The Lenovo IdeaPad Y-series gaming notebooks are dead. Long live the Lenovo Legion Y-series gaming notebooks. Lenovo has now established the Lenovo Legion as a dedicated sub-brand for the company’s gaming PCs. The first Lenovo Legion offerings announced at CES are the premium 15.6-inch Lenovo Legion Y720 and the more affordable 15.6-inch Lenovo Legion Y520.
Both of the new Lenovo Legion notebooks come equipped with Intel’s newest seventh generation Core i7 processors and the latest Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics (Y720) and GTX 1050 Ti graphics (Y520). You can also configure the new Y-series with up to 16 GB of DDR4 memory. As for the available ports, the Lenovo Legion Y720 laptop comes with three USB 3.0, one Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C) port, HDMI, DisplayPort, Ethernet, and dedicated audio jacks for headphones and microphones. The Legion Y520 delivers essentially the same ports but one of the three full-size USB ports is a USB 2.0 port.
If you’re worried that the Legion Y720 won’t have enough USB ports for all your gaming peripherals you can rest easy knowing that this notebook comes with an optional integrated Xbox One Wireless receiver that supports up to four controllers simultaneously.
If virtual reality gaming is something that appeals to you then you’ll be happy to know the Lenovo Legion Y720 with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics is VR-ready. Just plug a VR headset into the HDMI port and you’re ready to go.
When it comes to more traditional display options the Y720 comes with your choice of a 15.6-inch FHD (1920 X 1080) IPS display or a 15.6-inch UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS anti-glare display. Meanwhile, the Y520 is available with only a 15.6-inch FHD IPS anti-glare display.
The Lenovo Legion Y720 will be available in April 2017 and starts at $1,399.99. The Lenovo Legion Y520 will be available in February 2017 starting at just $899.99.