Upcoming Legion Y530 and Y730 are Lenovo's best bet against the MSI GS65 and XPS 15 9570
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 Y520||Lenovo Legion Y530||Lenovo Legion Y730|
|CPU||Intel 7th gen Core i5-7300HQ, i7-7700HQ||Intel 8th gen Core i5-8300H, i7-8750H||Intel 8th gen Core i5-8300H, i7-8750H|
|GPU||GeForce GTX 1050, GTX 1050 Ti, Radeon RX 560||GeForce GTX 1050, GTX 1050 Ti, GTX 1060||GeForce GTX 1050, GTX 1050 Ti, GTX 1060|
|Display||15.6-inch matte FHD||15.6-inch matte FHD IPS, 250/300 nit, 60/144 Hz||15.6-inch/17.3-inch matte FHD IPS, 300 nit, 60/144 Hz w/ G-Sync|
|RAM||Up to 32 GB DDR4||Up to 32 GB DDR4 2666 MHz||Up to 32 GB DDR4 2666 MHz and 3200 MHz|
|Storage||2.5-inch SATA III, NVMe M.2 2280||2.5-inch SATA III w/ 16 GB Optane support||2.5-inch SATA III w/ 16 GB Optane support, NVMe SSD|
|Connectivity||3x USB Type-A, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, HDMI, SD reader, RJ-45, 3.5 mm audio||3x USB 3.1 Type-A, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, HDMI 2.0, mini-Displayport, RJ-45, 3.5 mm audio||3x USB 3.1 Type-A, 1x Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 2.0, mini-Displayport, RJ-45, 3.5 mm audio|
|Chassis||Textured ABS Plastic, NumPad, Red backlight||Textured ABS Plastic, NumPad, White backlight||Aluminum, Dedicated Macro keys, Corsair per-key RGB backlight and rear lighting|
|Battery||45 Wh,135 W AC adapter||3-cell 52.6 W, 135 W AC adapter||3-cell 57 W (15.6-inch), 4-cell 76 Wh (17.3-inch)|
|Weight, Dimensions||2.5 kg, 267 x 380 x 26 mm||2.3 kg, 365 x 260 x 24.2 mm||2.2 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)|