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Lenovo launches its Legion range of gaming PCs

by Mark Tyson on 3 January 2017, 10:01

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Lenovo has just published a YouTube showreel of most if not all the products it will be launching at CES later this week. You can have a look below at it, but briefly you will see new Moto smartphones and accessories, refreshed ThinkPad and Yoga devices, a smattering of smart home devices and a pair of new Lenovo Legion gaming laptops.

The new Legion range of gaming laptops from Lenovo are both 15.6-inch screen based and both feature an Intel Kaby Lake processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 10X0 GPU.

Lenovo Legion Y520

This is the more accessibly price machine of the two. Its specifications are as follows:

  • Display: 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) 16:9; IPS; Anti-Glare
  • Processor: Up to 7th Generation Intel Core i7
  • Graphics: Up to Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
  • Memory: Up to 16GB DDR4; 2x SODIMM Slots
  • Storage: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB PCIe SSD or 500GB / 1TB / 2TB SATA HDD
  • Audio: 2x 2W Harman Certified Speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
  • Connectivity: WLAN & Bluetooth: 1x1 Wi-Fi 802.11ac or 2x2 Wi-Fi 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.1 Combo, LAN: 10/100/1000M Gigabit Ethernet
  • Ports: 1x USB 3.1 (Type-C), 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI, Audio Jack, Mic Jack, LAN
  • 4-in-1 Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC)
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Home
  • Battery Life: Up to 4-Hour 3 Cell; 45WHr Li-Polymer Battery
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 380 x 265 x 25.8 mm / 14.96 x 10.43 x 1.01 inches
  • Weight: Starting at 5.3 lbs (2.4 kg)

The Legion Y520 is one of the first laptops packing the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. It comes with a starting MSRP of $899 and will be available from February.

Lenovo Legion Y720

Lenovo's higher end model offers a choice of FHD or UHD screen. Under the bonnet Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060 is installed for graphics acceleration duties. The spec this time details the processor choices available to purchasers:

  • Display: 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS or 15.6-inch UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS Anti-Glare
  • Processor: 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor or 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7300HQ Processor
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5
  • Memory: Up to 16GB DDR4; 2 x SODIMM Slots
  • Storage: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB PCIe SSD or 500GB / 1TB / 2TB SATA HDD
  • Audio: 2 x 2W JBL Speakers and 3W Subwoofer, Dolby Atmos
  • Connectivity: WLAN & Bluetooth: Up to 2x2 Wi-Fi 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.1 Combo, LAN: 10/100/1000M Gigabit Ethernet
  • Ports: 3x USB 3.0, 1x HDMI, DisplayPort, Thunderbolt (USB Type-C), Audio Jack, Mic Jack, LAN
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Home
  • Battery Life: Up to 5-Hour 4 Cell; 60WHr Li-Polymer Battery
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 380 x 277 x 29 mm / 14.96 x 10.9 x 1.14 inches
  • Weight: Starting at 7.05 lbs (3.2 kg)

This higher-end gaming laptop is quite a bit heavier and thicker but does offer a step up in GPU performance, Dolby Atmos sound, and longer battery life. At HEXUS we reckon the GTX 1060 is designed for FHD or QHD gaming so the Legion Y720 UHD screen option might not be an attractive upgrade option. Lenovo Legion Y720 laptop pricing starts at $1,399, and it will be available from April.

Lenovo has also updated its 2-in-1 offerings with the Miix 720 and uploaded a product tour video (see below). The latest Miix is powered by up to a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor and is built around a 12-inch QHD+ display. Enhance the tablet functionality with the provided keyboard and optional Lenovo Active Pen 2 accessory. This machine features Lenovo's 150 degree watchband hinge on its kickstand, Thunderbolt 3, and a Windows Hello compatible camera. Available from April, the Miix 720 will cost from $999 and come in either champagne or iron grey metallic.



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The Miix 720 is actually pretty sweet. TB support and all. We'll have to see how the battery life is, but it'll be a good competitor in “TB3 Convertibles” such as the Asus Transformer Book.