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Lenovo Legion series will branch off into two distinct designs with the Y7000 and Y530

Lenovo Legion series will branch off into two distinct designs with the upcoming Y530 and Y7000 (Source: Lenovo)
Lenovo Legion series will branch off into two distinct designs with the upcoming Y530 and Y7000 (Source: Lenovo)
The 2017 15.6-inch Legion Y520 will split into two successors this year as the Legion Y530 and Legion Y7000. The Y7000 represents a more natural evolution of the existing Legion design while the Y530 will be more restrained in its looks to appeal to office workers. Both, however, are otherwise very similar in performance and internal options.

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We all knew that Lenovo would be refreshing its popular mainstream 15.6-inch Legion Y520 gaming laptop for 2018. What we didn't know, however, was that Lenovo would be refreshing its Legion Y520 with not one but two parallel and distinct successors. Both the new 15.6-inch Legion Y530/Y730 and Legion Y7000 will directly replace the outgoing Y520/Y720 when they launch next month. More information on the Legion Y530 and Y730 can be found on our preview page here.

So, why have two direct successors instead of one? The older design philosophy for the Y520 had a gaudy and bright red impression that cemented the Legion name as an uninhibited series for gamers. According to Lenovo, however, its appearance may have been *too* gaudy which they believe could have turned off non-gamers. To address this, the manufacturer has created two 15.6-inch model designs to succeed the Y520: The minimalist and more business-like Y530/Y730 and the sharper and more gamer-centric Y7000. Gamers who want to bring a Legion to executive meetings may prefer the Y530/Y730 while classic gaming purists may prefer the brasher look of the Y7000.

Beyond their visual differences, however, both the 15.6-inch Y530/Y730 and Y7000 will have almost identical display options, connectivity ports, CPU and GPU options, and battery sizes. There will be small differences in weight and thickness, but their internals will be very nearly the same with each system even utilizing inter-changeable 135 W AC adapters. By offering these two discrete styles wrapped around similarly powerful internals, Lenovo is hoping to better cater to a wider audience. It's an understandable approach considering that Gigabyte and MSI each offer business-centric laptops equipped with powerful gaming internals as well.

The Legion Y7000 will launch in August for $960 USD or a full month before the Legion Y730. Lenovo says it will be exclusive to retailers like Walmart and Costco in the U.S. but with general availability overseas. Unlike the Y730 which will be available in 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch sizes, there will only be 15.6-inch SKUs of the Legion Y7000 for now.

Lenovo Legion Y530Lenovo Legion Y7000
CPUIntel 8th gen Core i5-8300H, i7-8750HIntel 8th gen Core i5-8300H, i7-8750H
GPUGeForce GTX 1050, GTX 1050 Ti, GTX 1060GeForce GTX 1050, GTX 1050 Ti, GTX 1060
Display15.6-inch matte FHD IPS, 250/300 nit, 60/144 Hz15.6-inch matte FHD IPS, 300 nit, 60/144 Hz
RAMUp to 32 GB DDR4 2666 MHzUp to 32 GB DDR4 2666 MHz
Storage2.5-inch SATA III w/ 16 GB Optane support2.5-inch SATA III
Connectivity3x USB 3.1 Type-A, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, HDMI 2.0, mini-Displayport, RJ-45, 3.5 mm audio3x USB 3.1 Type-A, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, HDMI 2.0, mini-Displayport, RJ-45, 3.5 mm audio
ChassisTextured ABS Plastic, NumPad, White backlightTextured ABS Plastic, NumPad, White backlight
Battery3-cell 52.6 W, 135 W AC adapter3-cell 52.5 W, 135 W AC adapter
Weight, Thickness2.3 kg, 24.2 mm2.3 kg, 25.7 mm
Starting Price$930 USD$960 USD
Same 6.7 mm bezels on all three sides as the new Y530 and Y730
Same 6.7 mm bezels on all three sides as the new Y530 and Y730
Y7000 design is a direct evolution of the Y720 that it replaces
Y7000 design is a direct evolution of the Y720 that it replaces
Webcam placement is sub-optimal
Webcam placement is sub-optimal
White keyboard backlight unlike the per-RGB keys of the Y730
White keyboard backlight unlike the per-RGB keys of the Y730
USB ports along three of the four edges
USB ports along three of the four edges
Much like the Y530 and Y730, there will be no card reader
Much like the Y530 and Y730, there will be no card reader
Corners are sharpened slightly
Corners are sharpened slightly
Rear "jet engine" design reminiscent of many Asus and Aorus laptops
Rear "jet engine" design reminiscent of many Asus and Aorus laptops
USB Type-C but no Thunderbolt 3
USB Type-C but no Thunderbolt 3
Legion Y7000 (top) and Legion Y520 (bottom)
Legion Y7000 (top) and Legion Y520 (bottom)
Legion Y7000 (top) and Legion Y520 (bottom)
Legion Y7000 (top) and Legion Y520 (bottom)
Legion Y7000 (top) and Legion Y520 (bottom)
Legion Y7000 (top) and Legion Y520 (bottom)
Legion Y7000 (top) and Legion Y520 (bottom)
Legion Y7000 (top) and Legion Y520 (bottom)
Rear design reminds us a lot of the Alienware series
Rear design reminds us a lot of the Alienware series
Plastic base whereas the Y730 is all aluminum
Plastic base whereas the Y730 is all aluminum
Similar keyboard to the Y530. Note the lack of dedicated mouse keys unlike on the Y530
Similar keyboard to the Y530. Note the lack of dedicated mouse keys unlike on the Y530

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Allen Ngo, 2018-06-11 (Update: 2018-06- 9)
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