Lenovo’s Legion Gets Bigger with Y920: 17-inch G-SYNC, Core i7-K, GTX 1070, TB3by Anton Shilov on May 26, 2017 8:30 AM EST
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Lenovo has expanded its lineup of Legion-branded gaming laptops with a model that features a 17” display, powerful audio, a mechanical keyboard, and an overclocking-capable Intel Core i7 microprocessor. The company positions its new gaming notebook for those who need maximum performance in a portable form-factor and will want to perform additional performance tuning.
For the better part of its history, Lenovo has focused primarily on mainstream and business PCs in a bid to drive volume and become one of the largest suppliers of computers in the world. However, as sales of PCs stagnated or dropped in the recent years, Lenovo has had to find a new source for its growth. One angle to this is when the company started to build gamers-friendly machines. At first they were released under the Y-series, such as the Y-700, but earlier this year Lenovo introduced its gaming PC brand: the Legion. So far, the Legion lineup has included only two 15.6” laptop models — the Legion Y520 and the Legion Y720. This month, the company is rolling out a considerably more powerful addition to the series, the Legion Y920 with a larger screen and better hardware, targeting the higher-end segment of the gaming laptop market. The Legion Y920 may not be addressing the ultra-premium part of the market, but the machine demonstrates a clear trend where Lenovo is going with its gaming notebooks.
The Lenovo Legion Y920 is equipped with a 17” FHD display with NVIDIA’s G-Sync and is powered by Intel’s Core i7-7820HK or Core i7-7700HQ processor (depending on exact SKU). The former processor features unlocked multiplier and thus can be overclocked rather easily as long as it has sufficient cooling. The laptop comes with 16 GB of DDR4 RAM, it uses NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1070 graphics adapter with 8 GB of GDDR5 memory as well as a 512 GB PCIe SSD and/or a 1 TB 2.5” HDD. As for connectivity, the Legion Y920 is equipped with one Thunderbolt 3 port, Rivet Networks’ Killer 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi and GbE, four USB 3.0 Type-A headers, a card reader, an HDMI header as well as a DisplayPort.
Meanwhile, two features of the Y920 that Lenovo is especially proud of are the audio sub-system featuring two JBL speakers and a subwoofer that carries the Dolby Home Theatre badge as well as an RGB LED-backlit mechanical keyboard.
|Lenovo Legion Y920|
|Display||17.3" IPS panel with 1920×1080 resolution and 75 Hz refresh|
|CPU||Core i7-7700HQ (4C/8T, 6 MB, 2.8/3.8GHz)||Core i7-7820HK (4C/8T, 8 MB, 2.9/3.9GHz)|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 with G-Sync support|
|RAM||16 GB DDR4|
|Storage||Up to 512 GB SATA SSD
1 TB HDD (optional)
|Wi-Fi||Rivet Killer Wireless-AC 2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi|
|Ethernet||Rivet Killer E2x00 GbE controller|
|USB||4 × USB 3.0 Type-A|
|Thunderbolt||1 × USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 connector|
|Display Outputs||1 × DisplayPort
1 × HDMI
|Keyboard||Mechanical backlit keyboard with RGB LEDs and programmable buttons|
|Audio||2 × 2 W JBL speakers
1 × 3 W subwoofer
|Other I/O||Microphone, audio jacks, webcam (720p), card reader|
|Battery||90 Wh Li-Polymer|
|Dimensions||Width: 425 mm/16.7"
Depth: 315 mm/12.4"
Thickness: 36 mm/1.41"
|Weight||4.6 kilograms/10.14 lbs|
|Price||Starts at $2700 or €2600, depending on configuration and market|
With its 17” display, the Legion Y920 does not belong to what is now called ultra-portable gaming laptops category: it weighs 4.6 kilograms and its thickness is 36 mm, which is a result of using ABS plastic as the primary material for the chassis. Large dimensions enabled Lenovo to install a 90 Wh battery and could also let the manufacturer equip the laptop with a more advanced cooling system to boost overclocking potential of the Core i7-7820HK CPU. Unfortunately, Lenovo does not disclose any details about the cooling of the Legion Y920, but large dimensions, in general, mean more air.
Lenovo’s Legion Y920 will hit the market in EMEA this month and will start from €2,599.99 (including VAT). The machine will be available in the U.S. in June for the price of $2,699.99 for the base configuration.
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gunsman - Friday, May 26, 2017 - link$2700 for a 1070? could pick up a 1080 equipped for that price. Doesn't seem worth it
BrokenCrayons - Friday, May 26, 2017 - linkSince the public became unreasonably outraged over SuperFish, unjustly accusing Lenovo of all sorts of absurd things, the company has had to remove a lot of background revenue-generating preloaded software which drives up the cost of their laptops. If people had just kept their mouths shut, you'd still be able to buy a top-end laptop like the Y920, enjoy Lenovo's industry leading post-sales support, and their outstanding industrial design for far less money. It's really the fault of consumers that we've gotten to this point. The company was really working hard to make things better and their customers (and a lot of people that weren't even buying their products) got greedy and grubbed around making waves about nothing they should have concerned themselves with. It's not like the go after Facebook or Google for doing what they do, but some serious anti-Lenovo bias drove them to irrational outrage for no good reason.
thetuna - Friday, May 26, 2017 - link/s? I honestly can't tell lol
acparker18 - Friday, May 26, 2017 - linkNo he's not being sarcastic. This guy is so full of it on ever article he comments on. He either has his tin foil hat on and accuses companies of all kinds of outrageous nonsense, or he takes that hat off, like now, and backs up a company that has been proven to install backdoors in the firmware of their products.
He's just an opportunistic troll.
Samus - Friday, May 26, 2017 - linkAt any rate, I think we are all happy to see HP taking the #1 spot so far this year from Lenovo after a 3 year reign. Competition is good, and it has really pushed HP to be more aggressive with prices (this article's laptop excluded, there is no arguing that Lenovo's most attractive proposition over the last decade has been their subjectively low cost compared to Dell, HP, Apple, and even Acer.)
The real issue here, is can Lenovo make a $2700 laptop that actually feels like a $2700 laptop. I don't think so. I haven't felt a "premium" product from Lenovo for years, and we used to deal with all of them in IT before Northwestern Hospital began transitioning away from Lenovo in 2013 toward HP.
And I'd be lying if I said superfish had nothing to do with it. But there are obviously dozens of factors in switching 5,000 PC's over 36 months to an entirely different OEM. If I asked around what people like more about HP's here, I'm sure it'd be half think the support is better, and half think they are easier to service. And if I asked what people don't like, pretty much the only thing I can guarantee I'd here is proprietary components, especially in the servers, such as HP SmartMemory, our biggest peeve.
sonicmerlin - Saturday, May 27, 2017 - linkMust be a trump supporter
BrokenCrayons - Friday, May 26, 2017 - linkHaha! Sorry tuna, I meant to /s that at the end, but I got distracted mid-post and when I came back to it, I left it out. :)
acparker18 - Friday, May 26, 2017 - linkBtw dude, the difference between Facebook and Lenovo is that I didn't buy a Facebook laptop while not knowing that a dangerous exploit was installed at the firmware level.
As I commented below, you are a tiring troll.
"If people had just kept their mouths shut." Yeah because we should just shut up and buy products from a company with our hard earned money and not care what they are doing to that product without our knowledge.
You are part of the problem that allows companies to continue pulling stunts like that and exploiting their customers.
You flip-flop about issues on everything you post and people are getting really tired of you here. Go troll elsewhere.
drajitshnew - Saturday, May 27, 2017 - linkI think you forgot your medications today.
peevee - Saturday, May 27, 2017 - link"It's really the fault of consumers that we've gotten to this point. The company was really working hard to make things better and their customers (and a lot of people that weren't even buying their products) got greedy and grubbed around making waves about nothing they should have concerned themselves with"
I am sorry, is it a parody? Or Chinese Communist-style PR?