It’s been a while since Lenovo dropped a bomb and this gaming laptop sure is one. Lenovo Legion Y520 is definitely one of the best gaming laptops in the entry-level gaming laptops category. It is packed with the NVIDIA GTX 10 series which makes this laptop even more powerful.
The Lenovo laptops are pretty good although I have really not been a fan of their battery life. The audio quality on their previous gaming laptops are pretty amazing so let’s find out what the Lenovo Legion Y520 has in store for us!
Display and Design
The laptop comes in a plain black to grayish aluminum chassis and looks pretty elegant when closed. It would be hard to tell that it is a gaming laptop when closed but once you open the laptop, you can literally see a color splash of red all over the keyboard. The laptop looks pretty sleek and professional and you could take it to your office as well as use it for gaming.
The laptop weighs only 2.5 kg which means that it is light in weight and it is easier to carry around. The display of the laptop is pretty good and better than the other laptops within this price range. The laptop comes with the 1080p display and is one of the best entry level gaming laptop that we have in competition.
Keyboard and touchpad
The keyboard and touchpad of this laptop is pretty amazing. The keyboard has a minimum travel of 1.7mm and the keystrokes are pretty crisp. The keyboard is actually good for typing and most of the times the Lenovo keyboards are pretty comfortable so there is no doubt on the quality. There is keyboard is backlit and makes it easier for the late night gaming sessions.
The touchpad is pretty smooth and looks interesting with the design, however, the keys on the touchpad are the lever style which is a little annoying and might take some time to get used to. I think it was pretty okay and if you aren’t that fussy about having the perfect touchpad then you can still go for this laptop.
When it comes to gaming, most of us use a mouse and that would solve half of the problems that the games might have with the touchpad.
Graphics and Gaming
The laptop comes with the amazing NVIDIA GTX 1050 ti graphics card which is great for entry-level gaming laptops. It can play all the lighter games on ultra settings with a frame rate of more than 100 fps and for the games with heavier graphics you can easily game on the high settings and the ultra settings might be a slight drag. The overall performance of the laptop when it comes to gaming is excellent and it is definitely a great gaming level laptop.
The laptop has a storage of 8GB RAM and 256 GB SSD and you can have an additional HDD storage if you like or even expand the RAM memory. The laptop is impressive since I remember reviewing a Lenovo gaming laptop the last year at the same price with the GTX 960 card and now within a few months, we have another laptop which is less that $1000 and has the most incredible NVIDIA graphics card giving you a powerful gaming experience.
Battery life and overheating Issues
The battery life is average and it will last up to 5 hours with normal use and up to 1 hour while gaming. This is a bummer but kind of expected from the Lenovo series since they do have a pretty average battery and they could improve this one feature and make the laptop the best but for now yeah, the battery life is not that great.
The laptop does get hot and although you could still work with it, the heat generated is relatively more in comparison with the other gaming laptops that come in the same price range. It is a pretty good laptop but this feature can be a setback for many of us and it is better to check out the Acer Aspire AX 15 before you take a final decision.
Ports and Warranty
The laptop has a plenty of ports which are pretty useful and they are;