Gaming on a desktop is perfectly fine at home, but let’s say you’re going on a long trip and want to game while you’re away. There is no way you’re lugging around that desktop with you. So that is one of many reasons why you might consider a gaming notebook like the Lenovo Legion Y720.
The highest model is priced just below $1,500, with downgrades that take it down to options hovering just above $1,000. In the highest package, you get a 3840x2160p screen, a GTX 1060 6GB graphics card to push those pixels, a 7th generation Intel Core i7 7700HQ processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 1TB hard drive for mass storage, and one 256GB SSD to accompany it.
All of this combines into a very high end performing laptop that can run almost any game you throw at it. And I do mean that literally, every game I tried on this laptop ran beautifully and smooth, rarely dealing with FPS drops or stuttering in normal games. That’s all while being able to crank those games up to high or even ultra settings without a problem. Even putting the game “Fortnite” its highest settings with 4k ran at a solid 60 FPS. Since the laptop has an Nvidia card in it, it has all the benefits of Nvidia’s Gameworks programs as well.
This computer can make quite a bit of noise when under load, though. If you load up a game you’ll hear that familiar roar of the fans spinning up. It only gets louder as games get more intense, but it’s not overbearing, and only slightly louder than an average desktop machine. Of course, this is to be expected, but this laptop certainly isn’t leading the race for quiet gaming notebooks.
Now, if you’re using this for something a bit lighter, such as surfing the web or writing something on Google Docs or Microsoft Word (a review maybe), then you probably won’t hear this notebook make much noise if any. It really only kicks in when you load up a game.
The Y720 is built out of aluminum and it feels nice to hold, although it is very heavy. Everything is built very well and it’s an extremely sturdy machine, and it’s well-equipped as well. Along the sides you have a huge array of ports including full-size USB and HDMI, USB-C, and even Ethernet.
The actual appearance of the Y720 is clearly designed for gamers, but for me, it’s personally a bit of a downside. It’s aggressive and loud visually, getting to a point where it looks a bit obnoxious as a laptop, but that’s subjective, and not necessarily a bad thing for everyone.
Keyboard and Trackpad
The keyboard, though, isn’t really the best. It feels nice to type and game on, but it’s definitely a strange one. It tries to strike a balance between mechanical and “chiclet” keys, but I don’t really love it. It’s certainly not something everyone will love. It does have LEDs, though, which are fully customizable to suit your style. The trackpad is also great with a matte texture and separate areas for left and right clicks.
Display & Speakers
The screen is something I would list as a downside of the Y720, even at full brightness it never really felt like it was bright enough, and the colors seemed to be more subdued than I think most people would like. It is a 4k screen, but that can only get it so far.
As a quick side note the speakers sound good and should be plenty loud for your laptop needs, as they should be thanks to Lenovo’s partnership with JBL.
Overall the Y720 is an excellent gaming notebook. There are some things to give pause for, though. For one, the screen doesn’t impress me as much as a machine of this price point should. However, the performance it brings makes it a tempting offer for PC gamers on the go, especially since it’s still small and light enough to carry in a backpack (although it still has that “iconic” gaming laptop weight).