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Choosing a new laptop means that you will have to decide between several models.Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.To help you, we have tested this model according to several parameters.
This article is therefore composed according to functions; What is the purpose of this model?
Legion Y540-17IRH (81Q400GXFR) – enough for internet use?
Considering that your use of a computer is simple (surfing the internet, writing e-mails and/or letters, doing calculations on an Excel spreadsheet), it is important to focus on a laptop that is both of high quality and strong enough to last over time.The objective is to ensure the proper execution of the tasks you request.
It is in this spirit that Lenovo has developed this Legion Y540-17IRH (81Q400GXFR) -.The computer is positioned at the same level as competing models in this price range. Easy to handle, and cleverly thought out during its development.
It’s a big screen that you have: 17 inches that will be less easily transported compared to an ultra book. The manufacturer has chosen to equip this model with a processor Core i5-9300HF. Indeed, the power it delivers is interesting, even if it is not the latest generation of component. A logical decision in relation to the intended use of this computer: surfing the Internet and sufficient computing power. A standard equipment with 16 Gb of RAM. Even if it has free slots in which you can add memory strips, it’s more than enough to get you started.
With its 500 Gb of hard disk, you are within the average of other computers. Almost the same as its competitors and what is currently done on the market, you will have room to store. Lenovo comes with this Legion Y540-17IRH (81Q400GXFR) – a laptop that you’ll keep for a few years before it becomes obsolete.
Last point about the autonomy. the Legion Y540-17IRH (81Q400GXFR) – can work 2 hours in wifi mode only activated by the batteries. The batteries that equip this model are less efficient than those of other models in the same category. A lower autonomy is harmful, because the Legion Y540-17IRH (81Q400GXFR) – is easy to access, and you have a lot of fun using it for a long time.
Legion Y540-17IRH (81Q400GXFR) – the right choice for watching movies ?
This Legion Y540-17IRH (81Q400GXFR) – is a sensible option for anyone who will use it for watching movies and listening to music. Not the best, however it is one of the models existing in a tight price range.
Through all the available laptops, you will know if, despite an average score, it corresponds to your needs.
Lenovo presents this model in a large size version. A 17 inches screen, and a resolution of 1920×1080 make it one of the great products available on the market at the moment. Because of its wide screen, it is perfectly designed for watching movies. Very good quality rendering, both in brightness and image detail.
Note that one eliminatory criteria for some nomadic users is its weight; here this model weighs 2.9 kg, partly because of the screen size.
Unfortunately, the screen of this model is not provided with a glossy finish. The effect is of lower quality in environments with intermediate or even low light levels – often corresponding to the conditions in which a film is viewed. The display legibility will therefore be a little off.
In fact, in order not to suffer from reflections on the screen, you will need to have full light conditions.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this Legion Y540-17IRH (81Q400GXFR) -. By pushing the volume with music, we tested the rendering. Even if it does well, this laptop will not be able to compete with a good hi-fi system. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
The Legion Y540-17IRH (81Q400GXFR) – has a processor Core i5-9300HF, a little more powerful than average, compared to those dedicated to office automation. With this, you are sure to have a scalable product (if needed), and that will fit perfectly with your peripherals (speakers, video projectors, etc…). So your multimedia sessions will be fluid.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, which with 16 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). This will obviously be a bit light if you want to do 3D imaging, but will suit your needs.
Concerning the connections, this model has available 4 ports. That makes it one with the biggest number of ports compared to what’s on the market right now. Speakers, a mouse (wired), an external hard drive and an output to a pocket projector when on business trip or when you travel.
For multimedia use in travel or on-the-go mode, this Legion Y540-17IRH (81Q400GXFR) – may not be suitable. With its autonomy of 2 hours, don’t expect to do a movie marathon. You will have to anticipate the duration of the films, otherwise you will not know the end. In other words, do not rely too much on performance and prefer to use this device always connected to electricity.
Legion Y540-17IRH (81Q400GXFR) – the right choice for travelling connected ?
It Legion Y540-17IRH (81Q400GXFR) – is certainly a laptop, but not really portable and certainly not intended for those who travel. At least that’s what we find out a priori. Difficult to store in a suitcase, not very suitable for transport, tests have shown that this laptop will be more in its element for very exceptional trips.
Reserve its use at home, between your living room and your bedroom.
This is one of the heaviest models compared to the competition: 2.9 Kg. It’s complicated when you have to transport it. If you use it on your lap, you will find that it is cumbersome. The reason for that ? The size of the screen. With its 17 inches, the screen will however render a large image.
No backlit keyboard on this Legion Y540-17IRH (81Q400GXFR) -. But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
We enjoy viewing on this screen which displays deep and vivid colours. We appreciate the viewing on this screen.
It is a product that is easy and pleasant to use. The image is beautiful, and with its anti-reflective matt tile, no more problems even outdoors.
A processor Core i5-9300HFthat allows this computer to be equivalent to other laptops in terms of power and power consumption.
However,you’ll have to decrease the manufacturer’s data concerning the autonomy figures given for this Legion Y540-17IRH (81Q400GXFR) -. Rather count on 70% of this value in standard use; the more you use the processor, the lower the figure will be.
Battery life is worse than the competitors, with only 2 hours before the laptop has to be plugged back into the mains.
Because of its probable use for travel, this laptop was thought to be thin and light with a SSD hard drive of 1 500 Gb. The induced advantage here is the absence of latencies, especially in the recovery phase after a standby or due to prolonged inactivity.With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .And if you absolutely need more storage, you can buy an external drive, or take out a cloud account.
When it comes to traveling, you’ll probably think twice before you take that computer with you. You will limit transport as much as possible because of its bulk. The main reason is its 17 inches, which makes it one of the largest in its class; every move, with its weight, may be difficult.
At the connector level, this model provides 4 inputs. That makes it one of the best equipped models on the market.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
According to our analysis, we think it is better not to bring this Legion Y540-17IRH (81Q400GXFR) – on holiday.
The Legion Y540-17IRH (81Q400GXFR) — the right model for audio or video editing ?
The publishing or the musical creation are not the uses that the engineers of Lenovo have thought of for this Legion Y540-17IRH (81Q400GXFR) -. Indeed, to meet this need it is necessary to have a laptop with a high processor and RAM speed, but this is not the case here. However, this does not prevent you from editing as long as you are patient and no other applications are launched. Here, both the processor and the general design of the model are obsolete. So use this laptop for simple tasks, otherwise you’ll reach the limits and very often you’ll have frozen screens .
In the event of occasional audio-visual use, the processor Core i5-9300HF of this laptop is within the market average. Having 16 Gb of RAM, the rendering speed is sufficient for image processing. As standard, you will have the applications to make your video editing or your photo or music modifications. And in case you want to go further, you will be able to do so provided you add a bit of memory.
This model contains an SSD for the operating system and backup part. As a reminder, an audio and video editing use, involves a large capacity hard disk drive for storage, and speed of execution with an SSD. Here with 500 Gb you will have enough space to store everything. This computer, even if it is not intended for this use, is still a good product in terms of storage.
With 2 hours in battery-only calculation mode, you’ll have little latitude. Unfortunately, it remains low for an audio-video use which needs a lot of computing power. On this point Lenovo could have done much better.
For the connector part, the Legion Y540-17IRH (81Q400GXFR) -has the USB3 format. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. With a throughput about 10 times faster than the previous standard (USB 2.0), you will be able to easily transfer all your video and audio files.
This is a good product to start doing audio-visual editing. In the end, it is a product not allowing audio and video editing. You can use it for word processing or web browsing.
Legion Y540-17IRH (81Q400GXFR) – for video games?
If the question you are asking yourself is “Can I play games with this laptop?” then the answer is yes, even though most computers today can meet this need. Gone are the days of having to play where the computer is fixed; now you can play anywhere. With this Legion Y540-17IRH (81Q400GXFR) -, the engineers of Lenovo have succeeded in balancing the right graphics chip, the processor with enough power, the screen with the right size and the cooling that goes well.
As far as image resolution is concerned, it is important that it is high in order to obtain a good rendering. With a resolution in 1920×1080 this laptop fis one of the best of its class.
Lenovo has also chosen a processor Core i5-9300HF which has the merit of doing many calculations in parallel, and for the graphic part, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, for a good result. Of course, there are much better ones, but with the processor Core i5-9300HF’s computing power, the image recreated in terms of colorimetry and fluidity are of good quality.
During the tests we ran on this laptop, the components used by the brand’s engineers proved that they could hold the load.
What is expected from a gaming laptop is speed performance. This laptop obtains one of the best GPU rankings, allowing it to perform complex calculations.
An average capacity/price ratio that makes this Legion Y540-17IRH (81Q400GXFR) – an interesting choice when you’re looking for a 500 Gb drive. A feature that interested those, and there are still many, who want to install and play locally.
For Wi-Fi technology, Lenovo decided to make the use of the 5GHz wireless band possible. A guarantee of quality that will allow, if your living area is equipped with it, to have a faster and generally more reliable web access.
One of the heaviest laptops of the moment, partly due to its 17 inches size.
One of the lowest battery life 2 hours, which will force you to often leave this laptop plugged in.
In summary, an excellent machine, whether for the graphics, the processor, or the acceptable weight, this Legion Y540-17IRH (81Q400GXFR) – is an excellent choice for video game use. Be aware that in addition, you will benefit from an autonomy of 2 hours. The right tool for maximum performance!
Legion Y540-17IRH (81Q400GXFR) – the right choice for office automation ?
Which operating system to choose? In fact, there are no bad choices any more today. The OSes available on the market are all different technical ecosystems with their own applications. This Legion Y540-17IRH (81Q400GXFR) – is in any case perfectly suited for office use.
Here, this model runs under a standard OS. It is equipped with Windows 10.
As soon as you have to take this laptop to the office, or on a trip, you will regret its consequent weight. This model weighs 2.9 Kg, making it one of the heavyweight.
Due to the size of the keyboard, all the office oriented elements are present. If you work frequently on a spreadsheet, you will appreciate the presence of the numeric keypad.
Our tests have verified that the matt treated screen limits the effects of light. In use, a matte screen gets dirty less quickly than a glossy one.
Under normal conditions of use, i.e. during the day, you will have no difficulty with the absence of a backlit keyboard.
Storage in this model is in the middle of what is available elsewhere. About 500 Gb, more than enough for office use.
In conclusion, the Legion Y540-17IRH (81Q400GXFR) – is an excellent choice for office use. Well thought out in terms of ergonomics.
What about the Legion Y540-17IRH (81Q400GXFR) – ?
Almost impossible for a laptop to be good everywhere, but on the other hand it is possible to obtain a average result. The Legion Y540-17IRH (81Q400GXFR) -‘ is average but will do the job very well.
To be clear enough, we do not recommend this laptop for :
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
Nevertheless, this laptop can be considered acceptable for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
In summary, we advise this model for :
– playing video games
– office tasks