Meet Lenovo’s New Legion Y720 Gaming Notebook: 4K, VR and Awesome Dolby Atmos Support
Stephan Jukic – January 23, 2017
If you want a truly top range Laptop model among the new and more 4K game-friendly than ever Ultra HD laptops of 2017, the Lenovo Y720 might just be an ideal choice, especially if you’re not too tight when it comes to your budget.
In other words, if you’ve got the nearly $1400 you’ll have to lay down for this little powerhouse of a machine, it will do one superb job of covering some of your more cutting-edge gaming needs, while also being an excellent overall performer for other types of intensive uses (take note graphic design and video editing pros).
The Legion Y720 is part of a budding family of laptops which currently consists of two models, this high-performance edition gaming notebook and its more modest Y520 cousin which we’ll briefly cover in just a bit. The real killer in the family however is definitely the Legion Y720, with true flagship status among Lenovo 2017 notebooks and genuinely robust specs for some more serious gaming at resolutions beyond Full HD even though it doesn’t quite match the needs of high-performance native 4K gaming.
With that said, the Legion Y720 offers up a 4K IPS LCD display with anti-glare panel design and the sort of internal hardware that many desktop gaming PCs fail to match. What you get for its rather hefty price tag includes a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, one of Intel’s next-generation Core i7 7700HQ CPUs of the Kaby Lake family and a massive 16GB DDR4 RAM package that nicely complements the laptop’s range of possible storage configurations in both the SSD and HDD categories. Furthermore, the Legion Y720 delivers the power of Dolby Atmos sound if hooked up to the right sort of speaker system. This last feature is quite rare in almost any PC machine, let alone a notebook.
Did we also mention that it’s built to handle VR support? Because it does. You can plug a compatible VR headset right into its HDMI port and you’re good to go on that front.
Also, that GTX 1060 GPU option in the Y720 means that it should be one superb piece of portable hardware for 1440p gaming at some great frame rates, though for native 4K game play at high frame rates, the 1060 is simply not powerful enough despite this notebook’s 4K display and other solid specs.
As for its connectivity specs, the Y720 comes with more of the latest technology, featuring a Thunderbolt 3-compatible USB C ports, three ordinary USB 3.0 ports and HDMI 2.0 connectivity as well as ports for VGA and DisplayPort (no specification on what version of DP). As for battery power, the Legion Y720 is a bit less robust, offering up a 60Whr battery that Lenovo is claiming to offer no more than about 5 hours per charge.
One other interesting thing we should mention about the Y720 is its support for 4K UHD streaming content from sources like Netflix. Thanks to the presence of Intel’s Core i7 chipset and the latest version of Windows 10, this little notebook should also supports HDCP 2.2, HEVC and the other requisites of streaming consumer 4K content from major sources.
Lenovo will start shipping the Legion Y720 as of April, 2017 for a price of $1,399.99.
For users who are looking for a more budget-friendly gaming laptop option. Lenovo has also unveiled the Legion Y520, with fewer gaming features, somewhat weaker specs and a smaller GPU but with the same massive 16GB RAM. The Y520 also happens to lack a 4K UHD display and doesn’t come with Thunderbolt 3 support, though this last absence shouldn’t be a problem for most PC users.
This cheaper Lenovo laptop will start shipping as of February for a much more reasonable price tag of $900.
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