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Lenovo Legion Y530 Laptop: Play your favorite PC games with this 15.6-inch Lenovo laptop. Its Intel Core i7 processor and 8GB of RAM let you run multiple programs without performance lag, and its 1TB hard drive provides plenty of file storage space. This Lenovo laptop has a powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti graphics card for fast rendering of images and videos.

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

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    80% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (34 out of 43)

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    Features


    • 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.

    8GB system memory for advanced multitasking

    Substantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once.

    1TB hard drive for ample file storage space

    Holds a sizeable collection of digital photos, music, HD videos and DVD-quality movies. 7200 rpm spindle speed enables rapid read/write times for handling large files and complex applications.

    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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    Customer rating

    Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 43 reviews

    79%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 3.8 out of 5 stars with 3 reviews

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Greating value gaming laptop with great design

      Posted
      optimummind
      • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
      • Top 50 ContributorTop 50 Contributor

      ======= Summary ======= The Legion Y530 is a well-designed and performant laptop with only one shortcoming - no SSD hard drive. The build is great, the thin-bezel display is awesome, it contains great components, and 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. Easy access to internals for system upgrade. 8. Minimal amount of bloatware. Easily removable. *Con's: 1. Slower than a system with a SSD drive. 2. No Thunderbolt 3. ======= Design & Build Quality ======= There are lots of thing I like about the design and build quality of the Legion Y530. For a gaming laptop, it's relatively light at ~5 lbs and pretty thin. The laptop is all black and looks like a serious machine - no blingy red LED's and no flamboyant design curves, angular lines, or flourishes. 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 Realtek PCI Express Gigabit ethernet and Realtek 8822BE 802.11AC Wifi. I experienced no connectivity or connection speed issues. Everything was peachy. ======= Ports ======= A healthy number and types of ports are offered - 3x USB 3.0 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 has been a mixed bag for me. Due to its traditional 7200 RPM HDD (1TB Seagate BarraCuda Pro), the laptop boots slow (53 seconds to Windows log-in prompt from cold boot) and Windows 10 initialization is laggy. It took 2 minutes before I could start launching my Chrome browser. App installations take relatively long times compared to systems with a SSD hard drive. Same for Windows 10 updates. Fortunately, things do get better later on. Once Windows 10 has been fully initialized and all the background processes have been completed, the laptop kicks in and begins to perform very well. With Intel's 8th-generation Coffee Lake 8750H processor (6-core, 12-thread) and 8GB of DDR4-2666 RAM, the Legion Y530 pushes through everything effortlessly. I had no issues multitasking with Chrome (~25 tabs), Word, and YouTube. Gaming is executed smoothly as well 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. I obtained the following results in the in-game benchmark test: -Mountain Peak: 54.32 FPS (min: 25.32, max: 110.61) -Syria: 48.83 FPS (min: 3.11, max: 86.88) -Geothermal Valley: 43.04 FPS (min: 5.39, max: 93.04) -Overall score: 48.48 FPS Deus Ex Mankind Divided was 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). If this Legion Y530 had come with a SSD drive or at least an Intel Optane Memory accelerator, then the overall performance and smoothness of the machine would've been so much better. It's a shame Lenovo cut corners and instead included such a slow spinning hard drive. On the bright side, the prices of the SSD drives have come down greatly and it is easy enough to add one later. *Pro-Tip: After I formatted the Windows drive and freshly installed Windows 10, the Legion Y530 became noticeably more responsive and faster. It's still not as fast as having a SSD drive but the improvement was quite eye-opening. For even more speed, I will be investing in a NVME PCI-Express SSD hard drive shortly to use as my Windows drive. ======= 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. My Legion's touchpad buttons didn't sound as loud as it did in some YouTube reviews I saw. 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 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. I HIGHLY recommend everyone to purchase a NVME M.2 2280 SSD drive and install it to greatly increase system responsiveness and performance. ======= My Verdict ======= The Legion Y530 is a good value entry-level gaming laptop with a great design, slim-bezel display, awesome keyboard and touchpad, great audio, and very decent hardware (6-core Intel Core i7, 8GB DDR4 RAM, and GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GPU). Its only weakness is the slow traditional spinning hard drive. Either replace it with a SATA SSD hard drive or add an NVME M.2 2280 SSD hard drive and you'll be all set for a smooth and fast computing & gaming experience.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Professional laptop or Gamer laptop? BOTH

      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 8 GB of memory and an Intel Core i7+ 8th Generation, it is pretty blazing fast. If you wanted to improve the memory, there is a 16GB and that is like lightning. 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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        Lenovo Product Expert

        Thank you for choosing the Lenovo Legion Y530 laptop. This model ships with a 1TB 7200RPM standard hard drive with 16GB of Intel Optane Memory, essentially making this a hybrid drive. As far as cooling and the fan system of the Legion Y530, 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. We are pleased to hear that the Legion Y530 is working out so well for you. lenovo

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Excellent Redesign. This Model Could be Improved.

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

      Lenovo Legion Y530 (81FV0001US) Setup/Testing/Conclusion The Lenovo Legion Y530 (81FV0001US). Packed with an Intel i7 8750H, 8GB DDR4 2666 memory, and an Nvidia 4GB GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. Let’s go ahead and dive right in and see how this budget 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 or considered a “high end” GPU, but it’s definitely considered as one of the best (if not the best) budget GPU. This specific version of the Lenovo Legion Y530 only comes with 8GB of memory and a traditional mechanical hard drive. So before I even ran any games, my expectations weren’t going to be through the roof. 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. As expected, this specific Lenovo Legion Y530 performs decent. 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 a combination of low ~ medium presets, you’ll be just fine with this Lenovo Legion Y530 model. I was able to run games like Counter-Strike Global Offensive (140 FPS), Battlefield 1 (60 FPS), Tom Clancy’s The Division (60 FPS), GTA V (55 FPS), and Diablo 3 (95 FPS) without any FPS drops. I did for a weird reason encounter micro stutters/skips while gaming though. 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 decent. When gaming, the CPU did get pretty hot (95c ~ 97c) while the GPU didn’t really heat up that much. The fans do get quite loud under load so make sure you have some headphones on. 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 lasted about 4 hours with my usage which is typically expected with these type of setups. If you’re gaming on it constantly, the battery probably won’t last as long as 4 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 Decent all around performance Cons: Display (not as bright as others and colors are a bit spongy) Why GTX 1050 Ti? Would've liked to see at least a 1060. 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 decent all around performance. I didn’t experience any frame rate drops during gaming but did experience micro stutters. My settings on average were around low ~ medium (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). 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 3 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 traditional mechanical hard drive and the GTX 1050 Ti. Because of no SSD, the boot times and load times are pretty excruciating. I would say that if you’re on a really tight budget, this specific model may be for you. But if you’re able to dish out some more money for the version with an SSD, I would definitely recommend that. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Specs Windows 10 15.6” Full HD Display Intel Core i7 8750H (2.2GHz / 4.1GHz Turbo) 8GB DDR4 2666MHz Memory 1TB Hard Drive 7200 rpm 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 Display Port 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 Lenovo 135W Power Adapter Various Manuals

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        Lenovo Product Expert

        The Lenovo Legion Y530, model number 81FV0001US, ships with the 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H 6-core/12-thread processor, a major improvement over 7th Generation processors. Up to a 30% performance improvement. This configuration has a 1920 x 1080 (FHD) resolution screen with a brightness level 0f 300 nits. Cooling within the Legion Series is new and improved, 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. The standard hard drive within this configuration has a speed of 7200RPM with a capacity of 1TB. Please keep in mind, this model is not user upgradable. A certified technician must do all of the work, so as to not void the warranty. lenovo

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Finally, Power and Portability in a Gaming Laptop

      Posted
      Kelby
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      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 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. 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. The battery lasts quite a while for a gaming laptop, but it does not last me the whole day if I use the laptop frequently. However, the battery does charge relatively quickly. I think you get a lot of great features with this laptop. Gaming: With impressive graphics and lots of processing power, gaming sessions on this laptop are fantastic. I have experienced nothing but smooth gameplay, and the graphics are great on all the games that I have played. Connecting to Wi-Fi was a breeze, and the connection has always remained stable and fast, even during online games that require a lot of bandwidth. 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 on this laptop have not disappointed me. Although it is not perfect in all aspects, 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

      • Brand response

        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: 3 out of 5 stars

      Quality engineering, nonoptimal options selection

      Posted
      Gerbil
      • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

      The Legion Y530 is well engineered and feels like a solid product, but the selection of options for this specific unit does not have an optimal price/performance balance for gaming. If you intend to immediately add a 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 the lone HDD, however, I don’t recommend this for gaming. =====[ Hardware Package Selection ]===== The lone 1TB 7200 RPM HDD is not appropriate for a gaming system. Besides the obvious issues of slow boot-up times, slow application and game loading times, and slow asset loading times resulting in slow map loading, etc. while in game, 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 in-game, 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. 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 on more likely candidates for performance bottlenecking, when considering the price/performance balance. While the 8GB of RAM is technically sufficient for most games the GPU is capable of handling, there’s not much headroom here for multi-tasking, let-alone near-future-proofing. This also 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. Once memory swapping kicks in, gaming performance takes a major nose-dive. There’s room for upgrade here, but upgrading to 16GB of RAM means replacing the current 8GB stick (because two un-matched sticks is generally not a good idea), which results in wasted money. =====[ 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 reach 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 won’t be winning any awards, 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 above average, with the exception of the HDD. Actual game performance matched my expectations, including the occasional stuttering, most likely thanks to the HDD issue previously mentioned. Cooling and ventilation seems quite decent, at least for the GPU. Oddly, the hardware metric monitor and overlay software I use did not seem to pick up consistent/reasonable CPU temperatures, so I can’t comment on that. =====[ Engineering / Design ]===== The over-all engineering feels very solid, for a plastic build. The display hinge seems to have just 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 odd, 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.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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        Lenovo Product Expert

        Model number 81FV0001US, ships with a 1TB 7200RPM hard drive that is Intel Optane Memory ready. While the Legion Y530 is not user upgradable, your certified technician can easily add up to 16GB of Intel Optane Memory. Any slow boot issues will be corrected with the addition of Intel Optane Memory. This model ships with a anti-glare 1920 x 1080 (FHD) resolution screen, with a brightness level of 300 nits. The placement of the web cam on the bottom of the screen is to allow the outside bezels to be 62% thinner than the earlier Y520 model, making for more viewing area on the screen in a smaller footprint case. This configuration ships with the 8th Generation Six-Core/Twelve-Thread Intel Core i7-8750H processor. The Legion Y530 is configured not just for play, but for your home and work computing needs. This configuration can support some of today's most demanding programs. If you are looking for a powerful but portable laptop that can handle some of today's most popular games and demanding professional software as well as your everyday computing needs, all at a competitive price point, the Lenovo Legion Y530 is a great choice. lenovo

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best laptop for the money

      Posted
      C0MMIBOB

      To start out with let me say that previous Laptops that i have owned by Lenovo have been hit or miss. Always had that "gaming" red back lighting and generally would thermal throttle which affected performance drastically. This is definitely a step in the right direction for the gaming line of laptops. Pro's and Con's Right off the back the biggest pro for me was the form factor of this laptop. It is thin but not too thin that it would really impact the cooling performance or the structure of the laptop. There is a bit of flex in the wrist rest/keyboard area but nothing to be concerned about. Keyboard: Personally love the feel of the keyboard. Having used Macbook's and Asus gaming laptops this keyboard feels pleasant to type on. Nice key press and actuation point is clearly felt. Not mushy like some other keyboard. Backlighting is excellent with 3 levels of brightness. Off, low brightness, and high. Numberpad is a bit weird with size and placement but no biggie. Touchpad: Its a laptop touchpad. Not anything like a Mac touchpad in terms of feel and size but its pretty good for a gaming laptop. A bit small though. Left and right click are nice and not mushy. Screen: Screen is a bit washed out but still has relatively good colors. Viewing angles are pretty great actually. Lowest brightness the screen can go completely dark while staying "on", not usable though. Max brightness was enough for outdoor viewing. IO: Plenty of ports, not having thunderbolt 3 isn't a deal breaker whatsoever. Love having most of the ports on the back and then 1 usb port on each side as well as the combo headphone jack. No issues here. Hinge: Very sturdy so far. It can lay flat if you needed it for but not really useful. Can open with 1 hand no problem. Webcam: Probably the worse thing about this laptop honestly. Placement isn't great but works and quality is good enough for basic Skype chats and what not. Gaming/general performance: Not going to get into benchmarks(plenty of those online). Gaming wise this thing really can not be beat for the price. I use vsync because the display is 60hz. Fortnite max everything maintains over 60fps even in situations with lots going on. LOL easily can stream and play this game over 60fps. PUBG medium high settings 60fps with some drops. Most games you will be able to run 60fps no problem with just playing with settings. Triple A games with be tough. Biggest thing to think about is the heat. This thing gets HOT. Graphics card not so much but the I7 in this get super toasty. Hot to the point where the bottom of the laptop in-between the fans is too hot to touch. CPUID showed a max of 98c on most of the cores. Fan boost works very well though and probably throws out more air than any other laptop i have owned. You can turn the fans on max speed at any point by hitting ctrl+shift+1. this is user configurable. Overall this laptop is excellent. Having the 7200rpm hard drive is nothing to complain about and is easily replaceable by the user. I will post back about this once i put liquid metal on the processor and gpu to see how the temps drop.

      I would recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        Lenovo Product Expert

        Thank you for choosing the Lenovo Legion Y530 laptop. Please keep in mind, this model is not user upgradable. A certified technician must do all of the work, so as to not void the warranty. We are pleased to hear that the Legion Y530 is working out so well for you. lenovo

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A good gaming laptop, but for the mild gamer

      Posted
      Viabledata
      • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

      Upon opening the box, Lenovo likes to keep it basic. There is not much included inside the box. It does throw you off a bit, that the user guide comes in every language, with Arabic on the front cover. All the languages are in alphabetical order so you need to flip some pages to find English. The laptop comes in a nice protective sleeve, and also has a nice screen protector insert that can be used later on for general use when you close the laptop or when traveling with it. It has a standard Windows 10 home setup screen when powering on for the first time. On the lid the "Y" in the Legion lettering lights up when the computer is powered on and also has back lit keys . The casing itself and keys seem to be very prone to collecting fingerprints. Most of the connections are on the back of the laptop, but there is a usb port on each side and the audio jack on the left side. The bottom is raised in the back and has 2 visible cooling fans on each side. The speakers are in the front. This laptop is backwards from many other laptops in that its keyboard is set up for gaming, so the F1-F12 keys serve as the main function, and you must push the Fn key in order to use the alternate functions on the keyboard such as volume up and down, play, pause, search, etc., where on most laptops the alternate functions come first before the F1-F12 keys. I do like that the keyboard does come with a numpad on the side. On to the gaming. This laptop runs pretty smooth when running games like PUBG, but does slow down when on the highest settings. With only 8GB of RAM in this system, it is much friendlier towards older games. Unless you are a lefty, it is almost impossible to game with out at least having an external mouse . The touchpad is left of center and is a bit different as well as the touchpad itself does not click to make button presses. You can tap the touchpad to click on something or use the clickers underneath the pad. The sound output is ok. It doesn't get too loud. I would probably have expected more from them being Harmon speakers. They are very clear sounding though, but I would still recommend using the Bluetooth and connecting to a home theater set up or wearing headphones while gaming. The webcam is off the norm as well. It is located at the bottom of the screen so if you are going to utilize the webcam you have to have the screen angled way back to be able to see your face and it has to look up at you. It takes pictures at .9mp but can record video at 720p. Its mic pic up is pretty decent if using to Skype or use chat channels when gaming, but overall the camera is not a selling point to this laptop. Overall this is a very quirky gaming laptop, but as long as you are using an external mouse it is not too bad. Using the Oculus tester, it just meets the minimum system requirements to run VR as well. I would go for the 16GB version of this laptop instead.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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        Lenovo Product Expert

        Thank you for choosing the Lenovo Legion Y530. We are pleased to hear that the Legion Y530 is working out for you. lenovo

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Capable Gamer Laptop!

      Posted
      Fordman9870
      • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

      The Lenovo Legion is a very suitable gaming laptop, the case is pretty sturdy, however the lid containing the monitor is somewhat flimsy. It would have been more preferable to have an aluminum top or thicker plastic for protection, But I could see why it is this way (to reduce heat/weight and cost) The laptop is jam packed with great individual pieces: I7-8750, GTX1050 w/4gb on board, 8 gigs of Ram When I ran a couple of Benchmark tests on it I had the following results: Novabench: The overall score was 2212 with the CPU scoring an extremely high 1318 running at 3.9ghz. (turbo) 2.21ghz normally. The ram scored high also at 186 (8gb ddr4 with a speed of 15052 mb/s) Graphics score was in the 77th percentile with the (this Discrete setup is where for most uses the on board card picks up the tasks to keep heat down but when power is needed for games and graphics the intel hands the workload over to the Nvidia which performs above average) The disk scored a 30 which is right down the middle, with a 90mb/s write and 123mb/s read. UserBenchmarch: Overall score put this laptop in the 72nd percentile, Individually the CPU scored in the 96.4%. Or as they have their own rankings this was a Destroyer when compared to similar desktops, a yacht when compared to workstations. In the gaming area it ranked low but this is when they are compare to full on gaming PC not laptops. So in my Opinion this isn’t fair to compare the two. The on board card performed in the 88th %, The Seagate HD performed LOW at the 31st% this is a little disappointing, so I reran with…same results. The Samsung 8gb ram performed average (The Seagate Hard drives results knocked this from 5 to 4 stars, Seagates long term life span on their hardrives is still an unknown. You may opt for a warranty just in case) I then compared this unit to the baseline needs for the following games and how it faired: I loaded and played my copy of COD WW2, for the most part the game played pretty good on medium like settings. The video card performed really well but after playing a while I noticed some lag or stutter. This may be from the HD as per the previous benchmarks, the IO didn’t perform real well. So it did perform a little better once I lowered a few settings. Not a deal breaker but be aware you can’t run wide open on new games. So overall this unit is a pretty good gamer laptop with some solid specs, not the fastest by all means but is quite able to play most all games of today at low to medium settings. This is great for big time gamers who travel and can’t stand to miss a few days away from their favorite game. This unit makes it portable. Also worth mentioning, anyone who edits video or large file photographs would do well with the Lenovo as the processor is one of the best out there and when combined with the NVIDIA 1050 card work flow is fast. I would recommend this to family and friends.

      I would recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        Lenovo Product Expert

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

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