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Lenovo Legion Y530 Laptop: Load AAA game titles with this 15.6-inch Lenovo Legion gaming laptop. Its 1TB of storage lets you save large downloads, and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Ti graphics card renders fluid Full HD visuals. This Lenovo Legion gaming laptop has 16GB of RAM and a hexa-core Intel Core i7 processor for powerful performance.

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    • Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH 81FV
    • 3-cell battery
    • Power adapter

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    71% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (66 out of 93)

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    • Intel 8th Generation Core i7

    Windows 10 operating system

    Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you markup Web pages on your screen. Learn more ›

    15.6" Full HD display

    The 1920 x 1080 resolution boasts impressive color and clarity. IPS technology for wide viewing angles. Energy-efficient LED backlight.

    8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-8750H mobile processor

    Powerful 6-core, twelve-way processing performance.

    16GB system memory for intense multitasking and gaming

    Reams of high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.

    2-in-1 hybrid hard drive provides both size and speed

    Incorporates a large-capacity 1TB hard drive at 7200 rpm for ample storage, with a 16GB solid state drive as a cache to speed up start times and accelerate frequently accessed data.

    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics

    Backed by 4GB GDDR5 dedicated video memory for a fast, advanced GPU to fuel your games.

    Built-in Harman/Kardon speakers

    DTS Sound creates a virtual surround sound experience for your music, movies, streaming Web content and games.

    Weighs 5.07 lbs. and measures 1" thin

    Thin and light design with DVD/CD drive omitted for improved portability. 3-cell lithium-ion battery.

    HDMI output expands your viewing options

    Connect to an HDTV or high-def monitor to set up two screens side by side or just see more of the big picture.

    Next-generation wireless connectivity

    Connects to your network or hotspots on all current Wi-Fi standards. Connect to a Wireless-AC router for speed nearly 3x faster than Wireless-N. The Gigabit Ethernet LAN port also plugs into wired networks.

    Built-in HD webcam

    Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends or teleconference with colleagues over Skype or other popular applications.

    Basic software package included

    30-days trial of Microsoft Office 365.

    Additional port

    Headphone/microphone combo jack.

    Note: This laptop does not include a built-in DVD/CD drive.

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    Rating 3.8 out of 5 stars with 93 reviews

    71%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Well-balanced gaming laptop with great design

      Posted
      optimummind
      • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
      • Top 25 ContributorTop 25 Contributor

      ======= Summary ======= The Legion Y530 is a well-designed and performant laptop with quality and well-balanced components. The build is great, the thin-bezel display is awesome, the system is speedy, and it is a pleasure to use everyday. With its easy upgradeability, the Y530 will offer many years of service for most people. *Pro's: 1. Thin display bezels. 2. Relatively light and thin for a gaming laptop. 3. Excellent keyboard and touchpad. 4. Good design & build quality (despite being plastic). 5. Good selection of ports. 6. Decent gaming performance thanks to the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU. 7. 16GB RAM & Intel Optane --> fast performance. 8. Easy access to internals for system upgrade. 9. Minimal amount of bloatware. Easily removable. 10. Great cooling design. *Con's: 1. No Thunderbolt 3. ======= Design & Build Quality ======= For a gaming laptop at this price point, the Legion Y530 is relatively light (~5 lbs) and pretty thin, even good for students and other portable users. The laptop is all black and looks like a serious machine - no blingy accent lights with flamboyant design curves and lines. I appreciate the toned-down design and subtlety. The parts of the laptop that you interact with the most feel nice despite being made of all plastic. The lid has a nice texture and radial pattern to it that makes the Legion look and feel different from other typical plastic laptops. Stains are easily resisted and cleaning up is simple and quick. The glowing white LED that illuminates the "Y" symbol inside the letter O is also very cool without being garish. The hinge is well-designed and enables one to easily open the lid with just one finger. It is also firm & sturdy and holds up the screen very well. Also nice is the soft-touch keyboard base, the smooth touchpad, and the textured touchpad buttons. The keyboard buttons with their "just-right" travel distance and responsiveness lead to comfortable typing and gaming experiences. The keyboard has white LED backlighting with two different brightness levels (FN + Spacebar to toggle between Brightness Level 1, Level 2, and Off). I LOVE that the backlighting doesn't turn off automatically after some idle time (Acer take note~!). Despite lacking aluminum and not being "premium", I'd give it a 8.5 out of 10 for design & build quality. ======= Display ======= The 1920x1080 Full HD 15.6" matte display, surrounded by those thin bezels, is quite nice. At normal viewing distance, everything is crispy and clear. For general-purpose web viewing and gaming, the display is perfectly adequate and appropriate. It doesn't get very bright at 250 nits but I'm satisfied. I LOVE how I can lift the lid with just one finger and how the display can be pushed back up to 180 degrees. ======= Speakers ======= The speakers sound nice and full with its Harman Kardon speakers with Dolby Audio tuning. Compared to skinny ultrabooks, such as my HP Spectre 13, the Legion Y530's speakers sound louder, fuller, more dynamic, and has a wider soundstage. Bass, of course, is weak but that is to be expected from a laptop. Listening to music and playing games was more than satisfactory and enjoyable. ======= Network & Connectivity Options ======= The Legion Y530 comes equipped with the Realtek PCI Express Gigabit ethernet and the excellent Intel Wireless-AC 9560 802.11AC Gigabit Wifi. Also included in the Intel package is Bluetooth 5.0 which is forward-looking and up-to-date. I experienced no connectivity or connection speed issues. Everything was peachy. ======= Ports ======= A healthy number and type of ports are offered - 3x USB 3.1 Type A, 1x USB Type C Gen 1, 1x ethernet, 1x HDMI, and 1x mini-Display port. The ports suit my needs perfectly and I have no complaints. For my personal usage, not having a Thunderbolt port is not a loss. ======= Performance ======= The performance of the Legion Y530 is excellent due to its quality and well-balanced components (Intel Core i7 8th-Gen Coffee Lake CPU with 6 Cores, 16GB DDR4-2666 RAM, 1TB Seagate 7200RPM HDD, 16GB Intel Optane Memory, and nVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB). Windows 10 boots up relatively fast despite having a spinning HDD (thanks to Intel Optane Memory), programs install and load very quickly, and there is no jankiness or lag. It is AMAZING how much of a performance difference that stick of Intel Optane Memory makes in really speeding up the system and smoothing everything out. Even when compared to my HP Spectre 13 with a faster 1TB Samsung 960 Evo PCI-E SSD, the Legion Y530 boots up almost as fast and loads my apps very quickly. Intel Optane is no marketing gimmick - it works as advertised and makes a very noticeable difference in system responsiveness and speed. Thanks to Intel Optane, I personally don't see a need to upgrade to a SSD drive - at least not for a while. Wit 16GB of RAM, I naturally had no issues at multitasking - Google Chrome (~25 tabs), Word, YouTube, background file transfers and downloads. Only one scenario introduced a little bit of lag and that was when I was doing the following: Chrome brower with about 10 tabs, Steam client downloading 3 games in the background, and torrenting 3 files (each with about 5 GB in size). Still not bad for a system without a SSD drive. Gaming is executed smoothly as long as you don't crank up all the in-game settings to Very High or Ultra (dependent on the game, of course). In order to experience the full potential of the Legion Y530, one has to be plugged in and change the Power Options to "High Performance" inside the Windows Mobility Center. Otherwise, games don't run very well, especially on just battery power. Besides, the battery would quickly run down to empty in about an hour anyways without the charger. I mainly played 3 games on the Legion - Far Cry 5 (2018), Deus Ex Mankind Divided (2016), and Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016). The Rise of the Tomb Raider ran the best and allowed me to turn on most of the graphics settings to High and still average above 48 frames per second. Deus Ex Mankind Divided was much harder on the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. In order to get smooth frames, I had to lower the quality settings quite a bit to this: -Texture Quality: Low -Texture Filtering: Off -Shadow Quality: Medium -Contact Hardening Shadows: Off -Temporal Anti-Aliasing: Off -Motion Blur: On -Depth of Field: Off -Bloom: Off -Volumetric Lighting: Off -Subsurface Scattering: Off -Sharpen: On Playing Far Cry 5 was a lot better and I was able to play smoothly with these settings: -Texture Filtering: High -Shadows: Normal -Geometry & Vegetation: Normal -Environment: Normal -Water: Normal -Terrain: Normal -Volumetric Fog: Low -Anti-aliasing: Off -Motion Blur: On On Geekbench 4.2.3, the Y530 scored 4664 Single-core and 15,197 Multi-core. It performed better than my Samsung Notebook 9 Pro with an Intel Core i7 7500U dual-core CPU (4189 Single-core, 8503 Multi-core) and my HP Spectre 13 with an Intel Core i7 8550U 4-core CPU (4666 Single-core, 12,051 Multi-core). ======= Keyboard & TouchPad ======= As mentioned earlier, both the keyboard and touchpad on the Legion Y530 are excellent. The keys have good travel distance, are responsive, and very comfortable for long-term typing and gaming. I also LOVE the full-sized Arrow Keys and the spacious Number Pad area. My only slight gripe is not having dedicated PgUp & PgDn buttons (you have to use the Fn + Arrow Keys). The Touchpad is accurate and responsive to use thanks to Microsoft's Precision driver. Setting up custom touchpad gestures is easy and it works very well. The touchpad buttons make a clickity sound but not to the point of being annoying. I rate both of them 10 out of 10. ======= Battery Life ======= For a gaming laptop, the battery life I experienced has been excellent. When I'm just browsing the web and not gaming, I can get about 4 to 5 hours of battery life at 70 to 80% brightness. During gaming, however, it will last just about 1 hour. ======= Software ======= The Legion Y530 comes with a minimal amout of bloatware. I counted 3 Lenovo apps, 5 third-party games, and some Microsoft apps such as Xbox and Skype. Compared to other manufacturers' bloatware (e.g., Dell, HP), the Legion Y530 comes packed pretty clean. Windows 10 was at version 1709 and I updated to the latest 1803 Build 17134.191 without a hitch. ======= Upgradeability ======= The Legion Y530 offers several options for future component upgrades - DDR4 memory, SATA3 hard drive (HDD or SSD), Wifi module, and PCI-Express NVME M.2 2280 SSD hard drive. To upgrade, one removes 11 Philips screws from the bottom of the laptop and pop off the bottom cover. The bottom cover is held on by numerous plastic tabs so be gentle when popping the cover off to not break them. ======= My Verdict ======= The Legion Y530 offers a good value, entry-level gaming experience with a great design, slim-bezel display, awesome keyboard and touchpad, great audio, and very decent hardware (6-core Intel Core i7, 16GB DDR4 RAM, and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GPU). It is a well-balanced and harmonius design that is durable, portable, highly performant, and upgradeable. I rate it 4.5 out of 5 and recommend it without hesitation.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Redesigned Legion. Great Budget Gaming Laptop

      Posted
      MarkusKong
      • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
      • Top 250 ContributorTop 250 Contributor

      Lenovo Legion Y530 (81FV0002US) Setup/Testing/Conclusion The Lenovo Legion Y530 (81FV0002US). Packed with an Intel i7 8750H, 16GB DDR4 2666 memory, 16GB Intel Optane Memory, and an Nvidia 4GB GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. Let’s go ahead and dive right in and see how this Gaming Laptop performs. Right off the bat, the Intel i7 8750H is an excellent CPU. You’re looking at the successor to the widely popular Intel i7 7700HQ which is what was used a lot in previous gaming laptops. With the Intel i7 8750H, you’re going to be getting about a 10% increase in single core performance and about a 15 ~ 25% increase in multi-core performance. The Nvidia 4GB GeForce GTX 1050 Ti isn’t the fastest nor is it considered a “high end” GPU, but it’s definitely considered as one of the best (if not the best) budget GPU. So before I even ran any games, my expectations weren’t going to be through the roof as I know it won’t perform like my desktop which contains an Intel i7-8700 and a GTX 1070. I mean we’re looking at a budget gaming rig here, not a top of the line gaming beast. So now that we got that out the way, let’s go ahead and see what this combo brings to the table. CS:GO - 140 FPS Tom Clancy’s The Division - 60 FPS Battlefield 1 - 60 FPS GTA V - 55 FPS Diablo 3 - 95 FPS As expected, this specific Lenovo Legion Y530 (81FV0002US) performs quite well. As mentioned previously, it’s not going to be the fastest out there; but it’s definitely not the slowest. So if you’re looking to play everything on ultra presets and expect incredible frames per second, I would probably invest in a pretty high end gaming rig. If you’re looking to play games on low/medium ~ high presets (Nvidia Recommended Settings), you’ll be just fine with this specific Lenovo Legion Y530. AAA titles will always demand a high performance machine. But with a gaming laptop, you’ll be able to bring it around with ease compared to a gaming desktop. With the Legion Y530, I didn’t have a problem taking it around. Because of it’s subtle and sleek design, it doesn’t scream “GAMING”; yet it doesn’t look like an ordinary laptop. I personally enjoy the black design and look of the laptop. Although the Y530 is made majority of plastic, it's still quite durable and still looks good. Lenovo changed the backlit keyboard from red to white which looks a lot better. The bezels around the screen (left, top, and right) are also quite thin compared to the last years model. Because of the thin bezel change, the webcam was moved to below the screen. So if you plan on using the webcam, be prepared to show off your nose and in addition to the other party seeing your knuckles a lot if you're typing. But, I’ll definitely make that trade any day; smaller bezels vs having the camera at the top. If you currently own the last year’s model, you’ll also notice that a lot of the ports have been placed in the back of the laptop. You’ll still have access to a USB 3.1 port on either side of the laptop. The reason for this is so that it offers better cooling. Overall, the thermals on the Y530 is pretty good under normal usage. During my gaming session it does get warm but what gaming laptop doesn’t? I did see temps hit around 95c (MAX) but the fans would ramp up and keep the temps under control. The fans aren’t silent but they aren’t super loud either; I would classify the fan noise as expected/average. When it comes to the picture/screen quality, I wasn’t as impressed. I wished it was a bit brighter and the color reproduction was better. So if you were to use the Y530 in a more lit environment, you may have some difficulty viewing the screen. The 52.5Wh 3-cell lithium ion battery will last about 4 hours with general usage which is typically expected with these type of setups. But if you game on it, the battery will last about 1 ~ 1.5 hours. So be prepared to bring your charger with you! Here are a couple breakdown of pros and cons that I would like to mention as my own opinion: Pros: Very sleek at subtle design No bloatware Solid all around good performance Fan control Cons: Display (not as bright as others and color reproduction isn’t as good) Why GTX 1050 Ti? Would've liked to see at least a 1060 as Lenovo did an excellent job on the chassis. Lenovo also offers a 144Hz screen so it only makes sense to have a more powerful GPU… Wished battery lasted longer In conclusion, this Lenovo Legion Y530 has pretty good all around performance. I didn’t experience any frame rate drops during gaming. My settings on average were around low/medium ~ high (Nvidia Presets/Recommended). I would’ve liked to see Lenovo release all Legion Y530 with a GTX 1060 and a SSD by default (as this specific model comes with a traditional mechanical hard drive and Intel Optane Memory). I know they have other models but from what I could find; GTX 1050 Ti is all they have currently. Overall, I would give this specific model a solid 4.5 out of 5 stars. Lenovo did do an excellent job by ditching the red and making the Legion Y530 very sleek (excellent redesign Lenovo!). Where it falls short on this specific model is with the GTX 1050 Ti and the picture/screen quality. Although this specific model didn’t come with an SSD, the Intel Optane Memory did in fact help with boot/load times. This specific Lenovo Legion Y530 is definitely worth being stated as an excellent budget gaming laptop. If you’re able to get the one with an SSD, I’m sure it’ll be even faster. Overall, thoroughly impressed with the this Lenovo Legion Y530 (81FV0002US). --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Specs Windows 10 15.6” Full HD Display Intel Core i7 8750H (2.2GHz / 4.1GHz Turbo) 16GB DDR4 2666MHz Memory 2 in 1 Hybrid Hard Drive (1TB 7200 rpm + 16GB 3D XPoint Optane) Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB 52.5 Wh 3-Cell Lithium Ion Battery Built-in Harman/Kardon Speakers Built-in HD Webcam Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack USB 3.0 x2 USB 3.1 USB-C HDMI Output Mini Displayport Wireless + Gigabit Ethernet LAN Port Kensington Lock Slot Weighs 5.07 lbs. and Measures 1” Thin --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- What's in the box? Lenovo Legion Y530-15ICH 81FV Lenovo 135W Power Adapter Various Manuals

      I would recommend this to a friend

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        Lenovo Product Expert

        Thank you for choosing the Lenovo Legion Y530 Laptop. We are pleased to hear that the value, features and performance of the Legion Y530 meets your computing needs so well. Model number 81FV0002US, has a screen with 1920 x 1080 (FHD) resolution, 60 Hz refresh rate and a brightness level of 300 nits. The battery life on this model is up to 5 hours, depending on the work that the device is performing. lenovo

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fit for a Professional, yet made for a gamer

      Posted
      Phjilek36
      • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

      So I have had this laptop for about a month now, and I wanted to find things wrong with it, because of the price point and what it says it could deliver. That was a battle of the ages, because I am very impressed with it. It is an ideal mix of professional laptop and gaming laptop. It would be overkill for a person needing a laptop to read emails and surf the web, but if you are looking at the contents of the laptop, this would be the one for you. PROS - Very thin for the power - FAST - Did I mention it was fast? - IPS panel with a 1,920-by-1,080-pixel native resolution and an anti-glare coating. 1080p full HD panel - No bogging down when installing of several things at once - Great solid, Sturdy build quality - Battery Life was about 6 ½ hours of actual use. I tweaked the screen brightness some, but for the most part it was normal brightness. - No extra crazy gamer aesthetics, like several are turning to nowadays. - Super-slim bezels. - Bluetooth connection integration - HD gaming is slick and smooth rendering - Connection to Wireless-AC router capability, which is ~3x faster than Wireless-N - Keyboard has number pad on the right side. - Built-in webcam that is High definition (my last laptop camera was nothing near as good as this) - Web Cam is located on the bottom of the screen (So many times you see the person looking down, and don’t see their eyes, because they look at the screen. However, this one you can actually see their eyes, because they are looking up/across, rather than down. Granted, you have to have the screen pointed a decent amount upward (~135 degrees) to get your face centered, but when you use it, that wouldn’t really matter. - Big fans to keep the laptop cool (See also cons) - Very responsive and good pop on the keyboard. I have had several laptops that the typing just seems off, between travel distance and pressure needed to work. This one is extremely good, and I feel that it is instant, and with other keyboards, there is a slight delay, and I find myself fixing the space bar errors, when they were hit nearly the same time. I type about 100 words per minute, so other keyboard don’t always keep up. - HDMI plugin to hook up a TV or large monitor (My kids love it when I plug in to watch videos. - Speakers are well above average, with Harman/Kardon speakers, that have DTS virtual surround sound. - Headphone/microphone combo jack. - Power plug is located in the back, so it doesn’t block my mouse like almost every other laptop has. - HDMI plug in the back, so cords can be hidden - Record with Gamebar (a new button between the PrtSc and Ctrl on the right side of the spacebar. It lets you mark things as games, and record video. - There is a Fn button that turns off the mouse pad, for those inadvertent touches if you have a mouse, and never use the track pad. I have run into issues with other laptops, where the bottom of my palm/thumb gets near it, and it thinks I am trying to use the mouse pad. This one seems smarter that that. CONS (nothing is a deal breaker) - Not the largest hard drive (256GB Solid date Hard Drive). I had 1TB in my previous laptop, so I had to decide what to keep and purge (Suppose that is a good thing). But there was an option for a larger HD that was not Solid State. - No standalone home/end/PgUp/PgDn buttons. You have to use the Fn button with the left/right/down/up arrows to use them. I use those sooo many times, and am faster than using a mouse, but it took me a while to get used to not having them in there. - Large fans sound like a jet ready to take off (Also see positive because it keeps the laptop) - No CD/DVD tray (for those of you who want to watch a DVD on your laptop). You will have to buy a USB one - Left/right mouse pad click buttons are louder than I would expect. I do a lot of late night work, while my kids sleep, so yes, I did notice it. About the laptop: It was a very unique and different looking laptop, when I first opened the box. The weight is a good weight (~5 lbs), and doesn’t feel like it is going to fall onto the floor with a slight breeze. The body is entirely plastic, but of a sturdy gauge so it helps keep the cost down. The lid has a radial texture, and I feel like a kid again, because I want to run my fingernails over it to hear the cool zipper-like sound. The laptop is only 5.1 pounds, so the fact that it is thin AND only 5 pounds is quite amazing. Having gaming computers in the past, I can tell you that this one looks the most professional/commercial of all of them. The anti-glare screen really helps me out because I have my back to the window, and previous laptop had some glare to it. It cuts down on reflections, while the overall image quality is pretty good, if not a standout. Also worth complimenting are the panel's thin bezels, which go a long way toward making the system more compact. The border along the bottom is thick, but the top and side bezels are only a quarter of an inch thick. I am sure that allows the laptop to have a smaller footprint than many of the other 15.6-inch screen gaming laptops. I like that the mouse pad buttons are below the pad, and an actual button vs most laptops combine them into 1 long bar, or none at all, and it is built into the pad….never successful, especially with games. This is by far better. The speakers are provided by Harman, and are a little above average. I could hear lots of details in the video games I played, and it seemed pretty crisp. However, I have a nice set of Bluetooth Bose speakers that I connect it to, so I don’t really use the internal speakers anyway. The fact that it also has Bluetooth is pretty awesome. The laptop speakers can get pretty loud for blasting some music or playing a video, but I noted some distortion at the highest volume level. I had it hooked up to my TV and for whatever reason, my TV’s speakers were not working, so my wife just used the laptop for sound, and the kids didn’t mind. Of course when I walked into the room, I noticed. Most of the ports are located on the rear back ledge area, behind the screen. There, you will find a USB Type-C port, a USB 3.1 port, a mini-DisplayPort connection, an HDMI output, an Ethernet jack, and the power connector. In addition, on both sides of the laptop, you'll find an additional USB 3.1 port, while the left side also hosts the headset jack. The laptop also features a 720p webcam, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.1. I think that is a LOT of ports to include in a single laptop. More than my previous laptops, that’s for sure. If you are looking to play Virtual Reality games with this laptop, you might want to consider a different laptop. That is some very intense processing, and I don’t think this would handle it. For standard gaming, this is great. So when it comes to RAM, I use a lot of it. I have chrome windows open with tabs galore. I probably have about 4 different Chrome windows open at the same time, and anywhere from 4 to 20 tabs in there too. I did not notice any lag in the loading, which my previous laptop did. Could be just me, but it seems to focus more memory to the places it needs it. Maybe that is a Windows 10 thing, but either way, it makes the things fast, that I want fast. With 16 GB of memory and an Intel Core i7+ 8th Generation, it is pretty blazing fast. The fans are on the bottom back of the laptop, but kick out the air in the end of the laptop, so it doesn’t roast your legs when you have it on your lap. After all, it is a “laptop.” Bloatware Schmoteware. This laptop comes with very little bloatware. Sure it comes with the Windows stuff, but that’s not the laptop maker’s fault. McAfee comes with it (probably a subscription) which I typically uninstall, because it slows things down. However, this laptop is beefy enough that I can leave it installed, and not have to worry. The Lenovo Legion Y530 laptop is a great budget gaming laptop, but you wouldn’t know it, by the look of it (Materials used look high-end). It is very sleek, distinctive build, alongside solid performance and lots of connections, including HDMI.

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        Thank you for choosing the Lenovo Legion Y530 laptop. This configuration comes with a 1TB 7200RPM standard hard drive with 16GB of Intel Optane Memory, making this hard drive configuration essential a hybrid format. Concerning cooling within the Legion Y530, features a dual-channel thermal system, offering multiple benefits: individual CPU and GPU cooling, for cooler system temperatures; four thermal vents, for improved airflow; and 70 individual fan blades per channel, to reduce system noise. We are pleased to hear that the Legion Y530 is working out so well for you. lenovo

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Sub-optimal hardware selection

      Posted
      Gerbil
      • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

      The Legion Y530 is well engineered and feels like a solid laptop, but the selection of options for this specific unit does not have an optimal price/performance balance for gaming. If you replace the Optane memory with a solid state drive (SSD), then this laptop could be a decent option for entry-level gaming, as long as you don’t have expectations of getting into Virtual Reality setups. As-is with HDD + Optane, however, I don’t recommend this for gaming. =====[ Hardware Package Selection ]===== The lone 1TB 7200 RPM HDD is not appropriate for a gaming system, in my opinion. Besides making the system feel generally sluggish, having the operating system, all applications, and the game you’re playing all on the same HDD is a major IO system bottleneck. This means that during periods of any significant disk activity, IO saturation will lead to stuttering (both in-game and out), which can become very significant. Lenovo doesn’t provide SSD as an alternative to HDD in this model, but it does provide it as an additional option. SSD or HDD + SSD is common in competing gaming laptops at this price point, and it is my opinion that either configuration is an absolute must for gaming. For this reason alone, I would not recommend this particular unit unless you intend to immediately install an M.2 SSD (replacing Optane memory). The 16GB Intel Optane Memory seems like a terrible waste of money, and waste of the M.2 slot. A mere 16GB is nearly pointless. It’s not enough to accomodate a modern graphics-heavy game, and even if it were, there’s no way for users to specify cache priorities, so you’re stuck with the automatic prioritization based on file access behavior, rather than having the flexibility to determine where you reap the performance benefits. What’s more, it does very little in combating the IO bottleneck of the HDD. An SSD M.2 stick, while costing a little more, would have had a massively superior performance benefit. The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti was chosen over the base 1050, which is what you want for maximum performance. This is a decent entry level GPU, but unfortunately falls short of minimum requirements for most Virtual Reality systems by just one model. Competing laptops around this price point can be found with the GeForce GTX 1060 (base and Max-Q), providing a performance boost and VR-readiness. The Intel Core i7-8750H was chosen over the i5-8300H. While it’s nice to have, this is overkill for this system. I’m of the opinion that the money for this particular upgrade would have been better spent elsewhere, when considering the price/performance balance. The 16GB of RAM was chosen as an upgrade over the base 8GB for this model, which is very important for gaming. While 8GB of RAM is technically sufficient for most games the GPU is capable of handling, it doesn’t leave much headroom for multi-tasking, let-alone near-future-proofing, and doesn’t leave much buffer for the increasingly prevalent trend of resource/memory leaks being present in games, which means long gaming sessions in many games may not survive without the need for restarts with only 8GB to go around. Once memory swapping kicks in, gaming performance takes a major nose-dive. If you were to go with the 8GB RAM loadout instead and decided to upgrade later, you’d be wasting money by replacing the existing 8GB stick, generally a necessity because unmatched sticks--if they work at all together--usually suffer a considerable performance hit. =====[ Screen / Keyboard / Trackpad / Speakers / Camera ]===== The screen has a matte finish which provides protection against glare, but at the cost of sharpness, vividness, and brightness. The maximum brightness is sufficient for comfortable viewing in-doors, but doesn’t come close to reaching the maximum brightness of the displays I’ve seen in other laptops at this price range. The keyboard is surprisingly well designed for gaming, with great tactile feedback and key travel, low noise generation, full sized arrow keys, full number pad, consistent backlighting, and even dedicated print screen and video recording keys on the bottom row. Outside of gaming, however, the lack of dedicated page up/down, home, and end keys feels cumbersome when performing various tasks. Also, the keyboard tends to dip down noticeably with firm key presses. The trackpad, deviating from most modern laptops, has dedicated buttons that require greater than average force and travel to press down. The trackpad surface is smaller than average, but is very smooth to the touch and responsive. The speakers are unimpressive, but they do have a solid mid-range. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any form of isolation or vibration dampening, resulting in heavy vibrations felt through the keyboard surface while playing music or gaming, when not using an alternative audio output. The bottom placement of the camera means the image is likely to consist more of your fingers than your face, at most comfortable screen angles. I would much rather have top placement even at the cost of a larger top bezel. Camera quality is unremarkable and doesn’t seem to support Windows Hello. The microphone picks up my voice well with plenty of volume. =====[ Performance ]===== In benchmarks, the hardware components rated average or slightly above, with the exception of the HDD. The performance benefits of the Optane memory were very sporadic, and overall, having it felt much closer to a pure HDD system than a pure SSD system. Actual game performance matched my expectations, including the occasional stuttering. To provide two specific examples, in one game, a player spawning in wearing clothing that hadn’t been cached would reliably cause stutters, and in another game, switching between zones, causing game state being written to the hard drive would also cause reliable stutters. These two repeatable and easily testable examples were not observed in a comparable system where the OS and games were installed on a SSD instead of a HDD. Cooling and ventilation seemed quite decent. The battery is rather lackluster, draining fairly quickly even when not gaming. =====[ Engineering / Design ]===== The over-all engineering feels very solid, for a plastic build. The display hinge has the right amount of friction for easy opening while holding its angle steadily. The majority of the ports were intelligently placed out of the way in the back, while still offering a USB port on each side for convenience. The peripheral port selection is decent, but is noticeably lacking an SD card reader. Both interesting and unusual, they implemented access to the BIOS/EFI/boot menu through a dedicated pinhole button rather than a keyboard key. The surface that shares a plane with the keyboard and trackpad is covered with a soft-touch material that feels nice, but unfortunately my experience with this type of material in other devices is that it eventually gums up and peels, which has me worried about how it’ll hold up in this laptop. =====[ Misc. ]===== The original unit I received seemed to suffer from persistent hard drive problems. After a unit swap (through the manufacturer), the problems seem to have been resolved.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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        Lenovo Product Expert

        Thank you for choosing the Lenovo Legion Y530 laptop with Optane Memory. Intel Optane memory boosts the performance of the 1TB 7200RPM standard hard drive to Hybrid drive performance. The 16GB of Optane memory give fast recall of the most used programs on your system and does it at an economical, cost effective way. The Lenovo Legion Y530 with Optane Memory is a cost effective, high performance system for someone looking for a high performance laptop at an economical price. lenovo

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great gaming laptop for the price!

      Posted
      AnonymousJK

      --- Pros --- - (Performance) This thing is a solid performer the GTX 1050 Ti does not throttle or lose performance and the wireless card is solid. It also has a feature in the software where you hold control+shift+1 and the fans boost to max speed. Overall performance is really solid the i7 8750h is solid processor and the GTX 1050 Ti graphics will allow you to play games like GTA V no problem maybe not on ultra but expect high settings on most games. The 16gb intel optane module available in the 16gb ram configuration definitely speeds up normal usage of the computer if you fill it up mostly with games expect more regular hard drive performance but it does definitely accelerate games, responsiveness, and boot up time - (Cooling) This laptop has a metal grate on the bottom with two fans on the underside of the boxy part. They are definitely solid and cool the components well. The fans get loud but not too loud everything considered. The laptop does not output all that much heat. I used a Dell G7 for a short period of time and after playing a game it felt like I could heat food up by leaving it next to the back of the laptop NOT SO in this case. It has main intake on the bottom and vents are on the left and right sides of the back and smaller ones on the back of the left and right sides. - (Keyboard) It's great! No RGB but depending on if you want this laptop for more than gaming it is a pro. Great travel, keys do not feel or look cheap and backlighting does not look cheap. Not a lot of tactile feedback but that is okay because travel is good. The arrow keys are huge however about as big as the left ctrl I do wish that that space could have been used for something else. - (Speakers) The speakers sound very clear especially for this price range, they are nice and loud and positioned in the front of the laptop not on the keyboard deck or screen area but on the bottom portion facing forward. They lack a LITTLE bit of bass but still are overall very solid. - (Design) No bezel makes this a compact laptop especially at such and affordable price. Overall it looks really good and cuts the footprint down. The tapered front, the offset screen, with the boxy back is a little different but you definitely get used to it and it is a good design. The hinge definitely looks good at first glance but I noticed the left and right sides start are bent inwards a little bit and are only connected to the main hinge only on one side. That said it stays in place where you leave it, it can bend to 180 degrees if that's important and does not wobble.The texture on the top of the laptop is definitely nice and the legion logo is pretty non obtrusive. Do be warned you cannot turn the light off. The soft touch material on the keyboard deck is also good it feels nice and seems like it will hold up. The laptop has very little flex to it except in the screen which still is not too bad. Power button is in a good position. There is a small minimal white pinhole light on the right side that turns on when the laptop is on and blinks when the computer is sleeping and another very similar one on the back behind the hinge right above the power port that turns orange when the laptop is charging and white when the laptop is fully charged. All of the ports on this laptop are on the back except for two USB 3 ports on the left and right sides and the headphone jack on the left side. - (Trackpad) The trackpad good very precise just a little on the short and wide side. It would be nice if it was one continuous surface that could be clicked, but the buttons feel solid if not a LITTLE bit loud but still very tactile and very good. - (Software) The Lenovo software is really good. Hotkeys for max fan and disable keyboard can be configured in Lenovo vantage. The default hotkey for max fan speed is HOLDING ctrl+shift+1. Dolby audio is included and that is good as well as a few other things overall. As with every laptop McAfee free trial -_- and a fairly useless Lenovo app explorer. Overall not a ton of bloatware and a fairly useful utility! --- Cons --- - (Display) The display is not very bright or vibrant so be aware of that. 250 nits means it works very so so outdoors and the colors definitely do not pop but it is still very clear and good enough for gaming and the 60hz refresh really does not matter with a 1050 Ti. Also, this is definitely a budget gaming computer so everything considered the display is a alright. - (Battery) The battery life on this thing is about 4 - 4.5 hours or so when not gaming or doing anything intensive so be aware of that. About 1 - 1.5 hours or less when gaming so keep that in mind. Pretty standard however on a gaming laptop at this price point. -(repairability) If you do intend to upgrade this laptop down the road be warned it is not an easy thing to do. this laptop has 11 screws and then you have to pry the clips open and it is easy on the front part of the laptop but somewhat nerve racking when you move towards the back so as not the break the clips. I do not know from personal experience but after looking through a couple of forums this is what I learned. I have heard you do not lose your warranty unless you damage the laptop while taking it apart. - Conclusion - This laptop is a budget gaming laptop do not expect it to compete with premium laptops such as the razor blade, the Alienware line, or any $1,500 or above gaming laptop. It does a number of this right but the screen is definitely so-so. That is fairly expected as no gaming laptop at this price offers a great screen. Definitely a solid laptop overall if performance is the only thing you care about the G7 is the better choice with a GTX 1060 max q which would give a 50% increase in performance at but definitely at the cost of portability and weight. This is a very compact laptop for the price, cooling, and hardware it offers. If you want a gaming laptop that is compact and a good value look no further. The design of this laptop alone aside from the plastic which is definitely still very good as there is little flex in it. Cooling is great and keyboard and trackpad are solid. Great laptop for a college student who also likes to game aside from the battery life. Overall a would recommend for someone who values portability, design, performance within reason, and price.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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        Lenovo Product Expert

        Thank you for choosing the Lenovo Legion Y530 laptop. The screen on this model has 1920 x 1080 (FHD) resolution with a refresh rate of 60Hz and has a brightness level of 300 nits. This model is not user upgradable. A certified technician must do all of the work, so as to not void the warranty. lenovo

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Awesome computer; great for work and play

      Posted
      realslimlady
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      I’ve had this computer for about 2 months now, and, overall, I’ve been quite satisfied with my purchase. There are always pros and cons, however, so I thought I’d go into them for people who are interested. Disclaimer: I am a graduate student who runs ArcGis Pro, R (data modeling), and some other pretty intense statistical programs and datasets , and I also game, so I’ve definitely tested the performance of this computer. Overall design: Keyboard: Easily my favorite part about the Lenovo Legion. The keyboard is a dream to type on. I haven’t noticed a substantial degree of flex, and find the keys to be slightly more tactile than your average laptop (which is a plus for me). It’s quite comfortable to game on, as well. I also love the inclusion of the full sized keyboard with the number pad. I do a lot of data entry in school, so it really helps in that regard. I really like how you can easily turn off the backlighting, or switch to a lower lumosity if you want to conserve battery life. It’s also nice that the backlightning is white instead of RGB, at least as someone who is mainly using this in a professional setting. Really, I have no complaints about the keyboard. 5/5 Port location and type: I use a LOT of USB devices, and I’ve yet to feel like I’m in need of more ports. You can read the product description to see what is specifically included, but there’s a little something for everyone. What’s really been great is that the ports are mainly located on the back of the computer, which has been extremely helpful for cable management. There are your standard USB ports and headphone jack on the side of the computer, however, which just adds another dimension of accessibility and ease. 5/5 Touchpad: Very responsive. Love the inclusion of the two buttons as opposed to a singular one, or just a touchpad. 5/5 Fan system: this is probably my biggest gripe about the computer. The Legion runs extremely hot, especially when running intense programs (which is to be expected). You will probably want to buy a fan for the computer to keep internal temperatures down and direct airflow. Also, the fans on this model are soooo loud; at least compared to what I’m used to (acer chromebook). You will definitely know when they go on. I wish it was quieter and circulated air a bit better. 3/5 Screen: leaves a little to be desired, but not substantially. I never feel like I need to strain my eyes, or feel like I’m really missing out on the graphics of the games I’m running. It’s also pretty comfortable to watch Netflix on, and the screen is quite bright when you turn it up to its maximum. I’d give it a 4/5 because the image could absolutely be sharper, and there’s a little bit of flex to it. Overall design: I love the muted, simple look of this computer. The entire thing is black, with the Lenovo legion icon lighting up in white on the front of the computer when in use (which actually looks quite nice). If you like the standard gaming laptop that’s red and intense, with scary words like “Predator” or “Helios” that’s cool; something of them are pretty rad. But, for someone who is using a computer in a professional setting, yet still needs the power of a gaming laptop, this is an awesome selection. Looks very modern. One thing worth nothing is that the front, despite not being a smooth surface (there’s some texture to it), scratches very easily, so you might want to consider getting a case for travel. I got a massive scratch within the first week while I was waiting for my case to arrive despite my efforts to be extra careful, so that was quite disappointing. It would be nice to have something a little more durable since this is sort of marketed as a portable gaming rig. Overall, 4/5. Battery life: you need to understand that you’re buying a gaming laptop, so it’s just not going to have the battery life of a chromebook that has less intensive specs. For what this computer is, I’ve found the battery life to be pretty solid. If you run it with the battery conservation mode on, and your backlighting for the keyboard off, you’re looking at 5-7 hours between charges, which is pretty decent given the components of the computer. The actual charger is also not as heavy as what’s to be expected with this sort of computer, so that’s a plus. I’d give it 4/5, as I do wish I could have the screen just a little bit brighter without dipping into my 5-7 hours. Performance: this thing is a beast; you’re getting a slew of great specs for one heck of a price. I got the student discount, so I got like $100 off the retail price (I think my total wa alike $990 with tax), but even if I had to pay full price, I would for this computer. I think it is easily the best gaming computer in this price point. Yes, some of the Dell gaming series have slightly better specs, but the screens on those computers are terrible, so can you really enjoy the improved performance for gaming and work? (I can’t speak to their battery life or something else because I only tested out those models in the store and haven’t owned them, but the screen was pretty bad, as was the keyboard). Ultimately, that’s a decision you have to make, but if you’re worried about the differences in specs, I really can’t complain about anything performance related. Boot time is very quick, my programs run quickly, Overwatch runs like a dream on pretty good settings. I can also add an SSD to make it even better, but right now I’m really not even feeling a need to (which is great, because I was initially a little turned off by the hybrid drive). Yes, you could have better specs, but you will have to pay much more to get them, most of which you can attain for this computer simply by upgrading it yourself for cheaper (aside from the graphics card, but I’ve been pretty satisfied with the 1050 ti). 5/5 for performance. It’s worth noting that, when I upgraded Windows 10 on here, the drivers were somehow affected and my keyboard and touchpad stopped working. This is the fault of Windows 10 and not the computer, but I did have to take it into a repair shop to get it fixed. Something to keep in mind if you’ve never used windows before, or have clung to Windows 8 and are looking at upgrading. Overall, really love this computer. It’s great for students, professionals, gamers, or, if you’re like me, all three! Definitely check it out.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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        Lenovo Product Expert

        Thank you for choosing the lenovo Legion Y530 laptop. This is a high performance system with its Six-Core/Twelve-Thread Intel Core i7-8750H processor, 16GB of RAM and 16GB of Intel Optane Memory supporting the 1TB 7200RPM standard hard drive. It will generate heat whenever it is turned on, even at idle, this is normal. The onboard fan will maintain the proper operating temperature for the device. You will hear the fan whenever it runs, this too is normal. But the Legion Y530 provides even more, It features a dual-channel thermal system, offering multiple benefits: individual CPU and GPU cooling, for cooler system temperatures; four thermal vents, for improved airflow; and 70 individual fan blades per channel, to reduce system noise. Regarding the screen on this model, it is an IPS, anti-glare, 1920 x 1080 (FHD) resolution screen, with 300 nits brightness. Regarding updates, Windows 10 in particular, always try to create a restore point prior to allowing the update. That way if there is a problem, you can revert back to before the update, wait for the update glitch to be fixed, then reinstall the update. Additionally, you can use the Lenovo Utility software installed on this device to help maintain all updates. This system has Lenovo utilities installed to help maintain the health of the device and keep the operating system software up to date. Type "Lenovo Vantage" in the Cortana Search window (if Lenovo Vantage is not installed on your device, you can download the APP and install it now). Select Lenovo Vantage from the list. In the window that opens, click on "Health and Support". In the expanded menu, select "Hardware Scan" In the window that opens, select "Run Quick Tests". This will scan your entire system for errors. Follow any directions that may pop up. If the problem continues after this scan, now click on "System Update". First select Windows update from the menu. Scan your system to be sure you have the latest version of Windows 10. Once that scan is complete, select "Additional Updates". This will scan your device to be sure there are no new BIOS/Driver updates needed. Follow any instructions that may pop up. If the issue still continues after these updates, we recommend you call Lenovo Tech Support at: 877-453-6686 for additional help. lenovo

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Finally, Power and Portability in a Gaming Laptop

      Posted
      Kelby
      • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
      • Top 250 ContributorTop 250 Contributor

      Design: The Lenovo Legion Y530 is a powerful laptop with a sleek design. This is my first gaming laptop, mostly because I had not found a good hybrid between gaming power and portability until now. I find it to be just thin and light enough to consider it portable, which is great because I am on the go quite often. Although color scheme is not a priority of mine, I like the subtle black exterior with a white illuminated keyboard and logo on the lid. Most of the ports are on the back of the laptop, the impressively effective cooling fans are underneath, and the power button is in the middle above the keyboard. Typing and using the various keys on the keyboard is easy thanks to the sufficient spacing and key size. My only complaint is that the touchpad feels a bit awkward to use due to the location, size, and left/right click buttons instead of a touchpad that clicks down, but that feeling has improved as I have gotten used to it. However, while at home, I prefer to use a mouse. Overall, I think the Lenovo Legion Y530 is a well-designed laptop. Features: The speakers are good, but I have heard better quality sound on several other similar laptops. If you usually use headphones, this may not matter much, but I was expecting better sound quality, especially since it is highlighted as a feature of this Lenovo Legion Y530. The HD webcam is very clear, so I have no complaints there. Since this is a gaming laptop, there is plenty of memory, a powerful processor, and great graphics on a beautiful display. Even standard use, such as browsing the internet or watching videos, is enjoyable due to the speed and quality of the content displayed on the screen. Gaming: With great graphics and lots of processing power, gaming sessions on this laptop are fantastic. I have experienced nothing but smooth gameplay, and I am impressed by the graphics on all the games that I have played. Connecting to Wi-Fi was a breeze, and the connection has always remained stable and fast during online gameplay. As a longtime gamer, I am impressed and would definitely recommend this laptop to fellow gamers. Verdict: The Lenovo Legion Y530 is the perfect blend of power and portability for gaming and everyday use. As opposed to other gaming laptops with flashy designs and colors, I like the subtlety and sleekness of this laptop. Processing power is not compromised due to the compact design, and my gaming sessions have not disappointed. Although it is not perfect in every way, if you are looking for a gaming laptop that is also great for everyday use, then look no further. I recommend the Lenovo Legion Y530 to others with confidence.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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        Lenovo Product Expert

        Thank you for choosing the Lenovo Legion Y530 laptop. We are pleased to hear that the value, features and performance of the Legion Y530 meets your computing needs so well. lenovo

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic Portable gaming rig

      Posted
      Aditya
      • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

      I have been using this laptop for many days now, and though I am still not fully finished with the testing, this is the most of it. I will update in case something very different come into my observation. No SSD: My initial impression was that it will drag due to lack of SSD. We all know its only as fast as the weakest link in the chain. Good news is, it was a delight to use for most of my testing, due to the inclusion of Intel Optane. Together with 7200 RPM HDD (yep its not 5400), it acts as fast as an SSD. I tried big file transfer and they were as fast as a Samsung SSD (Pro). The way it works is the 16 GB acts like a cache to HDD, enabling super fast access. As you can guess it is not full proof with such a small size cache, but its mostly okay for general use. For example, playing Witcher 2 with texture buffer as small, game is required to load new textures from HDD as the scene change and I can see that the frame rate drops trying to do that. Fortunately the system has enough RAM, where I could select high texture buffer and avoid it for most of the parts. With 4GB VRAM in GPU and with 16GB of RAM, your gaming should be lag-free. But yeah you are better off with an SSD in the bigger scheme of things, I did intend to try free version of EaseUS to copy t he HDD to an SSD and see what speeds I will be getting(If I get to that, I will update the review). Side note: The boot time is not as fast as with an SSD. Overall That aside, overall feel of laptop is good, I like the design. I liked the fact that it is very subtle yet make a statement. For me that statement is, Yes I am a grown up and I game, and this is my grown up gaming laptop(you know, not the RGB). Keyboard is okeyish, there is a proper num kerypad for use, which is nice as the managed to keep good enough space beweeen the keys. Touch pad is the usual affair. The addition of Numpad (doubles as media keys) makes the main keyboard shift to left. This makes for a little awkward typing position in the start, but if you continue using it, you get used to it. I will suggest you try your hands on the keyboard if your usage requires lots of typing. 5 * Gaming This is purpose of this machine and this is where it shines. The screen is matte and does not reflect light, which is good for a portable gaming device. The GPU (GTX1050Ti), does it job perfectly. It could easily drive Witcher 2 for 60+ FPS all the time with mostly Ultra settings (I disabled some setting known to bring GPUs to crawl even in desktops). While gaming the laptop do run hot and I recommend proper ventilation for its cooling system to work on as otherwise the system will throttle down. It comes with a HDMI and a mini DP port in case you want to connect it to an external monitor. Temperatures and noise. In usual non-gaming work load. The laptop is silent with occasional fan runs. One time it crashed on me (the bugcheck was in tcpip.sys, a driver update should fix it). After that crash with battery plugged in, I booted the system, right after login some windows services and the AV (it comes with 6 months of McAfee), does this extensive disk operation which always takes the HDD to 100%. Temperature for CPU package hit 89, which is hot yet still below the T Junction of CPU, i.e. 100 degrees. The cooling system works well, and yeah its noisy. A beefy processor runs hot, and it needs cooling. In one gaming session, max CPU temps was 93(78 Avg(=), GPU Temp was max 72( 67 Avg). You can use supplied Vantage app to turn on the cooling boost which runs the fan at full. Audio Its average, I am not sure what they meant by "Audio by HARMAN", there isn't an app from Harman and the chip is from Realtek per device manager. My Main complaint: Is not SSD, I can always put an SSD, Lenovo decided to go with a new tech and it mostly works. Thing I miss most in this laptop is an IR camera for Windows Hello. It is a powerful machine no doubt, why they devoid it of few extra features is beyond me. Those could have make this an all-rounder gaming machine, but may be that us not what they were aiming for. May be they were aiming for a non-RGB gaming laptop, and they hit that perfectly.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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        Lenovo Product Expert

        Thank you for choosing the Lenovo Legion Y530 laptop. We are pleased to hear that the features and performance of the Legion Y530 meets your computing needs so well. lenovo

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