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Lenovo Legion Y720 (Kaby Lake) Gaming Laptop Review

By Steven Bassiri from Aug 23, 2017 @ 11:35 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 91%Manufacturer: Lenovo

Here are key points about the Lenovo Legion Y720


What's Hot


Solid Hardware Combination: I have said it a few times, but 4K panels on gaming notebooks that don't use best in class GPUs, are pretty much only good for viewing movies in 4K. That is why I would highly recommend the Y720 with the 1080P panel to gamers; it has the right mobile CPU (7700HQ), a sweet spot mobile GPU (GTX 1060), and a good looking panel to match. It's also not crazy expensive, and you can play newer titles at ease and on the go.



Gaming Look and Feel: Red is the go to color for companies when it comes to building a one-for-all solution, and Lenovo has done a nice job with red on the Y720. The looks of a product are pretty subjective, and I have seen some ugly or dull notebooks, but I actually like the look and feel of the Y720. Everything from the accents to the metal build of the notebook makes it look fun and feel high quality. I was impressed with the amount of aluminum, although it does add some weight.


ThunderBolt 3: The ultimate type-C port is included on the Legion Y720, and it should prove to be very useful in the future. There are even external GPU enclosures that could house current and future GPUs, so a few years down the road when the GTX 1060 inside isn't cutting it, you can hook up to an external GTX 1280 or RX 850, or whatever will be there in a few generations. Until then, the port is useful for external storage, connection to a multitude of devices, and can even be used to network two computers together.


Noise Level: The Legion Y720 actually runs kind of quiet, and I didn't expect that. Perhaps if the fans were more aggressive, it could do a bit better in the performance arena at very high load levels, but I think Lenovo tuned it correctly for games. The last thing you want to do is have the noisiest notebook in the room, which does not matter if you have headphones. If you have headphones, then the Dolby Atmos and Full Speed Fan mode could provide a very different, and enhanced, gaming experience.


What's Not


Not User Upgradable: I read that Lenovo says that users are prohibited from servicing the device, aka you aren't supposed to open it. Otherwise, you could lose your warranty. I even tried to open it just to see what was inside, and I found that I couldn't easily remove one portion of the back panel from the device. I did not want to break it, so I decided just to leave it alone, and most people will come to that same conclusion as well.



Final Thoughts


The Legion Y720 has many things I really like that haven't been mentioned yet. For one, the speakers are quite powerful and only distort when they get really loud, the headphone audio quality is surprisingly good, the keyboard (with arrow keys) is large and not crammed, the single centered hinge is very durable, and there are certain areas where I was impressed with the attention to detail (such as the Y symbol's texture on the top lid).




The notebook also has some points I didn't find that great; it doesn't have the best battery life, and all that aluminum and cooling power weigh it down a bit. It also seems that Lenovo has balanced out the CPU's performance to try and extend battery life, especially when gaming on the battery, but of course you can tune that after the fact through power plans.


Overall, I think Lenovo has produced a really solid notebook, built with quality hardware and gaming in mind.

Product Summary Breakdown

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The Bottom Line: Lenovo's Legion Y720 is a very well thought out notebook specifically targeting the wants and needs of gamers who don't mind paying a bit extra for higher quality and performance.

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