As a preamble to this test
Even if there are not really bad choices in laptops anymore, it is important to know that some models are more intended for multimedia, and others more for games.Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
The detail of our analysis in this article.
Legion Y740 enough for internet use?
We can consider that for certain uses, such as surfing the web, it is not necessary to buy a high-powered model. With this Legion Y740, the company wanted to design a very basic model. Even if the material is not of a very high quality, with plastic materials (at the level of the hull), the components and the internal circuits of the machine are still designed by Lenovo; a manufacturer who has been offering laptops for several years already. In other words, don’t expect to keep it for more than 3 years.
You will be able to carry it easily thanks to its 17 inches size. The computer is equipped with a relatively old processor, the Intel Core i7-9750H. By investing in this laptop, you take the risk of immediate obsolescence. A latest-generation processor would have implied a higher price. In the end, you shouldn’t ask too much of this computer, otherwise you’ll get annoyed by its slowness when you launch several applications in parallel. The lack of RAM will surely be felt with this laptop which has just 16 Gb of memory. Chances are you’ll have to add some memory over time. Your computer will work better and longer.
This is one of the smallest available disk space among the laptops of the moment. With only 1256 Gb, Lenovo considers that you won’t need to store too many files locally, and that you’ll rather do it on a public cloud. Not prohibitive in your daily use, but annoying; If you are used to consuming space, think about having a large USB key or external hard drive near you.
This is lower than what you can find in its competitors for the same price range. Not as good as what you can get on competing products, and that’s a pity, because in the end the laptop is pleasant to use.
Legion Y740 for videos?
Lenovo presents this laptop as a standard product dedicated to a low-resource usage. Due to its characteristics and internal components, this Legion Y740 is to be classified as entry-level: not exceptional, but on the other hand, not expensive. Finally, a simple computer, yet not really made for audio and video.
As for the screen, it is a model of reduced size, 17 inches, with a 1920×1080. Nevertheless, the colours remain beautiful, with detailed contrasts in the images. Continuously over the course of a day’s work or movie viewing, you may feel tired; such a small screen means you have to concentrate more to see better. The big advantage of this size, however, is the weight: here you have a laptop that weighs only a 2.8 kilogram.
For the sound part, the Legion Y740 is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. By pushing the volume with music, we tested the rendering. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. In other words, if you are demanding on the sound part, you will have to add external speakers.
Unfortunately, this laptop has only got the processor Intel Core i7-9750H, which today is rather light for this kind of use. As a result, in the important calculation phase, it may be a little brighter, and will consume more energy. Still, it may be enough for multimedia use, as long as you only run one application at the same time.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one Nvidia Geforce RTX2060, 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.
Lenovo didn’t prioritize connectivity on this laptop. It’s a little tight for you to plug everything in at once.
In short, for those who wish to replace their TV set with this laptop, it Legion Y740 seems inappropriate. A management of the time available to take into account when you are on the move watching a movie. This situation may annoy many people, considering that the interest of a laptop is to be free of these details.
Legion Y740 the right choice for travelling connected ?
It’s a laptop, it folds like a laptop, but because of its size and weight, nothing makes Legion Y740 to be easily carried around. This seems to be the issue that the Lenovo didn’t really take into account in the design of this Legion Y740. Having tested this laptop in situations as diverse as traveling, in a suitcase between shirts and jeans, while traveling between home and work, on a family weekend, here’s what you should remember.
Reserve its use at home, between your living room and your bedroom.
With a weight of 2.8 Kg, it is easily transportable. It is one of the lightest in this category. When sitting with the computer on your lap, it is perfectly wedged to prevent it from tipping over. With a 17 inches screen, it is not easy to surf the internet or to look at pictures in a group.
The keypad Legion Y740 is equipped with backlighting. And our test – in the secretary-like way (thus intensive) – showed that it was of good quality.
At the same time, the laptop processor Intel Core i7-9750H is struggling; in terms of power it does less well than its competitors, and consumes a lot of energy.
Note that like all manufacturers, Lenovo is optimistic about the autonomy of this Legion Y740. You will need to expect 2/3 of this estimate for standard use; if you push the processor, the number will drop a little more.
Because use is likely to consist of travel and traveling, this laptop was thin and relatively light with 2 hard drives, one SSD, the other normal, for an overall size of 1256 Gb. The SSD for speed and lightness, and the standard disk for storing personal data (photos, music and your movie collection). With an absence of moving mechanical parts on the OS and startup part, it means less risk in terms of fragility and generated heat that can cause the laptop to fail. If you still run out of space, all you need to do is buy an external drive.
Travel will be a mere formality when you decide to take it along. Equipped with a compact 17 inches screen, it is one of the smallest models of the moment.
He’s one of the far less equipped laptops around right now.
The techno bluetooth of this model will allow you to connect locally to any type of device that accepts this communication protocol: phone, connected speakers, car…
Finally with the Legion Y740, Lenovo deliver us a laptop at a tight price but not intended for travelliing, or as an exception.
The Legion Y740- the right model for audio or video editing ?
Definitely not intended for audio and video editing. The weak point of this model is its processor, and its amount of memory. Of course you could still use it for this, but you will find that the result is too tight. Here, both the processor and the general design of the model are obsolete. In short, prefer a model that will be a little more expensive, but much more efficient.
It’s going to be a little harder on this model than on some of the other competitors. You can always try to do video editing with the processor Intel Core i7-9750H. You’ll soon discover that the processor lacks power and memory.
Valuable flash memory via the SSD for fast program execution, and a standard disk for storing personal data. Here, the laptop advantageously has a good space of storage. This model offers the best possibilities with a storage space of 1256 Gb. It’s one of the best models on this point. The short film scenes you will have created will be stored locally without any problems. And if necessary, via its USB port, you can transfer files at high speed to external drives.
Unfortunately, it remains low for an audio-video use which needs a lot of computing power. Maybe the next model will be better off.
Concerning the solutions of the usb ports, Lenovo made the choice of economy by not installing a usb 3. This means that you’ll have to be patient when you decide to transfer your audio-visual mounts to an external key or disk.
In the end, it is a product not allowing audio and video editing. You can use it for word processing or web browsing.
The Legion Y740 for online or local games.
Some laptops with sufficient performance, the right processors and the latest graphics cards can afford to gamble. With this Legion Y740, it will certainly be possible to play simple games, but as soon as the need for calculations requires more power, the image rendering will degrade. The main causes are related to a lack of homogeneity in the choice of the graphics chip, associated with the processor, the screen and the cooling level of the laptop.
This laptop has a resolution in 1920×1080, which is one of the poorest existing today. The visual comfort during the game phase, and the image quality will be less good.
Each year the power of the components increases, so this model is now far behind the others. Ideal for old design games, it has difficulty restoring the images and colors of the latest online games. In other words it is a good design model, but due to the lower power of the graphics card, it is less efficient for gaming.
For most games, this model will be suitable for gaming mode. A good compromise that justifies the choice of this model.
When it comes to disk space, this computer ranks low.He’s one of the worst of the moment, with only 1256 Gb.
Even if the weight is not very important when you use it for games, know that this model is one of the lightest of the market with its 2.8 Kg.
In short, if you want a fun gaming experience, choose another model than this Legion Y740 one. On the other hand, it is very suitable for word processing and multimedia.
The Legion Y740 for office automation.
Not really designed for office use, Legion Y740 it’s still a good product. Review of the details for this new laptop.
Customary of this OS, Lenovo has chosen as usual. It’s Windows 10, last generation.
One of the big advantages of a laptop is naturally its ability to follow you when you’re on the move. An almost featherweight of 2.8 Kg.
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.
When working in semi-dark areas, you will appreciate the backlighting of the keypad on this Legion Y740.
The storage of this model, 1256 Gb, is one of the smallest. If you’re working on shared documents in the cloud, such as Office365 or Google drive, no problem.
So, in summary, it appears that it Legion Y740 is less interesting than its competitors. Or for occasional use, knowing that due to its technical characteristics it will be obsolete in less than 3 years.
Legion Y740 the right choice for the right use
In the end, our analysis will have shown that it Legion Y740 is disappointing whatever the uses. Its aging technology will make its use disappointing fairly quickly.
Simply put, we were not convinced for uses such as :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks