Lenovo’s Legion Y540 (Model 81SX00B5US) is quite a beast for the price. First off, there are 2 versions. The i5 and the i7. Only the i7 version has the 144Hz FHD screen, so if that’s something important to you it’s good to know.
You can always double check your model number against Lenovo’s website just in case. Retailers have a habit of switching products without really double checking the specs.
So what’s inside? A 9th gen Intel i7-9750H, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660Ti, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, an amazing 1920×1080 FHD 144Hz screen, and a 512GB PCIe SSD. It’s actually a really great deal spec to price ratio wise, but you only get one side of the Laptop Triangle.
The performance is great and the price is somewhat low, so what does that mean? Yep. Going to sacrifice a bit of portability.
Is The Weight That Important?
Coming in at Just over 5lbs (5.06lbs), this laptop is a bit on the hefty side. If you don’t plan to travel around or use it as a commuter laptop, it won’t be a problem but for anyone who would you’re definitely going to feel the weight on your shoulder. Other than that, there really isn’t much negative to say.
Of course as with most gaming laptops your battery life isn’t going to be all that great. This is pretty much a given but if it’s not, you’ll maybe get about 5 hours with light use (web browsing, word docs). Don’t expect to go beyond 2 hours with heavy gaming or processing.
The only other complaint we have? No optical drive. It’s 2019. What are we supposed to do with a stack of CDs and DVDs now?
This laptop is really just overall fantastic. Great specs, great ports, and a beautiful screen. What’s not to love. Having the ports mostly in the back (except for a USB on one side, and a USB + Mic/headphone combo 3.5 on the other) really makes for a sleek look when all plugged in. You can hide the cables behind and feed them down the back of a desk or so without having awkward connections coming out of the sides.
We’re really not sure how long Walmart is going to have it for $400 off from the original price, so if you were looking for a laptop this holiday season this might be the one to consider. If you’re not 100% sure that you’re ready to pull the trigger on it, set up a Price Alert. Put your email and when the price goes below your preferred price you’ll get an email letting you know.