Lenovo has always been in the forefront of making low tier gaming laptops. Lenovo Legion Y520 80WK001MUS is one such laptop recently released in the market.
What is a low tier gaming laptop? Well, basically these are affordable gaming laptops that offer mid range graphics card that are capable of playing the latest AAA titles at high graphics while maintaining a decent frame rate.
Their most lucrative aspect is their price point. We have seen similar laptops from other brands like the ASUS ROG, Acer Nitro, HP Omen and MSI GL series. For those who have a limited budget but at the same time want to play games on the go, then a laptop like Lenovo Legion Y520 80WK001MUS is the way to go.
However, with so many low tier gaming laptops in the market, how does this laptop compare. We will find that out in this Lenovo Legion Y520 80WK001MUS review.
Why invest in this laptop?
The question is why not? If you have the budget, then why get yourself an average multimedia laptop when you can have a powerful gaming laptops.
If you do not understand gaming laptops, well suffice to say that they are the creme de la creme of their respective brands.
Their only drawback is their lower than average battery life. However, if you can manage with that, then you basically get yourself a workstation capable of handling almost everything you throw at it.
From gaming to professional software, working on a laptop like Lenovo Legion Y520 80WK001MUS is a charm.
Lenovo Legion Y520 80WK001MUS Review: In-Depth Look
As mentioned earlier, this is a low tier gaming laptop. Meaning it possesses a mid tier graphics card. However, it is low tier only as far as the graphics card goes. If you look at the rest of the configuration, it is exceptionally high performing comparable to much more expensive gaming laptops.
Design and Display
There is nothing new about the design of this laptop if you are familiar with the Lenovo Y series. It looks sleek, slender, simple and at the same time entirely gaming-centric. It has the same red accents on a black exterior that the older models did. The only notable difference between this and older models are the patterns on the exterior that give off a carbon fiber look.
The beauty of the Lenovo Y series lies in its subtle design. Where most other gaming laptops try to be very loud in looks. This laptops keeps its cool.
Furthermore, measuring at about 1 inch and weighing at about 5.3 lbs, Lenovo Legion Y520 80WK001MUS is a fairly light and thin gaming laptop. Portability should not be an issue with it.
The display is a 15.6 inch screen offering In-plane switching panel. The IPS display offers superior colors that are much more vibrant than conventional TN panel screens and has the widest viewing angles.
Let us see what is on the inside of this laptop now.
Lenovo Legion Y520 80WK001MUS offers the latest Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor with quad cores and hyper-threading enabled. Meaning, you get 8 threads in total. This is exceptional for software that utilize multiple threads. The processor has clock speed of 2.8 GHz per core and can boost itself to 3.8 GHz when needed i.e when gaming.
This is one of the finest processors for the current gen laptops. Period. You can find it featured even in high-end gaming laptops that cost twice the price of Lenovo Legion Y520 80WK001MUS. That goes to show how versatile and powerful this is.
Not only is it more than enough for almost all of the AAA titles present as off today, it is also great for professional work including editing and rendering.
This is the defining component of any gaming laptop. Lenovo Legion Y520 80WK001MUS features NVIDIA GeForce 1050Ti graphics card with 4 GB GDDR5 VRAM.
The best way to understand the performance of a graphics card is to look at its benchmark reports. For starters, you should know there is a slight difference between the performance of the notebook and desktop version of the 1050Ti.
Compared to the previous series, the 900 series, the NVIDIA 1050 Ti is on par with 970M in terms of performance and 30% better than the non-Ti model i.e the 1050.
Most of the games can run at Ultra graphics while maintaining a decent frame rate; however, some games like the Mass Effect Andromeda and Ghost Recon Wildlands would be sustainable at reasonable frame rate at only high graphics.
You can read more about this graphics card here.
RAM & Storage
Lenovo Legion Y520 80WK001MUS offers ample RAM. It includes 16 GB DDR 4 RAM and has the capacity to hold 32 GB maximum. 16 GB is more than enough for gaming and also quite sufficient for the heaviest of professional work.
Therefore, as far as this aspect is concerned, you are pretty much covered.
In terms of storage, we have a pretty decent configuration here. This laptop offers 128 GB SSD with a combination of 1 TB of HDD.
The SSD can be used to store and install most used apps and games, whereas the HDD can be used to hold large files like the installation files, movies, photos etc
Ports and Other Additional Features
The connectivity options conform to the latest trend. This laptop offers USB 3.1 Type-C, 1 x HDMI, 1 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0, RJ-45, Bluetooth, WiFi,1 x Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack, 4-in-1 (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC).
Other great features include back lit keyboard, and 2 x 2W JBL speakers.
Value For Money
So how does Lenovo Legion Y520 80WK001MUS compare to the rest of the market? Well, in short, it has a fairly decent and competitive price/dollar value.
For example if you look at another low tier gaming laptop like the MSI GL62M 7RDX-1408 that offers the non-Ti version of the 1050 and only 8 GB of RAM and compare the price of both laptop, you will realize that the Lenovo laptop is quite the bargain.
Lenovo Legion Y520 80WK001MUS Review Conclusion
Lenovo Legion Y520 80WK001MUS is a low-tier gaming laptop that features a mid range graphics card, a high-end processor, a decent amount of RAM and all the essential peripheral and storage options. It does so while maintaining a thin profile and a great performance/dollar value.
All in all, if you do not have the budget to spend on expensive gaming laptops like the ASUS ROG Zephyrus, then by all means, put this on the top of your list.