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Lenovo at IFA 2018: Gamers don’t want ‘ugly laptops built for 12-year-olds’

PC makers need to stop treating gamers like children if they want to succeed, according to Lenovo VP of design Brian Leonard.

Leonard made the claim during a press briefing at IFA 2018 in Berlin, arguing the gaming market has matured and that the hobby is no longer a niche one.

“Nearly all the gaming devices you see kind of ugly. They all look like they’re designed for a 12-year-old. A lot of people don’t want a gaming device like that,” he said.

“Gamers aren’t just kids who live in their parents basement. They’re doctors, lawyers – regular people.”

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He said the company worked hard to learn from competing companies’ mistakes when designing its latest Lenovo Legion Y730 and Y530 gaming notebooks.

“Legion should speak to a different type of gamer. We wanted to make something that you could take to a coffee shop and not get stared at, but then when you take it home and into the bedroom it becomes a savage,” he said.

“We wanted it to be stylish but have the power of a proper game station. We thought of it like a car. The experience comes from the dash, but the engine gives it the performance. I don’t need to see the engine, but I need to know it’s there and has the power I want.”

The notebooks were unveiled at E3 earlier this year and a marked step away from the company’s 2017 Legion laptops which Leonard said “used the old design”.

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Despite the change Leonard was vehement the Legion brand would always put performance first. When asked if the company would every push lower specced Legions with APUs, like Intel G-Series, or bottom end dGPUs Leopard told Trusted Reviews:

“One thing we want to do is make sure Legion has a certain bottom it won’t go below. We may put products like that elsewhere [with things like Intel G-Series], but Legion will always be about top-end gaming at its core.”

Intel G-series is a new CPU family that pairs the company’s CPU architecture with AMD Radeon graphics. The chips are surprisingly capable for gaming and easily run light titles, like Overwatch, at 60fps-plus in 1080p.

Lenovo isn’t the only company working to refine it’s gaming notebooks designs. Razer launched its new Razer Blade 15 laptop with similar aspirations earlier this year.

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