As a preamble to this test
Choosing a new laptop means that you will have to decide between several models.Our analysis was made according to 6 user typologies.To make the choice easier, we have judged this Lenovo Legion Y740 according to what you are going to do with it.
In short, depending on your needs you will see if this model suits you.
Legion Y740 to surf the Internet?
What you expect from a mobile phone is that it allows you to surf the Web, and possibly allow you to write e-mails, do calculations in a spreadsheet or word processor. This Legion Y740 is a lower quality laptop for those who are not very attentive. 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. With a processor Intel Core i7-9750H, Lenovo offers an already outdated technology. Indeed, this processor is starting to date compared to what is on the market today. For a few euros more, it is possible to switch to more powerful processors. 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. With less than a 16 Gb of RAM, it Legion Y740 is a fair one. It is highly likely that if you decide to use the Legion Y740, you will have to add at least 2 Gb to one of the avaiilable.In terms of memory, you will be assured of having a machine that is more fluid.
The disk size of this laptop is among the smallest on the market. If you want to have your holiday photos locally, you’ll soon reach the limit of 1256 Gb. This shouldn’t be a major problem, but if you need to, remember to have a USB key with you.
Finally, the autonomy of hours is one of the worst on the market. 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 Y740 is easy to access, and you have a lot of fun using it for a long time.
Legion Y740 for videos?
With this laptop, Lenovo offers a product oriented toward general use. 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. In other words, a computer dedicated to « classic » uses for most users, but not specifically audio and video oriented.
Equipped with a small screen size, 17 inches, it has a resolution format 1920×1080. The colours are faithful, warm enough, and the contrasts allow a high level of detail. The major disadvantage of its small size is that in multimedia mode, watching a movie can be tiring for your eyes. However, this computer has a criteria that will interest some nomadic users, the weight; here it weighs only 2.8 kg, partly thanks to its small screen size.
As far as sound is concerned, the card equipment and speakers have been integrated into this Legion Y740. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
Obsolescence has already striken this laptop, equipped with a processor Intel Core i7-9750H that is several years old now. The consequence will be that it will be less quiet and therefore will consume more electricity. It’s still acceptable in audio/video mode, you only need to launch one application at a time.
As far as applications are concerned, did Lenovo not install any. Only the operating system is installed. This is a Windows 10 on which you can install the software you need. Can only be VLC to manage the audio and video part.
Equipped with the Nvidia Geforce RTX2060 graphic card, and with 16 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Not good enough for 3D imaging professionals, but good enough for most of us.
Connectivity is unlikely to be a priority for Lenovo. For the Legion Y740 has only ports. 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. That’s only hours of battery life you have at your disposal. You will have to anticipate the duration of the films, otherwise you will not know the end. This situation may annoy many people, considering that the interest of a laptop is to be free of these details.
Legion Y740 compatible with on the move use ?
It Legion Y740 is certainly a laptop, but not really portable and certainly not intended for those who travel. This seems to be the issue that the Lenovo didn’t really take into account in the design of this Legion Y740. It only fits in a computer bag dedicated to its size, and if you decide to take it in your suitcase, it will be at the expense of clothes, it is so big.
Reserve its use at home, between your living room and your bedroom.
Its weight of 2.8 Kg makes it easy to move. It’s one of the best in its class. When sitting with the computer on your lap, it is perfectly wedged to prevent it from tipping over. A 17 inches size that can be painful when you have to stay there for more than an hour.
The backlit keypad of this Legion Y740 is simple and convenient for when you’re in a taxi or a dimly lit subway. In addition, it is well designed with quality materials.
With the installation of the processor Intel Core i7-9750H, the power consumption is rather important.
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.
Battery life is worse than the competitors, with only hours before the laptop has to be plugged back into the mains.
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 main advantage of this disc mix is that the SSD contains fewer moving parts, and is faster, and that the standard disc allows more recording-erasing phases. The time it takes the laptop to start and leave the sleep mode is ultra-fast. If you still run out of space, all you need to do is buy an external drive.
Even though your laptop will stay in the hotel more often than in a briefcase when you take it to the airport, you will appreciate its volume. Equipped with a compact 17 inches screen, it is one of the smallest models of the moment.
The manufacturer offers only a few connection options, with only connectors. Currently on all available models, it is the laptop that has the poorest equipment.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
Because of all these elements, we do not recommend this Legion Y740 for travel use.
The Legion Y740 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 Y740. 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. Even if it would be possible to do audio or video cutting, it doesn’t seem to correspond to this need. Lenovo has favoured more standard uses, which require less computing speed. You should also be aware that this model is becoming outdated. In short, prefer a model that will be a little more expensive, but much more efficient.
The components and applications of this laptop are for basic use. Nothing will stop you from modifying photos, videos and music, despite a processor Intel Core i7-9750H that is almost obsolete. However, there’s no question of switching to professional applications; the processor performance and the 1256 Gb disk size will calm your nerves due to their lack of power and space.
For audio and video editing use, it is interesting to have a laptop combining hard drive and SSD; hard drive for large storage capacity, SSD for fast flash memory. The storage size of 1256 Gb is one of the best on the market in this product range. Lenovo offers a computer among the best in its category. Even if a few minutes of personal video takes up a lot of space, you won’t have to worry about it on this computer. In extreme cases, you can always add an external hard drive to one of the USB ports.
The autonomy of this Legion Y740 is of hours in normal use; 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.
Unfortunately not equipped with a USB 3.0 port as standard. Here file transfers are done at a slower speed between your laptop and external drives.
In the end, it is a product not allowing audio and video editing. However, it will be perfect for web browsing and word processing.
Legion Y740 for video 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. Clearly, Lenovo has done nothing here to meet that purpose.
This laptop has a resolution in 1920×1080, which is one of the poorest existing today. In fact, the game phases will present lower quality images.
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. Clearly, if you want to use it to play all day long, it may be relevant to turn to a more powerful model.
For most games, this model will be suitable for gaming mode. It corresponds to a median choice, neither extremely powerful nor too expensive.
Besides the amount of storage space is clearly insufficient.With 1256 Gb it Legion Y740is below the average of the other laptops of the moment.
Because you will have to carry it sometimes, you will appreciate its weight, 2.8 Kg, among the lightest of the moment.
Note the disadvantage in terms of autonomy: it is one of the lowest with hours available.
In the end, we do not recommend this Legion Y740 for games; low performance will degrade the rendering and playability. But it can be a good choice for office functions.
Is the Legion Y740 adapted to office automation ?
This product could wrongly make you think that this is what you need. Here are the main reasons.
Lenovo has designed this new laptop for the majority of users. In this case, it is Windows 10.
This laptop is mainly for office use and will require some work on your side of things. No applications pre-installed, one would expect more from. Lenovo in this product line. Among the choices available to you, it will be interesting to take into account the weight in order to facilitate its transport. This model weighs 2.8 Kg, which is the best at the moment.
This computer was really designed for office use. Hence the good idea to offer a default number pad as a complement.
When working in semi-dark areas, you will appreciate the backlighting of the keypad on this Legion Y740.
With only 1256 Gb this model is one of the smaller models. If you are used to backing up everything locally, you will have to think about adding an external hard drive, because the hard drive Legion Y740can be quickly filled.
Simply put, it’s not Legion Y740 the best choice for office use. Or for occasional use, knowing that due to its technical characteristics it will be obsolete in less than 3 years.
The Legion Y740 in conclusion
The conclusion of the test Legion Y740 is that almost all its specifications are below the others. Its aging technology will make its use disappointing fairly quickly.
To be clear enough, we do not recommend this laptop for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– make audio and video editing
– playing video games
– office tasks