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.
- Very thin for the power
- 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.
(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.