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Upcoming Legion Y530 and Y730 are Lenovo's best bet against the MSI GS65 and XPS 15 9570

Lenovo Legion Y530 and Y730 bring narrow bezels, Coffee Lake-H, and per-key RGB lighting (Source: Lenovo)
Lenovo Legion Y530 and Y730 bring narrow bezels, Coffee Lake-H, and per-key RGB lighting (Source: Lenovo)
Lenovo's Legion gaming series is getting a full-on makeover from top to bottom. The new streamlined designs incorporate per-key RGB lighting, narrow bezels, 144 Hz IPS panels, 10 percent stronger cooling, and a more business-appropriate matte look. Expect these systems to launch next month for a starting price of $930 USD and $1180 USD for the Y530 and Y730, respectively.

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What better time is there to reveal your latest gaming laptops than on the week of E3? Lenovo will be showcasing its 2018 Legion laptops in Los Angeles including the mid-range 15.6-inch Legion Y530 and high-end 15.6-inch Y730 with brand new narrow-bezel designs. The new models will compete directly against other narrow bezel systems like the XPS 15 9570, MSI GS65, HP Omen 15, Gigabyte Aero 15X, and the upcoming Razer Blade 15 and Asus ROG GL504.

Firstly, the mainstream 15.6-inch Legion Y530 will succeed last year's 15.6-inch Legion Y520. Aside from being thinner, lighter, and smaller because of the new 6.7 mm bezels, the new chassis design is more business-centric to broaden its appeal beyond the usual gamers. It utilizes textured ABS plastic from top to bottom and a new symmetrical cooling solution with larger heat pipes and fans compared to the previous generation for 16 percent more airflow. A significant portion of the rear of the system is dedicated to cooling and ventilation not unlike on most Aorus or Alienware notebooks.

For the higher-end flagship segment, the Legion Y730 will consist of 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch SKUs. Its design will be very similar to the Y530 but with more features including smooth aluminum instead of ABS plastic, per-key RGB lighting powered by Corsair software, additional RGB lighting on the rear, Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, larger battery, and a column of Macro keys that gamers will appreciate. In order to integrate said Macro keys, however, Lenovo had to remove the NumPad that is present on the Y530.

Our first impressions on the new Y530 and Y730 are generally positive in terms of design. The grayer systems are not as sharp as previous Legion systems and they are missing the distinct Red colors that have come to define the series. This approach is very purposeful, however, as Lenovo wants its Legion notebooks to be more appropriate in business settings not unlike the Gigabyte Aero 15X and MSI GS65. The webcam has unfortunately taken a back seat as it is now in the same sub-optimal position as on the XPS series.

The Legion Y530 is launching in July for $930 USD while both sizes of the Y730 will come later in September for a starting price of $1180 USD.

Lenovo Legion Y520Lenovo Legion Y530Lenovo Legion Y730
CPUIntel 7th gen Core i5-7300HQ, i7-7700HQ Intel 8th gen Core i5-8300H, i7-8750HIntel 8th gen Core i5-8300H, i7-8750H
GPUGeForce GTX 1050, GTX 1050 Ti, Radeon RX 560GeForce GTX 1050, GTX 1050 Ti, GTX 1060GeForce GTX 1050, GTX 1050 Ti, GTX 1060
Display15.6-inch matte FHD15.6-inch matte FHD IPS, 250/300 nit, 60/144 Hz15.6-inch/17.3-inch matte FHD IPS, 300 nit, 60/144 Hz w/ G-Sync
RAMUp to 32 GB DDR4Up to 32 GB DDR4 2666 MHzUp to 32 GB DDR4 2666 MHz and 3200 MHz
Storage2.5-inch SATA III, NVMe M.2 22802.5-inch SATA III w/ 16 GB Optane support2.5-inch SATA III w/ 16 GB Optane support, NVMe SSD
Connectivity3x USB Type-A, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, HDMI, SD reader, 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 audio3x USB 3.1 Type-A, 1x Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0, mini-Displayport, RJ-45, 3.5 mm audio
ChassisTextured ABS Plastic, NumPad, Red backlightTextured ABS Plastic, NumPad, White backlightAluminum, Dedicated Macro keys, Corsair per-key RGB backlight and rear lighting
Battery45 Wh,135 W AC adapter 3-cell 52.6 W, 135 W AC adapter3-cell 57 W (15.6-inch), 4-cell 76 Wh (17.3-inch)
Weight, Dimensions2.5 kg, 267 x 380 x 26 mm2.3 kg, 365 x 260 x 24.2 mm2.2 kg, 361.4 x 267 x 22.4 mm (15.6-inch); 2.8 kg, 412.5 x 304.8 x 24.1 mm (17.3-inch)
Starting Price--$930 USD$1180 (15.6-inch), $1250 (17.3-inch)
Mainstream 15-inch Y530 with white backlight
Mainstream 15-inch Y530 with white backlight
High-end 15-inch Y730. Note the addition of per-key RGB lighting
High-end 15-inch Y730. Note the addition of per-key RGB lighting
Y530. The entire rear is dedicated to cooling not unlike Aorus and Alienware
Y530. The entire rear is dedicated to cooling not unlike Aorus and Alienware
Y730 smooth aluminum outer lid
Y730 smooth aluminum outer lid
Y530 textured ABS plastic outer lid
Y530 textured ABS plastic outer lid
Y730 is very similar in design to the Y530
Y730 is very similar in design to the Y530
Y530. soft-touch palm rests
Y530. soft-touch palm rests
Y730. Additional RGB lighting around the edges and corners
Y730. Additional RGB lighting around the edges and corners
The SD card reader from the Y520 has been dropped on both new models
The SD card reader from the Y520 has been dropped on both new models
Y730. Lid on both models can be opened up to 180 degrees
Y730. Lid on both models can be opened up to 180 degrees
Y530 (top) and Y730 (bottom)
Y530 (top) and Y730 (bottom)
Y530 (top) and Y730 (bottom). Note the textured Y530 surface compared to the smooth Y730
Y530 (top) and Y730 (bottom). Note the textured Y530 surface compared to the smooth Y730
Similar ventilation and core internal designs for both
Similar ventilation and core internal designs for both
Y530 rear ports are slightly different from Y730
Y530 rear ports are slightly different from Y730
Y730. Note the RGB lights inside the rear grilles
Y730. Note the RGB lights inside the rear grilles
Y530 (top) and Y730 (bottom). Most ports have been moved to the rear
Y530 (top) and Y730 (bottom). Most ports have been moved to the rear
Y530 keyboard keys feel very similar to the Y520
Y530 keyboard keys feel very similar to the Y520
Y730 per-key RGB lighting
Y730 per-key RGB lighting
6.7 mm narrow bezels on both models
6.7 mm narrow bezels on both models
no glossy or 4K UHD options
no glossy or 4K UHD options
Y730 bottom panel showing the new symmetrical cooling solution
Y730 bottom panel showing the new symmetrical cooling solution
Y530 bottom panel. The panels on both models appear to be difficult to remove
Y530 bottom panel. The panels on both models appear to be difficult to remove
Y730. Note the per-key RGB lighting and dedicated Macro keys exclusive to the Y730
Y730. Note the per-key RGB lighting and dedicated Macro keys exclusive to the Y730
Y530 may be cheaper, but it has larger Arrow keys and a NumPad
Y530 may be cheaper, but it has larger Arrow keys and a NumPad

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