Lenovo has had a busy E3 2018, launching six new affordable Legion gaming machines. All of which should offer a slick gaming experience for around or under £1000.
Lenovo has unveiled three pairs of affordable Legion gaming laptops at E3 2018.
In addition to the Legion T730 and T530 towers, the firm has revealed the Legion C730 and C530 cubes which pack similar specs in a more compact and funky form.
Alternatively, if you want a proper portable gaming experience, the Lenovo Y730 and Y530 laptops boast plenty of power without breaking the bank.
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Lenovo Legion Y730 and Y530
The new Legion laptops sport a relatively subtle design for gaming machines, similar to the Asus ROG GX501G and Gigabyte Aero 14. These machines offer quite a sleek aluminium chassis with an Iron Gray finish for the Y730, and a Raven Black paint job for the Y530. Sure, Lenovo’s Legion logo emblazoned across the lids might be a rather strong hint that these are gaming devices, but the overall look is pretty smart. Chances are you could yank them out in meetings without attracting too many curious glances.
The Y730 is the higher-end model, offering a choice of 15- or 17-inch Full HD IPS display with ultrathin bezels and optional 144Hz refresh rate. Support for Dolby Atmos audio should help provide an immersive gaming experience. A Corsair iCUE RGB backlit keyboard offers individual key lighting, so you can customise it to your liking or set up your own personal light show.
If you’re on a tighter budget, the more affordable Legion Y530 only comes in a 15-inch flavour and offers a more modest build. You once again have a Full HD display with optional 144Hz refresh, although the Dolby Atmos and iCUE RGB backlighting have been stripped out.
A choice of internals will be available for both laptops. Either can be upgraded to a Core i7 Coffee Lake chipset, and you can also boost the Legion Y730 with up to 16GB of Corsair DDR4 memory. As for the GPU, both machines top out at Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1050 Ti.
To keep things cool, these Legions come fitted with a dual fan system complete with wide side vents. Lenovo reckons that improved airflow means these machines will stay 10% cooler than their previous laptops, while also proving “whisper quiet”.
The Lenovo Legion Y530 will go on sale June 2018, starting from $930. Meanwhile the Legion Y730 will cost from $1180 for the 15-inch model and $1250 for the 17-inch model, when they hit stores in September 2018. We’re waiting on UK pricing.
Lenovo Legion C730 and C530
If you’d rather invest in a portable desktop rig, the new Legion cubes are well worth a look. These 19-litre Iron Gray metal boxes pack some decent components and plenty of style to boot.
Transportation is nice and simple thanks to the single handle built into the top of each box. And if you do choose to sit the Legion cubes on your desk, the transparent tops give a clear view of the innards. Not particularly exciting, unless you choose to pimp the Legion C730 with optional internal RGB lights.
This can be fully customised via Lenovo’s Vantage software, to dazzle anyone in the room. Sadly the Legion C530 only offers a simple red LED lighting system, although anyone after a more subtle effect will be happy enough.
Both the Legion C530 and C730 offer a choice of chipsets, up to Intel Core i7 Coffee Lake. You can also shove up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM into the Legion C730. In either case you can also upgrade to Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060, for VR-ready gaming action.
Both machines support Dolby Atmos and come with a dual-channel thermal ventilation system to pump out all of that hot air.
The Lenovo Legion C530 will start at $830 when it hits stores in August 2018. If you want that snazzy RGB lighting and the other C730 benefits, you’ll have to add $100 to that asking price.
Lenovo Legion T730 and T530
For anyone who doesn’t demand that level of portability, Lenovo’s new Legion towers offer a very similar setup to the cubes, in the form of a proper desktop rig.
These 28-litre metal towers still sport a top handle, although we wouldn’t recommend dragging them onto a bus to take around to your mate’s place. You get a similar design, including that Legion logo etched into the front panel. However, the window has moved around to the side of the Legion T730, giving a clear view of the internal RGB lighting. And while you still get the red lighting on the Legion T530, this is only visible through the vents on the front edge.
Those specs haven’t changed up at all from the cubes. As always you have a selection of processors, up to Intel’s Core i7 Coffee Lake, along with Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060 GPU. You can again slap up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM into the top-tier tower, while the T730 also supports dual 512GB SSDs or 2TB of HDD storage space.
As standard the new towers come with fan cooling. However, you can also throw more money at Lenovo to get some optional Asetek liquid cooling on the Legion T730. Once again, we’re promised “whisper quiet” heat dissipation, so you can merrily game into the wee hours without disturbing the rest of the household. Both machines can also be easily upgraded, without any tools. Great news for anyone who wants a simple life, as well as a buttery smooth gaming experience for years to come.
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The Lenovo Legion towers are priced the same as the cubes, to keep things easy. So the Legion T530 will cost from $830, while the Legion T730 starts at $930. Both rigs will be available from August 2018.
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