The appearance of real-time ray tracing graphics cards is an important event for the gaming PC and laptop industry. Such graphics accelerators have become the leitmotif of the current model year notebooks. At the same time, visually the novelties differ little from their predecessors. Today in the review - a laptop from the gaming line Legion with the current RTX-filling.
The Legion series does not lag behind competitors who switched to graphics adapters with raytracing. Thanks to ray tracing, the image improves and becomes more believable - we told about the principles of technology in a separate article . Changes in the picture are visible to the naked eye: the reflections are very similar to the real ones, and the shadows fall at a natural angle and in the right direction.
In the maximum configuration, the Lenovo laptop is equipped with the GeForce RTX 2070 in the Max-Q design. Suppose this is not the top-end RTX solution, but there is no overheating of the processor and the laptop does not resemble a chest with multi-colored backlight. With the removal of heat from the case all is well - this contributes to a large grille on the bottom panel of the device. Of course, there are more powerful options on the market, but for a comfortable gameplay, the Max-Q version is enough. For those who are chasing the maximum performance, there are configurations with a 17-inch screen and desktop video cards with indices 2060, 2070 and 2080.
When disconnected from power Legion Y740 is able to last without an outlet for up to one and a half hours. But do not grab his head. The autonomy is affected by the activation of G-Sync, NVIDIA's proprietary technology to eliminate gaps in the image. It is better to disconnect it outside the house - this option is available in the Lenovo Vantage application. The latter will also help update drivers, diagnose the device and contact technical support. When you turn off the G-Sync, the laptop lasts for 3.5 hours.
Single-core - 4850
Multi-core - 20 590
13,654 FireStrike Extreme 7218
TimeSpy - 5994 (graphics 5974, processor 6115)
Port Royal - 3249
Night Raid - 34 412
Sky Diver - 34 551
OpenGL - 106.73
CPU - 1139
CPU Single core – 161
(ALL GAMES IN FULL HD AND WITH MAXIMUM GRAPHICS SETTINGS)
WOLFENSTEIN II: NEW COLOSSUS
SHADOW OF THE TOMB RAIDER
DXR enabled, 56 fps; DXR off, 79 fps
FAR CRY NEW DAWN
RTX enabled - 53 fps; RTX off – 75
1 hour 30 minutes (G-Sync active)
3 hours 30 minutes (G-Sync off)
Strict body and RGB extravaganza
In the design of the Lenovo Legion Y740, as in the previous model Y730, used dark gray metal and black plastic. When closed, the laptop immediately stands out with massive cooling system elements. They are symmetrically inscribed in the design of the case and brought out to the left and to the right of the display hinge, as well as on the back panel, where the main connectors for connecting peripherals are concentrated.
Engineers tried to balance the product by weight: the lower part of the laptop does not rise from the table when opened with one finger, and the lid itself is thin. This has affected the strength in part. The lid does not burn out the outside, but when you try to twist it feels flexible. However, the user may not notice this nuance, because in his eyes immediately hit the colorful lights, beating out of all the cracks.
This illumination is configured in the pre-installed iCue utility from Corsair. It does not look very logical, especially if you have your own application. However, apparently, Lenovo decided to trust the product, reliable and familiar to many. In iCue, it is easy to adjust the overall scenario of the backlight or individual elements, be it a keyboard or, for example, a panel with connectors. It looks spectacular, glows brightly, a lot of modes.
The keyboard has a small move, the size of the keys is quite convenient for pressing. They do not knock, the sound is quiet and unobtrusive. There is no digital block. The backlight is uniform, 4 gradations of brightness are available. True, there is one unpleasant moment: the keyboard will noticeably burn in the area of the E, D and R buttons, in other places this problem has not been encountered.
There may be an unusual decision with an additional block in the leftmost column: here are the buttons for activating macros, controlling the brightness of the backlight and for recording the game. For those who are accustomed to the usual layout, this option at first causes inconvenience: the fingers of habit fall on the extreme left keys, you have to repeat the input. In addition, in case of blind typing or gaming, the hands move to the right, closer to each other, which is not entirely comfortable.
The trackpad is medium in size, has a pleasant smooth finish - not glass, of course, but thanks to that. Gestures are practiced confidently, there is support for Windows Precision, the keys with imitation of mouse buttons have a soft and deep move. The webcam is located under the display, whose thin frames did not leave her any other place. Streamers will not be appreciated, but it is easy to use, if you do not mind slightly rejecting the screen.
The laptop has a very decent sound: enough to play at home, no coolers will interfere. In this case, the audio has a sizeable volume, the speakers are located on the beveled ends of the laptop panel adjacent to the table. For sound - solid four with a plus. But the power supply could be smaller.
Intel Core i7-8750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 MAX-Q 8 GB
16 GB DDR4 2666 MHz (maximum 32 GB)
512 GB SSD paired with 1 TB HDD
15.6 ", Full HD (1920x1080), IPS, 144 Hz, 16: 9, matte, brightness up to 500 nits, support for G-Sync
1 x USB 3.1 Type-C (Thunderbolt), 2 x USB 3.1 Gen1, 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 2
36.14 x 26.7 x 2.24 cm, 2.2 kg
support for Dolby Vision HDR technology, a proprietary application for configuring Lenovo Vantage, iCUE utility, high-speed WLAN module Killer Wireless AC 1550
Lenovo Legion Y740 combines everything that gamers love so much: a good performance margin, an unusual design, a good port layout and a high-quality heat sink system. True, there are several subjective aspects in ergonomics (keyboard, webcam location), but the gameplay does not suffer from them, and it is easy to get used to. The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics card delivers adequate frame rates, without warming up the laptop.
The product pleases with a quality display with a refresh rate of 144 Hz and surround sound with a sane volume margin. However, the indicators of autonomy can not be called top-end - you will not work for a long time without an outlet, especially if you turn on the G-Sync. Therefore, the laptop should be considered more like a stationary gaming station, which is easy to transfer to where necessary in a regular backpack. Also the place for periphery will remain.