CES 2019 | Lenovo encourages gamers to "go beast mode" with the Legion Y740 gaming laptop
Lenovo’s Legion series of gaming laptops has improved steadily over the year, and each generation becomes more competitive in the cutthroat gaming market than the last. Lenovo may be upping the ante once again with the Legion Y740, the company’s newest gaming laptop unveiled at CES 2019.
The Legion Y740 is Lenovo’s latest flagship gaming laptop and packs quite a punch. Powered by Intel’s 8th-generation Core i5-8300H or Core i7-8750H, the Y740 is in league with other top-tier gaming laptops in terms of computing power. The CPU is coupled with up to 32 GB of DDR4 2666 MHz RAM (or an optional 16 GB of Corsair RAM overclocked to 3200 MHz) and up to a 512 GB PCIe SSD combined with either a 512 GB SATA SSD or 2 TB HDD. The 15-inch model will come with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, while the 17-inch model gets the powerful GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q.
The Legion Y740 comes in two screen sizes: a 15-inch and a 17-inch model. Both models have a FHD (1920x1080) 144 Hz panel with G-Sync rated at 300 nits. There is an optional 500 nit display option that is Dolby Vision HDR compatible. The 15-inch model uses a 3-cell 57 Wh battery, while the 17-inch model gets bumped up to a 4-cell 76 Wh battery. The 17-inch model also includes a subwoofer, which is absent in the 15-inch unit.
Port selection is fairly good for both models. Three USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports, a single USB-C Thunderbolt 3 port, an HDMI out, one mini-DisplayPort, a headset jack, and a dedicated Ethernet port adorn the sides and back of the device. The devices are still fairly portable. The 15-inch Legion Y740 measures 362 x 267 x 19.95 mm (14.2 x 10.5 x 0.8 inches) and weighs 2.2 kg (4.8 lbs). The 17-inch model comes in at 413 x 305 x 21.95 mm (16.25 x 12 x 0.86 inches) and weighs 2.9 kg (6.3 lbs). Both models sport a Corsair iCUE RGB keyboard and are wrapped in an “Iron Gray” aluminum chassis with RGB lighting options.
The Legion Y740 will be available next month from Lenovo and various retailers. Prices start at US $1750 for the 15-inch Legion Y740 and $1980 for the 17-inch model.