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The Y520 was one of the rst note­books to de­but un­der Len­ovo’s Le­gion gam­ing brand, and it has all the ex­pected trap­pings of a lap­top de­signed for gamers.

This in­cludes things like a car­bon beresque nish on the lid, red let­ter­ing on the key­board and trim around the track­pad, and a sleek brushed metal seg­ment above the key­board. Over­all, the de­sign feels taste­ful while still man­ag­ing to re­tain a dis­tinctly gamer-cen­tric ap­peal. It also doesn’t hurt that it is one of the thinnest of the lot, mea­sur­ing in at 25.8mm thick.

The dual Har­man speak­ers sit on ei­ther side of the dis­play’s hinge, and they project sound for­ward and above, a marked im­prove­ment from the speak­ers crammed on the edge of note­books like the After­shock or Gi­ga­byte.

The Le­gion Y520 runs fairly cool, and we mea­sured among the low­est CPU and GPU tem­per­a­tures com­pared to the other note­books.

One nice fea­ture is some­thing Len­ovo calls Ex­treme Cool­ing, which in­stantly ramps up the fan speeds for in­ten­sive work­loads. You can ac­ti­vate this through Len­ovo’s Nerve Sense soft­ware, or with a cus­tom­iz­a­ble key­board short­cut.

The re­sult­ing fan noise is quite no­tice­able, but you do get a nearly 10°C drop in peak GPU tem­per­a­tures.

An­other wel­come in­clu­sion is the use of a Sam­sung PCIe NVMe SSD; most of the oth­ers fea­ture slower SATA-based drives. The Le­gion Y520 comes with a 2x2 In­tel wireless mod­ule too, its com­peti­tors use still on a 1x1 congu­ra­tion.

The key­board it­self feels nice enough to type on, and we have lit­tle com­plaints. But as on the Acer As­pire VX 15, there’s no way to change the color of the back­light, and you’re just stuck with red.

How­ever, the left- and right-click but­tons be­low the track­pad can feel a lit­tle di cult to click at times, and we’d much rather they lost their glossy nish.

Fi­nally, the dis­play could use some im­prove­ment, as col­ors could ap­pear a lit­tle dull, and any­thing short of max­i­mum bright­ness felt un­pleas­antly dim.

A(rac ve de­sign with addi onal cool­ing fea­tures Dull dis­play

The speak­ers ank the dis­play hinge and project sound for­ward and above.

The lap­top lid has a faux car­bon ber nish.

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