Review: Lenovo's new gaming laptop, the Legion Y520

By Kurtis Chan on May 29, 2017

Gaming has been a trend or a hobby for many people ranging from different age groups, and the games are getting more and more demanding in terms of the recommended system requirement for the game to run smoothly in at least 60 FPS. Thus, many brands has already introduced their own gaming line of products throughout the years. To go up to par with these brands, Lenovo recently launched their own gaming line of laptops and gears called Legion. The first product that was launched in the name of Legion by Lenovo is none other than the Legion Y520, a budget gaming laptop to cater the needs of gamers in terms of performance, flexibility and immersive gaming experience.

We were lucky enough to get our hands on the Legion Y520 review unit and test out just how good of a gaming laptop it is.

Specs That We Got

Screen: 15.6 Full HD IPS

Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ Processor @ 2.80GHz

Graphic: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 4GB GDDR5

4GB DDR4 RAM

1TB 7mm HDD @ 5400RPM

Camera HD 720P with Array Mic

Windows 10 Home 64-bit Operating System

25.8mm in thickness, 2.4kg in weight

Things that I like about the Legion Y520

There are several things to be happy about owning this laptop. With a 1920x1080 Full HD display, you can play games or even watch gameplays in 1080p60FPS resolution smoothly. Furthermore, the Legion Y520 comes with 2x 2W Harman Speakers with Dolby Audio Premium which produces quality packed sound. The settings preloaded in the laptop is the main things that I like about the Legion Y520, mainly the Lenovo Nerve Sense and Lenovo Settings. The sleek design on the Y520 made me fell in love with its carbon fiber-ish appearance.

  1. Lenovo Nerve Sense

The Lenovo Nerve Sense is one of the preloaded software in the Legion Y520. It allows users to easily customize the settings and it really comes in handy for all gamers alike.

  • Extreme Cooling
    • The name of the settings states the function of it. It greatly reduces the device temperature and improves the performance of the laptop. Extreme Cooling will be automatically turned off after the user sleeps, shuts down or restarts the laptop
  • Network Priority
    • When the system detects that a game is running, it will give that game top priority on the network. This works extremely well when I’m playing games and streaming music or videos online as the ping in my games all remained stable.
  • Prevent Mistaken Input
    • Do you ever die or lose a fight in a game just because you accidentally hit the Windows key in the midst of spamming all the buttons? Well, you don’t have to experience that again, ever, if you have the Prevent Mistaken Input toggled on.
    • What this setting does is it will disable Windows key and the touchpad when a game is running to avoid mistaken input in game. You will need a mouse plugged in to disable the touchpad automatically, or else you can do it manually with the Function keys (Fn).
  • Sound Enhancement
    • When the system detects a game is running, it will launch Dolby to enhance the sound effects
    • Dolby Audio
      • It is professionally tuned for Lenovo and it turns your laptop into an entertainment powerhouse, greatly enhancing the sound by intelligently optimizing it.
      • There are 4 presets in the settings: Movie, Music, Game and Voice
      • You have the option to personalize your own sound settings with the Equalizer, and also toggle the Surround Virtualizer and Volume Leveler

  1. Lenovo Settings

This is not a new feature as it can be found even in my old Y50 laptop, but Lenovo has added some very useful settings in it for the convenience of its users.

  • Display
    • Night Mode- A new setting that allows you to set a timer for the laptop brightness to decrease. It also increases the blue light reduction to protect your eyes will gaming in a dimly lit setting. Of course, the amount of brightness decreased and blue light reduction increased can be set by yourself to meet your own preference
  • Power
    • Power Status- Allows you to know the condition of the battery as well as the cycle count
    • Conservation Mode- An old setting that is still very useful in the Legion Y520. The battery will only be charged to 55-60% to maximize the lifespan of the battery
    • Battery Stretch- Extend battery life by reducing power consumption by changing monitor settings (brightness, dim timer and color depth), decreasing CPU speed and mute audio
    • Express Charge- Just like many smartphones nowadays, it will bring your battery to a full charge quicker than normal

Things that I didn’t like about the Legion Y520

The 5400rpm HDD is a pain in the arse. Call me a spoiled brat if you want, but SSDs does a much, much better job than the standard HDDs. The time taken for the laptop to boot up is rather long, maybe it’s just me who is used to SSD but a gaming laptop should be fast right?

To play Overwatch with the Legion Y520 review unit, I had to turn every setting to low, and the rendering scale to 75% for the game to render and load up faster, and it still takes a long time. Playing League of Legends with this laptop has no problem at all except the slower start up time compared to a laptop with SSD, the game can run smoothly even in high settings.

Fortunately, Lenovo offers an array of choices in terms of storage for the Legion Y520. The Y520 comes with up to 512GB of PCIe SSD storage, ideal for reducing boot-up time and in-game loading, or 2TB of HDD storage, perfect for storing your entire gaming collection. Or you can opt for hybrid storage, effectively getting the best of both worlds.

I have been using the Lenovo Y50 laptop with 256GB SSD for 3 years and gaming on it has never been a problem for me. The amazingly short boot up time literally allows me to jump into my games instantaneously. If the Legion Y520 comes with an SSD, I’m sure it will be a beast but the price will not be as low as before.

Overall, the laptop isn’t half bad at all. I am giving it a rating of 7 out of 10 for all the wonderful preloaded software and the audio quality it produces. For more information on the Lenovo Y520, you can check out their official website or visit a Lenovo store near you today.

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Kurtis Chan
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Amateur writer and intern at Gamehubs who is an e-Sports enthusiast (mainly on League of Legends and Overwatch). Still saving up for a PS4.....
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