Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop Review: High Performance, Affordable Mobile Gaming

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Lenovo Legion Y720: Excellent Performance on a Budget

The PC gaming market continues to grow, thanks in part to the increasing popularity of eSports. While Lenovo is best known for its Thinkpad and Yoga family of notebooks with legendary reliability and slick form factors, it was time the company got serious about gaming. So, Lenovo took the plunge and launched a new sub-brand at CES this year – Legion. The new Legion family of gaming notebooks include the entry-level Y520, mid-level Y720, and high-end Y920.

Lenovo sent over the mid-level 15.6-inch Legion Y720 series for us to check out, which provides a step up in build quality over the entry-level Y520 without going all-in with the beefier 17.3-inch Y920. The headlining feature of the Legion Y720 series is the standard VR-ready NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB graphics at a starting price of $1100. The machine does tip the scale at 7lbs, which make make it more suitable to a desk than in your back-pack, but overall the machine has sleek form factor considering its target audience and enough horsepower for gaming on the go.

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Lenovo Legion Y720
Specifications & Features
Model Y720-15IKB
Processor 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad-Core (6MB Cache, up to 3.8GHz)
Display
15.6-inch 4K (3840x2160) LED backlit, IPS, glossy
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5
Memory
16GB DDR4 2400 MHz
Storage
256GB NVMe M.2 SSD
Ethernet Integrated Gigabit
Realtek PCIe chipset
Wireless Connectivity 802.11ac Dual-Band, 2.4GHz & 5GHz, BT 4.2 (2x2)
Qualcomm Atheros QCA6174A chipset
Interface (Left)
Kensington lock slot, Power Port, Ethernet, USB 3.0, 3.5mm Headphone & Microphone combo jack
Ports (Right) USB Type-C (Thunderbolt 3.0), mini-DisplayPort, 2 x USB 3.0, HDMI 2.0
Extras
NA
Cameras 720p
Operating System
Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Battery 4-cell (60WHr)
Dimensions 14.96 x 10.9 x 1.14 inches 
Weight 7.05 pounds
Warranty 1-year
Price $1,549 as configured @ Amazon

Lenovo Legion Y720 Open Angle

Ordering options are simple on the Legion Y720 – there are only two CPUs, two LCDs, and two memory configurations available (8GB or 16GB), though there is a variety of SSD and hard drive options. Lenovo sent over a relatively high-end model with an Intel Core i7-7700HQ, 16GB of RAM, 4K IPS display, 256GB SSD, and 1TB HDD that rings in at about $1550 on Amazon. However, the base $1300 configuration is no slouch either with its Core i5-7300HQ, 8GB RAM, 1080p IPS display and 1TB HDD.

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