Best In Class Legion Y720 .
Everyone thinks only high-end gaming notebooks have bells and whistles, but Legion Y720 showed that it doesn’t have to be this way .
Lenovo’s rebranding didn’t change the Y series of laptop much. However, the Lenovo Legion Y720 does look decidedly geared towards gamers now.
Similar to last year’s IdeaPad Y700, the Legion Y720 has a black aluminium outer body and slightly edgy design. Its textured lid has the new Legion logo emblazoned in the centre, but is unfortunately a major fingerprint magnet.
On the inside is a rubberized surface, a well-sized trackpad here and a backlit keyboard, as well as JBL speakers housed near the hinge. Going to the sides, we found a substantial variety in ports. There’s three USB ports, HDMI, mini-DP, a combo audio jack, and even a Thunderbolt capable Type-C port, which should allow you to connect it to an external GPU if you need more graphical processing power. Finally, there are fan grills at the bottom to vent out the heat from the notebook.
There’s plenty to like about the Legion Y720 from its design alone. First, the large trackpad has a decent click and good palm rejection, while the keyboard is spaced out well and comes with a numpad. However, the latter does sacrifice some navigational ones, turning them into FN combination keys to achieve that kind of spacing. The build quality also impressed us, showing no flex to its body or the display.
The audio and video quality of this notebook is equally impressive. Although we could do without the fat bezels, the IPS display has good colour accuracy, brightness and contrast. In addition, its JBL speakers comes with Dolby surround EQ, delivering crisp audio even at max volume.
Lenovo made sure that the computing performance kept up too. With its CPU and GPU combination, this gaming notebook is capable of playing even titles like Rise of the Tomb Raider or The Witcher 3 at 1080p, with mid to high settings. It’s cooling system does an excellent job of preventing hot laps and sweaty palms, plus the speeds can be ramped up to cool down even faster – as long as you don’t mind the extra noise.