Review Lenovo Legion Y530 – Entry Level Gaming Laptop with 1050ti GPU

hey everybody its LAN sideband we’re taking a look today at the Lenovo Legion Y 530 I believe this is Lenovo’s lowest cost gaming laptop at the moment they’ve got a few that start in the high $800 territory with the GTX 1050 but I think the sweet spot is going to be one configured like this one which has a gtx 1050 TI GPU along with an i-5 quad-core processor this one begins at around nine hundred and twenty nine dollars right now on sale I believe normally it’s about nine hundred and forty nine dollars we’re going to be taking a closer look at this in just a second but I do want to let you know in the interest of full disclosure that this came in on loan from Lenovo so when we’re done with this it goes back to them all the opinions are about two here are my own nobody is paying for this review and no one has reviewed or approved what you’re about to see before it was uploaded so let’s get into it now and see what this laptop is all about so let’s take a closer look now at the hardware this has a 15.6 inch display IPS which is very nice 60 Hertz about 250 nits of brightness according to their specifications decent viewing angles on it nice color it’s bright enough in most circumstances and I’m very pleased with the image quality on it it is a matte display so it’s not as shiny as it might be if it was a glossy display of course so that was good to see on there too not a touch display though but I don’t think that really matters in this instance apparently they’re going to have a 300 nits 144 Hertz display coming soon on this configuration although I don’t know how well that would work with a 1050 TI graphics processor so if you want a faster than 60 Hertz refresh rate you can get it eventually in this but I think for this particular configuration the built-in 60 Hertz display is just fine we got eight gigs of DDR 4 RAM on this by default it is a single channel configuration meaning there’s only one stick of RAM on board but the RAM is upgradable so you could slide in another 8 gigs if you want the storage is also upgradable so I believe this one came with a 1 terabyte 7200 rpm spinning hard drive but you can add a PCI Express nvme

solid-state drive to the mix also or just swap out that say to drive for an SSD say to drive if you want so you do have some configuration options you can determine later although it’s not easy to get into these lenovo laptops they really don’t want people working on them so you have to take apart a lot of screws and there’s quite a process the good news is that they have a very good maintenance manual that guides you through all of that but it really is not a very friendly machine from the user of great ability standpoint now the weight on this one is 5.1 pounds or 2.3 kilograms it does have some weight to it but that is to be expected with these gaming laptops the display here goes down all the way here as you can see so you don’t have to worry about accidentally snapping it off if you get a little too excited when you open up your gaming laptop and it does seem to hold itself in place pretty well here too so the hinge feels pretty decent on it this is an all plastic design though so this is not a metal based laptop but again this is kind of the entry point for their gaming stuff here so you’re not going to get all the fancy accoutrements on more expensive computers keyboard isn’t bad here it’s a typical Lenovo design really decent travel to the keys very comfortable to type on also not too bad for gaming it is backlit but it’s only a white light you don’t get a configurable multicolored thing here but they do have more expensive versions of course that do the deck here is rubberized so you get a good grip on it but it also picks up Whalley fingerprints and that kind of

stuff pretty easily I like the trackpad quite a bit it has a separate button here which our assistant producer Corey liked quite a bit as he was playing fortnight and some other stuff on it so it does have a nice click to it and you’ve got a real button here versus a click pad which some gamers might prefer you even have a number pad on here because it is a rather large laptop so good stuff on that front the webcam though is on the bottom here so you might have a little up the nose action going when you’re chatting with somebody on your favorite chat program there on the side here you’ve got a single USB 3.0 port a combo headphone microphone jack for your gaming headset it does have built-in speakers with Dolby Atmos apparently that sounds ok it’s not the most dynamic range of sound but a little better perhaps cheaper laptops might deliver for you there so that isn’t bad over here you’ve got another USB 3 port along with a reset button and then most of the ports here are on the back which a lot of people prefer so you have a USB type-c port here this will do video and data but not power just because the laptop requires a good amount of it from its power supply to get that GPU going so you can get another display hooked up there we have a mini DisplayPort output over here we have another USB 3 port and we’ve got an HDMI out along with a Gigabit Ethernet jack and a Kensington lock and you’ll notice here it’s got some pretty big exhaust areas here for its fan the fans on this are very very noisy but that is something I’ve seen on a

number of other gaming laptops as well so I will look at the thermals on this one a little later in the video here but just know when you’ve got a game loaded up you’re going to be hearing those fans they are quite loud and if you don’t like loud fans this is probably not a gaming laptop for you but you can of course always get a nice pair of gaming headphones to kind of muffle that sound a bit so that is the overall hardware here let’s take a look now and see how it performs with a bunch of games so we’re gonna start off with the witcher 3 and what we did here is just went with the geforce recommended settings so we’re getting about 57 to 61 frames per second on the witcher with those recommended settings you can of course turn some things down maybe to get a little more frames per second pushed out of it rocket league with those same g-force recommended settings came in around 59 to 63 frames per second so it seems like nvidia has got it down here pretty decently to deliver a 60 frames per second experience there GTA 5 also came in exactly around 60 frames per second as we were running around we did check to make sure these sync was off it was it just is running right at that 60 frames per second mark the new version of doom ran around 90 to 110 frames per second that’s a super-fast game so that

seemed to work pretty nicely there and of course we tried out fortnight running at high settings there and we were pretty much right around 60 frames per second give or take but we’ve stayed above 60 more reliably when we went down to the medium settings on fortnight but there you can see just exactly how everything was running on here so performs about where I would expect a GTX 1050 TI device to perform we’ve seen a couple of computers now over the last year or so with that GPU inside so I ran the time spy benchmark test from 3d mark to see where it stacks up against some of the older computers out there and there we got a score of two thousand three hundred and seventy and if we look at last year’s y5 20 it comes in pretty close to where that one came in slightly behind but it’s probably within the margin of error the one we got last year had an i7 processor from the KB Lake generation that one actually came in about the same on the physics test though even though we have an i-5 on this year’s computers so we’re seeing some progression on the CPU front from Intel and the graphics of course are about the same given that we have the same GPU now it’s also curious to see how well this thing could cool itself off under load so we ran the 3d mark stress test which runs a benchmark over and over again to see if the computer starts to slow down or get too hot we got a passing grade there of 98.9% which means that we won’t see all that

much thermal throttling with this one and that’s partly due to the fact that it’s fans are big and noisy that gets the air out of there and keeps the cold air coming in to keep that processor running at a consistent temperature so I don’t think you’re going to see a lot of lagging behind here during long gaming sessions but you do want to make sure that you’re venting on this thing is kept clear to let that air flow flow so altogether it’s not a bad gaming laptop for the price it seems to perform where I would expect it to perform not a bad build quality here either despite the fact it is plastic so they’ve done a nice job putting something together that I think hits a price point quite well with not too many sacrifices my only concern is the GPU because this 1050 Ti has been around for a while probably about a year or more now which is an eternity in the computer industry so we’ll have to see if Nvidia might refresh this GPU over the next couple of months that might give you a bit of a speed bump for probably the same this end of the market has not had much in the way of upgrades lately and I suspect one will be coming at some points so just keep that in mind but if you are satisfied with the performance you saw today this is not a bad entry point until next time this is LAN Simon thanks for watching this channel is brought to you by the LAN TV supporters including gold level supporters with black item blues music our podcast Chris ala Greta Tom Albrecht and Kali Ann Kumar if you want to help the channel you can by contributing as little as a dollar a month head over to LAN TV slash support to learn more and don’t forget to subscribe

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