At CES 2016, gaming laptops lineup was updated: Lenovo launches legion of mid-range gaming laptops. The tech will use latest CPUs and GPUs from two giants: Intel and NVIDIA. Instead of putting GPUs into existing Y-series laptops of Lenovo, they give an entirely new brand named Legion.
Let me categorize easily the machine based on specs, size and price as following:
01: Smaller, Cheaper and Above Average Power
The Legion Y520 is the smaller and cheaper products showcased at CES. It consists of 15.6 inch 1080p LCD, weighing 2.4 kg and 26mm thick. Lenovo mentions that variant will have Kaby Lake CPU and new Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti discrete GPU. Although, it is interesting to note that Lenovo did not mention further specs of Kaby Lake processor and performance of GTX 1050 Ti is similar to GTX 970M. Furthermore, this variant comes with USB 3.1 Type-C port (not Thunderbolt 3), Ethernet, and HDMI along with Wi-Fi ac chip. The keyboard comes with optional red backlighting. Legion Y520 will be available from February priced at $899.99.
02: Bigger, Expensive and Raw Power
The legion Y720 is bigger and expensive machine designed for people hungry of raw power. It consists of 17.3 inch screen size with both 1080p and 4K display options. It packs an Intel Core i7-7700HQ or i5-7300HQ processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB of GDDR5 memory. Legion Y720 has certain features which will be absent in Y520.
Such as, Thunderbolt 3 port and RGB LED Back lighting for the keyboard. When it comes to sound, Legion Y720 will support Dolby Atmos audio through three speakers that, sort of, produce sound from every angle. Xbox One wireless controller dongle is also an integrated option into Legion Y720. Lenovo priced Legion Y720 at $1,399.99 and its availability will commence April 2017.