There are more top quality games besing released today than you can feasibly have time to play. With annual releases from the Fifa, Call of Duty and Football Manager series for a start, and then new releases from the Assassin's Creed and Star Wars Battlefront franchises added to the mix, not to mention others such as Destiny 2, Total War: Warhammer 2, Wolfestein 2, Middle Earth; Shadow of War.... you get the point.
But oh no, your Pentium desktop from the '90s can't play anything more recent than the original Doom! Actually that's still quite a good way to pass the time, but once you've finished it again, take a look at V3's roundup of the latest and best gaming ultrabooks from some of the biggest brands out there.
First off, we're defining an ultrabook as a laptop which boots from a solid state drive (SSD), which gives you the convenience of fast booting (and OS patching). Most of the devices we've reviewed here also provide a larger traditional hard drive to actually host your Steam collection (or at least the one per cent of it you still play).
We've also included a couple of devices from left-field to perhaps present you with something you might not have otherwise considered, so read on!
Lenovo Legion Y720 - £1,299.99
The Legion 720 is an attractive machine - if you like lots of black and red - sporting a metal cover and backlit programmable keyboard (with RGB lighting as an option), but does its performance match its looks?
A glance at its possible specs suggests that it should. Available configurations include the Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics card and 6GB of GDDR5 memory - which are the components on the unit we tested. Our unit also boasted a 4K display (minimal screen reflectance and good viewing angles) and a 256GB SSD, with a further 1GB of HDD - which hits the current sweet spot between (almost) instant powering up and down, and affordability.
We ran the latest 3DMark benchmarking test from Futuremark, and the Y720 scored a respectable 3485, which puts it on an even footing with the average modern gaming laptop. So, a decent if unexceptional score.
But benchmarks are well and good, how did it fare with some real-life games? We tested a handful of fairly demanding titles, starting with Forza Horizons 3, at 3840 x 2160 resolution with all settings on maximum - enough to bring all but the most top-end systems to their knees. At these setting the game is not far from photorealistic, and the average framerate of 40 was perfectly acceptable to our eyes. Scaling it back to 2560 x 1600 resolution made little difference to the viewing experience (although again, you'll notice the subtle difference if you're outputting to a larger screen), and pushed the average framerate up to around 48.
Next: Lenovo Legion Y520
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