The Lenovo Legion Y520 laptop carries forward the legacy of the Lenovo Y series, which was one of the best mainstream gaming laptops in India last year. With the Legion Y520, Lenovo seems to have truly raised the bar, making it one of the most important gaming laptop launches in India this year. This one has all the chops for a true-blue gaming machine. Gear-up for those prolonged fragging sessions, with high quality graphics and buttery smooth frame rates!
The heart of a beast
At its core lies a powerful 7th Gen Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, which has a base frequency of 2.80GHz and can go up to 3.80GHz. It is a quad-core processor with eight threads, which provides ample firepower to the laptop to blaze through even the heaviest tasks. The laptop is available in 8GB and 16GB RAM options, which is more than enough for super quick load times and snappy gaming performance. With such power under the hood, the Lenovo Y520 is a beast when it comes to performance.
Next-gen graphics to take-on latest games
The powerful processor is complimented by an equally powerful graphics card. The Lenovo Legion Y520 sports NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. This uses the company’s Pascal architecture which is built using FinFET technology and supports for DirectX 12. The card offers 4GB of VRAM with 768 CUDA cores. By comparison, the standard GTX 1050 comes with 2GB of VRAM and 640 CUDA cores. With the GTX 1050 Ti, gamers can experience the power one usually expects from desktop, in a slim and portable laptop. However, power isn’t everything when it comes to gaming laptops, efficiency plays an equally important part. The GTX 1050 Ti quite efficient and ensures that you’ll have hours of game time even when you aren’t connected to a power source. Now that’s thoughtful.
A treat for the eyes
There is a lot more to consider than just core hardware when buying a gaming laptop. The display needs to be taken into consideration as well. The Legion Y520 offers a 15.6-inch display, which has a 16:9 aspect ratio and resolution of 1920 x 1080p, which is just the right resolution for a screen of this size. The colours are pretty accurate, while details in dark scenes are also pretty good. So it doesn’t matter if you like to play colourful platformers or dark and gritty action games, the display on the laptop should cater to your needs. Further, the screen features a matte coating which ensures that your aren’t bothered by glare in the middle of an intense gaming session. The use of an IPS panel also helps avoid the issue of colour shift and ensure good viewing angles.
Comfortable keyboard for hours of gaming
A good keyboard is equally important as it can make or break your gaming experience. Lenovo, which has brands like Thinkpad under its brand, makes one of the best keyboards in the business and the keyboard on the Y520 is no exception. On top of that, the red backlighting is standard in both variants.
For creatures of the night
Lenovo has even highlighted ‘WASD’ keys on the keyboard itself, which makes it easier for gamers to use the keyboard during their late night gaming sessions.
Cool on the outside
Design wise, the laptop looks pretty aggressive, which lets everyone know that it is meant for gaming. The top and base of the laptop have a carbon fibre-like finish, giving it a distinctive look.
Classy on the inside
The premium design language continues inside the laptop as well with a brushed metal finish running above the keyboard and glossy inserts on the touchpad. The keyboard desk itself is matte black.
The shoulder mounted speakers not only look good, but are amongst the best sounding speakers in its category. Lenovo has partnered with Dolby for the same, and audio output really helps to completely immerse the user while gaming.
Keep cool while looking cool
Behind the laptop are orange exhaust ports, which add to design the design of the laptop. Aside from looking really good, these ports make sure that the laptop runs cool even when running most graphic intensive games.
All this gaming goodness in packed in a 1.01-inches thick chassis, which makes it no thicker than a mainstream laptop. This is partly because of Lenovo’s internal design of this laptop and partly because of the compact GTX 1050 Ti GPU.
Powerful but not heavy
At 2.4kgs, the Legion Y520 is not a heavy laptop either and can easily be carried around in a normal laptop backpack.
To help gamers even further, Lenovo includes its Nerve Sense software with the laptop. This gives you information about the system and lets you switch between different cooling profiles, enhance sound and even record a gaming session.
A true portable gaming machine
All this makes the Lenovo Legion Y520 one of the best gaming laptops currently available in its category. It is well-designed, offers reliable hardware and is not a hassle to carry around. All this combined make it a true portable gaming machine.
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