The 9th Generation Intel Core processors has been released and we have seen upcoming and new PCs sporting the new powerful replacements to the older Coffee Lake processors. That is not to say that the Coffee Lake Core processors were not powerful. The 8th generation Core processors were powerful processors. The 9th generation though is even more so, and plenty more power efficient at that.
That is why also Lenovo’s Legion is updating their gaming notebooks with the new processors. The update applies to the Lenovo Legion Y740, the Y545, and Y540. Alongside the updates, there are new products showing up in their stables too, namely the Lenovo Legion Y7000 SE, and Lenovo IdeaPPad L340 Gaming (technically not a Lenovo Legion, but still gaming product).
Lenovo Legion Y740
Aside from the updated processors too, which already makes the Lenovo Legion line-up very powerful, the notebooks are getting updated GPUs as well. The Lenovo Y740 packs up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX2080 Max-Q GPU with up to 32GB of RAM to get the most out of the 9th generation Intel Core i7. The top-of-the-line GPU option is available on both the 15-inch and 17-inch versions of the Legion Y740. Either that, or you can opt for a GeForce GTX1660Ti.
Of course to get the most out of these hardware you need a display that can cope with their speeds. That is handled by a Full HD display with NVIDIA G-Sync and refreshes at 144Hz. There is also a Dolby Atmos certified speaker system with Dobly Sound Radar for unbeatable sound quality for both gaming or even movies. The CORSAIR iCue RGB keyboard means business and shows it.
Lenovo Legion Y545 and Lenovo Legion 540
The Lenovo Legion Y500 series has been some of the best valued gaming notebooks in the market. At their price point, they are some of the best performing and most powerful notebooks in the current gaming notebook market. They have that subtle professional look as well making them a thing of beauty and power.
The Y500 series this time gets two different products, the Y545 and the Y540. The Lenovo Legion Y545 packs the latest 9th generation Intel Core i7 processor (up to). The NVIDIA GeForce RTX2060 GPU makes it even more powerful than before. All that is packed in a slim, ultra-portable form factor that defies some physics (we are pretty sure of it). Underneath the full-sized keyboard with white backlighting though are very efficient thermal optimizer to keep the Legion Y545 nice and cool. There are the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX1660 and GTX1650 options as well.
If you do not mind a little bit of heft, the Lenovo Legion Y540 should be up your street. The new gaming notebook comes in either 15-inch or 17-inch flavours. The Full HD display with 1ms response time is powered by an NVIDIA GeForce RTX2060 (up to). That is on top of the powerful 9th generation Intel Core i7 (up to) as well.
Thanks to the more power efficient processor too, the Y540 can now go up to 6 hours away from the sockets. Getting it away from charge points is no challenge as well with 2.3kg, way lighter than plenty of gaming notebooks. You also have to remember that this Legion Y540 is mostly aluminium constructed. Of course the speakers have to be good, it is the Legion’s usual party piece. The one on the Legion Y540 is a Harman Kardon unit with Dolby Atmos certification. Underneath all that is a Lenovo Legion Coldfront dual fan that keeps the notebook cool in whatever intensive situations you can put the Legion Y540 into.
The New Lenovo Legion Y7000 SE and Lenovo IdeaPad L340 Gaming
As mentioned, Lenovo introduced two new products with the new update. The first is a Legion product; the Lenovo Legion Y7000 SE. This one is a 15-inch gaming laptop with a properly signature blood curling red “Y” backlighting for the keyboard. It is a serious gamer too with a 144Hz Full HD display. That display complements the powerful 9th generation Intel Core i7 (up to) paired to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX2060 GPU (up to). There are GTX1660 Ti or GTX1650 GPUs to choose from as well if cost is a worry.
There is also another new kid on the block. It is not technically a Lenovo Legion product; but yet it is one of the most powerful in the Lenovo product line-up. You can almost call it a Legion product with a 9th generation Intel Core i7 (up to) and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX1650 GPU. The Lenovo IdeaPad L340 Gaming is they know it.
The Lenovo IdeaPad L340 Gaming is not a lenovo Legion producy. That also means that it retains most of the sleek and clean look of a Lenovo product while having the performance of a raging gaming PC. It comes in either 15-inch or 17-inch flavour as well and an impressive Dolby Audio for greater immersion. The speed is boosted as well with Intel’s Optane memory (optional) for the IdeaPad L340 Gaming. Being a work type notebook, the IdeaPad L340 Gaming has a ‘Quiet’ mode for when you need to keep the noise level down. Enter the ‘Quick’ mode for even more power.
Availability and Pricing
Unfortunately the Lenovo Legion Y740, Y545, Y7000 SE, and Y540 or the Lenovo IdeaPad L340 Gaming with 9th generation Intel Core processors has not come to Malaysia. If you live in North America though you will get the Lenovo Legion Y740, Lenovo Legion Y540 (NVIDIA GeForce GTX1650), Lenovo Legion Y545, and Lenovo IdeaPad L340 Gaming somewhere in May, 2019. The Lenovo Legion Y540 (NVIDIA GeForce GTX1660Ti) will be available June, 2019 onward. There are no mentions about the availability of the Lenovo Legion Y7000 SE yet, but they are saying that it will be sooner than later. Unfortunately also there are no word on when exactly the Lenovo Legion monsters are coming down to Malaysia – we will definitely keep you posted on that come June 2019, according to Lenovo anyway.
The Lenovo Legion Y740 (15-inch) with NVIDIA GeForce GTX1660Ti starts at US$ 1,609.99 (MYR 6,686*) while the 17-inch version starts at US$ 1,669.99 (MYR 6,935*). The Lenovo Legion Y540 (15-inch) with NVIDIA GeForce GTX1650 starts at US$ 929.99 (MYR 3,863*)while the 17-inch one starts from US$ 989.99 (MYR 4,112*). The Lenovo Legion Y545 with NVIDIA GeForce GTX1650 starts at US$ 979.99 (MYR 4,070*). The Lenovo IdeaPad L340 Gaming will start at US$ 869.99 (MYR 3,613*) for the 15-incher and US$ 919.99 (MYR 3,821*) for the 17-incher.
*Approximately based on conversion rate US$ 1 = MYR 4.15 as of 7th May, 2019