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Lenovo Legion Y720 Laptop Review

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Physical Characteristics:

When you first look at the Y720 closed, there are probably a few things you will notice. One is a pattern on its surface that is likely meant to be reminiscent of carbon fiber, with its rotated, checked appearance. If you run your fingers over the surface, you will feel a completely smooth surface, and the material is identified as metal.

The top of the laptop also has a red Y shape on it, which is the Lenovo Legion logo. Running your fingers over this reveals a Fresnel lens-like pattern on it, and if you take a look when the laptop is on you will see it does light up (and this is accentuated in the product images). In the corner is the Lenovo logo, which feels like the letters have been adhered to the surface, so you will feel them if your hand goes across it.

Looking to the bottom of the case you will see a red triangle covering the bass speaker, slots for ventilation, rubber foot pads, and some screws. If you were hoping for a removable battery, or other components, there at least is no easy way to get to them, and as this is a loan, I am not willing to turn a screwdriver on this laptop. Maybe it is possible to upgrade some components, but I am not sure and do not want to test it for myself.

Around the sides are various ports, vents, and two ports for the main speakers that are under the display. The two vents on the back of the laptop are the primary vents for the laptop's cooling system, and if you place your hand in front of them when the laptop is running, you will feel the cool or warm air the fans are pushing out. They are a pretty good size and are not aimed to dump hot air on your legs. The various ports on the left and right side include three USB Type-A 3.0 ports, one USB Type-C port with Thunderbolt support, one HDMI port, one mini-DisplayPort port, a 3.5 mm audio jack, a RJ45 LAN, and the power port. This is the same power port on my older laptop and appears to be the same physical size as USB Type-A, but the plug is very different, being a single pin within the rectangular shape.

While I have not used it much, I have to admit I like having an Ethernet port on the laptop. It might be an idiosyncrasy of mine, but I like being able to use physical cables over wireless solutions, even if I do not put them to use. Modern Wi-Fi might be very fast, but I still trust in the reliability of Ethernet more.

The front of the laptop has a plastic piece with vertical cuts in it, possibly serving as a grip. Honestly I am not sure what its purpose is, but it is there.

Opening the laptop you might notice something I did, and that is the lack of any latching mechanism. I have owned three laptops over the years with the first two having physical latches to hold the laptop closed and my current Yoga 2 Pro instead has magnets to secure the lid. The Y720 has neither, though the hinge is firm so I doubt it will open on its own, without wearing it out or breaking it. This also means the display will be held in place very well too.

 

These images are from the Lenovo Legion Y720 product page

 

The speakers are at the top of the laptop, with the power button positioned in the center speaker grill. Beneath the grill is a red cover hiding the speakers, which matches all of the laptop's red accents, including those on the power button and around the track pad.

The laptop sports a 15.6" display, but Lenovo still fit in a number pad on the keyboard by placing it above the arrow keys. As this is where the Insert, Delete, Print Screen, Pause/Break etc. buttons are, these functions have been mapped to the number pad and arrows keys, with the Fn key being the necessary modifier. Some of these functions are normally mapped to the number pad when Number Lock is not enabled, or with Shift when it is. Out of curiosity I tested and using Shift with NumLock enabled will still activate these functions, even though they are not labeled on the keys. Only the Fn modified functions are labeled on these keys.

This position for the number pad is a little awkward to me, but then I am not sure how many people use the number pad today. I use it perhaps more than makes sense, reaching over to it when I need to type even a short number. Having to shift my hand up to be properly aligned on the numbers feels little weird to me, but I could probably adapt to it with more time.

The keyboard itself is actually very comfortable to me, which I consider very important. It is a good size and the action on the keys is quite satisfying, with almost no wiggle. I have always enjoyed the action of a good laptop keyboard, at least compared to any membrane desktop keyboard I have used. It is just something about the short and often sure stroke, which desktop keyboards rarely offer, but undoubtedly my mechanical feels better.

Beneath the keyboard is the track pad in a position I personally do not like. It is centered on the space bar, which is left of center on the main portion of the keyboard, and due to the arrow keys and number pad, that keyboard section is left of center for the whole laptop. Being right handed I would prefer the track pad be more to the right, especially if I am going to use it for gaming. Where it is, placing my left hand at WASD risks covering the track pad, blocking my right hand from using it, or could result in my left palm and/or thumb triggering the touch sensor. Of course having a separate mouse or controller will address this, but I still find it awkward having to reach so far. I have on multiple occasions tried to use it and found the behavior was incorrect because my hand was actually on the right-click side.

This image is from the Lenovo Legion Y720 product page

 

Before moving on and looking at the laptop powered up, I want to mention something about the display. The 4K display on this laptop was identified on the product page as glossy, but if that worries you, it is not a mirror finish. It is definitely not a matte/anti-glare display, but reflections are not that bad. Of course I am used to my Yoga 2 Pro that does have what I would call a mirror finish, so better than that can cover a lot. I am still pretty happy with it. (The 1920x1080 displays on the other models are labeled as anti-glare, which means they may be matte, but without one before me, I cannot describe the finish accurately.)

For the most part, this covers the Legion Y720 when it is powered off, so time to get to the next section when the power is on.




  1. Lenovo Legoin Y720 Review - Introduction
  2. Lenovo Legoin Y720 Review - Physical Characteristics
  3. Lenovo Legoin Y720 Review - Basic-Use Experience
  4. Lenovo Legoin Y720 Review - Hardware Specs
  5. Lenovo Legoin Y720 Review - Battery Life
  6. Lenovo Legoin Y720 Review - Gaming Experience
  7. Lenovo Legoin Y720 Review - Conclusion
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