Lenovo boosts its gaming lineup with new laptops, monitors and peripherals
At CES 2020, Chinese PC giant Lenovo announced a slew of new Legion gaming hardware and accessories for 2020. While Lenovo is better known for its business machines, the company is making a push into the ever lucrative billion-dollar gaming market.
At the centre of Lenovo’s new gaming lineup is the new Legion Y740S, a thin and light laptop that packs a powerful punch. Featuring up to 10th Gen Intel Core i9 processors capable of reaching more than 5 GHz, 32GB DDR4 of memory and a fast 1TB PCIe SSD.
Lenovo Legion Y740S laptop
The Y740S will ship with a choice of 15.6-inch 4K IPS display that is VESA Certified up to 600 nits of brightness or an FHD IPS with a lower 300 nits max brightness. Both panels support Dolby Vision.
The Y740S weighs 1.9 kgs, is 14.9 mm thick in an Iron Grey metallic finish with an illuminated Legion logo on the cover. Despite its diminutive size, the Y740S includes Vapor Chamber technology; a first for a Lenovo gaming laptop.
Lenovo promises 8 hours per charge from the 4-Cell 60 WHr battery but obviously this will depend on the chosen configuration. The Y740S comes standard with two USB 3.1 ports and two Thunderbolt 3 Type-C ports.
And you will need to because the Y740S doesn’t have a discrete GPU instead, relying on Intels HD graphics. For true gaming, the Y740S will need Lenovo’s new Legion BoostStation external graphics enclosure.
Lenovo Legion BoostStation eGPU
Designed with the Legion Y740S in mind, the new Legion BoostStation provides the necessary graphics grunt for serious gaming. The compact eGPU housing has an aluminium build that weighs 8.5 kg and transparent side panel. It connects to the Y740S via the fast Thunderbolt 3 Type-C connection.
It is 6.7 x 14.3 x 8. 3 inches in dimension. Lenovo has designed it to be 100% tool-free. The BoostStation supports both Nvidia and AMD GPU’s. Content creators will be pleased to know that the BoostStation is part of the RTX Studio program and supports ray tracing, AI acceleration and UHD video.
The BoostStation also has slots for 2.5 inch SSD or Hard drives to further boost your storage options. This makes it a perfect companion for the Legion Y740S.
Lenovo Legion Y25-25 Gaming Monitor
Lenovo’s newest monitor, the Legion Y25-25, is aimed squarely at esports professionals who need blazing fast response times and high refresh rates. The 24.5 inch, FullHD IPS has a near-edgeless design with a 240Hz refresh and 1ms response time.
The anti-glare panel attains a peak brightness of 400 nits and is TÜV Rheinland Eyec Comfort Certified to reduce eye strain during prolonged use. The Y25-25 is also HDR capable and supports AMD FreeSync.
Lenovo G32qc and G27c Curved Gaming Monitors
If curved gaming monitors are more your thing, then the G32qc and G27c will satisfy your needs. Both monitors feature a 1500R curvature which provides 178-degree field of view. They both have a 4ms response time and are AMD FreeSync compatible.
The bigger G32qc sports a 31.5-inch QuadHD (2560 x 1440) panel that refreshes at 144 Hz while the G27c is a 27-inch FullHD(1920 x 1080) panel with 165 Hz refresh rate.
Both displays employ the TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light for less eye strain and share a near edgeless design.
Lenovo Legion M600 and M300 Gaming Mouse
The new Lenovo M600 Wireless Gaming mouse will last up to 200 hours on a full charge. Even more impressive is the Rapid Charge USB that will get you 10 hours of play for just five minutes charge. The M600 has a 1000 Hz polling rate for a lag-free experience. This is coupled with the Pixart 3335 optical sensor with 16,000 dpi and 40G acceleration.
The M600 connects via a USB dongle, Bluetooth or wired USB cable. It has Omron mouse switches with a 50 million click lifetime. There are also 8 programmable buttons and multi-zone, customisable RGB lighting.
The M300 RGB gaming mouse is the baby sibling to the M600 and loses the wireless, programmable buttons and Omron switches. It also uses a weaker optical sensor, the Pixart 3325, with a maximum resolution of 8000 dpi and a maximum acceleration of 20G. However, it’s a 20g lighter than it’s big sibling, weighing only 90g.
Lenovo Legion K300 RGB Gaming Keyboard
Last but not least is the new Legion K300 full-size keyboard with fully programmable keys and 24-key rollover membrane that allows simultaneous commands. The K300 comes in black with 5-Zones for RGB lighting; up to 16.8 million colours and the lotto.
The K300’s keys have a long, 1.6 mm actuation distance and a life of 20 million clicks. The keyboard is tilt-adjustable, weighs just over a kilogram and connects via a bundled USB cable.
Pricing and availability
At the time of writing this article, no prices or availability has yet been disclosed for the Australia market but when it does, we will update you.