Lenovo Announces 3 New Gaming Rigs (Updated)

Lenovo Announces 3 New Gaming Rigs (Updated)

(Update: 6-13-18 | 4:00 pm) I had an opportunity to speak with Teddy Lee from Lenovo’s Legion product development team. Teddy has been working on Lenovo’s gaming desktops and laptops since 2015 when he worked on the Y900. I’m impressed with his personal background as well, as he grew up as a PC gamer. He knows what it means to lug a desktop, monitor, keyboard, and mouse to a LAN party. What a pain!

What I really wanted to know is why the Y series was so radically redesigned. Aside from the logo, these laptops do not resemble the last generation at all. What Teddy told me is the Legion team wanted to gather a lot of customer feedback prior to finalizing the design. Some of the most important things to him and his team were affirmed by the community: better thermal management, and rear-port access. To accomplish this, they moved the hinge forward in each of these gaming laptops. That means the air intake is on the sides, and bottom, while heat output is at the back.

Teddy also informed me a key partnership with Corsair on the Y730. Specifically, the included Corsair tuning software allows for customization of the keyboard and accent lighting as well as overclocking the RAM. The keyboard itself was manufactured by Corsair and I’m hoping I can get my hands on it soon.

Lastly, regarding the Y7000, that machine is more overstated as a gaming laptop. While the Y530 and Y730 have a more subtle design. Again, this came from the community that asked for a gaming laptop they can also take to work or school that wouldn’t scream “gamer”. The Y7000, on the other hand, resembles what we traditionally think of as a gaming laptop. While maintaining some of the design from Lenovo’s last generation Legion laptops.

(Update: 6-11-18 | 8:17 am) A Lenovo representative has informed me the below-listed max GPU config of GTX 1050Ti is all that will be announced at this time but we can expect higher GPU configurations to be announced in the future.

For years I’ve reviewed Lenovo’s gaming laptops and desktops and always felt they were underrated. What they always seemed to lack is flare. They’ve consistently been understated with black chassis and red accents. But today appears to be a change in direction as Lenovo announced three new rigs that are sure to turn heads.

For comparison, click here and here and here to see the last generation of Lenovo gaming laptops. Visually, the new laptops are a massive departure from what we’ve seen previously – a design I absolutely love. Additionally, the GPU options for the new laptops are disappointingly limited to a max config of the GTX 1050Ti. I’ve reached out to Lenovo for clarity as we should see the 730-15 with a GTX 1060 and the 730-17 with at least a GTX 1070 Max Q.

I’ll have a full review of each laptop in the coming weeks.

Lenovo Legion Y7000 (Starting Price $959.99)

  • Narrow 6.7mm 3-sided Bezel Design with Dual Channel Cooling
  • Up to 8th Gen Intel Core i7
  • Up to NVIDIA GTX1050 Ti
  • Up to 144Hz panel
  • Rear port access
  • Aluminum cover

Lenovo Legion Y530 (Starting Price $929.99)

  • Narrow 6.7mm 3-sided Bezel Design with Dual Channel Cooling
  • Up to 8th Gen Intel Core i7
  • Up to NVIDIA GTX1050 Ti
  • Up to 144Hz panel
  • Rear port access
  • Soft touch palm rest
  • 180 degree open

Lenovo Legion Y730-15/17 (Starting Price $1179.99)

  • 15.6″ and 17.3″ display options
  • 144Hz G-Sync panel option
  • Up to 8th Gen Intel Core i7
  • Optional Corsair OC Memory
  • Up to NVIDIA GTX1050 Ti
  • Exterior RGB system lighting with per-key Corsair RGB KB customization
  • Dolby Atmos with JBL Audio
  • Aluminum cover

Joe Barhoum

Joe was born and raised in Portland, OR. As an illegitimate son of Zeus, Joe sometimes struggles with his humanity vs. his divinity. As a self proclaimed “health-nut” Joe drinks half his weight in protein shakes a day, and it is not uncommon for him to run for days, sometimes covering hundreds of miles.

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