Lenovo has kicked off a busy CES by announcing a full range of new products in its Legion gaming line, spearheaded by the $1,099 Legion Y740S laptop that packs 10th-gen Intel chips, a 15.6in UHD display and support for an external eGPU - but it doesn't have a dedicated graphics card itself, somewhat hamstringing it. Handily, the company also announced its own external eGPU, the $249 Booststation. Both it and the laptop will debut in 2020.
The Y740S can be configured with up to 32GB RAM and 1TB storage and comes in an attractively sleek design with vapour chamber cooling and quad fans. Pleasingly it retains USB-A ports, an SD card reader and a headphone jack – proof that gamers won’t stand for the USB-C-only blight of the general laptop industry.
That $1,099 entry level price looks good, but the specs for that model are unconfirmed. You can bet that a maxed-out version with the Core i9 is going to be considerably more.
Lenovo has some stiff competition in the gaming laptop space from Alienware, Razer and Asus but these updates to the Legion range should please fans of the brand – all from a company that should probably be making more waves in the space given its financial heft.
Perhaps pricing will serve Lenovo well, as two $319 gaming monitors, a cheaper $219 monitor and a $49 gaming keyboard are other highlights of the new Legion range. The latter, the Legion K300 RGB gaming keyboard, looks like an affordable way to buy into the sometimes-intimidating PC gaming space.
Add to that a couple of mice options and the Lenovo Legion range is starting 2020 confidently. We’ll have to get our hands on the laptop for review to see if it is up to the task of replicating the desktop gaming PC experience – a hard feat for any company. But the rest of the accessories look well-built and well-priced.