Review of Lenovo Legion Y530 

Laptops

The Good The Lenovo Legion Y530 provides entry-level gaming characteristics and a useful design that makes it as good for travel as it does on a desk connected to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse.

The Bad The display is somewhat dim with a dull color. The keyboard may be a little too soft. The webcam is below the display.

The Bottom Line As entry-level gaming laptops go down, the Lenovo Legion Y530 offers one of the best performance and design combinations you are about to find.

8.0 Overall

  • Design
    8
  • Features
    8
  • Performance
    8
  • Battery
    8

If I ask you to take a picture of a business laptop, there’s a good chance that something like the slim, but boxy, ThinkPads Lenovo will come to my mind. If I ask you to do the same for a gaming laptop, you’ll probably see a thick laptop with big stylized vents openings, red color accents and an aggressive corner body, unlike the Legion Y520. Legion Y530 ($ 780 at Walmart) However, it is something like two, based on the design of the workstation ThinkPad P52 mixed with flash Y520. And it totally works.

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Design 8 9 7 8 8
Features 8 8 8 7 8
Performance 8 7 8 9 8
Battery 8 8 7 5 8
Overall 8.0 8.0 7.9 8.0 8.0
Price $780 Walmart $2,100 Amazon $990 Lenovo $1,628 Dell $2,622 Dell

The 15.6-inch Legion Y530 is an entry-level gaming laptop (budget laptops are not known for its design), and although it does mean a couple of angular cuts to keep the initial price up to about $ 750 in the US, £ 900 in the UK and 1,199 dollars in Australia, you won’t notice too much. The main components are what you will find from its competitors namely the Intel Core i5-8300H or i7-8750H paired with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 or 1050 Ti. ( Lenovo announced at IFA 2018 that the GTX 1060 will be possible later this year.) The biggest differences are the keyboard, display and overall design, and the Y530 doesn’t really disappoint, at least not at this price.

If gaming performance is crucial, you will need to save and buy a laptop with at least a GTX 1060 graphics card. But if you don’t mind dialing your video settings to save money, the Legion Y530 is a great money choice. This makes even more sense if you plan to use it part-time on your keyboard, mouse, display and Ethernet.

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Lenovo Legion Y530

Price as reviewed $939.99
Display size/resolution 15-inch 1,920 x 1,080 display
CPU 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-8300H
Memory 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,660MHz
Graphics 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
Storage 1TB HDD + 128GB SSD
Networking 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 5.0
Operating system Window 10 Home (64-bit)

There are no budget gamers cutting out cookies

Gaming laptops looked the same last year or so: black plastic with red accents and a red backlit keyboard, as well as WASD keys outlined in red. Although I’m not against red, he still shouts “hey, look at me, I’m a gaming laptop.” Also, the red keys on the keys are hard to read, which means you have to have the backlit keys all the time.

The Y530’s keyboard is backlit in white with white markings. 

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The Y530, on the other hand, looks more like one of the ThinkPad Lenovo workstations than a full-fledged gaming laptop. The case is matt black plastic and no big, bold color accents. Instead, white keyboard shortcuts appear on the keyboard, which also have a bright white backlight. And while the big Legion brand on the hood isn’t sophisticated, it’s not funny either. (The top-end Y730 features Corsair RGB exterior illumination for the keyboard (on the key) and ventilation vents and adds metal to the body.)

Lenovo has moved the display hinge forward, allowing it to cool better from behind and from the side vents. It also gave them a place to move power and most of its ports back, so you don’t have a tangle of cords coming from the sides.

The cooling system works well, and though you’ll hear the fans when you’re playing, at least they keep the keyboard comfortable. Moving power and ports behind means a neat setup if you plan to use it at least in conjunction with an external display, keyboard, mouse, and other peripherals. You’ll also find a USB port on each side, and a headset jack on the left as well. However, you will not find a memory card slot anywhere.

Power, Ethernet, USB-C 3.1, Mini DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0 and USB-A 3.1 are on back like a ThinkPad workstation.

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The full-screen display is the weakest part of the package with unstable color and brightness, but we have seen similar or worse than the competition at this price. Please note that if you customize the Y530 with GTX 1050 Ti graphics, you can also get a 144 Hz display with 300 nits brightness for an additional $ 100. Lenovo gets display glasses with a thin bezel instead of the thick ones on most gaming laptops, even the more expensive ones. Although it also loses points for placing the webcam under the screen, it shoots upwards at a disappointing angle.

The rest of the laptop’s capabilities are a combination of good and not so good. For example, the Y530’s keyboard features soft keys that feel good with long gaming sessions, but can be frustrating for typing. It combines with a responsive touchpad that seems unusually small for a 15.6-inch laptop, and it has discrete mouse buttons as opposed to a single click, but their clicks are particularly loud. The speakers are loud and clear, but there aren’t enough bass that disappoints the games.

Although the color and brightness of the display for some may be a barrier to a deal, at this price you won’t really find anything better on a gaming laptop. The rest of the things I mentioned in my opinion are not intruders, but if you can find a Y530 from your local retailer, you may want to go in and check everything first-hand.

Lenovo Legion Y530adds some class to budget gaming laptops

The battle piano is ready

The full resolution of 1 920×180 pixels and settings on high-end, older games such as BioShock Infinite and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided went smoothly, though the latter was better on average than ever before Battlefield 1 and a strange crew. Really something graphically demanding, you want to play on average. I’m a little obsessed with Mr. Shifti since landing Origin Access and it plays great on the Y530, and the PUBG and Fortnite sessions are definitely playable too, so if you’re just looking for a cheap PC to take breaks in your work or school day, this Y530 configuration doesn’t disappoint.

The exception to this is storage. Personally, I would miss the 128GB solid state drive on my review laptop as it doesn’t leave you much room to store games. Storage (and storage) is available to the user for expansion or upgrade, so you’d better dump the 1TB hard drive onto a 256GB SSD and add the hard drive yourself. SSDs will help speed up performance, especially gaming, and again, 128GB doesn’t leave much space for you.

Long battery life is not typical of a gaming laptop, let alone the entry level, but the Y530 actually lasted longer than most. It took a little over 7 hours to test the CNET streaming video battery. Although the games will be short and you won’t get maximum battery-only performance. But if you want to surf the web on the couch or work in a cafe for a couple of hours, you’ll be in good shape.

Entry-level games with feedback set design

As a budget gaming laptop, theLenovo Legion Y530offers one of the best performance and design combinations you are about to find. The display may be better, and the components may not be much different from what others have to offer, but Lenovo offers them at a good price, and performance is exactly where it should be. If you like design, this is the one to get on the list.

Geekbench 4 (multi-core)

Lenovo Legion Y530 14171 Razer Blade (2018) 18015 Dell Inspiron 15 7577 Gaming (End of 2017) 10611 Acer Nitro 5 14220 Asus TUF Gaming FX504GD 11548

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance

Cinebench R15 processor (multi-core)

Lenovo Legion Y530 815 Razer Blade (2018) 926 Dell Inspiron 15 7577 Gaming (End of 2017) 510 Acer Nitro 5 851 Asus TUF Gaming FX504GD 599

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance

Video Battery Drain Test (Streaming)

Lenovo Legion Y530 437 Razer Blade (2018) 473 Dell Inspiron 15 7577 Gaming (End of 2017) 362 Acer Nitro 5 333 Asus TUF Gaming FX504GD 300

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance (in minutes)

3DMark Fire Strike Ultra

Lenovo Legion Y530 1209 Razer Blade (2018) 3431 Dell Inspiron 15 7577 Gaming (End of 2017) 1871 Acer Nitro 5 1873 Asus TUF Gaming FX504GD 758

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance

Deus Ex: A game test for the division of humanity

Lenovo Legion Y530 28.4 Razer Blade (2018) 72.2 Dell Inspiron 15 7577 Gaming (End of 2017) 50.2 Acer Nitro 5 37.7 Asus TUF Gaming FX504GD 31.2

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance (FPS)

System configurations

Lenovo Legion Y530 Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-8300H; 8GB DDR? SDRAM 2,660MHz; 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 TI; 1TB HDD + 128GB SSD
Razer Blade (2018) Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.2GHz Intel Core i7-8750H; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,660MHz; 8GB Nvidia GeFroce GTX 1070 with Max-Q Design; 512GB SSD
Dell Inspiron 15 7577 Gaming (late 2017) Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-7300HQ; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz; 6GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with Max-Q Design; 256GB SSD
Acer Nitro 5 Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-8300H; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,660MHz; 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti Graphics; 256GB SSD
Asus TUF Gaming FX504GD Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 2.3GHz Intel Core i5-8300H; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,660MHz; 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Graphics; 1TB HDD

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