88
Black Level *
0.52
0.37
0.33
0.42
Contrast
587
846
868
673
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.63
5.49
6.3
4.93
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
8.18
8.78
10.01
17.65
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.31
3.99
4.17
4.07
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.77
4.7
5.6
3.8
Gamma
2.54 87%
2.29 96%
2.23 99%
2.449 90%
CCT
7500 87%
6779 96%
6822 95%
6112 106%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
59
56.3
55.7
36
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
93
86.1
85.1
57
Total Average (Program / Settings)

* ... smaller is better

Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
8750H, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060
8750H, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
8300H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Intel Optane 16 GB MEMPEK1J016GAL + HGST ST1000LM049 1 TB HDD, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
8300H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), Toshiba KBG30ZMT128G, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
7.3
4.9
8
4.5
Idle Average *
11.1
8.1
11.8
10
Idle Maximum *
12.6
16.5
13.1
13.8
Load Average *
109
109.2
90.2
92.5
Load Maximum *
168
175.2
136.2
123.2
Witcher 3 ultra *
124.6
107.8
108.1

* ... smaller is better

Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
8750H, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 52 Wh
Lenovo Legion Y7000P-1060
8750H, GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 57 Wh
Lenovo Legion Y730-15ICH i5-8300H
8300H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 57 Wh
Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH
8300H, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 52.5 Wh
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
495
815
577
WiFi v1.3
228
346
315
245
Load
26
49
60
Legion Y7000 GTX 1060 (top)
Legion Y7000 GTX 1060 (top)
Legion Y7000 GTX 1060 (bottom)
Legion Y7000 GTX 1060 (bottom)
Legion Y730 GTX 1050 Ti (top)
Legion Y730 GTX 1050 Ti (top)
Legion Y730 GTX 1050 Ti (bottom)
Legion Y730 GTX 1050 Ti (bottom)
Legion Y530 GTX 1050 Ti (bottom)
Legion Y530 GTX 1050 Ti (bottom)
Legion Y530 GTX 1050 Ti (top)
Legion Y530 GTX 1050 Ti (top)

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Allen Ngo, 2019-01-13 (Update: 2019-01-13)
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Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.