Lenovo Legion Y520 15IKBN Review – A Consistent Mid-End Gaming Laptop

The Legion Y250 is not the first gaming machine made by Lenovo, but the system marks the company first step to jump into the mid-end market. For many years, the company is always playing on high-end market with their Legion Y270 that I have reviewed few weeks back. I got a nice experience on testing that system especially considering its performance and budget price that feels so competitive in comparable with its competitors like Dell with their Inspiron and ASUS with their FX series. Here, Lenovo wants to go little lower with the price, but still want to provide the best experience in gaming for their consumers.

For under 1200 dollars, you would be offered by a machine with Intel Core I7 7700HQ, GTX 1050 TI, 16GB DDR4 RAM, and 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD. By seeing the hardware specification, I think everything looks well, but sadly its weird shape touchpad and crappy display might prevent you on getting it. I think its worth for to take look inside and see how it manages to satisfy us. That is what we are going to talk about here. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.

Plastic Kevlar Construction

I am a huge fan of Legion Y720 design because it looks so great and different. The same thing goes to this case as they put similar design here. The lid is created from plastic that finished in black finishing. The few lines and woven pattern make it approachable and aggressive at the same time. I think bringing it to the public or school is not a good idea as the laptop will be stand out among the crowd. Moving into its deck area, you soon notice a 15.6 inch screen and a full size keyboard that surrounded in similar approach here. The bezel surrounded the screen is somehow different because it’s not rectangular, but trapezoid.

With 5.6 pounds of weight, and dimension at 15 x 10.4 x 1 inches, the device is quite nice on hands and portable. Carrying it around for long travel is a bad idea, but not bad enough for short travel around the city. I get used with much larger and heavier laptop, and this one is not that heavy especially in compared with ROG Strix GL753VE. As for the connectivity, the thing is quite limited here as I still see of USB 2.0 port here. There are USB 3.0 and type-C ports here, but I think the company should throw USB 2.0 as it’s an old technology.

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You Get What You Pay For

Lenovo Legion Y520 15IKBN 2 In order to cut of its price range, Lenovo has to drop some qualities on their hardware and the worst part from it is the display. The screen is equipped with 15.6 inch panel and 1080p resolution and it looks so dark and grainy. Putting the brightness into 30 to 40 percent makes it so impossible to during the daylight. It produces only 68 percent of SRGB color which is far behind from mainstream systems that have 80 to 90 percent of SRGB color. The 220 nits is what we have for brightness, so be sure to take your time to get used with it for a while.

The screen is bad, and I just hope it’s not happened to the keyboard. Well, the thing is not bad like I thought because it’s such a pleasure keyboard to type on. The keys and layout are so familiar and feels like we are typing on Yoga 720. I manage to type for 95 words per minute with its 1.8 mm travel key and 77 grams of force. The backlit support is also nice here although it only features a single laminating brightness level.

Last price update: 2018-09-20 15:44:26

2018 Lenovo Legion Y520Main Specs
CPU Intel Quad Core I7-7700HQ 2.8 GHz
Graphics NVIDIA GTX 1050 TI
Display Size15.6-inch
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory16GB DDR4 Memory
Storage2TB HDD + 256GB SSD

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Gaming Usage

The old Lenovo Y250 in 2017 is equipped with Intel I5 7300HQ which is quite old, but they upgrade it to the better powerful processing with Intel I7 7700HQ that once again accompanied with NVIDIA GTX 1050 TI. If you have their previous system, I think it’s not worth to make an upgrade as you just can upgrade it with your own, but it’s totally different as for new comer here. This hardware configuration is steady enough for 2018 and should run any games you want at medium and high setting. Final Fantasy 15, Assassin Creed Origin, and Battlefield 1 are playable up to 30 FPS for open world games and up to 60 FPS for FPS games. The temperature is not an issue here as it keeps the system at 77 degrees after many hours on gaming.

One thing that gets me worry here is the battery life. It does not have any big improvement over all at this sector. We only are able to expect of 8 hours and 25 minutes for browsing and streaming movies. For gaming itself we only have maximum of 4 hours in nonstop usage. I think you do not have choice, but always need to plug it into the charger. Well, the battery is not bad considering the price itself. It’s all back on you to decide.

Last price update: 2018-09-20 15:44:26
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Final Thought

The Legion Y250 is a great low budget gaming system to take out in 2018 despite some of its issue. The performance is the one that you need to think of here and you get everything you need here. The display itself is not great, but good enough at least for light gaming. If you want another alternative here, then you have ASUS here with GL553VD that promises similar thing at the same price range. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration here. Be sure to check our other articles and be sure to leave some comments below.

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