Say hello to the second generation Legion Y7000 device. For the convenience of writing and reading, we are going to call it the Legion Y7000 (2019). Last year’s version was some sort of a one-off version, which had its own design feature and, frankly, looked pretty aggressive, but not in an obnoxious way.
However, the 2019 version no longer looks different but is more like a copy of the Legion Y540. In fact, if it wasn’t for the brightly illuminated Legion logo on the lid and the red-backlit keyboard, we would have thought that this laptop is the Y540 itself.
Of course, this is not entirely a bad thing, as its design trend is low-profile and not that into-your-face like other gaming devices. In order to provide you with enough horsepower to run the latest games, Legion Y7000 (2019) is equipped with up to the Core i7-9750H and features either the GTX 1660 Ti or the RTX 2060. The laptop can also be bought with a 144 Hz IPS panel for extra smooth experience during gaming.
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Lenovo Legion Y7000 (2019) - Specs
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What’s in the box?
Expectedly, the packaging of this laptop remains true to the Legion series, with black and blue colors and shapes that resemble the Legion logo. Inside, you are going to find the laptop, surrounded by black foam. Then, in a separate box inside the main one, there will be the 230W charger and the mandatory documentation.
Design and construction
Similarly to the Legion Y540, the Y7000 (2019) features an all-plastic body, which weighs 2.30 kg and has a height of 24 mm in its thinnest point up to 25.6mm at its thickest. All-in-all, the laptop’s design feels good, although the red accents remove the incognito feel, and give the device a more gamer-centric appearance.
We are glad to see that the lid can be opened with a single hand, and it goes all the way up to 180 degrees. Sadly, the camera remains on its weird location beneath the display. As we mentioned earlier, there is an illuminated Legion logo placed on the lid of the laptop. It surely looks kind of cool with its red LED, but it can be too much for people who buy the device to only use its power for work.
Here we are – at the base of the notebook. What makes an immediate impression is the red backlight of the keyboard. Apart from that, it has the same layout as the Y540 with large keycaps and especially large arrow keys, which are great for gamers. However, the feedback feels clickier, while the key travel seems to be the same. Around the keyboard, there is a plastic material with a rubberized finish to it. It certainly feels premium and does a good job of keeping fingerprints away. However, there is a chance that the material is not going to age very well, and will look worn off quite quickly.
Also here you can see the Harmon branding for the speakers. While the touchpad has decent accuracy and is somewhat comfortable to use, we found its dedicated buttons to be extremely hard to press in the regular scenario. We are pretty sure that your fingers and forearms are going to grow bigger than Arnold Schwartzenegger’s thanks to this touchpad’s buttons.
Legion Y7000 (2019)’s speakers are placed on the user-facing side of the bottom plate and are firing towards the desk. Traditionally, the Legion laptops from recent years feature a pretty big ventilation grill that takes roughly half of the area on the bottom panel. Then the hot air is exhausted from four different places – two on each of the back corners of the laptop.
Despite the big visual change, there is something that tells the Legion Y7000 (2019) is a true successor to the original Y7000 – the I/O as most of it is concentrated on the back. There you can find the proprietary charging port, a USB Type-C 3.1 (Gen. 1), a USB Type-A 3.1 (Gen. 1), an HDMI 2.0 port, an RJ-45 connector and a Mini DisplayPort 1.4. Additionally, there are two USB Type-A 3.1 (Gen. 1) ports on either side of the machine, while on the left there is also an audio jack.
Disassembly, upgrade options and maintenance
The similarities to the Legion Y540 continue in this segment. Not only you can open the Legion Y7000 (2019) up exactly the same way as the former, but on the inside, the layout looks pretty much identical. Nevertheless, there are 11 Phillips-head screws you need to remove before you pry the panel off.
Lenovo Legion Y7000 (2019) / Lenovo Legion Y540
Both the CPU and the GPU are covered by a sizable metal plate, that cools not only the chips but also the memory modules, as well as the voltage regulators. Additionally, there are three heat pipes comprising the cooling solution. One of them is shared between the processor and the graphics card and ends in two heat spreaders (effectively the two at the back of the laptop). Then, there is one more for each of them that makes a “U” turn around the fans and goes to the side-placed heat spreaders.
In terms of upgradability, this laptop rocks. It has two RAM DIMMs, which are hidden beneath a protective metal bracket. They support up to 32GB of DDR4 memory. At the same time, there is an M.2 slot that supports PCIe x4 drives, and a “regular” 2.5″ SATA drive slot. We have to note that some of the competition – like the Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-54) has two M.2 slots at relatively the same price.
Battery-wise you have a 57Wh unit, which is (you guessed it right) the same found on the Legion Y540.
Lenovo Legion Y7000 (2019) has a Full HD IPS panel with a model number AUO B156HAN02.1. Its diagonal is 15.6″ (39.62 cm), and the resolution 1920 х 1080 pixels. The screen ratio is 16:9, and we are looking at a pixel density of – 142 ppi, and a pitch of 0.18 х 0.18 mm. The screen turns into Retina when viewed at distance equal to or greater than 60cm (24″) (from this distance one’s eye stops differentiating the separate pixels, and it is normal for looking at a laptop).
Its display has excellent viewing angles. We offer images at 45° to evaluate image quality.
The measured maximum brightness of 287 nits in the middle of the screen and 260 nits as an average for the whole area, with a maximum deviation of 16%. The Correlated Color Temperature on a white screen is 6850K – slightly colder than the sRGB standard of 6500K, which is great.
In the illustration below you can see how the display performs from a uniformity perspective. In other words, the leakage of light from the light source.
Values of dE2000 over 4.0 should not occur, and this parameter is one of the first you should check if you intend to use the laptop for color-sensitive work. The contrast ratio is mediocre – 1400:1.
To make sure we are on the same page, we would like to give you a little introduction to the sRGB color gamut and the Adobe RGB. To start, there’s the CIE 1976 Uniform Chromaticity Diagram that represents the visible specter of colors by the human eye, giving you a better perception of the color gamut coverage and the color accuracy.
Inside the black triangle, you will see the standard color gamut (sRGB) that is being used by millions of people in HDTV and on the web. As for the Adobe RGB, this is used in professional cameras, monitors, etc for printing. Basically, colors inside the black triangle are used by everyone and this is the essential part of the color quality and color accuracy of a mainstream notebook.
Still, we’ve included other color spaces like the famous DCI-P3 standard used by movie studios, as well as the digital UHD Rec.2020 standard. Rec.2020, however, is still a thing of the future and it’s difficult for today’s displays to cover that well. We’ve also included the so-called Michael Pointer gamut, or Pointer’s gamut, which represents the colors that naturally occur around us every day.
The yellow dotted line shows Lenovo Legion Y7000 (2019)’s color gamut coverage.
Its display covers 52% of the sRGB/ITU-R BT.709 (web/HDTV standard) in CIE1976.
Our “Design and Gaming” profile delivers optimal color temperature (6500K) at 140 cd/m2 luminance and sRGB gamma mode.
We tested the accuracy of the display with 24 commonly used colors like light and dark human skin, blue sky, green grass, orange, etc. You can check out the results at factory condition and also, with the “Design and Gaming” profile.
Below you can compare the scores of Lenovo Legion Y7000 (2019) with the default settings (left), and with the “Gaming and Web design” profile (right).
The next figure shows how well the display is able to reproduce really dark parts of an image, which is essential when watching movies or playing games in low ambient light.
The left side of the image represents the display with stock settings, while the right one is with the “Gaming and Web Design” profile activated. On the horizontal axis, you will find the grayscale and on the vertical axis – the luminance of the display. On the two graphs below you can easily check for yourself how your display handles the darkest nuances but keep in mind that this also depends on the settings of your current display, the calibration, the viewing angle, and the surrounding light conditions.
Response time (Gaming capabilities)
We test the reaction time of the pixels with the usual “black-to-white” and “white-to-black” method from 10% to 90% and vice versa.
We recorded Fall Time + Rise Time = 25 ms.
PWM (Screen flickering)
Pulse-width modulation (PWM) is an easy way to control monitor brightness. When you lower the brightness, the light intensity of the backlight is not lowered, but instead turned off and on by the electronics with a frequency indistinguishable to the human eye. In these light impulses, the light/no-light time ratio varies, while brightness remains unchanged, which is harmful to your eyes. You can read more about that in our dedicated article on PWM.
Lenovo Legion Y7000 (2019)’s display is free of flickerings across all brightness levels. This makes it comfortable for extended periods of use, without harming your eyes in this aspect.
Blue light emissions
Installing our Health-Guard profile not only eliminates PWM but also reduces the harmful Blue Light emissions while keeping the colors of the screen perceptually accurate. If you’re not familiar with the Blue light, the TL;DR version is – emissions that negatively affect your eyes, skin and your whole body. You can find more information about that in our dedicated article on Blue Light.
Lenovo Legion Y7000 (2019) has an IPS panel with a Full HD resolution, comfortable viewing angles, good contrast ratio and a backlight that doesn’t flicker. On the other side, its main disadvantage is poor color coverage.
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Office Work should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing. This profile aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.
Design and Gaming
This profile is aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well. Design and Gaming takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.
THealth-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate. Health-Guard simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.
Lenovo Legion Y7000 (2019)’s speakers produce loud sound with good quality. Its low, mid and high frequencies have no deviations, whatsoever.
All of the drivers and utilities for Lenovo Legion Y7000 (2019) can be found here: https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/us/en/products/laptops-and-netbooks/legion-series/legion-y7000-2019/downloads/driver-list
Now, we conduct the battery tests with Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with. Similarly to Lenovo Legion Y540, the Y7000 (2019) is equipped with a 57Wh battery pack.
This is enough for 6 hours of Web browsing and 4 hours and a half of video playback.
In order to simulate real-life conditions, we used our own script for automatic web browsing through over 70 websites.
For every test like this, we use the same video in HD.
Lenovo offers the laptop with a choice of the quad-core Core i5-9300H, which has a base frequency of 2.4 GHz and reaches 4.1 GHz, while the hexa-core Core i7-9750H goes from 2.60 GHz up to 4.50 GHz.
Results are from the Cinebench 15 CPU test (the higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Fritz chess benchmark (the higher the score, the better)
GPU-wise there are two options – the GTX 1660 Ti and the RTX 2060 both featuring 6GB GDDR6. Some laptops are going to feature the more budget-grade GTX 1650.
Results are from the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Unigine Heaven 3.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Unigine Superposition benchmark (higher the score, the better)
|Far Cry 5||Full HD, Normal (Check settings)||Full HD, High (Check settings)||Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti||100 fps||92 fps||86 fps|
|Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016)||Full HD, Medium (Check settings)||Full HD, Very High (Check settings)||Full HD, MAX (Check settings)|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti||126 fps||64 fps||42 fps|
|Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands||Full HD, High (Check settings)||Full HD, Very High (Check settings)||Full HD, Ultra (Check settings)|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti||79 fps||69 fps||45 fps|
|Shadow of the Tomb Raider (2018)||Full HD, Medium (Check settings)||Full HD, High (Check settings)||Full HD, Highest (Check settings)|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti||82 fps||76 fps||49 fps|
Temperatures and comfort
Max CPU load
In this test we use 100% on the CPU cores, monitoring their frequencies and chip temperature. The first column shows a computer’s reaction to a short load (2-10 seconds), the second column simulates a serious task (between 15 and 30 seconds), and the third column is a good indicator of how good the laptop is for long loads such as video rendering.
Average core frequency (base frequency + X); CPU temp.
|Core i7-9750H (45W TDP)||0:02 – 0:10 sec||0:15 – 0:30 sec||10:00 – 15:00 min|
|Lenovo Legion Y7000 (2019)||3.34 GHz (B+28%)@ 72°C||3.15 GHz (B+21%)@ 82°C||2.99 GHz (B+15%)@ 79°C|
|Lenovo Legion Y540||2.78 GHz (B+7%)@ 74°C||3.08 GHz (B+18%)@ 90°C||2.87 GHz (B+10%)@ 79°C|
|ASUS ROG G731||3.38 GHz (B+30%)@ 87°C||3.43 GHz (B+32%)@ 94°C||2.63 GHz @ 73°C|
|ASUS ROG G531||3.41 GHz (B+31%)@ 95°C||3.23 GHz (B+24%)@ 95°C||2.72 GHz (B+5%)@ 79°C|
|HP Omen 17 2019||3.44 GHz (B+32%)@ 86°C||2.74 GHz (B+5%)@ 71°C||2.67 GHz (B+3%)@ 71°C|
We had some weird results from the Legion Y7000 (2019)’s torture test. Despite the fact that it shares the same cooling setup as the Legion Y540, it is able to push to higher clock speeds and lower temperatures. Is it because of a better thermal paste or undervolting the CPU – we are not sure? What we know, though, is that the ambient temperature at which we tested these laptops is relatively the same, and the noise coming from either machine was identical.
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti||GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 2 min)||GPU frequency/ Core temp (after 30 min)|
|Lenovo Legion Y7000 (2019)||1669 MHz @ 66°C||1646 MHz @ 71°C|
|Lenovo Legion Y540||1761 MHz @ 76°C||1752 MHz @ 82°C|
|Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-54)||1660 MHz @ 78°C||1635 MHz @ 84°C|
As you can see, the clock speeds of the Legion Y7000 (2019)’s GPU are quite lower than those on the Legion Y540. However, it works at around 10C cooler, which is good for the longevity of the device. You can see that even though, the Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-54) has similar frequencies, its temperature is even higher.
Indeed, the laptop was not the quietest one during gaming. Nevertheless, it remained relatively cool for a gaming laptop with a maximum temperature of around 45C.
At the end of the day, the Lenovo Legion Y7000 (2019) is a decent gaming laptop that is suitable not only for gamers but also for people who are looking to edit videos or render 3D objects. However, we feel that this laptop fills a gap that doesn’t really exist. While the original Legion Y7000 was meant for the same target group, at least it had an unprecedented look, that couldn’t be seen anywhere else. However, the case with the Legion Y7000 (2019) is very different. It is a copy of the Legion Y540 (which already had a copy in the form of the Legion Y545).
It is becoming out of hand, how manufacturers create dozens of laptops that are basically the same device with a slightly different look and random names. It is probably a genius marketing solution since they already have the assembly lines and the manufacturing process, at which they can make these models. However, this results in oversaturating the market and confusion in the customers, which nobody really wants.
Ultimately, this may result in the said company to be looked at as a cheap manufacturer that tries to push for quantity, rather than quality. Don’t get us wrong chaps. We didn’t want to rattle about this topic, in the review for this device, because in fact, it is pretty decent. However, Lenovo gave us no choice.
Back to the Legion Y7000 (2019), it has a good performance, which is to be expected from its hardware. However, we feel that the GTX 1660 Ti was slightly underperforming, compared to other models. Then there is the keyboard, which despite the fact that it leaves you with nothing else but a Red backlight, is great for gaming. It is clicky and has good travel. Not to mention the HUGE arrow keys. On the other side, we feel we should mention the super stiff touchpad buttons, which are tiresome to use.
For a gaming laptop, this is not the most appropriate display (AUO B156HAN02.1) as it is only a 60Hz model and traditionally has a pretty slow response time. Additionally, as a downside can be considered the poor color coverage (52% of sRGB). On the bright side, however, there is a great contrast ratio, comfortable viewing angles and lack of PWM, whatsoever.
Then there comes the I/O, which looks pretty good at first sight. Sadly, though, it lacks some mandatory features like an SD card reader and a Thunderbolt connection, which would have put it in a very good place to the competition.
Slightly on the downside, there is the battery on this thing, which will give you less than 6 hours of Web browsing and around 4 hours and a half of video playback. However, upgradability is where Lenovo pays you off – there are two RAM DIMMs, a single 2.5″ SATA drive slot and an M.2 slot that supports PCIe x4 super-fast drives. Yes, this looks pretty standard, but in a world, where more and more gaming laptops (the Zephyrus M GU502 for example) have soldered memory, we have learned to appreciate some features.
- Adequate price
- Good keyboard with decent travel, big arrows, and a backlight
- Capable cooling solution
- Good design with an illuminated Legion logo on the lid
- The display doesn’t flicker at any brightness level (AUO B156HAN02.1)
- Has a good contrast ratio and comfortable viewing angles (AUO B156HAN02.1)
- Mediocre battery life
- Lacks SD card slot and Thunderbolt connectivity
- Barely a copy of the Legion Y540
- 60Hz version has a slow response time and modest color coverage (AUO B156HAN02.1)
You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/lenovo-legion-y7000-2019/