E3 2018 has come and gone and there’s quite a bit to be excited about if you’re a gamer. Some of the games I’m really looking forward to are Black Ops 4, Assassins Creed: Odyssey, Ghost of Tsushima and Super Smash Bros. E3 is about more than just the games though. You still have to have the hardware to run those games. The PC vs. Console discussion can go on forever. Although, when seeing that there’s Great hardware for an entry level gaming laptop under 700, it’s hard not to sway to PC. However, there’s pros and cons of both. What I do know is Lenovo can make some damn good laptops. They are mostly business class, but a little over a year ago Lenovo introduced their gaming line of desktops and laptops. Lenovo Legion.
New Legion PC’s
Lenovo has introduced six gaming PC’s at E3 this year. In laptops, they have the Y730 and Y530, T730 and T530 tower PC’s, and C730/C530 Cube PC’s. Unfortunately, there would be just a bit too much to cover if I went into detail about all of these so I will keep it to the laptops and my newer obsession of late, Cube PC’s. If you would like me to dig a little deeper into the tower PC’s please let me know in the comments below and I will definitely write it up.
Lenovo Legion Y730/Y530
The beast of the bunch is the Y730. There are a few configurations, but this will come in either a 15 inch or a beastly 17-inch variety. The Y530 will come in only a 15 inch. All models will sport a thinner bezel, although the 17 inch does still have a fairly generous bezel area. Something you will find only on the 17-inch version is the Corsair iCUE RGB Keyboard. I will list the specs below for both models. If the same specs are found on both the Y730 and Y530 I will put those in bold.
- Intel Core i7-8750H or Core i5-8300H
- GTX 1050Ti (Y530 has a GTX 1050 option)
- 8GB/16GB/or 32GB DDR4 2666MHz OR
- 8GB+8GB Corsair Overclocked Memory
- 128/256/512GB PCIe NVMe AND 1/2TB HDD (Y530 substitutes a PCIe SSD instead of NVMe)
- 17″ FHD (1920×1080) 144Hz IPS Display (Y530 15.6″ FHD 144Hz IPS Panel)
- 2×2 WIFI Killer-Wireless AC (Y530 2×2 WiFi 802.11 ac + Bluetooth® 4.2)
This was a very quick and dirty rundown of the specs of these laptops. I haven’t had the pleasure of getting my hands on one of these yet. I can speak to my previous experience of supporting Lenovo laptops in a corporate environment and they are very reliable and have amazing keyboards. These look to be fairly thin for gaming laptops, although they can’t claim to be the thinnest in the world. They do look pretty slick though, the Legion logo on the lid will light up white. Minimal, but eye catching.
As always all the specs in the world won’t make up for a hot ass laptop. Just about every laptop in the world will thermal throttle if the internals get too hot. The enemy of a smooth running computer is heat. Lenovo didn’t leave anything to chance and they invented a dual channel cooling system. The side vents and fans look to suck in cool air and the rear vents look like they will take care of the exhaust. They promise 16% better airflow and 10% cooler operating temps than on their previous laptops.
If you have been following my writing over the last few weeks, you know I have a soft spot in my heart for a small form factor PC. Even better if I can take that and play some decent games on it. While these are a tad bigger than what I normally would like they make up for it in features. Like the laptops, you can get the C530 which is the more inexpensive of the two, or you could step up to the C730 which would command a higher price tag. Without further adieu, here are the specs. Like above, shared specs are in bold.
- Core i5-8400/i7-8700/or i7-8700k (C530 adds an i3-8100 option)
- GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 570 (C530 adds; GTX 1050Ti, 1050, Radeon RX 560)
- Up to 32GB DDR4 or 32GB Overclocked Memory
- Up to 512GB M.2 SSD AND 2x2TB HDD (C530 – Up to 256GB M.2 and 2TB HDD)
These are pretty impressive specs for something that fits inside a 19L case. On the top of the case, you’ll find the carry handle and a transparent panel. If you spring for the C730 you will be treated to an RGB lighting system. If you don’t have the money for the higher end model, you’ll have to make due with a red lighting scheme.
If Lenovo can get their pricing to be competitive I think they have a real shot at stealing some of the gaming market from the bigger players in the industry. Razer and Asus have their ever-present following in the gaming world. Lenovo has a solid reputation in the business world. I would honestly like to see Lenovo do well with their Legion line of gaming laptops and PCs. More competition is a good thing, right? What price would you want to pay for a highly spec’d out Y730 or C730? Would you look toward Lenovo for your next gaming rig? Let us know in the comments.