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Lenovo Legion Y520

alaTest has collected and analyzed 371 reviews of Lenovo Legion Y520. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Comments about the reliability and durability are overall positive. The design and price also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the touchpad and image quality, while there are mixed opinions on the screen and usability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Lenovo Legion Y520 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Lenovo Legion Y520

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of Lenovo Legion Y520 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. Reviews about the reliability and screen are overall positive. The design and price also get good feedback, whereas opinions are divided on the usability. There are some critical opinions about the durability.

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100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Sep, 2018

Expert review by : Matthew Buzzi (pcmag.com)

Lenovo Legion Y520 Tower

 

Affordable, compact, and upgradeable, the Lenovo Legion Y520 Tower is a solid desktop for HD gaming on a budget, even if its performance is limited.

Reasonably priced. Compact. Upgradeable. Delivers 60fps HD gaming.

Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM hamper performance.

Bottom Line: Affordable, compact, and upgradeable, the Lenovo Legion Y520 Tower is a solid desktop for HD gaming on a budget, even if its performance is limited.

Mar, 2018

Expert review by : Matthew Buzzi (pcmag.com)

Lenovo Legion Y520

 

The Lenovo Legion Y520 is a budget gaming laptop that requires you to make no compromises in build quality or performance. It delivers smooth 1080p gaming at high settings alongside a full feature set.

Proficient gaming performance. Spacious hard drive plus boot SSD. Restrained, but stylish design. Well-built keyboard.

Tacky touchpad design. Red accent coloring might not be to everyone's taste.

Lenovo's rebranded gaming effort is a success in my book, even if that ultimately boils down to a new name, aesthetic tweaks, and good timing with incorporating the latest hardware. The Legion Y520 is well designed, with a full feature set, and...

Mar, 2017

Expert review by : Andrew E. Freedman (laptopmag.com)

Lenovo Legion Y520 Review

 

The Legion Y520 ($849 to start; $1,249 as tested) isn't Lenovo's first gaming laptop, but it marks a fresh start for the company in that market. The Y520 is the inaugural member of the new Legion series, and it makes a strong first impression. The...

Sleek design; Comfortable keyboard; Strong gaming and productivity performance; Useful software

Dull display; Oddly shaped touchpad

The Lenovo Legion Y520 offers strong performance for its price and a sleek design. But its screen is dull, and its touchpad places form over function.

Apr, 2017

Expert review by : Jason Bouwmeester (techaeris.com)

Lenovo Legion Y520 review: An affordable, portable entry-level gaming laptop

 

Our Lenovo Legion Y520 review takes a look at a portable entry-level gaming laptop from Lenovo's new Legion gaming gear lineup.

Solid build quality ; Sleek design ; Decent gaming performance ; Crisp, clear screen ; Games well with WQHD (2560x1440) external monitor ; Reasonably priced ; Minimal bloatware

No VR support with GTX 1050 Ti ; Subpar battery life (to be expected) ; No webcam

Jul, 2017

Expert review by : Kimber Streams (thewirecutter.com)

The Best Budget Gaming Laptop

 

There isn't a perfect budget gaming laptop, but after more than 30 hours of testing we found the Lenovo Legion Y520 is the best you can get for around $1,000

Aug, 2017

Expert review by : Kevin Pocock Kevin Pocock (hardwareheaven.com)

Lenovo Legion Y520-15 Gaming Laptop

 

Lenovo perhaps isn't the first name which comes to mind when considering gaming laptops. But the company is seeking its own path, and a mix of bang for buck and design attention may help in revealing it. The Legion Y520-15 is one of its current...

We like the look of the Legion Y520-15. Physically, rather than on paper and in practice, because we don’t believe that the selection of parts delivers an overall experience best for gaming.

Jun, 2017

Expert review by : Charles Jefferies (computershopper.com)

Lenovo Legion Y520 Review and Ratings

 

Lenovo's midsize gaming laptop is largely a winner, with good power for 1080p play, an IPS screen, and speedy storage at an aggressive price. The $849 base model, though, may be a better value than the decked-out config we tested.

Base configuration offers IPS display, GTX 1050 Ti for under a grand ; Snappy-feeling keyboard ; Decent speakers ; Test unit had PCI Express SSD, 2TB hard drive

Not factory-customizable ; Display lacks Nvidia G-Sync support ; Smudgy touch-pad rim ; Unusual number-pad layout ; Aggressive fans

As far as budget gaming notebooks go, we think Lenovo has a winner on its hands with the Legion Y520. Here we finally have a 15.6-incher that offers both a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card and an IPS display for comfortably under the four-figure mark....

Apr, 2017

Expert review by : Ashley Barry-Biancuzzo (reviewed.com)

Lenovo Legion (Y520) Laptop Review

 

This gaming laptop is a good value for young gamers—but it isn't perfect

Jan, 2017

Expert review by (mobiletechreview.com)

Lenovo Legion Y520

 

Lenovo's got their mojo back with the Y520: it has competitive specs for the price, an NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti, a nice slim design and it's understated looking. The laptop starts at $850, and that gets you an Intel 7th generation Kaby Lake Core i5-7300HQ...

Techradar Great Value 2017

Expert review by : Jacob Grana (techradar.com)

Lenovo Legion Y520 review

 

A mid-range gaming laptop at a budget price

Easy on the wallet ; Stays cool ; Comfortable keyboard

Dim display ; No chroma or macro programmability

The Lenovo Legion Y520’s budget price belies its true nature: an excellent mid-range gamer. It has flaws, like a dim screen, but none that are fatal.

Sep, 2017

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio decoders:Dolby Audio Premium
Audio system:Dolby Audio
Built-in Microphone:Y
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker Power:2
Speakers manufacturer:Harman Kardon

Battery

Battery Capacity:45
Battery capacity (Watt hours):45
Battery life (max):4
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)
Number of battery cells:3

Camera

Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):1
Front camera signal format:720p

Certificates

Energy Star certified:Y
EPEAT compliance:Silver
RoHS compliance:Y

Design

Chassis type:Tower
Color of product:Black
Form Factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), Polycarbonate
Market positioning:Gaming
Number of 3.5" bays:2
Number of 5.25" bays:1
Placement supported:Vertical
Product type:Notebook

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:250
Display Diagonal:15.6
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080
HD type:Full HD
LED backlight: Yes
Panel type:IPS
Screen shape:Flat
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:135

Expansion Slots

PCI Express x16 slots:1
PCI Express x8 (Gen 3.x) slots:1

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2 / 3 / 4
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon RX 560 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Graphics adapter DisplayPorts quantity:1 / 3
Graphics adapter DVI ports quantity:1
Graphics adapter HDMI ports quantity:1
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:64
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of execution units:23 / 24
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter 4K support:Y
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350
On-board graphics adapter burst frequency:1150
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1050 / 1100 / 1150 / 1200
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel UHD Graphics / Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x3E92 / 0x5912 / 0x591B / 5912
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 630 / Intel UHD Graphics 630 / Intel® HD Graphics 630
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4 / 4.5

Keyboard

Keyboard backlit:Y
Numeric keypad: Yes
Pointing device:Touchpad
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:16 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR4-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 32 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):16 / 32
Memory clock speed:2133 / 2400 / 2666
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 8 / 2 x 8
Memory slots:2x DIMM / 2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G:N
4G:N
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.1
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000 / 100,1000
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac
Wi-Fi:N / Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD±RW / N / No
Optical drives quantity:1

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Display included:N
Drivers included:Y
Keyboard supplied:Y
Manual:Y
Mouse included:N / Y
Power cord included:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Manual: Yes

Performance

Audio system:High Definition Audio
Market positioning:Gaming
Motherboard chipset:Intel B250 / Intel® B250
Password protection:Y
Password protection type:HDD, Power on
Product type:PC

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port:Y / Yes
DC-in jack:Y / Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1 / 3
DVI port:N / No / Y
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
HDMI ports quantity:1 / 2
HDMI version:1.4 / 2.0a
Headphone outputs:1
Line-in:Y
Line-out:Y
Microphone in:Y / Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2 / 4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:135
Power supply:280 / 450
Power supply input frequency:50/60
Power supply input voltage:100 - 240 / 110 - 240

Processor

Bus type:DMI3
Chipset:Intel HM175
Conflict Free processor:Y
ECC supported by processor:N
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:64
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):41.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600,2133,2400 / 2666
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3L,DDR4-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM,DDR4-SDRAM / DDR4-SDRAM
Memory voltage supported by processor:1.35
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM175
Number of processors installed:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16,1x8+2x4,2x8 / 1x16,1x8,2x4,2x8
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor:i5-7300HQ / i7-7700HQ
Processor boost frequency:3.5 / 3.8 / 4 / 4.2 / 4.6
Processor cache:12 / 3 / 6 / 8 / 9
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Coffee Lake / Kaby Lake
Processor cores:2 / 4 / 6
Processor family:7th gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 7th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 7th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 8th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 8th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5-7xxx / Intel Core i7-7xxx
Processor frequency:2.5 / 2.8 / 3 / 3.2 / 3.6 / 3.9
Processor lithography:14
Processor model:i3-7100 / i5-7300HQ / i5-7400 / i5-8400 / i7-7700 / i7-7700HQ / i7-8700
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor series:Intel Core i5-700 Desktop series / Intel Core i5-7400 Desktop Series / Intel Core i7-7700 Mobile Series / Intel Core i7-8700 Desktop Series
Processor socket:LGA 1151 (Socket H4)
Processor threads:12 / 4 / 6 / 8
Stepping:B0 / S0
System bus data transfer rate:8
System bus rate:8
Thermal Design Power (TDP):45 / 51 / 65
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N / Y
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No / Y
Intel TSX-NI:N / Y
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready:Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / N
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
Processor ARK ID:126686 / 126687 / 97128 / 97147 / 97185 / 97455 / 97456
Processor code:SR32W / SR338 / SR35C / SR3QS
Processor package size:37.5 x 37.5 / 42 x 28
Scalability:1S
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y
Thermal solution specification:PCG 2015C

Security

Cable lock slot:Y
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint reader:N
Password protection:Y
Password protection type:HDD, Power on / HDD, Power on, Supervisor
Trusted Platform Module (TPM):N

Software

Drivers included:Y
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:FreeDOS / Windows 10 / Windows 10 Home
Pre-installed software:Lenovo Nerve Center, Lenovo Rescue System, Lenovo Companion, PowerDVD
Trial software:McAfee

Storage

Card reader integrated:N / Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MMC,SD,SDHC,SDXC
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 2000
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA III
Hard Drive Size:2.5 / 3.5
Hard drive speed:7200
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache memory:16
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity:1000
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Number of storage drives installed:1 / 2
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 16 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:M.2
Storage media:HDD / HDD+SSD / Hybrid-HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1016 / 1128 / 1256 / 1512 / 2000 / 2128 / 2256 / 256

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:10.4 / 18.4
Height:1.02 / 15.8
Weight:19.2 / 33.7 / 5.29 / 5.51
Width:15 / 7.17