Lenovo Legion Y720
You could say that Lenovo was a little late to the party when the PC maker unveiled its new gaming sub-brand – Legion – back at CES 2017, as the majority of its fiercest competitors – ASUS, Acer, Dell, and even HP – have long had a dedicated gaming sub-brand to call their own. But no matter, Lenovo believes that it will be able to make up for lost time with the first inductee to its Legion lineup, the Legion Y720.
The Legion Y720 certainly does look poised to disrupt the playing field, judging from its impressive array of hardware, which include a 15.6-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) display, a 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, 8GB of RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics with 6GB of VRAM, and a 1TB hard drive.
It’s loaded to the brim with goodies too, such as a multicolor backlit keyboard that’s actually nice to type on, incredibly loud JBL speakers, and, get this – Dolby Atmos audio technology. Yes, the Legion Y720 is the world's first Dolby Atmos Windows-based PC, but regrettably, the Atmos experience wasn’t as profound as we would’ve liked it to be.
We came to this conclusion after playing a few rounds of Overwatch – one of very few games that currently supports Dolby’s immersive audio technology. For the first few matches, we routed the audio through the JBL speakers of the Legion Y720, and was left discombobulated by the deafening sounds of gunfire, explosions, and voice quips.
We had a slightly better experience when we plugged in a pair of AudioTechnica ATHM50x headphones, and switched on the ‘Dolby Atmos for Headphones’ option within the in-game settings menu. We could hear our enemies coming from a general direction, but to pinpoint the exact angle from where they are coming from would be a tough ask.
As the Legion Y720 had absolutely no trouble running Overwatch with the various graphics settings cranked to the limit, we decided to throw four notoriously demanding games at it instead: Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, DOOM, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands.
The results? The Legion Y720 managed to comfortably run DOOM and Dragon Age: Inquisition with an average 69.2 fps and 56.1 fps, respectively. But even with a GeForce GTX 1060 rumbling underneath its hood, the Legion Y720 could only muster an average 37.9 fps for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and a slightly lower average 33.7 fps for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands. Considering that you will need a GeForce GTX 1080 (at the very least) to run that last two games at 60 fps, the Lenovo Y720 actually did a pretty decent job.
concLuSion power-packed and loaded with features, Lenovo has certainly hit the mark with the Legion y720.
The five Dolby Atmos audio presets didn’t quite impressed.