Lenovo isn’t the biggest name when it comes to gaming laptops and peripherals, though they’ve always put out stuff that serves as a good alternatives for some of the higher-end laptops. The 2018 Legion Y530 is the latest in Legion’s lineup and it certainly serves the need it provides.
As with most gaming laptops, the Legion Y530 is packed with the Intel Core i7-8750H processor as well as an Nvidia Geforce GTX 1050 TI, which is more than enough to play some of today’s best games. Of course, you can also spend a bit more for GTX 1060 graphics card. It has 8 GB of RAM and comes with 1 TB + 120 GB of storage.
The build of the laptop is quite interesting, with it not really being your usual clamshell design. Instead, the hinge are on the main chassis of the laptop and is not exactly on the sides, which makes the screen have 180-degree angle and can lay flat. While a neat feature, it’s not particularly useful, and is a little awkward when carrying it around.
The good news about the unconventional design is that it provides optimum cooling vents on the back of the laptop, as well as supply the user with more than enough ports. With a USB 3.0 port each on the left and right side of the laptop, the back has the charging port, USB Type-C, HDMI port and more.
Performance wise, the laptop does everything remarkably. Able to run games like Shadow Of War, Warframe, and even the new Resident Evil 2 demo smoothly. The Harman speakers also add to the experience of playing with the Legion Y530, though some would say that the speakers just doesn’t go loud enough. What is kept at a good volume is the cooling fans, which goes on so silently, it’s a wonder how it keeps the entire thing so cool in the first place. With all the gaming we did on this laptop, not once did it come close to heating up.
One glaring problem is the weird webcam placement, which is situated at the bottom of the screen, making whoever you’re video-calling get a great view of your chin more than anything. There’s also the case of the chassis of the laptop being a smudge magnet, meaning it can get pretty grimey after some use. It can even mess up your cursor control on the touchpad as the smudge can disrupt the controls.
Overall, the Legion Y530 is an all-in-one package, it does everything great, but major props goes to the cooling system. Though a few minor gripes hold this laptop back from truly being great. If you’re looking for a decent machine, try out the Lenovo Legion Y530.