For a long time, thin, lightweight designs and gaming laptops had been at odds for obvious reasons. Fitting gaming components into a more compact design and at the same time keeping the laptop from burning up while gaming is not easy. But with improved processor technologies and heat dissipation systems, today you can enjoy models like the Lenovo Legion Y740Si – a gaming laptop you can take anywhere, with a 15-inch screen and a weight of just 1.7 kg.
That doesn’t mean you’re going to give up power, because in its bowels you’ll find one of the latest Intel Core i9 processors in its most powerful configuration along with a maximum of 32 GB of RAM. And what about graphics? The design has its drawbacks, and to enjoy a dedicated graphics card you’ll have to make use of an external station called the Lenovo Legion BoostStation eGPU that connects through a Thunderbolt 3 cable. The Lenovo Legion Y740Si will be available in shops from next May, at a starting price of 1,400 euros. Here are the main features of this laptop.
Lenovo Legion Y740Si Datasheet
|Lenovo Legion Y740Si|
|Screen||15.6-inch IPS screen with Full HD or 4K UHD resolution with brightness up to 600 nits|
|Processor and RAM||10th generation|
Intel CoreTM i9-10880H 10th generation Intel CoreTM i7-10750H 10th generation
Intel CoreTM i5-10300H
16 GB of RAM
32 GB of RAM
|Internal memory||Up to 1TB in PCIe SSD format|
|Graphics||Integrated Graphics Intel HD 620 Graphics, external graphics card via a dock|
|Sound||2 Dolby Atmos speakers|
|Battery Life||Up to 8.5 hours of use|
|Connectivity||2 x USB 3.1|
2 x USB Type-C compatible with Thunderbolt
Bluetooth 5 technology
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home|
|Design and dimensions||Metal|
356 x 251.8 x 14.9 millimeters (1.7 kilos)
|Featured Features||Fingerprint reader|
Lightweight Design and Steam Dissipation
There is no doubt that the main attraction of this laptop is its design. The Asian company wanted to show its ability to combine design and performance, and the result is a laptop for gamers with a weight of no less than 1.7 kilos, along with a thickness of only one and a half centimeters. In other words, a laptop that can be taken anywhere and that can perfectly pass through an ultrabook. A big part of the success of this machine is its cooling system. It is the first model from the firm that uses a steam chamber to effectively dissipate heat and keep the fans running at a quieter level. But we’ll have to wait to see it firsthand to see how it performs in a real environment.
First Class Power and Display
At the heart of this computer is all the power that a gaming laptop needs, starting with its processors. In the most powerful configuration, it features a 10th generation Intel Core i9 processor together with 32 GB RAM. It must be taken into account that this model is a rapid evolution of the Lenovo Legion Y740S presented at the beginning of the year at CES to include the latest chips.
Another of its strengths is its 15-inch screen, with options for full HD or 4K resolution. Between the two resolutions, there are important differences, such as brightness. While the Full HD panel goes up to 300 nits, the 4K panel goes up to 600 nits, which means you can use it even under the impact of sunlight. Also, this more powerful panel is VESA DisplayHDR 400 certified, so the colors will be more vivid and closer to the original source.
There is also a pair of 2W speakers capable of producing a surround sound effect. Despite being a gaming model, the company has managed to make the Lenovo Legion Y740Si reach a maximum of 8 hours, a theoretical figure that is not bad for a model of this type. But don’t expect the maximum performance to take you more than three to four hours.
The Big But: The Graphics
The drawback of this computer has to be in the graphics section. By default, the Lenovo Legion Y740Si depends directly on Intel-integrated graphics. To enjoy the full experience, you’ll need to get your hands on the external Legion BoostStation eGPU connected via a Thunderbolt cable. It adds a dedicated 6GB NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 or 8GB AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card. It’s a pity that with all the power inside the laptop, it won’t match up to the graphics.
Price and Availability
The cost of the Lenovo Legion Y740Si will be around $1,099 and the station could be around $249 it will be released at the same time as the laptop, in May.